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Cross country aims high
T Construction workers attempt to finish the final touches on The Grove apartment complex, even though students are already moved in. (Photo by Sean Ryan)
Construction delays move-in a day, still in process
BY JOSHUA COOMBS
his past Friday, the wait for many NAU students to move into The Grove apartment complex was extended for up to a day due to construction delays. The Grove, an apartment complex developed by Campus Crest Communities, is intended to house a total of 562 students. According to information found on Campus Crest’s website, the expenditure for the development in its entirety is projected at approximately $33.1 million. Despite this lofty budget, construction equipment, unfinished courtyards and a com-
bination of dirt and mud are amid the admirable new apartment buildings, as a result of delays in construction. Tenants were originally scheduled to move in at 8 a.m. on Friday morning, but were turned away until at least 10 a.m. as building inspections by the city were completed and Certificates of Occupancy were delivered. Of its 10 total buildings, only buildings one through nine were given clearance for residents to move in on the first day. Building 10’s opening was delayed until 8 a.m. on Saturday morning — a full 24 hours after the initial move-in time. Mark Landsiedel, community develop-
ment director for the City of Flagstaff, stated The Grove “certainly had delays in development toward the end [of summer] because of the rain.” Representatives of The Grove did not comment concerning the story. From the fourth floor of building five, sophomore Alicia Hurley, a resident of The Grove, recalled the events of this past Friday as she looked out across the limited scenery through missing panes of glass in the building’s stairwell. “I left my house at about 4 a.m. so that I see GROVE page 4
BY TRAVIS GUY
he expectations put on a team going into its season can make or break the squad’s upcoming campaign. This remains true with the NAU cross country team. “I’d say we’re looking like a, if you had to grade us right now, we’d be at a ‘B,’ high ‘B,’” said director of cross country Eric Heins. “I mean, they look really good for this early in the season and the neat thing is how deep both squads are.” For the NAU men’s and women’s cross-country squads, the expectations are lofty. The Big Sky Conference preseason coaches’ poll was released and the men were voted to finish atop the BSC again and claim their sixth-consecutive championship, while the ladies were picked to finish second, one spot better than where they finished in the 2011 Big Sky Championships. see CROSS COUNTRY page 28
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CommunitySpot PoliceBeat Aug. 26 At 1:36 a.m., staff at Reilly Hall reported students setting off fireworks behind the building. Officers were dispatched, but the students and fireworks were not found. At 1:38 a.m., an officer was flagged down by two subjects reporting they heard a girl screaming. After patrolling the area, an officer discovered the screaming was coming from a party in the vicinity. At 1:06 p.m., a Mountain View resident reported a man sitting in his vehicle on Mountain View Drive who appeared to be taking photographs of those walking by. Officers were dispatched, but the vehicle was gone upon arrival. At 5:29 p.m., staff from McConnell Hall called to report harassing material that had been posted onto a student’s door. Officers were dispatched but, because the purported student whose door was vandalized declined to pursue charges, no further action was taken. Aug. 25 At 8:39 a.m., an officer reported being out with three subjects in the wooded area behind Denny’s. Another officer was dispatched for assistance and the three subjects
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were booked into the Coconino County Sherriff ’s Office (CCSO) jail for trespassing. At 6:31 p.m., a subject called from inside a malfunctioning elevator in McConnell Hall. Officers recommended the subject call the elevator technicians and upon police arrival, the elevator was functioning and the subject had left. At 8:52 p.m., an officer called to report a citizen lying in the road in front of the Health and Learning Center (HLC). The subject was cited and released for minor in consumption. Aug. 24 A 7:36 a.m., NAU Bookstore staff called to report a subject sleeping in the entrance area of the bookstore. Flagstaff Police Department (FPD), Flagstaff Fire Department (FFD) and Guardian Medical Transport (GMT) were dispatched, but GMT was canceled upon arrival. A public assistance (PA) ride was provided to the subject’s home. No report was taken. At 3:45 p.m., staff from Wilson Hall reported a gaseous smell coming from the third floor northeast wing. Officers, FFD and GMT were dispatched and the building was evacuated. The odor was thought to have been emitted from leftover renovation materials.
The building was ventilated and a report was taken. At 10:25 p.m., staff from Allen Hall called to report the smell of marijuana from a dorm room. Officers were dispatched and the subjects were given a criminal deferral for possession of marijuana. Aug. 23 At 1:57 a.m., custodial staff at the HLC called to report a subject standing at the front entrance to the building knocking on the door repeatedly. Officers were dispatched and gave the intoxicated subject a PA ride to his off-campus apartment.
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At 12:27 p.m., staff at Sechrist Hall called to report a student worker had fainted in the lobby. FPD, FFD and GMT were dispatched. The subject was then transported to FMC.
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Yoga [8:30 a.m./Thorpe Joe Montoya Senior Center]
At 12:29 p.m., a bicyclist called to report he had just been grabbed by the driver of a vehicle in near Pine Knoll Drive at McConnell. Officers were dispatched, but neither party wished to take any action and no report was filed.
Six Feet [8 p.m./Spirit Room]
At 3:09 p.m., a male subject was reported for exiting his vehicle and attempting to direct traffic. The subject had left prior to police arrival.
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t’s actually sort of refreshing to see life return to campus after a pretty tranquil summer. As students crowd back into the University Union and pack the pedway, it almost feels like things are back to normal. Of course, it’s also nice to have the majority of our newspaper staff back — especially in advance of such large and important issues. As much as all the editors here at The Lumberjack do every day to make this paper possible, we can’t do it without the hard work of our reporters, writers, photographers, designers and sales department. There’s always a need for more people to aid in our efforts to bring student-produced news and content to the campus. You may have seen us — and me — at the Student Involvement Fair this past Sunday, working to recruit new staffers. We’ll also be hosting an Open House for the entire Student Media Center on Thursday afternoon. Feel free to stop by Room 101 of the School of Communication to learn more about what we do and how you can get involved. We hope you enjoy this issue. We’ve heard many comments from fellow students about The Grove apartment delays. If you’d like to give your opinion, feel free to send us an email at email@example.com or leave a comment on our website. Also worth highlighting this week is our coverage of the cross country team, which appears poised to segue from having Olympians compete in London to becoming a dominant program. As always, read and enjoy. Thank you for reading,
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A worker finishes placing some glass in a Grove building. (Photo by Sean Ryan)
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could be at The Grove at 8 that morning,” Hurley said. “When my roommates and I got there at 8, officials of The Grove told us the Fire Marshalls didn’t yet certify the buildings for occupancy. They apologized and told us to check The Grove’s Facebook page for updates on move-in time.” Hurley and her roommates received clearance to move-in to their new apartment at 10 a.m. Hurley, as well as her roommates, said many aspects of their apartment were not of the quality for which they had hoped. The Grove’s Faecbook page boasts “fully furnished luxury apartments,” yet the buildings entrance had no door and the furniture provided for residents was fragile, if not already broken. “Our middle kitchen shelf was collapsed upon move-in,” Hurley said. “Also, our AC unit and television weren’t working.” According to Hurley, paint was chipping off the walls and globs of dried paint were scattered across the top of the internal doors and on the bathroom wall belonging to one of Hurley’s roommates. “As far as the quality of furnishings and finishes on the walls, that’s not something that the city looks at,” Landsiedel said. “We look at lifesafety issues within the building.” Sophomore Kaili Heidorn said her “door is coming off of its hinges” and “is difficult to close.” Additionally, Hurley claims the key to her bedroom door is not working and she can only lock it from the inside. As sophomore Virginia Bemer was moving into her room in the apartment, she and her father noticed the provided desk and the rack in
her closet were broken. “My dad, who works on the corporate side of construction, commented on how the apartment complex seemed like it was finished in a rush and only met base requirements,” Bemer said. Though the carpet through their apartment may be peeling from the corners, Hurley said their situation was far more favorable than other residents. “Our friends’ roof is caving in,” Hurley said. “Whenever it rains, the water pours into the apartment.” These are not isolated incidents in one specific apartment, though. Hurley and her roommates state they have heard numerous residents complaining about the lack of bedroom windows and how rain will flood in to the rooms. Residents have reported caved-in roofs in the apartments. When Hurley called the maintenance staff affiliated with The Grove in order to get her AC unit and television fixed, she said their service was kind, friendly and her problems were resolved within 48 hours. These services, as well as many other amenities provided within The Grove, are covered by a $250 community fee paid by each resident. Many of these amenities, such as free parking, a community pool/hot tub and free tanning have not been made available to residents yet because these areas have not been completed to date, as an empty pool surrounded by dirt and construction equipment stands in its place. “I think it’s unfair,” Hurley said. “It seems like The Grove is trying to collect as much money from us as possible without delivering on their promises.”
Despite large freshmen class, move-in a relief for students
BY DANIEL DAW
or students at NAU, new and old, the beginning of the fall semester often means excitement for moving in and beginning the new school year. According to Alicia Voytek, associate director for the Office of Residence Life, there are over 8,400 students living on campus. “There are over 7,300 students living in NAU-sponsored on-campus housing,” Voytek said. “If you add the students living in the two new NAU-partnered housing complexes, then the number increases to over 8,400 students. About 3,800 students are incoming freshmen.” An influx of students was not the only obstacle during move-in, though. Weather. com reported half an inch of rain over both Thursday and Friday in Flagstaff, when many of the students were moving in. Shannon McClain, a sophomore exercise science major, said the process this year was more efficient than the past fall, even with the rain. “It wasn’t as hectic,” McClain said. “It seemed like things were going a lot smoother. There were a lot of Welcome Jacks to help people move in. It was nice. Things were more organized — even with the weather.” Kristen Frey, an employee at Allen Hall, said despite the number of freshmen moving in, the added help from Welcome Jacks made things run better. “I work in Allen Hall, so I was in there
during the crazy moving in,” Frey said. “There are a lot more freshmen this year, but thanks to all of the help from the wonderful Welcome Jacks, [it] didn’t feel like last year. It went a lot more smoothly.” This year’s move in was largely successful due to processes that have been implemented in attempts to smooth the previously hectic weekend. “We continued to use strategies that have been successful in past years,” Voytek said. “This included having a move-in website that provided important information to students and families in advance of move-in, including things to do before you arrive, dates, packing lists and directions to each hall. Establishing a strong Welcome Jack program consisting of student volunteers helped new students and families move their belongings into their rooms. This year, Welcome Jacks were added to help on Wednesday, given the large number of students moving in that day for Thursday’s orientation. “ Early check-ins, as well as a staggered schedule for Freshman Connections halls, helped spread out the number of people moving in through the day. “A staggered check-in schedule was established for Opening Day for the Freshman Connections halls [that] assisted with traffic flow in and around the halls,” Voytek said. “Having two days available for early check-ins prior to Opening Day helped to also spread out the numbers of students checking in, including those participating in Freshman Ori-
entation on Thursday.” Early check-in allowed for freshman secondary education mathematics major Brooklyn Vancamp to have an easy move-in. “It was awesome,” Vancamp said. “It was better than I thought. It was easier [and] the room was bigger than I thought. Everyone was so nice. Everything was better than I thought [it would be]. It was a little better, early move-in, because everyone else moved in the next day.” Vancamp’s mother, Shawna, was pleased with the ease of the process. “Everything was great. [It] met expectations for sure,” she said. Loading zones near the residence halls aided in quickly moving belongings and alleviating incoming move-in traffic “Designated unloading zones near the residence halls continued to help students and families quickly and conveniently unload their belongings and then move their vehicles to a parking lot to help with move-in traffic,” Voytek said. The updated move-in process for this semester included many upper-division students who came back to campus over the weekend. “In addition, upper-division students tend to pace themselves and move into their halls over the course of several days, with 4050 percent of the upper-division residents checking in over the weekend. This spreads out the number of students checking in to those halls, so it helps with the overall flow into campus.”
TOP: Alyssa Tilley, a secondary education major, and her mother are shown in the Wison Hall parking lot unloading her belongings. MIDDLE RIGHT: Kaitlyn Gambar, a psychology major, is shown moving into Sechrist Hall with the help of her mother. BOTTOM LEFT: Jessica Whitney, a nursing major, stands behind her parents as they assist her in setting up her laptop in Sechrist Hall. (Photos by Holly Mandarich)
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Phoenix biomedical building will house NAU, UA students
BY SARA WEBER
n Aug. 20, medical students began their classes at the new Phoenix Biomedical Campus. The 28-acre spread of land will host students from NAU and the UA College of Medicine. While students may take courses in physical therapy at the Flagstaff campus, Leslie Shulz, executive dean of the College of Health and Human Services, explained a feature which make the new campus unique. “The physician assistant (PA) program is a brand new program,” Shulz said. “There isn’t an option for that in Flagstaff . . . and it’s nice for students who prefer an urban campus and don’t want to go to far from home.” The campus offers students the chance to work with research professionals in labs with interactive technology features, as well as opportunities to work with the UA programs. ASU was originally part of the 2004 partnership, but withdrew in April 2010. Ryan Hamic, a first year doctor of physical therapy student at the Biomedical Campus, made the choice to pursue his medical degree in Phoenix. “I think the most exciting thing is the opportunity to be in such an interdisciplinary environment and also being able to share the campus with research labs and practicing medical professionals makes our studies seem more directed and less purely theoretical,” Hamic said. “It is great to be able to talk with people who are studying biomedical engineering, M.D. students, the PA program and to
see the integration of healthcare professionals starting right at the base of our education. It gives me hope for the future of collaborative medicine.” Mark Comwall, chair of the physical therapy department at NAU, agreed the Biomedical Campus will be beneficial. “It opens up several possibilities that we wouldn’t have access to [in Flagstaff],” Comwall said. However, Hamic has his concerns. “As with anything new, it is impossible to foresee all potentialities; so there are of course going to be some bumps,” Hamic said. “But the staff and faculty have done a great job getting an entirely new program and collaboration up and running in very little time. On a personal note, I was concerned I was going to totally ruin our donor’s cadaver on the first day of lab.” A select group of students were admitted this semester, though the class size is planned to increase in time. In general, students will spend two years earning their doctoratal and master’s degrees before leaving to perform their clinical rotations. “We had 25 students start [Monday] in our physician assistant program and 24 in our doctorate in physical therapy program,” Shulz said. “We’ll have 25 that we admit once a year to the physician assistance program for the first two years and then it will expand to 50 students a year. We have 25 in the physical therapy program and we have a goal to ultimately bring that number to 40.” For many, the option of the Phoenix campus came as a surprise. BOTTOM LEFT: The Phoenix Biomedical Campus sits atop 28 acres and is six stories tall. The location is a convinient location for medical students to attend school and stay close to home. BOTTOM RIGHT: The new campus will house students from NAU and UA College of Medicine. While only a select amount of students were admitted this semester, more are expected to be admitted in the future. (Photos courtesy UA)
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TOP: The anatomy lab inside the 268,000 square-foot building. The structure offers students use of new equipment and access to health science professionals. (Photo courtesy UA)
“Being an out-of-state student and going into a very highly competitive program, it was a rather nerve-wracking process being admitted to the program,” Hamic said when asked of his admission. “None of us actually knew that the Phoenix program was a possibility, as it wasn’t even accredited until May of this year. So, when we were offered admissions after our departmental interviews, they basically just went down the list and asked each of us whether we would like to attend the Flagstaff or Phoenix campus.” The Health and Sciences Education Building stands at six stories tall, approximately 268,000 square feet and is covered by copper
panels. Comwall describes the building as “nice, open and spacious; a building for those who love modern art.” Hamic considers it to be convenient and accommodating. “The building itself is a major asset. Our labs and rooms are all state-of-the-art, uncrowded and beautiful,” Hamic said. “We have access to both the NAU and UA libraries, as well as being able to share some of our classes and campus with a wide range of other health science professionals.” Students taking courses at the Biomedical Campus require the same pre-requisites and will pay the same tuition and course fees as students enrolled in the Flagstaff campus.
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InTheNews Extended Campuses receives efficiency award
BY AURELIA ACQUATI
ational recognition was in order for NAU Extended Campuses after its software development team made effective improvements to their software systems. NAU was one of eight colleges to receive an award by the Models of Efficiency program and was featured in the University Business magazine. Tim Goral, editor-in-chief of University Business magazine, explained the Models of Efficiency program is a way to honor various universities that have made significant achievements in their departments. They seek out universities to recognize them and share their innovations with others. “It started out as a program where we could recognize and honor campus departments that have found ways to improve business practices, save time [and] save money,” Goral said. “We’re finding those stories and sharing them with our readers.” Goral said applicants are asked to explain their problem, find a solution and then back it up with data. Recipients of the award are universities whose solutions and technological developments can benefit other schools, as well as their own departments. “[What] we ask them for [on the application] is to describe their particular problem and then they describe their solution,” Goral said. “The key to that is we ask them to quantify that with data. We judge the entries on whether they’re written clearly, if it’s something that can benefit other schools and if it’s a solution that can be implemented in other schools.” Kevin Hayes, technical team lead for NAU Extended Campuses, said their developed software migration process led to their recognition. It allows them to keep track of software processes and go back to review previous versions at any time. “We were recognized for our ability to create a software migration process,” Hayes said. “We can migrate to production quickly and not lose our software processes. If we need to go back to any versions, we have it all migrated in one little area.” Hayes explained the main goal for Extended Campuses is to keep up with the advancement of technology for faculty and students. Many students take online
courses at the various NAU campuses and the efficiency of those courses is an important concern. “At Extended Campuses, it’s always been our mission and goal to stay innovative in the technology solutions we offer to students, faculty and staff,” Hayes said. “A lot of what we do is online courses, so we want to stay innovative in what we allow our students to do [and] to utilize.” Karen Pedersen, associate vice president for Extended Campuses, is responsible for the information technology unit and believes their innovations advance the university technologically. She said the new systems help the software development team finish additional projects more efficiently each year. “The [Take Management Environment] TME and [Migration Operational Process] MOP systems together allow software developers to significantly and effectively increase work output to keep pace with increased project work, while allowing us to complete more projects annually,” Pedersen said. “These new and successful solutions propel Extended Campuses forward.” Pedersen noted an important aspect of the new software systems are the students who helped create them. Not only do these technological advances assist students and faculty members, but students were able to have a hands-on experience by being involved in the process as well. “Our full-time software developers work alongside a growing number of student software developers,” Pedersen said. “By providing an innovative work environment and real-world experience for our student software developers, we’re enhancing their educational and professional credentials.” Goral emphasized that, as editor of University Business magazine, he hopes featuring universities’ achievements in the magazine will also help other universities realize theirs. Those selected for the award receive greater credibility for their work and publicity for the university as a whole. “Our job is to help our readers do their jobs better by providing different ideas and different solutions to help them achieve their goals. For us to select these schools I think it gives them some credibility as to the weight [and] value of the award,” Goral said.
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NAU provides too big of a shoulder for slackers to lean on
aking mistakes is a part of life. Everyone messes up, but all mistakes have consequences. This simple principle of responsibility seems to have escaped the consideration of NAU’s admission’s board. No matter how badly you screwed up in high school — or even your freshman year of college — NAU will welcome you to its glorified community college with open arms. NAU’s policy can basically be summed up to: “Do you have a pulse and money? Then come on in.” To be offered admission to NAU, incoming freshmen must have a 3.0 GPA and no deficiencies in their high school courses required by the state. However, students will still be considered for admission if they have a 2.5 GPA and no more than one deficiency in a high school class requirement. Despite what high school counselors probably told you, SAT/ACT scores are NOT a requirement for admission. They are only needed if you are interested in scholarships. However, while these requirements seem straightforward, there are many loopholes to the system. For example, if students do poorly in high school, they could pass 12 credits at a community college and then be admitted based on those scores. Or, if students do adequately in high school but fails their first semester at one college, they can apply as a freshman rather than a transfer student and use their high school GPA to give them a second chance at college life. Often, if you fail your first semester at
NAU, all it takes is a paperwork process to get back in good standing with the university. If you earn below a 1.8 GPA your first semester, you are granted a second chance, with the stipulations that you can only take 13 credits the next semester and you must maintain a 2.0 for said term. Then, heaven forbid you fail those requirements, you are academically suspended. But wait! These students get a third chance to redeem their college career. After being suspended, all they need to do is earn a 2.5 GPA in 12 credits from another university, and — here’s the kicker — turn in their paperwork on time. If they don’t feel like going through all of the strenuous work of passing classes, there is yet another loophole to get them back into school: withdraw from
across the stage gloating their 2.5 GPAs and beer bellies. The bottom line is college is not meant to be a time for careless and immature mistakes such as failing classes. If students think it is perfectly fine to blow thousands of dollars out the window because they’re too busy partying, getting high or even playing video games, then it is clear those students are not prepared for college, a job or even to move out of their parent’s house. NAU is enabling reckless behavior by granting these students near infinite chances to get a degree. The university’s motive isn’t in the best interest of the student; it is purely thinking about the profit it makes off the slackers. The students who fail are the students who are paying full tuition, paying extra fees to get their multiple chances, and most likely staying for much longer than four years. Additionally, now Political Cartoon by Brian Regan that Performance Based Funding has been put in place, nothing is more valuclasses for a semester. able to NAU than the diplomas awarded. As We are fully supportive of everyone having the opportunity to get an education, but long as NAU can get its slacking students to NAU goes too far by salvaging these oppor- graduate at some point or another, it makes money off them. So, while NAU does not tunities for lazy and irresponsible students. While unmotivated students probably bluntly encourage failing, it certainly doesn’t won’t amount to anything in the end, it is say no to it, because saying no to a student still flagrantly insulting to the students who would be saying no to thousands of dollars. To further increase everyone’s disapwork hard to earn their degrees. If there are pointment, NAU has one of the strictest students getting a degree after failing three semesters, shouldn’t those students who admission requirements in the state. Univerpass college without any failed semesters get sities’ interests to profit as a business have something more than a degree? Sure, there distracted them from the much nobler goal may be scholarships through the years and a of producing better graduates and citizens. shiny new job waiting for those who do well at the end of the tunnel (if they’re lucky), but for all we know, these rewards could be sitting just as prettily for the students who walk
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UK overlooks diplomatic immunity
n advocate for freedom of speech and a propagator of the truth today sits confined to the walls of a foreign embassy. A looming threat of police brutality and subsequent extradition torment him: he suffers the inevitable retribution for exercising his rights guaranteed to him by The Universal Declaration of Human Rughts. While this may sound like the plot of a George Orwell novel, it has become a stark reality for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was recently granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK. The resulting political crisis has put the deteriorating relationship between the UK and South America on the global stage, and demonstrated to the public the meaninglessCOLTON ness of diplomatic immunity. As the events of DARGER this crisis play out, we ought to feel compelled as a people to stand against those who would threaten the diplomatic process. WikiLeaks was first launched by Assange in 2007, with the publication of an unprecedented number of classified diplomatic cables. The leaked documents triggered a massive uproar internationally: They exposed sensitive information and embarrassed a myriad of nations, primarily the United States. Moments after launching the website, WikiLeaks received condemnation from targeted nations, which claimed many of the documents contained sensitive information pertaining to military operations, and therefore would threaten domestic security. WikiLeaks responded to these arguments by espousing Article 19 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states every person has the guaranteed right to “Impart information and ideas through any media.” During debates about what protections were due to Assagne and to what extent, allegations began to emerge accusing
Assange of raping two former coworkers in Sweden. Failing to investigate the questionable legitimacy of the rape charges, the Swedish government appealed to the UK for Assange’s extradition. Despite adamant denials by Assange of sexually assaulting the former WikiLeaks employees, the UK began the extradition process. In June, after Assange had finally exhausted his arsenal of appeals, it was ruled that he would be extradited. The court decided he would be given two weeks before his extradition, but Assange had no intention of leaving the UK. Instead, he covertly took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he pleaded for political asylum. For two months, Ecuador considered Assange’s request, until the final announcement was made by President Rafael Correa that Julian Assange would be granted to him. Although Correa was praised by WikiLeaks supporters, as well as by those who support freedom of information, he was quickly admonished by the UK government. Not only was Ecuador publicly reprimanded, but it too was announced the UK had sent a threatening letter to Correa, drawing his attention to an obscure 1987 agreement, which gave the UK the right to revoke diplomatic immunity from any embassy within its territory, and raid the embassy with law enforcement. This clearly contradicts the 1961 Vienna Convention, which established no nation has the right to enter an embassy with police personnel. Despite the obvious irregularities between these two policies by which the UK supposedly abides, law enforcement now stands guard outside the Ecuadorian embassy. For the moment, the situation remains fluid. However, it remains apparent the primary reason for Assange’s freedom from custody is due to the outrage of the UK’s own citizens over their country’s willingness to break international law and perpetuate a primeval witch-hunt.
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Sticks, stones and sacred words break bones
aving grown up in a Christian country, it’s shocking to Americans to see the cross as the object of religious persecution. In Pakistan, where only four percent of the country’s 180 million inhabitants pray to Jesus, they sometimes feel the same persecution Muslims have felt in post 9/11 America. Only recently, a presumably young girl named Rimsha Masih — her age TOM varying in different BLANTON reports from 11 to 17 — has recently been arrested and accused of “blasphemy,” an extreme Pakistani offense, for throwing out pages of the Koran. Although some reports suggest she suffers from Down syndrome, others claim she’s mentally sound. This girl, with questionable mental health, was almost torn to confetti by a rabid, devilish mob of pissed-off Muslims hell-bent on taking the justice of their good book into their own hands. According to Reuters, “a Pakistani Christian girl detained on accusations of defaming Islam was too frightened to speak in a prison where she is being held in solitary confinement for her safety.” Well, that’s just great, isn’t it, you over-reactionary Muslim extremists? The poor girl obviously couldn’t physically defend herself against a mob of robed sadists, but now she can’t verbally defend herself either. Referring to an attack by a mob in her village after she was accused of blasphemy, Christian activist Xavier William told Reuters after an initial visit, “She was assaulted and in very bad shape. She had bruises on her face and on her hands.” He also stated, after visiting her a second time, she was still “frightened and traumatized.” Uhh . . . duh? Any normal person would need a change of underwear after being beaten by a fiery mob, excited over the alleged “desecration” of their sacred book. The girl, mentally disabled or not, has by no, none, zip, zero means
deserved the beating, imprisonment and controversy caused by the simple disposal of a few pieces of paper, regardless of whatever was written on them. It sounds even more ridiculous when breaking it down to a simple action of disposing of paper that happened to have sacred — if only by some accounts — words on them. The blasphemy law in Pakistan states anyone who speaks ill of Islam or the Prophet Mohammad commits a crime and faces the death penalty. As Mrs. Broflovski would say: WHAT?! WHAT?! WHAT?! The real crime committed there would be the unjust “justice” bestowed upon the poor saps who somehow stumbled into a situation like the one Masih finds herself in. As a result, Christians from the girl’s village, just outside of the country’s capital Islamabad, fled in terror of what could’ve turned into a Pakistani Kristallnacht, and rightfully so. Pakistan’s “anti-blasphemy” law had to have been created by the equivalent of fried-out Muslim witch doctors who were tripping so hard they thought themselves to be Allah, and in turn, had the authority to create such a ludicrous law. To give some light to the virtually unscathed arrest that saved Masih, two Christian brothers accused of writing a blasphemous letter against the Prophet Mohammad were gunned down outside a court in the eastern city of Faisalabad in July 2010. Religious and secular groups worldwide have protested the arrest of the young girl, but hell, she’d probably be dead if the police, however reluctant they were, hadn’t taken her into custody. The real heathens aren’t those that desecrate another’s beliefs, intentional or not, but those who seek vengeance and turn a blind eye to the humility religions often preach. “If Christians burn our Koran, we will burn them,” a neighbor of Masih stated, and what a neighborly neighbor she was. No one deserves to burn for the arson of words. That is blasphemy.
Political Cartoon by Brian Regan
Russia attacks free speech, punk music
n Aug. 17, a court in Moscow sentenced three members of the Russian feminist-punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison. The charges against these women fall under Article 213 of the Criminal Code in Russia: “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” On Feb. 21, members of the band, clad in brightly colored ski masks, sang their song “Hail Mary, Putin’s Run,” outside Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. They were promptly arrested. Activists and musicians across the globe have spoken in outrage against the recent imprisonment of these women. Russian police continues their search for the remaining members. Pussy Riot’s alleged hooliganism began AMANDA in late 2011, after being inspired by Western HORNER music of a similar message and style, such as underground feminist-punk bands like Riot Grrrl, Bratmobile or Bikini Kill, who address topics such as rape, empowerment and patriarchy. Pussy Riot began by making speeches and impromptu “concerts” in populated Moscow areas, such as train and bus stations, and voicing their hatred for President Vladimir Putin. Some of the members even announced themselves as anarchists. Even for a state like Russia, their sentences were extreme. To put it into perspective, on March 22 of this year, a 22-yearold man stormed a Russian cathedral, destroyed a candelabrum, drove a knife into a cross and punched a priest repeatedly in the chest. The man proceeded to kick doors down in the building, while screaming profanity. Pussy Riot’s “Punk Prayer” consisted of no violence, which is necessary to include the religious hatred portion of the charge. Nevertheless, the same charge was issued. During an e-mail conversation I had with a friend of mine — who is a student and citizen in Russia — she said, “The government is just trying to show our nation who’s the boss, and
people are being provoked. And for what? Pussy Riot became popular only because of their “performances,” not their music.” She added, “You would have to be an idiot to cause a scandal in this country, knowing the rules of the game.” Levada Research Group, an independent poll company in Russia, showed that only six percent of Russians had sympathy for the women, and that 51 percent said they felt no fondness for the women, but rather contempt and irritation. Despite the minimal support from their own nation, musicians across the globe such as Madonna and Paul McCartney have spoken out against the sentencing and in favor of freedom of speech. Pussy Riot’s debut album translates from Russian as “Kill the Sexist,” which is far too radical and not representative of true feminist ideology. The message from the band seems a bit misguided, but it’s clear the women have good intentions behind their actions — sticking up for the rights which have been eluding Russians since the fall of the Soviet Union, and long before. Yet, the focus has taken a huge shift from their anti-authoritarian and feminist ideologies to women. Despite their noble cause, they may be going about trying to make change in the wrong way. All publicity is good publicity certainly doesn’t apply here. By causing a scene at the Cathedral, they have alienated members of the church, and stirring a revolution without support from the rest of Russia will prove to be a failure. Spreading their message will prove an impossible task from within prison walls. It is greatly unfortunate these revolutionaries cannot express themselves and speak out against their oppressive government. Women and men such as these will ultimately initiate change in the system. This popular outrage should serve as an example to deter other governments from passing and enforcing similar oppressive policies. If the U.S and Europe put pressure and attention on the situation, it could result in the women’s release, which is at least a small step in the right direction.
Creationism holds America back
ill Nye the Science Guy, mechanical engineer and television personality, attacked creationism in a YouTube video as being an obstacle in our youth’s development and consequently harmful to our country. “I say to the grown-ups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inwith ROLANDO consistent the world we obGARCIA serve, that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it, because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need engineers that can build stuff and solve problems,” he said. Creationism is harmful because to deny evolution is to deny “the fundamental idea in all of life science — in all of biology,” Nye said. Such adamant denials do raise difficulties, particularly when 46 percent of Americans believe in creationism. A 2009 poll by the Pew Research Center found 97 percent of American scientists support evolution as the only explanation that can fully account for observations in the fields of biology, paleontology, molecular biology, genetics, anthropology and others. The percentage of scientists who accept evolution worldwide may be greater. When both percentages are weighed against each other, it doesn’t take a mathematician to conclude a large portion of the American population is not participating in the sciences, and this puts us in a global intellectual disadvantage. Sure, evolution is “just a theory,” but a theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through
observation and experiment. Just a theory is good enough. Few other scientific theories in America have had to endure the scrutiny and attacks evolution has received, attacks, which are only motivated by a conflict between the contents of the Bible and scientists’ observations. Because accepting and understanding evolution is crucial to expand our breadth and depth of knowledge, we have good reasons to resolve the conflict between science and religion, something which other countries’ churches have already done. Americans, Christians particularly, have made the equivocation of reading the entire Bible literally; a form of reading for which they did not receive explicit divine instructions, and which they were only inclined to adopt for obscure reasons. The equivocation arises from the premises the word of God is true, and the Bible is the word of God; but even if both these premises are granted, the conclusion the Bible is literal does not necessarily follow. The Bible need not be literal to be true: That’s what priests taught me in a private Catholic school in Mexico when we were covering the theory of evolution and the Big Bang. Homer’s Odyssey teaches us truths about humanity without requiring us to believe Cyclops existed. There are different ways of interpreting any written work; surely we don’t read poetry in the way we read a textbook, and the Bible nowhere specifies which level of interpretation is appropriate. Opting to read the Bible literally is as justified as reading it metaphorically, though the former is a lot more harmful. By abandoning a literal interpretation of the Bible, Americans will be able to raise a scientifically literate and intellectually competitive generation.
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Editorial&Opinion Point/Counterpoint: Two Lumberjack writers tackle two sides of one topic. This week: Gun control
Economics refutes irrational gun laws
uns don’t kill people, people kill people.” The long-time debate about gun control seems to be never-ending in the United States and has become even more prevalent this summer as a result of the shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin. With this recent spree of mass shootings, a large portion of the population is advocating for stricter gun laws, citing the argument “fewer bullets, fewer deaths.” While this is all said and fine KIERSTIN on paper, it fails to take into TURNOCK account the economics of gun laws and the potential repercussions of harsher laws and further government interference. These advocates are assuming the only reason people like James Holmes commit murder is because Colorado has “lax” gun laws. Ideally, if Colorado were to implement stricter gun laws and make firearms harder to obtain, mass shootings like this would not happen or would happen less frequently. These people, quite simply put, are idiots with absolutely no concept of the economic theory of “substitutes.” Substitutes are goods used to replace the preferable good when the latter is not readily available or may be harder to obtain. For example, if I go into a restaurant and order a Diet Coke, but the restaurant serves Pepsi products, regardless of how I feel about Coke vs. Pepsi, I am more likely to substitute the Diet Pepsi for the Diet Coke than I am to leave the restaurant. So, just as I am willing to substitute Diet Pepsi for Diet Coke to get my fill of zero calorie cola, a serial killer is willing to substitute a different weapon or method of killing people to find their means to the end. This analogy illustrates it is not guns that kill people, but the willingness to kill and determination to satisfy that end. Implementing stricter gun laws merely provides incentive for the murderer to commit the crime in a more creative way. The problem, therefore, does not lie in the freedoms allotted to citizens to carry guns, but in the society we live
in which has brewed the motives for people to kill. Holmes’ crime exemplifies one way our society has created a breeding ground for mental illness. Holmes molded his crime as a sort of “tribute” to the Joker in The Dark Knight. The argument could be made if we didn’t live in a society that thrives on drama and violence, movies like The Dark Knight — however mind-blowing they may be — would not be in such high demand. As movies become more and more violent and creative, demand in turn rises for something even more epic to be produced. In order to meet societies’ demands,
Mental health checks a good option
ecent tragedies, such as the Aurora, Colo. shooting and the Milwaukee Sikh temple shooting, have brought the issue firearms’ mass proliferation in this country into the common discourse. While there are other worthy discussions that such calamities should, and will, raise — the state of mental health screenings and the effect of violent rhetoric being two examples — it’s time, as KEVIN a country, that we had a frank BERTRAM talk about firearms.
Political cartoons by Brian Regan
Hollywood creates these films and completely negates the fact our country and society encompasses extreme mental instability that is easily molded by propaganda. Ever the advocate for the supply and demand curve, I wish the solution was as simple as reducing demand for violent and suspenseful films. Unfortunately, corruption in the media is only one factor of our post-industrial society that influences mentally ill people to kill. However, the fact still remains, implementing stricter gun laws will do nothing to correct the factors that cause people, like Holmes, to have the need or desire to kill people. If someone is going to commit murder, they will do it regardless if it is with a gun, an axe, a knife, a bomb or a combination of the four. The only problem a law is going to solve is ensuring the victims of the crime will be injured or killed in a slower and/or more creative way.
Any such talk should begin by recognizing the vast majority of gun owners are safe and responsible with their weapons, whether they use them for hunting or their own protection. A complete ban on gun purchases — the most radical viewpoint — is not what is up for argument here, and nor should it be. The Second Amendment, regardless of interpretation, seems to presently allow for the broad right to own and maintain firearms. Rather, it is necessary that the current discourse swing in the direction of examining waiting periods, background checks and mental health exams. Mental health screenings would not prohibit sane citizens from purchasing armaments after a waiting period, and would allow law enforcement to potentially intercept potential incidents before they become tragedies. This is not a measure that is guaranteed success. It is likely that mass shootings and as-
sassinations — recurring events throughout American history — will continue through the future. Even the prevention of one more death at the hands of a mentally ill murderer is worth it, especially when the cost is so minor. This is not a supply-and-demand question of economics. To speculate as to whether a plotting mass murderer like James Holmes or Jared Loughner would have found an alternative means of acquiring the weaponry needed to carry out their heinous acts reveals many unknowns, amongst them what connections to underground gun smuggling rings two college students might have had. It is not simply a matter of choosing between two fountain drink options. Finding weapons and ammunition legally and illegally probably carry different levels of difficulty. In economics, demand often decreases when the cost increases. If the legal purchase of a gun is barred from an individual on the basis that they failed a mental health check, the difficultly and risks in finding the proper connections to buy guns on the black market — as opposed to visiting the local Wal-Mart — may dissuade some. This is not to say that the most dedicated, would-be mass murderer might not find a way, but rather to point out that these are two options that are not equivalent. What is certain now is that both the aforementioned young men had no need to resort to anything resourceful, as they found access to legally purchasable weapons easily — in the latter’s case, in his local department store. The potential for criminals and murders to find other ways outside to acquire guns is there, yes. But, to suggest that this is somehow a reason for there to be no additional accountability on those selling weapons legally is a red herring, as well as a flagrantly irresponsible way to dodge dealing with a serious issue. The truth is, we can have both gun ownership in this country and limited approaches to gun control. We owe it to the victims of gun violence everyday to pave a better way forward.
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Feeling right at home Freshmen handle first day with enthusiasm
C LEFT: Students crowd the pedway on the first day of class. RIGHT: Australian exchange student, Chris Truehl, studying marketing and communication, looks through the Communication building’s class board to find his intro to journalism class on the first day of classes at NAU. (Photos by Sean Ryan)
BY MADISON SANTOS
tudents have experienced at least 12 first days of school by the time they reach college. Some spend hours shopping for supplies and picking out the best outfit in their closets — all for just one day. Many students still get butterflies in their tummies by the time this day rolls along, and for freshmen in college, the nerves can be even more intense. However, this year’s freshmen seem to feel right at home at NAU, despite a few surprises on their first day as college students. “I got kind of lost looking for the liberal arts building, because I didn’t take the initiative to look for my classes before,” said freshman visual communications major Esteban Valenzuela. After getting lost the first time, Valenzuela used technology to help find his next class. “I used GPS on my phone, because I had no idea where it was,” he said. Valenzuela explained that he was a bit nervous about his classes, but he thinks it is going to be easier for him to learn in college classes. “There were no interruptions in my first class,” he said.
Freshman psychology major Isabel Callaway had no problem finding her classes, because unlike Valenzuela, Callaway found where her classes were on campus a day before school started. Her first class was English and she said it mainly consisted of ice breakers. “It was just kind of relaxing,” Callaway said, “It wasn’t stressful at all.” She explained that she felt a little anxiety, but once the class started, her nerves settled. “I didn’t know anyone in the class,” she said, “But that’s what I like; I just like new things.” First day jitters affect not only the students, but the campus as well. Freshman nursing major Samantha Schlieger said her trek to class was not easy, due to the chaotic grounds. “It was really crowded,” Schlieger explained, “Everyone was walking in the bike lanes, so the bikers kept swerving everywhere.” Although Schlieger had a rough commute, it did not make her late for her biology class. “I was nervous,” she said. “And I got to class like an hour early.” After the class finished, Schlieger decided she was going to attend all the Supplemental Instruction classes possible in order to
get an A in the class. “I’m sure it will be hard at first to adjust to college classes, but after a while I think I’ll get it down,” she said. One student who contributed to the swerving bikes on campus was freshman business major Alex Keslter. “I rode my bike to south campus,” Kestler said. “When I got out of class, I saw that some girl put her bike lock through my break cable, so I had to walk back.” Kestler didn’t allow this bump in the road to ruin his day and he said, “I don’t know why, but I wasn’t nervous for today; it went well.” The positive feedback about the first day of college did not run short. Business majors Omar Zougi and Dylan Dubek both said they like college classes better than high school classes. Zougi said it was different because, “People were just coming and going doing their own thing; it wasn’t really cliquey I guess you could say.” Dubek explained he liked his English teacher, but he knows it is not going to be an easy class. “It went really well though,” he said. “And I’m excited to see what goes on in the future.
Need to drop?
tudents who are not ecstatic about their classes have the option to drop any classes before the deadline on Sept. 6. without repercussions. Students can do this simply by logging on to their LOUIE account and selecting the classes they want to drop. Some classes may also still be added, depending on availability. According to the staff at Gateway Student Success Center, if students drop a class past the deadline, they will receive a W (withdraw) in the class and are still responsible for paying the class fee. As of now, Dylan Dubek said he has no intentions of dropping any of his classes. He said, “College is a challenge, but it’s a challenge you gotta finish.”
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BY CHRISTIAN BOOZ
AU has declared an initiative to be carbon neutral by 2020. The university is now implementing sustainable practices, and is urging students to get involved. “Being a model of environmentally responsible education and sustainable operations and education” is outlined in the NAU strategic plan. With the university doing so much in the name of sustainability, the students should try to do the same. As many freshmen may not be aware, there are plenty of ways to stay green in the residence halls. If you would like to be a part of the sustainable initiative here in Flagstaff, here are some helpful tips for being green during the college experience. The first is the most obvious, but also the most effective: Turn off the lights and other electronics when you leave the room. This small change of habit can reduce your energy usage by 10 to 20 percent. Secondly, placing all of your electronics on a power strip can help reduce the “phantom power” many electronics use and can also make it much easier to turn everything off before leaving the room. Another way to reduce your energy usage is by washing your clothes in cold water. This can reduce the amount of energy used when washing clothes by 80 percent, and results are comprable to clothes washed in warm water. The residence halls can be a little devoid of nature and it makes it hard to try to be green, so bring nature into the room. Get yourself a plant to not only improve your air quality, but also to remind you to be a “No Impact Jack.” Being sustainable can go much further than the residence halls. It can extend to your behavior around campus as well. Start off by changing your printing habits. Print double-sided and
cut down on your paper usage. Use the draft setting to reduce the amount of ink needed for each page; but keep in mind the high-quality setting is still needed for final papers. With all of these term papers, scraps, notebooks and this very newspaper, you go through a lot of trees during the semester. This presents a perfect opportunity to either reuse or recycle all of it and cut down on the amount of paper you put in landfills. You may have noticed the water bottle refill stations on campus. Rather than purchasing bottled water and creating a plastic landfill, buy a reusable water bottle to reduce the plastic waste. Another way you can be green on campus is by getting involved with sustainability-minded student groups and taking part in sustainability-themed courses and events. Such groups on campus are Environmental Caucus, Green Fund, Students for Sustainable Living and Urban Gardening (SLUG), Weatherization and Community Building Action Team (WACBAT), Green Jacks and many others. You can learn more about green student groups on campus at green.nau.edu. From campus to the community, being green can extend all the way through Flagstaff. The city is full of local flavor, amazing people and great places. Get out there and shop local. In return, you will be reducing the carbon footprint of your purchases. Buy used: There are many great thrift stores around campus where you can get everything from clothes to furniture at great prices while keeping these things out of landfills. Finally, change the way you get around town and campus. Ride a bike. Not only is this a great way to stay in shape, it is also a carbon-free way to get around town. With these tips, you are well on your way to helping NAU become a sustainable campus and carbon neutral by 2020.
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Doing the shuttle shuffle
Upperclassmen give advice on getting around campus
BY DANI TAMCSIN
espite how NAU is only 1.5 miles north to south and .7 miles east to west, sometimes it feels impossible to get between classes in the 20 minutes allotted. Trying to rush between buildings, push their way onto the shuttle and speed walk while still looking cool is a new challenge for many freshmen. So, to calm some of those fears, some upperclassmen have graciously shared their advice and experiences for this year’s newest Lumberjacks. Scott Tillinghast is a sophomore criminal justice and history major. Due to his double major, Tillinghast frequently has to go between south and north campus through the day. Even though he owns a car, he usually utilizes campus services to get around campus. “I have had a car in Flagstaff for several months,” Tillinghast says. “But I still usually walk or take the bus to save myself some gas money.” Tillinghast also takes advantage of Parking and Shuttle Services’ new technology to make the transit easier. “If you are using one of the buses,” he says, “get the NAU transit application so you can immediately know where the buses are.” Maddy Cypert, a junior political science major, also uses the shuttle app to gauge whether to hop on the bus, and has learned a few tricks to beat the lines or avoid waiting too long at the bus stop. “I use the shuttle quite frequently. But it’s usually pretty busy, and is not always the quickest or healthiest way to get around,” Cypert says. “My advice for freshmen is to be smart about getting around. I check the shuttle app and decide based on the location of the shuttle and how many people are at the stop if it would be quicker to move bus stops (say from SBS to the stop by the DuB and Health Sciences) or if it would be
quicker to stay, or just walk!” Along with staying smart about campus transportation, Cypert also has a few etiquette tips for new students: “Don’t be an aggressive jerk and shove your way onto the bus! And, most importantly, men should always be willing to give their seat up for a lady of any age!” While the importance of shuttle-chivalry may be up for debate, most upperclassmen share one idea: The shuttle isn’t your only option. Cody Williams, a senior exercise science major, works for Parking and Shuttle Services, acknowledges the importance of other modes of campus transportation. “It’s not always necessary to ride the shuttle,” Williams says. “I would recommend that they explore all of the transit services that NAU offers (Louie Line, Mountain Link, Yellow Bikes.) A lot of students ride their bikes, longboard or just walk around campus. I usually walk and I ride my bike occasionally.” Madeline Dwyer is a senior business management major, and believes while Parking and Shuttle
Services sometimes gets a bad rap, students should remember NAU is providing a great service to students. “It is normally pretty fast, and is really nice to have especially when we are experiencing unfavorable weather,” Dwyer says. “And don’t forget if you don’t like the shuttle system, you can always walk or ride your bike.” Williams knows all about students’ frustrations with Parking and Shuttle Services, but he hopes to discourage new students from sharing those feelings. “I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that our department is ‘money hungry’ and that we make up reasons to give tickets. People have also said that we target certain individuals, which just isn’t true,” Williams says. “The coolest services that [we] offer are motorist assistance and the TransLoc application, which shows when the next bus is coming. I think only about 25 percent of students know about motorist assistance, and 10 percent know about TransLoc application on the NAU mobile app.” NAU motorist assistance is free to anyone on campus, even if
they are not a student. They provide jump-starts, help with lockouts, assist people stuck in the snow and will even provide a gallon of gas if you run out on campus. Sophomore international affairs major Bianca Bulaga often uses another convenient service for students, free access to any Flagstaff Mountain Link bus through campus. “I love it! It’s free and gets me anywhere I need to go in Flag,” Bulaga says. “My best piece of advice for freshmen is to leave yourself a good amount of time to get around, especially when there’s bad weather. And
don’t ride your bikes when it’s icy!” Hopefully, these recommendations from fellow Lumberjacks will help to expedite transportation around campus and Flagstaff for the class of 2016. One freshman, Kaitlynne Piepiora, has already taken full advantage of her options at NAU. “I have used both the Louie Line and the Rapid Ride,” Piepiora says. “Both were very accessible, easy to understand and to use, and both make it easy to live on campus but be able explore the city of Flagstaff as well!”
LEFT: A student uses the campus-wide bike path. RIGHT: Lumberjacks travel from class to class on the campus shuttle. (Photos by Kelli Tresgallo)
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Mein Bowl flies ‘The Coop’
New on-campus dining whets students’ appetites
LEFT: Celebrity chef Mai Pham has brought NAU a fresh new twist on Asian food that combines Vietnamese and Thai. ABOVE: Orange chicken is one of the new dishes served at Star Ginger. (Photos by Andrew Conte)
BY JUSTIN REGAN
here is always great excitement at the beginning of every school year when it comes to new eats on campus. This year, it comes with the death of the commonly disliked Mein Bowl and the addition of a quasi-sports bar on south campus. Here is a run down of what’s new with campus dining: 1. Star Ginger replaces Mein Bowl, well-received by students. While Mein Bowl was a simple Sodexo knock-off of Chinese food, Star Ginger is an actual restaurant that has opened a satellite eatery on campus. Star Ginger is a casual concept featuring Vietnamese and Thai food of rice and noodle bowls. The noodle bowls are rice noodles with bean sprouts and either beef, chicken or tofu along with various vegetable toppings. Another option on the menu is something called Bahn Mi, which is carried over from the days of French influence in the region. “Bahn Mi means ‘salad sandwich,’ ” says Tina Freedman, vice president of operations for Star Ginger. “So, it’s a sandwich that has
marinated meat, pickled vegetables and fresh cucumbers, cilantro and jalapeño peppers; so, when you bite through it, there are different layers of texture and flavor and it’s very healthy.” Healthy seems to be a suitable word to attach to Star Ginger, because most of the food is heavily veggie-based. Students are also noticing the vast differences between Star Ginger and Mein Bowl. “There’s a lot better options and it’s a lot fresher,” says Hannah Simpson, a junior advertising major. “I don’t have to worry if I am going to get sick afterwards.” Star Ginger is a restaurant based out of Sacramento under head chef Mai Pham, who has written several Vietnamese and Thai cookbooks along with an appearence on Martha Stewart and hosting a special on the Food Network. Food options also include sweet potato fries, orange chicken and Thai yellow curry chicken; almost everything is a transfer special. 2. The Suites will house a new marketplace and an even bigger Starbucks. While neither of these places are ready
yet, there will soon be another Gateway-type market for students to buy miscellaneous items from spray cheese, condoms and everything between. Next to that will be another Starbucks, bigger than the one in the University Union. These will both be in the courtyard of the new Suites housing on south campus. 3. Real wings on South Campus In the du Bois center, next to the DuB cafeteria, there used to be a small market. It has now been replaced by a wings/chicken eatery known as The Coop. The Coop has all the fried chicken options from wings to strips to sandwiches. Along with the chicken, it will also be taking on the task of being the latenight food option for south campus, staying open until midnight (the Peaks will now be closing at 8 p.m.) At this time, they will have all the options that Peaks Grill used to have in addition to The Coop’s usual menu. Just like Star Ginger on north campus, The Coop is getting a thumbs up from the students. “I had the regular Buffalo wings last time, and now I am having the garlic parmesan and they are really, really good,” says Bailey Gil-
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ootball. The sport that America loves, no matter the level. NAU begins their season against PAC-12 team and in-state rival ASU. This will be the 39th time the Jacks face the Sun Devils, with ASU holding a six-game lead over NAU since 1915 (20–14–4). The Lumberjacks will be looking to break an eight-game skid against the Devils. “Everybody knows who we’re playing. Everybody on this team [and in] this program knows what this game, opportunity, represents,” said head coach Jerome Souers. “I don’t have any doubt at all that we have done everything we can to prepare at this point.” NAU will be dealing with an ASU program in a bit of transition period this year. College programs routinely add and drop players each year and the Sun Devils will unveil a new starting quarterback following Brock Osweiler’s departure to the NFL. Along with new quarterback Taylor Kelly, who only saw action in one game this past season, ASU hired a new had coach after former coach Dennis Erickson was fired following his third losing season in the past four years, and the Sun Devils picked up former University of Pittsburgh head coach Todd Graham. The strongest part of the ASU team will be its running back corps, with redshirt junior Cameron Marshall leading the pack. “The style of offense they are going to run is a tempo. They are going to go no-huddle as fast as the officials will put the ball on the ground. They try to snap it and go,” Souers said. “It will be very important that our guys know
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For cross country head coach Eric Heins, he feels the pressure of doing what no other cross country squad has done in Big Sky history, winning six men’s titles in a row. “I look at the guys [and] the pressure they’ve got is trying to do something that’s never been done before, in terms of winning six titles in a row,” Heins said. “When you’ve won five in a row, you have to expect that you’re gonna get picked to win, no matter who you’ve got coming back or what the team looks like.” The men claimed Big Sky gold behind Diego Estrada’s record-breaking run in Idaho, Jordan Chipangama’s second-place finish and senior Tim Freriks and sophomore Matt Coloe’s top-10 finishes. Estrada, Chipangama and Coloe are three of the five seniors that graduated after the 2011 season. Estrada was one of five Jacks to qualify and participate in the 2011 NCAA tournament, where he finished seventh and helped lead the team to a 14th place finish. Estrada followed up on his All-American status by representing NAU and Mexico in the 2012 Olympics. While Heins said it is impossible to replace an athlete like Estrada, he was able to bolster the ranks of the men’s squad and add depth, while looking to his returning NCAA championship participants for leadership and guidance. Leading the runners will be Freriks and sophomore Caleb Hoover. Freriks placed 94th at the championships and Hoover finished 177th.
“It was a whole different ball game,” Hoover said. “Going out there and being in the 100s, it’s quite [a] different experience and it made me a lot more motivated for this season to come in [to the season] in better shape, because I know I didn’t come in near as good of shape last year. Just being more prepared is what it taught me.” As a true freshman, Hoover competed in six races. While only cracking the top-10 once (at the George Kyte Invitational), Hoover helped the Jacks place in tournaments with strong finishes. Freriks earned two top-5 finishes during 2011, the George Kyte (2nd) and fifth at the Big Sky Championships. This season will feature the debuts of a Gatorade National Boys runner of the year (Futsum Zienasellassie) and a Foot Locker All-American (Nathan Weitz). To complement the incoming freshmen, Heins added a trio of transfers. Sophomores Brian Shrader (University of Oregon) and Matt McElroy (Oklahoma State University) and senior Roman Acosta (Syracuse University) join NAU. “[For Bahlbi Gebreyohanns] when [his brother] Zienasellasie, came to visit, it seemed like a really good fit for him,” Heins said. “Then to have, you know, really get fortunate with Nathan Weitz liking Flagstaff and NAU and wanting to come. So, [we] get two Foot Locker guys in one year was really, really pretty impressive. I couldn’t tell you how it happened. It just kind of [was] a perfect storm. We hadn’t signed anybody like that then we end up signing two in one see C. COUNTRY page 33
TOP LEFT: Chris Ganem stretches before the start of practice. TOP RIGHT: Senior Rochelle Kanuho finishes the first two mile run during practice. CENTER LEFT: The cross country team practices at Buffalo Park. BOTTOM LEFT: Brian Shrader, a red-shirt sophomore from Flagstaff, runs during practice in preparation the George Kyte Classic. (Photos by Sean Ryan)
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NAU goaltender Natalie Gilbertson scoops the ball up against Arizona’s Hannah Wong during Aug. 26’s soccer game at Lumberjack Stadium. (Photo by Sean Ryan)
Lumberjacks drop matches to in-state rivals
NAU’s Cierra Gamble kicks the ball against Arizona during Aug. 26 soccer game. The Lumberjacks lost the game 3–0. (Photo by Sean Ryan)
BY RAYMOND REID
he opening weekend of home action for the Lumberjacks women’s soccer team produced a clash of the three top teams in Arizona. The Lumberjacks opened the weekend with the Sun Devils of ASU Friday night and followed that with the Wildcats of Arizona on Sunday afternoon. Through the first three games of the 2012 season, the Lumberjacks have yet to crack the score column, dropping 4–0 to the Sun Devils and 3–0 to Arizona. Head coach Andre Luciano has always believed in scheduling difficult matches to begin the season and the Lumberjacks are definitely being tested by their difficult pre-conference schedule. “We just need to take the negatives that happened and change those to positives,” said sophomore midfielder Savannah Berry. “We can’t put our head down; we have to keep our chin high and come out hard.” Sunday, against Arizona, both teams took the field under cloudy, thunderous conditions. The scoreless beginning was broken in the eighth minute by Susana Melendez off a header against
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junior goalie Lauren Weaver. The next two goals in the game were delivered from free kicks by junior Ana-Maria Montoya, who played for Colombia in the 2012 London Olympics. Her goals were in the 42nd and 48th minutes. “I was disappointed because I felt we were mentally soft this game,” Luciano said. “I thought all three goals were soft goals, specifically the first two. After the second goal, we had a mental letdown. You can see our youth right now because we don’t have the same bite [as] our older team.” The Jacks were outshot 24–9 in the game and were tentative at times. Freshman forward Demi Schmeider and defender Maya Huffman, both from Flagstaff, had the opportunity to play in front of their family and hometown crowd. “I would definitely say it gets you really riled up for the game; you get a lot of adrenaline going” Schmeider said. The youth of this year’s team is going through a baptism by fire of sorts. The talent is deep for this team, experience and learning how to translate teachings into actions are the main points of struggle for the Jacks so far this season.
Friday night against ASU, the crowd was record-setting and the energy was coursing through Lumberjack Stadium as the anticipation mounted. The Jacks came out hard and played with a sense of urgency. The Sun Devils attack just became too much. They out shot the Lumberjacks 30–9 in the game and scored in the 16th minute off a corner kick that was headed into the net. The next three goals in the 47th, 84th and 88th minute were all unassisted. Forwards Devin Marshall and Cali Farquharson both tallied two goals each for the Sun Devils. “We have to take a good, hard look in the mirror and figure out who we want to be,” Luciano said. “We have to figure out what kind of mettle we have . . . we didn’t put our bodies on the line as much as we should have. We need a really deep gut check to figure out if they’re willing to pay the price physically and mentally to get a win.” The Jacks next action will be this weekend in Las Vegas at the UNLV Rebel Classic against Florida Atlantic University Aug. 31, then the University of Oklahoma on Sept. 2.
Cornerbacks Marcus Alford and Ca’leve Deboskie go through tackling drills. (Photo by Sean Ryan) from FOOTBALL page 27
spring While Bauman is the go-to guy for running, he will be backed up by University of California-Berkley transfer senior Covaughn DeBoskieJohnson. As a Bear, DeBoskie-Johnson played in 23 games off the bench and totaled 321 rushing yards and two touchdowns rushing, averaging 5.1 yards per rush on 62 carries. Going into Sun Devil Stadium, Grossart will have a few targets in the event that the running game stalls. Junior wideout Ify Umodo, Grossart’s No. 2 receiver this past season behind alum Khalil Paden, ended this past season with 50 catches for 667 yards and four touchdowns. Umodo will be aided by sophomore Dejzon Walker, who recorded 328 yards on 22 catches and also tallied three touchdowns as a true freshman and junior transfer Nick Cole, who played a shortened season in 2011 due to injury, recorded one catch for 22 yards. “I expect a lot out of the receivers. I expect a lot out of the offense in general,” Cole said. “We’ve been working since day one, preparing for ASU.” While the offense has proven re-
turners, the defense will be looking to replace senior leadership that was lost after graduation. The defensive line will have to try and replace three starters in Isaac Bond, Dan Pela and Blayne Anderson. Souers took the steps to rebuild the team’s depth by recruiting Boise State transfer Justin Jungblut and looking to junior defensive linemen Tim Wilkinson and senior Jarret Bilbrey to take over in the leadership roles on the team. “Bilbrey and Wilkinson are the returners . . . but Jungblut is about as talented a tackle as we’ve had in sometime,” Souers said. “Putting him alongside Wilkinson makes us pretty stout in the middle, for our level.” Wilkinson returns for the Lumberjacks following a sophomore season in which he was named All-Big Sky Honorable Mention. The Las Vegas native made 30 tackles through 10 games, including six tackles for loss, finishing tied for second on the team in tackles for loss with Anderson. Bilbrey notched 32 tackles, including five sacks (second on the team) in 2011 and 42 tackles through his career at NAU. “This is something I have been waiting for. It’s a position that I have been waiting for my whole life. I think
that I have it within me to be a good leader and that’s something I’ve always wanted,” Bilbrey said. “Now I get the chance to do that and I’m excited for this game, this team. I think we have a championship team.” Senior free safety Taylor Malenfant and junior cornerback Anders Battle will be heading up the secondary. Malenfant got his hands in front of kicks twice and was fourth on the team with 40 tackles. Battle tallied 35 tackles with one sack and one interception. “We are two deep on defense. We’re to the point right now where you keep practicing; you don’t get better,” Souers said. “We need to play to determine how far the development truly is.” The implications of a win for the Jacks against their PAC-12 foe are not lost on the team. “It’s tough to put into words the excitement and validation it would bring to our team and the work we’ve put in through summer and training camp,” Grossart said. “It would be awesome. I’m trying to think of a word right now, but it would be, it would make all the work you’ve done count and it would bring something new to this university and to this football program.”
ABOVE: Cornerback Randy Hale Jr. during defensive practice at Aug. 24 football practice. BELOW: Jamaal Perkins hits a blocking pad.(Photos by Sean Ryan)
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Jack Chat with Zach Bauman T o begin the semester, The Lumberjack sat down with junior running back Zach Bauman, one of the more high-profile athletes at NAU. Since his freshman year, Bauman has accumulated 2,494 rushing yards to go along with 30 touchdowns. Bauman talked about many things, including why he wears No. 34, his goals and accolades at NAU, his life before NAU, and his thoughts on the Aug. 30 game versus ASU. The Lumberjack: Why do you wear number 34? Zach Bauman: When I was 6 years old, my dad put me on to number 34. He told me Walter Payton, running back of the Chicago Bears, was the greatest running back to ever play. I’ve worn it ever since. LJ: What does it mean to break the NAU alltime rushing record as a junior? Also, talk about being nominated for the Walter Payton Award. ZB: I’m just over 1,000 yards of breaking the rushing record; that’s something I trained forever since I graduated high school. The award is a true blessing. I did not get the nominations and accolades in high school, so for me personally to come out here and be nominated for what is the Heisman of FCS football is an honor. LJ: What is it like being a leader on this team, now that you’ve taken a larger role on this year’s team? ZB: I’m not really a vocal person, so that’s something I’ve had to work on leading by example. I’ve been doing that since my freshman year since I got here. I’m fine with the position of pressure; I play better with pressure on my shoulders. LJ: What’s the difference between Big Sky
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The women celebrate folowing a point during a match this past season. (Photo by Sarah Hamilton)
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BY ALLI JENNEY
AU’s women’s volleyball team has now clinched its fourth consecutive nonconference tournament, dating back to this past season, with their victory at the UNLV Invitational Aug. 24 and 25 in Las Vegas. Senior outside hitter Kelli Dallmann was named MVP and sophomore middle blocker Sydney Kemper and freshman outside hitter Janae Vander Ploeg were recognized on the All–Tournament team in their 2012 season debuts. “It felt good to get out there and put everything together we’ve been working on for three weeks straight,” Dallmann said. “I’m just proud of the team and it was really nice for three of us to make the All–Tournament team.” Friday night, the Lumberjacks faced South Carolina’s The Citadel and presided over the match in a 3–0 sweep (25–9, 25–14, 25–18). Dallmann led the Lumberjacks with 13 kills, hitting an impressive .321 in her first appearance as an outside hitter after serving as the team’s setter her previous three seasons. Vander Ploeg had seven kills through the match and fellow freshman middle blocker Payton Bock made five of her own in her first appearance of the season. Saturday morning, the Lumberjacks matched up against a more challenging California State University (CSU), Bakersfield, resulting in a 3–1 match victory (26– 28, 25–16, 25–22, 25–13). Dallmann and Vander Ploeg each contributed 12 kills, while Kemper added 11 of her own. In a close opening set, CSU Bakersfield capitalized on late errors by NAU with the final points coming down to a service and attack error. Upon their first dropped set, the Lumberjacks took the loss and bounced back to claim the match.
“That was actually perfect, The Citadel match didn’t really tell us anything because it was too easy and we all kind of knew it,” said head coach Craig Choate. “Bakersfield pushing us kind of set a tone for us, so we were kind of ready for UNLV to be a harder match too. We know we have to grind point for point. We’re not going to run millions of points or anything, we’re not that kind of team. Hopefully that’s what we’ll do for the rest of the season.” In their match against host team UNLV, NAU took home the title in another 3–1 match win (25–15, 27–25, 20–25, 25–15). Dallmann and Vander Ploeg continued their dominant weekend play with 13 kills each. “I was nervous at first, but after the first serve, all the nerves went away and it was just excitement and ready to be out there and playing with everyone,” Vander Ploeg said on the weekend play. “It felt great. Our practices are still competitive, but playing another team and playing together is just something that’s really fun to do.” A strong offense cannot be accredited without good defense and setting establishing each rally. Sophomore setter Kalee Kirby tallied 121 assists, a feat fostered by senior libero Anna Gott’s defense with 31 digs through the tournament and freshman outside hitter Trianna Henry’s contribution of 25 digs of her own in her debut as a Lumberjack. “In the past, we haven’t always been solid across the board and we are now,” Choate said. “So if one person has an off-night, it doesn’t necessarily hurt us as much because we have a whole bunch of people that can hit. Physically, we’re a better team than we were last year.” The Lumberjacks will take to the court again in another nonconference tournament on Aug. 31 for the Omni Hotels Colorado Volleyball Classic in Boulder, Colo. at 3 p.m. vs Fresno State.
year.” Shrader, a Flagstaff native, graduated from Sinagua High School in 2010 and was recruited by the University of Oregon. In his freshman year, Shrader qualified for the 2010 NCAA championships, running as a Duck. At Sinagua, Shrader was a three-time Arizona Gatorade Athelte of the Year and a two-time Foot Locker National Championship finalist. McElroy transferred from Oklahoma State University. As a Cowboy, McElroy competed in two events. He finished eleventh at the 2010 Cowboy Classic and 32nd at the 2010 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships. The women are coming off a third place finish at this past year’s Big Sky Championships, and picked to finish second in conference. “I think that’s [a] pretty fair [assessment],” said redshirt senior Rochelle Kanuho. “I think we have strong team this year and we’re all, I mean not me, but the rest of the girls are pretty young so I think a goal as a team is top-3 at Big Sky.” The women will be debuting a relatively young team with eight freshmen and three seniors. While the seniors may have the most experience on the team, there has been no clear-cut leader on the team. Instead, according to Heins, the team has been working as one unit and each day someone else is taking the reins. Leading the seniors is Kanuho,
who debuted for the Jacks in 2010. Through the 2011 season, Kanuho tallied four top-10 finishes as a junior. “I think being one of the top runners, definitely motivating the girls and just every workout we run together, I just have to motivate them and be sure I stay positive, so they see that I don’t get too down on myself and so they don’t feel too down on themselves either,” Kanuho said. Of the eight freshmen joining the women’s team, Melbourne, Australia native Melanie Townsend and Arizona residents Emma Schraner and Rolanda Jumbo stand out. Townsend has experience running in international competitions, placing sixth in the 2010 International School Sport Federation World School Cross Country Championships in Slovakia and fifth in the 2010 Zatopek Classic’s Under–20 Women’s 3K race. Schraner and Jumbo both raced in the 2011 AIA Division III State Championships. Schraner finished seventh in the mile race and eighth in the two-mile race, while Jumbo helped her team to win the state championship. While the expectations for both squads may be high, Heins and the runners are not letting the pressure get to them and keeping one goal in mind. “My expectations are to have both teams shooting for a Big Sky Championship here in Flagstaff and then moving on to the national championships,” Heins said.
Senior Roman Acosta warms up. (Photo by Sean Ryan)
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Sundara’s well-stocked coffee bar and fully operational stage make this boutique and gallery perfect for community events. (Photos by Holly Mandarich)
Sundara hosts “Back 2 School Bash” for under-21 NAU students
BY MACKENZIE CHASE
ith the first week of classes practically over, the other side of college life is picking back up now. This Friday, students will be welcomed back to town with Flagstaff ’s first huge party presented by Sundara Boutique & Gallery and the Hands on Wax events production. Several talents will be coming to town to kick off the new school year, along with a few local names. Anyone who’s been on campus long enough and knows anything about the nightlife here is probably familiar with the name DJ KBK. He started as disc jockey (DJ) in Flagstaff for the Hot Mess freshman orientation parties and then continued booking events. He says the best part about DJing is the crowd response. “After you drop a really good track, real popular at the time, you know, they scream, they put their hands up, everybody starts dancing. That’s my favorite part. I live for that stuff,” DJ KBK said. Former DJ at the Cinnabar nightclub, KBK plays at San Felipe’s Cantina and Collin’s Irish Pub & Grill downtown and now Sundara for the under-21 crowd. Sundara is most known for the regular events put on each
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week, like the poetry slam Wednesday nights and open mic on Thursdays, but they’ve started to venture into club territory recently. “It’s something that’s relatively new with us, especially since we got our beer and wine license this past summer,” said John Quinonez, barista and events coordinator at Sundara. The venue is a versatile space, so everyone should have enough room to go crazy. “We provide a place where you have enough room to space out,” Quinonez said. “The stage is big enough for really anyone to do exactly what they want with it. We’ve hosted anything from a book reading to a punk show and they’ve all been a success.” DJ KBK will be joined by Chris Frank, an up-and-coming hip hop artist who recorded his first music video over the summer. He has a passion for music and says when others like his songs, “It’s just amazing because something you did, something you love, affects another person and they enjoy it too.” Frank started making music his freshman year of high school, but didn’t start recording seriously until sophomore year. His dedication paid off, and he just released a mixtape available for free download off his Facebook page as well as
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news regarding his new songs. The DJ KBK Facebook fan page is also the place to check out a list of upcoming events worth going to. This isn’t their first event collaboration; Frank and KBK have been working together for a while now. According to KBK, “Ever since I met him, we’ve been doing projects and all kinds of stuff together. We’ll never stop. Can’t stop, won’t stop. All his songs have the same energy I have when I DJ.” People planning to come to the party should bring their energy, because they don’t plan on letting anyone slack off while there. “If you wanna chill, go outside, take a break, come back inside [and] be ready to [expletive] [expletive] up,” Frank said. Giveaways will be handed out all night. “I don’t wanna give away too many details, but it’ll be real nice stuff that everyone’s gonna like. [There’s] something for everybody," KBK said. Other DJs set to perform include 3zee, Mario Soulece and Skoolboy. Admission to the event is free for those age 21 and up until midnight and then $2 after, and is $5 for 18+ guests all night. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the first 50 females get in free.
Yellowcard frontman Ryan Key
BY THOMAS STEINHAGEN
espite releasing their latest album, Southern Air, and non-stop touring until December, Yellowcard frontman Ryan Key sat down with The Lumberjack to discuss their new album, tour experiences and life in general. The Lumberjack (LJ): Yeah, it’s been a long trip for you guys. You guys have been touring in Europe for, what is it, a few weeks, now? Ryan Key (RK): I think it was only about two and a half weeks, but with all that traveling, to get there and get home, it feels longer than that. You know, when you do the international stuff. So, we haven’t stopped since we landed in Salt Lake City on the thirteenth of June, which was the day before rehearsal for Warped Tour this summer, so, it’s been a pretty long run. So, after tonight, we have about 10 days off, which is a glorious thing. LJ: I want to talk about your new al-
Yellowcard’s Ryan Key performs at the NAU Welcome Week Concert Aug. 25. (Photos by Keenan Turner)
bum, Southern Air. I did some research and I saw people from AP [Alternative Press], were saying this album is probably the best thing since you came out with Ocean Avenue. How do you guys feel about that? RK: I mean, it’s overwhelming, really. You know, we felt like when making Southern Air that it had some potential to be something really special and came out of the recording process saying, “You know, this might be the best record we’ve ever made.” But, when people start saying that in the press and fans start commenting on the record, you know, and telling you that it is the best record you ever made, it makes you feel better about having those thoughts. It’s just amazing how the energy around it has been so positive from the start; from writing and recording, to now releasing it and receiving reviews. So, to be able to accomplish this twelve years into our career as a touring band, it’s pretty phenomenal; and doesn’t
happen very often, I don’t think. I posted a thing on Facebook just the other day when we found out that the record had made the top ten on the Billboard charts. You know, I can’t imagine how small the percentage of people who get one top ten record in their life as an artist or a songwriter, much less two, which we’ve had now. So, it’s amazing and we feel like the band is back on an upward swing and Southern Air is just another part of that. LJ: Now, one of the reviews that just came out, I thought it was absolutely hilarious, saying that, ‘You guys are a little like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Sure, you could always go out there and get a loaded BLT, but when all else fails, you always have that slice of Americana readily available; and it’s taste never goes out of date.’ So, how do you feel about being related to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? [laughs] RK: Well, I mean, I think what they’re trying to say is just that it’s comforting to
know that you get what you want when you listen to Yellowcard. You know, I think that’s an accurate description of what we do and we never want to close ourselves off from expanding or maturing or growing as songwriters, but we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. We love what we do and, at this point in our career, we know how to do it well. So, we’ve really honed in on our talents as songwriters and as a band. We’re really just trying to move forward with those. LJ: Well, thanks so much. I’m really excited to see you guys on tour when you come back in November. RK: Cool, thanks for having me. Hopefully we won’t get washed out. Yellowcard’s latest album, Southern Air, is on sale now. Since performing at NAU, Yellowcard has begun their world tour through Japan and South America. They plan on returning for several more U.S. tour dates from early November to December.
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irst, I need to clarify I am really not a salad eater. As childish as it sounds, the textures of MARIA many vegetables just DICOSOLA make them unbearable to munch on. That being said, Mix, a restaurant downtown that features a create-your-own salad menu, is hands-down my favorite restaurant in Flagstaff. As part of the Old Town Shops, which are also home to Bigfoot BBQ, The Basement boutique and several other stores, Mix fits the relaxed feel of the downtown area and prides itself in being avid followers of the slow food movement idolized by many restaurants in the city. Mix boasts a broad slew of ingredients for customers to add to their salad. I enjoy adding the fresh pasta and their amazing homemade boursin cheese to my salads. Mix also has a delicious breakfast menu and various sandwiches and soups. It is a great place to stop for breakfast or lunch after a run downtown or a bike ride by Snowbowl because you still feel like your workout counts even after you finish your meal. Mix can get pricey as you start adding meat to your salad, but the
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Criollo is meant for a fancy date or that week when your paycheck is larger than normal — at least in college student terms. While the prices are a bit lofty for those of us living on minimum wage, Criollo is certainly worth the splurge. Their recipes and fresh ingredients that create such unique flavors are truly remarkable. From their homemade salsas to their braised beef, you can tell the chefs at Criollo have heart in what they do and take time to perfect their dishes. They also did a great job at coordinating spices and side dishes to go along with their main courses. Tired of eating on campus day after day, I could not be more excited to get some good and spicy Mexican food into my system. However, it is important to note that Criollo is not a Mexican restaurant, it is a Latin Kitchen. Basically, it has leaner and lighter dishes than the average enchilada or burrito. This downtown eatery is sure to also be a hit when your parents are in town.
Where: 120 N. Leroux Street Hours: Mon.-Wed. 11 a.m.-9p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10p.m. Phone: (928) 774-3274 Website: diabloburger.com
hile spending my summer interning in Wyoming, a MADDIE state that claims to proFRIEND duce the best beef in the world, I chowed my way through plenty of all-natural, freerange, grass-fed and grass-finished beef. However, none of the highly touted specialty burgers I tried could even begin to compare with what I consider to be the best restaurant — that’s right, restaurant, not just burger joint — in the world: Diablo Burger. Mmmm . . . I can feel my saliva forming. Diablo Burger boasts 100 percent local, open-range, antibiotic-free and growth-hormone free beef and french fries, which they call “frites,” that I dream about. For those of you who frown on the pervasive organic and slow-food movement, I challenge you to embark on a culinary adventure at Diablo Burger. Their menu has brilliant combinations, ranging from bacon, guacamole, and cheddar to pesto and an over-easy fried egg. Catering to the vegetarians out there, Diablo Burger does offer a local veggie burger, but trust me, the beef is worth it.
Be warned: Diablo Burger only accepts cash, and can be difficult to find, with it being tucked inside Heritage Square.
Tacos Los Altos
Where: 2500 S. Woodlands Blvd. Suite 1 Hours: Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Phone: (928) 774-8200 Website: tacoslosaltos.com
Looking for traditional Mexican food several hours north of the border? Look no further than Tacos Los Altos. With an east side location on Route 66, and a west side location on Woodlands Village Boulevard in the shopping center behind Wal-Mart, Tacos Los Altos serves up authentic taqueria-style food and Mexican classics such as menudo. Their breakfast burrito is the best in town — tasty, tangy and packed full of flavor. For the starving student, be sure to try their torta with carne asada, pico de gallo, lettuce, sour cream and tomato. These massive, authentic Mexican “burgers” will fill any growling stomach without breaking the bank. Not that hungry? Try some of the carne asada tacos, which can be sold individually. All of the food is fresh and made to order, and will be sure to bring back memories from your spring break trip south of the border.
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The Expendables 2
Artist: Yellowcard Album: Southern Air Genre: “Punkish” Pop
BY MYKEL VERNON-SEMBACH
here are always biases against bands that reemerge a decade after falling into the ashes of middle school yearbooks: one-hit wonders that never know when to give up and who sell themselves out and, ultimately, sell short. Some are capable of beating the odds and coming out above all the scathing criticisms, but most often, many of these teenybopper bands retell a modern-day Icarus. They fly too close to the spotlight, they break a string, their voice cracks, and are suddenly lost in a sea of infinite has-beens. Understandably, fans of Yellowcard hope to see them triumph once again by way of their latest album, Southern Air. Yellowcard listeners want proof the band are more than just a soundtrack to awkward chaperoned boy/girl dances. While Yellowcard has, indeed, grown past their first release and their chart-topping “Ocean Avenue,” it is tough to say if they have grown better or worse. They start off Southern Air off with “Awakening;” suddenly their immature punk Blink-182 influences have fallen away to reveal a clean crew-cut pop quintet singing about yet another toast to a forlorn love. Thanks to the simple rhyming scheme and generalized melody, “Awakening” is made to be a glorified sing-a-long for inebriated twenty-somethings reliving their teen angst, hoping to “awake” from their drunken stupor sans hangover. The pattern repeats itself until the fourth track, “Here I Am Alive.” An inspirational track with hand claps, white noise drum kit/ guitar and crescendoed “PC” strings make this track slightly different from the first four, but not by much. Once again, they attempt to inspire their brokenhearted fans, implying bad things in life will always pass and if lead singer/guitarist Ryan Key can do it, so can they! A bleeding heart isn’t much of a beating heart and, thusly, makes “Here I Am Alive” more or less a funeral march than an uplifting self-esteem anthem. With a line like, “They say you don’t grow up / you just grow old / it’s safe to say I haven’t done both,” it is safe to say that this track isn’t a learning experience, but a right to say, “See how much I’ve gone through to get here.” “Sleep in the Snow” has little to say, with the exception Key’s calling out of a cold-hearted romantic partner for the rejection of his open, albeit bleeding, heart. All is forgivable, however, because he knows that they will be back eventually – the song was pretty normal up until these last two lines. The blame game continues through “A Vicious Kind,” wherein the victim serenades the defendant with an “I tried” and “Telescope” is simply filler, with the clever line, “You’re my only hope / you’re my telescope.” Overall, Southern Air lacks any of the vivaciousness or originality – or awesome violin solos – of Ocean Avenue or even their sophomore release Lights and Sounds. Then again, one should not expect much of a record containing album art looking like Instagram-ed stock photo off of Getty Images.
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Directed by Simon West Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis Running time: 103 minutes Rated R
BY JAYSON BURNS
henever my friends and I talk about The Expendables (2010), most of our dialogue eventually resorts to miming a gun and making shooting sounds because, really, that’s what it was all about. Don’t get me wrong, there was some substance to it, but Sylvester Stallone and company made a film that was all about getting the guys (or gals) together to enjoy some fun action. All they needed to do for this year’s sequel was give their audience that same experience, and that’s exactly what they did, a few hiccups aside. The Expendables 2 follows the mercenary group of the same name (minus the “2”) who are hired by CIA agent Mr. Church (Bruce Willis). A plane carrying the blueprints to a Cold War-era nuclear weapons depot has been shot down in Albania, and Mr. Church wants the team to go in with technical expert Maggie (Yu Nan) to retrieve it and square the debt they made with him in the previous film. The mission goes south when a criminal arms dealer named Vilain (Jean-Claude Van
QuickFlick BY JAYSON BURNS
hile not as numerous or historic as the Bond films, the Bourne series has become an example of how secret agent movies are done correctly. It’s no surprise they wish to continue the story with The Bourne Legacy, but as the film stands on its own I can’t help but wonder if it lived up to its title. The fourth entry in the Bourne series begins with Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), a chemically-altered agent of Operation Outcome, surviving an assassination attempt by his own employers. Outcome is suffering from the same legal consequences
Damme) gets his hands on it, and the mercenaries must track him down and stop him from selling the nukes on the black market, as well as get some payback. This plot isn’t anything new to action movies, but it does the job in setting up the action scenes. I was also pleased to find that the mission was much more personal for the team, and the added interactions between the members helped with the impression that these men would mock each other, but also die for each other. However, there were some bumps in the story’s pacing, as a few of the characters seem to come and go as they please. At times, especially near the end, this made the mission seem far too easy for the protagonists. As almost any action film would show, the acting in The Expendables 2 is cheesy, but forgivable. Stallone and Liam Hemsworth as newcomer Billy have some decent, genuine lines, but it’s pretty clear that the others are just there to make one-liners. Still, they all handled it well enough (Arnold Schwarzenegger can say anything and people would love it) and it’s nice to see
all these action stars having fun with each other. Van Damme actually makes an interesting villain, even if his character’s motivation was flat, and is an improvement over Eric Roberts as the unintimidating “suit” in The Expendables. And Chuck Norris is just Chuck Norris, nothing more need be said. Despite some concerns that the sequel would be toned down for a wider audience, the violence and gore rivals that of the original. Unfortunately, I had a difficult time accepting most of the computer generated effects as “real,” as if the images weren’t animated quite right with the physical set. Also, there really wasn’t any tension in the firefights, because the bad guys had worse aim than the Stormtroopers from Star Wars. The close-quarters combat, on the other hand, was very well put together and did not suffer from much shaky-cam. The Expendables 2 may not be the most groundbreaking of action films, but Jet Li mercilessly beats a group of armed men with a pair of frying pans. If that sounds at all appealing, then this movie would make for a great time with some buddies on a Friday night.
The Bourne Legacy as the previous antagonists brought about by the exploits of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), and so has decided to eliminate all assets. Scientist Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz) becomes a target as well, but is saved by Cross so that she can help him keep his body at its chemical and physical peak without having to ingest the Outcome-issued pills. Compared to an amnesiac uncovering his lost past and striking back at the people responsible, finding a way to stop taking pills seems a little weak. On top of all that, characters and plot points seem to swing past too quickly. The acting from the three leads
in Legacy is solid. Renner and Weisz have yet to disappoint me, and their characters interact well with each other while being strong enough on their own. Edward Norton does a good job as Eric Byer, the man in charge of hunting the other two down, but doesn’t really stand out because his only role is to give orders to his subordinates. It’s hard to comment on much of the other actors, however, since they’re given even less substance than Norton’s character. The Bourne Legacy had some great acting from its stars and some intense action scenes, but by the end I failed to see how it really earned the “legacy” in its title.
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Published on Aug 30, 2012
Published on Aug 30, 2012
The second Fall 2012 issue of The Lumberjack, the student newspaper of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.