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or many students living on campus, a trip to the dentist requires some sort of motorized excursion to an off-campus destination. The NAU Department of Dental Hygiene is doing something about it by providing students and other Flagstaff residents with a clinic in which the cost of dental work can be as low as a third of that of professional offices. The clinic, located in the Health Professions building, see DENTISTRY page 6

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Courtney Quinn, a junior dental hygiene major at NAU, works on a patient at the Department’s Dental Clinic, located on the second floor in the Health Professions building on south campus. (Photo by Holly Mandarich)

Police looking for Sechrist burglary suspects

NAU gets national attention over incident

BY Maria Dicosola

BY William Brown

fter a student living in Sechrist Hall woke up on Sept. 7 to find his laptop missing from his room, the NAU Police Department (NAUPD) sent out a crime alert warning students to look out for two male suspects. The suspects were caught on a security camera in Sechrist Hall wearing orange construction vests. NAUPD Corporal Ken Hunter said there were witnesses inside the residence hall who saw the two suspects holding a laptop.

he NAU Conservatives club claims their First Amendment rights were violated in the University Union after they refused to move while trying to distribute items in memory of 9/11. The incident has drawn national attention from legal defense agencies and news outlets. This past Friday, the NAU Conservatives — as part of the nationwide 9/11: Never Forget Project — set out to distribute flags, buttons, stickers and posters to remind the university’s faculty, staff and students of the importance of the events now 10

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Students facing less debt than peers BY Bree Purdy



ost recent university and college graduates across the nation are facing both a crippling amount of student debt and a tough job market, and both current and former NAU students are not immune to the effects of the economic recession. However, recent statistics provided by the

university show NAU grads are faring better than their peers nationally. According to an article published by The Huffington Post, a survey done by Twentysomething, Inc. shows that more than 85 percent of the class of 2011 will return to living at home following graduation. Many in the survey cite student see DEBT page 5

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PoliceBeat Sept. 6 At 1:49 p.m., the staff at Cline Library called to report having been told a male subject had been looking under stall doors in the men’s restroom. An officer was dispatched. The subject was arrested for an outstanding warrant from the Coconino County Sheriff ’s Office (CCSO) for voyeurism and presenting false information to a police officer. The subject was booked and placed in the CCSO jail. At 3:46 p.m., a student called to report a subject appearing to be looking inside vehicles on the 3rd floor of the parking garage. An officer was dispatched, and the subject was contacted and was skateboarding. The subject was advised of the regulations and left the area. At 8:04 p.m., a subject called to report a group of vehicles speeding through parking lot 62B. An officer was dispatched. A club was in the area and everything appeared to be fine. At 9:17 p.m., a subject called to report a large group was competing in a music contest. Subjects appeared to be malevolent toward others.

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Officers were dispatched and observed no suspicious behavior. Everything appeared to be fine. No action was taken.

Sept. 7 At 1:57 p.m., an officer received a call from the elevator in Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) building. Both an officer and NAU maintenance were dispatched and the subject was freed from the elevator. At 11 p.m., a subject called to report an unknown subject tipped over a motorcycle parked in the Sechrist Hall parking lot. Officers were dispatched. The owner was contacted and advised the damage was new. At 11:35 p.m., a student called to request medical attention for a friend who had an ill experience with tobacco. An officer was dispatched. Both the Flagstaff Fire Department and the Guardian Medical Transport (GMT) were dispatched. The subject was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center by GMT for evaluation.

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the University Union called to report that artwork was stolen from the gallery. The incident occurred between Sept. 2 at an unknown time and Sept. 6 at an unknown time. Officers were dispatched, and the case is closed with all leads exhausted.

“We checked with the construction companies around the area and with the Residence Life Support Services . . . they don’t belong to their staff,” Hunter said. The security camera footage shows the suspects tailgating another resident into the building. The resident said she did not know the two men. “If anybody knows who they are, or can I.D. them from the pictures, we’re going to follow through,” Hunter said. For now, there are three felony charges of arrest awaiting the perpetrator(s) because the item was over $1,000. In addition, there are also charges of burglary and trespassing. However, in terms of the two men seen on tape, NAUPD is not accusing the suspects of stealing the laptop; they just want to figure out who they are. “We’re not saying these two men are guilty, we just don’t know who they are and they were in the area of the crime at the time of the crime,” Hunter said. “We’re just trying to identify them to see if they can provide us with information as to what they were doing, see who they were with or whether they were with anybody.” Hunter pointed out it is possible they had a legitimate reason to be in the building, and the department just wants to be sure.

Sept. 9 At 12:39 p.m., the staff at the Office of Residence Life called to report three students handing out fliers in the area of the University Union where they were not permitted to do so. When the subjects were asked to move to an appropriate area, they refused and became belligerent. An officer was dispatched, and the students were told to move and they complied. The three students were referred to the Office of Student Life, and were written up for violations of the student code of conduct.

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NEWS BRIEFS — From the AP Wire • PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — A Prescott mother has been arrested after she allegedly used her employer’s credit card to buy school supplies. Prescott police booked 31-year-old Ashley Rae Bacak into the Yavapai County Jail Sunday on suspicion of using a credit card without the owner’s consent, taking a credit card from another, falsely making a written instrument and possession of prescription drugs. • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Coconino County authorities say thieves hit several travel trailers and recreational vehicles parked in the Coconino National Forest last week. • WILLIAMS, Ariz. (AP) — Kaibab National Forest fire managers have canceled plans to implement a prescribed burn on the Williams Ranger District.

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Sept. 11, ten years later

See the photo slideshow and full story online at i TOP: Members of the Flagstaff Police Department Honor Gaurd salute during the presentation of the American and Arizonan flags. LEFT: A young girl holds the American Flag during the 10th Aniversary Memorial of Sept. 11.

New wind turbine donated by local business BY Delainey Noe


very year, NAU gets closer and closer to reaching its goal of being carbon neutral by the year 2020. University officials believe the new wind turbine on campus, located next to the Applied Research and Development building, will illustrate the university’s seriousness in reaching that mark. The foundation for the structure was put in place Tuesday, and construction is expected to be completed in a month. Bryan McLaren, the sustainability coordinator at NAU, said the incorporation of the wind turbine on campus helps with NAU’s pledge and is a step in the right direction for the university. “NAU has made a pledge towards carbon neutrality by the year 2020 that goes along with the

Association of College and Universities President Climate Commitment, and President Haeger signed that pledge,” McLaren said. Karin Wadsack, state facilitator for the Wind for Schools program, said the turbine itself did not cost the university a penny as a local company that manufactures the wind turbines donated it to NAU. “Southwest Wind Power, which is the company in town that manufactures that turbine, donated that turbine to the university and they have been a fantastic partner to the university and to the Wind for Schools program,” Wadsack said. “I am really proud that we’re finally putting in this Southwest Wind Power turbine on our campus.”

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Rae Owen, a recent graduate from NAU, now works for Flagstaff Live. Unfortunately, many recent graduates from around the country are not faring as well in the down economy. (Photo by Casey Cordeiro) from DEBT page 1

loans as the main cause for debt. Graduates are facing historic levels of indebtedness — an average of $27,200 for a bachelor’s degree alone. Dulce Gomez, a sophomore biology major, is currently feeling the weight of student loans. “So far, I have taken out over $5,000 in student loans,” Gomez said. “I still have to take out more. I’m not sure how much, though. I still have a few years left before I complete my bachelor’s degree and I will need more money to pay off my tuition, along with my books. Even after graduating [from] NAU, I will need even more loans to pay for medical school.” The NAU Office of Student Financial Aid said the indebtedness for further degrees past graduation from the university is, on average, $34,142. “My mom offered to help me repay some of the loans,” Gomez said. “I feel like she has done enough already, though, and I want to pay everything back myself. If I have to get a job at a fast food restaurant in order to pay everything back, I will.” According to statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor, some college graduates may need to resort to settling

for jobs that do not utilize the degree they just earned. As many as 50 percent of college graduates under age 25 are considered ‘underutilized’ in employment, meaning they are working a job such as a barista or bartender, a part-time job or are unemployed. Thomas Bauer, NAU director of Public Affairs, said the current progress of university graduates does not fit in with the grim outlook concerning employment in the rest of the country. “I can tell you that a survey of the class of 2010 — the latest numbers available — indicates that 90.9 percent of our graduates are either employed, in graduate school or voluntarily not employed,” Bauer said. “The remaining nine percent of graduates are unemployed — which is a little less than Arizona’s current rate of unemployment [of 9.4 percent].” The Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, David Bousquet, said NAU is not only an exception to the averages in terms of employment, but also in terms of student debt. “I can tell you that, for the class that graduated in May 2010, 40 percent of the students graduated with no debt,” Bousquet said. “That bears repeating:

over 40 percent of NAU’s 2010 graduates, receiving a BS or BA, graduated with zero debt.” Bousquet also said change to 59.3 percent of 2010 undergraduates in debt owed, on average $20,295 — 25 percent ($6,905) less than the national average. NAU is one of few universities where undergraduates are guaranteed eight semesters, or four years, without tuition increase. Bauer said he holds an optimistic outlook about NAU in the face of record-high debt levels, but also stated the future of higher education in the state of Arizona is difficult to project. “Student debt is increasing, of course, as tuition and other costs rise,” Bauer said. “NAU’s tuition rate remains lower than its peers, despite state support decreasing by 41 percent over the past decade. But with ever-decreasing state support, universities must drastically cut spending, increase efficiencies and turn to other sources for revenue, including tuition.” Bauer said he feels student loans and debt may be a risk worth taking — considering the benefits. “A $19,000 debt is not an insignificant amount,” Bauer said. “But attaining a bachelor’s degree remains a worthwhile investment by any measure.”

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offers a wide variety of dental services ranging from X-rays and exams to cleaning and fluoride treatment, as well as sealant application. All services are provided by students in the program. Department chair Marge Reveal said the on-campus clinic is offered at a much lower rate than the average private office. “We have fees for people who want to come in . . . about a third of what a dental office would charge for dental hygiene services,” Reveal said. Not only does the department offer lower prices for community members, but financial aid is also included for students. Reveal said the grant makes the service free to all current students on a first come, first serve basis. “We have a grant where we can see NAU students free of charge,” Reveal said. “They just have to give us their NAU ID.” The grant is not limited to just students. Jodie Brown, NAU dental hygiene administrative assistant, said it also covers other members of the community. “This grant is only for NAU students, low-income children [without dental insurance], and Native Americans,” Brown said, who added that the grant does not define “lowincome.” Minors who are provided with Medicaid by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) lose their dental insurance coverage when they turn 18 years old. Brown said the clinic makes dental hygiene services available to those who lose coverage at a reasonable cost. “AHCCCS doesn’t normally cover dental insurance after [age] 18,” Brown said. “So we will give them services and charge them half-price.” The number of grants that can be distributed is limited; once the department reaches a certain number of recipients, it can no longer provide dental work for free. “We only have 145 spots [for the grant], so once we top out at that 145, we won’t be able to see anybody else,” Brown said. After all the positions have been filled, the department is forced to begin charging a fee. Reveal said the clinic is run for the students, by the students. “The services are all provided by dental hygiene students,” Reveal said. “But their supervision is by dental hygiene faculty.” Chelsea Harper, a freshman business management major, said she has already considered utilizing the clinic, though she has not looked into the grant opportunity. When asked how she felt about being treated by her fellow students, Harper said that if the dental hygiene students have received sufficient training and experience, then she feels comfortable with student-led procedures. “If they are close to being certified, then I’m fine with it,” Harper said. Reveal said she was confident in the dental students’ work. “People can expect that it will take longer than a dental office because these are students,” Reveal said. “But the services are of excellent quality.”

Bike Thieves Hit Home NAUPD reported to the NAU Transportation Action Team about the top places on campus that bike thefts occur — and most of them are residence halls on campus. The top 10 are as follows, with the number of incidents in 2010-11:

1. McConnell Hall (11) 2. Reilly Hall (11) 3. Sechrist Hall (10) 4. Cowden Hall (10) 5. Allen Hall (10) 6. Taylor Hall (10) 7. Wilson Hall (9) 8. Cline Library (9) 9. Tinsley Hall (7) 10. Fieldhouse (7)


A student at McConnell Hall locks her bike to prevent her bike from being stolen. (Photo by Holly Mandarich)


years in the past. The club originally started handing out materials outside, but a sudden rainstorm drove the students inside the Union, where they set up shop next to the Starbucks. However, the club’s members were not in an area approved for student organization use. Although the NAU Office of Student Life has cleared both the students and the club from any violation of student code, members of the organization are still calling for an apology from the university. Elizabeth Baumann, a sophomore political science and public relations major and the vice president of NAU Conservatives, said she was the first person asked if the group had official status by a staff member from Student Unions And Activities. “She asked us if we had gone and signed up for a booth with Student Life, and I told her no and she said, ‘Well, you can’t be here, you need to leave,’” Baumann said. “And [club founder] Stephanee [Freer] told her, ‘No, we’re allowed to be here because of our first amendment right.’ [The staff member] then said, ‘I have to go talk to my boss about this.’” The staff member’s boss was contacted, and — by the time the NAU Conservatives left — five representatives from three different departments ­­(Student Unions and Activities Services, Student Life and NAUPD) had come to address the issue of NAU Conservatives not

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staying to designated areas for groups. Stephanee Freer, a former student and the founder of NAU Conservatives, said the group felt targeted and said she believes the university needs to rethink their entire approach to free speech, particularly in regard toward student organizations. “We are entitled to our right to free speech, and it doesn’t matter if it’s standing next to Starbucks or standing on the mountain,” Freer said. “We’re being civic. We’re standing there silently almost, we weren’t shoving things in people’s faces — we were offering [people] flags. People were coming up to us to get them — we weren’t seeking them out, we were standing there. And that is not a crime.” After the incident, the club’s students were under the impression they would be facing hearings for misconduct, but the Office of Student Life has confirmed neither the students nor the organization as a whole will be facing any punishments or sanctions. Art Farmer, director of the Office of Student Life, said that while he does still plan on meeting with the students involved, no violations of the Student Code of Conduct are being alleged. “There is no disciplinary action in progress at this point in time,” Farmer said. “My meeting is not going to be disciplinary-related at all. What I’m hoping to get out of that is I really want to hear from them on their perspectives of what took place on Friday and answer questions they might have for me.

Also, [I’d like to] share what staff perspectives were on that Friday as well and then talk a little bit about if something like this were to occur, where do we go from here? I’m hoping it’ll be a productive meeting with these folks.” While the charges being dropped is a relief to the students involved, Freer said it simply isn’t enough. “If they dropped all of their charges, we would still want an apology,” Freer said. “They completely disrupted our event. We weren’t there to cause controversy, or to see how far it would go. We were there to hand out flags for Sept. 11.” Farmer said he was disappointed to hear that oppression was considered a motive of Student Life’s actions. “I have heard that people really believe that this was directed by Student Life to end the activity of handing out American flags,” Farmer said. “I can absolutely tell you that was not the intent of this. The intent was to relocate an activity into a pre-existing booth that we use for that very kind of thing. It was not to stymie anybody related to the activity.” The controversy has garnered enough attention that news outlets such as Drudge and have picked up on the story. Baumann said the American Defense Fund, one of the groups who approached NAU Conservatives to offer free legal defense in the event of charges, is looking at the incident with an eye towards possible legal action against NAU.

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raduating college used to be a precursor to good times for most — a university degree for most of our parents meant a nearguarantee of long-term employment with a decent salary and little debt. For some today, this is still true. However, for the members of what our folks often call the “entitled generation,” the benefits of higher education just aren’t what they used to be. Tuition continues to balloon in Arizona and elsewhere, while both the state and federal government continue to play a game of Russian Roulette with the financial aid many students need just to get by, leaving many to swallow a bitter pill and take out numerous student loans. Nationally, the average debt for a recent graduate, according to a National Postsecondary Student Aid study, is $27,200. This is by no means an insurmountable amount of debt, and both owing and paying back loans can have its benefits. However, for young graduates, that goal can appear impossible in a down economy where many aren’t able to find work. The scariest part of this? These new young professionals, who should be the most up-to-date workers in their field, should be some of the most attractive candidates for the jobs for which they apply. According to a recent study from Twentysomething Inc. — a consulting and marketing firm specializing in studying the needs, wants and condition of young Americans — 85 percent

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of students graduating this year will make the decision to move back in with their parents after graduation. Even taking into consideration that some of these former students probably have jobs, it is a sobering statistic to think that these young men and women — standing on the brink of what should be the start of an independent life they can make for themselves — are stuck at home having to meet curfew and hanging out with their high school buddies.

Some will chalk this up to a lack of initiative or drive, an unwillingness to work hard for the economic prosperity, as a society, that we have taken for granted for so long. Others will portray the students as victims who, as a television criminal investigator might say, were simply in the wrong place at the right time. The truth, like with most things, is somewhere in between. For all it’s worth, NAU is doing its part in trying to stymie the everincreasing cost of a college education

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by fighting for the continuation of the ‘Pledge’ program — the guarantee of a fixed tuition rate for eight semesters. Yet the university is only one small player in a greater game of financial chess, and even it is not the complete master of its own decisions. The Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) may well decide in the coming years that NAU students should weather the same storm as their UA and ASU peers. Any changes to the ‘Pledge’ would not affect students currently

on the program, but future freshman could be in for a tough time financing their education. The big question is this: Will high school graduates in five years find college worth the great expense once they’re faced with only two choices — living with their parents and working at a fast-food restaurant, or living with their parents and working at a retail store and having a ton of debt, too? Of course, the recession won’t last forever. The economy will recover and the job market in the country will recover with it. But, by that time, many graduates from this year will be years behind newer grads in their skills, and will likely be demoralized and jaded as a result. Simply put, this spells disaster. This nation cannot afford to just lose such a viable crop of educated working professionals at this time. At both the federal and state levels, the government needs to step up and help students finance their college educations. It is of no benefit to anyone to have young Americans enter the professional world with a crippling load of debt. In the meantime, graduates need to learn to tread water during these difficult economic times, while keeping their heads above it. We’d like to think things will get better before they get worse, but anyone who claims they can project the path of the market is less qualified to speak on the subject than us. In the meantime, it’s time to go home. And if your parents are having as much trouble finding a job as you are, well, misery loves company.

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Obama wants you — NAU Conservatives act like children, should not be suprised when treated like children to have a job


conomists have been looking over the $447 billion American Jobs Act proposed by President Obama to a joint-session of Congress on Sept. 8. Not surprisingly, their responses have been mixed; Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist, and others praised Obama’s plan. Shierholz called it “a vital step in the Rolando direction of providing a solution that Garcia matches the scale of the ongoing crisis.” On the other end stand Peter Morici, professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and James Sherk, senior policy analyst in labor economics for the Heritage Foundation — a conservative research group — accompanied by others who oppose the plan because “it will permanently hamstring the economy with higher taxes and mindless bureaucracy,” said Morici. The only consensus that exists is that Obama’s Jobs Act needs amending, either to take stronger measures towards Democrat ideals, or trim more of the liberal fat to fit the Republican’s demands. The plan includes new public works projects, help for local school districts, training opportunities for those who have been out of work for long periods of time, and over $200 billion in tax cuts for workers and employers alike. “And it will not add to the deficit. It will be paid for,” Obama told a crowd of 8,000 at the University of Richmond on Sept. 9. He said the cost of the jobs package would be offset with spending cuts and tax revenue increases over the coming decade; he plans to announce the offsets on Sept. 19. The plan contains pieces that could have a major impact on improving today’s unemployment rate of 9.1 percent — which is nearly twice the level that would reflect a healthy labor market. Republicans could decide to oppose and try to stop any and all leg-

islation with the Democrat’s stamp on it from passing, all for politics. It might even prove beneficial to them. Nothing would look better for Republicans in the upcoming election than if they were given the opportunity to pick this nation up from the dirt, heal its scabbed knees, and restore it to its former glory — or its status before Bush’s presidency. Fortunately for us all, the nation will not begin to see significant improvements in employment rates during Obama’s first term, even if this act is passed — and it should be — so Republicans are being cooperative and willing to take action: “There are some ideas in the president’s speech that are geared toward small business people, creating incentives for people to invest money and hire folks. Those are the kind of things I think we ought to work on right now and get moving,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. He and Speaker of the House John Boehner still have heavy disagreements with Obama’s plan and oppose it for rehabbing roads, airports and schools, and other parts of the bill that require new government spending. To cut the unemployment rate to 5 percent within five years, economists estimate employers would have to generate nearly 300,000 jobs a month. The average number of jobs generated last year was 100,000 a month, and this August it halted to a shocking zero. Because of various reasons like a lack of consumer demands stemming from job insecurity, mortgage troubles, slow wage growth and shrinking savings, cheap foreign competition, discouraging tax policies, a mismatch of job openings and skills, burdensome health care costs, a lack of spending on infrastructure, either too many or too few free trade agreements, inappropriate regulations, too many or too few immigrants, and an aging workforce, the American people seem to be incapable of getting out from this hole of unemployment on their own. Whether the solution comes from Republicans or Democrats, changes need to start happening soon.

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e as humans are raised from infants with one common theme — there are rules, and if you break them you get in trouble. Don’t touch that stove. Don’t hit your brother. Don’t urinate on the carpet. Rules exist for a reason, even if we do not understand or agree with them. In fact, this idea — the rule of law — is a core tenet of the current conservative moveJohn Westover ment. On Sept. 9, a few students from the NAU Conservatives club were outside the University Union, handing out flags, buttons, and stickers. It started to rain, so the club decided to move inside. Unfortunately, according to university policies you cannot just pick up and move somewhere else. Those are the rules, but the NAU Conservatives did not take kindly to them. Stephanie Freer, the current President of the NAU Conservatives, posted a blog on the conservative (a site “designed to provide conservative activists with . . . [the] skills they need to revolutionize the struggle against leftist bias and abuse on college campuses”) that outlines the incident and has a link to a heavily edited video recorded by the students. Conservative blogs all over the internet have already had a field day rearranging the events of the video and making it into their own story. The video on YouTube is very clear. A young lady with an overblown “I’m saving this country” complex — one not uncommon among Tea-Partiers and other ‘conservatives’ these days — ignores and derides a series of administrators who make requests that are, given any thought, completely reasonable. She pulls out the ‘patriot’ card on the first; it is an old, tired, absurd justification ten years later but apparently a classic. “Do you want to shut down our 9/11 table? Are you unpatriot-

ic? Do you not care that there were 3,000 people that innocently died on 9/11?” Administrators gave the students ample opportunities. They were reasonable in every scene of the video, offering the students a space in a booth a ways away, which the group denied because “they’re in the middle of nowhere, nobody can see it.” Even when a booth opened up and an NAU official offered to have them move into that booth five feet away, the students opted instead to stamp their feet and thrust out their lower lip, pouting: “BUT THE CONSTITUTIONNNNNNN, MOOOOMM!” What the students that represented NAU Conservatives fail to realize is that this was not about their politics. It was not about 9/11, and it was not a persecution from a “leftist administration,” as Freer refers to NAU’s administration on CampusReform. It was about the rules. They broke them, and people cannot go around just breaking rules in a lawabiding society. The disconnect between those two ideas is one that runs rampant through the conservative movement these days. Bankrolled by large corporations and bolstered by radical organizations like and the classic bad guy, Fox News, conservative groups in the United States are operating in a place outside reality. This piece will very likely be misconstrued by conservatives as an attack by The Lumberjack on conservatism as a whole. (The author would like to note here that he was registered as a Republican until very recently, and that his views do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editorial Board.) But it is not. If someone breaks the rules, they should pay for it, regardless of background, station, or political affiliation. But that is the inherent problem with the philosophies of Tea Party and current conservatives. They want to press the reset button. What

they fail to recognize is that we are where we are because hundreds of years of case law, built up because citizens were unhappy with bad behavior and took action, using the rule of law to change things they disagreed with. Returning to a so-called “pure” interpretation of the Constitution would be to turn our backs on every historical ruling and event that helped us develop and mature as a nation. The students were initially charged by the university with breaking several policies that govern student behavior, and the club itself was supposedly facing suspension for the actions taken by its members. This should have happened. Unfortunately, the charges against these students have apparently been dropped after the club appealed to The Leadership Institute, a conservative organization with the goal of recruiting and training conservative leaders, for legal aid. In a blog post from Freer on she claims that by “not backing down to the leftist administration’s bullying, these conservative students . . . highlighted that their right to free speech was severely violated.” She also cites a book called Rules for Radicals, a document written by (ironically) a leftist community organizer Saul Alinsky: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” It seems strange that this tactic — terror — would be taken by a group trying to commemorate 9/11. Perhaps it’s time the NAU Conservatives took responsibility for the actions of their members. It’s important too that the NAU Conservatives do not see this as the victory Freer has painted it to be. It would be delusional to think that the university tucked its tail and ran at the thought of legal action against it. In truth, the administration has bigger things to deal with then a couple of petulant children who cannot see the difference between persecution and punishing bad behavior.


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Wes Pope­– professional photojournalist & freshman instructor shows off his cans.

By jon novak

he soda cans looks like soda cans. The aluminum has the same feel, except it’s hollow and isn’t cold and the material inside is not carbonated. Shaking them will only jar the film inside — possibly ruining an exposure of a famous American cowboy or the most well-known highway in the country. See the pinhole? Hold it steady in front of, take a portrait, but evaluate the sunlight before you do. In full sunlight, an exposure takes as few as two seconds. NAU instructor Wes Pope knows exactly how long he needs to expose the film through the pinhole. Two seconds, 15 seconds, 30 minutes. It just depends. Wes Pope is new to NAU but he has an interesting secret: He takes photos with soda pop cans. “For me, it was more about making the images,” Pope said in discussing his work Pop 66: Pop can pinhole photos of Route 66, a series of photographs taken of the unusu-

ally appealing sights along the breadth of Route 66 using a technique called “pinhole photography.” The concept was to take the present to the past. The objective was to document modern life on Main Street of America by taking photographs using cameras made out of soda cans, which make the images look distorted, catchy and memorable. “I’ve done it about 14 or 15 times, the whole distance, usually because I’m going somewhere. The very first time I had to get from L.A. to Chicago because I got a residency at the Chicago Tribune,” Pope said. Before the trip he did a favor for his mother and helped teach her fifth-grade class how to build a pinhole camera using soda cans. “I hadn’t even thought of the idea yet and I was like ‘hey, whoa, that’s Route 66, maybe I should make a project out of this.’ So I made the cans for the kids and let them all do self portraits, and so I had the cans and I had this trip I had to take across the country, and so that’s how the project got started.” This was more than 10 years ago, in 1998.

Photo composit of two of Wes Pope’s pinhole shots from his project Pop 66: Pop can pinhole photos of Route 66. Pope takes advantage of the infinite depth of field two soda cans and film create. (Photos copyright Wes Pope)

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How Green are we?: NAU does a lot to reduce our carbon footprint, but is there more we could be doing? Life Writer Mary Willson turns the campus inside and out to find out.

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“I’ve had the same cans the entire time, from when I first started,” Pope said. “What I do is I have about 30 cameras made and it takes two cans to make every one, so that’s about 60 cans. The reason for that is you only get one shot per can and then you have to reload it, and I want to be able to take several shots over the course of the day and work the way I normally work. So by having 30 of them loaded I can work for two or three days.” By the third or fourth day, Pope runs out of film. It takes a few hours to change all of the cans, and to do that he has to be in total darkness. “I have a changing bag,” Pope said, describing the scene of himself in a hotel room somewhere along the Mother Road. “These sleeves come up to your arms and your hands are in the dark changing them and I’ll just flip on the TV and watch, so I’ll sit there and change all the cans.” To him, the project was not about the Route itself, but what sits along it. He was not concerned

with staying on the original, historic highway the entire way. Route 66 has been mended and redirected and built over so many times that it’s hard to stay off the interstates. Pope simply read tourist books, like anyone else, to find what he was looking for. “I had a bunch of different guide books and I’m reading through all of them finding places that still exist and I’m trying to go to those places and make cool photos of them,” Pope said. On the first day of the trip, Pope found himself in Victorville, Calif., at the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum. “The guide book says something about borderline necrophiliacs should stop in and see Trigger the Stuffed Horse and that sounded pretty wacky, so I went in to see this dead horse,” Pope said, reciting the event as if it happened much more recently than almost a decade ago. “I walk up and there’s this guy standing in front of the museum, smoking, and he said if you hurry you can catch Roy in there, and I’m thinking, ‘I didn’t even know Roy was alive.’

I went in the gift shop and there’s Roy sitting on an electric scooter that says Trigger 3 on the front, and Trigger 1 and 2 are stuffed in the museum. Dale Evans (his wife) is sitting next to him in a wheelchair, and they’re signing autographs and stuff. They agreed to meet me outside for a portrait.” The shot of Roy, a famous American singer and cowboy actor, and his wife Dale, is one of the most celebrated in the series. “Shortly after I was in Chicago and was working in the Tribune, and it came over the wires that Roy had passed away. That’s the first story that happened on the first day of the project and it made me realize, ‘Oh, this is a pretty interesting project,’” Pope said. Pope has over 15 years of journalism experience. He worked just out of college as a photojournalist for the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Wash., and for The Times of Northwest Indiana. He later got a job at the Chicago Tribune. Since then, and while working on Pop 66, Pope has completed a variety of projects, ranging from a short documentary


Roy Rogers and Dale Evans agree to face the can for Pope on his travels along Route 66. Rogers died shortly after. (Photo copyright Wes Pope)

about crevasses to pinhole photographs of his relatives on a hunting trip. He’s currently finishing up a project for the San Francisco Chronicle. “Pinhole photography has infinite depth-of-field, so everything is in focus, because there is no lens,” said Pope, explaining the merit of

taking pictures with pop cans. For now, though, Wes will focus on instructing classes at NAU. He will return to taking photos with digital cameras like the rest of us. His pop can camera days are numbered but as they collect dust in the annals of his photo equipment closet, the images will live on.

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By Angela Mccoy & Desirae smith

Editor’s Note: This column is written in conjunction with NAU’s Student Education Team (SET). SET is a highly trained student organzation that promotes healthy sexuality and healthy relationships.


ello dedicated readers, and welcome to another issue of the titillating Naked Truth. This week we’re doing things a bit different. I’m Angela, your fearless SET leader, and with me is Desirae — my sidekick, wing woman and overall absolutely necessary aid. This week we decided to take the scandal by the horns, so take a seat, a deep breath and prepare yourself for this week’s question — it’s sure to knock your socks off (and maybe more). “When I go down on my girlfriend, she has an odd taste. Sometimes there’s even a very unpleasant odor. Is this normal and if not how do I tell her without embarrassing her? And what can she do to fix this?” –Odor Eater Well O.E., it is very possible that your girlfriend is having a feminine hygiene issue. Vaginas come in many scents and flavors so if she bathes with soap and water regularly that might just be her essence. But before you jump to conclusions, think about your own sexual repertoire and if you’re experienced enough to tell a normal odor and taste from an irregular one. There’s no need to embarrass your lady so bad she’ll be permanently scarred for life if she happens to be the first to let you head downtown. However, if you’re sure that she has a defining odor and taste, she may be unaware of this and may have never been taught how to properly clean herself. Daily showers with scent and dye free soap will work wonders. It’s also important for her to not only clean the outer region but the inner works as well. Just remember that too much cleaning (including douching) will mess up her chemical balance and potentially cause more problems. Wearing cotton panties will help the vagina to breathe and will

help to keep the sweat from causing an odor. Sleeping in just cotton panties, or none at all, will also help with these issues. Plus it could lead to some late night sexy time, and who doesn’t want that? Keep in mind that her diet will also affect the way she tastes. Spicy foods, pineapple, asparagus, lots of meats or fish, coffee, alcohol and the amount of water she’s drinking will change her aroma. For a sweeter esssence, try incorporating more fruits into the diet. Also, eliminating toxins like cigarettes and alcohol will help to boost the sweet effect and possibly reduce the unpleasant odor. These don’t only work for women, but men as well. Of course — and here’s the serious stuff — it is possible that she does have a vaginal infection. Yeast infections often come with chunky discharge that looks like cottage cheese as well as an itchy crotch or a burning sensation. If the odor is fishy, it could possibly be bacterial vaginosis (BV). A doctor can easily diagnose either of these infections and they are easily curable. However, if there is some sort of outbreak of red bumps or open sores, be sure to insist she see a gynecologist as soon as possible. These could be a sign of an STI, and that would be bad news for both of you. Now that you’ve got the facts, let’s move to how to break the news to your bedmate with some Do’s and Don’t’s of informing a lady about her unappealing issues. DO: Be nice and break the news smoothly. Maybe try to suggest she change her diet and do it with her, turn showering into foreplay and make sure you remind her she’s beautiful. DON’T: Make an appalling face every time you come up for breath, insist that she do something about that stench or just straight up tell her she’s stanky. That’s all we have for this week so tread lightly, dear readers, and don’t forget to keep yourself clean, healthy and happy. As always, send us your questions at SET.NAU@gmail. com or visit our Facebook page. See you next week!

SportsReport Third Jack to earn Big Sky honors in as many weeks By Travis Guy


s r e h t a e f ’ s k w a h y k S e fl f u Jacks r g n i n e p o e r e m o in D Sophomore running back Zach Bauman scampers toward the end zone on Sept. 10. (Photo by Sarah Hamilton)

BY Brett Murdock


he NAU football team debuted its newly-renovated Walkup Skydome in a big fashion, blowing out the Fort Lewis College (FLC) Skyhawks 58–13 in front of 7,108 fans. “We came into this game wanting to improve on some of the deficiencies we had in the first game,” said head coach Jerome Souers. “Coming into this week, we wanted

to be more consistent, more explosive.” The vaunted rushing attack of sophoA week after having a quality debut more Zach Bauman and junior Giovannie against Arizona, senior quarterDixon also had a big day, with Bauback Cary Grossart lit up the FLC man carrying the ball 13 times defense for 271 yards and three for 94 yards and Dixon getting NAU: 58 touchdown tosses before being resix touches, rushing for 136 yards FLC: 13 moved in the third quarter, with — a 22.7 yards-per-carry average. the Jacks comfortably ahead. His Bauman recorded one touchdown top target of the afternoon was sophomore while his running mate accounted for two. receiver Ify Umodu who hauled in seven “We didn’t want to open up the whole catches for 149 yards and a couple of scores. see FOOTBALL page 18


umberjacks’ volleyball (9–0) did it again. Senior middle blocker Katie Bailey was named as the Co-Big Sky volleyball player of the week. Bailey earned the coplayer of the week after assisting NAU to three more victories and being named the MVP of the Falcon Invitational, hosted by the Air Force Academy. Throughout the tournament, Bailey accrued an average 1.33 blocks and 2.08 kills per set with a .262 hitting percentage. She set a team season record with nine blocks, two solo blocks against Air Force and had 16 total blocks throughout the tournament. Bailey accumulated 25 kills in 65 attacks, putting up 36.5 points for the Jacks. Bailey is currently ranked third in the Big Sky for blocks per set (1.09) and hitting percentage (.278). In nine matches, Bailey has put down 70 kills in 176 total attacks, which has resulted in 96 points for the ladies this season. Bailey joins junior setter Kelli Dallmann (week of Aug. 29–Sept. 2) and senior outside hitter Kobi Christensen (week of Sept. 5–Sept. 9) as Big Sky players of the week.

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enior kicker Matt Myers has made 32 of his 43 field goal attempts in his college career. He is a preseason AllAmerican selection and one of the top kickers in the Fooball Championship Subdivision. The Lumberjack was able to catch up with the California native after a recent practice where we discussed his habits, nominations to award lists and his Super Bowl team predictions. The Lumberjack: Before you set up [to kick], you look up to the sky. What is that all about? Matt Myers: It’s to center-up, relax a little bit. Find a high point to aim at. LJ: Any other superstitions like that? MM: No. Just everyday life. LJ: You’re on the Fred Mitchell Watch List. What does that mean to you? MM: It is a big honor. There’s great kickers on that list already and the guy that won it last year is a tremendous kicker. The names that have came off that list in the past 15 to 20 years [are] tremendous. LJ: Three years ago you transferred from Washington State. Why did you choose NAU? MM: Definitely the best opportunity. I love it up here in Flagstaff. A lot slower pace than growing up in California. LJ: What was that whole process like? MM: I’m the type of guy to be going different places. When I finally got to Flagstaff, I knew it was the best fit for me. The team here was more welcoming than the team in Washington State. Everyone was much more personable. LJ: What have you seen so far from the team as a whole? MM: The team’s really came together. We’ve definitely formed a brotherhood and that’s something we haven’t had in the past. There’s no niches on the team, no problems.

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LJ: How do you handle being a kicker and being on the sidelines most of the game? MM: I just stay plugged into the game. When we get into a certain range, just start preparing mentally. LJ: When you practice and you’re teammates are yelling, screaming, just trying to distract you, what’s that like? MM: It’s definitely good practice. It helps me out a lot. It’s entertaining too. LJ: What position would you want to play besides kicker? MM: I’d probably say linebacker. I love watching linebackers. It’s awesome to watch them. It looks fun. LJ: You ever try to be a linebacker during practice? MM: Well, [punter] Drew [Zamora] and I will get in there on scout [team] and mess around with no pads and just [give] the guys some laughs. LJ: What sport would you play if you weren’t playing football right now? MM: Probably soccer. I played soccer for the majority of my life. Translating over to kicking its where we came from. LJ: What is the biggest kick you’ve hit in your career? MM: Definitely two years ago against Montana. We had a 47-yard field goal with somewhere around four seconds left to send it to overtime. LJ: Throughout the world, who’s the person you would want to meet and why? MM: Probably Mason Crosby. Would love to sit down and talk to him and find out what his workouts are like. LJ: What’s your early, early Super Bowl prediction? MM: I’m a Packers fan, so I’ve got to go with Green Bay.


soccer ends losing streak with ties BY Joaquin Rivera

Weaver Put to the Test NAU sophomore goalie Lauren Weaver was named the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts against Ball State and Evansville. Put it on the board NAU junior forward Laura Johnson scored her first career goal in the 87th minute against the Cornhuskers. Still Time for Improvement Despite a record of 0–6–2, head coach Andre Luciano points to a tough schedule to benefit the Lumberjacks later in the season. “I would never add easy games to the beginning of the schedule just to do so,” Luciano said. “Our players were given the opportunity to compete against strong opponents and gain experience.” 1. Freshman forward Sarah Tarver blocks her opponent from receiving a pass. 2. Sophomore forward Shawnee Morgan goes up for a header against Evansville’s Lauren Tiernan during the High Altitude Tournament on Sept. 11. 3. Freshman midfielder Mary Harrah slide tackles Kaitlin Robinett of the



Evansville Purple Aces. (Photos by Hailey Golich)

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NAU’s 58–13 win over Fort Lewis College will likely be remembered as the all-important redemption game succeeding their loss to the Wildcats. It revealed aspects of the team that will likely develop into either pitfalls or assets during the season. Team Chemistry The 45-point victory demonstrated some form of team cohesion, but post game comments by junior quarterback Cary Grossart and sophomore running back Zach Bauman solidified the notion that the Jacks see eye to eye. “I love my teammates,” Bauman said. “I think it had to do with us being up here the entire summer. We pretty much hung out every day . . . so we just got real close.” Grossart took full responsibility for his second quarter fumble and detailed how the talents of sophomore wide receiver Ify Umodu and freshman running back Jamaal Perkins open up opportunities for him on the offense. Head coach Jerome Souers commented on the team’s lack of egocentric players as well. “There’s not a selfishness, not a ‘I’m not getting as many touches,’” Souers said.

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playbook,” Grossart said. “We want to save some for conference [play]. We had some shot plays that we took. Just to come out and execute and keep playing in a rhythm was big.” The Lumberjacks were in sync from their opening drive, marching down the field in six plays, taking only 3 minutes and 22 seconds for Grossart to find a wide-open Khalil Paden for a 28-yard end zone strike to take a 7–0 lead. After forcing a Skyhawk punt, NAU quickly jumped back on FLC by way of a 58-yard touchdown pass from Grossart to a streaking Umodu, the sophomore’s first score of the season. “They [the receivers] did great,” Grossart said. “Just to be able to drop back and find those guys, they’re great route runners and

obviously, possession receivers. To have those guys make plays is comforting for me.” After the Skyhawks finally got on the board with a 31-yard field goal from freshman Ryan Baldwin, NAU’s freshman running back, Jamaal Perkins, returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards to pay dirt, bringing the advantage to 20–3 after the extra point snap was bobbled. The Jacks eventually ended the half with a 37–10 lead courtesy of touchdown runs by Dixon and Bauman, and a 46-yard field goal by senior kicker Matt Myers. FLC got their score on a quarterback sneak to open the second quarter. The Jacks began the second half pounding away at the FLC defense, attacking the Skyhawk front line with both Dixon and Bauman getting their fair share

of carries to open the frame. Dixon rushed for an 82-yard score to increase NAU’s lead to 41 points and put the game away for good. The scamper tied the fourthlongest play from scrimmage in school history. “We had a real great game, shout-out to the offensive line,” Bauman said. “We hit on all cylinders today but taking care of the football is something we should work on a little more.” The shoddy ball security by the Lumberjacks was a concern as NAU coughed up the football on three occasions. The Skyhawks pounced on those opportunities to give themselves good field position through the first half. A silver lining on the sloppy play was FLC was only able to get a single field goal off those turnovers. The defense also had

some communication breakdowns that seemed to give FLC hope early in the first half, including a couple of down-field passes that put the Skyhawks in good field position. In addition, the defense held the Division II program to a mere 244 yards compared to the 622 yards NAU amassed. Though they did not record an interception, there were plenty of chances that slipped through defensive hands. There was, however, a fumble recovery deep in FLC territory that led to a touchdown. The Jacks continue their season next week when they will open up Big Sky Conference play with a road contest against the Portland State Vikings. NAU has defeated the Vikings in their last two meetings by wide margins and will look to keep it that way Saturday afternoon.

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Pickin’ in the Pines strumming its way to Flagstaff By hanna rubin


ABOVE: The David Grisman Sextet poses with their instruments for a promotional photo shoot. Grisman has been a pioneering force in the constantly growing world of acoustic music. He and his band will be performing at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at the mainstage. (Photo courtesy of Pickin’ in the Pines) LEFT: A large crowd gathers in the shade beneath the mainstage. Numerous musical acts, ranging from well-known bands to locals and newcomers will be performing on this stage throughout the three-day event. Artists include Sam Bush, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, The HillBenders, The Blue Canyon Boys, and Honey Don’t. (Photo courtesy of Tom Taylor)

his weekend, cool mountain air and grassy fields will create a first-class experience for the sixth annual Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival. Located in the Pepsi Amphitheatre, the event will allow attendees to enjoy an array of goings-on including workshops, camping, food, beverages and children’s activities, all while listening to local and other well-known bluegrass and acoustic groups. Shannon Benjamin, marketing director of Pickin’ in the Pines, said the weekend festival is a distinctive place to enjoy the music and the company of those around you. “It’s really more than just the music, it’s a whole festival experience,” Benjamin said. “It’s a really neat place to connect with friends and to hang out. It’s a beautiful venue, with this long green grass, a covered amphitheater at the top. You can get some food or drinks with friends, hang out on the lawn and get caught up and enjoy the beautiful day and the music. So there is a lot of great music, but it’s really sort of the whole festival experience.” To kick-off the event, there will be a small concert tonight for the community to ready themselves for the weekend festivities. “We have a free concert scheduled on Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30, downtown at Heritage Square,” Benjamin said. “It’s Run Boy Run and they’re one of the bands that are playing this year at the festival. It’s going to be a neat thing to offer the community and get everyone excited about the weekend.” In addition to the concert on the square, there will be a performance by Voluntary String Band at Charlie’s and the Blue Canyon Boys will be playing at the Flagstaff Brewing Company, both on Friday. Benjamin said aside from listening to the artists, those attending can partake in workshops held through the weekend by the various performers participating in the festival.

“[At] the commercial building stage there are workshops that [will go] on,” Benjamin said. “A lot of these workshops are hosted by band members. The bands that are playing on the main stage are also doing these workshops. It’s neat not only to get to learn about helpful hints for winning the band contest or comparative styles of bluegrass banjo. There are all different kinds of workshops that are focused on various aspects of bluegrass and of acoustic music and festivals. You get to learn and you also get up close and personal with the performers. Many different performers with the band are going to be having these small, little intimate workshops.” When deciding on which bands will be invited to the festival, the talent committee tries to book a number of people from a different spectrum of bluegrass and acoustic music, from well-known names to locals and newcomers. “We have a special talent committee . . . that really tries to pick a mix of established names, really popular performers like Sam Bush or David Grisman, people that have been in the acoustic or bluegrass world for a long time and have really accomplished great name recognition,” Benjamin said. “Also, we’re looking for that up-and-coming band, younger band, that is doing things a little bit different. The local component is also important too; we have such a great local music scene in Flagstaff, so it’s an opportunity to kind of bring together the local bluegrass bands with the young up-in-comers, who are doing things a little bit different, and the really established names of bluegrass. We try to get a little something for everyone.” The local band Mars Hillibillies is returning for their third year in the festival. Band member Bill Vernieu said that the band harnesses the bond between themselves and the audience to enhance their performance. While at Pickin’, the band is encouraged to play their best and newest music by the ensee PINES page 20

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CLOCKWISE: Leader singer Nathan Willet voice is as unique as his stage presence — switching from guitar to piano and back. Matt Aveiro’s solid rhythm adds dimension to bluesy chord progressions. The band’s unique sound is the product of collaborative song writing, as each band member plays several instruments. Jonnie Russel’s dirty licks and rambunctious energy swoon the crowd. Electric Guest, the opening act added a more pop element to the evening. (Photos by Gean Shanks)

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thused crowd. “My favorite part of performing, in general, is establishing a connection with the audience, whether it’s just a couple [of] people or a big crowd,” Vernieu said. “Once you know they’re out there listening and paying attention, the entire energy of the band goes up. What I like about playing at Pickin’ in the Pines is that there’s a huge crowd and everyone is there to hear good music. They expect to hear it from you, too, and it makes you bring out your best stuff. It also gives us a chance to introduce our music to broader audience[s] that may not have heard us play before.” This year, the Mars Hillbillies will feature a few twists to accompany their classic sets. “[Fans] can expect some great Mars Hillbillies music,” Vernieu said. “We play bluegrass, old-time music, songs by Greg Brown, Robert Earl Keen, Merle Haggard and Bill Monroe. In addition to our old favorites, we’re working out a few surprises for Pickin’ in the Pines this year.” With the Flagstaff music scene ever-growing, Vernieu is excited to see an expansion of the younger generation of folk music to come forth. “I think the music scene is pretty active these days,” Vernieu said. “It seems like a lot of folks have stepped into the Flagstaff music scene in the last several years and brought a lot of good songwriting talent and musicianship with them. I’m mostly involved with the ‘folk’ scene in Flagstaff as a member of Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music, a local non-profit promoting traditional music and dance in northern Arizona. We host campouts, jam sessions, monthly contra dances and concerts through the year — and of course, Pickin’ in the Pines. I’d like to see younger folks make homemade music with guitars, banjos, fiddles and mandolins. It’d be great to see some hot new bluegrass bands spring up from local area.” A new addition to the festival is a shuttle that will be running from the festival’s campgrounds to town on Friday and Saturday night. For more information concerning Pickin’ in the Pines, visit



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Artist: The Front Bottoms Album: The Front Bottoms Genre: Indie Rock


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Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Starring Matt Damon, Gwenyth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law. Running time: 105 minutes. Rated PG-13.

By Delainey Noe

he Front Bottoms, a new indie rock group, released their self-titled debut album this past Tuesday. They hail from Bergen County, New Jersey, and consist of duo Brian Sella (vocals, guitar) and Mathew Uychich (drums, bullhorn). They are currently only touring on the East Coast, but with a little more time, I believe this band will be playing epic shows through the country. Their witty sense of humor is evident in many of their songs, and in the music video for their song, “Maps.” The video shows the band gallivanting around New York City to a catchy hipster rhythm that is infectious. “Maps” kicks the album off on a high note with creative lyrics and a feel-good vibe that warrants many replays. Another highlight is “Swimming Pool,” an entertaining song that states, “I’m a creature of a culture that I create.” While these aren’t exactly incredibly profound lyrics, they are still very relatable to youth. Ultimately, The Front Bottom’s debut album is an exceptional musical entry — I cannot wait for their follow-up album. Best Tracks: “Maps,” “Swimming Pool”

Artist: Neon Indian Album: Era Extrana Genre: Folk Revivial/ Ambient

By derek schroeder


cannot take credit for this description but Era Extrana, the sophomore release from internet phenoms Neon Indian, is the squishiest chillwave album you are likely to find. With dreamy synths and whispy vocals, Alan Palomo provides the soundtrack to your gumdrop daydreams. Era Extrana is a worthy follow-up to the overwhelmingly successful Psychic Chasms that gracefully treads the line between familiarity and artistic evolution. Where the album falls flat is in its inability to produce a solid single — not to boost sales, but merely to give the album a sense of direction from start to finish, rather than just dreamscape background music. However, “Arcade Blues” and “Polish Girl” are two of the more memorable tracks that sound like postmodern Super Nintendo theme songs. Just the type of music to confuse your peers and get you interested in hallucinogenic drugs. Best Tracks: “Arcade Blues,” “ Polish Girl”

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mpressively casted and conceptualized, Contagion manages to infect its audience’s attention from the very beginning. The film stays away from the histrionic conflict involving central characters and the plot focuses on the obvious issue with the continuously spreading ailment. It is well-produced, enlightening and truly alarming, putting the value of health and vulnerability into perspective. Contagion begins the same way an illness would — calmly and hardly troubling — with a cough. But it progresses quickly, wasting no time with one individual character. Viewers are quickly introduced to a business woman in an airport who’s assuming her heavy headache is caused by jetlag. Then a man stumbles around the streets of Hong Kong, too sick to keep his eyes open. Another man collapses on a bus. A woman in power is kidnapped by an Asian village plagued by the ailment. Although the characters are brilliantly casted in

this film, they aren’t the focal point until they are somehow being affecting by the disease. You watch how the disease progresses through each group of people, unfolding events that could very believably take place during an outbreak like the one being portrayed. The audience itself is overcome with fear through witnessing the potential deaths, riots, conspiracy theories, kidnappings and horrors that are paired with real life implications. Throughout the film, Mitch Emhoff (Matt Damon), who is widowed within the first 10 minutes and apparently immune to the virus, plays the role of a frightened father trying to keep his daughter alive. His wife, Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow), is the first to reportedly die of the virus. This family’s point of view is most closely relatable while the father waits for a cure, knowing about as much as any layman of the science that goes into medicine. Then there is Dr. Erin Mears (Kate Winslet), the genuinely kind-hearted and downto-business doctor that is sent out

to begin research on the infected in Minneapolis. Many other A-list actors make small, albeit sporadic, appearances as the film progresses. While there is still genuine hope for their wellbeing and survival, some characters are not as easy to sympathize with. A prime example is Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law), a loud-mouthed blogger who frolics through the film stirring up trouble in communities that are already swimming in apprehension. By the end of it all you’ll feel a bit shaken up, having been handed a shockingly simple explanation to how the plague began. Despite the simplistic nature of the disease, Contagion was easy to comprehend and believe without losing any entertainment value. Unfortunately, the lackluster cinematography isn’t deserving of praise, and includes a couple of awkwardly placed montages depicting the science behind the cure. Still, at the end of the day, Contagion is a success long past due after a line of zombies, air born killers and invisible enemies.

QuickFlick Warrior By Hanna Rubin


arrior is the story of two brothers who come together after 14 years of separation in a bloody mixed-martial arts (MMA) competition. Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy) is an ex-Marine who returns home to his drunken father to train and become a star wrestler again in order to support his friend’s widow and children. After a video of him defeating an MMA finalist goes viral, Tommy is recruited to be part of Sparta, an MMA competition. Meanwhile, his brother Bren-

don Conlon (Joel Edgerton), a former MMA fighter turned high school physics teacher, struggles to support his family while splitting time between teaching and fighting. Once he is suspended from school, he decides to train with his old friend Frank Campana (Frank Grillo) to earn some extra money. With the Sparta competition looming, one of Campana’s prized fighters suffers an injury and Brendan takes his place and becomes the competition’s underdog. Warrior contains believable and realistic performances by the main leading characters. The film is centered

around themes of family: how it is an important part of anyone’s life and that ultimately, one will always return to theirs. This story of two brothers is both compelling and heartwarming, making the audience feel for the struggles of both men. Unfortunatey, it does fall short of last year’s blockbuster The Fighter in terms of drama put forth. In addition to not trumping The Fighter, Warrior is a movie that is predictable and contains a cliché finale. However, Warrior is still ultimately a quality film about valor, courage and family.



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