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sistance lowered and university budgets slashed, easing the transition from high school to college for freshman students is something NAU considers a huge priority this year. To that end, the university has several mechanisms in place to assist freshmen, including Welcome Week — where organizations across campus reach out to all incoming students — and freshman targeted tutoring programs within the Student Learning Centers (SLC). Nicole Buth, a sophomore speech and language pathology major and one of the residential advisors (RA) of Wilson Hall, said RA’s assist with the shift between high school and college life by helping freshmen get used to campus. see TRANSITION page 3

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NAU holds forum to discuss incident in Union BY William Brown


AU president John Haeger hosted a forum on Sept. 16 for members of the NAU community to discuss an incident that occurred between the NAU Conservatives club and university officials two Fridays ago in the University Union. Community members had their say, the members of the club argued their side and university officials confirmed no charges would be pressed against those involved in the incident.

Rick Brandel, NAU dean of students, said the issue clearly revolved about what rights university students have in where they hold events. “In this case, it sort of became the issue of free speech, my right for that, versus does the university have the right to say OK here’s where we would like you to facilitate that free speech,” Brandel said. “And that’s what came up in conflict.”

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Bike sale to benefit yellow bike program

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AU will host an Abandoned Bicycle Sale at the Capital Assets building on south campus. The sale will take place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and will showcase around 200 bicycles. Many of them will be priced between $15 and $20, and the proceeds will go to fund the Yellow Bike rental program.

Rick Brandel, the Dean of Students, said the sale will take place on south campus at Capital Assets, which is located near the Skydome. “We try to sell as many as we can,” Brandel said. “Number one [is] to minimize storage space, but secondly, to sell as many bikes, because part of all of this is about sustainability efforts. The more see BIKE SALE page 6

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PoliceBeat Sept. 13 At 3:34 a.m., custodial staff called to request a welfare check for a subject standing in front of Cline Library who was humming to himself. An officer advised he had observed the subject recently, and the person was fine. At 12:40 p.m., a subject called to request a welfare check for their nephew, whose mother had not been able to locate him for several days. Dispatch was unable to make contact with the subject. A local address could not be found and the subject is not currently taking classes. The subject’s uncle will attempt to obtain an address for the subject, at which time the police department will attempt to make further contact with him, or refer them to the appropriate agency. At 3:57 p.m., a subject called the Flagstaff Police Department (FPD) from her off-campus residence to report her son had been knocked down by a bus on campus. The incident occurred on Pine Knoll Drive near parking lot 62 at about 3:30 p.m. An officer was dispatched,

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Artist Reception [5 p.m./Hozhoni Art Gallery] Powellapalooza [5 p.m. /Page Shores Natural Amphitheatre] Death By Steamship [8 p.m./Cinnnabar] Ronnie James Trio [9 p.m./Mia’s Lounge]

and met with the subject and his mother at the Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC).

Friday, Sept. 23

At 10:39 p.m., a student called to report a male subject around the backside of the Applied Research and Development building. The subject appeared to be breaking into the building, and was last seen heading toward Wendy’s. Officers were dispatched with FPD assisting. The burglary report on campus was unfounded, as no buildings were found to be tampered with. However, it was later reported that multiple businesses in the Hastings Plaza had been broken into.

Powellapalooza [5 p.m. /Page Shores Natural Amphitheatre]

Sept. 14

At 6:48 p.m., a concerned passerby reported a male and female possibly involved in a physical altercation in parking lot 65. Officers were dispatched. A witness on scene had confirmed nothing physical had taken place, and the claim of domestic violence was unfounded. The subjects were said to be intoxicated and parked in their vehicle. The subjects left the area. see POLICE page 3

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Mickey Avalon [8 p.m./Orpheum Theater]

Thursday, Sept. 22

The Naked Ape Show [10 p.m./ Green Room]

Sunday, Sept. 25 Farmers’ Market [8 a.m./ City Hall]

[5:30 p.m./ NAU sports field] Wine and Food Pairing [6 p.m./ Vino Loco] Flagstaff Song Circle [7:30 p.m. /Zane Grey Ballroom (Weatherford Hotel)]

Muskellunge Bluegrass

Karaoke with Ricky Bill [8 p.m./Monte Vista Lounge] Open to all ages

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JT Nero w/ Dave McGraw and Mandy Ferrarini [7 p.m. /Green Room]

Mickey Avalon (Saturday @8 p.m.–Orpheum Theater) Watch funnyman on rapper Mickey Aval . perform live

Performance by JWall [10 p.m./Flagstaff Brewing Company]

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[2 p.m./Flagstaff Brewing Co.] Performance by Jill Cohen [3 p.m./ Oak Creek Brewing Co.]

NAU Football vs. Idaho State [3 p.m./Walkup Skydome]

Kevin Devine: Solo Acoustic [7:30 p.m. /Sundara]

Poetry Night [7 p.m./Kickstand Kafe]

Latino Night [9 p.m./Museum Club]

Performance by Bertas Rojas [8 p.m./ Coconino Center for the Arts]

Monday, Sept. 26 Bicycle Polo

Tuesday, Sept. 20 FUSD Governing Board Meeting [5:30 p.m./FUSD Administrative Building] Prescott Playboys [7 p.m./ Charley’s Pub and Grill] NAU Film Series [7 p.m./Cline Library] Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers [7 p.m./Green Room]

Wednesday, Sept. 21 Native American Film Series [7 p.m./Cline Library Assembly Hall] Ladies ‘80s [ 8 p.m./ Green Room] Mars Hillbillies [8 p.m./ Wine Loft] Open Mic Night [ 9 p.m./ Mia’s Lounge]

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Sept. 15 At 3:03 a.m., a Wilson Hall resident called to report an unknown subject knocking on her window. An officer was dispatched. The surrounding area was checked, and everything appeared to be fine. The resident was advised that nothing could be found. At 7:46 a.m., a young child was reported to be walking in the road at S. Knoles Drive and Campus Heights. An officer was dispatched, but the child was


gone upon arrival and could not be located in the area.

Sept. 16 At 1:53 a.m., the staff at the Gateway Center called to request assistance, as they were overloaded with intoxicated subjects. Officers were dispatched, and the subjects were gone upon arrival. At 12:07 p.m., a concerned citizen called to report when she had gone to her vehicle, parked on the top floor of the building 96A parking garage, a subject had been looking in the window of her vehicle. Officers were dispatched. The subject was a

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“We help freshmen by getting them to know campus, getting them involved in the residence halls and helping them transition from a high school setting to a college setting,” Buth said. Buth also said students come to her for advice on a variety of subjects. “I have residents come to me with basic questions about campus, needing help in a class and feelings of stress,” Buth said. During Welcome Week, organizations from all over campus welcome new and old students back to campus. Among these organizations were student groups of a variety of faiths. Father Matt Lowry, from the Catholic Newman Center, said he thinks it helps student enrich their college experience by coming to such events. “We see ourselves as a resource for the university — [we’re] really trying to enhance student’s experiences so they can really enjoy their time at NAU, get connected and just have a wonderful college experience,” Lowry said. “We see ourselves as in service to the university, [and do] whatever we can to support them and their mission.”

student that was identified and left the area.

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Sept. 17 At 12:07 a.m., a passerby called to report a traffic collision involving a single motor vehicle and a motorcycle on Pine Knoll Drive, at the north entrance to lot 62A. Officers were dispatched, and the Arizona Department of Safety responded as well. The rider, who was not a student, was transported to the FMC and declared deceased.

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Melissa Welker, project director of SLC, said she sees the mission of the center as assisting new students in meeting their academic goals. “Essentially what we do is students take a survey at orientation — it’s called the ‘Student Strengths Inventory,’” Welker said. “We then try to meet with all those students during the first eight weeks of class. Really, we’re trying to make sure we make connections with the students to make sure they’re transitioning well [and] see how things are going here at the university — see if there are any questions or challenges they are faced with, that kind of thing.” Welker said she believes it is important for students to fully realize that they are now in college. “I think it’s important that students know that this is not high school anymore and that they need to take responsibility for their education and that’s kind of the difference between the high school and college thing,” Welker said. “It’s really important to highlight that your choices you make, you’re going to have to live with them, and people are not going to be able to help take responsibility for them.”

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Students, faculty debate proposed jobs legislation BY Mark Saunders


s the nation approaches the end of another year in a recession, the Obama administration has introduced a bill this past week in an effort to steady the volatile job market. College students across the country will be keeping a steady eye on its impacts. President Barack Obama introduced the American Jobs Act to Congress earlier this month, a piece of legislation intended to create jobs through tax breaks for small businesses, public works projects, extensions of unemployment benefits and local government aid. Rico Medina, a photography major, said he is hoping to feel any benefits from the federal government sooner than later. “Any job you go into, it’s going to be rough getting into it,” Medina said. “The government says they are going to do something but it feels like they are not doing anything.” Krista Williams, a sophomore biomedical science major, said her intended career choice was influenced by the current uncertainty facing other employment fields. “Hopefully, [the government] comes out

with something to help [people] keep their jobs,” Williams said. Katie Skvarna, a sophomore exercise science major, said she hopes whatever course of action is taken at the federal level is given enough time to have a chance at being effective. “I think [the market] may become more unstable with a change of power and switching policies,” Skvarna said. “I would just [like to see] the same plan working for awhile.” Dennis Foster, an economics professor, said he is frustrated with the proposed American Jobs Act. “It is my view that we shouldn’t see a view at all,” Foster said. “Having a plan in some ways is going to be worse for students. I don’t think [the jobs plan] is going to solve anything.” Foster said it looks as though the students — whom, as freshman he once told would be fine upon entering college — will leave into an unpredictable economic and political environment. “[Students] are going to get out there and start looking for jobs, and they’re going see JOBS ACT page 6

After the forum

Stephanie Freer, founder of NAU Conservatives, speaks at the club’s annual “Constitution Day Rally,” held only hours after the university forum that discussed the Union incident involving members of the group. (Photo by Garry Hart)

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Q&Awith Blaise Caudill ASNAU President

Blaise Caudill, the current president of ASNAU, addresses students and faculty at last Friday’s forum discussing the incident in the University Union. (Photo by Garry Hart) BY Cate Waggoner

The Lumberjack (LJ): What do you think is the biggest difference between you and your predecessor, Chase Hunt? ASNAU President Blaise Caudill (BC): One of the biggest differences between [us] is a year of experience with the 23 fee. Last year, a very solid establishment and foundation were laid in regards to implementing the 23 fee, with a lot of learning experiences from which we all learned. With that in mind, I experienced these learning experiences and learned those lessons. Of these, one of the most important to me is that the student voice must always be heard by everyone: from local issues to national, from small situations to large. LJ: How do you want to change ASNAU this year? BC: As I mentioned, one of the most important lessons I took note of was the need for the student voice to be heard at all times and in all instances. With this in mind, this year, I will ensure that ASNAU is accurately representing the voice of NAU students in all instances, situations and discussions. ASNAU is the voice of students, and would be nothing if we did not represent Lumberjacks to the best of our abilities. We started this from the very beginning. At the ASNAU Retreat, we were discussing goals for this upcoming year and how we were going to reach [them]. In this discussion I mentioned to all members of ASNAU that when they walked into the ASNAU office, they no longer were just themselves, but

were representing all the students of NAU and needed to keep that in mind in every decision and action made. LJ: You said that you plan on sending out frequent emails. Why? BC: ASNAU is your student government. As I mentioned, once of the main focuses of this upcoming year is on the student voice. I believe that without consistent and open communication, the student voice cannot be accurately represented. LJ: How would you describe ASNAU’s purpose to students who don’t know what it is you do? BC: I would turn to the ASNAU mission statement and a poem we have posted in the ASNAU office to answer this question. According to the ASNAU mission statement, ASNAU is: “To serve as the student voice at the campus, local, state, and national levels. To provide students with information about current legislation and various opportunities. To serve as a liaison between NAU students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni. To create an atmosphere that seeks student input and student involvement. And finally, to promote NAU and its activities.” Furthermore, I would also cite the last line of a poem immortalized in the ASNAU office: “Because of the student, we exist.” LJ: What is your role between the students and the administration? BC: As president, I am the representative of the student voice to the administration, no matter the issue. This involved constant communication and meetings with administration and [considering] student input.

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people who are buying bikes, the less people that are driving cars.” Brandel said that although the sale is being held on campus, students, faculty, staff and members of the community are all welcome and encouraged to browse the selection and, hopefully, purchase some of the bicycles. Those who are planning to purchase one of the bicycles should bring either check or cash to pay. “We’ll have a couple of staff and we’ll work with folks who come and look at them . . . and they’ll work out the transaction with them,” Brandel said. For students bringing a school ID is not required, but Brandel said his office encourages students to do so. “It may be nice to record how many of the purchases are students versus faculty and staff.” The Abandoned Bicycle Sale has been going for a few years, as it started as a means to support the campus’s Yellow Bike Program. According to the bike program’s official page on the NAU website, it is a “free community bike program” where students can rent the bikes for seven days. They can be checked out at the

du Bois Center, the University Union and the Health and Learning Center. “. . . By selling the abandoned bikes, it helps give us some proceeds to help sustain the Yellow Bike program,” Brandel said. “It helps us to defray the costs when we look at fixing the bikes. We have to have equipment to fix the bikes. We have to buy the parts to make sure that the yellow bikes are repaired and in good operating condition . . . all of that comes out of these proceeds from the Abandoned Bike Sale to support the Yellow Bike Program.” Brandel said he hopes the program will be even more successful in years to come, as there will be an addition to the sale during the spring semester where students can donate their bicycles directly to the university. “It will help expedite the process. If you know you’re going to leave and know you’re not going to take your bike with you and you’d like to donate that to the university so . . . the sale of its proceeds [go] to the yellow bike program, you can do that.” According to Brandel, the Abandoned Bike Sale made approximately $3,000 to support the Yellow Bike Program last year alone.

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to find that a lot of companies are reluctant to make hires,” Foster said. Stephen Wright, a political science professor, cautioned that much of the success of Obama’s jobs plan — and the US economy in general — depends largely on the stabilization of other world economies. Foster said much of the plan presented to Congress provides short-term relief, leaving future economic trends unknown. “Our economy is poised for massive inflation,” Foster said. “It hasn’t exhibited inflation . . . but it doesn’t matter. The business sector looks at that and says, ‘There’s one more layer of uncertainty. That makes me cautious about the future.’” While students may or may not fall further into economic turmoil, the political backlash to the Obama campaign from the once touted “youth movement” may prove toxic to Democrats, according to political science professor Joel Olson. “The whole foundation of the America university system is, ‘If I go to school and I study hard, then I can get a good job and I

can do better than my parents,’” Olson said. “That has not happened. I think students will have to face which political options will change that situation.” Olson said he blames “political games” as the origin of the federal government’s failed efforts to boost a stagnated economy. “A bad economy right now is good for the Republicans, politically,” Olson said. “[Republicans] sense they can beat Obama and secure majorities for both the Senate and the House. Why give Obama a policy victory?” Foster sees hope for students if they leave college in the best shape they can to face the troubled markets of the future. Students should think outside the cliché phrase, “Do what makes you happy” and take the opportunity of unemployment to acquire more education. “[Students] should consider going to grad school,” Foster said. “Getting more education is generally not going to hurt them. Skill set is important. I suspect one of those skills is a foreign language. Sometimes you have to make [career] choices that are, ‘Do what is going to reward.’”

InTheNews and if we break the rules, we pay the consequences.” students breaking contracts, Haeger said After the forum, Brandel said misconduct reality tends to get muddled when rumors charges against the students were dropped beabout what actually happened spread. cause it was an ineffective course of action for “What actually happened, eventually, the university. when things go viral, doesn’t any longer be“As we reviewed the situation and looked come the thing that people talk about,” Haeger at the big picture, we felt that heading that disaid. “I have to tell you, I’ve had hundreds of rection wasn’t productive in this particular emails [and] lots of telephone calls which de- case, and that we needed to slow down, take a scribe a different incident than Rick just de- step back and figure out what’s effective,” Branscribed. Because what people tend to do is pick del said. “I have an old saying in advising or suout pieces of a story, but not the whole story.” pervision that sometimes there’s a tendency for Cody Newport, a member of the Arizona us to say we want to be a certain way because Federation of College Republicans, said he it’s right, but you have to also say ‘Are we effecsupported NAU’s position on tive?’ So, sometimes, the issue, despite his orgait doesn’t matter if nization’s past grievances I think that’s what this you’re trying to be against the NAU Office of right if you’re not efStudent Life and Associate fective.” university fails to do. Dean Deborah Harris. After the meet“We’ve had some kind ing had concluded, They fail to be canof run-ins with this club,” Brandel also said it Newport said. “They were seemed, from a madid when they want originally part of our core jority of the responand they kind of became a dents who spoke, to have open discuslot more radical, branched popular student off and I actually agree with opinion supports sions and talk about NAU on this one,” Newport policies governing said. “Not a personal fan speech on university the issues... of Deb Harris, we’ve had a grounds. bunch of issues with Stu“What was clear dent Life over the past few here today is there Elizabeth Baumann, years, but in this instance I were a lot of strong vice-president of NAU agree fully with Deb Harris.” student viewpoints Conservatives After the meeting had that the policies concluded, Elizabeth Bauhave a purpose of mann — a sophomore political science and being fair to students and student organizapublic relations major and the vice president tions,” Brandel said. “And how anyone who of NAU Conservatives — said she was disap- comes in that wants to share information about pointed by the lack of support from fellow con- their organization or sell ideas or have a parservatives such as Newport. ticular viewpoint on a controversial topic, that “I wish that my fellow conservatives would it makes sense why we have those places both have stood with us,” Baumann said. “College in the Union and outside the Union. At the Republicans stood out against us at the Arizona same time, when we have a passionate student level. At the same time, it’s good to get feed- or passionate groups, what there may be [is] a back from both sides so we can see how we can need for us to talk about what we have workimprove for the next event we do, and maybe ing, or if there is some things we need to clarify some sort of compromise can come out of this.” or expand.” Addressing the audience, Morgan Spatola, Baumann said she thought the university president of Associated Students for Women’s failed to meet the standards of a forum as well Issues, said she did not understand why the issue as her own best-case scenario. had become so complicated and controversial. “It was a press release — they had pre“I’m really lost as to why this is becom- pared questions and answers,” Baumann said. ing a political issue, because if you are a stu- “I think that’s what this university fails to do. dent institution — whether it’s a university or a They fail to be candid when they want to have high or even an elementary school — you have open discussions and talk about the issues . . to follow the rules,” Spatola said. “And if you . my ideal situation would be that everybody break the rules, you pay the consequences. So I would come with an open mind, unprecondon’t understand why this is becoming such a ceived notions and ideas about how things big deal, because we all have to follow the rules, could change and be more positive.” from FORUM page 1

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Are Haeger’s forums worth having if nothing changes? Staff Editorial


ast Friday, university officials met with students and faculty in the High Country Conference Center to discuss an incident that occurred in the University Union nearly two weeks ago between members of the NAU Conservatives club and Union officials. Never has the university played host to such an unproductive forum, a meeting where talking the problem out was touted, but not achieved, in the limited time (one hour) allotted. The best that can be said about this meeting was that it went as expected. That is to say, the university stayed away from using harsh words with the students and the NAU Conservatives were unapologetic for their rash actions. And many students just showed up to remind the members of the club of the sideeffect of attempting to appeal for attention at a greater level: it will not always be positive. What is fascinating, however, is the group in attendance seemed bewildered by this outcome — that their fellow students would wield harsher criticisms than the university president. A member of the Arizona Federation of College Republicans, the first to speak up in the audience, blasted the group for their actions and explained his organization had kicked the NAU Conservatives to the curb after they had become too “radical.” Judging by the quotes that came from the organization following the event, this came as

a surprise betrayal. Et tu, brute? We don’t know what was worse about the forum, actually: the university’s tepid, going-through-themotions, forced discussion or the NAU Conservative’s “us-againstthe-world” attempts at every turn to paint themselves as victims for taking what they see as a valiant and defiant stand against the evil leftist administrators who asked them to move a few feet. It is all very Shakespearean un-

til you realize that, at its heart, it is all very stupid. It was stupid of the university to ask the organization to move. It was stupid of the students to not do so, and even more stupid to raise hell on national conservative blogs where stupid state vs. individual arguments dominate and make stories such as these, without context, appealing to the stupid. It was stupid to schedule an hour-long forum that accomplished nothing and placated no one. Stupid, stupid,

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stupid. The members of the NAU Conservatives need to be grateful this is the end of it and that the university graciously dropped all charges of student misconduct, and be mindful that any other club who acted as they did would not be as fortunate. In turn, the university needs to be grateful the worsening image of their actions is likely to be forgotten about in a matter of weeks, if it ever did matter to anyone.

This is the usual point in this column where we, as a staff, would declare that it is time to move on as a campus and put this incident behind us. But what is there to put behind? This story revolves around a small group of students who broke the rules in the Union, and where there could have been productive dialogue about what those rules should be as a campus, there were other students using the opportunity of a soapbox to browbeat the NAU Conservatives over something they won’t apologize for anyway. A stupid incident led, in the end, to a pointless meeting. We need to be more effective as a campus in holding discussions that actually matter and have results. Over the summer, the university and President Haeger were host to two forums discussing the north campus renovations — changes many were upset over because it meant the removal of several oldgrowth trees. During these meetings, there was healthy discussion about which trees could be saved, and it seemed like NAU officials took most of the public’s suggestions to heart — at least judging by the fact that several trees were re-evaluated and therefore saved. This is proof that campus forums can be an effective means of meeting as a campus and talking things out. Indeed, as the university suggested, it is time to move on from this issue and look to the future. We just need to make sure that future includes a better response to controversy than this one.

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Letters to the


“NAU Conservatives act like children..,” garnered a lot of attention online on Here are some of our readers’ comments. Sept. 15 // 2:39 a.m. Stephanee Freer says:

Sept. 15 // 9:29 a.m. Matt Brewer says:

Hey, just wanted to give you a big THANKS for all your shout-outs to, The Leadership Institute, and my YouTube video that has been viewed over 12,000 times in the last few days!! I couldn’t do it without your encouragement (to all of the ignorant sheeple that follow you) to go see for themselves by checking those websites out! Hey tell me, John (because I noticed your whining on the Young Dems Facebook group), Has NAU Young Dems EVER done anything groundbreaking? Anything at all? Is there even a point to having a club for democrats at a liberally indoctrinated university? You must be very bored. But again, my most sincere appreciation for adding more attention to the situation.

John and the Lumberjack Staff, Thank you for speaking out and addressing what is, I”m sure, the opinion of most students on this issue. The publicity received by this stunt is nothing but damaging for the name of the university and the reputaion of we, its students. Hopefully insightful, mature thoughts like the ones you’ve put in this article can help to counter-balance the bad press a decent portion of our students feel is being directed at the school because of the immature, childish actions of a few of our members.



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John Westover is not and has never been affiliated with the NAU Young Democrats, nor has he been active on any NAU-affiliated political Facebook groups. Sept. 16 // 8:18 a.m. Greg says:




In a Brilliant Display of Patriotism, Students hand out Flags in Pouring rain after NAU officials Deny them Shelter.” This could have, and should have, been the headline regarding this event. However, the NAU Conservatives missed this huge opportunity. Instead we have a cancelled event and cliche cries of a grievous 1st amendment violation. Rules (and laws alike) are to be either enforced or changed, not selectively applied dependant upon our point of view. This is what true conservatives believe. As one myself, it saddens me to see the NAU Conservatives engaging in the overly emotional and childinsh behavior we typically associate with liberals. Had they defiantly handed out their flags in the rain, they would have had positive publicity and accomplished their goal of September 11th remembrance. Instead they failed on both accounts. This opinion piece is correct in its criticism of the conservative groups handling of the situation‚ however not so accurate regarding the current conservative movement in general.


Condensed comments on “NAU draws nationwide attention over free speech incident”: Sept. 16 // 10:14 p.m. Amanda says:

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I think the actions taken in this situation are disgusting and the meaning of 9/11 has been forgotten. Why would any group use an event where thousands of people lost their lives and tens of thousands more have fought for our First Amendment right as a stage for sensationalism and selfish entitlement ....


Sept. 15 // 7:02 a.m. Sabalom Glitz says:

Isn’t it fascinating that the Young Americans Foundation (that sponsored the event) are referred to repeated as The NAU Conservatives. Media bias anyone?

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While the Young Americans Foundation may have sponsored the event, those who participated here at NAU were members of a club: NAU Conservatives.

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ometimes you have to shake hands with a villain in order to save a victim. Sometimes a bullet tastes better than a kiss, and sometimes a bully can be punished without harming the innocent. The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) is leading the rebellion in Libya against Dictator Muammar Gaddafi and his supporters with NATO’s full support. Amanda This support horner includes manpower, financial aid and diplomatic provisions and is in direct contradiction with LIFG’s listing as a terrorist organization by the U.S. Department of Defense. LIFG is said to have direct ties with Al Qaeda and to have fought against U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Leader of the LIFG, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, has been captured and returned to Libya under

the agreement from the U.S. that he and his group cease their extremist behaviors, and yet, since his return, LIFG has continued to be a constant threat. Today, Hasidi leads the Libyan rebels, but how much can he be trusted? While his cause seems righteous now, in the future will he lead Libya to freedom or slavery? U.S. troops may be fighting to encourage the spread of democracy in the Middle East, using nations like Iraq and Libya to gain a foothold in the region. However, we would not want to mistakenly replace one dictator with another. The U.S. support of the Libyan rebellion and through it LIFG seems to indicate that America is willing to support a potential tyrant over an established one. West Point has claimed Al Qaeda and LIFG have had an “increasingly cooperative relationship.” These rebels are not just civilians, as the media would have us

think. So who are they? After all, does the U.S. Department of State and the British Home Office list organizations and foreign terrorists for nothing? Many would argue it is a betrayal of the people for our troops to aid the LIFG. After all, they have taken the lives of many brave men and women in the armed forces during the War on Terror. Additionally, the U.S. and U.K. are in blatant violation of NATO protocol for providing services to the LIFG, a terrorist organization responsible for the misery of innocent civilians. Although the LIFG is supposed to be fighting an oppressive government, they will most likely replace this government with one just as awful. Because of this, the U.S. and U.K.’s support is unacceptable. A method of establishing a peaceful Libya without allying with terrorist organizations should be sought before rash measures cause more misery than there was before.

Pres. Pearce recall is Arizona fighting back


rizona Senate President Russell Pearce’s controversial anti-immigration legislation has finally caught up with him. Arizona residents are so upset with Pearce’s radical conduct and provocative legislation that they have petitioned for a recall election. Over 10,000 residents from the Arizona Senate President’s district of Mesa, Ariz. signed Kelly the petition for a reross call election. Is a recall election entirely necessary? Yes! Considering Russell Pearce continues to spearhead legislation that the majority of Arizona residents do not believe in, there is only one choice: find a representative who will actually represent them. After several lawsuits trying to refute the petition were thrown out by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Hugh Hegyi, a recall election date was set for Nov. 8.

The lawsuits were a poor attempt by Pearce to maintain his senate position and show what little regard he has for what his constituents truly want. Republican Jerry Lewis, a charter school executive, and Republican Olivia Cortes are the only two candidates on the ballot running against Pearce. Lewis appears to be the frontrunner as other candidates who were on the ballot dropped out in order to give him their support. Either Lewis or Cortes would do well in the position and be a breath of fresh air. It was not much of a surprise that many Arizona residents wanted to replace Pearce. Only months ago Pearce passed Senate Bill 1070, a highly provocative anti-immigration law. Though some citizens were in favor of it, many were outraged. Pima County even threatened to secede from the state of Arizona because they felt unrepresented and wanted nothing to do with this bill. It was very obvious that Pearce

believed, and still believes, that he can do whatever he wants (within the realm of reason) without any repercussions. That was a very big mistake on his part. It is important to remember who you are representing and that the people do have the ability to revoke the power they have given you. Citizens of Arizona were forced into a corner. Pearce left them no choice but to petition for a recall. Pearce is like the bully on the playground that everyone goes along with for a while, but eventually all the other kids just do not want to play with him anymore. Well guess what? The people got tired of Pearce’s fanatical antics. Had Pearce gone about things differently maybe he would have had more friends on the playground. If Pearce had listened to what his constituents wanted and what they needed, instead of focusing on his own self-promotion, he would not be in this situation today.

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In any situation involving alcohol, consent cannot be given. Acquaintance rape doesn’t just happen at parties though — a large percentage of occurances stem from intimate relationships. (Photo illustration by Mary Willson)

44% of victims are under the age of 18 Every 2 minutes, Approximately someone in the U.S. 2/3 is sexually assaulted of assaults involve someone known to the victim

60% of sexual assault cases aren’t reported to the police

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ears later, the words still tremble when she recalls the incident, trying to hide how much it still affects her. She has replayed it countless times in her head, but it is more like a nightmare than a memory. Sara Jones is a sophomore majoring in environmental science and Spanish, and like 17.7 million other American women, she is a victim of sexual assault. Her name has been changed to preserve her privacy, but for the one in six women who have been affected by rape, her story is theirs. “I had never dated anyone. I was 15 and he was a senior in high school when it began,” Sara recalls. Over the course of their relationship, Sara’s boyfriend forced himself on her so many times she cannot say the exact number. “It’s weird how rape changes your perception of yourself. I felt so bad about myself and I kept rationalizing it until I eventually blamed myself for what he did to me.” Sara’s experience was not like the stereotypical violent assault in a foggy, dark alley. She was the victim of acquaintance rape, also known as “date rape.” According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, “acquaintance assault involves coercive sexual activities that occur against a person’s will by means of force, violence, duress, or fear of bodily injury. These sexual activities are imposed upon them by someone they know (a friend, date, acquaintance, etc.) It is not restricted to alcohol soaked one-night stands, although alcohol is involved in nine out of ten cases. In Sara’s case, someone she trusted took advantage of that comfort at the expense of her well-being. “It affects every single aspect of your life,” Jones says. “I’ve stuffed down so many emotions and compartmentalized my entire life in an attempt to push it away, but it always comes back.” So she tried to live with it. She moved on and covered her scars with timid smiles, but the weight of lies wore on her mind. After her abusive boyfriend broke up with her, she tried her best to take it in stride and move on. “I didn’t want to tell anyone because I felt so awful,” see SARA JONES page 17




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Batman Begins Again: A New Era for DC Comics Two weeks into the new DC 52 and halfway through the full set, things in the DCU are getting interesting. While not everyone is happy about the new universe, a few shining examples of what makes DC great have made themselves known through a handful of incredible writers. I have decided to take it upon myself, humble readers, to guide you through this new and unexplored universe, stopping along the way to point out a few black holes, a few new stars being born and a few pieces of space junk simply content with orbiting on the sidelines. Let’s kick this off right, shall we? BY mike chandler

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Mediocrity, confusion, and a lack of focus. I know I’ve said this all before but I’ll say it again: DC as a whole needs to get on the same page; I have no idea what kind of timeline they’re trying to create by maintaining certain continuities and not others. It’s a jumbled mess. This isn’t a bad comic; I love the re-introduction of the league members to each-other, but it’s confusing as heck and a horrible place for anyone Demon knights #1: 4/5 swamp thing #1: new to the game to jump on. If you’ve read other 3/5 DC stuff in the last few months, go for it, this be not This book might Now, I mig is worth it; if not then stay away, all that ht be callfor everyone and I mean ing for peo awaits is confusion. pl e to throw It’s dly. rocks at me that whole-hearte o n ble this one, icta red but Swamp fun, exciting, unp Th in g is rac cha not the ble best thing th and full of memora at that has d goo ful law o the ut from the come ters that fall into 52 so far. W It’s a fantasextremely ex hile I’m to chaotic evil categories. cited for Sc ott Snyder artwork, and Paul to take cont tic ride with some amazing ro l of one of be but s, ter rac cha my favorthe it s e characters Cornell deftly handle to return to 20 nat a l rol t tha ts the DCU, h men e did a sor prepared for some mo t of paint-b t cri a but ark yerd nu und j ob on this o mbers for us denizens of the ne. This stor y s w o ill go m s. ew mie h nor er you e for incredible, I don’t doubt it, but for no w I’d recom mend some heavy resea rch before you jump in on this one.

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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.


t’s that time again: here’s another issue of the Naked Truth. For those of you who haven’t been reading religiously, I’m Angela, your director of the Student Education Team (SET), and with me again is Desirae, the administrative aid. This week we’re going to delve into a topic that isn’t often addressed or acknowledged. So put down those textbooks, kneel beside your bed and pretend not to weep while reading this week’s burning issue. “So, my boyfriend and I want to have sex, but I’m allergic to latex . . . would it be okay if I just used latex [condoms] and took some Benadryl for the allergy?” –Sensitive & Swollen First of all S&S, benadryl’s active ingredient is a drug called diphenhydramine, an antihistamine with side effects that include sleepiness or drowsiness. If I want to take a nap, I watch Showgirls and don’t try to get it on. While Benadryl should be used for taking care of an allergic reaction, you should always discover ways to avoid the reaction first. That being said, we’ve got a couple safer options for you to try before resorting to grape-flavored syrup. You have several to choose from. Did you know condoms are made from other materials besides latex? It’s true. One is polyurethane. Polyurethane is a synthetic latex substitute that still helps prevent transmission of STIs and is just as effective as latex condoms in blocking contraception. These can be better than latex in several ways: they’re not as sensitive to heat and do not have as strict storage rules as latex.

As a special treat, we saved the best for last­ ­­— these odorless babies can be used with oil-based lubricants, unlike latex condoms. However, they can be more expensive and less elastic than latex, which increases the chance of breakage and spillage. Female condoms come in polyurethane as well, if that’s more your speed. If that’s not up your alley, try lamb skin. Lambskin is the perfect replacement for latex when an allergy is present. It’s made from the thin lining of sheep intestine, and people simply aren’t allergic to it. The problem with them, though, is that they contain pores which allow for the transmission of STIs. But on the brighter side, the pores are small enough to block sperm. If both partners are tested regularly and choose to be monogamous, they should have nothing to worry about on the STI front. Lambskin condoms, like polyurethane, are more expensive than latex, but the alternative is dealing with a breakout on your private region. Here’s an added bonus, for all you folks going green: lambskin condoms are biodegradable. As with latex condoms, make sure to check your lambskin or polyurethane condoms for a few things before using them. First and foremost, check the expiration date. Milk spoils in the back of your fridge; condoms spoil in the back of your closet. Secondly, be sure and pinch the condom package right in the middle. If there’s a bubble of air, you’re good to go. There it is, S&S. Because we wouldn’t recommend the benadryl route, we’ve given you a few other options to choose from. They may be a bit pricier than latex, but it’s either that or an itchy allergy. We hope this helps all the unfortunate souls suffering from a latex allergy. Until next time, always remember to wrap it up — and as always, send us your questions at SET.NAU@gmail. com or visit our SET Facebook page.

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she remembers. “I was scared because I felt like no one else could love me knowing what happened.” When she told her new boyfriend, he didn’t believe her, reinforcing her uneasiness to share her struggle with anyone. He was the only other person who knew, but they eventually broke up and Sara continued living her life. Her ability to trust new relationships dwindled and she suffered from hypervigilance and anxiety, which still haunts her today. She had people to turn to, but the thought of sharing her wounds terrifed her because she felt dirty and thought no one else would believe her. She knew that police interaction and counseling was possible, but she knew she couldn’t face that. Not yet, at least. According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, only two percent of acquaintance rape cases are ever reported to the police. Most of those instances are not reported until much later. To make matters worse, any sort of delayed police report largely compromises the effectiveness of the investigation and persecution. Rape is a sensitive subject, and the NAU Police Department is aware of that. “On average, we have about six reported assault cases a year,” says NAUPD officer Joe Tritschler. Since woman can legally seek clinical help without police interaction, he suspects there are many more unreported cases. Not to mention the shame most victims experience.“We always encourage people to report cases to the police, but if they’re at a stage in their life where they are not comfortable doing so that’s okay, as long as they go and get the help they need.” In every assault case NAUPD handles, biological and physical evidence collected is kept on record if the victim chooses to press charges at a later date and all information shared with the police is provided voluntarily. “It’s a very confusing time on top of all the other emotions you’re facing, but to do absolutely nothing is the worst thing you could do,” Tritschler adds. For years, Sara did just that. She didn’t seek help until this past August. She would like to file a police report, but her case is five years old and there is no physical evidence to back her. To move from a victim to a thriver, she began going to counseling —

Sex Signals NFHC works with NAU on a variety of programs to educate students and make our campus safer in general. This Friday, the Center is bringing Sex Signals to campus — a rape prevention improv performance that uses humor to address the problem of acquaintance rape on campus. “Sex Signals is a humorous, real way to talk about an issue we never talk about,” says Sydney Tolchinsky with the Center. Originally conceived in Chicago as “The

slowly learning how to carry her burden and face the reality of her pain. “I still think about it every day, but the way I think about it has changed,” Sara says. She has begun relearning touching techniques and accepting herself for who she is — a woman with a troubled past and a hopeful future. Macy Mouritsen with Men Against Rape and Sexism (MARS) is familiar with women just like Sara who had no idea what to do when they were sexually assaulted. “If you had a broken femur, you would definitely go get it fixed,” Mouritsen said. “It’s the same for your spiritual and emotional wounds — it’s just easier to hide them.” But it is important not to shove them away. Rape is about power, but women — and men — have the power to change and stand up for their right to safety. According to Mouritsen, victims who do not report their cases or seek help are more likely to be assaulted again. Compared with those who have not been assaulted, victims of sexual assault are three times more likely to suffer from depression and six times more likely to suffer from post traumatic stress. If you are a female or male victim of rape, there are options to support you in your healing. The Northland Family Help Center, an affiliate of MARS, offers a free support group led by a licensed therapist and a rape crisis hotline. The Counseling Center on campus also offers crisis intervention along with a number of other services. More information on rape and support for victims and their loved ones can be found at and Sara and her new boyfriend are facing her past together. Her days are long — a constant juggle between work, school and emotional downpours. She struggles with emotions less often than she did a year ago and she doesn’t cry as much as she used to. In the morning, she wakes up and faces the day with the rest of us, but Sara Jones has a secret that is slowly being shared with the world. If Sara Jones stares back at you when you look in the mirror, let her help you share your pain with someone. You are not alone. Sensitive Swashbuckler & Other Dating Myths,” Sex Signals explores everything from the awkwardness of dating to relationship conduct like date rape. George Zerante has been performing with the group for four years: “We try to surprise the students because talking about rape can be so tedious,” Zerante said. “We’re here to have a dialogue though. We really have become the premiere speakers on this topic and we want to help students understand the issue.” Sex Signals will be at Cline Library on September 23rd from 7-9pm.


Lending a hand

National Public Lands Day is Sept. 24 — Get involved (Photo provided by Grand Canyon Trust) By derek Schroeder


he concept of land ownership in America is an invasive species. To the Native Americans who were here long before us, the mountains, rivers and plains of this continent were a sacred gift to be respected and worshipped. To our ancestors, they were a bottomless reservoir of natural resources teeming with prosperity. Our country is feeling the effects of this mindset today. We have lost much of the pristine landscapes that were once the entirety of this continent — but thanks to National Parks and public land reserves, a large percentage of nature will remain intact for future generations. In 1994, National Public Lands Day was created to honor and respect those parcels of land still available to the public. It was started by three federal agencies and only 700 volunteers and has since grown exponentially. Today, environmental agencies around the nation have instigated their own volunteer opportunities­— and Flagstaff is no excpetion. One such organization, the Grand Canyon Trust, works specifically with the Colorado Plateau and Grand Canyon National Park. “We focus on regional conservation through a variety of volunteer and outreach programs,” says Christine Albano, Program Manager. According to their website, the trust was created in 1985 by Bruce Babbitt along with other impassioned conservationists.

In regards to National Public Lands Day, the Trust is focusing their efforts on a parcel of land called the Kane and Two Mile Ranch. “We don’t own the land, but we do own the permit to graze (cattle),” said Kate Watters, Volunteer Program Manager with the Trust. The Forest Service administered the grazing rights to the organization a number of years ago. “Our goal with that program is to have an elevated level of stewardship for those lands and graze our livestock in an ecologically appropriate manner.” The real work, however, is combating the invasive cheatgrass population that has spread like desert fire in many areas around the southwest. This is where volunteers come in. “The majority of our projects are seeding and restoration,” Watters explains. The organization also works on removing Tamarisk along with a number of projects. “We feel like it’s very tangible to be able to plant seeds in areas that have been degraded by invasive species.” “Aside from being the places we recreate, [public lands] provide our clean water, our open spaces, and contribute heavily to regional biodiversity,” Albano said. Public lands are our only remaining vein to the places we can connect to on a deeper level, and they are in trouble. This Sept. 24, do your part. Visit and lend a hand, or take advantage of free admission into Grand Canyon National Park. Grab a shovel, or a hiking pole — either way, get outside and enjoy our nation’s beautiful, public land.

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SportsReport Soccer heads into win column on trio of goals BY Maile Rudebusch


AU women’s soccer logged their longawaited first win of the season Sept.17, beating the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Eagles 3–1 at Lumberjack Stadium. Lumberjack coach Andre Luciano had been expecting a win sooner in the season. “It was bittersweet based on the wins we had last year,” Luciano said. Embry-Riddle was first on the board with a goal 16 minutes and 55 seconds into the first half. The Eagles’ Riley Stevenson capitalized on a free kick from junior midfielder Marissa Golesh to give them the lead. However, the Lumberjacks were quick to fight back with a strike from senior see SOCCER page 21 LEFT: Senior outside hitter Kobi Christensen jump serves to the opposing Montana State Bobcats on Sept. 15. ABOVE: Junior outside hitter Lauren Campbell gets pumped after a kill against Montana on Sept. 17. (Photos by Sarah Hamilton)

Weekend sweep keeps streak alive BY Travis Guy


Sophomore defender Alana D’Onofrio jumps up to head the ball over her opponent. (Photo by Hailey Golich)

t may have taken 20 years, but NAU’s volleyball team matched a school record with 11 consecutive victories to start a season with its 3–1 win over the University of Montana Grizzlies. The Lumberjacks began Big Sky Conference play with matches against Montana State (Sept. 15) and the University of Montana (Sept. 17) in the Rolle Activity Center. “One of the goals up on our mission statement is [to] sweep [a] conference weekend, which we haven’t done since I’ve been here,” said NAU volleyball coach Craig Choate. “We did it on the first weekend, so check it off.” The last time the Lumberjacks defeated Montana was 2007, and before Saturday, NAU was 2–8 in its last 10 matches against the

Grizzlies. During practice the day before the match, senior outside hitter Kobi Christensen — who has led the team and the Big Sky in kills (139) — injured herself and was not able to participate in the match. It is currently unknown when Christensen will return, but Choate said she would be out for Thursday’s road match against Sacramento State. “It’s not an uncommon thing when somebody goes down that everybody refocuses,” Choate said. “Everybody out there is capable of a big game.” The Lumberjacks took control of the first set with a 25–10 victory, which included 14 kills and a 56.6 hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Lexi Sullivan led the Jacks with five kills in the first set, followed by freshman middle blocker Sydney Kemper’s four. One of the major disparities in the first set were the


nine errors the Grizzlies committed, compared to NAU’s one. “It just feels so good,” Sullivan said. “Just knowing your team has your back and that we can just come together and play so good and learn together, it’s nice.” Montana found its footing in the second stanza, winning 25–23. The second set was a close battle, with 16 ties and seven lead changes, as both teams fought for every point. Junior setter Kelli Dallmann got the Jacks on the board to begin the set with an assist from junior libero Anna Gott, who led the team with 17 digs. The set was capped off by two kills from the Grizzlies. NAU returned to form in the third set with junior outside hitter Jen Wilson leading the team with four points. Freshman setter see VOLLEYBALL page 19

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ne hand was eventually what stood as the difference between a victory and a defeat for the NAU football team. After rallying from a double-digit deficit, the Lumberjacks could not complete the comeback as senior kicker Matt Myers tried a field goal 41 yards out. As time expired, it was blocked at the line — ending the game at a score of 31–29 in favor of the Portland State (PSU) Vikings. “There were too many details getting away from us [today],” said head coach Jerome Souers. “The penalties, the procedures, some of the missed assignments we had, opportunities that we didn’t maximize. But I love the character of the team, the effort of the team, the way they didn’t give up and the way they found a way to take it to the last minute and give ourselves the opportunity for the win.” Junior quarterback Cary Grossart engineered a drive that started at the NAU

31-yard line and eventually ended at the PSU 24-yard mark. After misfiring on his first throw of the drive, Grossart connected with sophomore receiver Ify Umodu twice and threw completions to senior receiver Khalil Paden and freshman tight end Dejzon Walker to keep the hope alive. Sophomore running back Zach Bauman took a handoff to better line up the chance for Myers, even though the drive ended up all for naught. “We made some plays down the field; again [it was] the penalties; we just killed ourselves,” Grossart said. “I take responsibility for some of those and [I’ve] got to play better next week, and we will.” The Jacks fell behind early due to playing in consistent rain showers as well as a dangerous running attack by the Vikings. Viking quarterback Conor Kavanaugh and running back Cary McCaffrey ran all over the NAU defense for 361 yards. McCaffrey scored four touchdowns, accounting for all the touchdowns the Vikings needed. “Starting out, it was just a matter of play-

ing our assignments,” said junior safety Taylor Patton. “As a defense, we’re pretty much assigned to a guy. Our eyes are on that guy, pretty much go to him until you see the ball.” NAU was in an early hole at 14–0 after touchdown runs by McCaffrey stretched the Jacks’ defense and forced them to make some early adjustments. The Lumberjacks would eventually get on the board in the second quarter by way of a touchdown pass from Grossart to Walker, who hauled in his first collegiate score. The drive was keyed by a 45-yard hook-up between Grossart and senior receiver Mike Czyz. The Vikings stretched that lead to 21–7 after another McCaffrey touchdown, but NAU responded with a fourth-and-goal touchdown run from a yard out from Bauman to cut the lead to single digits. PSU later tacked on a field goal to take the 24–14 lead into halftime.

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Kalee Kirby scored her first serving ace of the season and started a 3–1 scoring run for the Lumberjacks. Montana mounted a comeback with a 14–8 run, but only scored five more points through the set. NAU closed out the third stanza with nine points, including four consecutive kills to seal the deal at 25–19. “[Our] motto, if you wanna say, is nobody’s gonna outwork us,” Kemper said. “We’re gonna work harder than everybody.” The final set of the match was back and forth. The Lady Jacks maintained a slight lead for the duration of the set until Montana tied the score 23–23. The Grizzlies took the lead for the first time in the set after an error by Kemper, but Wilson evened it up with a kill off of a Montana serve. NAU gained the upper hand from a Montana error, and Kemper scored the final point, keeping the ladies undefeated. Sullivan led the Jacks with 16 kills and a 33.3 percent hitting average. Kemper followed with 13 kills and a hitting average of 32 percent. “I was pretty pumped up actually,” Kemper said. “I was just ready to play. I was excited for the match.” The Lumberjacks started the week off with a 3–0 win over Montana State. Kemper scored eight kills through the match, followed by Christensen’s seven. Dallmann added 25 more assists to her record, and Gott tallied 10 digs for the Jacks. “We’re not a bunch of individuals anymore,” Sullivan said. “I think that’s how we used to play and we’ve all matured into better athletes and we’ve gotten stronger and now we cover each others’ weaknesses; it’s a good blend as a team.”


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he Lumberjack had the opportunity to sit down with NAU soccer senior forward Chelsea Bednarz. After a slow start to the season, Bednarz and the Lumberjacks beat Embry-Riddle to earn their first victory of the year. In our conversation she discussed red card memories and shared her thoughts on the new Lumberjack Stadium. The Lumberjack: So Chelsea, how was your summer? Chelsea Bednarz: It was good, I just trained all summer long and I did rehab on my knee to get it back for our season. It is all ready now, and its going well. LJ: Did you catch any of the World Cup? CB: I did. It was a little disappointing, the game against Japan, because I thought the U.S. had in it in the bag. They choked a little bit, but I thought Japan deserved to win just because of the bad year they had. So I was happy for them. LJ: What’s your favorite movie? CB: That’s tough. Just off the top of my head, I really like Forrest Gump, I like The Blindside. It’s always motivating watching those before games and stuff. LJ: You transferred here from Santa Clara; how was that experience? CB: I love it here, I’m really glad I transferred. I wanted to go kind of closer to home so my parents can come watch the games. And the coaching staff and team just brought me in; it’s like we’re family, pretty much. LJ: Who is your favorite athlete, and why? CB: I really have a lot of respect for Michelle Akers, I don’t know if a lot of people know who she is. She played in the 1999 World Cup. She’s had 26 surgeries in her career and has dealt with chronic fatigue. I just think its pretty awesome how she kept going through even with all those obstacles. LJ: What is your most memorable mo-

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ment as an athlete? CB: When I got to go to Japan with the U16 National team because that was really cool. I never got to play outside the country before and it was a really fun experience getting to know the other culture there. LJ: You’re an advertising major and a sociology minor, what are you going to do with that in a couple of years? CB: I could go into sports advertising, that would be really fun. Or I’m looking into becoming a wedding or event planner because I really like that kind of thing and I like looking at those kinds of magazines and shows. LJ: Any pregame superstitions? CB: I always put on my right shoe before my left shoe. I tie them a certain way as well. LJ: Any funny stories on receiving some red cards? CB: When I was 16 I got a red card for cussing at a girl, then I kicked her legs as hard as I could, then she totally ate it and started crying. The ref just ejected me from the game. LJ: What do you think of the new Lumberjack Stadium and the new locker room? CB: It’s amazing. It’s more than I than I could have asked for. When we have a Friday night game at seven and there is the sunset over the stadium and it’s just pretty amazing. The locker room is huge, and we have a Foosball table, a ping pong table, couches and huge TVs. It’s pretty much a mansion in there. LJ: Where is your favorite place to eat in Flag? CB: I really like Beaver Street Brewery. Whenever my parents are in town, I always ask to go there. LJ: Who is the best dancer on the team? CB: I would definitely say Sam [Monahan]. She’s got some cool little moves. I’ll say Jennie [Beaudoin] too, she’s got some interesting, quirky moves that are very entertaining.

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forward Chelsea Bednarz. She scored her first goal of the season 19:03 into the game. Bednarz turned a cross from freshman defender Mary Harrah into a goal. After the Lumberjacks scored, the Eagles were unable to get past the Jacks’ strong defense. Senior midfielder Sam Monahan found the back of the net for her fourth time this season at 30:34 into the game. She scored off of a corner kick from senior forward Katie Tribbey. “It feels pretty good,” Monahan said. “I’m trying to take advantage of my senior year and trying to win.” Sophomore forward Elinor Priest scored her first career goal 35:55 into the first half. “We’re happy and we’re going to enjoy this,” Monahan said. “It has been a rough start.” In the first half, Eagles goalkeeper Ciarra Pederson made three saves. The Lumberjack keeper, sophomore Lauren Weaver, saved three shots. NAU made a total of 13 shots through the game and had seven corner kicks. Neither team scored in the second

half, and Weaver and Pedersen each had one save. The Eagles attempted three shots and had one corner kick, while the Lady Jacks attempted 10 shots and two corner kicks. “You always play to win,” Luciano said. “We’ve always tried to work on finishing strong[ly].” The Lumberjacks are far from celebrating at this point. Luciano said the team is still working hard in practice to ensure they continue to win this season. “It’s about identifying some personal changes that we need to make this year,” Luciano said. “It’s a work in progress seeing who fits.” The Lumberjacks travel to the Lone Star State this weekend where they will play Texas Christian University on Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. Then they move on to face Texas Tech on Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. NAU is 0–1 alltime against the Horned Frogs from Fort Worth, Texas and have never played the Red Raiders from Lubbock, Texas. This marks the first time the Lumberjacks will face off against a Big East Conference school. The Jacks have played four different Big 12 schools and are still searching for their first victory

ABOVE: Freshman midfielder Mary Harrah slide tackles her opponent. (Photo by Hailey Golich) LEFT: Sophomore forward Jordan Stenger takes the ball past Embry-Riddle’s Ange Durston-Ryan. (Photo by Sarah Hamilton)

against the conference. “We can only move forward from here,” Monahan said. “I think they know what it’s like to have a win now and hopefully it’s a step forwards not a step backwards.”

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Powell pool party By joseph starkloff


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ickey Avalon is a rapper whose roots and lyrics stem from his hometown of Los Angeles. Avalon became more commonly known after his involvement with the Dyslexic Speedreaders, a rap group that consisted of himself, Dirt Nasty, Beardo and Andre Legacy. In late 2006, he released his self-titled solo album with his most famous songs, “Jane Fonda” and “My D**k.” Since then, he has put out a few singles such as “Rock Bottom” and “Stroke.” Avalon will be performing at the Orpheum Theatre on Sept. 24. The Lumberjack was able to talk to Avalon about his childhood and musical inspiration. see AVALON page 26

WHERE: The Orpheum WHEN: Sept. 24 Rapper Mickey Avalon will be performing live at the Orpheum this weekend. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

tudents looking for the last bastion of summer beach parties, live music and late night campsite romance may find what they are searching for at Powellapalooza. The festival will be centered near the city of Page on Lake Powell from Sept. 22–25. John Corkery, the event director, promised it will not be for the mild-mannered. “It’s a pretty wild party,” Corkery said. “I expect people to leave feeling like wounded soldiers and needing a week to recover.” Powellapalooza has scheduled Slightly Stoopid, Michael King from the String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, Beats Antique, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Mimosa, People Under the Stairs, Zion 1, Hot Buttered Room, Scenic Byway and 80 other groups to perform. The event’s various musical acts will be held at two main venues. The Page Shores Amphitheater will feature three stages, house a giant pirate ship DJ booth and will host acts until 4 a.m. The Antelope Point Beach venue will encompass two stages, water features and shade structures with a beach party atmosphere. see POWELL page 26

MoviePicks Just a few movies playing Friday at Harkins Flagstaff 11 (1959 South Woodlands Village Blvd.) OnTheWeb at The Lion king 3d (g) - 10:45 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10:40 p.m. dolphin (pg-13) - 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

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Artist: The Kooks Album: Junk of the Heart Genre: Indie Rock


is a must-see for apocalyptic movie enthusiasts.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston. Running time: 100 minutes. Rated R.

By Diego gonzalez

ust two years after a widely successful sophomore album, British rockers The Kooks are back with their newest release, Junk of the Heart. For a band named after the David Bowie song “Kooks,” it isn’t hard to hear their British Pop influences. The Kooks don’t waste any time diving into their catchy song style with the title track “Junk of the Heart (Happy)” and again in “Is It Me.” Exchanging their upbeat acoustic guitars for experimental synthesizers, The Kooks are on the verge of creating their own unique sound. Tracks such as “Runaway” and “Time Above the Earth” feature soft melodic vocals in combination with a dynamic set of instruments. Breaking away from their raw acoustic roots, The Kooks are ready to become a serious contender in the indie genre. However, Junk of the Heart fails to produce more than a handful of songs that are worthy of replays. For diehard fans, however, the overly mellow tone of the album is enough to put them to sleep. Fortunately for The Kooks, the new album contains a plethora of catchy lyrics and mellow riffs with just enough of an indie vibe to attract new listeners. Even if the album falls short on the made-for-radio songs that first put The Kooks on the map, Junk of the Heart is the perfect companion to a rainy day. Best Tracks: “Junk of the Heart (Happy)”

Artist: Kanye West and Jay-Z Album: Watch the Throne Genre: Hip-Hop



By amanda bungartz

ver since these two powerhouses hit the music scene, hip-hop and rap fans have been waiting for a collaboration album of epic proportions. Well, the wait is finally over — Kanye West and Jay-Z have exceeded our expectations with their newest joint album, Watch the Throne. Watch the Throne includes such a diverse mix of sounds: everything from theatrical opera on “H.A.M.” to pulsing electric beats on “Who Gon Stop Me” to slowed-down percussions on “New Day.” The variety is not overpowering but rather works extremely well together and appeals to a wide range of music lovers. Yet despite these differences, all the tracks have one thing in common: Kanye and Jay-Z’s amazing knack for rhyming and creating witty (and at times touchy) lyrics packed with a powerful message. Due to the immense success of these two individuals, it is all too easy for people to claim that this album fell short of their expectations. Yet putting aside each artist’s individual pasts, the blending of the two unique styles, the plethora of diverse music forms, and the captivating production on this album makes Watch the Throne worthy of its very own hip-hop throne. Best Tracks: “Otis,” “Murder to Excellence”

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f the name of the film doesn’t say it all, then the opening scene definitely does. Drive begins simply, focusing on a getaway car, and you can only be impressed by the man behind the wheel — the silent type with a plan. This film is both exactly what you’d expect and surprisingly more. This noir-style movie consists of quiet contemplation from the main character, who is referred to only as Driver (Ryan Gosling), and his mix-in with an Italian mob after spending time with the broken family he lives next to. Each scene is aesthetically pleasing and well planned out so viewers are placed in the driver’s seat the whole time. The director that is responsible for this injection of originality in what would normally be a cliched action flick is Danish film director Nicolas Winding Refn. He continues to show proof that there are still wheels turning in the heads of Hollywood movie makers. The Driver’s character is hardly explained past a bachelor living a very private

life, who eventually adopts the role of guardian for his cute baby-faced blonde neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her son while the man of the house is locked up. The Driver slowly developes a close personal connection to Irene, a bond that plays a key role later in the film. The simplistic and intriguing plot follows the Driver around dark streets on his adventure to ensure the safety of the families he cares about. When he finds out Irene’s husband owes protection money to mobsters, he partakes in a pawn shop robbery in order to help her pay off the debt. His role doesn’t seem like a major one until he ends up with the winnings from the pawn shop heist and it’s his job to pay the spouse’s debt before anyone gets seriously hurt. Of course, everything must go wrong before the credits role, and this adds to the color (mostly red tint) of the film as shots fill the screen with horrifyingly cheesy gore. This is all the byproduct of psychopathic rage coming from a few mobsters with guns and knives and, in a few memorable instances, the quiet

driver as well. Drive is definitely worth seeing when you’re in the mood for some good intentioned adrenaline and no down time between blood and guns and car crashes. Well, there is a little bit of kissing in there, but it is immediately followed by a repeated face crushing stomp of the boot. Despite all of Drive’s good points, there are still a considerable number of flaws worth pointing out. While the fact that the Driver is nameless and has no apparent back story does add to his character’s mystique, there is a lack of explanation when it comes down to his fits of unflinching murder. Also, the blood is a little much, unless this film is supposed to be a overdone slasher flick. Still, in the end, there is an impressive factor to the movie. It successfully holds the audience’s attention and keeps them on their toes. Although Drive can be corny and quiet, it definitely isn’t a typical predictable action film. It is altogether visually stimulating, entertaining and totally worth watching.

QuickFlick Straw Dogs By Jayson Burns


traw Dogs is one of those movies that will have its viewers leaving the theater unsatisfied and maybe even a little ticked off. While it was not the worst movie of the year, its unanswered questions and frustrating characters definitely keep it from becoming anything worthwhile. The movie follows David and Amy Sumner (James Marsden and Kate Bosworth), who have decided to move back to Amy’s hometown in the Deep South following her father’s death. Though they are greeted with country hospitality, tensions slowly

begin to build when Amy’s old high school boyfriend, Charlie (Alexander Skarsgård) comes into the picture. After a series of truly horrifying and cruel events, David and Amy eventually find themselves in mortal danger. Now, before I get into this movie’s problems, I feel I should point out the good parts. The acting is solid allaround and the story keeps you interested while moving at a decent pace. However, despite these compliments, the movie suffers some major problems. Though I did indeed feel sorry for the characters, there were many times when all I could say was, “You didn’t see that coming?” The characters in Straw Dogs say and do

things that really make me shake my head and sigh with frustration. Another issue I have is with a subplot involving a harmless, mentally challenged resident named Jeremy (Dominic Purcell, surprisingly) who causes problems in the community by talking to the ex-football coach’s daughter. Jeremy’s brother promises to keep him away from trouble, but Jeremy is almost always seen without the brother or an explanation. I will say, however, that the Of Mice and Men reference was actually a little clever. In the end, Straw Dogs is a below average movie. To those interested in seeing it: wait for the DVD.

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Arts&Entertainment from AVALON page 23

The Lumberjack: Can you describe your life growing up? Mickey Avalon: I never read about myself till the last few years, so I think I just thought my life was pretty normal, not that much different from anybody else’s, but you know [when] you read it sounds really more crazy and stuff. Now, for example, my daughter just started high school and she was in private school her whole life and now she’s going to public school. Private school is good, but in the end she felt like all the other kids were like Justin Bieber and [she] was the only kid [whose] parents were divorced and I thought that was pretty weird. I was like, ‘When you go to public school, it will be a lot different because when I went to school there was only one kid whose parents were together, so I didn’t think my life was that different.’ We weren’t rich, we weren’t poor, my mom supported us, my dad was a f**k –up. So it was all right, I’m alive and my folks never hit me or laid a hand on me, so I think there was love in the house. I would go to the methadone clinic with

my dad, but I’ve never seen him take drugs. It wasn’t like I lived in a shooting gallery. Even at the very end of his life he got sober, for the last two years. But before that he was pretty much like a heroin addict for most of his life and then crack got invent[ed] and he got on that for probably four years and that did way more damage in four years then the other did in 30; then he got sober. So he died sober, but even when he was a crackhead I’d never even seen him smoke, and crackheads like to smoke every day; he still kept that away from me. One time actually I walked in, I think he was smoking, and he told me that it was white hash, because weed and hash and stuff like that was never a bad thing. That’s the only time I’ve seen him doing drugs. LJ: What was it like being Jewish Orthodox and what made you move away from it? MA: I was born Jewish, so if I was to pick a religion, that was the one I was raised on. I was reading weird mystical s**t from like the 1400s, so I guess that’s probably why I went towards that one. I never really agreed with the rules because there are

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Powellapalooza will host a wakeboard competition, hot air balloon rides, river rafting excursions on the Colorado River, watercraft rentals and an antique tractor pull show. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase campsites, houseboat rentals, RV passes and shuttle services that will go between each venue and the Safeway parking lot in the city of Page. Crokery said Powellapalooza exhibits one of the most unique designs ever implemented in a festival. “There’s no festival in the country that has a layout like this,” Crokery said. “You come and you’re going out on boats, getting in hot tubs, going down waterslides [and] going to the beach stage and getting squirted with water guns while you’re watching your favorite band. It’s just a totally different experience.” Scenic Byway, a hip-hop group infused with several different genres of music, played at Powellapalooza’s maiden festival and will be playing this year as well. Genetics, a rapper

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just so many and many are just retarded. After my sister passed away people just want you to be happy and they don’t really care what you do, or not unless they’re family, but back then if you met a chick, basically, my ex-wife wasn’t Jewish . . . they would still go ‘Are they Jewish?’ and then [we were] like ‘No, but she’ll convert .’ So she went to this conversion class and they made me come and then that’s when all that happened. But she didn’t totally want to do it, she just was dealing with it anyhow and then after she got pregnant it was too weird and I couldn’t do it anymore. I didn’t want to raise my child that way. LJ: What inspired you to become a rapper? MA: I think it was just good luck. It’s something I never ever thought [I would do] . . . it just happened. Looking back, it’s a total straightforward procedure: that’s what you want to do. You make songs, put a band together and perform, and if people don’t dig it then you can’t do much with it. Luckily, I had people around me that set up all that part of it, like the shows, and people just ended up liking it.

for Scenic Byway, said the location of Powellapalooza provides an escape for those from colder climates. “The weather is absolutely perfect [and] the water is still pretty warm. The environment, in the setting by default, is incredible,” Genetics said. “Five years from now I could see some serious heavyweights playing.” Crokery also spoke about the importance of seeing an event like Powellapalooza before it becomes prominent. “When you see a festival in the beginning, you get to see a side that’s a lot more organic and community based,” Crokery said. “It’s the early years where you really get to have the most fun.” Tickets are $175 at the gate. If purchased online, NAU students can type in the discount code “NAU” for $50 off. Shuttles will cost $5 for a single ride and $15 for the full weekend. Campsite fees are $25 for the Page Shores site and $45 for the Antelope Point Marine site. RV passes are $65. For more information concerning Powellapalooza and further pricing on activities, visit




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