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Former NAU employee pleads no contest to sexual abuse charges
ASNAU passes bill reimbursing IceJacks
BY MILES SCHNEIDERMAN
he NAU Division III hockey team will receive $7,500 in reimbursement from ASNAU, in addition to the maximum of $3,500 allotted to student clubs, to help pay for their participation in a national tournament the team attended in March. Some clubs and ASNAU senators saw the move as controversial. The ASNAU Senate approved three bills granting a total of $7,500 to the Division III IceJacks. The vote, held during its weekly meeting on April 4, represented a break with tradition for this semester's senate, which had already granted the hockey team’s request for the $3,500 maximum. Following more than 30 minutes of discussion and testimony from various concerned parties, two $3,000 funding bills passed with a vote of 8-3. An additional bill for $1,500 passed with a vote of 9-2. Eleven senators were present for the vote, while one was absent. The question facing the senate was one of consistency and financial responsibility. At the beginning of the semester, the 12 senators agreed they would try to give financial help to any club eligible for it, but they also imposed a maximum allocation of $3,500. However, the IceJacks, along with their representative, Oregon McDiarmid, who wrote the new funding bills, believed that ASNAU could afford to do more. see ASNAU page 8 Defendant Richard Grijalva, a former NAU employee, is read his rights with defense attorney David Bednar, for his felony case of attempted sexual abuse on April 9 at Coconino County Superior Court Division III. Grijalva had a change of plea hearing from not guilty to no contest. (Photo by Amanda Ray)
BY ABIGAIL O’BRIEN AND CODY BASHORE
former NAU employee pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of felony attempted sexual abuse in Coconino County Superior Court on April 9. Richard Grijalva, former events coordinator for the Walkup Skydome, was arrested at his home on Dec. 12, 2012 fol-
lowing a weeklong investigation into an alcohol-induced incident at his home. Grijalva’s sentencing hearing is now scheduled for May 8 at 10 a.m. According to the police report, Grijalva invited a group of student workers, including some under the age of 21, to his home to discuss Skydome staffing for the spring semester. Following the conclusion of their business, the victim, who is under
21, and a few other student workers, remained at Grijalva’s residence where they were provided alcohol. One of the students present that evening said in the police report, “Richard is always saying that he has plenty of beer in the fridge, most of the students at the parties are under 21 and Richard would know that because he hired them.” see ABUSE page 6
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CommunitySpot BY GARY COLLINS
April 7 At 3:32 p.m., an officer on patrol noticed what appeared to be a transient encampment near the main entrance of the Cline Library. Upon investigation it was learned the encampment was part of a display authorized by Cline Library.
ment (FFD) and Guardian Medical Transport (GMT) were called to the scene along with NAUPD. The student was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) for treatment. When the student was released from FMC he was cited and released by NAUPD for being a minor with liquor in the body.
April 6 At 12:19 p.m., a resident of Roseberry Apartments reported an intoxicated individual attempting to grab other female residents. Dispatched officers located the suspect at Cline Library. The suspect was warned about trespassing on campus and asked to leave. A short time later the suspect was seen at the Riles building. He was then arrested and booked in to Coconino County Sherriff Office (CCSO).
At 8:30, p.m. a visitor to the SAC Family Apartments called to report he had been assaulted by another person. Responding officers arrested and booked the assailant on charges of assault, disorderly conduct and for being a minor with liquor in the body.
At 1:57 p.m., the Flagstaff Police Department (FPD) advised NAUPD of an Attempt to Locate (ATL). The ATL involved a possible kidnapping that may have occurred at Beulah Boulevard and University Heights. FPD located the subject in question at their residence. FPD was informed the matter in dispute was of a familial nature. No further action was taken. April 5 At 12:12 a.m., staff at Tinsley Hall called to report a resident who was unconscious due to "severe alcohol consumption." Flagstaff Fire Depart-
April 4 At 8:28 p.m., University Safety Aides observed subjects smoking marijuana in the wooded area south of Lot 38. Responding officers encountered four students in the act of smoking marijuana. The four were deferred for the offense. April 3 At 9:20 p.m., a 911 hang-up call was received from the SAC Family Apartments. Investigating officers arrested and booked a subject for assault per domestic violence, prevention of the use of a telephone during an emergency and disorderly conduct from fighting. April 2 At 12:14 p.m., a report was received by NAUPD of a student harassing another. The case remains
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open pending further investigation. At 2:09 p.m., a student reported he had been punched in the ribs by an intoxicated individual. The incident occurred at Cline Library. The suspect was located in Lot 31. He was warned against trespassing on campus and asked to leave. At 3:08 p.m. a call was received from staff of the Gammage building reporting an intoxicated individual harassing people. Responding officers were diverted to the Blome building where the subject in question had relocated. The subject was found to be the individual involved in the incident at Cline Library. He was booked into CCSO for trespassing. The student who had been punched in the ribs declined to press charges for the offense. April 1 At 12:01 a.m., an officer patrolling Lot 66 near the Walkup Skydome observed two canines of an undeterminable breed with arched backs howling at the night sky. However, before the officer could approach the canines, bright lights appeared in the sky and hovered over the Skydome. According to the officers, the canines then seemed to vanish and the lights extinguish. The case has been turned over to federal authorities.
Events Calendar Calendar Events THURSDAY, APRIL 11 Second Chance Prom [8 p.m./Ashurst Hall] “Derby Days” Film Screening [7 p.m./Cline Library]
An Evening of Songs and Stories featuring XTRA Ticket and Rosie McGee [7 p.m./The Orpheum]
Sweet Ghosts [8 p.m./The Green Room]
Phoenix to Flagstaff: A Showcase of PHX’s Finest! [9 p.m./The Green Room]
FRIDAY, APRIL 12
SUNDAY, APRIL 14
Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra presents “Rach the House” [7:30 p.m./Ardrey Auditorium]
Tony Furtado Trio w/ Stephanie Schneiderman [7 p.m./The Orphuem]
Wiz Khalifa w/ Rockie Fresh [7:30 p.m./Walkup Skydome]
Love & Lights w/ J-Pod the Beat [9 p.m./The Green Room]
MONDAY, APRIL 15 Better World Film Series, Chasing Ice [7 p.m./Gardner] NAU Composition Club Presents Double Trouble Bassoon Duo [7:30 p.m./Cline Library] Tegan and Sara [7:30 p.m./The Orpheum] TUESDAY, APRIL 16 Hot Topics Cafe [5:30 p.m./HLC] The Royal Tenenbaums [7:00 p.m./Cline Library]
SATURDAY, APRIL 13
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17
2nd Annual NAU ROTC 5K Run [7 a.m./Observatory Field]
Planetary Defense Conference [7 p.m./ Prochnow Auditorium]
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NAU student victim of hate crime
BY ABIGAIL O’BRIEN
hough Flagstaff has recently gained the label of progressive and liberal through acts such as the recent LGBTQ civil ordinance, apparently hate is still present within NAU. On March 10, a group of friends, including NAU students, arrived at an off-campus party on Mountaineer Road. The idea of ending the night in the emergency room as the result of a hate crime had not occurred to them. Kerry Yamaucci, a sophomore marketing major, said he had been open about his personal sexuality for a year and the reactions to his “flamboyant” appearance usually does not bother him. “I get that some people will stare . . . I don’t mind,” Yamucci said. According to the police report, approximately 30 people were present at the party, few of which were mutual friends with Yamucci. Through the night, another attendee of the party reportedly made offensive slurs across the room directed at Yamucci. Yamaucci and a few friends exited the residence to smoke a cigarette. Among those friends was Cecilia Satori, a musician from Phoenix, who noticed the other attendees’ unusual behavior. “This guy was weird, he began walking and had this weird look on his face, so I started to pay attention to him, and out of nowhere he threw a quick jab with his right arm in Kerry’s face,” Satori said. The assailant struck Yamaucci in the face and he collapsed to From ABUSE page 1
The anonymous source also said, “If you didn’t go to his party, chances are he would give you the worst shift or just horrible treatment.” According to the student workers, Grijalva would have frequent parties at his house. “Richard supplied and paid for all the alcohol, no one else chipped in ever; it’s the same for every party that he has,” said the victim in the police report. NAU Office of Public Affairs director Tom Bauer confirmed Grijalva was an employee at NAU since 2005 and was terminated Dec. 10, two days before his arrest. According to one anonymous source present, “Richard was hanging out in a very creepy way . . . Richard had gone to bed, and we were all just watching a movie, but he would keep coming in and out and just stand in the dark kitchen and watch us, like every 15 minutes, almost like he was waiting for us to go to bed.” After the group had finished drinking and watching the movie, they went to bed. The victim awoke around in the early hours of Dec. 4, 2012 when he felt something touching his groin area. The victim said in the police report he saw Grijalva laying on the floor below the couch where he was sleeping and despite the
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the ground. Yamaucci did not see who had hit him. He claims to have heard a verbal commotion and the word “faggot.” Yamaucci did not lose consciousness but following standing, the assailant reentered the residence. “After I was hit, I knew we had to leave the party,” Yamaucci said. “One of my friends decided to go back inside and confront the kid that hit me. I had no idea who he was or what he looked like.” Satori ran after the perpetrator and attempted to confront to him. “He just kept denying it and walking away from me, but enough people saw him do it.,” Satori said. According to the police report, the alleged perpetrator stated his reasoning was because he was being “hit on by Yamaucci.” The perpetrator stated Yamaucci was “blowing kisses at him” and “grabbed his butt.” Eyewitnesses have stated to Flagstaff Police Department (FPD) they never saw Yamaucci or the perpetrator speak or even encounter each other while at the residence. The Lumberjack was unable to reach the alleged assailant and has chosen to withhold his name. Yamaucci and his friends soon left the party and went to Flagstaff Medical Center. “Initially, we were just headed home but I started to feel myself getting lightheaded so I figured I should go [to the hospital],” Yam-
dark room, he was 100 percent sure it was Grijalva based on his facial hair and physical features. When Grijalva finally moved from the couch, the victim ran into the room where his fellow worker and friend Brandon Clark, a junior criminal justice major, was sleeping. “I was with everybody that night, I slept there . . . but right in the middle of the night, like four in the morning [the victim] woke me up, he was weirded out and nervous,” Clark said. “We left immediately after he told me what happened, and I haven’t seen Richard Grijalva since.” The victim initially decided not to pursue charges against Grijalva following his interview on the day of the assault, Dec. 4, 2012, but later contacted the Flagstaff Police Department (FPD) on Dec. 11, 2012 to inform them of his decision to pursue legal action. A detective with FPD contacted NAUPD on Dec. 5, 2012, informing them of his desire to speak with Grijalva. Once the interview room at NAUPD had been set up, Grijalva was summoned from the Skydome. According to the police report, Grijalva said he did not recall how he got to the living room after going to his room to sleep. He further said he had no recollection of anything prior to waking up on the ground next to the couch and the victim yelling at him.
aucci said. FPD arrived at the emergency room and took the statements of those present with Yamaucci. The alleged perpetrator was arrested and advised by FPD he will be issued a criminal summons for assault and disturbing the peace. “High school was maybe the last time I received any extreme hate comments, but it wasn’t like getting hit,” Yamaucci said. Satori explained Yamaucci was trying to keep his composure but was confused as to why it all happened. “It is very confusing for anyone, when you’re just going out being yourself and someone hits you for that,” Satori said. “Kerry just expresses himself as an individual and the fact he got hit for that is wrong.” According to NAUPD Community Relations Officer Joe Tritschler, identifying hate crimes can often be difficult. “It’s hard to tell if an assault was directed because of a specific hate like race or religion, unless a hate slur is made obvious,” Tritschler said. In Yamaucci’s case, the attack is considered a hate crime due to the perpetrator’s verbal comments. “The punishment for hate crimes on the federal and state level have definitely worsened in recent years,” Tritschler said.
Defendant Richard Grijalva, 34, stands with defense attorney David Bednar during his felony case of attempted sexual abuse on April 9 at Coconino County Superior Court Division III. Grijalva had a change of plea hearing from not guilty to no contest. (Photo by Amanda Ray)
With his no contest plea, Grijalva faces either three years probation, a maximum fine of $150,000 and up to a year in county jail or a maximum of a year and a half in state prison. A no contest plea is neither an admission or a dispute of the charges against them while still
accepting the punishment. The plea is treated as a guilty plea in a court’s eyes as a sentence is handed down at a date in the future. According to the police report, Grijalva said he had “about 80 students underneath him.”
Students protest for concealed weapons R
BY MITCH KULLOS
ecently, the gun debate has been firing across the country on both sides of the aisle, and it has reached the doorstep of NAU. On April 8, the pro-gun student group, NAU Students for Concealed Carry, began a weeklong protest of laws that restrict concealed carrying of firearms on college campuses nationwide. Members could be seen with empty holsters as a sign of being forcibly “de-armed” by governmental bodies. While some may be unnerved by the idea of anyone on campus being able to conceal a weapon, NAU Students for Concealed Carry make the argument that gun laws only serve to restrict legal carriers while opening up a pocket of unarmed citizens to criminals. The group’s Facebook page features a picture of their banner, which is not allowed to be displayed on campus because the organization is not technically a club on campus. The sign reads: “Attention Criminals: All law-abiding students and staff have been disarmed for your safety and convenience.” The rhetoric appeared on a nationwide scale in many of the major U.S. colleges starting April 8 to make many individuals walking with empty holster, protesters, and, without saying a word, raising the discussion about the increasing regulations regarding firearms. Joel Watson, campus leader of Students for Concealed Carry and a senior majoring in
parks and recreation management, discussed the type of reception NAU has given the group. “So far we have received a warm welcome on our Facebook page. Obviously, there are students opposed to the concept of concealed firearms on campus, but we have not received very much negative feedback from the student body at this point,” Watson said. While the political rhetoric surrounding gun rights and restrictions has been polarized and often vicious in the media, the passive act of simply leaving a holster empty may not spark such controversy, but is noticeable enough to attract attention to the issue. “We still want to raise awareness to the fact that policies disarm law-abiding citizens, which stacks the odds in favor of criminals who may target students or staff on NAU property. My hope is that students will see logic in our cause because criminals don’t follow laws. The people who abide by the gunfree zone policy that NAU has are the ones that we don’t have to worry about,” Watson said. While some may disagree with NAU Students for Concealed Carry’s position, the group represents a feature in the discussion regarding a national debate concerning gun regulation. The inherent logic to both sides can be weighed on their own merits, but, for the NAU chapter of Students for Concealed Weapons, the argument for restricting college
A shuttle driver promotes the Students For Concealed Carry at NAU during his campus routes on Tuesday.(Photo by Napua Kalani.)
campuses from guns is full of holes. Filip Dziadek, a senior majoring in criminal justice, discussed the reasons why students should care about firearm liberties and the changing climate toward gun regulation. “The crucial liberties which are at stake are the human right to self-defense, as well as one of the checks and balances in place for the government,” Dziadek said. “Due to the
fact that the United States is a constitutional republic, we must act within the powers granted in the U.S. Constitution and not try to erode them. Citizen ownership of firearms is meant to be a check on the government, and is equally important as are the other amendments in the Bill of Rights.” For more information on the group, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook. com/studentsforconcealedcarryatnau.
Sprouts Farmers Market coming to Flagstaff
BY JOE MCKAY
prouts Farmers Market has announced it will be coming to Flagstaff in late 2013, which could mean more options for healthy foods but more competition for local stores. Some of the appeal coming from this news is not necessarily for the opportunity to shop at Sprouts itself, but what the competition will do for the prices of local stores. “I really think that will honestly be nice because I’m hoping it will drive New Frontiers’ prices down,” said Maxfield Knight, a Sedona resident and health food enthusiast. “I try to stay local.” There is also concern about yet another store offering the same type of product “New Frontiers was great, Natural Grocers came in and they did okay and now that Sprouts is coming in it’s going to get messed up,” said Flagstaff resident Jeffrey Smith. New Frontiers is still optimistic, despite the recent influx of health food stores.
“To a certain extent, competition in grocery business is definitely a normal thing but in a small town you have to be aware of all your competition to be successful,” said Dennis D’andrea, store manager and executive assistant of New Frontiers. Price, of course, is not everything. “If there isn’t anything that differentiates them other than price, I don’t know how well that will apply,” Knight said. According to D’andrea, New Frontiers sets itself apart in many ways. “Our meat and produce sections which are pretty large have been voted best in town for many years in a row,” D’andrea said. D’andrea said New Frontiers has a larger commitment to organic and fresh produce than Sprouts which sets it apart, but it is not just the product. “We’ve made a huge commitment to the community . .
. We’re all about providing delicious and healthy choices and friendly service and that’s not going to change, ” D’andrea said. Sprouts will occupy the now vacant building where Hastings was, placing it very close to campus. It may be a more sensible option for students who want purchase from a health food store but also need to conserve money. “It’s going to be closer and cheaper than anywhere else so I’ll most likely shop there rather than Grocers or Frontiers,” said Shelby Luttrell, freshman biology and education major. “I think there is a lot of concerns but hopefully the benefits outweigh them,” Knight said. Recently, there have also been rumors of chain REI coming to Flagstaff. Though many have met this information with excitement, an REI spokesperson said no set plans have been developed at this point.
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“I really wouldn’t put them as an exception. I’d put them as the first club to try,” McDiarmid said. “There’s always those times when we make exceptions. We made an exception for the Pershing Rifles and the Quidditch team, because they didn’t get funding from last year, so we funded them the money from last year that they should’ve gotten, but they never received.” McDiarmid also spoke to the fact ASNAU started the year with approximately $190,000 in extra rollover, unspent money from last year’s budget. “It’s unfortunate, but every single year we have so much rollover,” he said. “Maybe we need to be a little bit more considerate on how much we want to give clubs, especially when they really need it.” Vice President of Student Affairs Ryan Lee provided a different perspective on the ASNAU budget. “This year we exceeded our allocated amount for club funding in February, and the executive team had to go through and allocate funds for club funding and propose that to the senate, and the Senate approved every budget,” Lee said. “In a year where we exceeded the allocated amount in February, we are now giving three and a half times the allocated amount.” During the meeting, McDiarmid argued the Senate exists to help the students, not to toe a budget line. He also mentioned the NAU club sports council had unanimously voted to increase funding for the hockey team.
PLEA FROM THE ICEJACKS
The DIII IceJacks won their regional playoff tournament on Feb. 16, earning a place in the national tournament for the first time since 2009. On Feb. 26, the IceJacks wrote a letter to the ASNAU senate, asking for additional funding or ideas for other sources of funding, in light of the team’s accomplishments and the cost of attending the national tournament. The letter was part of a packet of material provided by the IceJacks which included an announcement of their invitation to the tournament, a list of their sponsors and a news article from another university’s website about their decision to fund their own hockey team. “We are coming to you now to ask if there is any additional financial support that you are able to give us, as our DIII program chases their dream of a National Championship,” the IceJacks wrote. “The cost of this trip is estimated to be $25,000 total . . . The players have reached out to the community . . . currently raising $5,000 in one week of fundraising, and continue to search for more support. We know we have already received our annual limit from ASNAU, but this National Tournament puts our school in the spotlight on a national scale.” Scott Graupensperger and Matt Williams, the respective presidents of the Division III and Division II hockey clubs, signed the letter. Thanks to personal contributions from the team, along with approximately $15,000 from donations and sponsors, the IceJacks were able to attend the national tournament on
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Mar. 12-14. The trip ended up costing about $27,000. NAU finished 11th in the nation out of 155 teams. Because ASNAU typically offers funding in the form of reimbursement, the IceJacks came back to the senate, hoping for some mitigation of their expenses. “We still have outstanding bills,” Graupensperger said. “We weren’t asking for all of it, though, from ASNAU. I just know that Oregon [McDiarmid] who’s our senator, said that at the end of the year they had so much money left over, and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask, you know? It seems like a good cause. We were on a national scale, representing our university.” Graupensperger also said the team still has not received the original $3,500 allocation. “I haven’t seen it. I haven’t gotten a check,” he said. “I keep asking Oregon, where is it, because we need it. We’re in debt right now. We have outstanding bills. We need that money.”
Graupensperger and Williams attended the April 4 meeting along with several other members of the IceJacks. In a statement made to the senate, Graupensperger discussed the team’s commitment to NAU and the benefits of supporting the hockey program. “We know this is an unusual request, but we feel going to nationals is an accomplishment we all can be proud of,” he said. The primary voice of dissent on this issue came from Senator Adam Fox. “We’ve had this . . . senatorial tradition, that we put a cap on how much clubs can receive,” Fox said. “The first reason we do that is so we can keep our budget on line. The second, and this I feel is most important . . . is that all clubs are equal . . . And to me it seems very unfair that we’ve been telling every single club that you cannot ask for more than $3,500, yet we are going to be planning to make an exception for the hockey team.” During his argument on the senate floor, Fox presented a list of more than 20 student leaders who were opposed to the idea of the IceJacks receiving additional funding, on the basis that other clubs who had received the maximum allocation knew not to come back to ASNAU looking for more. “What’s at stake here is that one club will be given most-favored-club status over every other club,” he said. Fox also pointed out that another reason for the limit on club funding was to encourage clubs to help themselves. “We want to promote the issue of self-reliance because we want to help the students grow stronger,” Fox said. “We’ve already fulfilled the mission of the senate bill line.” The majority of the senate did not agree. Among others, senators Shayla Woodhouse and Jeremy Chan defended the IceJacks as having already done more than enough fundraising on their own. “IceJacks has an exceptional budget of over $100,000,” Woodhouse said. “No other club has that.” “They went out of their way and worked really hard,” Chan said. Additionally, ASNAU President Sammy Smart spoke at
the meeting in favor of the funding bills, saying the principle of equitable funding is a nebulous one, because an individual can qualify for the maximum amount of $3,500, as opposed to a club of 30 individuals receiving the same amount. Fox and fellow senator Darrell Tenney were the only ones to vote against all three bills. Senator Shannon Boruch voted against both $3,000 allocations, but in favor of the $500. Lee served as senate chair for the meeting. While he did not cast a vote himself, he reminded the senate of the potential consequences of giving the IceJacks additional funds. After the vote passed, Lee said future senators will have to deal with the precedent set by this decision. “This brings in a new situation that ASNAU has never been faced with, where a club is asking for more money than we previously discussed,” Lee said. “We need to provide a new atmosphere where clubs can come back and ask for additional funds. In my two years with ASNAU, we have set limits and turned people away, so now that we’ve set a limit and accepted additional funding, we need to be prepared to honor that for other clubs.”
A NEW PRECEDENT
Following the vote, Graupensperger and Williams expressed their satisfaction with the result. “I feel like it’s a step in the next direction for NAU,” Williams said. “It allows clubs that are trying to bring NAU spirit and pride, and show how great a school NAU is, a great opportunity to possibly come back and get some money themselves.” The two hockey club presidents encourage other clubs to do the same. “Of course I think other clubs should come in here and try to get funding as long as they are trying to improve and better this great school we have here at NAU,” Williams said. “I feel there’s all these clubs out there that make this school so great and they all deserve the funding we get.” Fox was disappointed by the vote, but accepted it. “We had the debate that was needed,” Fox said. “Even though the vote didn’t go the way I wanted to see it, I still believe that by standing up to my principles, based on the constituents that elected me, I’ve done what is right. I support whatever decision ASNAU makes . . . and I will stand behind ASNAU in this decision going forward.” McDiarmid, on the other hand, was pleased with the outcome of the vote and expressed excitement about the senate’s ability to adapt their decisions to the specific situation. “One of the cool things about student government is that if it’s not in the bylaws or in the constitution, we’re not held to it,” he said. “So we can interpret things as we feel.” Editor’s note: Reporters Gary Collins and Justin Regan also contributed to this report.
ASNAU right to reimburse Division III IceJacks
SNAU recently decided to reimburse NAU’s Division III ice hockey team with $7,500, a fraction of the amount of money the team spent on their trip to the national tournament they attended in March. The controversy surrounding this is the reimbursement the team will receive, the team technically being a club, contradicts the $3,500 limit ASNAU has agreed on in regard to funding clubs. The trip ended up costing about $27,000, and was initially paid for through fundraising funds acquired by the team. ASNAU had an exceptional amount of rollover funds from the past semester, $190,000 to be exact, so the $7,500 reimbursement seems like a meager amount when all is said and done. However, some within ASNAU opposed handing over the funds to the hockey team. Senator Adam Fox was one of the most vocal opponents to the bill, claiming should the Division III IceJacks be given the extra money, it would appear they had been given “most-favoredclub status over every other club.” In retrospect, this seems true, but in defense of those in support of the decision, with so many extra funds, why not open it up to other clubs? There’s $190,000 extra from the past semester floating around somewhere. That money is from the students, and should be given back to the students when they’re in need. If a club needs an extra couple thousand, ASNAU should give it to them; especially if there is a large amount of rollover funds. Those against the bill come off as old misers, never wanting to part with money, which seems funny, because it’s not even theirs. It’s the students’ money, the very people who are asking for it back. Senator OregonMcDiarmid sees it in this light. “I really wouldn’t put them as an exception. I’d put them as the first club to try,” McDiarmind said. This is how ASNAU should view their dilemma. Let clubs come to them, and if their cause and reasons are as worthy as the hockey team’s proposition, then they should get some of the fall’s overflow of funds. It’s not right for the students’ government to hoard money acquired by the students when a group of those students is attempting to get some of that money back. Students would rather see their money going towards clubs like the DIII IceJacks than staying locked up somewhere unknown to anyone outside of the student government. Matt Williams, one of the presidents of the hockey club, agreed with this notion, even after they had been reimbursed. He believes “other clubs should come in here and try to get funding, and any student in general, as long as they are trying to improve and better this great school we have here at NAU.” Agreed. As long as they trying to improve and better our school and our notoriety, let it rain. It is the job of ASNAU to represent the students, and when there are school-approved student clubs in need of money, it’s their job to help them out if they can. Right now, with so much extra cash, they can. Clubs in need of money to represent our school on the national stage because of their accomplishments should be rewarded for the efforts, not forced to crack open their personal piggy banks to represent us in their blue and gold. Editor’s note: Opinion Editor Tom Blanton wrote this article on behalf of the staff.
Kim Jong-un or: how America and South Korea learned to stop worrying and love the bomb
ue to years of almost certain inbreeding within the family, Kim Jong-un seems to have been born with a brain almost entirely taken over by pleasure centers. The kid knows how to eat and screw, but apparently lacks the aptitude to think logically, if at all. It’s truly unfortunate for the starving masses of North Korea that their country is being run by a squirrely little manpig who, if he were TOM to be examined by a BLANTON Western doctor, would no doubt be diagnosed as suffering from grandiose delusions, along with the bipolar, schizophrenia that goes along with the mental illness On top of the already unwarranted bark from the dictatorial bastards, the latest bollocks coming out of Pyongyang advises all foreigners to cordially depart from their southern counterpart’s capital, Seoul. The warning comes amid tensions in the region that remain higher than Ken Kesey during the MKUltra experiments. North Korea released this message because the country “does not want to see foreigners in South Korea fall victim to the war,” which, according to them, would be an all-out war should there be a war. Most of the embassies in South Korea are still laughing off the comments over fine whiskey and Cuban cigars. They believe, along with most of the world, that not even an inbred whoremonger like Jong-un would be stupid enough to release a nuke on Seoul. That’s assuming they even have nukes yet, which is still being debated in some circles. Then again, Jong-un is still new to the world, and his neurotic tendencies have yet to be deciphered by psychologists and psychics alike. According to CNN, American Admiral Samuel J. Locklear suggests
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this is the highest tensions have been between the United States and the Koreas since the Korean War ended in 1953. It’s difficult not to agree with Locklear. The world had finally learned how deal with Kim Jong-il. They knew he could talk tough, but would rarely bite anything too significant, so they let him run around like an idiot and allowed him the illusion of power, just to shut him up and calm him down. Now there’s a new sheriff in town, and the world is still eying Jong-un suspiciously, waiting to see if he’s got more balls and less brains than the dearly departed. With Jong-un being one more generation down the tree of inbreeding, it would make sense to assume he’s even more in need than his predecessors of a good spanking and lobotomy. Ever since Jong-il died in late 2011 (may he rest in hell), the basketball-obsessed marshmallow has been gaining more confidence with his new role as the country’s leader. While his physique suggests a consistently over-stuffed belly, it seems as though another hunger has yet to be satisfied in the squat little man: the hunger for power. He’s been running his mouth as though he were trying to start a North
Coast-South Coast hip-hop rivalry. Seoul wants no part of his drunken buffoonery, and has respectfully ceded the nutty oompa loompa more than they’ve needed to, just to keep him cool. Hell, it worked relatively well with Jong-il. Jong-un, however, is having none of it. According to officials, missile tests by South Korea and the U.S. have been postponed and U.S. warships that were to be sent to the region for a worst-case scenario might be halted. This is in response to Jongun’s accusation that these were acts of hostility towards his country. In reality, they were acts of self-defense in retaliation to his prior insinuation of North Korea hostility. As this is the world’s first real ordeal with Jong-un, it will take time before we can know how far he’d actually go. The world will remain on high alert until the little toad resumes taking his Ritalin and starts thinking a little more clearly, that or he actually does start a war, in which case this writer would be in full support of capturing the dear leader and having him hanged, drawn and quartered for his treason against human decency.
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Obama cuts his own pay, while military budget soars
resident Obama recently announced he will return five percent of his salary to this beautiful country. His pay cut decision comes a month after the budget cut sequester went into effect, and is among many things supposed to be a sign of sacrifice and hardships. Yet with Congress still debating upon ways to work out federal cuts, America needs to come up with more ways of spending less money. America’s military spending has taken on a whole world of its own, and is detrimental to the American economy. Obama needs to reduce military spending instead of his payroll if he really wants to make a dent in the deficit. According to The Huffington Post, the U.S. spent $695.7 billion in military expenses in 2011, passing budgets of top military powers like China NAPUA and the United Kingdom, who spent only $120 and KALANI $59 billion, respectively. Thinking about America spending 58 percent of the total defense budget sum of the world’s top ten military power countries is disturbing. The U.S. could easily scale back on nuclear weapons programs, which would be the most helpful budget cut. According to The New York Times, the U.S. spends more on nuclear weapons now than it did during the Cold War. During the Cold War, the U.S. spent on average $35 billion a year on its nuclear budget, versus the average $55 billion today. The nuclear weapons budget includes and is dispersed through the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security. As most everything else in the American economy, budget cuts for the military can be easier said than done, but there are places where budget cuts can be readily made. The U.S. currently deploys around 1,800 warheads with thousands more in storage. Tom Coburn, one of the few Republicans who support nuclear budget deductions, has called for cutting this number of strategic warheads to 1,220 along with a missile submarine fleet from 14 to 11 and intercontinental missiles from 500 to 300. These plans, along with delaying purchases of new bombers until the mid 2020s, would secure a savings of $79 billion over the next decade. People need to realize the U.S. is no longer fighting in the Cold War. Gone are the days when America was in a nuclear arms race against the Soviet Union. Recently, North Korea threatened to use nuclear weapons against the U.S. Some nuclear pessimists might say you shouldn’t fight fire with fire and some nuclear optimists might say to get all the nuclear power we can. Even in the midst of a nuclear weapons dilemma, there still isn’t enough need to be spending as much money as the U.S. does on military warfare. Obama’s incredibly brave pay cut, five percent of his $400,000 yearly salary, will decrease to $380,000 in the coming years. This income is still far above the average American’s, and a $20,000 cut won’t do this country any good. There is no doubt the U.S. is in need of the armed forces and needs to keep contributing money to the military budget. There is no doubt the U.S. even needs a number of nuclear weapons, all of this for a safe and secure America. But spending in this arena must be rational and balanced with goals for improvement. In what is the worst economic standstill since the last depression, America needs to reevaluate its budget spending in order to build a better future.
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America coming to terms with failed marijuana laws
f you were to ask the average college student about their opinion on marijuana, the chances you will find someone who vehemently opposes it are getting less and less likely. In fact, the most recent polling on the issue, released by the Pew Research Center on April 4, shows for the first time in four decades of research the majority of Americans support complete cannabis legalization. While debate over rescinding the prohibition reaches back to the 1960s, this poll reveals a much deeper, potentially meaningful movement than the fringe crowds that have long comprised legalization efforts. The status quo is rejecting reefer madness politics and waking up from their propagandainduced hallucinogenic dream. JAMES From Harry Anslinger to the Nixonian GINGERICH War on Drugs, a dialogue of lies and corrupt intentions have dominated the drug policy discourse in America for far too long. Originally criminalized under the guise of public health, the prohibition on marijuana was in actuality a way for paper moguls to stifle the competition that was the hemp industry. Through flawed medical studies and appeals to nationalism, generations of presidents have justified its continued existence. The tides are turning. Now the naiveté of Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign seems hardly enough to hold back this new wave of populist progressivism. In this more secular, scientifically literate America, it is becoming increasingly difficult to advocate irrational legislation, and so we turn against it. When enough support builds to repeal these policies proponents of the War on Drugs no longer have a monopoly on the legitimacy of law. The actions in Colorado and Washington have sparked a fire in the heart of America and people are beginning to see marijuana in a clearer light. Soon politicians will have to follow suit. These polls are no trifling matter. While only 41 percent
of Americans favored legalizing marijuana in 2010, 52 percent do today. Across every demographic and age group, from Republicans to Democrats, there is an exponential movement to the pro-legalization side. The group with the highest rate of change was moderate Republicans, jumping from 36 percent in support three years ago to 53 percent. More moderate Republicans are now in favor of revoking restrictions on marijuana than moderate Democrats while far-right conservatives showed the least amount of support, revealing the schism gripping the GOP. Yet even those demographics, which still do not show sizeable endorsement for ending marijuana prohibition, had a marked rise in numbers over the last few years of those who do. It is obligatory to note a majority, nearly 60 percent, of Republicans remain against the legalization of cannabis, but the party of small government is showing some consistency in a parallel debate. Of conservatives, 57 percent expressed the belief the federal government should not intervene in states that allow marijuana use: a clear influence of the steady diet of the anti-federalist rhetoric that has persisted through campaign season. Further still, Republicans stuck to their fiscally conscious routes and agreed in the poll by a ratio of 2-1 that government efforts to enforce marijuana laws are not worth the cost. These polls reveal the steady drift away from obsolete and antiquated values that masquerade harmful idealism as wisdom. With every passing year the arguments in favor of keeping these archaic strategies become dimmer and more desperate while gradually the high of ignorance from a century held hostage by prohibition wears off. Opponents of marijuana legalization represent a dying breed of isolated traditionalists, and as their position as the sovereign public voice of drug policy dissipates reason will come into vogue. Congress will be left grasping for support of the laws their political forebears have built and in due time they will not find it.
Editorial&Opinion Monsanto Protection Act shows Congressional incompetence
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Cyprus holds less for future U.S. leaders
reat news, everyone! The stock market isn’t just recovering from the economic crisis, it’s actually hitting record highs! Turns out there might be an economy once we graduate, after all! With jobs! Isn’t that awesome? Well, it would be, if it were true. The recent achievements of the Dow Jones mean the wealthy have successfully weathered the financial storm, but the rest of us are still out there, trying to pick ourselves up. The majority struggles while the elite live in luxury, and even then, it’s never enough. They need more, and they need to trick the majority into giving them more. There will always be politicians who claim to represent us, when their actual goal is to make the economic system MILES SCHNEIDERMAN even more one-sided than it already is. This is what we’re talking about when we talk about austerity. If we want to know more about the future we’re inheriting, it’s worth taking a lesson from the recent shenanigans in Cyprus. A small island nation in the Mediterranean, Cyprus doesn’t have a whole lot in the way of business diversity. A majority portion of its economy is devoted to the banking industry, and Cyprus has spent the past few decades advertising its banks as the ideal place to deposit money. Finance, as it was called, became the featured element of the Cypriot economy. So, the banks got fat and bloated and flushed with cash, then proceeded to make a string of horrible, high-risk investments. Being horrible and all, these investments went south in a hurry, the banks began hemorrhaging money and as the industry failed, it started to drag the rest of the economy down with it. The banks went to the government, begging for help. They were such a huge part of the economy that allowing them to simply go under would have severe consequences for the nation as a whole; the banks used that fact to demand rescue, sticking up the people of Cyprus to avoid slipping down the
drain. If that doesn’t sound familiar, you haven’t been paying attention. Now, like so many other countries in the region, the Cypriot government has turned to the International Monetary Fund and the European Union for financial salvation, and once again, that salvation comes with an ideological price tag. To get a bailout from the EU and save its banking industry, Cyprus had to implement extreme economic austerity. The original version of the deal had the banks imposing a one-time tax on all deposits of up to 10 percent; 10 percent of every single person’s life savings, stolen by the banks to get them out of their self-imposed economic ruin. If Cyprus didn’t like it, they wouldn’t get the bailout money, and if they didn’t get the money, the bankers insisted, Armageddon would sweep over the nation. Austerity measures have been tried before, including recently, but never to this extent. This is the economic equivalent of taking money from a robbery victim to pay the robber’s bail. Fortunately, it didn’t happen. The people of Cyprus learned of the EU’s proposal and rose up, filling the streets with mass demonstrations and withdrawing their money before the bank could steal it. In the face of such defiant, unified public outrage, the plan was quickly scrapped. Since then, Cyprus has agreed to a different bailout, but the public isn’t happy about this one, either, and the protestors have returned. What’s more, the bailout agreement doesn’t seem to have done much good for the Cypriot economy; the crisis has only worsened. From Cyprus to Greece to Britain to Spain, it’s become increasingly clear radical austerity is not the solution to the global economic collapse. Yet, there are those in America who would see us embrace the extremism that Cypriots have so firmly rejected. If they are successful, the rich of this country will take everything that remains to the poor with ruthless impunity, and if that happens, we might find another lesson to be learned from Cyprus: the power of collective revolution.
lthough corporate influence over Washington is so pervasive it has become commonplace to many Americans, a recent bill has still managed to shock people across the country. As the result of shady political maneuvering, a bill written to avoid yet another government shutdown has also essentially granted biotech companies — such as the infamous Monsanto — unprecedented power. Not only did this section of the bill not receive any form of serious consideration, but many Congress members were unaware of it. By approving this bill, Congress has inadvertently bestowed biotech companies with protection from the judiciary decisions. Not only does this invoke questions about the competence of Congress, but also the extent to which this “Monsanto Protection Act,” COLTON as it has been deemed by advocacy groups, has over DARGER the political arena. Due to the limited knowledge of potential impacts genetic modification can have on the environment and human health, the actual implications of Congress’ error are mere speculations. What is known is consumers have lost a barrier protecting them from the potential harms that may manifest as a result of hasty decision-making. While the true effects of signing the Monsanto Protection Act are still uncertain, it’s clear Congress has failed in protecting the public from corporate greed. The significance of the court system losing the ability to regulate the products of biotech companies cannot be understated. Although the FDA is responsible for the approval of agricultural products, courts have been able to review the safety of products and stop their production with adequate evidence. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. In the event courts challenge the FDA’s approval of genetically modified product, biotech companies — presumably Monsanto — can continue to manufacture their product until the FDA says otherwise. Given the FDA’s track record, it is reasonable Americans across the country are in dismay by the approval of the bill. At the center of the controversy is the failure of this section of the bill to receive any legitimate consideration. Being that this provision was attached to a bill that would avoid government shutdown, it was quick to be approved by Congress. As a result, the bill was never voted on by a committee. This is called a “poison pill”, and occurs when a controversial piece of legislation is attached to the primary bill, which must be passed. After public outrage over the passing of the provision, several Congress members have publicly stated they were totally unaware of the provision. So, not only did the provision not get voted on or even receive any form of legitimate consideration, but it also shows our lawmakers are blissfully unaware of the content they are passing. The damages of the signing of the Monsanto Protection Act can now be viewed as twofold: we have lost an integral safeguard protecting our health and environment and must now recognize the sheer incompetence of our elected lawmakers. Despite the inability to know for certain how the Monsanto Protection Act will actually affect consumers, its significance should not be understated. Genetic engineering is still a new field with much to be learned. Let’s just hope biotech companies are more capable than our lawmakers.
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Coming full circle
Local thrift shop donates to non-profits
BY CARA BUCHANAN
n the midst of China dinnerware, dark oak armoires and Free Willy VHS tapes, the collection of odds and ends at Full Circle Trade and Thrift Shop share a common denominator: heart. Tucked along the streets of Southside, Full Circle is a unique and locally focused thrift shop giving 100 percent of their proceeds to local non-profits fueled by the mission to lend a hand to neighbors. Store owners Bill and Barbara Packard opened the shop in November 2012. The family atmosphere of the store combined with the Packards’ values to make a difference in the community suits the collection of items offered there — or as General Manager, Jamey Hasapis, would say, the “thrift-tique.” “Our mission is to provide a locally sustainable funding source for creative, collaborative and results oriented non-profits in our community,” said Bill Packard. “We provide a quality shopping experience while creating a hub of hope for Flagstaff and surrounding areas.” The double-decked shop buzzes with volunteers organizing anything from gently used clothing and board games to speakers
and small appliances. Through the year, Full Circle takes a strong approach to neighborhood involvement by donating to 12 different non-profits. “By helping different organizations, we become a thrift store for all of Flagstaff. Building on that success, we help fund and publicize the importance of taking time to help others,” Packard said. Full Circle has donated $5,000 to the Poore Medical Clinic, which offers free health care to low-income residents of Flagstaff, and supported St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance with enough profit to provide 8,000 meals. In April, Full Circle will benefit Flagstaff Cooperative Preschool with scholarship funds and in May, the thrifties will give back to their fellow business partner, the NAU Civic Service Institute, which provides volunteer opportunities for students, seniors and other community members. “Our grant application process not only asks about why a non-profit could use our help but how they can make the Circle work better. The idea is that the Circle will only get stronger and better serve our community as the community supports us,” Packard said.
Full Circle volunteer and fire service employee Julie Earp spends her downtime lending a hand and enjoying meeting new people. Earp is a regular at the Humane Society and was a member of the Cardinal Key National Honor Society during her undergraduate years at NAU. “It really is a full circle. The community donates their unwanted items, we give to a non-profit that writes a grant, as well as to the Boys and Girls Club and Quality Connections sorts clothes and teaches life skills. It’s a community involvement cycle,” Earp said. “I’ll be here until the fire season starts and if it’s still manageable, I want to continue this passion.” As school semesters are nearing their ends, Full Circle currently encourages the donation of unwanted items to provide a place for student necessities come next fall. “It is a painless way to help your community, save money and feel good about yourself,” Packard said. To donate or volunteer, visit Full Circle Trade and Thrift located at 2 S. Beaver St. Tuesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, visit fullcircletrade.net.
LEFT: Jamey Hasapis, general manager, prices merchandise at the front counter of Full Circle Trade & Thrift. RIGHT: In the back room of the thrift shop, Patty Redig irons garments for sale. (Photos by Andi Sanchez)
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Educators of tomorrow NAU Future Teachers Club hosts bingo night for charity BY MIRANDA SCOTT
he MAC gym [the basketball courts in the HLC] is spacious, but only halfway filled with tables. Echoing through the gym is the sound of a girl calling out numbers while people peek at their neighbors’ bingo cards. The girl calling out the numbers is a wearing t-shirt prominently displaying her club affiliation: NAU’s Future Teachers Club. What was once thought of as being for only the old and retired has been reborn at NAU as a young person’s game. Bingo Night is back with a vengeance. The game has been around for a long time; it began in Italy as a game called lotto and is now more of a senior-citizen standard. However, the Future Teachers Club saw a chance to raise money by hosting a Bingo Night on campus. “After brainstorming with our ASNAU representative and with our members, we concluded that the majority of on-campus fundraisers put on by clubs involved sports,” said Amanda Corken, a junior elementary education major and the club’s president. “Although Future Teachers Club enjoys participating in intramurals every semester, we wanted to branch out and find something that we were more interested in and had never done before. As future teachers, we thought outside the box and came to the conclusion that most people like to play bingo, even adults and college students.” Most crucial to the Bingo Night was the prizes. From Bookmans to BTO Yogurt, there were at least 50 participating businesses that donated prizes. While this was definitely fun for those participating, it was the most challenging part of setting up the event for the club’s officers. “It took us like a month,” said Valerie Garcia, a sophomore early education major and the club’s secretary. “We had to write a lot of letters to businesses and ask for donations. Basically, all our prizes have been donated to us.” Planning and communicating was key in making the event happen. There were bumps, but the club dealt with them; in the end, the see EDUCATORS page 15
Hilary Sizemore: engineer extraordinaire BY AMBER GEORGE
successful engineer is determined, creative and hard-working. Hilary Sizemore, a junior environmental engineering major, is all of the above and more: she even has the prestigious New Faces of Engineering award to show it. Sizemore had no idea what was in store for her when she received an email from the National Engineers Week Foundation telling her she was a nominee for a prestigious engineering award, and she especially did not expect to be one of the national winners. “Honestly, when I was nominated for the first round, I was shocked and ecstatic,” Sizemore said. “I thought, ‘Okay, don’t get your hopes up just yet because this is a nationwide award.’ Once I won, I was ear to ear, but I had to keep it hush-hush until they announced it.” The prestigious New Faces of Engineering award is given to 15 of the country’s most promising engineering students. It is based on academic excellence, leadership within student organizations, outstanding communication skills and both engineering and non-engineering based involvement. There were thousands of students up for the award, but Sizemore was one of the few winners. Alan Winnikoff, one of the media workers behind the National Engineer Week Foundation, believes supporting new engineers is of vital importance. “The Foundation supports engineering outreach, education and celebration through a network of thousands of volunteers in its partner coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies,” Winnikoff said. To those behind the program, it is not just about getting people interested in engineering, but about getting them involved. “Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences and making science and math relevant,” Winnikoff said. The program sorted through many nominated students, looking at their participation within the engineering field. Sizemore’s involvement with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) helped her stand out among the rest of the nominees.
Hilary Sizemore, a junior environmental engineering major, has been named one of the New Faces of Engineering College Edition Award. New Faces of Engineering is a non-profit organization that supports students in pursuing engineering. (Photo by Amanda Ray)
NACME is a nation-wide organization that encourages students who are minorities to pursue engineering as a career, in order to get everyone involved within the field. They not only support and motivate their students, but they also provide funds and opportunities to help along the way. Sizemore’s passion and involvement within the organization ultimately paid off, as she is now one of 2013’s top 15 most promising engineering students. Winning the award, however, is only the first step in Sizemore’s journey through engineering. She plans to look for internships in order to acquire the skills, knowledge and experience needed to progress in the field. “I would like to stay in the field of water resources somewhere in Flagstaff. I am very interested in riparian stream restoration and would love to be outdoors for my work,” Sizemore explained. “As for furthering my education, I am in the works to acquiring a couple operator certifications and planning on staying in Flagstaff for my master’s degree.” Though many believe engineering is all about numbers and constructing, Sizemore be-
lieves having a passion for the field is just as — if not more — important. She urges for those interested to never give up, because in the end it will be worth all of the hard work and determination. “I would really encourage aspiring engineers or incoming freshmen to find out who they are first. You cannot make any life decisions if you do not know what you are really passionate about,” Sizemore said. “Once you have declared engineering, stick with it; it is fun when you are an upperclassman and can apply all your knowledge.” Many who have gone into engineering would strongly agree with Sizemore, as their work becomes a major part of their life. There is quite a bit of support for those going into the career field, especially from those involved with the National Engineers Week Foundation. According to the National Engineers Week Foundation’s website, “Engineers use their imagination and analytical skills to invent, design and build things that matter. By dreaming up creative and practical solutions, engineers are changing the world all the time.”
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event went off without a hitch. “Getting the venue was a little hard,” said Erin Freriks, a sophomore education major and the club’s vice president. “At first, we were in a classroom, but then the MAC gym got back to us. Communication was the biggest thing we had to work on.” The game night was also a fundraiser for STAR Elementary School, a Flagstaff school where the club members volunteer. The spirit of volunteerism is ripe within the club and was present in the event’s proceedings. Education is the club’s top priority, because it consists of people who want to educate and lead the minds of tomorrow. With the goal of raising money to helping schools who cannot provide the best environment for learning, the club started planning for Bingo Night. “Half of the proceeds made from that night will go directly to Future Teachers Club to broaden educational opportunities for our members and the other half will go directly to STAR Elementary School to buy books for their recently added library,” Corken said. “According to the Northwest Regional Education Lab, only 43 percent of Native Americans read at or above the basic level compared to 73 percent of their white counterparts. We feel that this lack of literacy skills is partially due to the low socioeconomic status of the schools that support these students. STAR Elementary School, with a vision to create a joyful learning community in which members develop the character, skills and attitudes for understanding themselves, is one of such schools. Our organization, which is mostly comprised of future educators, is dedicated to the process of improving the education and lives of children, specifically those at STAR,” Corken said. The club frequently volunteers at STAR and is currently planning another Bingo Night soon. For those interested in joining the Future Teachers Club, meetings are at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Eastburn Education building.
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Sexual Assault Awareness Month kicks off at NAU BY JUSTIN REGAN
he Center for Public Integrity states only five percent of sexual assault cases are reported. When victims do actually report, they are subject to face a reaction that, in some cases, might blame the victim or look to the perpetrator with empathy. This was seen following the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, w h e n certain news outlets appeared to sympathize with the perpetrators at the trial. For many students at NAU, April 4 was a day to make a statement that rape is solely the rapists’ fault and victims are not alone is this fight. This statement was made through donning a simple black dress — or dress shirt for males — to say, “My little black dress does not mean yes!” “My Little Black Dress Does Not Mean Yes is based on what we call rape myths,” said Sarah Norby, a first-year graduate student in counseling. “We’re trying to break down those stereotypes, get people to start thinking of what really causes sexual assault and who actually is to blame. It’s not those victims — it’s the perpetrators, it’s all of us for letting it happen and for not jumping in and taking a stand to stop these things from happening.” April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and this event is just one of several put on by Campus Health Promotions. While the idea of wearing a black dress as a sign of protest and support might sound like an action going on around the country, this is actually a home-grown model created by Norby. While looking for a new idea for Sexual Assault Awareness month, Norby came across a picture online of a girl at a rally holding a sign that stated, “My little black dress does NOT mean yes.” The event spread quickly from there; around 600 people participated on campus the day of the campaign along with many others showing support by wearing “My little black dress” buttons and stickers. “A lot of it has been word of mouth,” Norby said. “People have been really great and super supportive. It’s surprised me
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Sarah Norby, a graduate assistant at the Health Promotions Office for Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence, yells “My little black dress does not mean yes,” outside the University Union on April 4 as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. (Photo by Sean Ryan)
how big it is.” Norby also had the assistance of Greek Life, staff departments and students groups like Peer Jacks in spreading the word. “[Greek Life and Peer Jacks] have been so encouraging,” said Kylie Suter, a sophomore speech mythology major who also works for Peer Jacks and is in a sorority. “We had buckets [of stickers and buttons] in the lobby of Mountain View Residence Hall and the Peer Jacks lounge. It touches everyone because everyone knows someone who has probably been assaulted sexually.” Lexi Taneman, a junior English major, knows several people close to her who have been sexually assaulted and considers herself an activist on the issue. She is pleased with how the campus community supported the little black dress campaign and Sexual Assault Awareness Month as a whole. “It personally makes me proud to be a student here that some students or faculty took the initiative to make this event and it was so well received that so many people took part in this,” Taneman said. The day was not completely for women, and men showed their support as well. “I had guys coming to me saying, ‘This is awesome; how
can we help?’” Norby said. “Although it is sometimes viewed as just a gender issue, there are men that are sexually assaulted as well, so I think it is important that the whole campus community supports it.” As part of Sexual Assault Awareness month, Norby and Campus Health Promotions have planned other activities for the near future. The next is a community march on April 16 called Take Back the Night, starting at 1899 Bar and Grill at 5:30 p.m. “We’ll have signs — we are trying to get a percussion group to come march with us — and then we are going to end back in the 1899 ballroom and are going to have someone from the campus administration from the community and from Coconino County read proclamations about solving issues,” Norby said. “We are going to have community agencies there to support people, some women empowerment groups; we are also going to have an actual climbing wall with demonstrations of a women’s climbing group, so it should be a good time.” Health Promotions will also be tabling around campus through the week and free HIV testing will be available at their HLC office on April 17 between 2 and 4 p.m. For more information, check out their website at nau.edu\health-services.
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Rugby club ends season on high note A
BY VINCENT PEÑA
lthough the season didn’t go as planned, all ended well for the NAU men’s rugby club, which finished its season in dominating fashion by beating the Tucson Old Pueblo Lions 62–29 at the South Fields Recreation Complex. “We put everything we’ve been working on all year together in this game. Before, we’ve had little pieces sitting out of our play, but today we brought everything together [to win],” said sophomore Connor Meehan. Despite a difficult season for the Landsharks, which ended with a losing record, there was much to be celebrated by the team’s victory over the Lions. “It was a blowout; a really solid win today. I’m proud of them,” said head coach Aaron Proctor. “Connor said it perfectly: this is the most complete game we’ve played all season. Both sides of the ball — offense, defense — it
NAU’s Ryan Patterson battles through with the ball. (Photo by Kelli Tresgallo)
was amazing,” Proctor said. The Landsharks had a difficult season primarily due to the number of new players on this year’s team. Senior Kevin Wu noted inexperience as a major contributor to the team’s lack of success. “The season was disappointing, but not surprising. We had a lot of new guys, so it really sucks to have a losing season, but at the same time, it should be expected. I didn’t come in with high expectations; I think we did well with what we have. It’s all relative, [and] relatively, we did pretty well,” Wu said. He added the win is a good step in the direction, especially in terms of next season. “[Winning] is great; momentum always helps. We have a lot of young guys so giving them that feeling of a big win helps them carry it into the offseason and come back next year excited to play. It’s always better when we win,” Wu said. Wu’s younger teammate, Meehan, said he is optimistic about the way their team closed out the season. “It was disappointing having a losing season like [Wu] said, but at the same time it was really good today to come away with a win,” Meehan said. “We’ve been having fun all year, but just haven’t been winning, and it’s a lot more fun when you win.” Proctor said he is feeling optimistic after the big win, especially because of how well his team played. He noted this is the youngest team they have had in a while and what that means for the team’s future. “Just about every single guy out here right now should be back, so we should be really strong next season,” Proctor said. “This is the youngest team we’ve had in six years, but they’re really talented and we have a lot of potential going forward.” Proctor explained the issue with new players is re-teaching the game every year,
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Landshark Nathan Parnell (right) advances the ball during an NAU 62–29 victory against the Old Pueblo Lions on April 6. (Photo by Kelli Tresgallo)
which undoubtedly has its effects on the success of the team. However, with most of his players coming back, that doesn’t seem to be an issue for Proctor. “So much of the season is devoted to teaching the fundamentals, because every year we bring in a large group of rookies who’ve never played rugby before, and they’re not as accustomed to how we play,” Proctor said. “The learning curve will be a lot easier to work with because we won’t have to teach that stuff to a majority of the team like I did this year.”
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After the season ends in April, there is quite a long offseason for the Landsharks, and staying in shape can always be a problem. Meehan doesn’t think they will have too much trouble staying in shape despite the long break between the end of the season and training for next year. “Everyone is staying busy individually; we have Sevens over summer, and touch, but after that, it’s up to everybody on their own to [stay] motivated and stay busy themselves,” Meehan said.
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Club lacrosse splits conference-opening doubleheader
BY TYLER MIRANDA
he NAU men’s lacrosse team opened up Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC) play on April 6 with a doubleheader at home on the South Field Recreational Complex against Occidental College and Marymount College. Coming off a tough but encouraging loss that exposed weaknesses that needed to be worked on against the Division I University of Arizona Wildcats, the Lumberjacks came out strong against Occidental in the first of the day’s two games. At first, the Lumberjacks’ speed seemed to be too much for the Tigers. As the game progressed, Occidental took advantage of key mistakes in passing as the game went on and caused the downfall of NAU as it dropped the match, 15–11. Coach Nick Adler emphasized
consistency is definitely what cost the game for the team. “We need to be just a little more consistent in our catching and passing,” Adler said. “Those were the lapses against Occidental that cost us the game.” After being outscored in their previous two games 33–13, the Lumberjacks looked to take their anger out on the SLC Division II North League Marymount College. NAU came out with an onslaught of offense that proved to be too much for the Mariners. Senior midfielder Jake Mastro led the way with five goals in the 19–3 victory of the largest offensive outburst for the Lumberjacks all season. Freshman attacker Davis Pataky, who leads the team in scoring at 4.2 points per game, feels the outlook on the rest of the season is bright. “I feel our team has improved
a lot since we started,” Pataky said. “We are starting to work together as a whole a lot better and we have a lot of potential to win the rest of our games.” Following their best win of the season and with six games left on the schedule the Lumberjacks really do believe that winning out is an attainable goal. Alex Adler, a freshman attacker who scored five goals this weekend is a strong believer in this as well. “If we come together with minimal mistakes, we can be unstoppable in our division,” Adler said. The Lumberjacks now stand at 3–2 for the season and 1–1 in the conference. The Lumberjacks head to California on April 12 to 14 to play three consecutive games each day against Biola (3–9, 2–1 SLC) conference-leading Pepperdine (5– 3, 4–0 SLC) and Cal Lutheran (1–4,
1–3 SLC). If NAU wins out next weekend, they will find themselves at the top of the conference for the first time ever. Coach Adler didn’t guarantee the victories, but didn’t hold
back what he thought either. “We will be fine for next weekend. I don’t see us coming out anything less than 2–1 for the weekend,” Coach Adler said.
NAU goalie Charles Herald dives for the loose ball against Occidental College on April 6. The Lumberjacks dropped the game by a score of 15–11. (Photo by Matt Valley)
Lumberjack defense remains strong with nine returners BY BRIAN GOSSET
fter opening its 2012–13 conference season with a 6–0 record, allowing 17.7 points during per game during the streak, the Lumberjack defense began to crack in crunch time. The final two games of the season, both in the Walkup Skydome, resulted in disapointing losses. Despite the early season success, the losses meant a ninth consecutive season without a playoff appearance. In those last two games against Southern Utah and Cal Po-
Senior cornerback Anders Battle drills with sophomore Blake Bailey during the April 6 practice. Battle earned All-Big Sky first team defense honors this past season. (Photo by Amanda Ray)
ly-San Luis Obispo, the defense gave up 77 points, an average of 38.5. Although the Lumberjacks missed the playoffs, there was a lot of upside for the team, especially on defense. “There’s no doubt our defense is going to be very solid [and] that’s good because if the defense is playing well, you’re going to be in every game,” said head coach Jerome Souers, who enters his 16th season this fall. “We got quality guys and depth out there, and it’s so different from last spring, because we were waiting on guys to come in that fall to contribute.” The Lumberjacks finished first in pass defense and opponents’ first downs, as well as second in scoring defense, total defense, turnover margin, opponents’ third-down conversion and redzone defense in the BSC. Now the defense looks to get even better as it returns nine starters and has 18 seniors on its side of the ball at the start of spring. “It’s real good to have that many guys back. We have 18 seniors, just on defense, so not just the nine starters, but guys who have played a lot behind those guys,” said defensive coordinator Andy Thompson. “Biggest thing we’re trying to improve on is all the details of what we’re trying to do in each call and situation.” The Lumberjacks allowed 342.5 yards per game, 203.7 through the air this past season. NAU, who lost defensive end Jarret Bilbrey and cornerback Devin Willis to graduation, brings back nine starters who earned All-Big Sky honors in 2012: upcoming senior defensive backs Lucky Dozier and Anders Battle (First Team), senior defensive tackles Tim Wilkinson (Second Team) and Marc Thompson (Honorable Mention), senior safety Blair Wishom
(Honorable Mention), senior linebacker Ryan Reardon (Honorable Mention), junior linebacker Austin Hasquet (Honorable Mention) and junior cornerback Mike Dosen (Honorable Mention). “You don’t get that many returners coming back, so honestly, it’s a great feeling because you know most of the guys you’re going to play with and you know how they play, how they think, so the chemistry is going to be perfect,” Dozier said. Dozier tied the conference lead with four interceptions this past season, and along with Wishom and Battle, combined for eight of the team’s 11 interceptions. “There’s always room for improvement,” Wilkinson said. “Honestly, I’ve never been part of a team with this many upperclassmen returning and I think it’s awesome. Our defense was pretty good last year and if we could progress, we can be the best defense in the country.” Bilbrey left NAU with 61 tackles and seven sacks, sixth in the BSC and Willis added 41 tackles and an interception this past season. “The defense has come out [in the spring] and they’re in better shape. There’s things that we continue to get better at, but I think overall, the defense is improving every day and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Thompson said. “Our senior group, there’s a good core of them playing really well, so they feel real confident on what they’re doing.” The Lumberjacks will have their annual Blue-Gold spring game at 2:30 p.m. on April 27 at Lumberjack Stadium. NAU will open the 2013–14 season in Tucson against in-state rival UA Wildcats on Aug. 30.
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NAU TRIJACKS PREPPING FOR NATIONALS
BY TATUM ROCHIN
t’s a typical cold morning in Flagstaff at 6 a.m., and while some students are still sleeping, the Trijacks are entering the Wall Aquatic Center for a swim workout. These earlymorning sessions are one of many training exercises the triathlon team does to prepare for nationals. Coach Josh Terwood said a variety of workouts, ranging from speed to endurance, are a necessary part of training. “They do basically three main types of workouts: speed and tempo, long endurance, and big mileage workouts,” Terwood said. “On the weekends, they’ll typically ride two to three hours.” Terwood graduated from NAU in 2011 and is also an alumnus of the triathlon team. He started coaching the Trijacks during the spring 2012 semester, because he missed the team atmosphere, and because he had a multitude of experience to offer to the club. Hannah Dalsing, a junior marketing major and vice president of the Trijacks, appreciates the benefits of having a coach to guide the team through training. “I like that he’s there for us,” Dalsing said. “He wants to know how we’re doing and he really supports us.” Having a coach is a serious advantage for the team, especially in a sport that requires intense and continuous training. The group works out every day, and the advanced racers put in an average of 12 to 14 hours a week. These hours include swims, group rides and running on the track or trails around town. The team also participates in brick workouts, which consist of cycling for an hour and a half immediately followed by a four-mile run. The training consumes much of the racer’s time and energy, but the ultimate goal is for the Trijacks to positively represent NAU at the Collegiate Triathlon National Championships. The races are on April 13 in Tempe, and many members of the Trijacks will be participating. Terwood will also be in Tempe to support his team and to watch the outcome of the hard preparation the members of the club have been putting into training. “I think we’re very well prepared,” Terwood said. “We’ve got a good group of athletes this year that are doing a good job of working together and pushing each other.” The workouts done every day by the Trijacks are competitive and intense, but they are vital in preparing the team for the Olympic style races they often compete in. This type of race involves a 1500-meter swim, which is just short of a mile, a 24.8-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run. Some days are tougher than others, especially when these triathletes are juggling school, workouts and part-time jobs. As their coach mentioned, pushing each other is exactly what they need when they can’t stay motivated on their own. Elizabeth Wight, a sophomore exercise science major from Peoria, values the team aspect of the club when trying to keep up her intensity. “I stay focused by just the help of the other Trijacks,” Wight said. “If I was training for this by myself, I don’t think
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Austin Joy and Christian Perez run on the HLC’s outdoor track in Lumberjack Stadium on April 9. Both Joy and Perez are a part of NAU’s Trijacks club. The Collegiate Triathlon National Championships are on April 13 in Tempe. (Photo by Holly Mandarich)
I would be as focused. We remind each other of the common goal.” The team agrees when races are in season and nationals are on the way, training is a little easier. The true challenge comes in the winter months, when the weather is too cold for outdoor training and group cycling rides must be moved indoors. “Sometimes staying motivated or focused is hard, especially in the winter,” Wight said. “You have to train inside during [those] months and riding your bike inside is really boring.” The members of the Trijacks rely on each other for not only the motivation to get through the training, but also the energy needed to exceed limitations that had previously been set. “Your push your body so hard when you do triathlon,” Wight said. “The most rewarding part for me is seeing my teammates surpass limits that they had before. Every time something like that happens, we’re really excited for each other.” Alexandria Nath, a junior French major and president of
the club, plays a huge role in preparing the team for nationals. Some of the responsibilities that come with being the head of the Trijacks include booking hotels, filling out forms, getting sponsorships and being the main contact to USA Triathlon, the governing body of triathlons. Nath said right now, everyone is pretty motivated because nationals is so close, but she does admit that training in the off-season is a little more tough. “Trying to train through when you’re tired and you have a lot of schoolwork to do is tough, but I try to think of races,” Nath said. “We always get together and watch triathlon videos and get pumped up from those.” Dalsing, Wight and Nath all agree their favorite part about being a Trijack is the camaraderie which comes with being around people who share common goals. Preparation for nationals is difficult, but the members of the team have already seen the benefits. “I really like the team atmosphere so much,” Nath said. “You’ll get in really good shape, meet a lot of good people and have a lot of fun.”
BASKETBALL SENIORS LOOK BACK ON CAREERS BY BRIAN GOSSET
ith the Lumberjack offseason nearly a month in, the time has allowed a pair of seniors to begin looking back on their careers. Senior guards Stallon Saldivar and Gabe Rogers both had a tough path during their five-year NAU careers, but both believe they have put head coach Jack Murphy and the men’s basketball program in the right direction for the foreseeable future. “They have a lot of upside and I hope we put them in the right direction. DeWayne [Russell] is a good player,” Saldivar said. “They got some freshmen coming in that are supposed to be good, so I think they [will] do alright in the next couple of
years.” After a disappointing 2011–12 season (5–24, 1–15 Big Sky Conference), the Lumberjacks were predicted to finish last in conference during the 2012–13 preseason. NAU exceeded expectations, finishing seventh and qualifying the Big Sky (BSC) tournament in Murphy’s first season. The team won 11 games, eight in conference. Four losses came in overtime, and two others were by two points. In four years of playing (Rogers redshirted during the 2008–09 season), Rogers and Saldivar’s teams compiled an overall record of 49–71 and 26–42 in conference play. The record took a hit after the 2011 season, but both players came in thinking the team could have big success.
Senior Gabe Rogers looks to pass the ball during the 81–79 loss to North Dakota on Jan. 26. (Photo by Kelli Tresgallo)
The Lumberjacks finished in the top two of the conference with an overall record of 75–47 in the four of the previous five seasons, including a regular-season title in 2005–06, before Rogers arrived. Going through the transition of coaches, with Mike Adras to Dave Brown to Murphy, wasn’t easy for the players. Both had to play the way each one coached them. “Going from Adras, who instilled hard work, was tough on us, but made us better players and men. Coach Brown was put into a tough situation, but he gave us a lot of freedom,” Rogers said. “With Coach Murphy, who had the same type of goals as Adras, Murphy really allowed me to play free and play within my own self.” Saldivar started four games and played in all 28 in 2009–10, averaging 15 minutes per game. Rogers started 22 games, averaged nine points per game and shot 37 percent from three. Under Adras, the team finished 14–14, 8–8 in conference the BSC to finish fifth. During their sophomore campaigns, both improved their play. Saldivar, who was named Most Improved Player by the team, started 30 games and had career highs in assists (173), assists per game (5.4) and free-throw percentage (83.9). He also ranked seventh in the nation with a 2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio. Rogers, who made the All-Big Sky second team and won the team’s Coaches Award, started 27 games, averaged 13.1 points per game and ranked fifth in 3-point percentage in the nation with 47.1 percent. That mark was the 10th highest in school history. The team finished fourth in conference with a 9–7 record, 19–12 overall, before losing in the semifinals in the BSC tournament. Their junior years finished rough. The Lumberjacks lost their last 16 games, but it didn’t stop the two from playing hard. Saldivar finished with a career-high 6.7 points per game and shot a career-high 32 percent from three in 31.2 minutes
of action. He scored a career-high 24 points in their upset win at ASU. Rogers, who had surgery before the season, missed the first 11 games. He would finish with an average of 10.2 points in 18 games. Adras would leave in the middle of the year before Brown stepped in as interim head coach. “Adras was one of those guys, if you were a freshman, he would get on you to see how mentally tough you were and as you got older he would kind of back off, but he was still hard on you. Without him, I wouldn’t be the man I am today,” Saldivar said. “Coach Brown helped us a lot, guided us and Coach Murphy gave me a lot of confidence to play the game I’ve always played. I can’t say enough good things about all three; they all have impacted my life pretty well.” Rogers goes down as one of the best shooters in school history. The criminal justice and sociology major from Houston finishes with the fifth-most career points (1,422) and second-most points in a single season, this year with 573. He also had the fifth-most career 3-pointers in Big Sky history with 247, which was also fourth-most in school history. Saldivar, the business-finance major out of Salt Lake City, finished with 505 career assists, sixth most in Big Sky history and second-most in
school history. In 2011–12, Saldivar hit the game-winning shot against ASU and this past season, recorded the school’s first triple-double against Eastern Washington University with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. “The ASU shot was pretty cool, that whole game was pretty fun and the triple-double obviously, it felt pretty good to do,” Saldivar said. “Just all the friends that I’ve made is what I’m going to take away from NAU.” After Saldivar and Rogers graduate in May, they seek to play professional ball overseas in Europe. “I’m going through the process now. I’m just working with my agent, getting my film ready so hopefully I can get looks,” Saldivar said. “I’m going through that process too, trying to elect that guy who is going to represent me so I can take my career to the next level,” Rogers added. The Lumberjacks will return three starters in junior forward Max Jacobsen, sophomore forward Gaellan Bewernick and freshman guard DeWayne Russell. “[They’re going] to the top. I really think Coach Murphy is going to turn them around and he has a lot of young talent and a great staff and in a couple years I think the team will take that next step,” Rogers said.
Freshman guard DeWayne Russell shoots free throws during the 67–65 win over Northern Colorado on Jan. 24 as senior guard Stallon Saldivar looks on. (Photo by Matt Valley)
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Students began lining up as early as noon on April 7 outside of the Central Ticketing Office in the University Union for one of the 1,525 floor seats available for the Wiz Khalifa concert. More than 900 students were in line by 9 p.m. for the tickets to become available at 10 p.m. Tickets are now available to all NAU Mountain Campus students for free with a current student ID at the Central Ticketing Office. Floor seats are sold out. The concert is April 12 in the Walkup Skydome. (Photo by Sean Ryan) 26 The Lumberjack | Jackcentral.com
he question, of course, is one of expectation. Staging and presenting to the public an unfamiliar story comes with its challenges, of course, but the staging of a tale long deemed a classic is no less difficult. The challenge lies in determining how to stand out amid the years of countless performances and numerous interpretations. Perhaps even more important is the dilemma inherent in adapting it in a way that lives up to the high expectations set by those who love the characters so dearly. There are the revered standards such as Shakespeare, and then there is Jane Austen. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for Pride and Prejudice to make its mark upon the Clifford E. White Theatre April 19 at 8 p.m. Chances are that you know at least one individual who adores Austen. Her writings are numerous, but the one that she will forever be known for is, of course, that story of one Elizabeth Bennet and her tempestuous relationship with the eternally endearing Mr. Darcy. This month will see the Clifford E. White Theatre tackling the beloved tale of courtship and drama in celebration of Pride and Prejudice’s 200-year anniversary. No small feat, to be sure, but one that director Kathleen McGeever relishes. “Passion is important when choosing a play, and this was something that I became invested in personally, because I love the story,” McGeever said. Given its popularity and longevity, the task of choosing the most fitting version of this time-honored tale to execute is undoubtedly a weighty one. For McGeever, it comes down to faithfulness and technicality: “This particular adaptation has been traveling the country recently. I saw it in Oregon and loved it, because it really captures Austen — her wit and her characters. The story is one that is very hard to stage, and this adaptation does it best.” Such difficulties in execution are not surprising, given the sheer scope of the performance. “It’s a big production,” McGeever said. “There are dances, accents, a cast of 30 and a lot of transitions. The biggest challenge is the fact that everybody already has a picture of who Elizabeth and Darcy are, and the cast has to face that.” Freshman theater major Hannah Palazzi and Will Davies, a junior theater major, will be portraying the iconic couple, and the cast is sure that they do the parts justice. “It’s really hard to anticipate the audience’s reaction, but Darcy and Elizabeth are great. They have great chemistry. The audience is going to love them,” said Kayla Cook, a junior and theater major who portrays the housekeeper Mrs. Reynolds. It certainly seems the rest of the cast is no less ready to meet the high expectations sure to accompany opening night. “Everyone in the audience will have his or her own interpretation, and we aren’t trying to match one or the other — we just want them to accept ours,” said Amber Malinski, a sophomore majoring in elementary and special education who will be playing the role of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. “We’re drawing inspiration from all of these different versions of the story, and combining bits and pieces of them to create a cohesive whole. Our characters are the same as past versions, yet entirely different.” The result should be nothing less than a spectacle. With laughter, heart and plenty of dramatics, fans old and new should have no trouble falling in love right along side these adored characters. Pride and Prejudice will run from April 19 to April 21, and further information on showtimes can be found at www.nau.edu/CAL/Theatre/Events. Tickets can be purchased from the Central Ticket Office, by visiting nau.edu/cto or by calling 928-523-5661. Tickets are $2 for students.
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emotional farewell to PRISM seniors “All of the queens look much more fabulous than I do, but I know I have to go out there and represent for all the kings out there who identify that way,” Short said. The performance concluded in a ballad done by drag troupe Pretty Pretty Princesses, dedicated to the seniors who would be leaving the show. They appropriately preformed “For Good,” from the musical Wicked. The scene was an emotional one with all of the performers distraught to see their friends go, but determined to give an amazing last performance. “It’s something we had rehearsed before many times, and it was never ever really emotional during that, and I think just sitting on the stage and having the whole crowd there and actually feeling that moment- there was something about it that was so heavy,” said Caleb Renfro, a senior electronic media and film student, also known as Dejanae Parker. The audience’s reaction to the show was extremely positive, with many of the over-21 crowd staying and partying at the bars with the performers. “This show exceeded every other show. It was amazing,” said Derek Ulibarri, a psychology major at Coconino Community College and PRISM member. The drag show was a bittersweet goodbye to seniors and an energetic beginning for newcomers and veterans alike. PRISM’s semi-annual drag show is as entertaining as it is eye-opening to the LGBTQ culture; certainly a staple for all NAU students.
Christian Kolesar peformes on stage during PRISM’s Drag Me To Jail held at the Orpheum Theater. Kolesar is one of the founders of Pretty Pretty Princesses. (Photo by Crystal Milner)
BY CALEB MCCLURE
he Orpheum was packed to see the increasingly popular PRISM (People Respecting Individuals and Sexual Minorities) drag show. From the intense and risqué Candy Lipinski to the sweet innocence of Shelbe Fabulous everyone had something different to offer this one of a kind show. There was a massive crowd of both the LGBTQ community and allies, many of whom took the opportunity to dress in drag, by either designing an elaborate costume, or just putting on a dress, or drawing on facial hair. The second performance of the show, Candy Lipinski danced the wig right off of her head in an extremely sexual routine done to a mash-up of “Prob-
lem,” by Natalia Kills and “Yung Rapunxel,” by Azealia Banks. Doing the splits several times through the piece, she displayed a level of flexibility impressive, regardless of gender, as tips were hurled at her from the crowd. The energy of her performance was not matched for the rest of the show. Along with the queens performing at the show there were also two drag kings performing. Jayden, or Kathleen Short, a communication studies student, delivered yet another profoundly sexual performance, that if done anywhere else could have easily called for a lawsuit. He pulled three women from the crowd, strip teasing on each of them, getting raunchier the further he went. In a world that has been dominated by drag queens, Short is one of the few that offsets the norm.
Tony Pena, senior public relations and advertising major, performs during the April 4 Spring Drag Show held at the Orpheum Theater. Pena, one of the founders of Pretty Pretty Princesses. (Photo by Amanda Ray) April 11, 2013 - April 17, 2013 | The Lumberjack 27
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Fire Creek brings back the
Sundara slam BY LAURA THOMPSON
he soft, warm glow of the lights glistened off the faces of every poet as they took the stage, each glad to be back in that familiar space. The wellknown stage was once part of Sundara, a clothing and coffee shop that was the home of the weekly Flagstaff poetry slam. When Sundara closed at the beginning of this year, one faithful friend opened his home to the spoken word artists of Flagstaff. John Quinonez, known as John Q, hosted the Sundara poetry slam and started the Cozy Slam, which took place in his apartment. “As far as I was concerned, this stage was already my home . . . when it closed, it seemed a shame to just stop the slam or move it somewhere where we would have to compromise how we perform or the material, so I decided to just have it at my house,” said Quinonez, a senior art education major. Quinonez has been involved with poetry slams since high school and has been the host and face of Flagstaff poetry for the past few years. Now that the doors of the venue are opened again, a new café and coffee shop, Fire Creek, will take Sundara’s place, and the community and poetry will continue as it always has. “I brought the poetry slam to Sundara about a year and half, maybe two years ago. I ran the venue when it was Sundara and I will probably continue to do so as Fire Creek. We always wanted to establish ourselves as a listening venue, a place where people can come and take the time to indulge in someone else’s work,” Quinonez said. This poetry slam was a soft opening for Fire Creek in Flagstaff. The place was not yet equipped with coffee, but feature a variety of local beers. With a location in Sedona, the café seems to have the right vibe for this high elevation. “Fire Creek is already a roaster down in Sedona; we make really good, highend stuff. We’re really going to get into the craft of it all, same with the beer and wine. It’s going to be really high-end and educational and we want to get people hyped,” Quinonez said. One of the slammers, Ryan Smalley, a senior philosophy and political science major, enjoys the sense of community and feels welcomed when he goes on stage. “I just started slamming about a year ago. It’s been really fun, the whole crowd is really supportive . . . I just decided to try it one time and I fell in love with it,” Smalley said. The slam master from Sedona, Christopher Fox Graham, attends the Flagstaff slam every week and has been involved in northern Arizona poetry for years. “Twelve years, 5 months, 21 days. That’s how long I’ve been slamming. I was on the first Flagstaff slam team in 2001 and then I was on the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2012 team,” Graham said. “I’m the slam master for Sedona and I’m kind of loosely involved with the Flagstaff slam.” Graham has performed at countless venues in Flagstaff over the years. One of the reasons he loves poetry slams? Anyone can do it. “There’s only three things that are entirely democratic in America: the MVD, poetry slams and death,” Graham said. That democratic feeling will continue in Flagstaff with Fire Creek. Artists of the spoken word will have their old venue back, complete with beer and their host, John Q. The Flag Slam happens every Wednesday night, and sign up starts Christopher Fox Graham performs at Fire Creek, formerly known as Sundara, for their soft at 7 p.m. at Fire Creek, 22 East Route 66.
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Audible Leftovers A&E PICKS KJACK DAY Local tunes in a local vibe, a festival without leaving home.That is what KJACK Day has to offer. KJACK Day is a free, all-day event hosted by our student-run radio station on campus, KJACK radio. The event will go from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the amphitheater at Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff. The day will feature 12 local bands including Flagstaff favorite Them Savages and Phoenix natives Playboy Manbaby. Stop by to get your local fix!
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1. “Shiva” - The Antlers 2. “Step” - Vampire Weekend 3. “Please Mr. Postman” - Marvelettes 4. “Ruby SoHo” - Rancid 5. “Flowers In Your Hair” - The Lumineers 6. “I’m In A Hurry” - Alabama 7. “Thrift Shop” - Macklemore
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8. “Mr. Brightside” - The Killers
After a brief hiatus, Flagstaff ’s favorite people-core band will be performing once again at The Hive on April 13 for their 6-track EP release of Learn Every Word, a CD six years in the making. With openers such as We Call The Shots and Human Weather, the demo release is sure to be a thrill for fans of gang vocals, head-banging and front flips off of ladders (à la We Were There frontman, Joey Jaraczewski Jr.) The show starts at 8 p.m. at The Hive located 2 S. Beaver St. Suite 190, and a $4 entry fee is required. Demos will be available for $5 or for free sans CD case.
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TEGAN AND SARA The Canandian folk duo will be stopping through Flagstaff on the tour of their sixth studio album, Heartthrob. This new album combines the best of both Tegan and Sara’s song writing skills with a temptuous beat behind poppy grooves. On their first headlining tour, the sisters will be supported by the pop band, Stars. The show will be on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. at The Orpheum theater. Tickets are still on sale in advance for $39 and at the door for $45.
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Decemberists 10. “Trapped In A Box” - No Doubt 11. “Skinny Love” - Birdy 12. “Live Like That” - Sidewalk Prophets 13. “Hey Girl” - Billy Currington 14. “Set Yourself On Fire” - Stars 15. “Home For The Holidays” - J. Cole
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BY PAUL BEIMERS
“The most terrifying film you will ever experience,” or so is the claim of Evil Dead, remake of Sam Raimi’s beloved cult classic and the latest in a long line of horror flicks looking to reboot old scares for a new audience. Accurate it is not. Director Fede Alvarez’s attempts at unbridled fear are unlikely to keep you up at night, but it certainly isn’t due to a lack of effort. On the contrary, despite its lack of genuine shocks, Evil Dead is forgiven for any misleading advertising for the simple reason it still proves to be bloody good fun. If you know anything about Raimi’s original, then you already know the basic story. Five friends take a trip to a secluded little cabin in the middle of the woods, and – surprise, surprise –things don’t exactly go according to plan. At the forefront of the gang is Mia (Jane Levy), who has orchestrated the getaway for the purposes of drug rehabilitation. Hoping to quit cold turkey this time, her impromptu retreat is being overseen by Olivia (Jessica Lucas) and Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) playing the part of unofficial nurses. Rounding out the group is Mia’s estranged brother David (Shiloh Fernandez), along with his girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore). Shortly after arriving, the gang discovers evidence of witchcraft in the basement, complete with dead cats and a book of the occult, bound in flesh and wrapped in barbed wire. As you might expect, these kids aren’t exactly the brightest of the bunch. Eric reads aloud from the book, unleashing demons into the forest as a result. Mia is quickly possessed and compelled to attack her friends, who chain her in the cellar before being taken over themselves. What follows is, quite literally, a bloodbath, as the remains of the group attempt to survive the night and each other. It doesn’t go well. Now, one of the original movie’s biggest strengths is its intentionally campy nature. Evil Dead takes a more serious route, and this change in tone works for the most part. The problem lies in the fact that it still retains hints of schlock. While clearly intentional, the uncompromising nature of the overall product makes these moments feel a tad out of place and consequently harder to embrace. So, yet, the characters are stupid and rather one-dimensional and the dialogue isn’t anything special. The typical pitfalls of the modern horror genre abound, but it’s difficult to label them as outright flaws when their inclusion is so obviously deliberate. None of that matters, however, when the blood starts to fly. The violence is so over-the-top that it’s difficult to take seriously, yet is balanced well with an overwhelming sense of unease and anxiety. The result is an unrelenting descent into madness that disturbs almost as much as it entertains, completed by a maniacal finale that ends things on a wildly satisfying high note. This is one for the horror crowd, pure and simple. Oh, and be sure to stay for the credits. One word: groovy.
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Published on Apr 10, 2013
The 12th issue of The Lumberjack for spring 2013, the student newspaper of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona