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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor visits NAU


Klee Benally leads the drum circle during an Arizona Snowbowl protest, that took place at Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff on Feb. 9. Arizona Snowbowl has been using reclaimed water to blow snow onto the mountain since December. (Photo by Jeff Bucher)

Demonstrations disrupt Snowbowl anniversary



rowds gathered in Heritage Square at 5 p.m. on Feb. 9, not to celebrate the Dew Downtown event, but rather to protest and bring awareness to the various forms of environmental negligence levied against the Arizona Snowbowl. The ski resort has been celebrating their 75th anniversary for the past week at various bars and restaurants in downtown Flagstaff; these events were

disrupted at nearly every venue by passionate protesters demonstrating their views on Snowbowl’s celebration. With so many protests going on, Peaks/Snowbowl protesters have been working with the organization Idle No More. Often, the protestors carried signs and banners voicing their cause to remove Snowbowl from the San Francisco Peaks, which is considered to be sacred by local indigenous tribes. This debate was recently reignited by the use of 100 percent waste-

water recycled snow on the mountain. The coordinated protest events began with a downtown street march on Feb. 4 and culminated with a flash mob protest in Heritage Square on Feb. 9. Members of the protest gave statements of why they were participating, their purpose and evidence supporting their cause. Klee Benally of Protect the Peaks, working in unison with Idle No More, gave his opinion on the environmental and cultural ramifications of the ski resort. see SNOWBOWL page 5


he Martin-Springer Institute at NAU welcomed Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on Feb. 11. The former Justice arrived at NAU and was welcomed with a day of informative conversation — an afternoon tea and an evening of conversation open to the Flagstaff community. In honor of international Holocaust Remembrance Day, Bjorn Krondorfer, professor of religious studies and director of the Martin-Springer Institute, chose O’Connor to speak of civic engagement and civil discourse in America today. Krondorfer spoke highly of O’Connor and her relation to civic engagement. “She is such an important voice in America on public discourse, on issues that include diversity and inclusivity and the very much against any disregard of law, constitutional law is very important, it is a safeguard for democratic traditions,” Krondorfer said. “She was not afraid to speak her mind; independent of her party affiliations she took unpopular stances — not depending on what her political opinion was, but what the constitutional law required her to do and what she knew she needed to do.” A political activist, author and artist, Mary Fisher, a Sedona resident, introduced the former Justice at the event. Fisher first caught the attention of the public in 1992 when she gave a speech at the Republican National Convention and shared her story of being diagnosed with HIV. Since her diagnosis, Fisher has see O’CONNOR page 7

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor discusses HIV in the U.S. and encouraging youth to vote with Sedona activist and artist Mary Fisher on Feb. 12 in the Native American Cultural Center. (Photo by Sean Ryan)

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PoliceBeat Feb. 9 At 4:10 a.m., employees at Drury Inn reported a man sleeping in the front entrance of the Inn. Officers responded to the scene. After running a check on the subject they asked him to leave the premises and he complied. At 9:37 p.m., there was a call to the Northern Arizona University Police Department (NAUPD) regarding subjects throwing snowballs from the top level of the San Francisco Parking Garage. Officers responded to the scene. They field-interviewed four suspects and determined that no suspicious or criminal activity was involved. At 11:43 p.m., staff at Hilltop Townhouses called in to report that a subject was refusing to disperse from a party. Officers, upon arrival at the scene, asked the subject to disperse and the subject complied. The matter was turned over to staff to be handled administratively. Feb. 8 At midnight, a resident of Roseberry Apartments called NAUPD to report a male subject three feet away from her window watching while she changed clothes. Officers arrived on the scene and contacted the suspect who was sitting on the stairs of the Geology Annex. The suspect, who had no university affiliation, denied involvement in the matter. He was issued a warning about tres-


passing by the officers. At 3:07 a.m., a NAUPD officer came in contact with an intoxicated subject claiming to have been stabbed. It was determined upon examination by the officer that the stab wound was only an abrasion. The claim by the subject that he had been stabbed was determined to be unfounded. Flagstaff Fire Department (FFD) and Guardian Medical Transport (GMT) were called to the scene due the extreme intoxication of the subject. He refused treatment and returned to his residence at Hilltop Townhouses. At 3:37 a.m., staff at Reilly Hall reported knowledge of a resident currently in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. An officer responding to the call determined that the charges were unfounded. At 9:35 p.m., a resident called from Sechrist Hall to report her boyfriend, who was in her room at the time, was making suicidal threats. Investigating officers found the belligerent subject to be intoxicated and underage. He was charged with being a minor with liquor in the body and booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility (CCDF). Feb. 7 At 2:30 p.m., staff at Hilltop Townhouses reported a missing golf cart. After a search conducted by officers, the missing cart was soon dis-

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covered in an adjacent lot. At 4:37 p.m., faculty at the Babbit Academic Annex reported skateboarders nearby who were disrupting classes. The alleged suspects had left the scene by the time officers had arrived. Feb. 6 At 10:19 p.m., a student at Aspen Crossing Hall reported experiencing suspicious activity while communicating over the Internet. A departmental report was filed. At 10:26 p.m., staff at Reilly Hall called to report the odor of marijuana emanating from one of the rooms. Investigating officers found a resident in possession of medical marijuana. The matter was turned over to staff for administrative handling and the resident was directed to remove the marijuana from his room. Feb. 5 At 8:46 a.m., staff at Biological Sciences called to report that from October 2012 until February of this year items had been going missing and that theft was suspected as the cause. Officers investigated and the case was closed as all leads were exhausted.


Events Calendar Calendar Events THURSDAY, FEB. 14

Halos and Horns Drag Show [9 p.m./ Monsoons]

NAU Tune-Up Track and Field Meet [4:30 p.m./Walkup Skydome]


Drinking Liberally [6 p.m./ Big Foot BBQ] Valentine’s Day Concert with Anne and Pete Sibley [6:30 p.m./ Coconino Center for the Arts]

FRIDAY, FEB. 15 The Gallery Collection [11 a.m./ Beaver Street Gallery] Johnny Lee Concert [7 p.m./ Museum Club]

SATURDAY, FEB. 16 Phutureprimitive [8 p.m./ Green Room]

NAU Chamber and Symphony Orchestra Concert [3 p.m./ Ardrey Auditorium] Trinity Hearts [5:45 p.m./ Trinity Heights Church]

MONDAY, FEB. 18 Northern Arizona Orchestra Call for Musicians [7 p.m./ Sinagua Middle School]

TUESDAY, FEB. 19 Horizon Concert Series [Performing and Fine Arts Building/ 11:15 a.m.] Taco Tuesday [5 p.m/ Green Room]

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20 NAU Symphonic Band [7:30 p.m./Ardrey Auditorium] Kris Lager Band [8 p.m./Monte Vista Lounge] Ladies ‘80s [8 p.m./ Flagstaff Green Room]

Karaoke Night [8 p.m/ Flagstaff Green Room]

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his past week, NAU students and faculty and members of the Flagstaff community had the privilege of spending a night with former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Despite her age, the justice was full of witty remarks, nostalgic stories of her time in office, and most importantly the justice emphasized the importance of civil discourse and communicating about political issues in a calm manner. While it is important to remain calm when debating politics, it was refreshing to see a display of political activism on the NAU campus last Friday. Although much of our staff has not formed an opinion on the proposed uranium mining in the Grand Canyon, we are happy to see passionate students standing up for what they believe in. Not only does this show the student population is keeping up with current affairs, but it also makes for a darn good picture. Thank you for reading,

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Despite opt-out, ASA sues ABOR over First Amendment BY GARY COLLINS


he Arizona Students Association (ASA) filed suit Feb. 12 in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona against the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) alleging ASA’s First Amendment rights were violated by the suspension of their funding for the spring semester. The lawsuit also alleges ABOR further violated rights by voting to change the non-mandatory opt-out provision of fee collection by the implementation of an opt-in fee. It is the position of ASA that this change in fee collection was due solely because of ASA’s support for Proposition 204 during the 2012 election. The suit asks the court to issue a judgment declaring that ABOR’s actions were retaliatory, that they constitute content based regulation of free speech and that the court “issue preliminary and permanent injunctions prohibiting the Arizona Board of Regents from suspending, modifying, terminating or otherwise undermining its collection of the ASA student fee.” They are also seeking damages, attorney’s fees and “all other relief that is just and proper under the circumstances.” ABOR withheld comment on the circumstances surrounding the lawsuit. “The Arizona Board of Regents has not been served notice of this lawsuit and therefore has no comment,” said Sarah Harper, the board’s director of the Office of Public Affairs. ASA, which was formed in 1974, received its funding from ABOR until 1998. In 1997, a referen-


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dum was held at all three state universities asking students if they would be willing to be assessed $1 per semester to fund ASA. The measure passed with overwhelming support. In 2008, ASA went to the students, once again, to request an increase to $2. “It was passed with 73.7 percent of the students voting to approve the fee,” said Zachary Brooks, ASA director and graduate and professional student council president of UA. Mark Naufel, undergraduate student government (USG) president at ASU Tempe campus, expressed disbelief when he heard about the pending litigation. “It is absolutely ridiculous and further justifies why the [USG ASU] took a stance to remove this fee. Right now ASA is using students’ dollars to sue ABOR . . . the group that is still allowing ASA to receive an opt-in fee, a privilege that no other group sees . . . How can ASA claim that ABOR’s actions violate students’ First Amendment rights, when it is the students that called for the removal of this opt-out fee?” “The NAU ASA directors are still in complete support of [ASA] and will continue to work with the organization for the betterment of the students,” said Sammy Smart, president of the ASNAU. “The majority of [ASA] student board of directors was in support of the action taken. We will [be] meeting with ASNAU elected members this week to brief them on the matter and allow them to take a stance for or against the issue. At this time we have no further statement to make. We are still working within our organization to brief everyone. Once that has happened I will let you know.”


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“Racism and cultural intolerance is nothing to celebrate; environmental degradation and public health threats are nothing to celebrate,” Benally said. “Folks from the community, some university students and people who actually used to work at Snowbowl have joined us for the past few nights while Snowbowl is celebrating their so-called 75 years of existence.” Benally continued to specifically explain the many myths often propagated regarding Snowbowl and its operations. “Snowbowl claims to be operating for 75 years but in all reality a court cause in the ‘80s, Wilson vs. Block, . . . reaffirmed the lower court’s ruling allowing the ski area to develop . . . that’s only one of the many myths around Snowbowl. There are many myths like people . . . think that Snowbowl drives the winter economy. The Forest Service’s own environmental impact statement concludes that Snowbowl would never be a significant driver of the winter economy,” Benally said. While these myths have been deemed factual by Snowbowl supporters, a grey area remains when considering the ski area’s founding and effect on the economy. However, these myths, as many protesters believe, have been constructed to counter the two main issues surrounding Snowbowl. The peaks are religiously important to many indigenous tribes as well as environmental concerns regarding the recycled sewage water, commonly known as reclaimed water, being used for snowmaking. Speaking to these subjects, protester Hailey Sherwood explains the cultural disparities and religious outrage by many indigenous populations. “I think Snowbowl is perpetuating racism and colonization of native people,” Sherwood said. “I think they’re extremely unsustainable given that we live in the high desert and water is very scarce.” The conversation soon turned to potential solutions. “Ultimately, I think the Forest Service should discontinue the special use permit that Snowbowl has because I think it should be sanctioned as a sacred site and legalized recognized as that,” Sherwood said. Snowflakes fell on the protestors picketing the use of recycled snow on the San Francisco Peaks at Dew Downtown. Despite the snow and the event being put on by Snowbowl and Mountain Dew, the demonstrators took to the amphitheater with Rudy Preston giving information regarding the recycled snow. Halfway through his presentation, the sound was cut. Rudy seemed unaffected by this change and introduced a traditional round dance, which many onlookers joined to demonstrate support for the cause. After the demonstration, Preston reflected on the protest. “Overall, I’m quite happy with it just because we got a chance to get on stage and inform people about what’s in that water,” Preston said. While the outcomes or desired results from these protests remain to be seen, it is important for the community surrounding Snowbowl to have a reasonable discussion regarding the best interests for the town, the people and the environment. Visit, and ProtectthePeaks. org for more information concerning environmental and cultural concerns regarding the San Francisco Peaks.

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Proposed uranium mining causes controversy

LEFT: Montana Johnson, a senior environmental science major, shares information about the negative effects of uranium mining in the Grand Canyon to passersby outside of the University Union on Feb. 8. CENTER: A volunteer at Feb. 8’s Rally/Protest Against Canyon Mine outside of the University Union urges passersby to get involved in the fight against uranium mining in the Grand Canyon. RIGHT: Volunteers huddle together in the cold while protesting against uranium mining in the Grand Canyon. (Photo by Napua Kalani)



uring the week of Feb. 4, students and community members were invited to participate and educate themselves about the controversial topic of reopening mines in Arizona, as a part of Green Jacks and Sierra Club’s No Uranium Mining Week held at NAU. The weeklong event was dedicated to raising awareness and spurring action against the possible dangers from the proposed reinstatement of uranium-producing mines in Arizona. “One of the goals of this week was to increase understanding about the mines possibly opening again and the impact that would cause,” Montana Johnson, a senior environmental science major and participant in both Green Jacks and Sierra Club, said. “This issue of [mines] being reopened is not very well-known . . . I realized that most of my classmates didn’t know anything about it.” No Uranium Mining Week specifically focused on Canyon Mine, a closed mine located in Kaibab National Forest currently being examined to be reopened. This event, held in Garner Auditorium, hosted different keynote speakers, ranging from NAU professors to community activists who covered an array of topics such as geological studies and possible environmental and cultural effects caused by mining. According to Johnson, uranium mining in Arizona will cause problems for humans and animals in the area alike.

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“When the mine is fully functioning, some of its maintenance roads are right next to important Native American sites. Also, [these roads] run through primary water sources for ecosystems and animals in the region,” Johnson said. The opening of this mine also holds importance for local residents because the uranium will be carried through Flagstaff city roads in an open-bed truck — a possible issue when looking at how highly radioactive of a material uranium is. However, not all feel the mine is an environmental or cultural imposition to the surrounding area. Matt Germansen, an environmental studies graduate from NAU and current employee for Vane Minerals, disagreed about the environmental impact of uranium mines. “As I understand, the environmental [statement] that was enacted in 1980s looked at the impact in the area upon water, ecosystems and floral and fauna and I don’t see how those are things that would change in the past 20-some years. These things evolve and occur on a geological time scale. You have to understand that means a time scale of thousands — if not millions — of years,” Germansen said. When considering the possible cultural implications, Germansen noted mining companies are required to follow the letter of the law in the process of evaluation. “If any significant archeology finds occur, then it would have to be reported to the state to make sure any objects found were

documented and handled safely. I have found that those against the mine don’t fully understand the issue. The more they understand, the less they fear what’s happening,” Germansen said. Canyon Mine is not the only mine possibly being reopened. Along with other currently operating mines in Arizona, up to 30 previously opened mines are being considered for reestablishment due to uranium’s high economic value. Earlier this year, the Obama administration put into action a 20-year moratorium on mining; however, in the past year, the National Forest Service announced that Canyon Mine was going to be reinstated without the need of updating the 26-year-old environmental impact statement. A variety of students and community members attended these events and responded to the information that they heard. “I’m still no expert on uranium mining, but I think it’s our right to learn and know that these things are happening and how they will affect us as Flagstaff residents and students,” said Amanda Montgomery, a sophomore mathematics education major. The week concluded with a protest outside of the University Union on Feb. 8, which gave students and local residents the opportunity to take their stance against uranium mining. “We raised awareness of the issue on campus and started a conversation of further action,” Johnson said. “I felt the week was very successful and I am really happy about how it turned out.”


NAU enrollment set to increase indefinitely



recent report from the Planning, Budget and Institutional Effectiveness department stated the NAU Flagstaff campus student population has gone up 2.2 percent, bringing the number of mountain campus students to 16,920 with a total student body of over 24,000. Though this is a modest increase, the student body has been steadily increasing since 2005 and shows no sign of slowing down. The Arizona Board of Regions (ABOR) has set a goal of 25,000 undergraduate students at NAU by 2020. “That’s a very ambitious goal,” said David Bousquet, senior vice president of Enrollment

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authored six books, including her autobiography, My Name is Mary: A Memoir, and founded a support group for families affected by AIDS called the Family AIDS Network. “Mary Fisher has never let go of that issue; she has been on the forefront with research, to education, to now aiding women in Africa who are HIV-affected,” Krondorfer said. Fisher spoke about her illness and the courage it took to speak out, and after sharing a brief history, she began to announce O’Connor. “She has given her life to promoting civil discourse and moral courage through in engagement of law in justice,” Fisher said. “Please welcome the first woman ever to be named Justice of the United States Supreme Court, my new friend, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.” Following Fisher’s introduction, the soldout Ardrey Auditorium gave the 82-year-old justice a standing ovation. Prior to the start of the conference, O’Connor asked to say a few words to the audience about the importance of civic education. “I think it’s appropriate that we honor this occasion with a discussion about civic engagement and civil discourse,” O’Connor said. “The biggest threat to a healthy democratic institution comes from a deficit in these areas.” O’Connor went on to promote the launch of her new and free website for students, “We want students to use civic learning to accomplish the goals they set and through the methods of communications they choose,”

and Student Affairs. “The board has charged the three state universities with increasing the number of students we enroll and graduate,” Bousquet said. “Potential students and are being recruited early,” Bousquet said. “We are trying to introduce them to the institution and trying to help them understand the benefits of a college education.” According to Bousquet, ABOR feels that the long-term success of Arizona depends on increasing the number of college educated citizens. “If you look at economic development, one of the very important things that big companies look at when considering to move to a state is what portion of the population has a O’Connor said. “We have iPads, iPods, all the I stuff, now we have iCivics!” The event was staged as an informal conversation as opposed to a formal lecture, because of the Justice’s affinity for engagement. Krondorfer and Julie Piering, a philosophy professor, sat on either side of the justice and presented her with challenging questions about American constitutional laws, social change and morality vs. law. Through the evening, O’Connor urged the clarification of questions and provided the crowd with witty responses. Referring to O’Connor’s upbringing in El Paso, Texas, Piering asked, “How has being a cowgirl helped shape you?” “Oh I don’t know . . . Cowgirls know how to tackle tough problems,” O’Connor said. “Whether or not we need more cowgirls on the Supreme Court, I don’t know.” O’Connor shared stories of her years after graduating from Stanford Law School and the challenges she faced getting a job as a woman in the field of law. “I graduated law school, I passed the bar and I applied to at least 10 law firms,” O’Connor said. “Not one of them would hire me. I was female and that was it. I didn’t want some secretary position.” O’Connor had the audience laughing and interested in her passion for law, civil duties and the education of students, but never strayed far from her platform of civil discourse. “Keep the conversation civilized; you can’t accomplish more by shouting,” O’Connor said. “We need to teach our children to disagree, agreeably.”

college degree,” Bousquet said. Increasing the student population means changes within the university and how professors teach will need to be made. “Even if the university were to increase, the size of classes would not increase dramatically . . . If we were to increase enrollment significantly, what would have to change would be that we would have to offer more classes to accommodate those students,” Bousquet said. The university continues to look into blended classrooms, and a mixture of online and traditional lectures to help meet the needs of more students. Some students are also concerned about the growing population and how it may affect their learning environment.

“To me, it presents a couple of problems,” said Virgil Clark, a junior Spanish major. “I think there is already a major disconnect between students and teachers as it is, even with the population at what it’s at now, but I think when it increases that disconnect between students and teachers is going to be a lot greater.” Laura Brittan, an incoming student said, “I think it’s going to be a problem in 20 to 25 years from now when everybody has a degree but there aren’t enough jobs that fit those qualifications.” NAU’s population is projected to continue increasing over the next few years, and with it, changes in courses and curriculum are expected.

O’Connor and Fisher discussed issues in front of university and community members before the Justice’s presentation in the Ardrey Auditorium Monday night. (Photo by Sean Ryan)

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Editorial&Opinion Dew Downtown reckless waste of water resources



he city of Flagstaff was able to dew it again — this past weekend, thousands packed downtown Flagstaff for the second-annual Dew Downtown Urban Ski and Snowboard Festival. In order to transform San Francisco Street to a winter haven, the city filled the course with snow made with potable water — nearly 400,000 gallons, approximately how much 10 households consume in a year. Potable water refers to water that is safe for human consumption — this is the water that comes out of taps. On the opposite side of the water quality spectrum is reclaimed water, which is former wastewater that has gone through an extensive treatment to remove solids and chemical impurities. Although not endorsed as safe for human consumption, reclaimed water is used through Flagstaff to irrigate playing fields, parks and other open public spaces. Perhaps most notably, Arizona Snowbowl began using reclaimed water in their snowmaking process this year. Many downtown business owners and city officials lauded the event for increasing consumer traffic downtown and stimulating a typically lackluster February economy, but wasting enough water resources to supply 10 households for a year is contrary to Flagstaff ’s push as a scientifically and environmentally conscious location. Water policy has been on the City Council’s policy agenda since May 2012, when a Water Policy Action team formed in part with members from NAU and Friends of Flagstaff ’s Future. The team evaluated whether Flagstaff ’s current water supply is meeting demands. The Flagstaff City Council is planning for a warmer and drier future, which could likely result in water shortages. In light of the human-caused climate changes that will directly influence water supplies, the city’s decision to waste usable water resources on a recreational event is impractical at best and blatantly negligent at worst. Water policy is one of the council’s top priorities for the next two years. According to the council’s draft Water Policy Development from November 2012, the plan includes actions to “preserve the public’s trust in our water . . . and demonstrate leadership in the stewardship of our limited natural resources.” City officials originally planned to use reclaimed water at the event, but learned too late they would need special permitting from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. However, this year’s event was the second-annual Dew Downtown Festival — meaning the city has had at least a year to plan. After 2012, the city increased the budget for the event by nearly double to $60,000, none of which taxpayers were responsible for. Such a dedicated investment implies the city expected a noticeable stimulation in the local economy and was willing to go to great lengths to ensure the event continued. However, claiming to “emphasize the importance of water conservation” while wasting 400,000 gallons on a leisure event is frivolous and a disservice to Flagstaff citizens. Although we fully support energizing the Flagstaff economy, the City of Flagstaff needs to adequately plan for the 2014 Dew Downtown event and ensure their water waste was a one-time occurrence. Editor’s note: Copy Chief Maddie Friend wrote this editorial on behalf of the staff.

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Partisan electoral reform and presidential elections


emocratic, free elections are one of the most hallowed virtues of the United States and have been passed down and protected by the blood of patriots for more than 200 years. Today, citizens still enjoy a democracy where everyone has the power to impact who the leader of this nation will be — assuming, of course, said citizens vote for one of the two major parties, aren’t upset at rampant partisanship, aren’t too apathetic to turn out at the polls or live in a mythical state where the winnertake-all electoral system that often discounts nearly half of the nation’s votes doesn’t exist. The stark, polarizing institution that is the Electoral College has, in recent years, been NICK the subject of controversy and criticized as a KINTOP broken, outdated system on both sides of the aisle. These criticisms stem primarily from its tendency to cause awkward democratic situations, the most extreme illustration being presidential candidates who win the popular vote and still end up losing the election. Republicans in a number of states have recently been pushing to reform the election process, and while these reforms stem almost exclusively from a partisan desire to win a presidential election, electoral reform needs to be taken seriously. The current presidential election process is often accurately described as a winner-take-all system. A candidate who gets 51 percent of a state’s popular votes receives all of its electoral votes. As is apparent when given mere seconds of thought, this system approaches a level of silliness that rivals a defense contractor donating its profits to find families for homeless kittens. Two plans for electoral reform are being considered. Republican representatives from several swing states have proposed a more local approach to the Electoral College. Instead of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate who

wins the popularity vote, the proposed plan would partition the state’s votes district-by-district, with candidates winning the proportion of votes from a state, based upon how many districts in which they held the majority. This proposal came under fire from almost every end of the political spectrum, and rightfully so. The foremost contributor to Democrats’ success in elections is the votes they garner from the urban population, which often composes the majority of a state’s population, yet only a small proportion of its districts. While the current electoral system renders the voices of many citizens silent, this Republican-proposed plan perpetuates the same problem — the only difference is the system favors their chances of success in such a painfully obvious way that since the plan’s original condemnation as a partisan ploy, even those who created it have quite astutely decided to let it lie. The newest proposed reform, and the only one with any democratic merit thus far, is a flawed, yet well-intentioned plan drawn up by Pennsylvanian Senator Dominic Pileggi (R). His vision of a fair electoral system is one where all of a state’s electoral votes, except for two, are divided respectively based on the popular vote, with the other two automatically going to the candidate who wins the majority of votes altogether. What this plan paints is an interesting political picture. Under this system, the minority in a hypothetical state with a split popular vote of 51-49 percent would now be represented with nearly half of that state’s electoral votes instead of absolutely nothing as far as the current election process is concerned. This plan, while still labeled partisan antics, is a step in the right direction. The electoral system is the most important aspect of any democracy and the current system is broken. Participation in presidential elections is around 55 percent in a good year, voters will not vote if their choice has a 50–50 chance of being as useful as giving candy hearts to an angry mother bear.

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Israel not the victim in United Nations policy


isclaimer: I am not anti-Semitic, nor am I a classic case of the self-hating Jew, nor do I secretly long for Islamist conquest and the destruction of the Jewish state. You know, just so we’re clear. I didn’t want to begin that way, but if there’s one thing you’re not allowed to do in this country, it’s criticize Israel. The smallest sign of frustration with Israel, or of sympathy for the Palestinians, immediately leads to the above accusations. Those who question Israeli superiority are branded as anti-Semites, terrorist-lovers or Nazis. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s choice for Secretary of Defense, discovered this reMILES SCHNEIDERMAN cently during his Senate confirmation hearing. He was quoted as previously saying, “The Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here. I’m not an Israeli senator; I’m a United States senator. This pressure makes us do dumb things at times.” The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is the largest and most powerful lobbying group on Capitol Hill, representing Israeli interests to the U.S. government. AIPAC exerts a considerable amount of influence on U.S. policy, a fact that many find disturbing given that it acts on behalf of a foreign nation. Hagel’s comments, put in context, are not damning in any way. He was forced to retract them, however, in order to get through the Senate confirmation process, because you cannot hold high office in the U.S. if you have ever had a bad word to say about Israel. Recently, there’s been a spotlight on the Israeli government funding the construction of settlements on occupied Palestinian land, where armed Israeli citizens then go to live. This blatant expansionism is in direct conflict with the Geneva Convention and only escalates the regional conflict. When the United Nations recognized Palestine as a non-member

state in November 2012, Israel increased its settlementbuilding in an act of peevish retaliation. When the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) began investigating settlement construction in the West Bank, Israel cut ties with the council. When scheduled to appear before the UNHRC on Jan. 26 for a human rights review that all U.N. members have to go through every four years, the Israeli delegation no-showed. The UNHRC has since issued a scathing report recommending sanctions against Israel until it stops building settlements, and the U.N. has threatened to take the matter to the International Criminal Court. The fact that Israel has enjoyed decades of U.S. support, both politically and financially (we give them $3 billion in foreign aid each year; remember that the next time Congress says there’s no money for public education) has clearly given the Israeli government a feeling of immunity. Time and again, the U.N. and the international community have condemned Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people. Time and again, Israel has simply ignored them. After all, the U.N. and the international community can’t actually make anyone do anything. Thanks to its friendship with the last superpower, Israel is free to act with impunity, despite its increased isolation from the rest of the world. Israel is a democratic, developed country that just happens to have a tremendous military machine to go alongside its arsenal of nuclear weapons. Sound familiar? Yet it gleefully gets away with practices that have been openly compared to apartheid. Why? It’s a U.S. ally in the Middle East, and because of Israel’s protective veneer of continual victimhood. The story goes the Jews are eternally the oppressed, never the oppressors. The reality is Israel has used the historical fact of Jewish oppression to construct a national persona that can’t be held accountable for anything. While it is true that horrible things have happened to the Jews over the years, it is 2013 now and Israel is no longer a victim.

oy Scouts of America (BSA) decided earlier this month to extend their consideration time regarding the current ban on gay members in the organization. According to the BSA’s executive board, time was extended until May to allow further input from members. Hasty decisions are not always ideal, but the Boy Scouts would do well to open their doors to gay scouts. BSA is a private organization and recognized as such in American courts. This means the U.S. government has no sway over membership policies in the organization. Still, public opinion has sway over practices in private organizations. Members in California have spoken out against the ban. Legislators have come forward and asked that BSA lift it. However, in Texas, members and several legislators have made it clear they support restricting gay CLARK membership. MINDOCK Trends in U.S. public opinion show the population warming up to homosexuality. According to a poll on CNN, 55 percent of respondents believed Boy Scouts should lift the ban, while 33 percent saw fit to leave it in place. To put those figures in perspective, 54 percent of respondents said they participated in Boy or Girl Scouts in their youth, but only 36 percent said their children had. Public support of gay marriage has remained steady since 2010. The trend shows tolerance towards homosexuality is gaining momentum, while Boy Scout membership is experiencing a slump in numbers. In 2012, Eagle Scouts began to send their awards back to the BSA National Council to protest anti-gay policies in the organization. This is significant: scouts who earn Eagle Scout status usually have much pride about the hard work the award recognizes. There are definitely many among the scouts who want to see a more relaxed approach to gay membership. Opponents of tolerance within the Boy Scout community fear that if troops were open to gay membership, community groups and churches would drop support for the Boy Scouts at local levels. Understandably, potential loss for troops is a worry, but it is unlikely a massive movement away from Boy Scouts would occur. The churches that support Boy Scout troops are not simply providing a service to strangers — troop leaders and scouts are often members of the church and have sway in the politics of these communities. If local issues occured, troops would adapt. No organization is immune to necessary evolution, not even the Boy Scouts of America. It is good these concerns are raised, so troops can be prepared for the future, but the concerns miss the bigger picture. What should be considered is the effect the public can have on bigger donors of the program. Activists have looked at Verizon Communications Inc., one of the larger supporters of the Boy Scouts, as a target for petitions requesting a stance on the issue. If public opinion were to sway large donors like Verizon, it may lead to allowing young men to camp and whittle hiking staffs regardless of their orientation. It would allow young men to freely understand their sexual preferences and not be left out of opportunities provided by the Boy Scouts. It is an exciting prospect when a private organization may be influenced to be more tolerant. While states around the country are allowing more gay couples to tie the knot at the altar, it would be nice if the BSA let young gay men learn to tie knots at camp, too.

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Dew Downtown event provides friendly competition and entertainment BY ALYSSA TILLEY AND HANNAH SANDERSON


ocated 7,000 feet above sea level, Flagstaff is known not only for its prominence on Historic Route 66 but also for its wealth of winter sports opportunities. This past weekend, a taste of the Arizona Snowbowl was brought down from the mountain and into the heart of the city for the Dew Downtown Urban Ski and Snowboard Festival on Feb. 9 and 10. Dew Downtown took over San Francisco Street, filling the area with snow and ramps the participants — including many NAU students — could enjoy. Despite the snow storm, the festival brought students and communi-

TOP: Walker Reznick slides down a box on skis this weekend at Dew Downtown Flagstaff. (Photo by Keenan Turner). BOTTOM LEFT: Andrew Halley won the Mountain Dew chugging contest. Halley is an avid skier but won a brand-new snowboard from winning the chugging contest. (Photo by Amanda Ray). BOTTOM RIGHT: R.J. Tritle snowboards down the stairway on the Feb. 10 Dew Downtown Flagstaff competition located in Heritage Square. The Dew Downtown Flagstaff snowboarding and skiing fesitval brought people from all over the Southwest to join the festivities. (Photo by Amanda Ray)

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Life ty members of Flagstaff together to enjoy the event. Kori Molever, a senior mechanical engineering major, participated for the second time this year. “It’s awesome to see how many people in Flagstaff come to watch and participate. It’s a great way to get people in Flagstaff involved in the ski and snowboard community,” Molever said. On Feb. 9, people of all ages could hit the man-made slope for open boarding and skiing. Families were able to participate in the event as well as go to Heritage Square, where there were kids’ activities, live bands, a beer garden and more. The competitive part of the festival began on Feb. 10, when the recent snowstorm was coming in heavy. The abundance of snow changed the riding conditions slightly from the previous winter when the Dew came to Flagstaff for the first time. “We received around six inches within a few hours,” said Chazz VanDercook, a sophomore hotel and restaurant management major. This made the run go much more slowly because of the resistance that the powder had against our boards. The drop-in was from a much higher platform, which allowed for much more initial speed.” Even with the steady snowfall, participants such as VanDercook, who has been skiing since age three, were able to relish the competition. “I was really happy with the amount of people that came to watch the event. It was super fun to be able to compete with my old friends as well as make some new ones,” VanDercook said after he placed fourth in the men’s 18 and over category. The results of the competition were determined by five judges who critiqued the riders’ style, skill, appearance of each run and uniqueness of each run. Mick O’Hare, a junior hotel and restaurant management major, competed on Feb. 10 and made it to the semifinals. “I was never much of an artistic kid, but I feel that with snowboarding, I can express myself through my riding style since everyone’s style is different,” O’Hare said. O’Hare and VanDercook both appreciate festivals such as Dew Downtown because it allows them to share what they love with Flagstaff; businesses located in the downtown area also benefit from the event. “It does draw people in to do a walk around down town,” said Brian Grube, recreation services director for the city. “We think it’s doing what we set it out to do, which is bring people up to Flagstaff, enjoy this event, and drive them into businesses.” According to Grube, there was a 19 percent positive spike in business traffic in 2012 when the Dew Downtown event was held. “There are two things that I love the most about skiing. The first thing is the friendship and camaraderie among the people that I’ve met on the mountain. The second is I love the feeling of being immersed in nature. You can see all the way down past the forest to the south and north all the way to the Grand Canyon . . . It’s days like that when one can truly appreciate life and all that it entails,” VanDercook said. Whether taking advantage of the snow on the slopes or competing on ramps in the middle of the city, the snowboarders and skiers of Flagstaff can break in their winter gear however they please. “It’s always fun for riders to show off the skills they’ve learned up on the mountain and bring it to downtown Flagstaff to show the TOP: Two-year-old Molly Speer enjoys the snow while watching the competition with her family. public,” VanDercook said. “It gives us a great sense of satisfaction BOTTOM: John Nichols, NAU engineering student, skis over a box placed in Heritage Square. The snowboarding and skiing festival is located in the historical downtown streets of Flagstaff. (Photos by Amanda Ray) to see all our hard work and training put to an event like this.”

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Comfort by the purse

Flagstaff fashion designer creates an accessory for breast cancer patients

Cristy Auble demonstrates how she puts together her colorful Comfort Purses, which act like a pillow but look like a purse. (Photos by Natalia Guzman) BY CARA BUCHANAN


hen reports of breast cancer rang through the telephone lines of the Auble home in 2011, Cristy Auble took to her sewing machine. The NAU merchandising student, mom of two and devoted wife learned many degrees of the sickness as she, a close friend and relative were individually shook by breast cancer scares and diagnoses in the same year. In the delicate matters of breast cancer webs, Auble learned there was more to her sewing talents than needle to thread and created the Comfort Purse, offering anonymous relief to those who suffer from the disease. The journey to creating a connection between healthcare and fashion began in 2011 when a close friend of Auble’s was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to endure tissue removal and chemotherapy treatments. “My girlfriend approached me and said, ‘I want you to make me this pillow,’ and I said, ‘I love you, but I’m really busy! She protested that she didn’t want to broadcast what she’d just went through, and that’s when I knew there was a bigger void here to be filled,” Auble said.

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son was babysitting me with strict instructions to not let me go anywhere, I had the pillow on and he goes, ‘Where are you going? Why do you have your purse on?’ It was just my pillow, but I was excited that he couldn’t tell the difference,” Auble said. The design for the Comfort Purse did not come easily. Auble researched the best materials before deciding that nontoxic struggle free memory foam could move in and out of a zippered pouch at ease. Bosom Buddies, a support group for women with breast cancer located in the Phoenix area, even got a visit from Auble inquiring what breast cancer patients really wanted and needed when it came to pillow design. Today, focused in a green room in the back of her Flagstaff home, Auble can crank out three purses in an hour. She also works locally with other seamstresses and is open to the challenges of mass production. “We decided that if an oncologist gave patients a pillow, they’ll be their patient forever. Like getting a toothbrush from your dentist, it’s a sign of commitment and extra care. For now though, it’s just word of mouth. That’s really how my pillows are getting out there,” Auble said. There is no shortness of compassion in Auble’s blue eyes, and combined with her drive, the fashionable creation is rapidly comforting many women affected by breast cancer. “There was nothing else she wanted. Nothing pink or stickers on her car; she just wanted something that people wouldn’t recognize what she’d just went through,” Auble said about her friend. “She’s good now, but in the back of her mind, it’s something she thinks she will always fight so she’ll never get rid of the pillow. Still to this day, it’s the best thing I ever gave her.” For more information visit

From then on, Auble was on a mission to create a stylish accessory that acts like a pillow but looks like a purse. The Comfort Purse is made of a 6 1/2 - by - 7 1/2 foot rectangle cloud of memory foam that fits easily under the arm — keeping the limb from rubbing against the chest. Often, an exposed incision is made at the breast that is prone to chaffing and discharge, making post-surgery comfort hard to come by. For ease, the pillow can be worn after breast radiation, surgery, biopsies and augmentation. Each Comfort Purse is adjustable for fit, comes in 13 fabric choices with the option of a rhinestone buckle, is machine washable and includes interchangeable non-toxic barley and cool liquid packs for diverse remedies. “I think that it brings women comfort after a hard time, emotionally and physically. The funny thing is that it can become like a teddy bear. One of my things is giving gifts. I love to see peoples faces brighten up when their world is gloomy,” Auble said. After caring for her friend, Auble too was called into the doctor’s office facing a questionable lump in her breast. “It’s not just cancer, but even going through a biopsy, everything can be so secretive when you’re going through it. Three in every five women now will have something removed, Cristy Auble sews bright pink zippers onto the Comso the market is huge. What was cool about it was when my fort Purses. (Photo by Natalia Guzman)

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Division III IceJacks sweep ASU, extend win streak to eight


Senior guard Stallon Saldivar runs the break against the Portland State University Vikings on Feb. 7. Saldivar recorded his first career double-double against the Vikings and the first triple-double in school history on Feb. 9 against the Eastern Washington University Eagles. (Photo by Andi Sanchez)



fter losing to Eastern Washington University (EWU) on Feb. 9, perhaps the worst loss of the season, the NAU men’s basketball team won’t return to the Walkup Skydome until Feb. 28 as they face a very crucial three-game road trip. NAU (9–15, 6–8 Big Sky Conference) led 58–40 with 7:35 remaining before EWU went on fire, especially from the 3-point line. The Eagles finished the game on a 26–8 run and went 5-of-5 from downtown in the last three minutes to send it to overtime where

they held off the Lumberjacks for a 77–74 victory, despite the first triple-double in school history from senior guard Stallon Saldivar. “Our biggest thing is, when we get up like that, we feel complacent and stopped focusing on the things that got us there,” Saldivar said. “When we hit that high point we need to keep going, instead of going up by 18 and dropping it back to 10, we need to get to 18 and go up by 30.” Saldivar has been on a terrific run in the last five contests on the rebounding and assists side. The Utah native is averaging 8.2 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game during the stretch. On the season,

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he NAU Division III IceJacks closed out their regular season on Feb. 8 and 9 at Oceanside Ice Arena in Tempe. The IceJacks swept the ASU Sun Devils to extend their win-streak to eight. On Feb. 9, the IceJacks made the Sun Devils’ last game of regular season and senior night one to forget as they defeated the Sun Devils 8–6 led by a huge offensive night from freshman forward Kirby Carlson. Carlson netted one goal while also getting four assists. “Our chemistry has been really good,” Carlson said. “We’ve been moving our feet together.” Sophomore forward Tyler Tritschler scored two goals, both assisted by Carlson, and also tallied two assists of his own. One assist was to Carlson, the other was to senior defenseman Ian Shaeffer “Being in the right place at the right time,” Schaeffer said about his offensive success. “Working with my teammates to move the puck around and get open shots.” Although the individual statistics were great from Carlson and Tritschler, the IceJacks won with a team effort. All 14 of the IceJacks’ players that aren’t goalies got at least one point (goal or assist) in the Feb. 9 victory. NAU won 5–2 on Feb. 8. Carlson had two assists in the game, for a total of seven points on the weekend trip to Tempe, while senior forward Zach Duda scored one of NAU’s goals and added an assist. The IceJacks are now preparing for the American Collegiate Hockey Association regional tournament at the Nelson Center in Springfield, Ill. The fifth-seeded IceJacks will meet the University of Nebraska in the first round of regionals. The IceJacks need two victories at regionals to punch their ticket to nationals. “Our expectations are to win,” said assistant coach Joaquin Rivera. “A lot of [the other teams]struggled down the stretch when they had to play someone credible . . . It’s a two-game tournament, you just have to do well for two games and I think we can handle that.”

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Ellie Morrissey Interview by Elizabeth Sears

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The Lumberjack sat down with freshman swimmer Ellie Morrissey in the Wall Aquatic Center, where she spends most of her time. She has had a great first season at NAU, already holding the fifth fastest time in the 100-meter freestyle in program history. The Lumberjack: What is your favorite memory so far this year? Ellie Morrissey: I think maybe my favorite memory has been training camps, both in Florida and Tucson. Everyone working at their fullest potential and totally crashing, it is fun to go as hard as you can and die [from exhaustion]. Also rooming with two of my best friends on the team, you cannot go wrong there. LJ: I read last week that you got the fifthfastest time in the 100-meter freestyle in NAU history. EM: (laughing): Yeah, definitely nothing I expected being a freshman in college, in a Division I school. LJ: What is your pre-game warmup? EM: Well, I always have to do crazy Ivans before I swim. Everyone looks at me funny because no one else does them. LJ: What are crazy Ivans? EM: You sit up in the water, and you spin your arms around like a crazy person. You do not go anywhere, but it gets your shoulders really loose. It looks pretty funny, but it is something I have to do mentally before I go fast. LJ: What are your favorite sports, besides swimming? EM: I love watching football. I am a big New England Patriots fan, so it was a little hard not watching them in the Super Bowl — next year. I like watching hockey too; I am a big Anaheim Ducks fan. LJ: Do you have an Olympic crush? EM: (laughing): Nathan Adrian, do not tell my boyfriend. He is so dreamy in every way and he is such a nice guy. Olympic swim-

Breakout freshman swimmer Ellie Morrissey set school records for the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Calif.

mers, you cannot go wrong. LJ: Who is your celebrity crush? EM: Bryce Harper. LJ: What is your favorite movie? EM: Right now, I would have to say Moneyball. LJ: You said your favorite sports are hockey and football, but do you like baseball, too? EM: Yeah I do, but I would prefer to go to a hockey or football game. I know that is really confusing, considering my crush and favorite movie. LJ: I know you are from Huntington

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Beach; would you rather be at the beach for a week or in the snowy mountains? EM: I got to pick the beach. I love the snow; it has been a nice change of being cold for once in my life. Once I am done here, I will probably move back to the beach. LJ: What are your hobbies? EM: I like to craft and I like baking. I have not been able to bake much because of dorm life. LJ: What is one thing you cannot live without? EM: Usually I say my lactose pills, because I am lactose intolerant. I love dairy products,

so I am going to go with that. LJ: What is the number one song on your iPod? EM: “National Anthem” by Lana Del Rey. LJ: What is your favorite quote? EM: Coach Andy Johns was yelling at us the other day, “You guys do not know what hungry is.” I thought that one was pretty cool. That is the one that has been sticking with me [for] pre-conference championships. LJ: What is an interesting fact about you? EM: I like to hold my breath. I got through most of high school classes just watching the clock to see how long I [could] go.


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n the pool, she is seen as a phenomenal diver. She leads her team with confidence and the respect of others, but it has not always been an easy ride for NAU senior diver Kristy Ardavanis. Ardavanis had a rocky start after swimming had been her sport of choice in the very beginning. “I started with [recreational] swimming, and I hated it so much,” Ardavanis said. “I saw the divers flipping around on the other side of the pool. I was always the daredevil bouncing around on the trampoline so I decided I needed to try diving.” She participated in a recreational diving program for a summer and fell in love. She chose to continue her diving career when she found a yearround program to belong to. “That’s when it really became my thing,” Ardavanis said. Diving is her passion and she continued to compete well into high school. Ardavanis was a twoyear captain for the Mesquite High School dive team in Gilbert until she graduated in 2009. During her dive career with Mesquite, she competed at the 2008 USA Diving Zone meet and earned strong scores at the Junior Olympic level. In 2009, she earned herself a spot on the NAU swimming and diving team. During the past four years, she has grown significantly in and out of the pool as a diver and as a leader.

a full night’s sleep. It’s been tough, but I’m starting to figure it out.” Athletes tend to utilize the little bit of free time they have to engage in various hobbies and other ways to relax. Ardavanis enjoys playing piano, but has settled for the keyboard for now. “I have a keyboard in my room that I doodle on sometimes,” Ardavanis said. “It helps relax me and sort my . . . thoughts out. It’s definitely something I enjoy.” Ardavanis has had to deal with a fair share of pressure given her superior performance level and being the lone senior of the team’s six divers. She has developed a set of expectations for herself and for her team. “There’s definitely a bit more pressure on me to perform to a certain level. When I don’t do as well as I’d like to, I usually beat myself up,” Ardavanis said. “It bothers me when I perform [badly], but I’ve been learning to just let it go, and I have

been getting a lot more consistent over the last couple years.” Ardavanis enjoys being the only senior and respects each and every girl on the team equally. “I don’t really mind being the only senior. We’re a pretty closeknit team and I think it works better only having one senior on the team, because it keeps everything more organized and less rivalry,” Ardavanis said. “Everyone has definitely stepped it up this season to fill their role and everyone brings something very important to the team, which makes us such a great dive team.”

Growing into a leader Junior diver Gwen Smithberg looks to Ardavanis as a leader and role model for the dive team. “She brings us together in so many ways,” Smithberg said. “She has been there for every single one of

us on the team. She has been a great leader this year and even last year.” Ardavanis pushes Smithberg and the rest of the dive team to be better, to compete better. “I mean, if there is somebody else that’s doing really well, you want to elevate yourself to that level,” Smithberg said. Diving coach Nikki Huffman has been able to watch Ardavanis grow over the past four years. She is thoroughly impressed with her ability to commit to training, lead the team and develop into an excellent diver. Huffman explained how Ardavanis has really developed into an active leader for the team. “I think Kristy is a good leader. I think that it hasn’t always been easy, because she’s been through a lot of injuries and has not been able to train as well as everybody else,” Huffman said. “But she’s always here doing something, and she knows how to step it up and compete. Even

Finding a balance The biggest challenge most collegiate athletes face is finding the perfect balance between schoolwork and training. Ardavanis, an exercise science major with a minor in chemistry, will graduate this May, but has had difficulty figuring out a way to successfully manage her time. “It’s really tough balancing schoolwork with diving because my major is pretty rigorous. I try to time manage as best as I can,” Ardavanis said. “I take little breaks in my day to cram in as much as I can so I can get

Senior diver Kristy Ardavanis has recorded the top 1-meter and 3-meter scores in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) this season. Ardavanis, the lone senior diver, has been named WAC diver of the week five times this season. (Photo by Sean Ryan)

though she couldn’t always be there physically, she’s still mentally there for her teammates.”

Looking ahead Ardavanis has had quite the successful season thus far. She has been named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Diver of the Week 10 times during the past two seasons. She currently holds the highest scores in the 1-meter and 3-meter in the WAC this season. She has also qualified for the NCAA Zone meet on both boards. Huffman said she is optimistic about the rest of the season for Ardavanis, and appreciates her dedication to her training and her team. “She’s improved over the last four years a lot. Jumping, getting stronger and [she] has worked very hard in the weight room since she arrived at NAU; even on her own at home,” Huffman said. “Her hard work has really shown, because one of her strengths is that she jumps in her dives. The other thing she has really improved on is increasing the degree of difficulty of her dives.” Improvement has been quite consistent for Ardavanis despite having to deal with various injuries during the course of her diving career. “She has had to fight through some injuries over the years, and has still found a way to improve and compete better and better, which is just amazing,” Huffman said. “She used to be pretty much awesome at the 3-meter, and now I think her 1-meter has improved so much that it almost surpasses her 3-meter.” Ardavanis will spend the rest of the season focusing on perfecting her technique with the goal of taking home victories in the 1-meter and 3-meter at the WAC Championships on Feb. 27 to March 2. “I want to fix all my lines and the little sloppy things in my dive where it might give away that extra half a point,” Ardavanis said. “I don’t want to let any of those points slip by; I want all of them.”

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Saldivar is averaging a team-leading and career-high 5.8 boards a game. First, the Lumberjacks travel to Greeley, Colo. to face University of Northern Colorado (UNC) on Feb. 14. In their first meeting on Jan. 24, senior guard Michael Dunn hit the game-winning shot as time expired as NAU won 67–65. Senior guard Gabe Rogers scored 28 points, a seasonhigh at the time. Rogers has been hot as of late. After scoring 25 points against the Eagles, Rogers has now scored 20 or more in six of the last seven games. Rogers, who moved to No. 14 of the school’s all-time scoring list, is averaging 24.3 points in that span and 17.2 on the season. He’s also hit 27 3-pointers in his last 54 attempts, totaling 50 percent. On Feb. 16, NAU will make the 14hour trip to Grand Forks, N.D. and will look to avenge its Jan. 26 loss to the University of North Dakota (UND) when the team blew a 22-point lead. The Lumberjacks were up as much as 34–12 in the first half before UND used a 32–10 second half run to defeat NAU 81– Senior guard Gabe Rogers shoots from beyond the arc early in the Feb. 9 game against 79. Rogers scored a career-high 35 points in Eastern Washington University. (Photo by Matt Valley) the loss.

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“I don’t really care about my points. All I care about is the win,” Rogers said. The Lumberjacks know how important the UNC game is. NAU holds a onegame lead over the Bears and the Eagles for seventh in the conference. If NAU can win, they’ll hold tiebreakers with both UNC and Sacramento State (who currently is one game ahead of NAU). The Eagles have the tiebreaker over NAU. UNC holds a 5–4 home record while UND is 7–4. The Lumberjacks are 4–10 away from the Dome, 2–4 in conference play. NAU hasn’t fared well on Saturdays, where they hold a 3–6 mark, 1–2 in BSC road games. Thursdays are a little better with a 3–3 record on the season, but 0–3 on the road in conference. “We’re going to have to go on the road and face a good Northern Colorado team on Thursday and try to steal a couple of wins,” said head coach Jack Murphy. “We’ve put ourselves behind the eight ball once again; there’s nothing else you can say.” NAU will end the road trip by taking the six-hour flight to Honolulu, Hawaii where they’ll play the University of Hawaii on Feb. 23 during ESPN’s Bracketbuster week.




Day’s anniversary on Feb. 14. in dialogue so we can talk about the viLaura Theimer, a dean’s associate olence and the oppressive systems and in the College of Education, brought to move forward to shift those systems,” One Billion Rising to Flagstaff and Theimer said. NAU. Theimer talks about what she “I started watching the videos and hopes students will gain from the event. reading the blogs and I thought, ‘We “You do have the power to crehave to do something!’ So we started ate change and impact other people. reaching out . . . we’ve had community Like with Eve Ensler, one woman who members bridge NAU with the greater started . . . with The Vagina Monologues community and faculty and students and 15 years later, she has 200 countries have stepped up. This is a global move- coming together [for One Billion Risment that impacts everyone,” Theimer ing]. That’s power.” said. At NAU, an event in support of One Billion Rising gets its name One Billion Rising will be held at the from a statistic from the United Nations Union Fieldhouse in the Kaibab room that one billion women in the world, or from noon to 1 p.m. on Feb. 14. This 1 in 3, will be raped or beaten in their year, The Vagina Monologues will be lifetime. This Valentine’s Day, One Bil- in the du Bois Ballroom at 7 p.m. on lion Rising invites people everywhere Feb. 15 and Feb. 16. Tickets are $6 for Olivia Drummond, a senior environmental science and biology major, imitates different types of to strike, dance and rise until the vio- students and faculty. The proceeds will lence against women stops. be donated to Northland Family Help women moaning during “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy.” (Photo By Sean Ryan) “We are hoping that we can engage Center. BY LAURA THOMPSON keep coming back for the friendships and the community and the knowledge that you spread throughout campus,” -Day is not about flowers, candy or romantic out- Burres said. ings for two; V-Day is about empowerment for Building knowledge and a community is what ASWI women thanks to the play, The Vagina Monologues. is all about. They have worked to be the driving force beThe Vagina Monologues is a play by Eve Ensler of eight hind that sense of community through presenting The Vamonologues that stem from interviews with 200 women. gina Monologues at NAU for over a decade. The monologues are an intimate look at the experience of Sherese French, a junior photography major and womanhood and range from harrowing accounts of vio- ASWI coordinator for the play, is excited and passionate lence to funny rants of frustrated women. about the show. Ensler created V-Day in 1998, which is a worldwide “I’m basically doing everything behind the scenes. organization dedicated to ending violence against women It’s been a lot of work, but it’s been fun. This year my inand girls. In its movement against violence, V-Day helps ner feminist has finally come out. I’ve always been talking countries around the world showcase the play at local the- about it, but I’ve never done anything about it so for me, aters with the proceeds from ticket sales going to women’s this feels like a really nice opportunity to be part of someorganizations, shelters and crisis centers. thing bigger,” French said. The Associated Students for Women’s Issues (ASWI) Although some of the subject matter of this powerat NAU have presented The Vagina Monologues every year ful play is unnerving, the feeling of sisterhood, pride and for V-Day for more than a decade. Wendy Wetzel is the empathy breaks through. director for the NAU show. She has been involved with the “I hope that the audience would become more complay for the past seven years but started directing the play fortable with certain words in our language that tend to at NAU in 2010. Wetzel is happy to be involved with the blow them away. It’s about saying words and removing community and loves the play’s message. some of the stigma from words. For men, I would hope “It’s just such an important piece about women’s em- that they have a new appreciation of what womanhood powerment and saying words and telling stories that have is all about and what body parts are all about and that its been taboo for so long,” Wetzel said. okay to talk about them. It breaks a lot of taboos,” Wetzel Monica Burres, a junior electronic media and film said. major, is a three-year veteran of the monologues and loves In its 15th year, V-Day is making a huge impact for being involved with the community. women all over the world by introducing its new cam“It’s really just about building up a community where paign, One Billion Rising. The campaign is working to Erica Van Parys, a graduate student in counseling, rehearses for her a lot of other people feel strongly about women’s rights and help organize women and men to create events for V- first Vagina Monologues performance with NAU. (Photo By Sean Ryan) they really want to make a difference. After three years, I


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Getting classical

with NAU orchestra

C Trejon Dunkley (left) and Charity Ormand participate in rehearsal for Dead Man’s Cell Phone on Feb. 11. (Photo by Holly Mandarich)

Dropped dead calls

Dead Man’s Cell Phone rings true about love and connections BY KATHLEEN KOMOS

Death is an inevitable fact of life. For some, it might mean a lasting legacy of kindness and for others, it might be a legacy of fear. For Gordon Gottlieb, his legacy is a ringing cell phone and a shy woman who answers it after his death. Sarah Ruhl’s play Dead Man’s Cell Phone begins with Jean, a young woman, sitting in an apparently abandoned café the day Gottlieb dies silently of a heart attack. She answers his cell phone in an attempt to silence it when Gordon does not answer it himself. By answering the phone, Jean sets off on a journey of self-discovery and learns what it means to love someone entirely. Charity Ormand, a junior theater performance major who plays Jean, found her character grows quite a bit through the course of the play. “My character starts mousey and not sure of herself. She mostly sticks to the shadows, but she changes when she answers [Gordon’s] phone and starts to communicate,” Ormand said. Ruhl’s play does not follow a typical story line; it incorporates elements of magical realism and the audience may have to suspend their disbelief even more than usual with this show. Dead Man’s Cell Phone has a lot of technological elements and a unique blend of reality and fantasy. Emily Forest, a senior theater studies major and stage manager, thinks the show is intriguing and definitely worth a watch. “You should expect to be confused, but in a good way. It’s a fun story with a twist. This play is different. It has a simple story with complex themes. While the tech aspect is great, it makes

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for some interesting challenges,” Forest said. The theater department has decided to go all out when it comes to stage technology including shipping computer software from Europe. Director Robert Yowell took on this project after an abundance of enthusiasm from the technical side of NAU’s theater department. “We had extensive discussions of the play driven by the designers who wanted to do something different,” Yowell said. “This play is non-traditional. It is not well-made in the sense that there is no proper beginning, middle and end. It takes place in a real and fantastical world. Magic realism is a genre seen everywhere in pop culture today. People see this style all the time, but they may not understand they’re seeing it. Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris is an example, where Owen Wilson suddenly finds himself in the 1920s. Through these fantastic elements, Dead Man’s Cell Phone answers the questions ‘Do we communicate better? Do we really know each other?’” Dead Man’s Cell Phone uses unconventional means to explore the nature of communication in a world dominated by people talking on their cell phones. It is a comedic play, but not a very well-known one. Ormand thinks this should not worry the audience in the least. “This show may not be really widespread, but it is worth seeing. It is pertinent for today and the fact that it is not popular shouldn’t dissuade you,” Ormand said. The play opens Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. and runs through March 3 in the NAU Studio Theatre Room in the Performing Arts building. Tickets can be purchased at the Central Ticketing Office (CTO) for $2 with an NAU ID. For more information on showtimes, please visit CTO online at


ourtesy of the NAU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, orchestral pieces by classical masterminds Ludwig von Beethoven, Richard Wagner, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Guiseppe Verdi will soon be played in Ardrey Auditorium. The concert will feature guest conductor and principal conductor for the Oakland Eastbay Symphony and the Festival Opera Bryan Nies and graduate conducting students Kevin Kozacek and Vanja Ljubibratic. The orchestra will perform four pieces, including “Overture” from Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutti which the NAU opera will perform in April. “The opening [piece] is the ‘Overture’ to Cosi fan Tutti by Mozart, which is the upcoming opera and the reason we’re opening the concert with that is to kind of highlight that [it will be] the opera presented in April, with the entire opera department and the orchestra playing from the pit,” Kozacek said. Conducting duties will be split among the three conductors with Nies taking the helm with the opening piece and Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, which will be the concert’s finale. Kozacek and Ljubibratic will be directing the two middle pieces. In conducting different groups at different levels, Nies’ teaching and conducting style will vary depending on the ensemble he will be working with. “There are fundamental differences, I suppose, depending on what group, but it’s really more what needs to be taught. When you get to the professional level, it’s more about ‘Here’s what I’m hearing, here’s what, let’s do this together and here you go. You rarely need to talk about exactly what they’re doing. The collective knowledge of the professional musicians on a single piece will likely be more than your own. So, there’s a lot more, there’s a bit of a proving ground, there’s a bit of coming together — ideas that have to come,” Nies said. According to Kozacek, universities will bring in guest conductors to vary student experience. Universities will often bring in guest conductors through a year, giving students the opportunity to work with other conductors other than their own. “It gives them a broader outlook at how orchestras are trained and led. Every conductor has their own different interpretations of music,” Kozacek said. “When you’re only working with one conductor you kind of get in the habit of just knowing his mannerisms, gestures [and] exactly what he wants you to do. Especially as a performer, it’s so easy just to feel very comfortable under one person,” said Katherine Ritsko, senior music education major and the lone tuba player in the symphony. Despite only working with the ensemble for a week, Nies is confident about the concert. “The music itself is great, and if you have that behind you, I can pretty much work with anybody,” Nies said. The concert will be in Ardrey Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Feb. 17. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and NAU employees and free to NAU students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Central Ticketing Office.

Arts&Entertainment Side Effects

SoundCheck Artist: Coheed and Cambria Album: The Afterman: Descension Genre: Progressive Rock



hen Coheed and Cambria first stepped out onto the music scene as a powerhouse progressive rock band, it was certainly an adjustment for some. Power chords paired with Claudio Sanchez’s phenomenal falsetto put listeners on an extreme spectrum; many questioned Coheed and Cambria’s talent while others fell head over heels. It has been 12 years since their first release and Coheed and Cambria has certainly changed for the better. With the return of original drummer, Josh Eppard, and the departure of bassist, Mic Todd, Coheed and Cambria has become a pleasant mélange of something new and something old. While The Afterman: Ascension is a heavily driven concept album, The Afterman: Descension is a blank slate. This makes Descension a perfect treat for diehard fans spying for a storyline and a sweet transition piece for newcomers searching for its relevance to everyday life. It wouldn’t be Coheed and Cambria if Descension didn’t start with an eerie intro; “Pretelethal.” Pushing straight into “Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant.” The fifth of the Key Entity Extraction — beginning on The Afterman: Ascension — “Sentry the Defiant” follows a similar foundation to that of their previous works. Fans will obsess over lyrics such as: “And then one day I grew too old / And my cares were now theirs to mold / Please accept this as my resignation / It’s time to go” wondering how they apply to the correlating storyline of Sanchez’s comic book The Amory Wars. The beauty of this series is the lyrics are just detailed enough to coincide with The Amory Wars and yet malleable to the perspectives of the

listener. This is true for “The Hard Sell” with the lyrics, “I’m paranoid and sick of this / World’s misconception of things I did” sympathizes with general human mistakes many struggle to forgive (a common theme for Coheed and Cambria). “The Hard Sell” continues with rather dramatic lyrics, blending nicely with Sanchez’s theatrical vocals. “Number City” is just as overthe-top, giving Descension a steady pace — “Oh, this is love from a gurney” is on par with the elaborate imagery of Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco, applying medical metaphors to their amorous woes. Coheed and Cambria woos their veteran fans’ hearts with “Gravity’s Union,” mimicking their first release precisely. From lyrics to hell-hamming power chords, the only difference is the lack of Sanchez’s signature high-pitch vocals. The album slows down for the last four songs; dominating power ballads are “Dark Side of Me” and “2’s My Favorite 1.” While tracks like “Welcome Home” and “A Favor House Atlantic” have topped their charts since 2001, Coheed and Cambria is quickly working to appeal to a greater crowd. Despite the seemingly playful nature of “2’s My Favorite 1,” Sanchez gives a thunderous performance of love — “Two hearts beat as one / Disguise your mind and feel the hum / The drone, the buzz of our love” — with hints of artificial intelligence mixed human emotion. Overall, The Afterman: Descension is a well-rounded album, regardless of lovesick lyrics — certainly these apply to their comic book somehow. Now with Sanchez’s girlish shrill taking a break, it will be interesting to see how listeners adapt.

Best Tracks: “The Hard Sell,” “Dark Side of Me” and “2’s My Favorite 1”

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh Starring: Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum Running time: 106 minutes Rated: R BY PAUL BEIMERS


nscrew cap; place on tongue; swallow. Prescription medication is, for many, a natural part of their daily routine. However, this medical miracle undoubtedly has a darker side. The world of medicine supplies the news with a constant stream of stories concerning recalls and deaths, always tied to some unforeseen repercussion inherent to taking one popular drug or another. It is frightening to think what goes into our mouths to cure us may do nothing of the sort. This is what director Steven Soderbergh taps into with his latest film: the uncertainty and latent danger inherent in those colorful little tablets that sit on our bathroom shelves. The result is a tense, delightfully tangled and immaculately crafted psychological thriller that does not let up until the moment the end credits roll. Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) is struggling to deal with upheavals in her life, resulting from the release of her husband Martin (Channing Tatum), who was convicted four years prior for insider trading. Having struggled with

depression in the past, she experiences a relapse as Martin attempts to quickly regain the wealth he lost, culminating in a suicide attempt that leaves her in the hands of psychiatrist Jonathan Banks (Jude Law). A consultation with her previous therapist, Victoria Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones), results in Banks following her suggestion of putting Emily on a new medication known as Ablixa. The prescription initially appears to work well, but a devastating accident caused by one of the pill’s side effects sends the lives of all involved spiraling into chaos. While the film’s first half is relatively straightforward, the aforementioned event kicks off a series of twists that send the story into an entirely new and unforeseen direction. Things become increasingly convoluted as the plot progresses, the surprises are revealed at a rapid-fire pace and the viewer will likely feel overwhelmed at times. Thankfully, Soderbergh makes sure to tie things up neatly during the final scenes, explaining it all in a way that may feel a bit too convenient for some, but also works well because it gives the audience answers to the many questions they will undoubtedly have.

The complicated tale stands in a rather sharp contrast to the calculated and precise filming style, which works with smoothly transitioned scenes and some interesting angles to keep you absorbed. The cold, almost detached feel of the visuals is helped along by the lighting scheme, consisting of mostly artificial flourescent in light blues and dark oranges that bring to mind Soderbergh’s Contagion (2011). What breathed life into this clinical approach are the performances, uniformly strong among the four stars. Mara plays a convincing portrait of a fragile woman who is at turns heartbreakingly unhappy and frighteningly unstable. Tatum, meanwhile, proves he can handle more serious cinematic fair with ease, while Law and Zeta-Jones deliver in their usually impressive manners. Impossible to predict and at times difficult to follow, Side Effects is a film warranting repeated viewings, each likely to uncover something new to appreciate. Trust your doctor: This is a Hollywood prescription you will want to try, regardless of whether you think you need it. Bottoms up.

QuickFlick Identity Thief



t is no easy task to take the real life horror of identity theft and turn the experience into a comedy. Luckily, the performances from Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman really shine and make Identity Thief a fun, cinematic experience. The film begins with Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman), a mildmannered accountant trying to get by for himself and his family getting scammed by a thief who goes by Diana (Melissa McCarthy).

Ironically enough, she scams him by offering free fraud protection and he ends up giving all of the necessary pieces to make a copy of his credit card. After getting arrested and having his credit score go down the toilet, Sandy takes it upon himself to bring the fake Sandy to justice. The plot is pretty standard and clunky at times. It boils down to two individuals who would normally be unlikely companions forced to travel together; it is pretty clichéd. The sub-plot of bounty hunters simply adds unnecessary

drama. The performances from the secondary characters, other than Big Chuck (Eric Stonestreet), are pretty two-dimensional. Bateman and McCarthy’s performances dominate in this otherwise unremarkable film. It is entertaining to watch McCarthy in her portrayal of a character the audience has every reason to hate, yet has enough charm and sass to make Diana a likable character. Bateman, on the other hand, is the perfect, yet gullible, nice guy. Put together, these two make the long road trip incredibly interesting.

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The Lumberjack — Issue 5 — Spring 2013  

The fifth issue of The Lumberjack student newspaper for Spring 2013.

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