Opinion: Student debt, p 9 Sports: Cross country, p 15 A&E: Greensky Bluegrass, p 19
Life: Graffiti artist, p 13
Issue 10, VOL 99 Nov. 3 - Nov. 9, 2011 (Photo by Holly Mandarich )
Contamination cause for recycling decline BY kevin bertram
n NAU’s Climate Action Plan created in 2010, university president John Haeger said the school needs to push the societal envelope as far as sustainability goes. In the past decade, NAU added nine U.S. Green Building Council buildings, made a commitment to become carbon-neutral by the year 2020 and reduced electrical usage by 20 percent. However, not everything ran so smoothly. In the same period of time, the campus had also been getting worse at recycling. see RECYCLING page 6 ABOVE: NAU and ASU players find themselves intertwined during a match. (Photo by Gean Shanks) RIGHT: Freshman seeker Porter Marsh battles Daniel Taber, representing the golden snitch: a small ball that — in Muggle Quidditch — is attached to the back. Marsh overpowered the snitch, winning the tie-breaking match against ASU. (Photo by Vanessa Marchena)
BY Mark saunders
ver the last few years, the game of Quidditch has slowly transcended the pages of J.K. Rowling’s fantasy novels and cemented itself firmly as a club sport in universities across the nation. In their first International Quidditch Association (IQA) sanctioned tournament, the NAU Narwhals quickly proved they could hang with the big boys.
nce again, students will see big changes to NAU’s housing application process for the 2012-2013 academic year. The traditional lottery-style system — in which students applied for the housing they were eligible for at an assigned time — has been overhauled to allow greater freedom for students when applying for housing. Alicia Voytek, associate director for the Office of Residence Life, said the new system will be a combination of priority times for students, real-time room selec-
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NAU Narwhals defeat No. 3 ASU in debut BY trevor gould
LEFT: The hilltop crowd came prepared with Harry Potter merchandise, costumes and unicorn headgear in support of the NAU Narwhals. (Photo by Gean Shanks)
Campus housing lottery prepares for overhaul
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PoliceBeat Oct. 24 At 10:28 a.m., the staff at Mountain View Hall called to report a divider from a restroom was stolen. An officer was dispatched. Further investigation is pending. At 4:50 p.m., a subject called to report her vehicle emblem had been stolen from the hood of her vehicle. A second vehicle was also found with a stolen emblem. An officer was dispatched, and the case is closed with all leads exhausted, At 5:19 p.m., a student called to report magazine solicitors at the Bookstore were refusing to give back her property. Officers dispatched and determined it to be a civil matter. The parties were separated and went their separate ways.
Thursday, Nov. 3 Jazz Leroux [6 p.m./Zane Grey Ballroom] NAU Volleyball vs. Eastern Washington [7 p.m./ Rolle Activity Center] Elden Brass Quintet [7:30 p.m. / Ashurst Hall] Elden Brass Quintet [7:30 p.m. / Ashurst Hall] Open Mic Night [8 p.m./Sundara]
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At 9:51 p.m., the hall staff at Reilly Hall requested medical assistance for an intoxicated resident who had fallen and reinjured her broken arm. An officer, the Flagstaff Fire Department and Guardian Medical Transport were dispatched. The resident was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center. Further investigation is still pending.
Oct. 27 At 1:12 p.m., a guest at the High Country Conference Center reported that the electrical arm in the parking garage of building 58 closed on her vehicle. An officer was dispatched and assistance was provided. see POLICE page 3
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Monday, Nov. 7
NAU Volleyball vs. Portland State [7 p.m./Orpheum Theater]
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Tuesday, Nov. 8 NAU Film Series [ 7 p.m./ NAU Cline Library] Two Step Tuesdays [8 p.m./Green Room] Open Mic Night [ 8:30 p.m./Charly’s Pub & Grill] Karaoke Night [12 a.m./Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge]
Wednesday, Nov. 9 NAU International Film Series [7 p.m./Cline LibraryAssembly Hall] Ladies ‘80s [ 8 p.m./ Green Room] Open Mic Night [ 9 p.m./ Mia’s Lounge]
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At 5:35 p.m., a student called to report being stuck in the elevator in the Performing and Fine Arts building. Officers were dispatched. The subjects were let out of the elevator and the elevator was shut off for the night.
Oct. 28 At 10:13 a.m., a subject came in to request informa-
tion, as her ex- boyfriend had created a fake Facebook page about her. An officer was dispatched, and information was provided. At 10:49 a.m., the staff at the Office of Parking and Shuttle Services called to report a subject who was in their office and acting belligerently. Officers were dispatched. The subject was contacted outside of the building and was no longer causing a disturbance.
At 5:17 p.m., three separate passersby called to report two male subjects who had removed the lot 28 parking lot sign and had put it in the intersection of Mt. View Drive and San Francisco Street, as well as several other construction cones. Officers were dispatched. The subjects were contacted. One subject was booked into the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office jail for disorderly conduct, possession of a suspended license and criminal damage.
University Safety Aides provide students with training, skills BY Delainey noe
he University Safety Aides (USA) are there to escort students back to their residence halls at night no matter what the weather is. All it takes is one phone call. USA is a program designed for students to get real-world experience with the NAU Police Department. Students go through training, and when picked for the program, they are technically equal to the police officers. The one major difference between police officers and USAs are the Aides are under a no-contact clause, where they can report suspicious activity, but not act on it. They also do not carry firearms or other weapons. Jared Gray, an NAUPD officer, said the program is a great way for students interested in law enforcement to gain knowledge and skills while getting a paycheck. “I enjoy the program,” Gray said. “I think it is a great opportunity for students who are criminal justice majors — and [who are] not criminal justice majors — to go ahead and get experience and get extra money in their pocket.” Students represent NAUPD and have many of the same responsibilities. Gray said the officers
enjoy having the student aides keeping the campus safe and helping the team out every night. “These guys do a great job representing the department; they are held to the same standards the officers are,” Gray said. “They follow all our policies that we do. They are great with interacting with the community. They are pretty much our eyes and our ears out here. They help us out tremendously. It’s just adding extra bodies out and about to keep the safety of the campus.” Mark Weststeyn, a junior exercise science major, said he loves his job with the NAUPD. “It’s really a great program,” Weststeyn said. “It provides a lot of really cool opportunities for students, whether they are just trying to get a job or job experience. Working for NAUPD is a really good experience because you are held to an extremely high standard and it is just a good job as well as for criminal justice majors. It’s a good opportunity for them to start getting a better look at what a job as a police officer might look [like] — or a job in the police field. Overall, it is a good opportunity.” The number to call for a safety escort is (928) 523-3611. For more information on the USA program, call (928) 523-9139.
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InTheNews Keeping an ‘ion’ reactions Puffs of smoke abounded as Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) held a demonstration show on Oct. 28. LEFT: Jason Cook, member of SMACS, melts potassium chlorate in preparation for devouring any piece of organic matter — this time, a gummy bear. BOTTOM: Kyle Walsh, chemistry major and SMACS member, pours excess liquid nitrogen in a pumpkin. (Photos by Jessie Kellerman )
Students hand out both compliments and coffee BY Bree Purdy
Each Wednesday, the Office of Sustainability is offering NAU students, staff and faculty a way to save four dollars by trading in their paper cup for a reusable coffee mug and receiving free coffee as an incentive for simply becoming a little more environmentally sustainable. Bryan McLaren, the program coordinator for the Office of Sustainability, said sustainability has its benefits in many aspects other than just free coffee. “Sustainability is not just environmental: it’s social and economical,” McLaren said “When we talk about a reusable mug, you’re not de-
stroying the environment by wasting and consuming [paper goods] every time you have coffee. Economically, campus locations give 50-cent discounts when you use a reusable mug. Our strategy is to indirectly incorporate and encourage sustainable behavior through initiatives such as giving away free hot chocolate and free coffee — but only to those with reusable coffee mugs.” McLaren said their coffee booth is simplistic and sends a positive message to students. “We have no table,” McLaren said. “We’re just as simple-structured as possible. We sit on the concrete curb right by Starbucks on the
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east side of the Union with our ‘Free Compliments’ sign. We just hold it and talk to people as they walk by.” Each Wednesday for the past four weeks, McLaren and the Student Sustainability Ambassadors have located themselves outside of the Union from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. They have one simple goal: to compliment the hurried passersby. “We keep it very basic,” McLaren said. “We’ll emphasize things more that are representations and symbols of sustainable practices, such as TOMS shoes. We’ll call out TOMS shoes, reusable water bottles and mugs, Yellow Bikes and other see COFFEE page 6
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tions for their eligible housing options and a new roommate selection function. “[Students] pick the exact room they want in real-time, all online,” Voytek said. “Through the system, there is a roommate function. So, [students] can either search for a roommate that they already know or they can browse matched roommates.” Students returning next fall will have the option of staying in the room they have this year, changing to a different room in their residence hall or moving to a different residence hall. Students living in McKay Village, Pine Ridge Village and Campus Heights will have this option before students who are eligible for these halls can apply there. Students who are not eligible for these apartments can apply for other halls on campus at that time. “For a student looking to move into [McKay, Pine Ridge or Campus Heights] who are not currently there, but are eligible to be there, [they] will be assigned a room selection time based on [the] date of application,” Voytek said. “For example, if I’m in Raymond and I try to go through that process and the space fills up before I’m able to go for McKay, I don’t lose my current space [in Raymond] yet.” The other new addition to the process is a new housing portal which includes a personality profile system and real-time updates of available rooms in halls. Voytek said student answers to the survey questions will give them roommate options based on match percentages. Students can then message matched students, or send them requests to room together. Nicole Nelson, a freshman nursing major, said she would like having a roommate she is matched with, but remains skeptical about the matching and messaging system. “I would rather have some-
than having absolutely nothing in common,” Nelson said. “I have a friend with a roommate like that, and she’s going crazy.” Voytek said while the new personality matching is promising, roommate satisfaction has generally remained high in the past. “We’ve had a really high roommate satisfaction rate overall for a long time on campus,” Voytek said. “[The matching program] was a function that came with the system that we purchased. We’ve seen just positive feedback from other schools that use [the system.]” Briana Scott, a sophomore graphic design major, said the personality profile sounds slightly disturbing in theory. However, she said the room selection process sounds like a positive addition. “People could lie [about themselves,]” Scott said. “[The room selection ability] would be nice. Last year, I was in Reilly and I was in the back wing. We got no sun and no air. It was the worst room to be in.” In regards to The Hilltop Townhomes and The Suites being built on campus, Voytek said students can apply for both, but will be charged a cancellation fee if they select a room before they opt out. “If someone’s waiting to see if they’ll get into one of the new housing units and find out before they select a room, there’s no risk for them,” Voytek said. “Once they select a room — or [if] their roommate puts them in a room — there will be a cancellation fee.” Emails have been sent to students notifying them of the application process, which began on Nov. 1. The application process will remain open through the spring semester until May 11, another change to last year’s system. For more information on the new housing process, students can visit www.nau.edu/reapp.
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InTheNews from RECYCLING page 1
NAU Recycled Material: Total Output (in
According to statistics provided by both the university and city recycling audits, NAU recycled 494 tons in 2010. This is less than any year since 1993, when the program was three years old. At its peak in both 1999 and 2000, NAU recycled 1,428 tons per year. These numbers have declined every year but two since. Now, with the results of another audit being finalized this week, the university hopes a new decade brings change. Part of the trouble is the rising rate of contamination within bins on campus. Robert Chavez, the director of “The loads from NAU were very operations for NAU Capital Assets and Services, said it only takes one person contaminated with food service or — and one beverage — to ruin an en- house cleaning waste. On [Sept. 17], a compactor of cardboard was brought tire container of material. “Banana peels, apple cores and in weighing 2.43 tons, but was not run those sort of things will not spoil an through the facility — MRF — with entire recycling container,” Chavez the other NAU loads, due to contamination,” the audit said. “But, said. things like cofThe results fee grounds or of these audits can a cup full of cofWe all have a swing wildly. In fee — you throw that in there, stake in keeping the 2008, the contamination rate in the and that will audit was found to contaminate the material cleaner ... be only 8.3 percent. paper in any refor less contamiChavez said cycling containanything that is er. It basically cont aminates nated material being more than 25 percent contaminated it to the point sent to the landfill. will be rejected by where it’s not usthe MRF and sent able anymore.” - Jan Kerata to the city landfill. Jan Kerata, “The city and the administrator of the Merriam-Powell Center for Norton has allowed us to have up to 25 Environmental Research, said 37 per- percent contamination in those green cent of NAU’s potential recycling at the containers, so long as that contaminaMaterials Recovery Facility (MRF) in tion is bagged,” Chavez said. “So, if we 2010 was lost due to this kind of con- do have a place that has some food waste, we try to designate locations in tamination. “The last audit, from fall semes- the buildings where wet food waste can ter of 2010, shows that NAU averages be thrown away separately.” Chavez said about 52 custodians 17.8 tons per week recycled, minus 37 percent contamination — 494 tons per are tasked with taking care of the trash for nearly 90 buildings on campus. Beyear,” Kerata said. In the city’s 2009 audit of NAU’s cause of this, he said his staff does not recycling program, the contamination have the time to sort trash or determine rate was calculated to be 34 percent. what is or is not contaminated. “The MRF makes the determinaThe author noted the university’s recyclable material had been greatly com- tion as to whether or not something promised by non-recyclable landfill can be recycled or not,” Chavez said. “We don’t have the staff to look at matewaste.
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rial and sort it. We just bag it and throw it in the appropriate container.”
TAKING OWNERSHIP One student hopes his idea can turn NAU’s recycling program around. Timothy Fisher, the proposal mentor for the NAU Green Fund, said his proposal brings the issue back to the bins themselves. “I did a Green Fund application the previous year to get bins on campus,” Fisher said. “So, we’re going to be getting these large bins on campus. You’ll start seeing them in the next months. It will separate trash from recycling, but it’s the same container. They are what students voted for last year when we were tabling in the University Union, [Cline] Library and the du Bois Center.” Chavez said he believes the new combination bins will make it more convenient for students, faculty and staff to recycle properly, thus limiting contamination. “I would hope that they would, since they’re a ‘one-stop’ container,” Chavez said. “If you’re standing next to it, and you realize that one is for recycling and one is for wet food waste, I would hope you would have enough smarts to throw it in the appropriate container. It would make it a little bit easier for folks to recycle.” It is the issue of convenience and will, Chavez said, that has been a key contributor to the increase in recyclable contamination. “The problem that we have is
that it is very difficult to get people to take ownership of the program,” Chavez said. “If we have wet food waste containers that are designated for wet food waste and containers that are designated for recyclables, if you don’t take ownership of the program, it doesn’t matter to you where you throw the stuff. You’re going to do what’s most convenient for you.” “It’s not just the student body — it’s the entire campus: faculty, staff, myself [and] students,” Chavez said. Both Fisher and Chavez said they believe education is key to reducing contamination rates and improving the university’s recycling outlook. Fisher said a part of the problem is that the campus does not understand how trash is sorted. “People think that ‘co-mingling’ means you throw everything in one bin and it gets sorted out later,” Fisher said. “But that’s not how it works here. You throw all your recyclables in one bin and you throw all your landfill waste items in another bin. Then, the recyclables get separated. But, if there’s a ton of food in there, it all gets thrown away.” Kerata said everyone at NAU needs to take personal responsibility when it comes to recycling. “We all have a stake in keeping the material cleaner, both for needed improvements in our collection systems and for less contaminated material being sent to the landfill,” Kerata said. Chavez said he is hoping the rate of contamination will lessen. “I’m hoping it’s lower than the  percent rate last year,” Chavez said. “That’s too high.”
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symbols of sustainability. Every single time, we’ve had really good feedback. People seem to really love it.” The free compliment initiative was inspired by two students at Purdue University who found fame on YouTube by holding up a sign reading ‘Free Compliments’ and giving them. “They weren’t representing any organization or pushing an agenda,” McLaren said. “All they were doing was . . . complimenting people [and making] people happy and they got pretty famous for it. That’s where we got inspired from. Our spin on it, from the Office of Sustainability’s standpoint, is that we want to slowly do things like give away free coffee or give away any handouts that encourage and inspire sustainable practices.” Alex Gaynor, a sophomore environmental studies and sustainability ambassador, explained how compliments lead to sustainability. “It is simply a matter of trying to make a more positive environment, which hopefully leads to people becoming more sustainable in the long run,” Gaynor said. McLaren also said he has a strong view on how compliments can encourage sustainability. “One of the best ways we can create a sustainable community is to create a happy and healthy community in all senses,” McLaren said. “People that are happy and healthy will make a decision that is sustainable over one that is not.” McLaren said he hopes the initiative of simply complimenting will also inspire a change within NAU and the Flagstaff community. “It would be really great to get to the point where this wasn’t such a surprise: where we could be a community where we’re constantly complimenting each other,” McLaren said.
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Editorial&Opinion Federal aid for student debt a decent start, but not enough STAFF EDITORIAL
s students, we want to offer our sincerest gratitude to President Obama. The most recent “Pay As You Earn” program he proposed to the current student federal loan repayment program will help millions of Americans struggling with student debt. This is an essential step in easing the financial woes plaguing post-graduates. An income-based repayment program — in which payments are 10 percent of a person’s income and the balance is forgiven after 20 years — makes complete sense. Along these lines, a federal loan consolidation opportunity can lower many students’ interest rates and put money back in Americans’ pockets. It’s true beggars can’t be choosers, but this effort is nothing more than a bandage on the grossly infected flesh wound that is our economy. The question politicians need to be asked, including Mr. Obama, is this: In an age in which higher education is a necessity for job security, why is it our country hates public education? It’s not that Americans just hate college — we love it. Students have flocked to colleges and universities in the recent decade more than any in history, spending thousands of dollars every year so we can skim through classes, get a piece of paper with our name on it and hopefully get a job that doesn’t require a spatula and a paper hat. The only part of this equation that doesn’t make sense is the “spending
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thousands of dollars.” As a nation we spend only three percent of our budget on education — that’s only half of what we spend on the interest on our debt alone and one-eighth of what we spend on blowing up foreign countries. The bulk of that funding is left to the states and the individuals, who tend to have much less wiggle room than a collective national budget can offer. Proportionally, individuals foot the
majority of the bill when they attend universities simply due to a misappropriation of government funding. The “Pay As You Earn” program is nothing more than the government using a leaky bucket to bail water from a sinking ship. Sure, the government can help students pay back their massive loans, but as states continue to slash education budgets and the price of tuition at universities reaches all-time
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highs, how much longer will it be until we simply sink? Over the past decade, Washington has done much to increase spending on federal tuition assistance programs but their national reach can only go so far. With recent cuts proposed to Pell Grants in an effort to expand the “debt ceiling,” education needs to be prioritized by the states. Consider our big red state of Arizona. Our general education fund
is currently down to $103 million, which has been decreased by $60 million over the past three years. We cut our education funding on an annual basis and the recently proposed performance-based funding initiative has students and professors at NAU chewing their pencils down to a pulp. How much longer can we raise tuition — passing the bill off to younger generations preparing to take the reins of the country — and still expect students to succeed? This trend is not endemic to the desert. According to the College Board fund, state appropriations to higher education declined 18 percent per student over the last three years. California alone raised tuition 21 percent at public universities last year and Illinois still owes nine campuses over $500 million dollars. Our educational institutions are not industrial giants and they shouldn’t be treated as such. Tuition is either being used to generate revenue, or we are simply running out of money to invest in education. Congress, why do you hate public education? Why did you leave it to Obama to use executive action to pass the “Pay As You Earn” program? Why aren’t you listening to the students protesting on Wall Street and all over the world about the crushing student debts they had to accrue because we can’t subsidize books like we do missiles? We may be the leaders of the world in many different aspects, but one thing is for certain — if we don’t begin investing in the citizens of our own nation, we won’t be getting anywhere fast.
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Romney is an uninformed candidate
itt Romney (among other Republican candidates) has made his position regarding “life start[ing] at conception” exceptionally clear. He says he would support overturning Roe v. Wade and giving states the power to decide whether to ban abortion. Something Romney failed to understand was the “life starts at conception” bills being pushed around Amanda the country would horner take away more than a woman’s right to choose. It can also criminalize women’s birth control. Here is the thing about hormonal forms of birth control: they do more than prevent conception. Eggs can be fertilized, and these types of birth control prevent implantation into the uterus. Therefore, they are not protected under the “life starts at conception” amendment. Should we expect Romney to fully understand how women’s birth control works? Yes
and no. It’s highly unlikely he has ever been prescribed ‘the pill’ from a doctor to tell him how it works. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting how he does not fully understand the amendment which he claims to support. Taking away women’s birth control — even indirectly — is simply horrifying. Romney might claim he supports contraception, but the movement he supports inherently does not. And the worst part is he does not even know it. This is more than just a minor error in his comprehension of biology. This has severe repercussions. Luckily for women everywhere, one young woman in Iowa took it upon herself to explain the process to him and Romney’s ignorance of his own position was brought to light. It even points out the fallacies in the “life starts at conception” prospect in general. Bringing in a bill like this could snowball, from its very own logic, into banning ‘the pill,’ the morning after pill or even investigating cases of miscarriages. “Life starts at conception” is far
too radical, and the invasion of privacy is unacceptable. Republicans who support these bills claim the bill will not go “too far,” but the only thing these bills do not directly or indirectly outlaw are condoms and the rhythm method, and these are not sufficient in preventing pregnancy. Most women use hormonal forms of birth control. Making sure these are protected becomes increasingly important as elections draw nearer. Romney seems to think the situation is much more cut-and-dry than it really is. So many factors contribute to “life starts at conception” making it terribly complicated — and a terrible idea. One can only hope he will better define his position soon, so voters can make an informed choice. Banning abortion is one issue, but banning hormonal birth control is another problem altogether and the consequences are even more problematic. He should probably take the advice from the young voter in Iowa and do some fact-checking on how contraception works.
Democratic candidates for District 1 visit campus
n Oct. 5 and Oct. 12, two Democratic candidates for Congress came to speak to the NAU Young Democrats. Wenona Benally Baldenegro and Ann Kirkpatrick both came to infrom students about their stances on issues. Baldenegro had a welcoming persona about her, yet her presentation to the Young Democrats was vague and general. She had natasha a normal, left-winged view of standing up for reeves the working people and civil rights. She is for environmental campaigns and the improvement of education. Baldenegro, during her appearance, talked a lot about her support of Occupy Wall Street, but she did not explain why she was so supportive of it and she didn’t explain what Occupy Wall Street was. Occupy Wall Street is a huge movement that
many people know of but she did not explain her stance very clearly and did not go in-depth about the movement. When Wenona was asked how she differs from the other candidate, she didn’t give much of a defense and her only separation was she refuses to take money from corporations to fund her campaign. She is hoping to be the first Native American from Arizona to be in Congress, but she has less experience in politics than her competition, Kirkpatrick. She did nonprofit work for Indian tribes involving healthcare, transportation and other community work. While Baldenegro’s intentions are good, she might not be the right person to send to Congress. Kirkpatrick came and spoke on Oct. 12. She related well to the students she spoke to. She talked about the struggle of student loans and ways that the government could help with that — as long as the right people are
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elected. Kirkpatrick talked about trying to increase all types of jobs: blue collar and white collar. She went into an array of different topics, including trying to get our vehicles off oil and onto something more efficient, such as electricity. Kirkpatrick talked about issues Baldenegro did not metnion, such as pulling the rest of our troops out of Iraq. Kirkpatrick went into topics about the environment and alternative energy resources such as solar power or wind power. She was open to what others suggested or had to say. Kirkpatrick has much more experience than her competitor and could possibly make for a better candidate. When Kirkpatrick spoke she went into more detail on topics and had a more confident, influential air about her that was more reassuring than her competitor. She has a hold on what she wants to do in office, and with her past experience she will have a better chance in Congress.
The Three Stooges of the GOP
he 2012 GOP primary season is right around the corner. Although it is only November, GOP hopefuls are punching and swinging at each other. Although these men are presidential candidates, they look more like rejects from Three Stooges shorts. Okay, so it’s not just three — but the point is made. Long-time presidential-hopeful Mitt Romney was the early leader, but fell off the wagon after Michelle Bachmann won Iowa and Rick Perry threw his name into the hat. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, has just about no chance of winning even if he was picked. It is for a very simple reason: He laid down the framework for Republican enemy number one, Shane “Obamacare.” He passed a universal healthcare Pogue bill which almost mirrors President Obama’s. Not to mention Romney is a chronic flip-flopper. Look no further than Ohio’s Senate Bill Five, which is a union stripping bill. Romney supported it, then he did not and now he supports it again. Romney may seem like the sanest of the bunch, but he is not the current leader. Herman Cain is currently leading in most polls across the country. Cain has already dug himself a hole with his Sim City-like “9-9-9” plan. This plan would create a flat tax rate, lowering taxes on the rich, while raising those on the poorest Americans. Not to mention he recently said, “Knowing all foreign policies isn’t that important.” Even better, Cain said he would sign a constitutional amendment banning abortion. What this Tea Party-backed candidate does not realize is the president would be a non-factor in adding a new amendment. The Tea Partiers are the ones who want a more constitutionally-based government, right? They are behind a man who does not get it. Amazing! After the former GoodFellas Pizza CEO, we have Bush 2.0 — correction: Rick Perry. Perry made news recently after meeting with birther Donald Trump. The Texas governor proceeded to then beat the dead horse called “Obama was not born in America” even after his birth certificate was released. He is another supporter of a flat tax, which would be another attack on the poor. Along with that, he he injects his religious views into his campaign. To take a step back for a minute, this is the same guy that led a prayer session in Houston just before he jumped into the GOP debate. There are other issues which all these men support, such as banning abortion. So, not only do they want to continue their class warfare, they will also add gender warfare too. The strangest attribute about these candidates is they are not focusing on Obama and his so-called failed economic plan. They are focusing more on ethical and personal agendas first. New Hampshire is right around the corner. With that, we can probably say good-bye to candidates like Bachmann and Ron Paul. Until then, we will be stuck hearing the same old argument from the GOP’s three stooges.
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Art without borders Local graffiti artist Ninety Nine takes his message to the streets
One of Ninety Nine’s stencil pieces makes a not-so-subtle statement about Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Photo courtesy Ninety Nine.) BY Naomi Thalenberg
ach night, after the sun has set to the west, the bare and vulnerable walls of Flagstaff become an infinite canvas for artists to make their marks. Some people plant flowers to enhance beauty in society, while others plant art to magnify color and attraction. Between the creases and rumples of sidewalks, alleys, bridges and tunnels, passersby may find a mysterious work of fresh art on a wall they haven’t noticed before. Despite street art’s ephemeral nature, the form has become a way for artists to express their opinions in endless locations around the world. Flagstaff’s anonymous street artist, who is identified by the name Ninety Nine, has been spray painting his work in different locations around town. From small paintings to large stencil pieces, Ninety Nine has been transforming unadorned walls into symbolic contextures which represent the counterculture of street art. Ninety Nine said he first began attempting street art see STREET ART page 14
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after reading a book about Banksy, a famous street artist whose satirical graffiti and stenciled paintings have received worldwide acclaim. “I went to San Francisco on a vacation and he [Banksy] had just been through that area so I got to see some of his pieces up,” Ninety Nine said. “I was just staring at them like ‘wow, that’s incredible’ and it looked so lifelike and was in an area where typically [art] wasn’t supposed to be.” Ninety Nine soon returned to Flagstaff, inspired by what he saw. Ninety Nine said he began thinking about the things that affected his day-to-day life, and the kind of messages he wanted to portray in society. His first piece, located on a small bridge over a wash off Ellery Avenue, was put up about six months ago. The painting is a black stenciled portrait of Sheriff Joe Arpaio with a gunshot wound in his forehead. Beneath it the words read “I shot the Sheriff,” which reflects Ninety Nine’s opinion on Sheriff Joe’s position in office. Ninety Nine experiments with the best of his conceptual ideas, which always have a poignant message. His creative expositions quickly evolved from a onelayer stencil to a colored sixlayer, six -foot zombie located in a tunnel beneath East Butler Avenue and East Huntington Drive. Ninety Nine has a few other pieces in the tunnel, including his newest, which is a painting of a little kid on a bike and a police officer writing a ticket. Above a sign reads “NO FUN” in large letters. Ninety Nine said he decides on prospective locations based on two factors — the type of people who are likely to pass through the area and the inconspicuousness of the location. “At this point I think it’s about what I can do to learn and get better without getting caught,” Ninety Nine said. “Ultimately it’s about where people are going to see it [the art work] and where the right people are going to see it. I’m not going to put something up on City Hall because no one’s going to give a damn . . . but putting it in a tunnel where people are walking and riding their bicycles, those are the people who have the time to
look at it, and I think those are the people who are going to appreciate it too.” Ninety Nine said he believes art should not be confined to a home or gallery, and it should be shown everywhere with specific intention and affect anyone in society who might stumble upon it. “I choose a wall where I feel like I’m going to add value and make it better,” Ninety Nine said, referring to his new project: painting electrical boxes around town. “The whole electric box deal, they’re ugly and they could be little pedestals of art. There is no reason for them not to be.” Ninety Nine renovated a plain electric box to look like a robot, one of his first electric box pieces on the corner of San Francisco and Butler. Street art has become a progressive movement in cities around the world, enabling artists to counteract mainstream culture and voice their opinions through art. Both local and visiting communities can become captured by imagery of an array of subjects from controversial matter to humorous pieces. Ninety Nine said he chose his name for many reasons; the most personal one is tied to his struggle to always reach absolute perfection. “I definitely strive for perfection,” Ninety Nine said. “If you are going for 100 percent, you’re always going to fall short . . . so I chose the name Ninety Nine because it’s the best I can realistically do. I am still doing as close to perfect as I can, [that way] I can move on to the next thing rather than constantly falling short.” His nickname can be linked symbolically to several socio-political movements, including the current Occupy Wall street protest slogan, “We are the 99 percent.” Street art has no borders. It is not obligated to price or fame. It exists for the sole purpose of being art. Ninety Nine said he will continue to exercise his freedom of speech through art, whether it lasts a day or a year. “I think Flagstaff deserves to have a little more art and a little more culture and be more than just the gateway to the Grand Canyon,” Ninety Nine said. “Art is something that’s very personal for everyone, so why not put it out there where everyone is?”
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By Angela Mccoy & bry karakey
Editor’s Note: This column is written in conjunction with NAU’s Student Education Team (SET). SET is a highly trained student organzation promoting healthy sexuality and healthy relationships.
am a ripe 20-year-old and I am having a problem with my sex drive. It is extremely low and I don’t know what to do. I just cannot get into sex. I’ve tried everything; I’m always dry, and I never feel horny. Any suggestions? Could birth control pills cause this?” –Apathetic Amy Unfortunately, and somewhat ironically, birth control pills do lower your sex drive. Who knew those little white pills could be like coal miners and put your goods on strike? Side effects reported by women on the pill are a lowered libido and fewer signs of sexual arousal, like a lack of vaginal lubrication. Talk to your gyno about the possibility of there being a relationship between the two and ask about a different pill or maybe an alternate form of contraception altogether. In addition to birth control, other forms of medication can put a damper on your sex life. If you recently started a new medication, talk to your doctor about side effects. Simply ask for something not related to arousal, and definitely make sure to talk to your doctor before dumping any pills. Regrettably, your condition may not be blamed solely on medications. A very common cause for a decrease in libido is fatigue. If you are stressed because of a hectic schedule, you understandably won’t be as interested in sex. With piles of homework and exams, the last thing on your mind is having sex. Adequate sleep and relaxation will really help calm your busy life and may assist in putting you in the mood — or at least in the bed, even if it’s just for much needed sleep. Meditation or yoga are always great relaxation methods and are shown to help increase sex drive. Talk about a
win-win: a firm butt with a newfound lust. On a more serious note, depression and anxiety can also really affect your sex drive. Take some time to think about how you’ve been feeling — not just about your frustration with your sexual energy — and assess those emotions. Consider all the things that have been distracting or upsetting and do your best to locate the source. The NAU Health and Learning website gives you a basic outline of how depression or anxiety can make you feel. And remember, NAU Counseling Services is a great resource on campus. Their information and appointment directions are located on the Health and Learning website. While taking an inner look at your life, Apathetic Amy, consider your relationships, both intimate and not. If there are stressors or conflicts in any relationship, they can bring your mood down and drag your sex drive down with it. If you and your partner are not happy with one another, getting hot and sweaty may not be the first thing on your to-do list. Happy relationships lead to a happy you, which leads to a happy sex life. But if those relationships are not very important to fix, let the conflict go. No need to waste your time being unhappy and unsatisfied. Lastly, remember you are not alone in this. Many people go through periods in their life in which they get horny by just a simple touch, while other times your arousal is about as nonexistent as the color of Steve Martin’s hair. Don’t focus on what your body isn’t doing because it could just make it worse. Don’t worry about the upcoming exam or term paper: Just focus strictly on the moment. The last thing your partner wants to feel is you disconnected from them as they are exploring your body. If it’s a little dry down there, don’t be afraid to try a little lube to relieve the problem. Everyone now and again has a few kinks in their chain, but it’s nothing a few drops of oil can’t fix. That’s all we have for today guys and gals but as always please send your questions to us at set. email@example.com or visit us on the SET facebook page. Until next time.
Senior middle blocker Katie Bailey (7) and junior setter Kelli Dallmann (5) make a block in their 3–2 vicotry against Sacramento State. (Photo by Sarah Hamilton)
Volleyball spikes Sac State BY Travis guy
ouble digits and program firsts were the themes of NAU volleyball’s five-set victory over Sacramento State University (13–12, 6–4 Big Sky). This was the first year in program history the Jacks beat the Hornets in Sacramento (Sept. 22) and went 2–0 against them in season play. “[We] just swept Sac State for the first time in school history,” said head coach Craig Choate. “You’re in the middle of the hunt. If that doesn’t get you motivated, then there’s not much coaches can do.” Eight Lumberjacks tallied double-digit stats. Junior outside hitters Lexi Sullivan and Lauren Campbell led the Jacks with 21 kills each, a career high for Campbell. Junior setter Kelli see VOLLEYBALL page 18
Men’s cross country members pose with the Big Sky Conference championship trophy for the fifth time in as many years in Pocatello, Idaho. (Photo courtesy of Megan Lobdell, Big Sky Media Relations)
Men claim top honors, women place third at Big Sky meet BY Amanda Bungartz
oth the NAU men’s and women’s cross country teams excelled at the Big Sky Conference Championship this past weekend in Pocatello, Idaho, and broke course, school and individual records. The men’s team won their fifth consecutive conference title, setting a new school record for the most conference wins in a row. Senior runner Diego Estrada domi-
nated the Centennial Course, taking top honors. This is the seventh year in a row the Big Sky Conference individual crown has gone to an NAU runner. At last year’s conference championship, Estrada took second behind fellow teammate David McNeill. Going into this year’s meet, Estrada’s main goal was to take home the hardware, and that is exactly what he did — placing first with a time of 24 minutes and 15 seconds, and breaking the couse record (set in 2002) by 40 seconds.
Even with his first-place finish, one of Estrada’s primary concerns was making sure all of his fellow runners finished just as strong. “Diego didn’t take over the lead until the final 2,000 meters,” said director of cross country and track and field Eric Heins, via NAU Athletics. “He was sitting back to try and bring along the rest of the teammates.” Go to NorthernArizonaNews.com for the complete conference championship recap.
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Football stings Hornets in onepoint victory BY Dani Tamscin
LEFT: Freshman chaser Cloie Bright looks to pass the quaffle to another Narwhal player. RIGHT: Chaser Greg Leininger watches as a shot goes up in the game between NAU and ASU. (Photos by Daniel Daw & Kevin Bertram)
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On Oct. 29, in front of an enthusiastic crowd, NAU made a definitive statement at the inaugural Quidditch Summit Showdown defeating No. 3 ranked ASU by winning two matches in the best-of-three series. The A-team split the first two games 50–20 and 10–40 and then concluded the tournament with a 110-10 blowout victory. The NAU B-team also came away victorious by winning 70–10 and 70–30, while only conceding one loss of 20–70. Eric Andres, a junior secondary English education major and captain/cofounder of the NAU Narwhal Quidditch Team, said he was very pleased with his squad’s performance. “I am really proud of my team today,” Andres said. “We played really well and they went above my expectations.” Coming into this past Saturday’s tournament, ASU was undefeated. Averaging only 52.2 points per game, ASU was ranked the toughest team to score against in the IQA, holding opponents to an average of 13.8 points per game. None of those defensive stats or titles mattered to the Narwhals. On Saturday, NAU averaged 66.6 points per game and enjoyed repeated scores by chasers senior
Lane Fujikado, senior Scott Nichols, freshman Cloie Bright, senior Amy Larson and Andres. The Narwhals put up more points on ASU in the final match then all their previous opponents combined. Freshmen seeker Porter Marsh recorded a snitch catch in both victories. The Narwhals utilized their speed and physical endurance to outlast a winded ASU squad, who struggled to adjust to the drastic shift in elevation. Andres believed Flagstaff’s high altitude played a key role in NAU’s success. “We’ve worked really, really hard to use the altitude to our advantage,” Andres said. “ASU just wasn’t at the same level at 7,000 feet that we were because I really worked the guys hard and it really paid off.” Kimmer Joseph O’Reilly, the ASU Quidditch coach, said while the high altitude did not directly contribute to the loss, his players noticed its impact. “We definitely need to work on endurance,” O’Reilly said. “I’m not going to say we lost because of it, but we definitely felt it.” After handily defeating one of the top teams in the nation, Andres said his team is focused on the future.
Go to NorthernArizonaNews.com for The Narwhals signal to the referee that they are ready to play. (Photo the full story on the Narwhals’ victory. by Garry Hart)
he NAU football team overcame the Sacramento State Hornets 27–26 at Hornet Stadium, which was their first victory at the venue since 2003. The win was NAU’s first since a 20–3 win over Idaho State on Sept. 24. For junior quarterback Cary Grossart, the win was even more special. Grossart grew up and went to high school near Sacramento and was excited to have family and friends at the game. “To leave my hometown with a win is great,” Grossart said, “It feels really good to win and it’s just really exciting to me and the rest of my teammates.” The Jacks (3-5, 2-4 Big Sky) got off to a rough start when Grossart’s first pass of the contest was intercepted by Sac State’s Kyle Monson, who ran it back for the game’s first touchdown. The Lumberjacks turned the game around when sophomore cornerback Anders Battle forced a fumble and junior safety Taylor Malenfant recovered it. Sophomore running back Zach Bauman scored NAU’s first touchdown of the game with a 44-yard run. Sac State started the second quarter with a touchdown pass from Garrett Safron to Sam McCowan to put the Hornets up. The Jacks pushed the ball up the field in 11 plays behind the legs of Bauman, setting up senior kicker Matt Myers’ 28-yard field goal. NAU scored on its next possession with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Grossart to senior receiver Khalil Paden. Grossart knows how much Bauman contributed to the win. “Zach just shows up and comes up big,” Grossart said, “It’s so great to just be able to hand the ball off to him and know he can get the yards. see FOOTBALL page 18
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Dallmann earned her 12th double-double of the season with 55 assists and 16 digs. “We’re going to go back to being aggressive,” Choate said. “Like we were before.” NAU put together two consecutive wins for the first time in just over a month, with the Hornets being on the receiving end both times. “We were passing great, setting great, the middles were drawing blocks,” Campbell said. “It was really a team effort.” NAU took the first frame with a score of 25–22 and won its first opening-set in the last seven matches. Both teams committed 10 errors through the stanza, with NAU hitting six service errors. The Jacks were led in the first by Sullivan’s four kills and 11 assists by Dallmann. The next three frames were decided by two points each, with Sac State taking the second, 27–25, and third, 25–23. The two squads tied 21 times through the two sets and saw 10 lead changes. The Jacks shot a .436 hitting percentage in the third, but the Hornets kept pace with a .434 hitting percentage. The Lumberjacks began the fourth set 5–1, but the Hornets battled back and neither team held a definitive lead until the final moments of the frame. A kill by Campbell spurred a 5–3 run for NAU, ending the fourth set 25–23. There were nine ties and seven lead changes in the frame. “It was really exciting,” Dallmann said. “It was good to see everyone work hard together.” With both squads even at two sets apiece, the ladies took to the court for the final stanza. NAU held Sacramento to a .000 hitting percentage, while averaging a .364 themselves. The Hornets could not keep up with the Jacks in the fifth, allowing NAU to go on a 6–2 run that they could not recover from. A block from first year outside hitter Taylor Stephens and freshman middle blocker Sydney Kemper gave NAU the match point. Sac State dropped the set 15–10, improving NAU’s home record to 6–2. from FOOTBALL page 17
We rode him to the victory; we really did. He did a great job and I’m really proud of him.” The Phoenix native churned out 246 yards on the ground — his second 200-yard game of the season — surpassing 2,000 rushing yards for his career. “It was all about trusting my O-Line and taking the holes when I saw them,” Bauman said, “I’ll be sore tomorrow, but we got the win, so I’m feeling great.” The special teams played a huge role in the Lumberjacks’ win. Senior defensive linemen Blayne Anderson and Dan Pela blocked two extra point attempts, making the difference in the one point game. “The blocked kicks were huge for us,” said head coach Jerome Souers.
Ice Jacks tame Bears in weekend sweep
UNC goaltender Brian Van Dyke slumps to his knees while sophomore forward Adam Surber celebrates his goal during NAU’s weekend sweep of the Bears. (Photo by Sarah Hamilton) BY Matt esaena
he Division II NAU Ice Jacks swept the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Bears, dropping UNC 12–3 on Oct. 28 and 7–5 in a comeback win on Oct. 29, pushing their win streak to five. The lack of an offensive rhythm and penalties late in the game doomed the Jacks to what players referred to as the “Saturday Night Flop,” when the team wins the first weekend game but stumbles the next evening. “I’ve seen the Saturday Night Flop happen too many times,” said senior forward Barett Buckowich. “We had to play hard in the third to make sure it wouldn’t happen again.” In the second match-up, NAU fell down 3–2 after two UNC goals 21 seconds apart. The Bears scored on a power play early in the third period to make the score 5–3, but the Jacks would not go down easily. With just over 13 minutes left in the third, sophomore forward Ryan Greenspan scored off a rebound, cutting the Bears’ lead to one. Greenspan was able to score his goal after
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senior defenseman Rob Brown made a diving stop at the blue line, keeping the puck in the zone. Sophomore forward Greg Park then took control of the puck and shot it, allowing Greenspan to pick up the loose rubber and fire it to the back of the net. The Jacks added to that momentum minutes later when junior forward Taylor Dustin tied the game with a short-handed goal. With less than five minutes left, freshman forward Michael Isbell stole the puck in the corner. The puck popped out in front of the net, where Buckowich scored the game-winner from his stomach as he was pushed down by a Bears defenseman. “You have to keep working hard in the corners and good things will happen,” Isbell said. The Jacks locker room was louder than ever after the game. “I’m getting too old to be a part of games that [end like] this,” said NAU hockey general manager A.J. Fairchild with a big smile on his face after the comeback was complete. “You should have been on the bench in the third period; it was electric. The boys were not go-
ing to give up and lose this game.” Greenspan added another goal with three minutes left in the game, ending the Bears hopes. Friday night, the Jacks dominated the Bears the entire game. Freshman defenseman Dillion Butenhoff and Greenspan scored two goals and tallied two assists to end the night with four points apiece. Sophomore forward Adam Surber scored his first goal of the season and sophomore goaltender James Korte continued his breakout season with 39 stops, reaching 193 saves for the season, keeping the Bears at bay. Buckowich feels the team is winning face-offs and breaking the puck out of the defensive zone much better these past couple games, leading to wins. “Good teams do all the little things right,” Buckowich said. Junior forward Zach Vachris and freshman forward Vinny Eck were ejected from Saturday’s game. Vachris received a one game suspension for fighting, while junior defenseman Justin Frechione still has one more game to serve on his three-game suspension.
Arts&Entertainment NEWGRASS REVOLUTION:
Q&A with Owl City
Greensky Bluegrass and beyond
BY HANNA RUBIN
wl City was formed in 2007 by singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Adam Young, who was creating songs in his parents’ basement. After rising in popularity via Myspace, Owl City has skyrocketed to worldwide fame. He is most well-known for the song “Fireflies” featured on his debut album Ocean Eyes. Since then, Young has continued to create songs full of imagination, hope and appreciation toward nature. Owl City performed last night at Ardrey Auditorium to promote its third album, All Things Bright and Beautiful. see OWL CITY page 22
Greensky Bluegrass — a “newgrass” progressive band — has been redefining bluegrass music. (Photo courtesy of Jamie VanBuhler)
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Adam Young of Owl City has come a long way from his parents’ basement. (Photo courtesy of Alexandra Comito)
luegrass has been around longer than whiskey. Well, almost: At least, the fiddle, banjo and harmonica have. Bluegrass music has been making people dance since the day the washtub bass and the homemade banjo intertwined, yet the genre is constantly evolving and remaining relevant. For many years, bluegrass was viewed as just a facet of country music, but through the growing popularity of music festivals, a progression of the once-limited genre is rising in to a progressive culture known as “newgrass.” Greensky Bluegrass is a prime example of the transformation of the bluegrass sound. The band, which is made up of four traditional bluegrass instruments — banjo, guitar, upright bass and mandolin — is a front-runner in changing the way people view the genre by playing at festivals such as Bumershoot, Bonnaroo and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Rolling Stone maga-
zine commented on Greensky Bluegrass’s lead in the culture saying, “The true spirit of the festival was most embodied by a group of upstarts from Michigan called Greensky Bluegrass.” “[Bluegrass] is becoming more popular with different people. Since we’ve been playing music, the whole music festival thing has grown a lot,” said Greensky Bluegrass band’s mandolin player, Paul Hoffman. “This whole eclectic thing of getting all types of music at one time has just sprung up within the last few years.” Much like the festival itself, Greensky is hardly strictly bluegrass, and yet, they are representing the genre for a whole new generation. “Newgrass” has formed through bands exploring all types of music and letting those inspire their music. “Since we’re really into other music, our sound isn’t bluegrass all the see NEWGRASS page 22
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drunken episode of dry humor, corruption and romance, The Rum Diary is a film for the patient and focused. While every scene is shot with inspirational intentions, there is a serious lack of content in which the film is attempting to commemorate the debut novel by Hunter S. Thompson. Set in Puerto Rico in the early 1960s, the movie tells a slow-going story about a journalist presented with a choice between ethics and wealth. In an attempt to get away from the chaos that was New York, Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) relocates to the rumsoaked island of Puerto Rico where he plans to pursue his career with a failing newspaper made up of a less-than-successful staff. Before long, Kemp meets a woman named Chenault (Amber Heard) and falls head-over-heels only to find out that she is the fiancée of an elite American entrepreneur named Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Sanderson’s character is mildly teasing and devilishly charming, though his devil-
ish intentions are clear from the very beginning. He attempts to influence and manipulate Kemp into using biased journalistic writing for his own financial benefit while he converts Puerto Rico into a paradise made for the wealthy. Kemp is asked to write favorably about Sanderson’s underhanded plans and is faced with either sellingout or providing justice. Through the film, Johnny Depp attempts to play the role of this naive journalist who continues to dig himself a deeper grave, growing more indebted to his antagonist. Unfortunately, Kemp comes off as more self-loathing and indifferent than intended, failing to portray the struggles and strife that the true story consisted of. The Rum Diary was an honest attempt to memorialize an important series of events, but tiptoes around the bigger issues, making the most memorable event in the film an LSD trip. There is a definite element of humor which provides reasonable entertainment, but the structure of the movie made it drag on without really focus-
ing on the primary conflict. While watching Johnny Depp flail around in his well-loved drunken act is amusing, the film seems to be trying too hard to keep the audience’s attention and instead does the opposite. Each scene seems to present the viewers with a new endeavor which never gets solved, and the ending is dissatisfying at best. This film has a beautiful concept but lacks an audience. It is in limbo, because it is not considered a family film and is still too formal for the fans of crude entertainment. All the movie has going for it is the noteworthy cinematography and the striking literary element where the dialogue and narration shine. Otherwise, there is a distinct apathy from the characters which ultimately rubs off on the viewer. The making of this movie was a difficult project and despite the apparent wholehearted attempt, it still falls short of its full potential. A film about journalistic ethics and big business corruption calls for more passion than was provided, and The Rum Diary was conclusively dull and diluted.
QuickFlick Footloose By MADDIE FRIEND
he story is the same, the characters are identical and the dancing is still rocking — but the current release of Footloose falls short of Kevin Bacon’s 1984 iconic piece. Once again, the story follows Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) as he adjusts to life in a small town which, following tragedy, banned public dancing for those under 18. Ariel Moore (Julianne Hough), daughter of Reverend Shaw Moore and Vi Moore (Dennis Quaid and Andie
MacDowell, both excellent as usual) and sister of deceased Bobby Shaw — whose death was a catalyst for the town’s strict rules — lies to her parents, disrespects herself, wears jeans so tight “if you stuck a quarter in her back pocket you could tell if it was heads or tails” and dreams about seeing her hometown in the rearview mirror. True to the original plot, Ren is immediately interested in Ariel, but hangs back in a gentlemanly fashion with new pal Willard (show-stealing Miles Teller). Ariel is otherwise engaged with her low-life, pot-smoking,
daytime-drinking, drag car-racing, nogood boyfriend Chuck (Patrick John Flueger). After some excellent dance numbers and a few moments in which I teared up, Ren manages to pull together a prom for the town’s seniors, and everyone dances again. If this was an original film, I would give it four out of five stars. The acting is convincing and the dancing is phenomenal. But face it: this is just another remake done by a Hollywood lacking creativity and original thought processes.
ccording to lead singer Chris Martin, Mylo Xyloto is a concept album telling the story of two people who fall in love in an oppressive, dystopian environment. While a fascinating concept, the bland lyrics make this concept album weak. “Charlie Brown” — which sadly has nothing to do with the Peanuts character — is only mildly entertaining musically and ultimately falls short in the lyrics department. The song begins with the words, “I stole a key / Took a car downtown where the lost boys meet / I took a car and took what they offered me” and from there, it doesn’t really get better. It is a little disappointing when you consider Coldplay’s older songs, such as “Viva la Vida,” a song about ruling the world, presented in the most grandiose musical way possible. Another track on the new album, “Princess of China,” features Rihanna, but unfortunately, like “Charlie Brown,” it suffers from weak lyrics lacking even a shred of originality. It starts out almost as vaguely as possible with “Once upon a time somebody ran / Somebody ran away saying ‘Fast as I can’” and then continues on with generic lyrics which could easily be found in any other cheesy love song. Mylo Xyloto is not a very strong album, especially in comparison to the band’s older work. Its weak lyrics doom the collection of songs to woeful mediocrity. Best Track: “Paradise”
Artist: Demi Lovato Album: Unbroken Genre: Pop
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he album kicks off with the single “Skyscraper,” an inspiring, epic ballad which both announces her return to musical relevance and proclaims her triumph over her personal demons. Much of the second half of Unbroken contains the soaring and melodious slow songs that Lovato has made famous. “Fix a Heart” and “Lightweight” display this beautifully; her vocals have a deep, soulful resonance which exemplifies her growth as a songwriter. The first four songs of Unbroken are truly baffling because they have an unusual hip-hop edge previously not heard in Lovato’s music. Songs like “Who’s That Boy” and “You’re My Only Shorty” featuring Dev and Iyaz have the club jam quality, but still fall short. Lovato just sounds awkward, like she is obviously trying to sound “grown” and independent. Listeners can hear the feeling and emotion which flows naturally from these songs. But, on the other hand, the cliché partying and clubbing stereotypes (which apparently all pop stars must follow) do not work for Lovato. Her life experiences have already shaped her into the atypical pop star — and that works for her. Best Tracks: “Skyscraper” and “Lightweight”
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The Lumberjack (LJ): I read in the beginning of your career, you were friendly and responsive to your fans. After worldwide fame has this changed in any way? How so? Owl City (OC): It hasn’t really changed — there may be a lot more fans than when I started, but I still appreciate every single one and interact with them all the time, online and on the road. It’s a gift that I don’t take for granted. LJ: Without social networks like Myspace, how do you think your music and others who were promoted by social networks would be received by the public? OC: It’s tough to say, but Myspace was such a huge factor early on. I never imagined anything happening with my music and [I thought] an actual career as an artist was so far out of reach, [so] I never really gave it much thought. But for whatever reason, a few early demos started resonating with people and suddenly record labels were calling me and everyone was interested in the project. It really is a dream-come-true for me. LJ: In your new album, you have written a few Christian-themed tracks. How do you incorporate your Christian faith into your music, while still creating songs that ranges of people can relate to or listen to easily? OC: I’ll be the first to admit: it’s a tough industry to make a stand in when it’s so easy for people to anonymously criticize the beliefs of the artist. I think there are a lot of right and wrong ways of making what you believe known to the world, but I think honesty is the key. From day one, I’ve made an effort to publicly state that Jesus Christ is the driving force behind my life and myself as an from NEWGRASS page 19
time,” Hoffman said. “I’ve had other people tell me they don’t like bluegrass, but they like us.” A strong example of this ongoing genre progression is the widely popular band Mumford and Sons. The group brings together a combination of bluegrass instruments and themes, but revolutionizes their sound. Because of their popularity, other bands such as Greensky Bluegrass are represented at all types of music festivals. Mumford and Sons and Greensky Bluegrass are alike because many people listen to both bands without relating them back to their base of bluegrass. “I’ve seen a change; [blue-
artist, and that in turn fuels the music I make and the way I write. LJ: What topics are your favorites to sing about? Why? OC: I enjoy writing largely from the imagination, and usually that produces rather abstract imagery. I find an endless amount of inspiration outside of my basement — in nature, particularly the ocean, and that’s mainly what fuels my motivation for creating art. There are so many things we don’t know regarding nature and many of its phenomena, and I enjoy thinking about the unknowns rather than what is entirely familiar to me. LJ: Have you been experimenting more with your style? How so? OC: I’m already knee-deep in the next album, working on new recordings and artwork. The music seems to be getting older and wiser and I like how an artist can only do what he/she does for so long until the result sounds nothing like anybody else except them. LJ: Who or what inspired you to start making music in your parent’s basement? OC: I knew I wanted to write music more than anything a few years ago when I worked in a warehouse loading trucks, not lifting with my knees, hurting my back, sweating like a sweaty water buffalo, learning new words from my nice co-workers, etc. The monotony of those jobs is the reason behind why the music itself is so optimistic and dreamy. Being “stuck” in the routine of loading trucks provided an endless amount of time to daydream, imagine and explore. I just love to create. It’s when I’m unable to fall asleep that I am most inspired to create. I started writing out of boredom and haven’t looked back since.
grass is] becoming more popular with different people,” Hoffman said. Hoffman explains this change in the way music is heard, seen and viewed is creating a whole new mainstream. This is the music one may not hear when scanning the radio, but will travel to see and work to download. This is the culture of bluegrass. “The festival thing makes a ton of sense,” Hoffman said. “It makes sense to sample it all in one place.” Hoffman says lately he has been listening to a lot of indie and rock music. Although bluegrass music is becoming more prominent and getting noticed at huge
festivals across the nation, the bands like to recognize their local roots. Greensky Bluegrass released a new album this month and will be starting their sixth annual tour this week in which they will travel from Colorado to Wisconsin, Oregon, California and everywhere in between. The band is coming to the Orpheum this Thursday, Nov. 3. “It’s a good show [and] everyone has a good time,” Hoffman says. “We do like to party, and sorry it’s a school night.” When asked if there is anything else the band wants Flagstaff to know, Hoffman answered, “Tell Flagstaff that we said shlowbo.”
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