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Issue 13, VOL 99 Nov. 23 - Nov. 30, 2011

Puppy Love And they’ll call it

See Page 4 for more RENT-A-PUPPY photos

Hailey Sherwood finishes preparing improvised mashed potatoes while Justin and Jessica Pryzby look on. Sherwood has been involved with the organization Food Not Bombs for several years. (Photo by Mary Willson)

(Photo by Garry Hart)

U.S. 180 residents discuss traffic options BY maria dicosola

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fter months of researching traffic on U.S. Highway 180, the Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization (FMPO) has narrowed their study down to 12 possible solutions for community members to vote on. Residents met Nov. 16 night to gather information and discuss the options presented.

FMPO Manager David Wessel, said now that they have an idea of the issues regarding the road, they can get the community’s opinion on their tentative solutions. “Tonight’s meeting is to provide an overview of the study,” Wessel said. “Look at the near-, mid- and long-term strategies. The first round of public input was to really get thoughts on some of the issues we face and how we might see HIGHWAY page 5

Food I Not Bombs makes the best baba ghanoush

BY justin regan

t’s 10 o’ clock in the morning on a cold and rainy Sunday. While most of Flagstaff is asleep and staying cozy, Hailey Sherwood is working hard in a cramped kitchen sorting through a box of mixed greens. While cutting fruits and vegetables, she has been trekking between

City mulls ban on texting while driving BY Delainey Noe

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he Flagstaff City Council is considering an ordinance to ban texting while driving a motor vehicle or bicycle. Jeff Bauman, traffic engineer for the city

of Flagstaff, said the council will be discussing the issue further in a meeting in January 2012. Studies have shown texting and driving is unsafe. In the ordinance see TEXTING page 4

Wheeler Park and the Green Room, finding hungry mouths. Since 2009, Sherwood has been a vital member of an organization that has been feeding the community with prepared meals that would have otherwise ended up rotting in a dumpster. The organization is known as Food Not Bombs, and they want to feed you. see FOOD page 9

Campus, PETA2 promote ‘meatless’ day BY BRee purdy

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ore than 3 percent of adults — about 7.3 million people — in the United States follow a vegetarian diet. Through a movement known as

“Meatless Mondays,” NAU students are attempting to make the campus more vegetarian-friendly for those seeking both a healthier lifestyle and meat-free food choices. see PETA2 page 3

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CommunitySpot Weekend4Cast Wednesday

Events Calendar

Thursday

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Saturday

Wild Wing Wednesday [11 a.m./ Granny’s Closet]

Holiday Lights Festival [3 p.m./Little America Hotel]

NAU International Film Series [7 p.m./ Liberal Arts Bld. Rm. 136]

Performance by Teeth of Turquoise [7 p.m./ Sundara Boutique]

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PoliceBeat Nov. 14 At 11 a.m., the staff at Reilly Hall reported finding drug paraphernalia. An officer was dispatched and a pipe was brought to NAUPD and placed in evidence and is pending destruction. At 2:54 p.m., a resident of Allen Hall reported an item stolen from his room. The theft occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 11. An officer was dispatched, and the theft is pending further investigation. At 4:13 p.m., a student reported locating her stolen bicycle at the Performing and Fine Arts building. An officer was dispatched. The bicycle was taken and placed into evidence, and the case is pending further investigation. At 8:12 p.m., University Safety Aides reported seeing several subjects climbing the Louie statue at the Skydome. An officer was dispatched, but the subjects had left the scene prior to officer arrival. No damage was

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done to the statue.

Nov. 15 At 1:52 a.m., a subject reported two intoxicated subjects walking in the area of Gillenwater Hall, yelling and being loud. An officer was dispatched. The subjects were field-interviewed and advised to move along. One subject was advised of trespassing on campus. At 2:15 a.m., an officer reported checking on an occupied vehicle in lot 62B. One subject was cited and released for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and use of marijuana. Another subject was cited and released for possession of drug paraphernalia. At 8:45 a.m., officers reported serving a search warrant on a room in Sechrist Hall as a follow up to a previous call. Evidence of cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms was recovered. The investigation is open pending further information see POLICE page 3

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Open Mic Night [9 p.m./ Mia’s Lounge]

Thurs day, Nov. 24

Performance by Al Foul [9 p.m./Mia’s Lounge]

Performance by Steve Reynolds [2 p.m./Lumberyard Brewing Co.] Bingo and Bubbles [8 p.m. /Wine Loft]

Monday, Nov. 28 Weekly Wine Tasting [6 p.m./ Wine Loft]

Weekend Picks Cold Turkey Party

Open Mic Night [7:30 p.m./ Sundara] Pool N Pong Night [8 p.m./Green Room] Karaoke Night [12 a.m. / Monte Vista Lounge]

International Folk Dancing [6:30 p.m./ Thorpe Park Adult Center] NAU Wind Symphony Concert [7:30 p.m. / Ardrey Memorial Auditorium]

(Friday@ 8 p.m.–Green Room) Local band Isrobel will be playing a free show.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Holiday Lights Festival

Friday, Nov. 25

(Saturday@ 8 p.m. –Little America Hotel) Celebrate Christmas with se. choirs, food and Santa Clau

Lowell Observatory Thanksgiving Celebration [9 a.m./Green Room] Max and Ruby’s Bunny Party [6:30 p.m. /Orpheum Theater] Cold Turkey Party [8 p.m./Green Room] BLUME [9 p.m. /Mia’s Lounge]

NAU Classic Film Series [ 7 p.m./ NAU Cline Library] Two Step Tuesdays [8 p.m./Green Room] Open Mic Night [ 8 p.m./Charley’s]

Performance by Old North State [10 p.m./Prochnow Auditorium]

Sunday, Nov. 27 Farmers’ Market [8 a.m./ City Hall] Food Not Bombs [12 p.m./ Green Room]

Karaoke Night [12 a.m./Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge]

Wedne sday, Nov. 30 PRISM Drag Show [8 p.m./Orpheum Theater] Ladies ‘80s [ 8 p.m./ Green Room] Open Mic Night [ 9 p.m./ Mia’s Lounge]


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At 12:56 p.m., the staff in the Ponderosa building reported a subject, who appeared to be a transient, sitting under a tree in front of the building. An officer was dispatched, but the subject was gone upon arrival. At 3:48 p.m., a subject reported their bicycle stolen from the bike rack at Babbitt Academic Annex. The theft occurred between Nov. 8 at 4 from PETA2 page 1

“Meatless Monday is a new thing we are trying to bring to the university by having a vegetarian section available every Monday,” Ana Lael, a NAU student said. “So, that way, if people want to go meatless, they have the option.” The movement is sponsored by a branch of the proanimal rights organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). This branch, known as “PETA2,” is aimed specifically toward students. Through the website— peta2.com—students have access to a range of materials assisting in making a school dining hall more vegan and vegetarian friendly. This includes petitions, sample menus and leaflets with information about the benefits of a meatless diet. “We hope to get a lot of delicious food, of course,” Lael said. “Vegan pizza, vegan ice cream or anything you can currently find in the dining hall. Anything can be made vegan and delicious. We hope to get a lot of those goodies here.” Sample meals include black bean enchiladas, vegan ravioli and soy chicken Parmesan. More than 35 universities nationwide have already be-

p.m. and Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. An officer was dispatched, but the investigation is closed with all leads exhausted. At 4:35 p.m., the staff at the Skydome reported that a subject on a scissor lift had been hit in the head by a football and was unconscious. Officers, the Flagstaff Fire Department, and Guardian Medical Transport (GMT) were dispatched. The subject was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center by GMT. gun participating in the movement — including Columbia, DePaul and the University of California Berkley. “More and more students across the country are deciding to go vegetarian for many reasons,” Lael said. “One of the main reasons is animal cruelty: Chickens have their beaks removed when they are only days old, male pigs are castrated and cows are de-horned without any type of painkillers. More students are trying to go vegetarian for these reasons, so we are trying to make it easier for them.” Lael said NAU wants to see more support for the movement before anything is made permanent. In order to do this, numerous students are working to gather more than 1,500 petition signatures requesting that the university offer only meatless dining options at least one day a week. To gain support, students and PETA2 representatives distributed free, vegan hot chocolate outside of the University Union on Nov. 17 in hopes of gaining petition signatures. “We had over a thousand signatures on the Meatless Monday petition, and we are hoping to continue to get the same response,” Lael said. “We’re hoping to get everyone

Nov. 16 At 10:20 a.m., a student reported that their debit card had been stolen from Wilson Hall, and had been used fraudulently. The incident occurred between Nov. 13 at 1:58 a.m., and Nov. 16 at 10:20 a.m. An officer was dispatched, and the investigation is open and pending further information.

See more Police Beat Entries From this past week at northernarizonanews.com really excited. We have a lot of people who want to go vegetarian, or are and want more options, so it’s been going really great.” To an extent, Meatless Monday has already been adopted on NAU campus, according to Catherine Sullivan, Campus Dining sustainability specialist . “We piloted Meatless Monday the Monday of Earth Week last spring semester, and received positive feedback to the event,” Sullivan said. “We have been participating in Meatless Mondays this fall semester since National Food Day in October, and plan to continue to do so. The campaign encourages individuals to limit their intake of meat for one day, for three meals. We enhance our vegetarian options at the Hot Spot, but do not limit the participation to only this location; at any of our 28 locations you can go meatless.” Though more than 1,500 signatures are necessary, Sullivan said the efforts are well worth the ecological benefits. “Environmentally, we save valuable resources like water and energy by going meatless, since it takes less energy and water to grow plants then to raise animals,” Sullivan said.

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InTheNews (Photo by Andrew Conte) from TEXTING page 1

presented to the the city, there were various statistics about the deadly combination. “According to a 2006 study by Nationwide Insurance, 19 percent of drivers use text messaging while at the wheel, while 37 percent of drivers age 18 to 27 text while driving, and each year, 21 percent of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone use, and this statistic is anticipated to grow by as much as 4 percent each year,” the ordinance said. Wesley Carr, a freshman mechanical engineering major, said he agrees the ban will reduce the amount of accidents in Flagstaff. “It makes sense,” Carr said. “Most countries in the world have that ban . . . I’ve texted while driving, and it is kind of hard to focus on two things at once.” Commission members said they think passing this ban will be beneficial to the safety and well-being of Flagstaff citizens. Julien Folstron, a sophomore philosophy major, said he does not think the ban will be effective after having witnessed others break the rule in cities in which a ban was already in place. “I don’t think it will solve any problems,” Folstron said. “They did this in California when I was there and it didn’t help at all. I mean . . . if [people still] wanted to send a text, they would send a text even if they do it just at a stop sign.”

Flagstaff woman plans to hike Appalachian Trail for charity BY Delainey Noe

TOP: Jasmine Barber-Winter plays with a puppy at the Rent-A-Puppy event that took place this past Thursday and Friday. BOTTOM: Summer Williams, an employee of the Coconino Humane Association, is shown holding one of the many puppies that were showcased at Rent-A-Puppy. (Photos by Holly Mandarich)

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or approximately 2,180 miles, the Appalachian Trail stretches from northern Georgia to central Maine—a greater distance than that between Atlanta and Flagstaff, where resident Tamera Martens hails from. Next March, Martens will set out to hike the Trail, not only to fulfill a dream, but also to benefit the Flagstaff Homeless Shelter. With nine days to go, Martens has raised $890 of the total $4,000 she needs for the trip. She said the money has been donated online, and some have pledged to donate a dollar for every mile that Martens hikes. Phoebe Paine, the president for the board overseeing Flagstaff Shelter Services, said Martens’ hike comes at a perfect time for the shelter, as they are in need of the extra donations to support the opening of their new building on the east side of the city. “It’s an incredible opportunity for her to realize a dream that she has been chasing for some time, and for her to do it as a fundraiser for the shel-

ter is so selfless and it is so needed by the shelter,” Paine said. Martens said she has always been fascinated with the Appalachian Trail since she was a child, and now that she has gotten older she wants to start doing the things that she has not gotten to do throughout her life. “I’ve realized that money is not important and having fancy things and all the things they tell us as we are growing up we are supposed to have,” Martens said. “None of that is all important. What is important to me is experiencing life and having good friends and good relationships with people. So, I just decided I would work on my ‘bucket list,’ and this is the first thing on it.” Paine said she is very thankful Martens thought of giving to the shelter. “Every penny donated is going to the shelter, so it really serves a dual purpose of pursuing her dream and being a major fundraising opportunity for the shelter,” Paine said. Martens, who currently works as a part-time behavioral health ther-

apist, said she has a lot of respect for the Flagstaff Homeless Shelter and deals with a lot of people who depend on this shelter for a place to stay. “Since I work in behavioral health, I want to send people somewhere they are going to be comfortable and Flag Shelter is the only shelter in town that’s non-denominational,” Martens said. “They will take you if you are mentally ill, they will take you if you have been drinking and they have a lot of services there. Unfortunately, they are only open October through April—just through the winter months—and our goal is, of course, so they can be open yearround.” After years of not doing all the things Martens had dreamed of, she is finally pursuing her goals and said many people have life dreams but never do them. “Anyone who is thinking of going off and doing some big thing, like going off hiking for 2,000 miles, absolutely go do it,” Martens said. “Don’t tell yourself all the millions of excuses.”


InTheNews from HIGHWAY page 1

address them. … The second round of input was voting on those strategies in terms of sense of priority, what we thought would work and an opportunity to comment.” Every participant was given a comment card to vote for their preferred solution. Michael Gorton, project manager at the architecture firm HDR, said while traffic along U.S. 180 is unavoidable, their goal is to mitigate the safety and time issues that come up during the busy winter season. “There’s no getting around the fact that on peak weekends, there’s going to be a lot of traffic,” Gorton said. “The real question we’ve tried to address is, ‘How do you manage that?’ ‘What are some solutions that we can implement that will move traffic through the corridor faster and reduce the duration of congestion?’ It’s been the biggest point of concern for the people living in the neighborhoods along the corridor. These three hour backups are just not acceptable.” The study leaders took a list of over 100 solutions and trimmed it down to 12 more developed ones. Strategies range from nearterm solutions—such as a traveler information system—to midterm ones including dispersed snow play sites, and the more long-term possibilities like a bypass route linking to I-40. Wessel said they want to look at the simple solutions before settling with a long-term

project. “The near-term strategies are really the low-hanging fruit,” Wessel said. “These are things that are simple to implement, that are lower cost, that could be implemented without a lot of coordination or planning, that have minimal impact on the community or the environment.” The meeting was made up almost entirely of people living in the 180 corridor. While the audience responded pleasantly to most of the near-term strategies, the large majority were advocates for both the bypass lane to be installed and for the Wing Mountain snow play area to be shut down. Ethan Blasius, a homeowner along the 180 corridor, said he would like to see the snow play area be shut down because of the massive amount of traffic buildup it causes. “I think for the near-term solution, they should close the snow play area,” Blasius said. “It is my understanding the Forest Service didn’t go through the proper procedure of impact before of that traffic, so I’d like to see what the Forest Service has to say about that.” In addition, Blasius said he hopes to one day see a bypass road cut to the I-40. “Long-term would be an alternate route,” Blasius said. “Granted, I don’t want to see another road go through Baderville, but I think that would probably be the best long-term solution.” Jimmy Nunn, a resident on U.S. 180 and a retired architect who was on a planning committee for Snowbowl, said the topic

of winter traffic has been in consideration since the creation of the ski resort. “I was a chairman on the Fort Valley Planning Committee, which was a committee that met for five years and did the master planning for the valley out there, and we talked about the traffic and the traffic congestion in those days, too,” Nunn said. “So, I’m familiar with the problem.” In fact, Nunn said some previous Snowbowl owners hoped to make the park even bigger than what it is today. “We’ve had so many different owners and each owner had different projections and dreams,” Nunn said. “Some of them—I remember doing plans years ago—of the ski area going clear up to the saddle of Agassiz and Humphreys, and chairlifts inside the Inner Basin.” However, he believes being located in a national forest puts limits on the resort size. “If we were in Colorado, that’s what would happen,” Nunn said. “But you got other problems when you get that many people and you’re not going to have that happen in the Coconino Forest.” Nunn said he believes it will take multiple strategies to thin the traffic along U.S. 180. “It’s going to take a combination of them,” Nunn said. “They only park 3,000 cars up at the ski area and when that’s full, people don’t like it very well when they drive all the way up there and there’s no place to park, and they have to turn around and go home. And all they wanted to do in the first place is go in and get that cup of coffee.”

Proposed Strategies for Traffic Mitigation on U.S. 180 Near-term:

Mid-term:

LONG-Term:

— Early Departure incentives — Traffic signal timing — Traffic signing plan — traveler information system

— Dispersed snow play sites — managed lane — transit SHUTTLES — U.s. 180 Winter recreation parking pass

— Alternate route to I-40 — cable propelled transit — intersection improvements — widen u.s. 180

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Editorial&Opinion Congress needs to focus on itself before trying to kill the Internet STAFF EDITORIAL

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etween being slightly less popular than herpes and declaring two tablespoons of tomato sauce on pizza a serving of vegetables, Congress has managed to find time to do its best to destroy the Internet as we know it. This may sound a little alarmist; unfortunately, it isn’t. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), or E-PARASITE Act, is another illadvised attempt by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA — remember them?) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to try to put an end to piracy. This time, however, it’s dangerous. Really dangerous. The act would require Internet service providers to block sites determined by the Department of Justice to be “enabling or facilitating” copyright infringement. It would also require U.S. advertising networks and companies like PayPal to stop doing business with any site accused of “enabling or facilitating.” Social networks like Twitter and Facebook could also be affected to the point of being completely shut down, because they would be held accountable for copyrighted work posted by users. Tumblr and Reddit, both venues for users to share content with each other, would most certainly be ended. YouTube, too, would have serious issues beyond the ones they already

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have trying to chase down and remove copyrighted content. Even Wikipedia, the savior of all procrastinating college students, would likely be targeted, as the Wikimedia Foundation’s mission runs counter to the intent of this bill. The nefarious 4Chan would be no more than a foul-tasting memory. Ultimately the site-blocking

tactic is a useless one. While domain names would be blocked, anyone with the website’s IP address would still be able to access the site. Find one day that the Eastern Europeanhosted file sharing site Demonoid. me is blocked? Type 62.149.24.67 into the address bar instead and you bypass the proposed blocking. Even a crippled Internet would be

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able to spread that sort of information around. Another major problem is SOPA could kill open-source projects across the Web. Open-source projects are those in which developers have made the source code for their projects available to the public. SOPA could feasibly target Mozilla, for example, which devel-

ops many open-source programs like their email client Thunderbird and the popular browser Firefox. Tech companies cried foul at the introduction of SOPA. While only Google attended a congressional hearing to testify against it, companies from AOL to Yahoo! to Facebook voiced their opposition to the bill. Oddly, one of the biggest supporters of this bill is the adult entertainment industry. Sites that stream pornography to users for free have been sued over and over again by the companies that produce it, but so far have been able to continue offering their services. This bill would quickly kill those sites. Regardless, SOPA acts like a censorship bill more than anything else. An accusation of piracy would be enough to have a website shut down. SOPA lacks a clear definition of the crimes it apparently tries to prevent. Administrators — from universities to corporations to Congress itself — seem to suffer from Jurassic Park syndrome. They are dinosaurs thrust into an environment they don’t understand, whether they refuse to or simply are incapable of it. Legislation like this, riddled with inherent misunderstanding or blatant ignorance of the way the Internet works, proves that. This war is over. It’s time for organizations like the RIAA, MPAA and even the pornography industry to adapt or die.

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Gun rights are not for felons

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ongress began allowing states to reinstate gun privileges to convicted felons in the early 1980s, which arose from pressure from the NRA. In recent years, more felons convicted of violent crimes have been regaining their gun privileges,  especially after the 2008 Supreme Court ruling that defended the Second Amendment by protecting an Amanda individual’s right horner to bear arms. An alarming number of them then go on to commit new crimes — an issue that has gone largely unnoticed. One disturbing case involves Erik Zettergran, a man from Washington state, who after drinking heavily one night killed a man caught cheating with his girlfriend. Zettergran had two felony convictions, as well as reports of mental

health problems and was described as “dangerous.” Due to a serious flaw on the part of the courts, his gun rights had been reinstated without so much as a hearing. Even under Washington State law, a judge must grant felons their gun rights back so long as certain “requirements” have been met. And sadly, this is hardly an isolated incident, especially when felons are given little to no review, even those convicted of first degree murder. Luckily, not all of the states are being so quick to give gun licenses back. Guidelines, however, are vague, and states often don’t have a waiting period after sentences are completed. This is really unsafe for the general public. If these people have committed violent crimes before, there is very little reassurance they won’t do it again —  and it is shown many do. This flaw in the legal system is absolutely detrimental and needs to be addressed.

Prior to the 1980s change in gun laws, a felon getting their gun rights back was a tedious process. It included an appeal directly to the federal firearms agency, and involved extensive background checks. In addition, any crime involving a firearm prohibited someone from ever getting gun privileges back at all. These are important public safety measures that the government should be more careful about. Courts might be clogged up, but it is nothing less than absolutely critical that they thoroughly investigate each petition for firearm reinstatement. To not do so is a public safety threat. We might have the “right to bear arms” but when a person commits a violent crime, those rights are taken away. If the courts cannot competently manage to reinstate gun privileges to violent felons, then federal legislation that prohibits it altogether is the best option.

Marijuana petition ignored by White House

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n online petition to legalize marijuana has been ignored by the White House. To have a proposal read by the White House there must be a total of 5,000 signatures; this petition has 75,000 signatures and has every right to be discussed and dealt with in a manner befitting its support. The petition is supposed to be dealt with in a Natasha 30-day period and is currently the numReeves ber one petition so far on the White House’s online petition site. The proposal asks, “Isn’t it time to legalize and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol? If not, please explain why you feel that the continued criminalization of cannabis will achieve the results in the future that it has never achieved in the past?” The proposal has a valid point: If alcohol is legal why shouldn’t other recreational substances be legal?

We should be able to have the freedom and responsibility to make our own choices. With or without the government’s “protection,” people still make healthy and unhealthy decisions for themselves. There have been studies within documentaries that show marijuana is less harmful than other substances that are legal such as alcohol or over-the-counter drugs. Some documentaries that show the truth about marijuana include the following: “Super High Me” with Doug Benson, directed by Michael Blieden; “Grass: The History of Marijuana” directed by Ron Mann; and “High: The True Tale of American Marijuana” by John Holowach. These documentaries show how marijuana is not a gateway drug and how it is less harmful than people think, and some of them give the full history on marijuana in America. If one doesn’t support the recreational use of marijuana there is always the case for using marijuana for medical reasons. There have been arguments that marijuana is

not good as a medicine because it is a substance people can smoke. Marijuana, however, can be ingested in other ways such as food or with a vaporizer. There are other substances in this world that are worse for a person than marijuana. Marijuana has appeared to be our nation’s scapegoat for a lot of other issues. For example, marijuana has been labeled as a gateway drug; this has been proved false time and time again. One should not blame marijuana for others getting involved in dangerous drugs such as meth and heroin. There have been plenty of cases where someone got involved in meth or cocaine without ever even touching marijuana. Marijuana could also be taxed and controlled if it were legal. One should not drive or go to work high just as one cannot do those things drunk. Pro-marijuana or not, the government still has an obligation to address the petition properly and not cast it aside like it was never submitted.

BadJacks denigrate dance to soft-core pornography

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ask my boyfriend not to watch porn. However, he couldn’t really help it when an event I took him to was full of gyrating hips, bursting corsets and stripping males and females. No, I wasn’t naïve enough to take him to a strip club or a burlesque show. This public display of moves and actions usually reserved for a private bedroom or a stripper pole was instead found at the NAU BadJacks’s semester showcase, thEmotions. Aimed at using dance to interpret the emotions humans experience and how they relate to movement, the performance was mostly an excuse for the male and female members of the BadJacks’s hip-hop team to wiggle around in fishnet stockings, thigh-high heels and booty shorts  not even Carmen Electra would wear in public. In the program for the event, the BadJacks Maddie included a disclaimer stating, “Warning: This perfriend formance involves some adult content due to the nature of the dancers, and the age level of said participants and the audience.” Interestingly, right above this was a snippet about concert etiquette, informing audience members to “. . . please refrain from ‘cat-calling’ . . .” This theater protocol seemed to be a moot point, because the hip-hop dancers reveled in the audience’s lewd comments and the majority of this performance was shamelessly catered to horny frat boys and disrespectful bros. The BadJacks seemed to care more about displaying their bodies than actually dancing. They used flashy costumes, whipping hair and sex appeal to make up for a lack of confidence in their abilities. Much of hip-hop culture is centered on degrading women and falsely building up “macho” men, and their performance fit this stereotype. They could have easily provided appropriate movement for a university setting, but decided to reduce dance to a grungy, dirty thing. Sadly, they did not seem to care and instead catered to their audience of flat-brimmed-cap wearing college males. After one particularly seedy piece, a family with two young daughters left the theater. I cannot blame them. I was embarrassed to have my 23-year-old boyfriend watch these girls waste their talent on turning tricks, so I can only imagine how parents must feel. Dance is meant to be a vibrant, active representation of things that cannot quite be put into words. The jazz section of the BadJacks did this beautifully, with excellent technique and unique choreography — their pieces were not at all smutty and were truly impressive and moving. However, the members of the BadJacks hip-hop team did not seem to care about skill. Most of their moves could have been performed by someone with little training and little selfrespect. The BadJacks are an official university-sponsored club, and as such, should better represent the values of an academic institution. Their performance was a slap in the face to any self-respecting dancer who knows not to rely on only sex appeal in order to make a show viable.

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“Food Not Bombs is a loose collection of volunteers who base their works along the belief that food is a right, not a privilege,” Sherwood says. According to the group’s pamphlet, the organization was started in Massachusetts in 1980. “If you think of it as buffet style there’s probably a good five family-style dishes we make every time,” says group member Jessica Pryzby. “We usually make a fruit salad; we’ll have vegetable dishes with all the different greens.” The meal today involves a kiwi-apple salad, mixed greens, mashed potatoes with fennel, breaded eggplant slices, steamed bok choy with spinach and peppers as well as bakery bread. Because the food they use is completely donated, the type of food can vary from week to week, which can lead to some improvising in the kitchen. “Last week we made baba ghanoush [eggplant dip] and normally you use lemon juice in it,” Pryzby says. “But we put grapefruit juice in because we had a grapefruit and it was the best baba ghanoush I’ve ever had.” Pryzby says almost all the food they use was destined to be thrown out—or was thrown out—before it was given to them. The source of all the fruits and vegetables is produce dispensaries such as New Frontiers. Food Not Bombs and other organizations get access to the produce that might have a bruise, been dropped or just might not look pretty enough to put on the shelves. “I was really shocked when I first started [with Food Not Bombs] that most of the food is completely fine,” Pryzby says. When there is a defect with a product, they just cut around the bad part and throw the rest of it in. While food distributors such as New Frontiers, CSA and Tortilla Lady have donated greatly to Food

Not Bombs, Sherwood feels liability and health codes have prevented further support from other companies. “As far as I’m concerned they seem pretty supportive,” Sherwood says. “Sometimes, though, I feel like that business ethic can get in the way and has probably stopped some donations, which is kind of unfortunate.” According to Sherwood, that is unfortunately why NAU Dining Services is unable to donate any of its food surplus to Food Not Bombs. “There was a time when people were thinking about giving us what the Union wouldn’t use anymore,” Sherwood says. “But they didn’t want to be liable for any health problems.” Food Not Bombs was founded on radically alternative principles, and this concept shows through how the organization is run in everything from the individual branch up to the international level. “Food Not Bombs has no primary leader; it’s just whoever’s consistent, whoever shows up,” Sherwood says. “We try to promote autonomy as often as we can. A do-it-yourself, to try to give the opportunity to everyone.” This has made it necessary for the organizers to adapt to a floating kitchen of sorts — cooking in a variety of places based on availability. They go to Wheeler Park near downtown to serve every Sunday at noon — and they never miss a serving. With the approaching winter Food Not Bombs has relocated to the Green Room, where the owner has agreed to house them. Still, the fact remains volunteers have been slim for a while. “We haven’t had the volunteers to pick up all the donations every week,” Sherwood says. “If [people] want to get involved, just come every Sunday to this kitchen [in the Green Room].” As long as you do something, Sherwood says, “The community is what’s going to be there in the end.”

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t was famous American pop artist Andy Warhol who once said, “Buying is more American than thinking, and I’m as American as they come.” While he might have said this (somewhat) in jest, he makes a very poignant, very real point. Think about it. In September 2001, following the attacks on the World Trade Center, President Bush, rather than stress that we grieve, pray or hope, suggested instead that we shop. America is essentially a nation built on consumerism, and, as Americans, our identities are based on the things we buy. The ramifications of our incessant spending are worth looking at. Junior environmental studies major Kiersten Wilber illustrates this point: “When Apple wants us to buy the new version of the iPhone, we buy it and we think that’ll make us happy. We use it, we have fun with it and then they come out with a new version.” It’s a vicious cycle, indeed. Freshman journalism major Claire Calvet owns an iPhone, a Mac laptop and has owned four iPods. “Well, I feel like once something new comes out, everyone wants to go get it,” Calvet said. Certainly she is not alone in her desire to have “the most fancy gizmo out there.” Corporations such as Apple are aware of this cycle. In fact, it has a name: planned obsolescence. According to The Economist, “Planned obsolescence is a business strategy in which the obsolescence (the process of becoming obsolete—that is, unfashionable or no longer usable) of a product is planned and built into it from its conception. In the future, the consumer feels a need to purchase new products and services that the manufacturer brings out as replacements for the old ones.” In 1950s America, designers from companies across the country discovered planned obsolescence and

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Sears jewelrycameras clothes laptops sunglasses cars candy ConsumeiPad shoes With Thanksgiving SUV— Walmart comes Black Friday Apple flip flops More batteries but which one actually Sell toys iPhone makes us happy? more Buy XBOX since then have been depleting our resources. By consuming and disposing and consuming and disposing again, are we gaining anything? Not really. This linear system of consumption may grow our national economy for a while, but clearly it does an utter disservice to our planet. And what about our happiness? According to a study conducted on global well-being in 2008, Denmark is the happiest nation on the planet. The United States—the richest nation in the world—did not make the top ten on the list. In fact, we ranked 16 out of 97 nations. Israel, amidst a devastating conflict with Palestine and a significantly smaller economy than America, ranked eighth in overall happiness. Economics professor Emmanuel Saez of the University of California, Berkeley asserts that, even when adjusted for inflation, Americans’ average income has been steadily climbing for decades. Even still, happiness rates are declining. The National Institute of Mental Health reports 18 percent of American adults have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders this year, and a staggering 23 percent are considered severe cases. The institute also reports seven percent of American adults have been diagnosed with major depression disorder. Of these people, 30 percent are classified as severe cases. Quite simply, richer people, stronger economies, more stuff­­—none of it seems to increase long-term happiness. A study conducted in 2010 found meaningful conversation is one contributor to happiness. Feeling connected to others makes us happy. Helping others makes us happy. Having a sense of purpose makes us happy. Shopping does not. So, this holiday season why not consider making ourselves happy instead of making corporations happy? Let’s spend time with the ones we love instead of spending money on them.

By angela mccoy & Derek Schroeder

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

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hear a lot of talk about foods that make you horny. Is there a known aphrodisiac that really works?” -Hungry Hippo Named after the Greek goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty and fertility, aphrodisiacs have been talked about far and wide for centuries and have become more cultural myth than fact. However, people are still pulled in by the allure of a food potent enough to cause immediate arousal. These foods are believed to stimulate sexual desire and arousals, enhance sex drive and performance and extend your sexual energy. People around the world have tried foods, beverages, drugs and chemicals in hopes of finding that natural Viagra. But the big wigs at the FDA say there are no aphrodisiacs proven to pinch your buns better than plain old fatal attraction. Let’s look at a few ingredients and foods rumored to put the zest back in your sex life. Modern aphrodisiacs include clams, oysters—which switch genders in their lifetime and are rumored to enhance gender understanding—and other seafood due to their resemblance to sexual organs. Their high zinc content also stimulates the production of testosterone. Bananas cue that visual recognition as well and their lush, creamy texture makes for enticing foreplay. Chocolate is claimed to be such a potent aphrodisiac it was banned from some monas-

teries. Typically any spicy foods that make your heart beat faster will make your leg twitch as well. If you’re into something a little less conventional, try raw bull testicles (seriously) or ground rhinoceros horn, which is allegedly where the term “horny” comes from. All of these are safe to experiment with and test on your own but don’t be tempted to overindulge if they don’t work out. Nothing is worse than sitting on the sidelines after a tummy ache from too many Rocky Mountain oysters. There are certain drugs that can be used as aphrodisiacs. Alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and barbiturates, just to name a few, are often used as social lubricants. However, with long term or abusive use, they can permanently damage sexual response, and we encourage everyone to avoid this route. Stay sober for every sexual encounter — not only will it enhance the experience, but it also decreases the chance for sexual assault. Plus, in Arizona, no one under the influence of any drug or alcohol can legally give consent. Stick to milk and honey and everything will be peachy keen. Regardless of whether aphrodisiacs really work, the power of your brain is the key here. The power of suggestion, psychology and emotions are more powerful than any of these substances. If you believe munching oysters and bananas will make your heart pitter-patter for your loveless romance, you may need to reconsider your options. But if the heat is there, a plate of seafood and succulent fondue can take your romance to the next level. But of course spiffy clean sheets, a few lit candles and a turned-on partner can do the same thing. And it doesn’t include eating bull testicles. That’s all we have for you this week, readers. Keep sending us your questions (set.nau@gmail. com) and we’ll keep making your mouth water.

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Life

Home C o o Shelter progra ked m manager o up p about holiday s, clients

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Homeless for the Holidays Dwayne considers himself an “occasional resident” of the Flagstaff Shelter Services on Phoenix Avenue. According to Tom Isakson, despite the operating shelters, at least 25 people are left on the streets of Flagstaff every night. Isakson also said most estimates claim one out of every 100 Americans will experience homelessness this year. (Photos by Andrew Conte)

he holiday season is a time of giving thanks and having plenty for many, but what about those less fortunate? Many are without adequate housing and turn to non-profit organizations for assistance and community.  One such location is a shelter run by Flagstaff Shelter Services. The shelter, located at 216 W. Phoenix Ave. is for men only, because there are two other shelters in town for women and families. Tom Isakson, program manager for the shelter, said a holiday dinner has already been planned for the residents. “[The Flagstaff] Family Food Center provides our dinner[s] 365 days a year,” Isakson said. “They send us awesome meals and they’ll be providing a Thanksgiving dinner for our guys. Donors are calling to supplement that to send some extra desserts or to send a turkey meal maybe on the weekend to make it seem more like a holiday.” Isakson also said generating a holiday mood at the shelter is a part of what they do, although they need to be careful how they do it. “Thanksgiving and Christmas really need to be handled with sensitivity here,” Isakson said. “Out of all the holidays, those holidays are strongly associated with home and family, and these men have lost their homes. They’re often estranged from their family and the memories that should be warm are painful. So we have to create new family right here.” While Isakson thinks creating the mood is a sensitive process, he also said he is confident in his staff ’s ability to create such an atmosphere. “The staff are good about doing things with the clients to lighten the mood,” Isakson

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said. “This week we had a poetry slam. Clients and staff were reading poems that were written by others that they just liked, or they were actually just reading their own material. That kind of interaction just makes a more positive feel around here, so I expect we’ll do something at Thanksgiving where we’ll talk about what we’re grateful for and relive memories. We’ll find a way to keep the mood light and celebratory.” Josh Albers, a homeless advocate who works at the shelter, said it can be heartbreaking when people don’t try to improve. “It is [difficult] to see some people not try to get out of homelessness, that’s the only part I don’t like about this job,” Albers said. “I love helping people; I help them with résumés and we search for jobs. It’s really hard seeing people not want to do anything.” Albers also said you see all sorts of men at the shelter. “You definitely get the whole spectrum, from people who are getting back on their feet to people who have nothing at all,” Albers said. One of the aspects of the shelter Isakson is most proud of is the transitional program. “The transitional programs are for those men who are willing to work a path towards self-sufficiency,” Isakson said. “[For] those in that group, we do have some guys who have some skills [and] who could be seeking work. [Many] are seeking work and hopefully will be employed soon.” Isakson said one of the reasons the transitional program is so busy is increased volume due to hard economic times. “There’s a base of clients who end up homeless because of untreated substance abuse, untreated mental illness, physical injuries or illnesses [and] poor education,” Isakson said. “But with a downturn economy, we start

to serve people who have more skills; who could have found jobs in a better economy.” Isakson said while the shelter can usually handle 40 beds a night, when the weather gets cold enough, a Code Blue is declared and an additional eight beds are made available. “I hear that a lot of the impetus around starting this shelter was local citizens noticing that homeless people were dying in the cold,” Isakson said. “And we’ve had two or three in the past 12 months. One man died on the [Flagstaff] Urban Trail System one week before this shelter opened.” Despite dealing with people in difficult circumstances on a daily basis, Isakson said he finds his work fulfilling. “There’s so much that’s rewarding about it,” Isakson said. “It’s very satisfying when you have a role in helping people change their lives for the better and overcome problems that are bigger than any I’ve ever had in my life. That courage that you see in these clients is just amazing. And that we can hold the ladder for them, that’s the metaphor that I live by, I just hold the ladder for people.” Heather Swartz, office manager at the shelter said that she has recently noticed a shift in how often people are coming to the shelter. “In years past we would have people come in for one or two nights a week and what I saw is that we consistently had the same men here every single night of the month of October while we were open,” Swartz said. “So I think that it’s not so much that we’re seeing new people every night but we’re seeing new people that are going to be here for a while.” Isakson said it is important for him and his staff to remember what purpose they serve in the shelter. “Our role as staff is to be the middleman of other people’s generosity.”


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SportsReport Men’s hoops trounces Arizona Christian

Adras stresses team effort for Jacks success BY Torey Ziska

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LEFT: Sophomore forward Max Jacobsen jumps for a rebound in Friday’s game against ACU RIGHT: Sophomore guard Luis Flores tries to evade ACU defenders in the 103-42 victory. (Photos by Hailey Golich)

ollowing a road trip in which the NAU men’s basketball lost all three games, the Lumberjacks returned home and responded by trouncing the Arizona Christian (ACU) Firestorm 103–42, marking their first victory of the 2011–12 season. “I saw some guys step up and make plays that we need them to make,” said head coach Mike Adras. “I think we looked more comfortable in our execution of what we wanted to do offensively and defensively. I think we took steps in the right direction.” The Jacks were hot early, jumping out to a 21–7 lead with eight different players scoring, including 3–pointers from freshman guard James Douglas, sophomore guard Luis Flores and sophomore guard Michael Dunn. That lead ballooned to as much as 23 points after another trey from Flores, before finally reaching a 47–20 advantage at the break.

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he Jacks rolled to a 103–42 victory Friday night over the Arizona Christian Firestorm. The game marked the first official win for the Jacks since the graduation of star player Cameron Jones. Replacing a player like Jones can be a daunting task, which is why Lumberjack head coach Mike Adras thinks balanced scoring will be vital to the success of his team this season. “Having balance is really going to be key for us this year,” said Adras. “I’d much rather have five or six guys score in double figures than just one or two that score maybe 20.” The Jacks had 10 different players score, half of which scored at least 11 points. Freshman guard James Douglas led the team with 18 points on 7–15 shooting, including 4–9 from behind the three-point line. “I felt really good out there tonight,” Douglas said. “My teammates were able to get me the ball when I was open. Especially Stallon [Saldivar]; he had like nine assists tonight and really got everyone involved.” Saldivar recorded nine assists and scored a career-high 17 points, coming up one assist short of his first career double-double. Saldivar had a good laugh at his teammates’ expense after the game, saying that he would have had “at least 20” assists if his teammates could make layups. “Stallon scoring 17 wasn’t something I expected,” said Adras. “But I’ll take it.” Replacing Jones—as well as junior guard Gabe Rogers, who will likely miss an extended period of time with an injured shoulder—is something the entire team will have to be able to do, rather than an individual effort. This game proved the Jacks were capable of the replacement; five players scored in double

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SportsReport

Lumberjacks downed on senior day, allow 21 unanswered points BY Brett Murdock

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Junior quarterback Cary Grossart drops back for a pass during the Lumberjacks final game of the 2011 season, a 27–24 loss to the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah. NAU football ended the season with a 4–7 record. (Photo by Sarah Hamilton)

oming off a disappointing finish against Weber State, the NAU football team was not able to rebound against the Southern Utah (SUU) Thunderbirds, falling to the future Big Sky Conference member 27–24 in front of 4,398 people at the Walkup Skydome. NAU finished the year 4–7 while SUU ended at 6–5. “That was a great college football game, but disappointing from our side of it,” said head coach Jerome Souers. “But, we credit our opponent at the same time.” Junior quarterback Cary Grossart was not at his best for most of the game, finishing 21-of-33 for 187 yards and one touchdown. His top target on the afternoon was senior receiver Khalil Paden, who caught nine passes for 55 yards. The Jacks once again relied heavily on sophomore running back Zach Bauman, because he ran for 157 yards on 19 carries, scoring two touchdowns in the process. Bauman missed out on a third score when he coughed up the pigskin near the goal line. His performance placed him in third on the school’s all-time single season rushing list. NAU jumped out to a two touchdown lead behind the legs of Bauman, who had scoring runs of 20 and 64 yards to pace his team in the early going. The 64-yard run was perhaps his best run of the season as the Chandler native stiff-armed, spun and broke seven tackles on his way to paydirt. SUU finally got on the board to start the second half with a 23-yard field goal before NAU regained their 14-point advantage with a 23-yard boot of their own from senior kicker Matt Myers. see FOOTBALL page 17

Baseball returns to NAU after one-year hiatus BY Torey Ziska

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AU fields 12 NCAA teams in 10 different sports and has over 20 club sports teams that range from archery to Quidditch. This year, however, you can add a more traditional sport to that list: baseball. Often referred to as America’s pastime, baseball has returned to NAU after a one-year hiatus. According to sophomore club president Austin Daugherty, there simply was not enough funding last season to field a team. “I’m not entirely sure why there was a lack of funding,” Daugherty said. “I have heard mixed stories.” This year, however, is a completely different story. The team applied for, and received, an organization allocation from ASNAU. They granted the

team $2,200, which will pay solely for the league fees required by the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA). Daugherty said he was grateful for the money but would not be upset if they were able to get a little more. “I would ask for about another $1,200,” Daugherty said. “That would pay for field use, cage time and possible tournaments.” Currently the Jacks are trying to get into a tournament in January, but that too will depend on funding. So far, not counting the $2,200 the team received from the ASNAU, the team has raised over $660 from selling hats and shirts. This money will be used for team apparel, such as jerseys and bat bags. Any money left over, as well as additional money raised in the future, will go toward tournaments. One thing the team would like to do

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if they had the money would be to hire someone to coach the team. Hiring even just a single coach can cost thousands of dollars, something the team just doesn’t have at this point in time. However, Johnny Dio, an assistant coach for the Flagstaff High School (FHS) baseball team, has agreed to help out as much as he can. According to Dio, baseball has been a part of his life since he was just four years old. He played through high school and was even recruited to play at the college level by South Carolina, but a shoulder injury prevented him from following that dream. Dio said he is thrilled to be able to help out with the NAU club team, in addition to his duties as an assistant for FHS. “Baseball is a huge passion of mine,” Dio said. “Really looking forward to the opportunity to coach at the collegiate level.”

Senior Joe Blumberg, sophomore Ryan Washburn, sophomore Austin Daugherty, junior Zach Odom and sophomore Mike Britton are part of the NAU baseball club. (Photo by Daniel Daw) Go to NorthernArizonaNews.com to read the full profile of the baseball club. Baseball’s season starts in March, with their home opener in April against ASU. The Jacks dropped scrimmages to the Sun Devils recently.


SportsReport from BASKETBALL page 14

digits against the Firestorm, two more than in any of their first three games of the season. “We finally were able to accomplish what we wanted,” said lone senior on team, Durrell Norman. “We came out intense and got contributions from everyone.” In addition to Douglas’s 18 points and Saldivar’s nine assists, the Jacks added 11 points and 12 boards from Norman, 13 points from junior guard Michael Dunn, 11 points and six rebounds from junior forward Ephraim Ekanem and 25 combined points from freshmen Gaellen Bewernick and Danny Cheek and sophomore Luis Flores. Through their first four games, the Jacks have had three different players (all freshmen) lead in scoring (Douglas twice, Cheek once and guard Colin Gruber once).

NAU ACU 103 42 Junior forward Ephraim Ekanem rises above two ACU defenders. (Photos by Hailey Golich)

Lumberjacks volleyball drops senior night match to Bears BY Brett Murdock

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AU volleyball started the season with one of the best records in the nation and set a school record of 12 consecutive wins. The Lumberjacks followed that up with a pair of losing streaks to end the season on a disappointing note. With the chance to get to the Big Sky volleyball tournament out of reach, the Jacks (15–10, 6–10 Big Sky) entered their last match against the regular season Big Sky Champions, the Northern Colorado (UNC) Bears (20–8, 13–3 BSC), and lost 3–1. Saturday’s performance against UNC was dedicated to the senior class: middle blocker Katie Bailey and outside hitters Kobi Christensen and Samantha Hodgkins. Christensen and Hodgkins were unable to perform in the last game of their career because of injury, but supported Bailey from the bench, who recorded nine kills in the final game. “I have mixed emotions,” said Bailey. “I have been playing volleyball year-round for the last nine years and not having it is definitely going to be hard, and I will miss it. I am looking forward to starting this new chapter of my life and being able to try some new things.” Christensen, who was injured for the second half of the season, tallied 146 kills on the season, ranking No. 5 on the team for total kills. “An injury put an end to my career here at NAU,” Christensen said. “I have mixed emotions from Saturday because this was my very last time I put on that NAU jersey. Not being able to play and represent my school one last time was very difficult. But, I know I have worked hard, as hard as I could, and did all that I could do.” Hodgkins, a Phoenix native, saw action in 24 matches during her career, but did not get the opportunity to suit up this season because she was recovering from a shoulder surgery she had this past year.

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The Thunderbirds notched their first touchdown off a 27-yard completion from quarterback Brad Sorensen to receiver Jared Ursua, trimming the Jacks’ lead to 17–10 heading into halftime. SUU knotted up the contest at 17 when running back Henna Brown pounded his way from a yard out capping a four play, 35-yard drive after a big punt return set the Thunderbirds up in tremendous field position. The tie

lasted until early in the fourth quarter when SUU tight end Aiono Abbel eluded the NAU defense for a 60-yard touchdown reception, putting the Thunderbirds up 24–17. Another Cook field goal extended their advantage to 10 points with under seven minutes remaining. SUU scored 24 unanswered points after falling behind by 14, making some changes to their offensive scheme to counter NAU’s defensive tendencies. “They ended doing a lot more boots and plays we hadn’t seen before on game film,” said

Hodgkins has no regrets about her career at NAU and looks forward to the future. “These past 4 years have flown by so quickly and the emotions are definitely bittersweet,” Hodgkins said. “[I am] sad that I had two shoulder surgeries which took 23 months out of the almost 48 months I have been here at NAU, which hindered me from playing. On the other hand, I am happy because I am ready to finish my college degree and become that Special Education teacher that I have always dreamed of being.” The Bears started the match strong, winning the first set 25–20. The Lumberjacks took the second stanza 25–17, battling the champs and averaging a .375 hitting percentage. The third frame was the Bears’ best, defeating the Lumberjacks 25–19 and totaling 17 kills. The Jacks held a lead through the final set, but a Bears 7–0 run ended the set 25–19, and the match 3–1. Junior libero Anna Gott notched 30 digs against the Bears and moved to second alltime in career digs at NAU with 1,305. Gott ended the season with 465 total digs and is 245 digs away from the top spot, currently held by Chelsea Robb.

TOP: Junior Jen Wilson and freshman Sydney Kemper rise for the block. ABOVE: NAU rallies during their defeat against Northern Colorado 3–1. (Photos by Sarah Hamilton)

senior defensive lineman Dan Pela. “There were a few execution issues and they would blow a big play all of a sudden on us.” There was some fight left in the Lumberjacks as Grossart found a rhythm late, leading a drive and completing seven passes along the way to four different receivers. The junior found sophomore receiver Ify Umodu in the back of the end zone, threading the needle between three SUU defenders on the 11-yard strike, cutting the lead to three with 3:01 remaining. After stopping SUU on consecutive pow-

er run plays and using two timeouts, NAU then gave up a 29-yard completion, which essentially put the game away. “You look at how close we’ve been in a lot of these games [and] it’s disappointing,” Grossart said. “Going into the offseason, we’re close. We’re right there.” The Jacks will graduate 17 seniors, including most of the offensive and defensive lines, who have most likely played their final game. Key losses will be Paden, linebacker Scott McKeever and kicker Matt Myers.

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“They crammed a lot more shows into a lot so instead of them be less time kaleidoscope of hu ing able to get our lig man emotions was hting done the ni ght before, they had on display Saturday night at th to do a little bit at lik e NAU BadJacks sh e midnight last ow thEmo- night and the rest this mor tions, a performance ning,” Gruchala said. de dic ated toward channe of raw human feelings us “So instead ge tti ng to start tech at 8 a.m ling into the art of dance. . like we usually do, we to start at 1 p.m., so Sharin Gruchala, a had it took a lot of time senior exercise scien out of what we’re the current president ce major and used to having and put a lot more stress on of the BadJacks, said the dancers, but time constraints everyone seemed to surrounding the on handle it very well.” going construction of Ardrey Auditorium cut their typica l technical preparatio n time down drastically. see BADJACKS page 22

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The BadJacks perform “Lust” (above) and “Nightmare” (below). (Photos by Daniel Daw)

fter a long week of work and school, sometimes you have to let loose and just dance. Whether it is the jitterbug or the boogie, the tango or the salsa, every week, dance lessons are taught at a variety of venues around town including Sundara Boutique, Mad Italian Club, Museum Club and Galaxy Diner. The NAU Swing and Latin Dance Clubs offer a variety of lessons and open dance sessions for an array of dances including swing, samba, cha-cha-cha, merengue, cumbia, waltz, tango, fox trot and more. Humanity has been using the dance floor as a tool of expression and a form of meeting people since biblical times. Today, ballroom dance is a growing sector of the arts that has manifested into a significant cultural practice in societies around the globe. Cory Lewin, an NAU Latin Dance Club board member and teacher, said learning to communicate through dance and experiencing different dance etiquettes are key lessons when it comes to dance culture. “As we all know, and as we all learn in psychology classes, much of communication is non-verbal,” Lewin said. “With dance, you don’t have to say anything; you don’t have to say any magic. All you have to do is practice and work hard and you find that your ability and your confidence go up because your ability to communicate without words is strengthened so much.” Lewin was first introduced to ballroom dancing three years ago after a friend suggested a ballroom class where he learned 15 different types of partner dances and shortly fell in love with the atmosphere. Since then, Lewin said he has prospered from the cultural and traditional values ballroom dance has provided him with. “You’re meeting people from all over the world, and these people are inspirational,” Lewin said. “[Partner dance] is like a different language, the countries and the traditions are all different, I love meeting new and unique types of people—it has opened my eyes globally.” Every Wednesday at 7 p.m., the NAU Latin Dance Club offers a one-hour lesson and an open dance session at Sundara Boutique in downtown Flagstaff. Fridays at the Mad Italian Club, the Latin Dance Club also hosts lessons on a unique dance called salsa-rueda, also known as casino see DANCE page 22

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Artist: Justin Bieber Album: Under the Mistletoe Genre: Pop/Holiday

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hen Christmas songs are remade and specifically aimed to tug at little girls’ heartstrings, these songs can become a little gross. After listening to Under the Mistletoe, it’s quite obvious Bieber will do just about anything to earn the endless love from prepubescent girls. Bieber’s debut single “Mistletoe” is a song about how he should be out enjoying Christmas but can’t stop looking at this girl’s face. As the only song accompanied with a music video, Bieber demonstrates his Christmas swagger, sporting a black leather jacket and singing soulfully to a young girl no older than 15. Young love has never looked so pathetic in its exploitation of a sacred holiday. With lyrics such as “With you, shawty with you/ With you under the mistletoe,” it is difficult to take this song seriously. The song “Drummer Boy” isn’t much better. Bieber suddenly seems to believe he can rap, and exhibits his white boy rapping skills. Although it’s hard to deny our boy Beiber has a good voice, it’s indisputable that he absolutely cannot rap. Whatever respect I had for Justin Bieber before has been lost after listening to this album. My advice: Stick to the good old-fashioned Christmas songs, which truly embody the season. Best Tracks: Buy a real Christmas album.

Artist: Switchfoot Album: Vice Verses Genre: Christian Rock

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an Diego-based Christian hard rock band Switchfoot’s latest album, Vice Verses, displays increasingly complex and intricate melodies that showcase Switchfoot’s continuous musical evolution. Vice Verses kicks off with the scintillating song “Afterlife,” which has a gritty and coarse riff consisting of heavy rhythmic exploration to find the ultimate definition of human existence and man’s ability to choose his fate. Following “Afterlife” is the haunting and hypnotic “War Inside Me,” a pensive and philosophical tune discussing the inner turmoil residing within humanity. Another noteworthy song is “Dark Horses,” a chorus-based anthem currently gracing the airwaves of numerous radio stations nationwide. The song is catchy and touching, celebrating the endurance of the human spirit, and is sure to be one of their signature songs for years to come. Ultimately, Vice Verses is another step in the right direction for Switchfoot, and should be worth a listen for even casual music fans. Best Tracks: “Afterlife” and “Dark Horses”

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he widely-known teenage vampire saga has taken its next step toward finally being over. Based on Stephenie Meyer’s novel, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 has lived up to its expectations, with no lack of glittering, bright-eyed men and wellbuilt, dark-skinned boys. The audience for the film is apparent, and it does not fail to indulge in the naiveties of gushing young girls: All they really want is shirtless men running around, shapeshifting into giant wolves. Breaking Dawn Part 1 is the beginning of the last novel of the series and is centered on human Bella (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward’s (Robert Pattinson) marriage, honeymoon and the frightening concept of pregnancy and parenthood — that’s right, no sex before marriage, kids. Within the first five minutes of the movie, the audience is greeted with the bare-chested werewolf, Jacob (Tyler Lautner) which sets the feel for the movie. The audience

can definitely look forward to the blatant use of sex appeal for the next two hours. Certain scenes in the film do imply a larger meaning directed at preteen girls with body issues, like the frighteningly thin and anorexic appearance that Bella wears through the film. Still, the series provides young minds with a warped sense of love and relationships that can only lead to odd, unrealistic expectations. In the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, the loved vampire-human couple is faced with more than a few decisions of life or death. In this world, vampires and werewolves are sworn enemies, brought together (or at least partially tolerated) because of a mutual love for a human, Bella. The film goes through the motions in a situation where Bella is, once again, in danger. There is a significant lack of vampirewerewolf battles, but it’s made up for with the obsessive adoration between Bella and Edward. Ultimately, though, their interactions just make their relationship seem absolutely boring, made

enough worse by the lack of acting, creating insincere, robotic encounters and toppling the overall cinematic integrity before the film even had a chance. The most appreciated part of this film was the unintentional humor, providing a semblance of amusement when every other scene caused eyes to roll. In every other form Part 1 was packed with a creepy romance and annoying anticipation from the characters. Even the biggest fans of the Twilight series can expect to be disappointed when the credits start to roll and it’s apparent that the better half of the story will be featured in Part 2, which won’t be released until next November. Putting the unimaginative dialogue and PG-13 sex scenes aside, this film is pretty disturbing. It isn’t entirely clear what was being attempted with the exorcist rendition of a birth scene but it did a great job at promoting birth control. Not even halfway through the film you can look forward to more gore than any sociopathic serial killer could think up. And this is just the beginning.

QuickFlick J. Edgar By Jayson Burns

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hat do I think about The Man with No Name’s biographical drama J. Edgar? Well if it was 30 minutes shorter, I would’ve given this a much better rating. As the title implies, J. Edgar follows the first head director of the FBI (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he deals with political rivals, public enemies and personal relationships. Some of the events portrayed include his investigation of the Lindbergh kidnapping and his relationship with coworkers Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts,) Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer) and the Palmer Raids. The parts involving his personal life were in-

teresting and the clear focus, but I would’ve enjoyed seeing more of his relationship with the FBI and crime lords; not a single bigtime crook is given any screen time. These stories take place between the 1920s and the mid-1930s and is told from the perspective of a 1960s J. Edgar Hoover. While the initial flashbacking was somewhat sporadic and off-putting, the story was brought across fairly well. The main detraction from the film that seriously dragged the movie down was how long it dragged on: In the last thirty minutes or so is the sudden, lengthy focus on sixties near the climax of the Lindbergh investigation. Because of this, when we’re finally brought back to the thirties, I felt I had been gone too long to really

care anymore, which followed me for the rest of the film. I will give Leonardo DiCaprio this: He’s come a long way from being some typecasted romantic lead. DiCaprio did a terrific job in his portrayal by making you cheer for him, boo him and pity him whenever the situation called. The rest of the acting was solid as well, and I noticed whenever the script called for a tastefully humorous moment it was played off subtly. If J. Edgar had been a little more focused in its last 30 minutes, I would’ve called this a pretty good movie. I’d recommend this for people who are interested in the man’s life or the FBI in general, but not without a little warning.


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TOP-LEFT: Tyler Ewing, a sophomore marketing major, strips during “Sexy.” TOP-RIGHT: Dancers jump to stand out for “I Hope I Get It,” set to the Chorus Line soundtrack. BOTTOM: During “Broken,” junior Brittany Jones gets in touch with the moves. (Photos by Gean Shanks)

Founded in 2008 by a small group of NAU students, the BadJacks quickly evolved into the premier dance troupe on campus. Now boasting 65 members, they stage one large-scale dance show every semester and additionally perform at various other community events through the year. They hold weekly practices Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the Rolle Activity Center, with hiphop from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and jazz from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Dayne Pratt, a recent NAU graduate and former BadJacks president, said she thoroughly enjoyed attending thEmotions due to its engaging and creative dance routines. “I was very proud of the performance and I thought there were some numbers that were very good,” Pratt said. “I was proud of all the people who came to show up too; it was even more packed than our last show [spring semester’s One Night Stand.]” thEmotions consisted of 25 dance numbers performed to tunes by Radiohead, The Script, Ke$ha and various other popular musical acts. Gruchala said the show’s dances were all meant to represent a certain human emotion. “I personally did a dance about apathy and another one about stress,” Gruchala said. “I know there’s one about feeling demonic; there’s another one about being sad. We have, oh so many different ones — one where the girls come to life because they are inspired . . . we’ve got a

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lot of really cool pieces.” Gruchala said this was the first year the BadJacks were able to raise enough money to buy some of their costumes. “For the most part, the dancers take care of their own costumes, so we try to make all the costumes really simple, kind of individualized so people don’t have to worry about going out and buying costumes,” Gruchala said. “But because we also do fundraising and different things, we can afford to build up [funds] and buy a few costumes for some of the dances. This year was the first year we were able to do that and actually be able to buy some costumes for the dancers.” Hannah Jackson, a senior communication major and hip-hop coach, said the show’s theme allowed for immense freedom and innovation through the chorographical process. “There are a lot of different interpretations and it’s kind of cool ’cause each dancer has their own version of something so when they would tell me what kind of feeling they had in mind for a dance . . . then I would think about the choreography to it,” Jackson said. “They would do something completely different and there was a different take on it, so it was really cool and very diverse.” Gruchala said the emotions helped unify the team. “People are crazy, and people get angry,” Gruchala said. “People get happy and it’s a chance for us all to get to know each other and really bond. It really adds a lot of team cohesion. And there’s a lot of random people taking their clothes off.”

rueda, in which couples stand in a circle and switch partners once an announcer changes the moves. NAU Swing Club is another organization that promotes lessons in ballroom dance including east and west coast swing, lindy hop, polka and more. The Swing Club meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Mad Italian Club and every Saturday at 7 p.m. at Galaxy Diner and hosts different dance events through the year. Erin Tucker, a senior music education major and NAU Swing Club president elect, has been involved with the swing club the past four years and has continued to be invested in the culture of dance both through teaching and partaking in different types of swing and ballroom dance. Tucker said that her life would not be the same without swing dance. “The minute that I decided to make music my profession, it stopped becoming my all-creative outlet,” Tucker said. “I had to find something else that I wasn’t graded on to fulfill that creative space in my life— I’m definitely a better dancer because I’m a musician.” Lewin said that when he is teaching beginners how to partner dance, he tells them to never look down while they are dancing so that they are not thinking about what everyone else is seeing. “[Partner dance] teaches men how to take control of situations and make the outcome in their hands,” Lewin said. “It really makes you feel the music and you can go to any venue and you don’t have to be professional, you just have to have a good time. I make it comfortable for people and I make it playful. … I’m not trying to win any contests up there when I’m dancing—I’m just having a good time and being myself and that’s the most important thing that I try to bestow to everyone else.” Lewin and Tucker said beginners and experienced dancers do not need a partner when coming to the events and that anyone of any level or background can join the clubs through the year. “We try really hard to make sure that wherever we’re dancing, we’re being inclusive,” Tucker said. “I think it’s really important to dance culture in general that we keep the younger generations involved and interested in what we’re doing because if we don’t, it will die.” Additional swing dance lessons are held at the Museum Club every Thursday at 7 p.m.


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