Dance into the Night

By Joshua Ingalls

A well-known club on campus that goes by the name of Assembly of Ballroom Dancers hosted their semi-annual on-campus dance at the Eagle gym on Sept. 16. They reported over 100 people showing up and dancing into the night.

The officers of the club give this group a high reputation at our school. The organization helps and teaches faculty, students, and Prescott locals the way of ballroom dancing. They teach dances such as the Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep, and many others. Each dance is unique and requires skills to do the dance correctly. Skills this organization teaches can make you a master of dancing after a few sessions.

In an interview with the secretary of the group, Kyle Lutterman, he said, “I think the night went really well. It made me feel happy seeing the ones I taught, show what they learned on the dance floor. It was a really good night for everyone.”

The dance, which was hosted at the Eagle Gym, only cost $2. The proceeds are used to host future events and lessons to all those who want to learn how to ballroom dance.

This event was a night one did not want to miss out on. The opportunity of going meant being able to have fun with friends, meet new people, and show off dancing skills. From what was described from multiple students who went, the overall review of the dance was it was a night you could let go and just be free of all stress and responsibilities.

Many students enjoyed their experience and are looking forward to future dances the club will be hosting. Overall, the night was a huge success and it left an impression on those who went.

The club has a reputation for teaching invaluable ballroom dancing skills and will never leave someone unhappy with their technique. The officers will go above and beyond for those who want to learn and take in their knowledge.


Comedian Falls Flat for Some Students

By Garrett Palmquist
Copy Editor

Low-brow humor met questionable stereotyping when comedian Pete Lee, host of a half-hour special on Comedy Central, entertained a packed audience of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) students on Sept. 15, 2017. After a member of the campus’s Board of Campus Activities pumped the crowd up by speaking of the comedian’s achievements, Lee immediately set the initial tone of his act by nonchalantly taking the stage.

“It’s such an honor to perform at a school that I couldn’t have gotten into!” noted Lee once the applause quieted down. He began by acknowledging that this event was his third trip to an ERAU campus, though it was not clear if he counted both the Daytona Beach and the Prescott campuses in this total.

Lee’s initial one-off jokes centered around the university and his apparent misunderstanding of the subjects that ERAU focuses on, joking that students “build the airplanes so the drone pilots can fly them.” While Lee’s comments on campus culture were likely due to a lack of personal knowledge, the crowd still murmured after each joke with whispers of “That isn’t how that works.”

The initial few minutes of Lee’s act were filled with an almost unending stream of laughter and applause from the audience. With a focus on personal detractions mixed with stories of his college days, Lee was both entertaining and relatable to the crowd of young adults. Initially, much of his humor was based off his Wisconsin upbringing—from mocking accents to connecting with his fellow Wisconsinites, Lee started the night off strong.

As the act continued, however, the jokes became more focused on sex and gender stereotyping until it came to a point when attendees began leaving in small groups. One student, who would like to remain anonymous, said that, “It’s a performer’s job to read the room. And clearly, this man read a bunch of sexist…boys and ran with it.”

For every racy joke (claiming to be a feminist because he doesn’t put his credit card into the chip reader until the reader tells him too), Lee attempted to balance it out with a positive joke (“Guys, if you want to know what women want, just think of what a person would want.”) However, this was not enough for many students; one individual noted that, “You could see the discomfort in the crowd. I was hoping that it would get better, but that didn’t happen.”

In the waning minutes of the event, Lee prompted the audience for questions about him and his life. One student asked Lee “Aero or astro?” in reference to the two predominant tracks of aerospace engineering at ERAU. Opting not to answer, Lee retorted, “Is this the Ford versus Chevy of the nerd world?” which was met with raucous mirth. Another student wanted to know Lee’s best advice he could give to the crowd; in summation, Lee implored students to not live life out of fear, but rather to live life doing whatever they love to do.

While certainly not every attendee’s brand of humor, Pee Lee’s act still managed to attract a throng that left the venue packed and keep the room loud with laughter and cheers. Students who wish to follow the comedian’s career may find him on social media or by going to [] for more information.



College of Security and Intelligence Distinguished Speaker Series – Fall Kickoff

College of Security and Intelligence
Distinguished Speaker Series – Fall Kickoff
Wednesday September 27, 5:15 – 6:15 pm in DLC

Linda R. Medler, chief information security officer and Director of IT Security at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson Arizona, is a retired United States Air Force Brigadier General. She will speak at a public lecture starting at 5:15 pm in the Auditorium of the Davis Learning Center (DLC).

Her experience in the initial stages of establishing US Cyber Command under General Keith Alexander and her transition into the private sector will be part of her address. Earlier in the day she will speak with faculty and students around the campus.

The College will be bringing industry, academic and government speakers to campus enriching our understanding of the critical security and intelligence issues facing our nation and world today.

Ms. Medler demonstrates the leadership embodied in those studying and practicing national strategic studies and serves as a role model for the next generation.

In her current role, Medler is responsible for fostering business relationships and integrating information security technologies and best practices to achieve strategic business goals.

She originally joined Raytheon in June 2015 as the director of Cyber for the RMS Advanced Missile Systems product line in Tucson, Arizona. In this role, she was responsible for synchronizing, testing and incorporating cyber initiatives and capability development across RMS products lines in accordance with Office of the Secretary of Defense guidance and directives.

Before joining Raytheon, Medler was president and CEO of LA Medler and Associates, LLC, providing cyber strategy consulting services to commercial clients and numerous Department of Defense customers and academic institutions.

In 2014, she retired from the U.S. Air Force as a brigadier general and as director of Capability and Resource Integration for the United States Cyber Command. In this role, she orchestrated the development of the current DoD Cyber Mission Force strategy and resourcing plan.

Medler currently sits on the National Board of Operation Homefront, a national philanthropic organization assisting wounded warriors and their families. She is a member of the Arizona Secretary of State’s Technology, Transparency and Commerce Council and a special advisor to the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and management information systems from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has also earned master degrees in business administration and management information systems from the University of Arizona, and in national strategic studies from the Naval War College.

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Navigating the Expo Floor

School is back in session, and we are all busy. As students, I’m sure you’re all feeling a bit frazzled as you sort out your fall academic schedule, join new clubs or sports teams, and adjust to new roommates and living arrangements.

The Industry/Career Expo is on Thursday, October 5th and will be here before you know it. The last thing you want to do is show up unprepared.

Fitting in a bit of preparation before the big day will go a long way. Follow these steps, and you will be ready to navigate the expo floor.

  1. Research

Contact your Career Services professional to learn the list of companies attending the Expo this year.

Spend some time researching each company and deciding which ones you would like to visit on the day of the Expo.

If an employer is going to hire you, they are going to expect that you know some background on the company, their mission, and their products. Stand out by speaking their language.

You can also target your elevator pitch to each company by matching your skillset to their needs. On the day of the Expo, visit the list of companies on your list first.

This way you know you spent your time at the Career Expo speaking to the companies that interest you and not wandering around wondering which company may be the best fit for you.

  1. Apply Beforehand

Make an even bigger impression by applying to open positions before the Career Expo.

Mention to each company representative that you have already applied to one (or several) open positions and are interested in the next step in the application process.

Some recruiters will be conducting on-campus interviews, and if they like you, you have already completed the first step in the application process, which is a big bonus for them.

  1. Organize Your Resumes

Tailor your resume to each company you are interested in applying to at the Career Expo.

Then, make a system such as color coding using sticky tabs so you can quickly pull out the correct resume when speaking to an employer.

The last thing you want to do is grab inside your portfolio and hand the wrong resume to the wrong employer.

  1. Explore and Circle Back

So far, you have researched the companies, applied to the ones that interest you the most, and organized your resumes. You are planning on visiting the top companies on your list first to ensure you don’t run out of time.

Now what? Don’t leave the Expo once you’ve visited your top companies. Take some time to explore and learn about additional opportunities.

You may be pleasantly surprised. And, after you have taken some time to explore, circle back to a couple of your top choices.

The Expo tends to calm down towards the end, so this is your opportunity to speak to a top recruiter in a calmer setting and reiterate your interest in their company and to make an even stronger impression.






Hello from the Women’s and Diversity Center

Hello from the Women’s and Diversity Center. We have a busy few weeks coming up, and we invite you to join us for everything.

Our next event following the PRIDE Party last Thursday, Sept. 14, is the Women’s Welcome.

The event will host new and returning women students, joined by women’s organizations on campus including the Women’s Ambassador Program, Women in Aviation, Society of Women Engineers, AST, Women Vets of Embry-Riddle, and other invited organizations.

Learn of ways to get involved and meet a variety of staff and faculty in addition to women student leaders. This will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, 4:30 – 6 in the Hangar.

Our welcomes would not be complete without our welcome for Students, Faculty, and Staff of Color.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Sept. 27. At 4:30 we will present Peter Bloch Garcia, Founder and Executive Director of the Latino Community Fund of Washington State.

He is our featured speaker for Latin@ Heritage Month. Following his talk will be the reception for all attendees, all people of color, and the Embry-Riddle community.

We are “Celebrating Communities of Color” this academic year. Our programming will be focused on showcasing people of color throughout events and activities.

Our campus will benefit from seeing African-Americans, Latin@s, Asian-Americans, and First Nations people in leadership and academic roles.

We want to inspire our students of color, and the campus as a whole. Lastly, it will allow us to teach a bit about various U.S. cultural groups and intersectionalities.

National events continue to buffet colleges and universities, and we are not immune to their effects. Our hearts go out to the DACA Dreamers, faced with a cruel future.

If you are a Dreamer, please contact the Women’s and Diversity Center, or any trusted ERAU staff or faculty member, if you need help navigating this time of uncertainty.

There is also concern regarding potential changes to national guidelines regarding sexual assault on campuses.

Regardless of how that plays out, please know we are your ally in keeping our students safe from sexual assault, sexual harassment, and discrimination of all types.

Our office, in the Student Union Room 107, runs on ideas and involvement. If you have a programming or event idea, or want to create a new club on campus, we can help you make that happen.

Join us for the above events and others throughout the semester and year. I guarantee you will have a good time AND learn a little something!

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Boeing vs. Airbus: The Game Goes On

By: Hugo Fonck

For decades, Boeing and Airbus have dominated the commercial aircraft market, creating a fierce economic competition with many positive and negative consequences. This competition can be credited with accelerating the development of more advanced, efficient and safer aircraft, which has made air travel more affordable and more accessible, greatly benefiting consumers and the global economy.

But for the last 13 years, Boeing and Airbus have been fighting each other in the World Trade Organization’s court system over the issue of government loans and subsidies.

Only governments can file cases with the WTO, therefore the United States (on behalf of Boeing) first filed a claim in 2004 against the European Union (specifically: France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom), which represented Airbus, alleging it was engaging in unfair business practices.

The case alleged that the four European governments were providing loans with interest rates below market rate (which translate as subsidies) to Airbus in order to allow the company to develop new aircraft.

Thanks to those government subsidies, Airbus was able to rapidly grow its stake in the commercial aircraft market, which it retains to this day. That original case lives on 13 years later, and we may finally get a decision from the WTO this year.

In 2010, the WTO ruled that Airbus did in fact receive loans with terms that qualify them as subsidies to the tune of $13 billion for the development of its A380 and several other aircraft. Despite this ruling, which was in Boeing’s favor, Airbus continued to seek government assistance in financing the development of its new aircraft, the most recent example being the A350, a direct competitor to the Boeing 787.

In 2011, the WTO ruled that Boeing was guilty of receiving illegal subsidies to the tune of $5.3 billion from the United States government in order to develop the 787. Although both sides claimed victory in that ruling, Boeing appealed that decision, continuing the legal process which is still ongoing today.

In February 2015, the European Union filed complaints with the WTO claiming that an $8.7 billion tax break from Washington State to Boeing, created to allow Boeing to build the 777X in its Everett, Washington factory were not allowed under global trade rules.

Many dismissed the complaint as an attempt from the European Union and Airbus to divert attention from their own massive subsidies. Despite this, a tax break of such a large magnitude was enough to warrant a full legal dispute between the two parties.

Last November, a lower court in the WTO concluded in Airbus’s favor, ruling that Washington State had in fact provided illegal subsidies to Boeing. The U.S. appealed the panel’s decision the next month, leading to the announcement this past week with a reversal of the previous result, this time ending in Boeing’s favor. Airbus’s response? According to spokesperson Maggie Bergsma: “The case might be over but the game goes on.”

It is easy to see that the competition between Boeing and Airbus is a main factor driving both companies to seek large sums of financial assistance from their respective governments, but there is another factor in this process which could become much more important in the years to come: smaller, lesser-known manufacturers.

In Canada, Bombardier introduced its new C-Series of aircraft into service last year, with improved efficiency and positive reviews. The series of aircraft currently holds a backlog of over 340 orders. To the south in Brazil, Embraer is updating their old line of E-Jets with a new family of E-Jet E2 jets which feature more efficient engines and better avionics, and that program currently holds over 230 orders. There’s even Boom Supersonic, which promises to have a prototype aircraft capable of Mach 2.2 ready to fly in 18 months, and they even claim to have 76 orders on the books.

These new and growing players are creating quality aircraft and are growing a foothold in the commercial aircraft market, a foothold which pushes both Boeing and Airbus to develop their aircraft more rapidly, with better technology, and for a lower price.

That development is extremely expensive. This is where we come full circle to why both Boeing and Airbus continue to engage in financing from their governments while accusing each other of wrongdoing at the same time.

The rapid development of the aviation industry in the last 100 years has created a relative monopoly with a handful of companies that own the vast majority of market share, and with that territory in such a large industry comes a high concentration of economic and political capital in those companies. The WTO battle serves as a prime example of the usage of that political capital.

It is very likely that this dispute in the WTO could drag on for years to come, as the governments behind both Boeing and Airbus continue to appeal each decision, as well as engage in tax breaks and loans for aircraft development well into the foreseeable future. Boeing “won” this round, but the game does go on.


Sports Update: Early September

By James Ritchey

Sports Update 07 — September 17




Men’s Soccer

2 September

ERAU 2 – 6 The Master’s College (TMU)

The Eagles fell to the Mustangs of The Master’s College on the road in one of their first games of the season.

The Mustangs scored in the first two minutes of the game, setting an offensive precedent that they would follow the rest of the game.

TMU got on the scoreboard again about ten minutes later, but David Bates kept the Eagles in the game with a strike at 28 minutes.

TMC unfortunately scored again just before halftime. Daniel Nunez scored for the Eagles at 54 minutes, but any hope of a comeback was dashed when the Mustangs scored three goals in four minutes later in the second half.

4 September

ERAU 1 – 2 Hope International University (HIU)

ERAU’s short road trip continued with a tight match against the Royals of Hope International University.

The match was tightly contested, with neither side seeing a clear advantage until HIU scored in the 37th minute.

The Eagles rebounded well, and continued to struggle with the Royals for a solid possession. ERAU finally broke through in the 83rd minute, when Daniel Nunez scored.

The match went to overtime, but six minutes into overtime, HIU converted a corner kick opportunity into a goal to end the game.

Women’s Soccer

2 September

ERAU 1 – 5 The Master’s College

The Mustangs of TMC were a formidable opponent, working their way through some of the top teams in the NAIA in their opening games of the season, and the Eagles, ranked no. 20 in the nation, were no challenge.

The Eagles struggled from the beginning of the game to generate any real offense. By the end of the first half, ERAU was down by two goals.

The second half did not see much difference in play, as TMC were able to control the game and score three more times.

The only goal for the Eagles came in the 90th minute, when Ashtin Martinson scored off a pass from Holly Ross.

4 September

ERAU 1 – 0 Grace College

After their previous loss two days earlier, the Eagles were eager to rebound and prove their strength with a game against Grace College. The game was deadlocked from the beginning, and neither team had any significant offensive pushes. Defense on both sides did well, as the Eagles were able to keep the Lancers from capitalizing on any of their 11 shots. After regulation, the scoreboard still read 0-0, so the game progressed to overtime. The first overtime period ended just as regulation did, but the second overtime period saw the Eagles make a significant push into Lancer territory. Claire Cashmore took a foul as she entered the box, granting ERAU a valuable penalty kick. Keeper Caitlyn Aaron ended up taking the kick, and made sure she capitalized on the opportunity to close the game with a victory.








Arizona Christian University (ACU) Tournament

1 September

ERAU 3 – 1 Life Pacific University

The first game of the Arizona Christian University Tournament against Life Pacific saw the Eagles fight through a tough matchup while finding ways to win games.

Each of the four games in the match were tight, with the largest margin of victory coming for the Eagles in the first game, which they won 25-21. Audrey Baldwin had 40 assists, and Jalin Yoder earned 13 kills.

2 September

ERAU 3 – 0 Belhaven University

The Eagles were dominant in the second game of the ACU tournament, easily sweeping the Blazers of Belhaven University 25-16, 25-19, 25-19. Audrey Baldwin had 29 assists and 8 digs in the effort, and Kaitlin Shroll had five aces.

2 September

ERAU 2 – 3 Benedictine College

In the final game of the ACU tournament, ERAU faced Benedictine College, a 6-2 contender on a road trip from Kansas. In the first game, ERAU fell 19-25, but kept their cool and rebounded, winning the second game 25-16.

A brutal third game followed, with both teams staying neck and neck until the Ravens eventually came out on top with a score of 30-32. Again, the Eagles stayed driven and were able to take the fourth game 26-24 in another very tight matchup. Unfortunately, the Eagles fell in the final game 9-15.