Fall Ceremony Commissions Nine Air Force Officers

By: Jacob Schneider

Special to Horizons

On Dec. 16, 2016, families, friends and military personnel filled Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Davis Learning Center to witness the United States Air Force’s newest officer’s commission as Second Lieutenants.

The Fall 2016 Commissioning ceremony began with the National Anthem and the Posting of the Colors. Officers from Detachment 028, including Major David S. Richardson and Captain Alan B. Frazier, praised the new Second Lieutenants for their hard work and prestigious achievement.

comm pic 2 - Copy.jpgDuring the ceremony, nine of Detachment 028 Air Force ROTC’s cadets were commissioned as officers. Among the new Second Lieutenants this season: 2nd Lt. Mitchell Bartlett, 2nd Lt. Alec Braun, 2nd Lt. Alexander Collins, 2nd Lt. Cherie Gambino, 2nd Lt. Devon Meisetschleager, 2nd Lt. Francis Rechner, 2nd Lt. Kevin Romeyn, 2nd Lt. Tyler Schulz, and 2nd Lt. Jennie White.

During the event, loved ones pinned a single golden bar to the shoulders of each new officer, signifying their new rank. After each officer received their first salute, the group took the Air Force Oath of Office, pledging themselves to national service.

Emotions were high as the ceremony concluded with the presentation of awards, as well as a photo montage, displaying each new officer’s enormous growth over the years to reach the place they are now.

We are extremely proud of our new Second Lieutenants and wish them the best of luck throughout their careers!

AFROTC/ROTC News

Music club preforms for students, school

By Meaghan Moeller
Correspondent

Music Club is comprised of six groups: Pep Band, Desert Eagles Drum Line, Concert Band, Altitunes Choir, Swingin’ Eagles Jazz Band, and the newest group, String Ensemble.

These six groups practice at different times throughout the week, and some groups perform regularly on campus or in the Prescott area. All groups perform in the Spring Concert each year.

Pep Band performs regularly at the men’s and women’s basketball games, and was formed when students in the Music Club’s Concert Band and Drum Line found out about the men’s basketball team last year and wanted to support the team.

Drum Line plays at basketball games with Pep Band and at the Orientation Welcomes in the fall. Since Fall 2014, Drum Line has grown to include 12 active members.

Currently, their main purpose is to play at basketball games as a part of Pep Band.

The Concert Band has about fourteen active members, and is hoping to grow even bigger for a better range of instruments so that it would be possible for the Concert Band to perform at more events.

Concert Band hopes to have enough members in coming years to perform at Open Arts Night.

The Choir performs the National Anthem at some school sporting events, including the inaugural games of both basketball teams over the past two years.

Choir also performs at Open Arts Night, Acker Night in Prescott, and sings the ERAU Alma Mater at the graduations in both semesters.

The Jazz Band also performs at Acker night, as well as performing at formal staff parties and the swing dance club every Thursday night.

Jazz Band is one of the larger groups in the Music Club, and they have a full band for the first time this year.

The newest group in Music Club is the String Ensemble, who will be performing for the first time at Open Arts Night on Nov. 19. Of the six active members, one is an Embry-Riddle staff member!

The String Ensemble would gladly welcome more members, especially those who play cello, or bass, to bring more variety to their sound.

The Music Club’s director, Mr. Jonathan McNeely, was new last year and, since joining the Embry-Riddle staff, has “helped the program grow massively,” says club President Zoe Crain.

Crain attributes the growing success of Music Club to McNeely’s willingness to work to student schedules.

McNeely says that he feels “privileged to provide instruction” to the Music Club and that he will continue to develop the program.

 

Final Approach

Dear Auntie: Parties and Loneliness

Dear Auntie,

I want to go out to a party with my friends but I feel like I’m going to be pressured to drink… What should I do? – Reluctant partier

Well Reluctant, it really depends. If you have a history of not being able to control your drinking once you’ve started it’s probably a good idea to give these kinds of events a pass. Instead, find friends doing fun things that aren’t drinking alcohol. However, if you are just not much of a drinker, you should take heart, there’s a good chance that lots of people at the party will feel just like you and won’t be drinking or if they do it will be in moderation. There are all kinds of great strategies that students use in those situations. I asked around the SGA and they came up with the following: Offer to be the designated driver so you can keep your friends safe too. Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages and either pour them into the glasses at the party or use the containers they came in or use a water bottle. Bring food to eat so you look like you are doing something. The students I talked to said they generally have more fun when they aren’t drinking and they have the added bonus of not feeling vulnerable to someone taking advantage of them when they’re under the influence. To be honest most of the liquid courage you attribute to alcohol is really placebo effect anyway, so if you pretend like you are drinking it’ll have the same general effect without any of the negative consequences.

I want to go to events on campus but I don’t have any people to go with… what should I do? – Lonely1

Dear Lonely1,

When I was a young girl I was lucky enough to have a swimming pool. I loved swimming. Every spring I could barely wait until the pool was warm enough to be enjoyed. In fact, I rarely did. From time to time I would ease in until my body acclimated, inching my way in slowly. Usually my father would cannonball into the pool and soak me when I was only half in. So I started just jumping in regardless of the jolt to my system. Once I started swimming around I found my body quickly adapted to the cold and I was able to enjoy myself. Events and activities are a lot like that. You could slowly ease in, use the help of others or take the cannonball run. You just have to decide that you want to do it and overcome the fear from the jolt to your usual patterns. Once you’re in the water though, don’t forget to swim! Make the effort to get to know people, volunteer to help clean up after the event and get to know the planners. You will find it worth the effort and it won’t be long before you are fearless in the face of fun.

Diversions News

Pride Week Responses

 

Sarah Nilsson

This week brought to light that some people are unwilling to live and let live. In the wake of the flag and spirit rock incidents, I took it upon myself to engage in discussions with people who are in opposition to LGBTQ+ rights….. I discovered that some would prefer to not be reminded of PRIDE because it is not in their belief system, while others would like to segregate them to other states (that are more liberal perhaps?). Still others assume that white privilege refers to social standing, as opposed to equal rights… My eyes were opened to the fact that lack of communication is at the heart of the matter, and throwing shots across the bow is NOT the solution. I am saddened that the world (even our small Riddle one) won’t live and let live…. the irony is that we all want the SAME things out of this earthly life….. we want love, acceptance, and understanding….no matter who we choose to love, accept or understand.

Arlo Chan

It’s great that Dr. Ayers immediately acknowledged the incident with the flag, as well as open a discussion with Senior Management to address it and the intolerance that reared its ugly head. Without his support, diversity would be a lost cause.
I hope that the incident will lead to education about, and understanding of, diversity. Except for the required online module for faculty & staff, there isn’t any actual diversity training for faculty, staff OR students.
Personal attacks, such as the note attached to the Rock, are never acceptable, despite the rationalization that it was patriotic. Patriotism includes ALL Americans, not just those that one agrees with.
See this video with John Cena, “We Are America” – [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MdK8hBkR3s]

Rachel Rise, Pride Network President

I would first like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped with and/or participated in Pride Week. We couldn’t have possibly had the success we did without the participation and dedication of our members and allies on campus, and we hope to continue to make Pride Week a larger event in years to come.

It was with this same support that we were able to respond to the backlash against Pride Week as well as we did. From other students who comforted me when I was upset, to faculty and staff who backed Melanie when she was personally attacked and reassured the safety of LGBTQ+ students, there was a huge and immediate response to the negativity we faced last week. Because of this support and the positive feedback we received from our well-attended events, I can officially call Pride Week a success.

To the groups who painted the rock and left a hateful message to Melanie, who took down and stole the Pride flag, and who made rude and offensive comments and complaints throughout the week: We refuse to let the cowardly actions of an anonymous few define how we experience life. In fact, your actions have reaffirmed our will to be out, to be proud, and to be strong in the face of adversity. We hope that you will consider the harm you have caused to us and people like us, and learn from this. We are here, and we are queer, and you are our best allies in striving for our rights, freedom, and justice. We will always be here with open arms and hearts to you – we hope you do the same for us.

Kaye Godbey

To those who felt compelled to deface and demean our students rights I want to explain that the discomfort you feel when you are faced with people who refuse to meet your idea of acceptability is something to question and grow past not act on. When you hide behind dark of night or the cloak of your privileged anonymity to express yourself are you doing so because inside you know that your behavior is shameful? As Americans I hope we try to seek justice and equality for all and not just for “some” (some meaning they look and act like the ideal you find acceptable). Remember that to the privileged, equality feels like discrimination. Please begin to question your own motivations when you feel compelled to interfere with another’s pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Is it possible that your discomfort is related to your sense of loss of belonging and power? If so, take heart, there is room for you in an inclusive world too. In this new paradigm you can release your sense of need to rule and control everyone; you’ll be able to work together side by side to make a world that’s better for all. It’ll be a lot more healthy, fun and rewarding- I promise you.

Anonymous

I understand the LGBT community wants to be considered equal in the community. Everyone deserves that right. In an effort to be equal, however, you guys further segregate yourselves and call SPECIAL attention to your needs, further pushing yourselves away from others. People who may not have cared before now see it as annoying. Instead of crying about things not being fair, welcome to the real world. People won’t always like you. Get over yourselves and forcing people to like you in annoying ways won’t help your cause and further segregates you away from the equality that you desperately want to achieve and already have.

Anonymous

I’m going to assume any response not fitting Melanie’s narrative of hypocrisy won’t be printed.

Note from Chief Copy Editor Madison Padilla: Horizons will always be an open forum to student input and opinion on key issues. What will not be tolerated nor published will be any form of hate speech or derogatory statements against any on-campus group, such as the hate speech exhibited during Pride Week and against the LGBT+ community.

Editor note: I added that in to supplement our message of what Horizons represents, if other editors feel that it needs to be changed or added to (or removed entirely if necessary) feel free to do so.

Zoe Crain

The most important aspect of becoming a full, well rounded adult is realizing that you are not the center of the universe. That sometimes, it’s just not all about you. Some people learn this when they become parents for the first time, and realize how much you must sacrifice for your child. Some people learn this when someone close to them is hurt, or sick, and that person becomes dependent on others to continue living their life. Some people (and these people are the most ideal to experience) learn this through self-awareness and the realization that those around them are important, deserve respect, and deserve to live a happy life: that those around them are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

At Embry-Riddle, it has become clear that some students have not reached this point of environmental awareness, this utterly necessary worldview. Which, to be fair, is expected: the majority of our students, with the constant growth of each year’s incoming class, are 18-22 years old. We are not “real adults,” and the majority of us have not yet seen the world for what it really is. This idea of learning how to succeed as adults and how to succeed in the world is a large part of what college is all about.

Thus, it is unfortunate but not surprising that during Pride Week, a portion of our student body was subjected to such discrimination and hatred as we were. Opening a note with “no disrespect to our LGBT community” and then going on to graffiti slurs over the Pride message and steal a rainbow flag is fairly counter-intuitive. Additionally, quoting the idea of the right to self-expression, while literally defacing and stealing another group’s self-expression, is so hypocritical it is laughable.

The stolen Pride flag was gifted to Pride Club by a United States Marine. A veteran. A man who served his country and respected his country’s flag, the exact way radical patriots like those who stole our property say all Americans are supposed to. So forgive me if I say, you, who defaced our property and created fear and pain in our community because you “have such a respect for the nation which protects [your] right to self-expression that [you] are compelled to oppose [Pride’s] ignorant position,” are far more un-American than we are.

And don’t forget: theft is a crime. And the attack of a particular group due to that group’s ideals or values is a hate crime. Are you telling me that is what true Americans do?

Anonymous

I absolutely love the idea of having a PRIDE week on campus. But I feel it was not advertised well. I was not aware of the events we had going on until the day of. I hope to see more events and advertising in the future.

Merrie D. Heath

I read recently that a female Hollywood celeb described herself as a “straight, cis, Boringface McGee” (Anna Kendrick, I believe) and while I don’t always give credence to the leanings of celebrities that descriptive verbiage certainly resonated with me, in part, because that is pretty much me. Add to that mix that I am also a spiritual person of the Christian faith who has walked by the side of my gay/lesbian friends for decades, including during the darkest hour of the height of the stigma and fear of the AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s.

I loved and lost several special people during that time and I stood in solidarity with my LGBTQ friends as they faced bias and bigotry in a small town, including harassment and threatening behavior. Just as I stand in support of those on our campus – whether students, staff, or faculty – who identify with the LGBTQ community here. I sincerely thought that we had come further than this over the past thirty or so years.

Last week, I was saddened that some people on our campus took it upon themselves to express their views in a threatening, unkind, and unproductive manner by stealing and vandalizing property – the PRIDE flag and Spirit Rock – as well as posting unpatriotic notes taking an anonymous and personal attack on a single individual on our campus. I say unpatriotic because, truly, if one declares that they fought on behalf of our country and the rights afforded to all by our constitution and Bill of Rights yet denounces a citizen’s right to those very protections then something is very, very wrong. Not that we have to ‘agree’ with every single thought or action in order to exercise patriotism but we should not be expressing our dismay under the cloak of anonymity and the dark of night – and certainly not through theft and a threatening tone. How is this furthering a dialogue of difference of opinion and a true expression of love of country? This simply boggles my mind.

I respect everyone’s right to different views and perspectives. I understand that we as a human race have so many different opinions, cultural beliefs, political leanings, and spiritual understandings that it is amazing that we can all rightfully dwell in the same country and community – without fear of being attacked or abused. Isn’t this fact truly what makes our country so awesome? However, it goes without saying that acting out in a vitriolic manner is simply not worthwhile or productive. And, truthfully, there should be no room for such behavior in a collegiate environment, especially ours. We need to be better than the worst part of ourselves. We need to lean on each other in understanding and support – no ‘us’ versus ‘them’. Even if we disagree. I believe that people can disagree and still be kind and respectful to one another – especially in these kinds of matters.

Let’s conclude all of this unhappy business by vowing to live up to our ERAU mission and vision of having a campus that is “stimulating, safe, inclusive and exciting”. Let’s all do away with the cloak and dagger drama and instead be open to civil discussion – even if we disagree, even if we disagree intensely. No need for unkindness and disrespect. Really, there is no need.

Anonymous

Pride week had a great meaning and message to the campus about who we are as LGBTA. “A” is the stand of being an ally to the LGBT community. Yes, this means straight people who have gay friends and support them are called “allies” to the community. A great demonstration was shown as an attack to our community during this and goes to show individuals on our campus have not gotten with the times. The world is a diverse place and its entities are more than just LGBTA but also black, Hispanic, white, moms, dads, Christians, Trump and Hillary supporters and men or women who have served for our country as well. The world has changed in accepting these new customs in our culture and it’s okay to be who you want to be and live a life that is free. Freedom is America and America is where we all stand to become something in this world to change it and make it a better place. No matter what your background you have to see the change in the world and the initiative of many to work as one body and not cause war amongst ourselves.

Tiffany Wimenta

Over my 4 and 1/2 years at this university, brave student leaders, faculty, staff, and administration– LGBT and Allies – have worked so hard and risked subjecting themselves to hatred and judgement, in order to make ERAU an inclusive campus; but more importantly, a safe place for diversity. We have come so far, just in the short time I have been here. I remember, as a freshman, there were only a few brave enough to stand up for those too afraid to embrace their true selves. Those few inspired all of us who live out the norm to embrace our identity. Through this, we made huge strides for our university, in terms educating our community and contributing to our campus. It disappoints me that an anonymous few sought to suppress our showing of PRIDE – not only were they suppressing the pride of who we are, but also the pride of the achievements we have made in changing our campus culture. Those who persistently disrupted our week of celebration, disrupted our feeling of safety on this campus. Despite the intentions of their actions and the hurt that they have caused, they have shown me that our community of LGBT and Allies will not take lightly to the situation. Those of us who have worked so hard to get here will protect diversity. For those anonymous few, I don’t wish you anything bad onto you, but I hope that you learn and grow from your mistakes. I hope you can put yourself in the perspective of those you attacked, directly and indirectly. I hope you will come forth in some way and make up for what you did.

Anonymous

For people who preach love and acceptance, some are very hateful and nasty. The message of love and support shouldn’t be followed by hate because someone does not agree with everything someone says.
#PRACTICEWHATYOUPREACH
#TRUMPFORPRESIDENT

Anonymous

I am sick of ERAU being silent on issues affecting minority students. There are a good deal of women on campus now. Wonderful. It would be nice to see them not all become battered mats for men who think they have no place in the STEM classroom or the coed Armed Forces. It would be much better to see the students of color, international students, and LGBT students, as well as faculty and staff, shown some respect for their unique points of view and the strides they make to progress the leadership and emotional intelligence of all Eagles. You cannot simply be smart in today’s workforce; you have to be able to communicate with people, and not all of them will look like most of the students and staff on this campus. Sadly, I have seen so many students, faculty and staff leave because they were harassed and mistreated by ignorant workers, even after they reported it, because these issues are shrugged off. If you are unique, and if you can hide it, you hide it here; there’s no way to get an internship or a mentor or a raise/promotion if you don’t look and act a certain way. We are certainly a unique place in the regard that ERAU exaggerates everything that is wrong with American culture: blind patriotism at the expense of anyone who doesn’t go to church on Sunday, or drop to its knees at the sight of the American flag. This is crippling the university and the alumni; if discrimination is OK in educating global leaders, we are graduating racists, xenophobes and sexists into some of the most critical positions of our nation’s companies and possibly adding to our nation’s contentious position in the world. That is more than troubling. That is heinous. Perhaps the only part of this some may read is this: I would not donate money to that type of educational institution after I leave.

Anonymous

The Diversity Center, like similar organizations elsewhere in the country, thinks far too highly of itself — especially considering the campus it is operating on. We get it, you’re gay. You’re black. You’re this-or-that. And guess what? NO ONE ELSE CARES. So dedicating an entire week to hosting events with views that a majority of campus does not support, let alone approve of, and expecting everything to be sunshine and rainbows is ridiculous. We don’t care — not in a malicious or hateful way, but in a “I have more important things to do than award you a special snowflake trophy for being different than the norm.”

It’s great that you like men/women/whatever, or you grew up in an [insert ethnicity here]-centric neighborhood, or you don’t identify as what 99% of society would say you are. I didn’t come to this school to celebrate differences, I came here to learn my STEM major. If I wanted to hold hands and sing Kumbaya and talk about my feelings, I would have gone to a much cheaper state school back home.

T.J.

It’s a symbol of solidarity, a symbol of hope. It’s about different people coming together and celebrating those differences. It is, in my heart, second only to the American flag, a symbol so beautiful and perfect that I would lay down my life in defense of the ideal that it represents.

Make no mistake, it is not harmful to you. You and your values are not under attack. It does not change the way you live your life or interact with people. Do not, then, make it seem like a choice for people like me, who love and respect both symbols and what they represent. Do not take down one in place of the other.

As a community and as a society, we need to recognize the value in diversity and in diverse individuals. It’s the only way we can grow to be better people. Please, make an effort to appreciate those who are different. Because diversity makes this nation great, and it’s that greatness which is worth fighting for.

Luke

It is important for everyone to be aware of the diversity of students at Embry-Riddle and to show respect for all of their fellow students.

Laura Yale

I was deeply saddened by the removal of the pride flag and the hurtful words attached to the Spirit Rock last week. For those of you who belong to the LGBTQA community, I’d like to say that you are valued, you are respected, and you are loved on this campus. For those of you who agree with the actions last week or feel ambivalent to those actions, I ask that you begin to listen and that you begin to ask questions. Make a new friend. Make the effort to truly get to know someone who is different from you. It’s rare for people to change their fundamental beliefs, but empathy for someone else’s experience can at least create some understanding. I ask that you take this first step.

Tyler

I understand that it is difficult for many people to care about LGBTQA+ rights, much less be sympathetic to the cause. By not being a member of a group one cannot understand the struggles. Hardly ever are heterosexuals verbally assaulted, physically attacked, or murdered for simply being straight. That being said I refuse to disappear because you are uncomfortable. The reason behind having Pride is due to oppression and violence that the LGBTQA+ community suffers around the world. Pride is a celebration of life, love and liberty, pride is meant to increase visibility of people living in the margins of society, because we deserve to exist just as much as everyone else. As Americans when one person is under attack we are all under attack.

The type of hateful behavior that happened last week goes well beyond disagreement to the point of being discriminatory and homophobic. These actions are not acceptable. This is simply not the world we live in, unless you plan on living in your parents’ basement after graduation. Both industry and government greatly value diversity. Students of Embry-Riddle need to recognize, and learn to appreciate the culture of the world they are prepping to go into. It does not matter how skilled and intelligent you are, employers want to hire people that reflect and embrace their company culture.

Lucas

Pride Week was a success in some ways, and a disappointment in others. Certain students continue to contribute to the hate and negativity on campus from the stealing of the Pride flag to the targeted note left on the pride rock. I understand that some individuals had concerns the flag was flying higher than the American flag, however, that was not the case, and flag etiquette supports this. I would’ve liked to see the concerned students approach administration to work out the problem rather than taking matters “into their own hands.” All of the negativity aside, I believe the LGBTQA community has more people who support them on campus than they do people who don’t. Ultimately, the visit from Jessica Taylor and the Drag Show were amazing and positive highlights of the week. I hope we can continue to grow the positivity in the future.

Suzie Roth

I struggle to find the words to articulate my sincere disappointment and shock regarding the actions last week – actions by a few which seem to have so much effect on so many.   I have seen much growth in the way of diversity and inclusion in my 10+ years as a staff member here. Our campus culture has moved forward in so many ways and I believe this was a setback in many ways.

I have always been in support of other people and their views, even if they do not align with my own. Having PRIDE week on this campus is a huge accomplishment towards a more inclusive environment. It is my hope that this week of celebration will not only continue but also be larger next year. We can only begin to grow when we take time to listen and learn from others. You do not have to agree with everyone, their beliefs, or their lifestyle; but you do have to be civil and respectful. And expressing your views or dislike for people in a destructive and belittling way is never ok and is certainly not acceptable.

As Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better.” I believe we all know better and I would expect all of us to take a moment to listen so that we may do better.

Nicholas Reinders

My thoughts concerning Pride Week fall neither against the university administration for its choices concerning a flagpole nor against the campus members who painted over a rock (notwithstanding the attack on Melanie). My objection rises against you, my fellow members of the ERAU community – you who say you do not care, who say you came here only for education, and who believe that diversity groups on campus should stay silent. What you show you don’t care about is the words and experiences of people different than you. Would you care if you understood why we are talking? I speak up to support the idea that I might be able to participate in civil unions, for myself and a potential spouse to be afforded the same tax, legal, and medical rights and privileges as heterosexual couples. I speak up to support the idea that I might one day be able to adopt, without being harassed by institutional obstructions. I speak up to protect young gay people from having to hear people use the word “faggot”, making those young people fear who they themselves are. Those are some of my causes. I don’t expect you to listen to or care about our everyday speech, but I hope that you might at least understand why we do try to discuss these unresolved institutional and social conditions that affect our lives. As you read this statement, you may again have resorted to the idea that you came here only for education. Alas, everywhere you go, you will run into people who have something to say, and it would be in your best interest to stop expecting people to roll over. If you do disagree with me or with us, I encourage you to speak up, to abandon your anonymity, and to clarify your thoughts, because I still fail to understand how you expect me to be silent.

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Conflict at the Flagpole

By Micaela Stewart
Copy Editor

Pride Week has become a recognized event at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in recent years.

This year’s event involved some extra trimmings to show support for the campus’ LGBTQ+ students; the most notable was the raising of a Pride flag on the flagpole outside of the bookstore.

The Pride week event staff wanted to utilize this unused flagpole, so they approached Chancellor Ayers with the idea to designate this flagpole for student organizations to post their colors.

Chancellor Ayers approved of this change in policy and on Tuesday, Oct. 25, the Pride flag was raised to signify the beginning of the Pride Week events.

The next day, Wed. Oct. 26 there was a noticeable addition to the flagpole.

Someone in the night had decided to add an American flag to the pole above the Pride flag.

This act was against the agreement made between the Pride committee and Embry-Riddle, therefore, Safety took down the American flag and reposted the Pride flag.

Responses following the lowering of the American Flag from this flagpole were unexpectedly charged.

Safety held on to the flag and treated it with proper respect.

The persons responsible for this act came forward to Safety and expressed their reasoning for adding the American flag to the flagpole.

They were under the impression that the Pride flag was flying higher than the American Flag based on its positioning on campus and felt it was their duty to be sure that the Flag Code was followed.

Erik Steele, a student who participated in the Let’s Do Lunch discussion regarding this event, said “I don’t believe the person who did it was doing it out of disrespect, but they should have gone through the proper channels.”

However due to their clandestine actions it was in violation of the new designation that the University had bestowed on this particular flagpole leading to the American flag being removed.

Dr. Ayers said in an interview that the school was still showing support through the flags at the front gate and that the flagpole in question was not a lighted flag pole and had not been used consistently to fly a flag for many years.

Therefore, when he was approached by a student group to use it he felt it was a good idea to designate this unused space for use by student organizations when they have events.

He expressed that “real diversity is where everyone is celebrated” and that “the university really cares about each and every one of [their] students in favor of supporting each other.”

Unfortunately this explanation did not seem to be the end of this silent struggle.

The morning of Thurs. Oct 27 showed that the Pride flag had been stolen and replaced with an American flag of a lesser quality from the first flag added to the pole.

The stolen Pride flag was a gift from a U.S. Marine Veteran and Alumnus of the campus to the Diversity Center and held sentimental value to the students who raised it.

This act put students from the LGBTQ+ community on edge as this action was more aggressive than the previous one.

Safety was again called in to remove the unauthorized flag and the Diversity Center raised a replacement Pride flag emblazoned with the Embry-Riddle seal.

This flag flew through the end of Pride week before being taken down with the closing of the events before the flagpole was again empty and locked until the official policy relating to the use of the pole is reviewed and finalized.

The earlier event may have been done out of misunderstanding, miscommunication and patriotism.

While the other event may have been carried out under a similar vein, the symbolic nature of the act did not lend itself to the idea that all the students are accepted and able to outwardly support their ideals.

This series of events and the discussion that followed it in Let’s Do Lunch opens up the discussion of acceptance and communication between different groups.

College is about learning about and meeting people from all walks of life, but it is also about confronting your own beliefs and determining how you fit in the world.

You may not understand or accept others’ beliefs, but out of respect for your own beliefs and your right to have them, shouldn’t you give others the chance to do the same?

You may find that through learning more about their beliefs and lifestyles you find yourself having a better understanding of your own values and beliefs.

Take the time to listen and learn and then make your decision with all the resources available to you.

Diversions

Yavapai Humane Society Pets of the Week

By Calley Tinsman
Correspondent

It is evident how much the Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) cares about finding their animals forever homes when they choose six lovely cats and dogs to be their Pets of the Week.

These furry companions are adoption ready, and their adoption fees are waived. They are ready for someone to take them home.

Tweedle is a large male Domestic Shorthair cat with a grey and black coat. Before arriving at the shelter, he was living as a stray.

This was particularly distressing for the poor feline as he is declawed, making it difficult for him to fend for himself.

Despite the fact that he is still shy, he absolutely loves head rubs.

Tweedle’s prospective family must be patient and kind, as well as put him on a weight-loss program.

The next featured animal is Annie.

She is a brown and white Boxer/American Blue Heeler mix of only one year and three months.

She needs lots of exercise and enjoys playing with toys.

She is a bundle of energy and will fit right in with an owner who also has an active lifestyle.

She already knows several commands: “come,” “sit,” “down,” and “leave it.” In addition, she is house and crate trained.

Although she is not fond of cats, she is very good with other dogs.

Joan is a bronze and white Terrier/American Pit Bull mix.

Like Tweedle, she can be shy and nervous around new people.

However, give her time and she will show her affectionate and playful side.

She loves belly rubs and going for walks, and knows the commands “sit” and “lay down.”

She needs an owner willing to be patient with her as she learns to trust again.

To read about the other three Pets of the Week, visit the YHS website at [http://www.yavapaihumane.org/] and click on the Adopt tab.

In addition, the site has information regarding all the shelter pets, volunteering opportunities, adoption specials, and pet care/training tips. YHS can also be reached by phone at 928.445.2666.

 

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Strutting Their Stuff to Show Support

 

By Kirstin Wolfe
Correspondent

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2016, Department of Housing and Residence Life (HRL) Director Jason Langston welcomed participants to the third annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event as part of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Langston gave a brief presentation on the history of the event and why it is so important to raise awareness for the topic of domestic violence.

Despite many students having an “it won’t happen to me” attitude, Langston pointed out that one in three women and one in four men will be victims of domestic violence during their lives.

Domestic violence happens to men and women regardless of sexual orientation—it is not just a women’s issue, but a human issue as well, and it requires an active stance to combat the violence.

The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event is more than guys wearing high heels around campus once a year: it is an awareness event with an emphasis that everyone is responsible for taking a stance to stop domestic violence, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Starting as a group of men walking around in heels around a park, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes has grown into a national event.

After signing a waiver and ensuring their shoes were secure, participants were off with HRL leading the way.

Participants of the walk included: Jason Langston, Thomas Rice, and DJ Escobar from HRL; Student Government Association members President Corey DeJac, Treasurer Keanu Starrantino, and council representatives; and other male students.

Strutting their stuff in high heels, wedges, and flats in a variety of colors and patterns, the participants trekked from the Lower Hanger up around Hazy Library and the Visitor’s Center before walking back down to the Student Union.

Participants received congratulations from supportive spectators and ice packs for their tired feet after the walk.

Raising awareness for domestic violence is something that the whole campus can get engaged with; this topic “impacts all of us in some way, shape, or form,” Langston restated following the walk.

The month of October saw several different awareness events on campus regarding domestic violence, and the walk was the last big event sponsored by HRL.

Representatives from several local organizations were on site in the Lower Hangar to provide information and support to attendees of the events.

Prescott and Prescott Valley Police Department Victim Services, Yavapai Family Advocacy Center, Stepping Stones Agencies, and the Family Violence Unit were all present to provide assistance.

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