Mad Chad shocks audience by juggling 3 running chainsaws at BCA event

By: Vee Glessner
Copy Editor

At 8 p.m. on the night of Sept. 21, an entertainer by the name of “Mad Chad” showed off his juggling skills in a hybrid comedy act put on by the Board of Campus Activities in the Davis Learning Center Auditorium. 

“My real name is Chad Taylor,” the performer introduced. “I grew up in Santa Monica. You can tell I’m from the beach because I still ride a skateboard and I don’t have a real job,” he commented, clumsily riding in on a skateboard. 

Chad started off the night by asking the audience to re-do his entrance with a more enthusiastic round of applause and cheers so he could post it on his social media.

He even handed out a supportive sign (that he had made) and a pair of women’s underwear for audience members to show and throw, respectively.

After warming up the crowd, Chad gathered four audience volunteers and handed them green plastic bats that would sit in wait for a few more tricks.

After some mild juggling of three tennis balls, and impressive juggling of four, he announced he would be juggling five.

Chad proceeded to juggle two tennis balls with a clump of three tied together, which elicited a hearty laugh.

“It’s so close to entertainment you can hardly tell the difference,” Chad joked to the audience about his hybrid comedy and stunt act.

This comment was well-timed, as he was about to juggle three silicone breast implants he claimed belonged to his ex-wife and cost him $8,000.

For a shocking stunt that made many in the audience scream, Chad juggled three 1000-volt stun guns in several different styles, including one he called “stun guns coming towards my face.”  

As he prepared for his next trick, he shared a bit about his background as a performer.

“I went down to Venice Beach at the age of 13 and started juggling. I put out my hat for tips and made $35 in one day. At the time my allowance was $6 a week. I went home, tossed a $10 at my dad, and said, ‘YOU mow the lawn!’” he recalled.

He asked for an object from the audience, any object, to juggle along with one raw egg and a 10-lb shot put ball.

The imbalance in weights and sizes, he said, make this trick very difficult.

After a poll from the audience, Chad ended up with a penny board in his hands and successfully juggled the challenging trio.

Moving to three, 10-lb shot put balls, Chad startled the audience by tossing one that landed with a crack on his head.

Fortunately, this was just another stunt, as the one his skull made contact with was actually a lightweight rubber lookalike.

Next, Chad dimmed the lights and pulled out three small balls that glowed orange.

He put on a great light show, including some comedic moments of just holding a ball and yanking it around in the air, and others of impressive sky-high juggling.

Three volunteers from the audience added personality to the next trick: Natalie held a carrot while Chad chopped it with a machete, making her sweat with a fake-clumsy act.

Robbie and Steven held a 6-foot tall unicycle in place for Chad to “leap” onto, which turned out to be a laborious and extended climb up the helpers’ limbs.

Up on the unicycle, the star asked the audience to yell “Eat it!” as he was juggling an apple and two knives to signal for him to take a bite of the apple.

By the time he reached the core, his mouth was full and the stage covered with half-chewed bits he had spit out.

For a short break in the show, Chad gave two of what he called public service announcements: first, to support local live entertainment.

Second, that the scar on his nose was not from a stunt gone wrong, but from a brush with skin cancer, and he warned to wear sunscreen and protective clothing when exposed to the sun.

Finally the audience got what they were waiting for: after a quick costume change and (another) dramatic entrance, Chad started his chainsaws.

He first juggled one, then two, then three 15-lb running chainsaws!

Before Chad got to the third one, he warned the audience, “If one is flying at you, I’m sorry. Also, please get out of the way because there’s two more right behind.”

After a short, sweaty, chainsaw-filled dance with death, Chad started to cool down.

“Figure out something you love to do and how you can get paid to do that,” he advised. “I love my job!” he said of the dangerous occupation.

A poll across the audience showed that most attendees still thought Chad should have gone to college.

Although it seemed the show had reached its peak, Mad Chad had one more thing on the agenda.

He balanced an upside-down skateboard on top of a cylinder on top of a box and stood on the skateboard, forcing himself to balance continually, then juggled a running chainsaw and two small pink balls.

The audience held their breath the whole time. “I almost passed out,” said attendee Paige Hill.

Chad has produced a one-hour documentary available on Amazon called “Buskers” about the lives of street performers from tightrope walkers to sidewalk samurais. He can be found on social media at @MadChadTaylor. 

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Wings Out West 2018: A Soaring Success

By: Corrine Girard

On Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, crowds filed into the Prescott Municipal Airport (KPRC) for the annual Wings out West airshow. This year the airshow boasted more demonstrations, more vendors, and more attendees than ever before. The airshow, an event geared towards Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) students and alumni, was opened to the public for the second time and the City of Prescott was a co-host. The threat of rain loomed overhead about halfway through the show, but the weather held out and the crowd stayed dry to enjoy the aerial displays and static aircraft that were parked on the ramp.  

The 2018 airshow follows a big year for KPRC. With the closure of Great Lakes Aviation in early 2018, KPRC was without a passenger airline service until United Express started flights from Prescott to Denver and Los Angeles in late August. Prior to the airshow beginning, attendees may have noticed the CRJ-200 taking off for a 9:00 a.m flight to Denver International Airport (DEN). 

Headlining this year’s show was Matt Chapman, the Embry-Riddle air show demonstration pilot. In his Extra 330LX aircraft with the trademark ERAU gold and blue paint, Chapman is easy to spot in the sky. Also in the 2018 lineup were pilots Bill Stein, Steve Bennett, Rob Holland, Cindy Irish, and Gary Rower. The airshow also featured a dogfight with the Immortal Red Baron and demonstrations from the Golden Eagles Flight Team. In the latter half of the show, attendees were surprised by the appearance of a U.S. Air Force KC-135 as it flew two laps around the airfield before departing to the southwest. 

To put on an airshow of this caliber requires many people from many different organizations to work together to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the attendees. Many volunteers from the City of Prescott and students from ERAU came together to help set up the event prior to Saturday and to help with take-down on event day. In fact, 75 volunteers from Air Force ROTC Det. 028 worked as security and parking control on both the north and south sides of the airfield.  

All together in conjunction with air traffic control, Aviation Safety Program Manager Brian Roggow and Jerry Kidrick, and Airport Operations the day went off seamlessly. Airport Operations employee Alex Segovia said, “Our team worked with our volunteers to provide a safe and exciting viewing experience for air show attendees. All together things went smoothly, and we couldn’t have done it without our volunteers.” 

The Wings Out West Airshow is a tradition for ERAU students, faculty, staff, and alumni to unite among one thing that brought ERAU together in the first place – aviation. The ability to celebrate the heritage and pride of Embry-Riddle with an airshow at our homecoming is truly a privilege – one that should be taken advantage of by all ERAU students if they have the chance. Freshman Ashleigh Cook, who volunteered with AFROTC Det. 028 said, “The airshow was very empowering to see not only because of the great AirPower, but to see what my classmates will be doing some day in the future. It’s amazing to see what a great community Embry-Riddle is by coming together to experience such a fun event.”

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No to Brett Kavanaugh

By James Ritchey

With a 50-48 vote on Oct. 6, Brett Kavanaugh was elected by the Senate to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court left by a retiring Anthony Kennedy. After weeks of controversy, hearings, investigations, and rash political divide, the Senate voted almost entirely on partisan lines to guide the legal system for the next decades.

While Brett Kavanaugh has experience and knowledge to qualify him for the position he was placed in, his conduct both in the past and in his confirmation process demonstrate that he is undeserving of the position.

Before Donald Trump was elected president, his campaign published a list of 21 judges that could potentially replace Justice Antonin Scalia after his death.

On this list was Neil Gorsuch. Not on this list was Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh was not added to the list until Nov. 2017, when it became more clear that Justice Kennedy may retire.

Nearly all conservative speakers remarked that any judge on the lists of potential appointees would be a great choice, and one they would be happy with. So, the addition of Kavanaugh raised some suspicion.

Kavanaugh is the only justice on the list who has publicly stated he does not believe a sitting president can be indicted. In light of the Robert Mueller probe into the 2016 election, this question was raised often and has not yet been clearly answered.

If this fact does not bring up enough suspicion of a potential compromise of objectivity on the Supreme Court, then the allegations that arose after his nomination on July 9 definitely do.

After his nomination, the American Civil Liberties Union, a non-partisan group, stated that Kavanaugh’s record “demonstrates hostility to international law as a constraint on government action as well as an unwillingness to hold the government to account when it violates the constitutional and human rights of U.S. citizens and noncitizens,” which violates principles that the Supreme Court was built upon.

As part of his nomination to the Senate, documents from his past career were provided to Senators to review to help establish his ethos. Even though hundreds of thousands of pages of documents were released, the White House used its executive authority to withhold over 100,000 pages of records, leaving senators with a distinct gap in determining Kavanaugh’s objectivity.

With this mounting inability to truly determine Judge Kavanaugh’s potential for serving on the Supreme Court, credible allegations of sexual assault and disorderly conduct arose.

Although most of the allegations concern events that happened in Kavanaugh’s high school and college years, Kavanaugh’s insistent denials raised even more suspicion. In the hearing when accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified, Kavanaugh appeared incredibly emotional, subjective, and unfit to hold such an influential position.

As the controversy heightened, the Republican Party refused to admit that any wrongdoing had occurred with Kavanaugh at any point in his life. Among dodged questions and angry responses to Senators, Kavanaugh’s nomination was never in jeopardy from any Republican politician.

Regardless of mounting controversy, and proven subjectivity, and obvious emotionality, no Republican authorities ever moved forward with nominating another judge. There were over 20 well-qualified, White House-approved judges, yet the GOP insisted on sticking to their guns instead of working for compromise.

Kavanaugh is now in a position of extreme power that he does not deserve as he has proven his inability to remain objective and free of emotion in high-impact situations. While other judges may have been better choices, United States citizens are now under the influence of a Supreme Court Justice who will affect their lives without sufficient regard to legal principles.

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ERAU Named No.1 in Aerospace

By: Brittany A. Bailey

Once again Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Prescott is recognized for its accomplishments, bringing home another number 1 ranking in this year’s list of the Best Undergraduate Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering Programs at schools where a doctorate is not offered by U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges.

This pristine title was awarded to the top school in Aerospace out of 1,800 accredited four-year universities from all over the country.

The ranking was based on the judgments of senior faculty and deans who had to nominate the 10 best engineering programs in the area of aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical.

In order to be considered eligible for ranking, schools had to receive a minimum of 7 nominations.

A recent graduate in the class of 2017 reflects kindly on her years as a student, saying “you don’t really understand how well the professors are doing at preparing you for your future until you’re walking across that stage with your dream job waiting for you at the other end.

I’m in no way surprised they were awarded that title – the campus, the support, the opportunities, the resources.

Embry-Riddle provides everything you could possibly need to succeed and move forward in life”.

ERAU Prescott offers many state-of-the-art laboratories, including its own wind tunnel lab, that provide students with the ability to get hands-on experience in the curriculum built by faculty mentors with plenty of industry experience and wisdom.

The school prides itself on the ability of the students to “hit the ground running” right out of school: 93% of graduates are employed within the first year after graduation.

The senior capstone project is another big focus when ranking degree programs.

At ERAU Prescott, this project challenges students to apply the abilities and knowledge they obtained by producing their collegiate magnum opus through the careful guidance of faculty who have garnered much experience in their field.

It offers students the chance to get specific, hands-on experience with real-world scenarios and develop skills they will later use in the workforce.

Students also benefit from the teacher-to-student ratio, 1 to about 23, and have the ability to build meaningful relationships and easily access one-on-one help.

Furthermore, this is enhanced by not only the teacher’s willingness, but their desire to help students succeed in their academic career and beyond.

Although the students don’t always seem like they need extra tutoring, boasting some of the highest entry GPA’s amongst any of the programs in Arizona, they take advantage of their teachers’ investment in their education and attend office hours, ask questions, and engage with their faculty.

Pair this with their access to modern technology and passionate professors, and you can see why they are ranked number 1 in the nation.

It doesn’t stop there, though: in the overall category, Best Undergraduate Engineering Program at schools that don’t offer a doctorate, ERAU, Prescott is tied at number 14 out of 200 schools across the nation, still the highest ranked school in Arizona for this category.

In the future, with the addition of programs such as systems engineering, ERAU hopes to continue to stay at the forefront of engineering and technical evolution.

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Christopher Robin: A trip down nostalgia road

By Peter Partoza

Disney fans have been buffeted with live-action remake and sequel after sequel of classic movies, such as “Toy Story,” “Cars,” “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and countless others. But with “Christopher Robin,” a nice change of pace has hit the cinema scene.  

Christopher Robin tells the story of an adult Christopher who has left the Hundred Acre Woods and has been through the rollercoaster ride of growing up. Those who grew up with “Winnie the Pooh” are pulled in, easily identifying themselves with Christopher Robin as they watch him go through schooling, falling in love, going to war, and starting a family, all within a brief montage in the opening portion of the movie.  

The movie cuts to a view of Christopher Robin, now a workaholic with a strained relationship with his family. Trouble at work adds to Christopher’s stress and begins to push him further and further away from his family, causing him to send them to his childhood cottage for the weekend as he works.

As Christopher aged and grew, Pooh eagerly awaited the return on the other side.

Coming to the movie’s present time, Pooh discovers that he can’t find his friends one day. He decides to venture through the door Christopher Robin would always come through to visit and play.

As Pooh comes through the door he enters our world and through story driving coincidence, Christopher Robin and Pooh reunite.

After realizing that the tree Pooh came through no longer has a way back to the Hundred Acre Wood, Christopher is propelled into a journey to his childhood home, all the while carrying the lighthearted Pooh with him.

As the movie goes on, Christopher Robin’s adult cynicism and stresses begin to clash with Pooh’s childlike wonder and simplicity, making it a recipe ripe for not only comedy and cartoon antics but also somber moments that bring the viewers back to the idea that they are no longer children.

As strange as this sounds, this movie was not made for children. Hear me out. Children being brought to this movie will enjoy the simple comedy that Pooh and friends bring, but the real meat of this movie is the idea of when a child such as Christopher Robin grows up.

It grips those who have already gone through that transition, playing on the heartstrings of those who miss a simpler time. If I had to say one message that this movie had, it would be that “it’s never too late to be a kid again.” “Christopher Robin” is a feel-good movie, which, if only for a short time, will bring you away from the negativity in the world and leave you feeling better than before.

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Internship Experience: Fixing the Pilot Shortage at the Highest Level

By James Ritchey

This past summer, I had the opportunity to live and work in Washington, D.C. through an internship program offered by Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings.

I, along with a few other Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp (AFROTC) cadets from around the nation, had the opportunity to work at and immerse myself in the Pentagon, working with a variety of different departments within Headquarters Air Force.

Despite being a Global Security and Intelligence Studies major, with interests in foreign and operational policy, I was placed in the Aircrew Crisis Task Force (ACTF), a special organization created to tackle one of the largest hurdles facing the current Department of Defense: the shortage of pilots and other aircrew members, especially at higher levels.

The ACTF is a special “matrixed” organization under the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (HAF/A3). Because of the complexity (and hopefully temporary status) of the problem, officers from around the Pentagon worked together to develop an actionable, lasting plan to ensure the Air Force maintains proper personnel levels for the coming decades.

I worked with officers from A5/8, the department for Strategic Plans and Requirements, A1, the department for Personnel, A3T, the department for training and readiness, and many others from a variety of backgrounds and skills. My office was headed by a one-star general, and consisted mostly of officers who had been in the Air Force for over 15 years. As a cadet who has not even been in the active Air Force yet, it was somewhat daunting to be around such high-level officers on a daily basis. However, I was welcomed with open arms, and quickly assigned tasks to complete.

While I at first did not have much interest in the subject or any skill in operational research, I was quickly on-boarded and put to work in developing budget proposals, contract requirements, and idea solicitation. On many occasions, I was able to participate in meetings regarding potential future programs for developing pilots, many of which would involve AFROTC detachments and aviation schools such as Riddle and the University of North Dakota. Despite my lack of experience in the operational Air Force, I was productive within the ACTF and actively helped develop solutions for the near and distant future.  

Along with working on solutions for the aircrew crisis, I also had the opportunity to branch out into some other areas of the Department of Defense. I had the opportunity to go to the State Department and sit in on negotiations for foreign weapon sales of American aircraft, as well as take flights in F-16D and KC-135 aircraft at nearby Joint Base Andrews. The USAF’s Light Attack (OA-X) experiment was a critical matter as well, and I had the opportunity to work on budgeting and congressional proposals for the acquisition and stand-up of its potential future fighter squadrons and Formal Training Units.  

The Pentagon itself is a massive building, featuring a multitude of shops, food courts, and people incredibly important to national security. I had the opportunity to meet several of these people, including USAF Chief of Staff General David Goldfein, Vice Chief of Staff General Stephen Wilson, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Lieutenant General Mark Nowland. It is rare to see anyone below the rank of Major (O-4) in the building at all, and even rarer to see anyone below Captain (O-3). As a cadet in that world, the experience and connections I made were unparalleled. 

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Music Review

By Peter Partoza

Another week, another slew of new music coming out from artists across the spectrum. Logic is back with a brand new single, and he’s not holding anything back. “The Return” features the same aggressive unopposed lyric style he’s built his career on, and yes, he’s still got it.

Dropping names on big brands like Nike and Audi he takes a no-holds-barred approach, calling out the music business for how it still seems to deny him his place in the franchise and instead lumps him in with the mumble rap crowd.

A fast flow and a driving beat paired with powerful (and explicit) lyrics ensures he plants another flag in the rap genre, calling out other artists to push against the current rap trends and bring more types of his style of lyrically based music. Logic recently announced a new album coming soon, “Young Sinatra 4,” set to release Sept. 28, so keep an eye out.

Sliding over to the rock scene, Bring Me The Horizon’s new song “MANTRA” brings back the group after a two year hiatus.

Filled with resonating electric guitar, plenty of cymbal crashes, and the same pseudo-electric style they’ve shown off in the past, “MANTRA” brings a new story to the group, starting the song off with “Do you want to start a cult with me?”

The remainder of the song continues with lyrics speaking to those who feel like they are drifting through life with no purpose, stuck in a rut, and those who are “chanting that same old MANTRA.” No word as of yet on when the next album from them will drop, but with the release of this new song and its music video, you can expect more in the coming months.

Moving away from the more mainstream artists, a new face is making his way onto the scene. Alec Benjamin is an up and comer and his new song “Death of a Hero” features an acoustic and ambient tone with melodic lyrics.

The song laments the “death of a hero,” i.e. the moment you move out of childhood wonder and begin to see the world and people as they truly are without the veil of perfection attributed to icons. This is a good song for those rainy days or times where everything just feels too real. Benjamin is a Phoenix native and has released multiple other singles, and can be found on major music streaming and downloading websites.

There is no word yet on whether we can expect an album or not from the new kid on the scene, though, so fans will have to wait with bated breath.

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T2 Residents Displaced

By Vee Glessner
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The buzz around campus is that the new residence hall, T2, is only half-occupied despite the promise of a new fully-inhabited building for incoming and returning students by the start of the fall semester.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen delays in the construction process, this goal could not be met.

During the summer, the construction crew notified administration that delays would prohibit the building from opening on time.

“It was a tight turnaround with an estimated completion date of Aug.14, and Aug.19 was move-in, so we knew it was super tight,” said Jason Langston, Director of Housing and Residence Life.

“At that time, ERAU directed the construction company to focus on getting the ‘B’ side finalized as soon as possible so students could move in to that half on time.

They agreed and were able to open that half of the building before the freshman class arrived,” says Orientation Leader Lucas Widner.

When Housing found out the building couldn’t be fully opened by the Aug.19 move-in date, they took rooms from side A out of the room selection options to mitigate the inconvenience and achieved a temporary certificate of occupancy for the ‘B’ side.

“We called all of the students to explain what was going on and receive questions. We sent emails, letters, and really tried to over-communicate,” said Langston.

The students that will be housed in the “A” side of the building are temporarily living in Mingus Mountain Halls 3 through 5.

Displaced students are sleeping in the lounge rooms of those Mingus suites, accommodated by temporary privacy doors and the beds that will eventually occupy their rooms in T2.

“Once it was confirmed it was going to be late, we went ahead and converted the lounges in Halls 3 through 5.

The math worked well: students from the ‘A’ side were able to move into 3 through 5 almost exactly, and we were able to keep roommates together,” said Langston.

The freshmen still got to experience the first few weeks adjusting to a new roommate and are housed with other freshmen, which made this the ideal solution.

This unique group of freshmen get to be part of two communities, Mingus and T2, and have the opportunity to make additional friends with the suites they are currently living in.

The construction is projected to be complete in early- to mid-September, with students moving in over the next few weeks.

Housing needs to secure a certificate of occupancy before anyone can move into the new construction and will notify T2A occupants as soon as it is received.

Although some parents were unhappy they couldn’t see their student’s final room before they left campus, displaced students and the residents of suites now housing them are reacting fairly positively, in part due to the way that Housing has handled the situation.

“Everyone has been generally understanding and appreciative that Housing has communicated with them so often and done as much as they could to make the most out of this situation,” says Widner.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that both parties are being financially compensated for the inconvenience.

When the construction is complete, there will be a transition period where the displaced furniture is moved out of Mingus and into T2.

This process will be executed in waves: about one-third of the T2A furniture is in storage, and the rest is in Mingus with the displaced students.

”We have to move the furniture in, move a third of the people over, then move their furniture,” said Langston.

Then, the Mingus lounges will be re-furnished with the standard accommodations, which Facilities has stored in the meantime.

“I have heard more grumblings from them [Mingus occupants], and I understand that they are not getting the lounge that they expected. We have done lots to mitigate that, including extra money on the dining cards for snacks,” Langston says.

There has also been a microwave placed in the Hall 5 lounge for use by these students.

Though T2 will be occupied in a few weeks, the outside of the building will need a little more time.

The metal paneling meant to be used on the outside was damaged in transit, so more has to be special-ordered.

“There will be some delays on the outside of the building, but nothing that impacts the livability,” Langston reassures us.

The roof is finished and weather-ready; the missing panels are primarily for aesthetic purposes.

Overall, displaced students have had primarily understanding and positive reactions.

For the most part, they’re just excited to move into their new building as soon as it’s finished.

Thanks to communication from Housing and agile accommodations by Facilities, the impact of the construction delay has been minimized.

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Sports Update

By James Ritchey

Volleyball (6-1) 

24 Aug (Home) 

ERAU 3 – 1 Hope International 

ERAU hosted and played in its own Volleyball tournament, playing Hope International in the first two of its three games. In both matches, the Eagles came out on top with the same final score. The two teams played very evenly in the first set, but the Eagles stayed ahead by a few points for most of the set. HIU surged ahead late in the game, tying the score at 17 and pushing forward to take a 23-25 win. The second set played out similarly, however this time, it was HIU who led for most of the set. The Eagles stayed within two points of the Royals for nearly the entire game, even leading briefly 14-13 before again falling slightly behind. An HIU attack error tied the game at 18-18, and ERAU took that advantage and ran with it, taking the lead on a kill by Erin Clark. HIU stayed within striking distance until two attack errors gave the Eagles a 23-20 lead. Errors on both sides gave the Eagles a 25-23 win to tie the match.  

The momentum from the second set gave ERAU confidence in the third set. After holding a small 10-9 lead, the Eagles scored seven straight points to give them a nearly insurmountable lead; they took a 2-1 match lead with 25-16 set win. In the fourth set, the Eagles started strong, pushing ahead to a 13-6 lead early in the set. However, the Royals then fought back, taking a 18-19 lead to give the Eagles a scare. ERAU then responded with six straight points from causing five HIU errors and a kill from Erin Clark. A final kill from Caylee Robalin finished the match with a 25-20 win.  

After a short break, both teams returned to the court for an immediate rematch. The Eagles returned dominant, capitalizing on several HIU errors to take a 20-8 lead. A few more kills and ERAU found themselves up 1-0 in the match from a 25-12 win. In the second set, the Royals were able to find their bearing again and put up a fight. HIU went up 7-15 over ERAU, and the Eagles were unable to recover. HIU tied the match with a 17-25 win. The third set saw the Eagles back in their groove, going ahead 10-3 to begin. ERAU kept the pressure on HIU, and maintained a consistent lead, finally taking the third set 25-20. In a tumultuous fourth set, the Eagles found themselves down 2-11, their largest deficit of the day. However, in the coming plays, the Eagles maintained a good defensive effort and cut down that deficit. A series of aces, blocks, and kills brought the Eagles back into the game, tying at 15-15. A hard fought battle on both sides ensued, and the Royals and Eagles found themselves tied at 24-24. Kills from Erin Clark and Caylee Robalin sealed the victory for the Eagles, and pushed them into the second day of the tournament.  

25 Aug (Home) 

ERAU 3 – 0 Arizona Christian 

In the last game of their home tournament, the Eagles comfortably swept the ACU Firestorm. In the first set, ERAU took an early lead and maintained a superior level of play, taking the set 25-16. In the second set, the Eagles expanded a 11-7 lead by scoring six straight points to stifle any attempt of an ACU comeback. A kill by Erin Clark and a series of service errors by the Firestorm gave the Eagles a 25-17 set win. Without succumbing to overconfidence, the Eagles ensured a match win with a solid performance in the third set. Scoring four straight points early in the set to take a 5-2 lead, ERAU was clearly superior as the set progressed. Late in the game, the Eagles scored seven straight points to take a 23-9 lead. An ACU service error and a kill from Caylee Robalin sealed the victory with a 25-12 set win. Erin Clark led the Eagles with 13 kills and 14 points, while Caylee Robalin earned 11 kills and 11.5 points.  

Women’s Soccer (1-1) 

20 Aug (Home) 

ERAU 4 – 1 Midland 

Women’s Soccer kicked off their season facing highly-ranked opponent Midland University. The Eagles, ranked 14th in the nation, looked to build off their highly successful 2017 season against Midland, who had received votes in the latest NAIA Top 25 poll. The Warriors were the first to strike, scoring an unassisted goal in the 25th minute. However, Breanna Larkin tied the match 1-1 late in the first half off an assist from Sierra Vicente, capitalizing on one of ERAU’s many offensive pushes. With under three minutes left in the first half, the Eagles received a penalty opportunity to potentially take the lead, but were unable to convert, and the halftime score remained 1-1. The Eagles had 14 shots in the first half, compared to the Warriors’ six. That offensive momentum paid off in the second half, as Maggie McElrath scored early in the half from an assist from Riley Martinson. Later, Riley Martinson ensured an ERAU victory by scoring two goals in less than two minutes; Ashley Askevold assisted both. The Eagles finished the game with 26 shots, while Midland had only nine. Midland also garnered 13 fouls, including two yellow cards.  

24 Aug (Home) 

ERAU 0 – 1 Eastern Oregon 

Eastern Oregon, ranked 25th nationally, barely escaped with a win over ERAU in their second game of the season. Both teams put forth several offensive drives in the first half but none resulted in a goal. ERAU goalkeeper Caitlyn Aaron had three saves in the first half. Early in the second half, EOU managed to break the stalemate and score. However, this only inspired ERAU to work harder and put forth even more shots and offensive pushes. Unfortunately, by the time the 90 minutes were up, the Eagles never found the back of the net. ERAU had 18 shots overall to EOU’s 10.  

Men’s Soccer (0-1) 

17 Aug (Home) 

ERAU 2 – 4 Ottawa University  

The ERAU Men’s Soccer team opened their season against in-state rivals Ottawa University. The Eagles began the match well, as Simon Jensen gave them a 1-0 lead within the first three minutes off an assist from David Bates. The Spirit responded in kind, but ERAU goaltender David Hutto was able to make two saves to stall the OU counterattack. However, they were still able to tie the match with a goal at 29:46. About 10 minutes later, Mason Laaksonen returned the lead to the Eagles with a goal off an assist from Sergio Montero. The Eagles went into halftime leading 2-1, and returned eager to maintain their lead. A defensive struggle ensued as the second half kicked off, with both sides struggling to put together a solid offensive effort. About 21 minutes into the half, OU managed to tie the game on an unassisted goal. About two minutes later, they found the back of the net again and took the lead. The Eagles attempted to lock down their defense, playing a much more physical game, resulting in ERAU committing several fouls. With just 20 seconds left in the match, the Spirit scored yet again to cap off their victory. Both teams ended the match with similar statistics, each having 14 shots, eight shots on goal, and five corner kicks.  

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The “Nature” of Your Health

By Justin Hawkersmith
Counselor and Outdoor Enthusiast

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”  

– Henry David Thoreau (Walden). 

For a long time, we’ve intuitively known that going outside can have a positive effect on us: mentally, physically, and emotionally. We may see updates via social media of a friend hitting the Pacific Crest Trail or Appalachian Trail to “find themselves.” Some of us may even remember parents kicking us outside when we were younger to “get some fresh air” (with the underlying message of “get out of my hair”) and enthusiastically or reluctantly going along with it. However, research is starting to back this up too. 

A possible link has emerged between increases in obesity, diabetes, and ADHD symptoms and lack of outside time. Another study suggests a relationship between increased levels of anxiety and depression in children and a disconnection from nature. 

Part of the problem lies in that our relationship to the natural world has changed.  It’s estimated that human beings spend close to 90 percent of our time indoors. Part of that’s due to how society has changed: cars instead of bimodal transportation (legs), sitting in offices instead of working outside, etc. Technology has played a huge role in this change as well with smartphones and 24/7 accessibility redefining entertainment and being “plugged in.” 

So how do we “plug in” instead to the natural world? You can go big and hit the trails close to home (the Peavine Trail, Granite Mountain, and Thumb Butte Trail 33 to name a few) or “branch out” and mountain bike in Sedona’s Oak Creek area or head up Flagstaff’s Humphrey’s Peak to scale Arizona’s highest peak. But getting outside doesn’t have to look like that. It could be taking a walk across campus, reading a book outside, rock climbing in the Dells, or finding that perfect hammock-worthy spot to chill. Make your outdoor experiences your own! 

For more ideas, check out:

Or Check Out all the Clubs/Organizations on Campus Geared to the Outdoors! 

Statistics provided by “Using Nature as a Therapeutic Partner” by Lindsey Phillips        

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