The Many Sides of America

By Zoe Crain

After the shocking events unfolded in Charlottesville, VA, during the weekend of August 12 and 13, 2017, President Donald Trump managed to pull himself away from golf long enough to state “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides – on many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time.”

It is honestly unclear what Mr. Trump was intending to say in the final three sentences of this quote, but perhaps it can be interpreted as an allusion to the fact that civil unrest during the fight for equality has long been at the forefront of our country’s happenings – simply because the fight for equality is ongoing.

Indeed, it would be wise to remember that Jim Crow laws, rules that intentionally segregated white and non-white American citizens, were overturned on July 2, 1964. 53 years ago. This means that in the 331 years our country has existed, we have had “equal rights” for Americans with different skin colors for 16 percent of that time.

But perhaps Mr. Trump is referencing the violence of the Birmingham riots, where police set dogs on civil rights activists in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. Or the brutal murder of Emmett Till, the 14 year old black boy arrested for whistling at a white woman (who has since come forward and revealed this to be a total and complete lie – and has a book deal coming out about it!).

Perhaps Mr. Trump could be referencing the police response to the Native American protests at the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. Police utilized pepper spray, guard dogs, water cannons, teargas, rubber bullets, and concussion grenades to beat back unarmed American citizens who were trying to protect sacred land.

There is a possibility that Mr. Trump is referencing individual skirmishes between white supremacists and counter-protesters that are happening across the country. It cannot be overlooked that physical fights break out at protests and can absolutely be started by people from “many sides,” as was seen both in the brutal attack of a black man by white supremacists and the attack of a white supremacist by antifa protesters in Charlottesville.

As is human nature, people across all belief systems can have violent tendencies and choose to act upon them. One side brings sticks and signs. The other brings torches, and independent militia armed with semi-automatic weapons. The police protect one side, and assault the other.

There is a difference between the violence of these many sides, Mr. Trump. A governing body should not endorse the abuse of its citizens. We cannot pretend that police treat all protestors the same, nor can we pretend all protestors have the same intents.

This is not a political issue: it is a moral one. Just as the Civil Rights Movement was, and the Holocaust was. Now is the time where we as a country must determine which side of history we’re on: the one where we endorse the segregation and abuse of Americans, or the one where we actually abide by the Constitution that so many like to quote and deliver our brothers and sisters their inalienable rights.

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Surprising Signs of Depression

By: Joanne Hird

September is suicide awareness month and Counseling Services is getting the word out about depression given that it is the biggest precursor to suicide. The following are some less common signs of depression.

If you know someone who is exhibiting some of these signs along with the more common symptoms of insomnia, change in eating habits, lethargy or loss of interest in pleasurable things, talk to them about it.

Remember, MOST PEOPLE WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT, and talking helps. If this person doesn’t want to talk, remember the axiom “SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.” You can make an anonymous report the ERAU website.

  • Shopping Sprees—Out of control spending that you or someone else is trying to hide.

Compulsive buying serves to distract or can be a self-esteem booster.

  • Drinking or Smoking Heavily—Nearly 1/3 of people with major depression abuse alcohol. If you need to drink to cope with anxiety or sadness you may one of them. Remember alcohol is a depressant so it very likely you ultimately feel worse.
  • Forgetfulness—If you’re feeling foggy or forgetful, it may not be just your new environment or the stress of school.
  • Excessive Internet Use—If you or your roommate prefer virtual social interaction to real-life there may be an issue. Studies have proven this, and we see it frequently in counseling.
  • Binge Eating—Some of the “Freshman Fifteen” weight gain may not be related to just being away from home…it may be linked with depression as well.
  • Shoplifting—One third of shoplifters suffer from depression. It can provide a feeling of power and importance or provide a rush to counter “numbness.” These feelings are usually more important that the item that it taken.
  • Back pain—A study showed 42 percent of people with chronic low back pain experienced depression prior to the pain starting. This is often ignored or undiagnosed because people don’t associate depression and pain. We have a new treatment here in the counseling department if you think this applies pain the causing depression.
  • Risky Sexual Behavior—For some people it’s the thrill of a high-risk behavior or promiscuity that may be covering up the sadness underneath heightened emotions.
  • Exaggerated Emotions—Sometimes when we are depressed, we show little emotions and other times, too much. Emotions can be explosive or people can become irritable. The key here is a sudden change in behavior.
  • Gambling—Another behavior similar to risky sexual behavior. Problem gambling also is co-occurring with alcohol consumption in depressed people.
  • Poor self-care—This can look like not showering, combing hair, brushing teeth or washing clothes.

Call the Wellness Center at 928.777.6653 if you or someone you know needs help.

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Bearded Villains offers a unique perspective

By: Lynda Roberts
Student Life Correspondent

Bearded men are more wildly popular than ever these days. Both blue and white collars workers are sporting the facial hair in many different styles.

Beards have been a symbol throughout the ages of various things including wealth, higher-education, and religion. Beards came into fashion in the Middle Ages, but modern society did not always tolerate bearded men in the business world.

Some cultures consider it absolutely essential for the male population to have beards while other cultures view bearded men as savages. Beards have long been a sign of strength and virility and sexual prowess.

While some ancient armies required their soldiers to grow beards to frighten the enemy, others were instructed to be clean-shaven. Alexander the Great thought that the beard could be used as a handle for the enemy to grab hold of for their advantage while fighting hand to hand combat and insisted his men be shaven.

Bearded Villains is an international organization devoted to the bearded man. There are 85 world-wide chapters and the president is Fred Von Knox.

The organization was originally founded in 2014 in Los Angeles, California, with the purpose of showcasing bearded men with character from all walks of life. They are far from being villains with all the philanthropic work they do it help people in need of assistance.

There are chapters in the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Greece, Netherlands, Australia, Mexico and 25 states in the USA. The Bearded Villains is still growing and invites new members to join.

Bearded Villains have fun with their group and also sell Bearded Villains clothing and memorabilia online. There are lots of photos and video clips to check out our bearded friends.

The Bearded Villains mission statement is, “To unite Bearded Men of all cultures, races, creed and sexuality in a brotherhood devoted to loyalty, honor, family and respect to the betterment of mankind through fraternity, charity and kindness.” The Bearded Villains are in fact raising money and volunteering help for the victims of Hurricane Harvey at this time of dire circumstances in Texas.

President Von Knox says about Bearded Villains, “We are a brotherhood of elite bearded men from all over the world. Check out our Instagram @BEARDEDVILLAINS and see for yourself.” You may contact the Bearded Villains at [] and Instagram President Fred Von Knox @Von_Knox.

At Embry-Riddle we have our very own Bearded Villain at Earhart’s Dining Hall with Supervisor, Jayme Rutkoski. Rutkoski has been with Sodexo Dining Services for one year. He is an online student at ASU in his junior year and is studying Web Design. Rutkoski started with a goatee and has advanced to a full thick beard. Rutkoski says, “My beard is really convenient and the ladies like it a lot.” Enough said.

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Cyber Intelligence and Security – In the News!  

By: Jon C. Haass
PhD – Department Chair

Welcome to Fall 2017 here in Prescott. Cyber Security issues are in the news most every day. From insider threats as recently occurred with a former Honeywell employee in Arizona to the on going question of voting machine vulnerabilities, on-line activity is compromised by criminals and state sponsored actors constantly. The Department of Cyber Intelligence and Security is a hub for students and faculty addressing these threats, evaluating risks and developing new methods for improving our security.

Our faculty has grown to include Dr. Jesse Laeuchli, a computer science graduate from the College of William and Mary. He was most recently working on cryptologic issues with the National Security Agency in Maryland. Research interests center around the mathematical methods of working with very large matrices (think 1 billion by 1 billion) which can represent connections on networks like the Internet.

This summer Dr. Gregory Vert and his research team, which included two undergraduates, presented a paper at the annual International Computer Security Conference in Las Vegas based on work he has done over the years and recently published in a book chapter. The effort focuses on using a novel method to detect the existence of Advanced Persistent Threats, the type of malware responsible for stealing intellectual property and other secret information.

I enjoyed attending the 20th annual Black Hat conference as well as Defcon taking in excellent presentations on wide ranging topics from training the next generation cyber warriors to hacking voting machines. It was a great opportunity to promote our excellent degree program and brag on the students we have for internships and employment. These industry events have exploded since my first attendance over 10 years ago with more than 20,000 people roaming the halls in the conference center.

Keep your eyes out for information about getting involved with ISORT – The student hacking club, CyberEye – a group that works with FBI, DHS and industry gathering actionable intelligence, or participating in the High Tech Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA). The Cyber Lab in Building 17 is the hub for these activities in addition to serving as classroom for many courses in the degree program.

Housed in the nation’s first College of Security and Intelligence, the department has grown to over 135 students from 10 in the Fall of 2013. Our first graduates are now working at places such as GoDaddy, T-Mobile, Mitsubishi Finance, Textron and Xcel Energy, some have chosen to continue on for Masters studies at other Universities. This summer, students had internships (paid of course) across the country at three letter agencies and less well known companies like Go-Go Air. Through active networking we seek to get internship opportunities for every student that works to go after them!

This fall we will have retired USAF Brigadier General Linda Medler speak at the campus telling about her experience in helping “stand-up” Cyber Command under General Keith Alexander. Currently Director, IT Security and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Raytheon Corporation in Tucson, she can also speak to the challenges of moving from government to the private sector via her own consultancy. Stay tuned and be sure to think before you CLICK!


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Intro to the Undergraduate Research Institute

By: Geoffrey Winship
URI Student Research and Outreach Assistant

Welcome new and returning students. The Undergraduate Research Institute, or URI for short, is responsible for funding and facilitating undergraduate student-based research, scholarship and competition-based projects. Our goal is to help students pursue their ideas for research and scholarship, assisting them in finding mentors, funding, and fellow student collaborators.

Recent URI projects focused on development of hybrid rocket engines, prevention of cyberbullying, gravitational wave detection (LIGO), and airline performance analyses. Our Eagle Prize teams participate in a variety of competitions, including: SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, VEX Robotics, NASA Micro-g NExT Challenge, and AIAA’s Design Build Fly Competition.

Students also present their research at regional, national, and international conferences, including: National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Small Satellite Conference, Hypersonics, Arizona-Nevada Academy of Sciences, and LIGO-VIRGO Conference.

In addition to assisting with student research and scholarship, the URI focuses on student outreach linked to research. ERAU-URI students participate in the Prescott Regional SciTechFest, part of a state-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math; assist with the ERAU-SWE STEM Exploration Day; serve as mentors for middle and high school student teams including VEX Robotics; and host campus-based open house events.

Teams like Eagle Aero Sport host groups from local schools and the community at their airfield-based facility, where visitors learn about the process of building and designing an aircraft.

The URI team is here to help you get involved. For more information contact: Anne Boettcher [], the URI Director, Ginger MacGowan [], URI Administrative Assistant, or Geoffrey Winship [], URI Student Research and Outreach Assistant. We hope you have a great year at ERAU and look forward to working with you.

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Welcome to Sodexo Dining Services at ERAU Fall 2017

Welcome to Sodexo Dining Services at ERAU Fall 2017

Lynda Roberts, Student Life Correspondent

Dear Staff, Faculty, Incoming Freshmen, Parents and Returning Students.

Welcome to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University here in beautiful Prescott, Arizona! You are probably quite overwhelmed by now and rightly so.

College is a whole new adventure for the entire family. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott is gearing up for another great fall semester.

Summer went by way too fast but we are all anxious to begin another excellent school year with old friends and meeting new ones.

Sodexo Dining Services on the ERAU campus welcomes new and returning students and is looking forward to serving our students, faculty and staff with all their nutritional needs and wishes.

Sodexo is a French food services and facilities management company headquartered in Paris, and is one of the largest companies in the world providing it’s kind of business with approximately 380,000 employees, representing 130 nationalities and present on 34,000 sites in 80 countries.

Sodexo was launched in 1966 by Pierre Bellon initially serving company restaurants, schools and hospitals under the name Société d’Exploitation Hoteliéré.

Presently, Sodexo is the second largest employer among all French multinational companies.

In 1998 Sodexo merged with Marriott Management Services and this merger facilitated the company to become one of the largest food service providers in America.

Sodexo has four venues at Embry-Riddle providing students with great food choices daily.

Earhart’s Dining Hall is the main food service provider along with WOW Café located in the Student Union. Scholar’s Café in the library features the ever-popular Starbucks coffee drinks and Simply-to-Go convenience store in Hall 9 is a great late-night go-to snack place.

Long time Sodexo General Manager Jody Buckle, award-winning Executive Chef Clint Kifolo, talented Catering Manager Tawnia Carpenter and Earhart’s Resident Dining Manager Sarah Sherwood offer a warm welcome to all students and faculty.

General Manager Buckle started out as a student food service worker in Illinois and has been with Sodexo for 25 years. Buckle extends his open-door policy to the incoming freshmen and parents who are in need of dining services information.

Buckle says, “We are looking forward to another great year on campus and I am always here to help the students navigate the system here at ERAU.”

Executive Chef Kifolo brings with him to ERAU 33 years of culinary experience including a world-wide tour as the chef on board an offshore oil installation.

His experiences prompted him to write a book called, “An American Cook Travels.” Chef Kifolo wants to bring the best food program ERAU ever had to the students and says, “Please come in often and enjoy our meals and your experience here at Embry-Riddle.”

Chef Kifolo makes all the dishes and meals from scratch as much as possible and has even made his own catsup in the past for campus dining.

Sarah Sherwood comes to Embry-Riddle from Berea College in Kentucky. With many years’ experience as a Food Service and Nutrition Supervisor Sherwood brings with her a volume of dining knowledge.

Sherwood is looking anxious for a new semester and promoting Earhart’s variety of healthy dining choices and good nutrition.

Sherwood says, “I want every student to be pleased with their dining experience and leave here with a smiling face.”

Sous Chef, Jason Kinnear has been in food service 24 years and a graduate of Western Culinary Institute in Portland.

Kinnear states the culinary institute gave him a clear knowledge of techniques dating back centuries and a great foundation of the advancement of cooking concepts.

Kinnear’s passion for food service gives him the opportunity to make the students and staff happy with him food creations.

Kinner earned his nick-name “Chef Pickles” by selling kosher dills at local concerts in high school.

Sodexo cook, Brian Getz is affectionately known as, “The Soup Guy.” A graduate from Scottsdale Culinary Institute he has been in food service for 22 years.

Getz’s homemade soups are a popular daily staple at Earharts and a culinary treat he pours his heart into making.

Getz says about his being at ERAU, “Cooking involves a lot of different kitchen skills to learn and there is always something new to create. I enjoy being able to make the students satisfied and well fed.”

Sodexo strives to present each university diner with culinary excellence and outstanding customer service. Sodexo is undertaking to make each day a better day at Embry-Riddle and welcomes comments and suggestions. Bon Appétit!

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Women’s and Diversity Center Welcome

By: Melanie Wilson

We are the Women’s and Diversity Center, and we will say what you are eager to hear: “White supremacists, nazis, and other hate groups have no place in our community.”

In collaboration with the Diversity Advisory Board, the Women’s and Diversity Center has two major roles on campus. One is to provide information and education to students, staff, and faculty about a plethora of issues important to our campus: social justice, civility, equity, civil rights, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism/sexism/homophobia.

Our other big role is to provide support, resources, programming, and space for the underrepresented on our campus, including women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ (gay) community, persons with disabilities, non-mainstream religious groups, those who identify intersectionally, and those who ally with and support those groups as well as those who champion a progressive campus and society.

Students who affiliate with us are over-represented among student leaders, students who achieve academically, and students who win so many of the various types of awards presented on campus. We are supported by some of the best faculty and staff. The Women’s and Diversity Center is a great place to meet the best and brightest.

The student Associates of the Women’s and Diversity Center create a slate of compelling, informative, and fun programming for campus. We will celebrate theme months recognizing Latin@ History, Native American/First Nations Heritage, Black History, Women’s History, Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage, LGBTQ+ History and Pride, and well as some other topical monthly programming themes, such as Sexual Assault Awareness, among others.

We provide the only campus forum to discuss current events, with our monthly Let’s Do Lunch series. We will do another epic Drag Show, under the leadership of your Student Government Association President Zoe Crain. The semester will begin with our Welcomes, receptions where you can meet incoming and returning women, students of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. Attend one, attend two, attend all three, and meet some OUTSTANDING students (faculty and staff too)!

Finally we are thrilled to announce that the 2017-18 academic year is the Celebration of Communities of Color. We will highlight the accomplishments of people of color from all segments of academia and industry, and intentionally weave the perspectives and narratives of those communities throughout our programming all year.

Find us in Student Union 107. Come on in and hang out with our cool student Associates (Sophia, Zoe, Montana, Alex, and Kamia!), have some lunch, watch something on TV, browse our library, chat with the Director (Melanie), bring a program idea, meet all the student leaders!

Welcome, and welcome back. We want to be a part of your success at Embry-Riddle.

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