Arnold Air Society runs for 24 hours to honor lives lost on 9/11

By Vee Glessner
Copy Editor

Beginning at midnight on Sept. 10 and ending at midnight on Sept. 11, Arnold Air Society (AAS) members ran the American and Prisoners of War/Missing in Action flags around the perimeter of campus for 24 hours straight. This event honors those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“The event was meant to commemorate and honor those brave people who sacrificed their lives in the 9/11 attack,” according to Sarah Borjeilly, sophomore and financial management officer of the squadron. “To us as cadets and members of the Steven M. Scherp squadron, this event allowed us to take a moment of our time to remember and think about those lives. The attack on the World Trade Center changed this country forever, and it should never be forgotten.”  

Almost 3,000 people were killed by the four attacks between 19 militants on the tragic day. Extremists associated with al-Qaeda hijacked four planes, two of which infamously impacted the New York Twin Towers. The third targeted the Washington, D.C. Pentagon and the last landed in a field in Pennsylvania. 

The squadron signed up its members and anyone else who wanted to run in 30-minute increments. Over the course of 24 hours over 60 people ran. 

Even those who are not in AAS ran to memorialize the tragedy. “It is not a role, but an honor to run for those who fell today, 17 years ago, an honor that no one should take for granted or complain about. Running with a sprained ankle may have hurt, but I just remind myself it probably would hurt a hell of a lot more to lose life, family, and faith,” said Niki Powell, who volunteered to run. 

This isn’t the only time AAS honors the fallen. They make it a point to take time on a regular basis to memorialize those who came before them. “The Steven M. Scherp Squadron implements commemorating those who have lost their lives in the line of duty into our weekly trainings to pay our respects,” said Borjeilly. 

Across the board, those who have joined AAS have had overwhelmingly positive experiences. “Arnold Air society uses an intensive, structured training environment to cement leadership skills and a sense of family among each class it trains. True, some have called it a ‘cult’, but this is a shallow view that does not delve deeper into the meaning of the trainings,” said Isa LoPiccolo-Kleine, addressing a commonly held viewpoint across campus. 

Because the candidate introduction is an 11-week intensive program that often involves training at night, in harsh weather, and at high volumes, many outside the organization feel that AAS is extreme, while those inside feel it pushed them to their limits physically and mentally. More than that, each class of trainees feels like a family. 

LoPiccolo-Kleine continues, “As an incoming freshman into college I wanted to find a place where I could fit in and have friends. To do this I joined Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. I joined Arnold Air Society because I wanted to find a family that I could depend on. While going through candidate training I found some of my best friends, people who I would do anything for, and people I could depend on.”  

Pictures here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/5FTZXwFZtZhfCdmq5 

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Heritage Park Zoo Hosts Annual ERAU Open House

By Lucas Widner
Correspondent/Layout Editor/Photographer

On the evening of the first day of the fall semester, Aug. 27, the Heritage Park Zoo across the street from campus was alive with the excitement and fascination of Embry-Riddle students.

The event was the Heritage Park Zoo’s annual night for Embry-Riddle students, faculty, and staff to explore the variety of incredible animals that live so close to our school.

Throughout the evening, hundreds of students drove or walked across the street to participate in the unique event.

Students mingled while eating hot dogs from the Turbo food cart, professors chatted with students while their children played on the playground, and Board of Campus Activities (BCA) volunteers served popcorn as peacocks roamed around the wide open grass field in the center of the zoo.

As the sun began to set, some animals like the black bear became more active, while others such as the lynx laid down to rest after a long day playing out in the sun.

The Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that hopes to inspire conservation through education.

They do so by rescuing and caring for animals from the local area that have been hurt or can no longer live on their own.

This event serves as a good reminder to everyone how important it is to conserve our environmental resources and help the animals whose habitats have been impacted by the spread of human urbanization.

Some of the animals at the Heritage Park Zoo have been rescued due to injuries caused by humans, and need careful watch to recover to health.

Students are encouraged to visit the zoo later in the semester for some of their popular events, such as a Breakfast with the Bears event on September 8th, Sip and Paint (21 and up) on September 22nd, Zoo by Moonlight on September 24th, Taste of the Wild (21 and up) on October 7th, and Breakfast with the Mexican Grey Wolves on October 13th.

If you are unable to make it to any of these special events, but still want to enjoy the zoo, it is open daily with student entry costing only $8 with student ID.

Many of the dedicated people who help care for these animals are unpaid volunteers.

One of the Docents, Jacqie Rollins, also a Wildlife Science student here at ERAU, has a high opinion of their volunteer program: “I love working at the zoo as a docent and we are always looking for more volunteers!”

For more information, Rollins suggests to “check our website [www.heritageparkzoo.org] and shoot us an email [info@heritageparkzoo.org],” as the volunteers are always excited to help others learn more about what they do. 

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Global Affairs Club

By James Ritchey
Correspondent

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Global Affairs Club (GAC) is an organization perfect for anyone looking to enhance their skills in speaking, writing, debate, research, and networking.

GAC attends multiple Model United Nations and Model NATO conferences each semester, which are hosted by universities around the country.

At these conferences, club members act as a delegate of a nation, working with delegates representing other nations to tackle major relevant world problems.

Conferences take place in locales such as Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Washington, D.C. GAC is a great club for Global Security and Intelligence (GSIS) majors, or any student with an interest in international relations: engineering, aviation, and business majors are all represented within the club.

Representing ERAU on an intercollegiate level, GAC has won multiple awards in competitions with students from universities such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, Northeastern University, and the Air Force Academy.

GAC received the first Undergraduate Research Institute (URI) E-Prize grant ever awarded to an organization within the College of Security and Intelligence, and continues to be a face of ERAU’s Security and Intelligence, Engineering, and Aviation programs to other universities nationwide.

Be sure to come out to the Activity Fair and sign up! Contact Marc Rego at [regom@my.erau.edu] with any questions.

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The Reality of Field Training

By Isa LoPiccolo-Kleine
Special to Horizons

Field Training is an experience like no other. In order to be selected, you must choose to be a part of the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

By doing this, you elect to be a part of something greater than yourself.

You choose to strive to become better than who you were yesterday and who you are today.

You strive for excellence. That is why Field Training is like no other experience – you choose to go through something arduous and taxing.

You can leave at any time and end the ordeal, but in doing so, you lose your chance at becoming an Air Force Officer.

There are many different experiences at Field Training, including always being tired and hungry, the thrill of excitement when you learn something new, and the joy of accomplishment when you complete a mission.

The memories I treasure most are the moments my flight or squadron caught up and got to hear how everyone was doing.

Yes, Field Training is rough, but you have people to help you while you’re there.

“Field Training was challenging, because it was designed to be that way. Imagine having mere seconds to shower, change, and run outside, followed by long days out in the Alabama sun learning valuable skills from Air Force personnel that culminate into vivid scenarios and operations that test your leadership to [its] core. Despite the intensity, I departed with fond memories of my fellow cadets, hilarious stories, and a deeper understanding of how one may never realize their full potential until they give 100 percent,” said Peter Hoffend.

A cadet can be evaluated in many ways and through many different activities, including their ability to march a flight from place to place, or attempts to keep their people from getting hit with paintballs.

There are countless occasions in which the training staff are able to evaluate the cadets, but the one thing these trainers need is more time.

Due to the sheer number of cadets in each flight, the overall consensus from those who participated in Field Training was that the amount of time allotted to them to perform up to their usual standard just wasn’t enough. 

“I honestly think [Field Training] should be longer. I didn’t feel like everyone got a fair evaluation, but it is a quick way to learn to become a team and work together,” said Katherine Mosley.  

In Field Training, a special bond forms between each cadet and their flight mates. It helps pull you along through rough patches not only while you’re there, but also once you leave.

The aim of Field Training is to evaluate a cadet’s discipline and leadership abilities while simultaneously helping them grow.

If Air Force ROTC and Field Training sounds like a challenge that you’d like to take on, please visit us in Building 79, or contact Captain Kelsey Smith at [smithk68@erau.edu].  

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Christopher Robin: A trip down nostalgia road

By Peter Partoza
Correspondent

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
Correspondent

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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CSI Faculty Investigate Security in K-12 Schools

By Tom Foley
Assistant Professor of Global Security and Intelligence 

Faculty from the College of Security and Intelligence (CSI), in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the College of Engineering (COE), are currently performing research to answer a big question: How do we improve security at K-12 schools?

The research is being funded through a $769,000 National Institute of Justice grant awarded to Embry-Riddle last fall and is led by Principal Investigator Professor Tom Foley.

The ultimate goal of the research is the creation of a security buying guide that will help school administrators and principals choose the most cost effective technologies to improve security in their schools.

The CSI is working with the COE to test various door and window barrier technologies and determine how long each technology will delay an intruder.

The researchers will test each product against 9mm, .357, 5.56 x 45 mm, and 12-gauge shotgun ammunition as well as a brute force attack.

The data gathered will help determine the best door and window materials for use in primary and secondary schools.

Often, especially in rural and smaller school districts, school principals or district administrators make the security purchasing decisions, but they have little to no physical security design training and rely on information provided to them by salespeople.

By creating a security buyers guide, the initiative will be able to provide school administrators with unbiased, independent information on the effectiveness of various security technologies.

This should lead to more cost-effective and informed security purchasing decisions that will, in turn, allow cash-strapped schools to make the most valuable use of limited security funds.

As part of this research, experts from the CSI will conduct onsite security surveys of schools throughout Arizona to determine which security technologies are currently being used in schools, the condition of those technologies, and how they are being deployed.

These surveys will create a database of security technologies in use by schools and the condition of those devices for use by policy makers and in future research.

Researchers from the CAS will survey teachers, students, and parents to gather data on how those stakeholders view security in their schools and their perceptions of what additional security is needed.

This data will be compared to the results of the onsite security surveys (which will be performed by board certified security professionals) to learn if there is a disconnect between those stakeholder groups and trained security experts.

This knowledge may be helpful in developing future training programs for parents, students, and teachers.

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Music Review

By Peter Partoza
Correspondent

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
Copy Editor

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
Correspondent

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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Washington high school students tour Prescott campus

By Isabelle Meboe
Special to Horizons

Editor’s note: Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS) is a public school next to the Museum of Flight (MoF) in Seattle. Western Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is an enthusiasts’ club hosted within the MoF itself, offering high-school level students from the West Coast up to five credits of aerospace-centered college curriculum. Both organizations send select students to attend a multi-day Embry-Riddle Prescott tour every summer. Meboe was one of these students. 

The most impressive aspect of the ERAU tour this year was not the propulsion lab or the flight simulators. What stood out most was the sense of family and true passion that each student and staff member demonstrated.  

This is clearly seen at all levels. Dr. Frank Ayers, ERAU Prescott Chancellor, took time out of his schedule to have lunch with our group. “The best part of my job is my daily interaction with our students,” said Ayers. “I love to share in their successes, to see their projects take shape. My wife Debbie and I live on campus, and we take the time to get to know all of our students personally.” 

“ERAU seems very focused on what its students need to learn in order to fulfill jobs later on,” according to RAHS sophomore Natalie Briscoe, who went on the trip. “Professors and students are able to interact and get to know each other on a personal level; they clearly want the best for their students,” she observed. 

ERAU made us feel at home instantly, as if we were already living there and not high school students. Everyone showed a true curiosity for what we want to do with our lives, asked questions about our studies, and showed some serious Eagle hospitality. 

On the second day, Dr. Krishna Sampigethaya of the Cyber Intelligence and Security Lab (CIS) postponed his flight to Seattle to present us a detailed and interesting informational session about CIS. We were impressed with the investment of current faculty in our group and their above-and-beyond efforts to familiarize us with the school. 

In the recess between lunch and our AXFAB tour on the third and last day of the trip, two wandering students stopped to greet us. Upon learning that we had a spare ten minutes, they voluntarily toured us around as much of the building as they could, answering our questions until our official tour guide arrived.  

There was a noticeable balance of opportunity and responsibility at ERAU radiating from both the students and the professors. All of our tour guides showed enthusiasm and respect while presenting us their home. 

Though the campus has a few key focus areas for many in the student body, tour guides made an effort to show everything ERAU has to offer. “They made sure to touch on all aspects of the school and didn’t focus on one subject. They made sure everyone was included,” said RAHS sophomore Max Welliver.  

In addition, our tour guides gave us a depth of experience that’s not found everywhere. “Most colleges just introduce you to the engineering lab,” said RAHS senior Heidi Yagen, “whereas Embry-Riddle hands you earmuffs and says ‘Welcome to our lab, care to watch a demonstration?’” 

The hands-on aspect of the school was taken to the next level for us; we got up close and personal with a machine-gun sounding propulsion system and flew Cessna 172s over Arizona. 

“Students who attend RAHS thrive in a rigorous academic environment, and ERAU is a natural progression for those who want to continue that style of learning,” said the Assistant Director of Regional Admissions, Jennifer Borge. Yagen agreed: “I loved the fact that it was RAHS in college form.” 

We students from RAHS and WAS appreciated the focus and duration of the tour experience. “That increased the amount of detail that could be added to virtually every part of the trip,” said RAHS senior Evan Grilley, “whether it be the campus tour, talking with the current students, or just getting a handle on the atmosphere of the university itself.” 

We have so much appreciation for our ERAU student tour guides: seniors Allie Brown (Aerospace Engineering), Ryan O’Connor (Aeronautical Science and Captain of the 12-time national champion Golden Eagles Flight Team), and Moritz Wienke (Aviation Business Administration, AFROTC, and RAHS alum), as well as John Moore (Admissions Staff). Having them on hand to answer all of our questions was incredibly special. 

Meeting successful and connected students from a high-quality university in person was extremely encouraging and made the thought of college more attainable for those of us feeling the pressure to make plans for our higher education. 

“Nothing makes me happier than seeing the students that I’ve been working with (for one, two, three, or even four years) make their dream of attending ERAU come true,” said Borge. 

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