Student-directed play brings Peanuts to NAU Students TAYLOR CARLSON The Lumberjack E A& rts Page 15 March 27 - April 2, 2008 The good-hearted production, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, began on Broadway in 1971 and has only taken 37 years to come to NAU. All of the traditional favorite Peanuts characters will be in attendance, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Sally, Linus, Schroeder and Woodstock. This production is entirely student produced. Shelby Brimhall, a senior theater performance major, is the student director of the show. “We are definitely getting there,” Brimhall said. “It’s been a challenge rehearsing in the space that we have because it’s not as big as our stage is going to be. But my actors have done an amazing job. I have an incredible band, too. We have already done full run-throughs of the show so right now we’re just kind of cleaning things up.” But the cast and crew is having to deal with the pressures of opening the production the week after Spring Break. “I think one or two things could happen: it will either be really good because they’ll have had a whole week off of school so they’ll be all rested and relaxed, or it will be a little bit of a struggle to focus again. But knowing the group I have, I think that Spring Break will probably be good for them because they’re all very involved students,” Brimhall said. The actors had some of the same concerns as Brimhall; however, they still conveyed confidence in their own performances. Charlie Brown, played by senior theater performance major Jake Larowe, has been in eight main stage productions at NAU and had some concerns about Spring Break interrupting rehearsal time. “I think coming back after Spring Break will be a little difficult for me just because if I don’t keep up on my lines and on my songs and sing every day I will get rusty and forget a lot of things,” Larowe said. Snoopy (or at least his human alter-ego) is more optimistic. “I think it will be great… everybody’s got a lot of energy so I think it will only help get a lot of energy going. It’s a big jealous of the ‘Hef ’ Blake Batten/The Lumberjack AMBER STONEBRAKER (LEFT) as Lucy and Ben Harris (right) as Linus get into character during a rehearsal of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”The student-produced show will open in the Studio Theatre on April 1. energy show so it might be nice actually to have a little break and then be able to use all that for the final push,” said Matthew Hornbeck, a sociology graduate student cast in the role of Snoopy. And it is, of course, a musical. A four-piece band, which includes a pianist, bassist, See CHARLIE, Page 18 It’s getting to be that time again: hump week. The hour of burnout that many consider to be the dirge of every semester. As you slump along the thin line between mania and depression, take comfort in the fact that someone very special feels you: Hugh Hefner. Yes, Papa Playboy knows all about the treacheries that accompany the glories of this thing we call life. That’s why he’s petitioning the Olsen twins to pose naked for your viewing pleasure. “It’s every young man’s fantasy,” he’s reported to have been saying. Yes, and webbed toes are in. Now that you have something to look forward to in your hour of desolation, well: you’re welcome. Insinuating that the Olsen twins are attractive isn’t the only sign that Hef, while sturdy and virile as ever at the age of 81, is starting to lose it. What about these girlfriends of his and their wacky TV show? America’s only socially accepted pimp has often kept live-in girlfriends during his 50-year reign as magazine mogul. In fact, he had a full flock of seven when current headgirlfriend Holly Madison first met him. But with the extreme popularity of E!’s reality hit The Girls Next Door, which chronicles his life with girlfriends Holly, Bridget and Kendra, tenets of the playboy lifestyle are being called into question by those who push for the legalization of polygamy in this country. A little web rag that goes by the URL Pro-Polygamy.com has drawn up an op-ed comparison between Hefner’s lifestyle and the recent prosecution of a judge in small town Utah. The claim: a lifelong partnership between the four people (three women and one man) in the latter case, wherein there was just one marriage license involved, should be subject to as much abuse (or as little, as is the case) as an the ntertainment Contact Us: Lisa Bivens A&E Editor 523-4921 firstname.lastname@example.org Lumberjack www.JackCentral.com See CHEEK, Page 18 Dems get creative to get votes Phillipe in a heart-stop role Ah yes, the hustle, bustle and bickering of a presidential election year. CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and every other major news station are continually taking their eyes off of crazy, opulent celebrities and putting them on some crazy, opulent politicians instead. This election year has proved to be one of twists, turns and surprising underdog victories all in good mud-slinging fun. The March 4 voting gave the Republicans their nominee, Sen. McCain. On the blue side of things, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama are scrambling now more than ever to make a win so they too can begin their campaign for the presidency. Many unique strategies have been used between the democratic nominees this election year, and one they have both shared is their use of the arts. From YouTube to poetic speeches, art has become a valuable tool on the campaign trail. Although the Obama campaign itself had nothing to do with the creation of the YouTube sensation, Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas created the “Yes We Can” video that has received well over 12 million views. Will.i.am’s music video can be viewed at http://youtube.com/watch?v=jjXyqcxmYY. By communalizing music, familiar faces and Mr. Obama’s energizing New Hampshire concession speech, Will.i.am produced a truly moving video that could give even the most devoted Hillary or McCain supporter goose bumps. Not long after the “Yes We Can” video was released, the “Hillary4U&Me” video appeared on YouTube. The video is a promotional piece for Hillary that describes her stand on issues through the use of song. The “Hillary4U&Me” video flashes photos of the senator meeting with the American people, intermitted with dancers, singers and musicians. The “Hillary4U&Me” video can be viewed at http://youtube.com/ watch?v=5FvyGydc8no. The Clinton campaign has a second video on YouTube that claims to be the official song for the campaign. “You and I” is a cheery song sung by Celine Dion. Celine Dion’s “You and I” can be viewed by visiting http://youtube.com/ watch?v=ionFwC1UUUw&fea ture=related. This is great for the history books, but obviously does not make either candidate more or less able to be president of the country. An effective use of the arts is being demonstrated by both candidates, and since the American people are split almost half and half between Clinton and Obama, it seems the arts could have an ever-increasing place in producing a winning candidate. HEATHER SMITH The Lumberjack His voice is a tad raspy, but otherwise he is as talkative and excited to answer questions as those who are asking them. With a new film coming out at the end of March, Ryan Phillippe is busy touring with the director to promote his new film, Stop-Loss. His previous works include Cruel Intentions and Crash, but this new film requires a certain new persona for Phillippe. He plays the main character of the film, Sergeant Brandon King, who has just returned from a tour in Iraq. Just when he has adjusted to the life he had before, the army orders him to return, thus making him one of many soldiers who experience “stop-loss,” which is the term for the action taken by the military to call back a soldier who has finished their tour of duty. “Well, firstly I would www.wikipedia.com describe [Brandon King] as a guy who has always done the right thing in his life, by all accounts,” Phillippe said. “[He] is a guy with true character and strength and then he’s compromised by the choice he has to make regarding being forced See PHILLIPE, Page 18 Page 16 A good movie is a good movie, no matter how silly from those other films. Horton tells the tale of Horton (Jim Carrey), an elephant who lives in the Jungle of Noob. While teaching some young animals about jungle life, our hero hears a cry for help coming from a speck of dust. He decides he must save this world he cannot see, which drives his neighbors to torment him. Leading the pack is Kangaroo (Carol Burnett), who fears Horton’s ranting will inspire the young ones in the jungle to start using their imaginations. Horton must fight through the forces of nature and his fellow animals to get this speck to safety, because “after all, a person’s a person, no matter how small.” The microscopic community that lives on this speck is none other than Dr. Seuss’ very favorite town, Who-ville. The voice of panic heard by Horton belongs to The Mayor of Who-ville (Steve Carrell), who has enough troubles with his 96 daughters and one emo son Jo-Jo (Jesse McCartney) without having to worry about his world being a speck in constant peril. When Horton informs him of his predicament, our littler hero goes on his own mission to keep the town safe. But his wife Sally O’Malley (Amy Poehler) and rest of the community don’t believe the wild claims of a guy who talks to an invisible elephant in the sky, so its Horton and The Mayor against the worlds trying to keep the town of Who-ville intact. In hindsight, the plot seems pretty complicated. But worlds-within-worlds will obscure even the most simple of tales. That said, Horton Hears a Who! is a remarkably easy story to follow for kids, adults, stoners and everyone in between. The film is incredibly sweet, and never becomes a sugarrush due its remarkable sense of humor. And this movie is funny. I laughed a lot. The cast includes Lumberjack the March 27 - April 2, 2008 www.fasthack.com Readers rejoice! After the streak of negative reviews, which have included Rambo, The Eye, Vantage Point, Bachelor Party 2 and the remarkably bad 10,000 BC, a film has come to save us from the horrors of January through March moviegoing. The title is Horton Hears a Who!, and it’s an animated, G-rated flick inspired by the classic childrens book by Dr. Seuss. I want to start off by simply stating that I liked this movie a whole lot. The flick is rated G, and thus has none of the things that made up those aforementioned titles. No explosions, no blood, no guts, no guns, no ghosts, no blind chicks, no naked chicks and no prehistoric mascara. What Horton has is a good story, a phenomenal cast, an amazingly original world and a huge heart. It even has a good message, which is strikingly absent many current greats in comedy, including Carrell, Carrey, Burnett and Poehler, as well as Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill of Superbad fame. They all work at the best of their voice abilities, and bring sugar-coated fun to the kids and solid laughs to adults. However, the funniest player in the movie is a 9-yearold girl named Joey King, who plays an Awesome Little Yellow Thing (ALYT) named Katie. I don’t know what ALYT was supposed to be, but it sure was funny. Describing its behavior is impossible, but I offer a line of dialogue: “In my world, everybody’s a pony, and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!” If that isn’t genius, I don’t know what is. ALYT is only one of the many strange creations in Horton Hears a Who! In fact, the sheer originality of the project’s design makes it the most Seus- See HORTON, Page 18 Asylum Street Spankers spanking hard all the time It is said that one should never judge a book by its cover, so it’s probably safe to say that one should never judge a band by its name. Unfortunately, I am guilty of just that. The Asylum Street Spankers is a name that makes me think of some sort of traveling strip show instead of a band with any sort of talent. The Asylum Street Spankers hail from Texas where they formed their band in 1994. Based out of Austin, the band began its journey through several members and types of music. They recently finished a two-week stint in New York where they performed the band-developed show “What? And Give Up Show Biz?” The show revolved around the ups and downs the band has been through during its 14-year existence. Apparently the band only gives out interviews for articles previewing their appearances, so unfortunately soliciting the band for information was not possible. After some persuasion I was allowed to e-mail them a few questions, and luckily the band found the time to respond to my few questions. The clear lack of importance this article had to the band was slightly stinging to my pride and did nothing to improve my premature judgments about the band. The band is normally a touring band, and according to band member Christina Marrs, the time in New York was different, but a welcome break from life on the road. “It was awesome getting to live in NYC for a couple of weeks — not having to get in the van every day and drive to a new city,” Marrs said. The Spankers are back to the touring life, and on March 21 they found their way into Mogollon Brewing Company in Flagstaff. Along with the email “interview,” I was lucky enough to be put on the guest list so I was able to go to the show without paying the $20 cover charge. At least I was told I was going to be on the list. After peering at my ID for far longer than necessary to determine that I am in fact 21, the doorman told me I was not on the list. I had brought my negative judgments about the band with me, and the judgments were growing exponentially with each moment. After some arguing, the doorman held my ID hostage and allowed me to wander back to the stage. The seven-member band was scattered across the stage with a variety of instruments. Chairs were set in rows facing the stage. A decent number of people had journeyed out to hear the band. As negative as my feelings were toward the band, I cannot lie and say they are not talented. The musical ability of all the members is impressive and the music itself is incredibly good. An assortment of instruments are intermingled to create a sound that is rich and unique. The harmonica, violin, banjo, upright bass, guitar and drums were just some of the instruments played by the talented Spankers. The music, ranging from bluegrass to a more contemporary sound, gave me the urge to dance. Chairs could have been traded for an open dance floor. Not only are the band members talented players, their singing is incredible as well. Marrs, the only woman in the band, has a clear, carrying voice that adds richness to the harmonies made by the men. The lyrics are fresh and creative, and quite often, humorous. Audience participation was encouraged. Considering the band has gone through so many member changes, they were surprisingly well-rehearsed and they meshed well. “It can be frustrating at times, having to re-rehearse songs you’ve been playing for years, just so one new person can learn them,” Marrs said. The band played two sets and their witty lyrics and upbeat music kept the crowd happy and entertained. My negative attitude toward the band changed because their jokes and light-hearted attitude made it hard not to have a good time. The Spankers are on their way to San Diego next. Their music can be found on their personal Web site, www.asylumstreetspankers.com and at www.myspace.com/asylumstreetspankers. March 27 - April 2, 2008 Negative stereotypes continue to haunt gaming scene For all of the popularity that video gaming has gained, it has yet to shed its negative stereotypes. According to the majority of the world, if you are a gamer, you are either a hopeless loner living in your parent’s basement, a homicidal lunatic, or you’re 500 pounds. I am going to address these unappealing monikers that gamers bear, and explain why they are false. This way, the three of you that read this column can take pride in your hobby and defend it accordingly. Stereotype one: If you are a gamer, you are unhealthy. This is the general public’s perception of gaming, an idea that is heavily perpetuated by the media. For instance, there was a gamer in Japan who enjoyed Final Fantasy XI, an online role-playing game. As a matter of fact, he enjoyed it so much that he sacrificed other amenities to maximize his playing time. Like eating. And using the restroom. So it’s no real shocker that a few days later, this guy died in front of his television. What a freak-of-nature incident, right? Unfortunately, the media didn’t think so, and instead reported on the dangers of gaming and the obsessive effect they have on players’ minds. Then there’s the family that chose to seek legal action against video games because they believed the hobby was responsible for their son’s obesity. As is typical with people, the family deferred blame to an external source, ignoring their son’s choice of lifestyle, which probably did not involve much cardio. Unless his video game console somehow bound him to the television in his basement and forced him to eat Twinkies all day, how can video games take responsibility for someone’s personal lifestyle? Although they are off of proactive, less habitual drug like cocaine, than lock himself away and play video games. It’s so lazy. At least with pills and coke you’re out and about doing something.” Spot on. In actuality, there really is no activity more proactive, or completely healthy, than snorting cocaine. However, the game industry is trying to follow the example set by cocaine, and become less of an isolated form of entertainment. So far, it’s succeeding. More now than ever, games are a social experience. Local multiplayer games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band grow exponentially more fun with each additional person playing with you, and are rapidly becoming the focal point of parties and social gatherings. If your deranged mother is hindering your ability to make real friends, there is always the growing online aspect in gaming. With online services provided by all three of the major players this generation, online gaming is truly becoming the next standard Lumberjack the Page 17 www.counteragent.com the hook, in my opinion, games are trying to promote healthy lifestyles. The most recent addition to this new trend is the Wii Fit accessory for the Nintendo Wii. Basically, the Wii Fit is a game that utilizes a balance board for different activities, like yoga-type stretching and other mini-games that promote health and actual physical activity. As a matter of fact, games have been benefiting people’s hand-eye coordination since their inception, and they are often used as a form of physical therapy to restore damage done to an individual’s motor skills. Stereotype two: If you play games, you have no friends. So says Roxanne Richardson, a mother of two, “I’d rather my son take a more in gaming, and provides the player an entire community of gamers to interact with. Stereotype three: Finally, there is the theory that games cause violence. The people that make up this camp are more or less the disciples of Jack Thompson, the attorney obsessed with banning all games without “Pony Adventure” in the subtitle. These people argue that individuals mimic the violent actions they see in their games. However, a separate study that was done shows that games may actually help quell violence. When people play violent games, they live vicariously through their actions in the game, which actually sedates their violent urges. This means that killing things in games is actually a psychologically healthy experience. So the next time someone blasts your hobby, just remember this article, and the fact that gaming is one of the most overall healthy experiences that has ever existed. Student produced ‘zine’ offers versatile look at feminism AMY JOSHU The Lumberjack Combining passion for a cause and a need to be an activist, two NAU students, sophomore Katy Willis and senior James Kennedy, have set out to start a community-oriented feminist “zine.” An abbreviation of the word magazine, a zine is most commonly known as a lowbudget publication with a small circulation driven by a grassroots movement or particular interest. Flowing from the do-it-yourself vein, issues are usually photocopied and stapled together for generally free distribution. Being founded by a wom- an and a man gives this zine a unique opportunity to spread the understanding of this cause even further and show a different perspective, while still walking a carefully drawn line. “It is difficult,” Willis said. “Of course, men can be feminist and can contribute to these causes, but you definitely have to be very conscious of that relationship in areas that have been traditionally male dominated. This is supposed to be kind of a female space. We don’t want to be exclusive, but we don’t want to turn back into a patriarchal situation.” Even though Kennedy and Willis are getting the publication off to a start, it is not their idea to run the zine with a system of hierarchy. They hope to create a community of contributors, so that everyone has an equal say. Right now, the zine is in the very beginning idea and creative stage. However, they have established a general framework for the publication. Each issue will pair feminism with a corresponding issue. For the first issue, Willis and Kennedy are considering blending the concerns of feminism with environmental issues. “You can not just address one issue, because it is so intertwined with other oppressions like racism and classism and all these other things,” Willis said. “So you can not just fight one thing and focus on that because everything is connected and it is extremely complicated. That is why feminist theory is such a difficult thing to wrap your mind around — because it is not easy and there is no right answer. You just have to learn and grow and really critically analyze your environment to come up something you think is going to work. Work towards a better future and more equality and more equal opportunity for people of all walks of life.” In the first edition a lot of set-up will be included, to lay the groundwork for understanding both the concepts and background of feminism. This way the zine can be suitable for both those who are already educated on this topic and for those who may be interested in learning more. “We would fail if all the people reading this were all like our teacher, Barbra White,” Kennedy said. “(If) they already knew everything, you know? If we get people who are just starting off into women’s rights or who don’t know anything about it then we want people who can write from that perspective as well so they can identify with articles. We are looking to get everybody’s viewpoint.” Since not all people use words to express themselves the zine will be a forum open to all types of expression—from essays to poetry to artwork. “I think it will be an evolving process as far as what we start at and what we actually end up being,” Willis said. “You can not really predict that when you have all this variation of peoples voices and what people want to say. It is about what the community wants and needs to hear about right now. This is the framework we are starting with, but it could totally flip on its head if that’s what people want to do.” The first issue is expected to be published in mid-March. To learn more or to find out how to contribute to the zine, contact Willis and Kennedy at flagstafffeminism@ gmail.com. Page 18 Phillippe from Page 15 back into combat when he’s made up his mind and he’s meant to be out.” Phillippe’s role differs from his previous characters in the sense that he feels “it’s not like the teenage, early 20’s, coming-of-age” character with which he is often associated. The film was inspired by a true story of a soldier who served with director Kim Pierce’s brother. This allowed Phillippe the benefit of better understanding the mindset of his role in order to depict the emotional rollercoaster that his character faces. “[Pierce’s brother] went over [to Iraq] and one of his best friends in his unit was a guy, Harvey,” Phillippe said. “Harvey’s wife had given birth while he was away on his second tour and he was supposed to get out and come home and have his wife and child and they stop-lossed him.” A self-proclaimed “newsjunkie,” Phillippe made sure to understand the full extent of his character. He talked to soldiers and veterans to further comprehend the situation not mas and the abysmal Cat in the Hat, Horton hits the loopy and strange nail on the twisted and wild head. Horton still has some interesting flaws, all of which are a result of extreme deviations from Seuss’ original text. The emo-kid story line didn’t really do it for me, sim“The great thing about theater is it comes together really quickly towards the end; it just kind of snowballs,” said Benjamin Harris, a sophomore finance and management major who plays Linus. The production opens April 1 and runs through April 6 in NAU’s Studio Theatre. Ticket prices range from $8 to $11. To purchase tickets, visit http://home.nau.edu/cto. Hugh Hefner. That is, about how you don’t live in a sprawling mansion and how you aren’t doted on by three flawless, large-breasted blondes and how you don’t get to hang out in a red silk robe with your money and pipe and scrapbooks of flawless, large-breasted blondes from years past. Now. Don’t you feel upright, revitalized and good? You are the future, working against dens of iniquity everywhere! Now pass that late midterm exam. only in Iraq, but in previous wars. “There is so much that is kept from us as a public and the war’s kind of been put in the back pages to some degree. So when you hear these guys’ stories, you know they did a smart thing with us in preparation,” Phillippe said. He went through a boot-camp type of ordeal with the other actors in the film, preparing them both physically and mentally for the intensity of their roles. “We…bunked and lived out in sticks with six guys who had served somewhere still enlisted and some had gotten out, ply because it was underdeveloped and convoluted. The script by Ken Dario and Cinco Paul goes out of its way to make some political statements that mostly fall on deaf ears. Also, the cast’s random rendition of REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Stop This Feeling” seemed random and perhaps a bit too Shrek- Lumberjack the March 27 - April 2, 2008 and so we’d spend around the clock with these guys and it really gave us quite an education and made [our characters] that much more.” With the issue of the stop-loss order being the focus of the film, it has stirred quite a bit of controversy. The movie faces an issue that is in current standing but like previous films of the same nature, the audience’s response can be skewed either way. Phillippe, however, is not worried about the audience’s acceptance of the film. “I think that, personally, our film is really different than like. the rest of those in regard to dealing with the human side of coming home from war and what happens to these guys as they try to come back into their lives,” Phillippe said. “And this is happening now — to a lot of people around the country and their family members — and I think it’s the fact that it’s a little more personal and maybe has a younger edge to it [that] separates it from the rest of those films.” Phillipe said the production is something that will appeal to the current generation, especially with the backing of MTV Productions. rax!). Phillippe separates himself from other actors in that he is also writing and planning to direct of few pieces of his own. His genre, he describes, is “dark comedy.” “I love desperation and what can be funny about desperation, like true-crime comedy stuff…that’s not the type of stuff I do as an actor and when I write that’s what I’m inclined to write.” Stop-loss will be released in theaters March 28. More information can be found at the movie’s Web site, www.stoplossmovie.com/soundoff. Horton from Page 16 sian of the author’s film interpretations. Everything in this flick looks and feels like it came out of famous word-maker-uper’s head. After the lackluster How the Grinch Stole Christ- However glaring these problems may be, they don’t really detract much from the overall experience. Directors Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino have crafted a flick worth watching, and have shed a hopeful light on future Seussian interpretations (c’mon Lo- To wrap this thing up, here’s some lousy Seussian rhymes: There are lots of bad movies, of that I am sure, and watching them causes my stomach to stir. Vantage Point sucks, 10,000 BC does too, so what is a moviegoer to do? If you want a movie that’s funny and neat, Horton Hears a Who! is pretty freakin’ sweet. Horton is awesome, with that there’s no doubt, so stop reading this review, and go check it out. That’s it. I’m done. I promise. Blomise. Charlie from Page 15 drummer and violinist, are incorporated into the show. “The band actually all play characters in the show, so they’re all different Peanuts characters that have been added as part of an ensemble and they have little skits doing intermission where they act, too,” Brimhall said. Cheek from Page 15 81–year-old living with three women without any pretense of marriage. Anyone who has watched both The Girls Next Door and HBO drama Big Love has no doubt been waiting for the day that gorgeous Holly refers to mashugganah Bridget as her “sister-wife.” In conclusion, brave toilers, take heart in this latter part of Spring ’08 by meditating on all the ways you are not like Jacob Petersen/The Lumberjack NANCY SULLIVAN PERFORMS on the French horn as the NAU Shrine of the Ages Choir sings in the background. The performance on March 13 was held in memory of Michael Sullivan, who, prior to his death, worked as a music teacher at NAU for 12 years.
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