Apologies

My apologies, it’s a crazy few weeks in the Zombie household: funerals, car accidents (in that order), vacation, vehicle repo (we’re doing the repo-ing), missed trips.  Writing the blog hasn’t even been on the stove the last few weeks, let alone the front (or back burner).  One of the disadvantages of a one-zombie-band is that, if your zombie goes down, so does your whole band.

Science:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ross-128-mystery-radio-signals-134949402.html

This article talks about how Ross 128 (a red dwarf star 11 light years away) has been caught emitting strange radio waves.

http://news.nau.edu/nau-social-media/

Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2)

Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1)

Golf – Anokhina – 1st at the Big Sky Conference Championships

Track and Field:

Hammer Throw (Women) Andersen: 2nd in NCAA

Hammer Throw (Men) Keenan: 11th in NCAA

10,000 meter (Men): Baxter: 7th in NCAA

Winter Sports Season:

Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13)

Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13)

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

Fall Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

For any of you who are out there reading this, would you like for these articles to be posted as blogs, or as separate websites?  I’m trying to get a feel for how to keep going here.  Also, if you’d like to contribute to this blog, let me know in the comments section!

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That’s a Wrap

Science/Off Campus Life:

http://knau.org/post/brain-food-milkweeds-monarchs

This article from KNAU describes how Flagstaff entomologist Mike Wagner has established a program to work with Flagstaff master Gardeners to grow more Milkweed (a pollinator and nursery for monarch butterflies) in hopes of increasing the monarch butterfly population.

Spring Sports Season:
http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/track/2016-17/releases/20170608w1ct70

Track and Field:  Still need to figure out a good way to display Track and Field results.  NAU’s Brooke Andersen took second place at the NCAA Division I National Championships on June 8th with a hammer throw of 68.62 meters. Matt Baxter (10,000 meter) finished 7th with a time of 29:09.83.  NAU’s Adam Keenan finished 11th with a meet best throw of 68.98 meters.  Way to go Jacks!  We’re proud of you! #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2)

Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1)

Golf – Anokhina – 1st at the Big Sky Conference Championships

Track and Field:

Hammer Throw (Women) Andersen: 2nd in NCAA

Hammer Throw (Men) Keenan: 11th in NCAA

10,000 meter (Men): Baxter: 7th in NCAA

Winter Sports Season:

Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13)

Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13)

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

Fall Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

For any of you who are out there reading this, would you like for these articles to be posted as blogs, or as separate websites?  I’m trying to get a feel for how to keep going here.  Also, if you’d like to contribute to this blog, let me know in the comments section!

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Big Science News…and the End is Near

IGP-egr-students-SMALLCampus Life:

http://news.nau.edu/frontier-set/

This article describes how NAU has been selected to be a part of the Frontier Set, which selects Universities that have shown promise in getting students from under-represented areas (minorities, first generation college students, etc.) to graduate and provides the universities with more resources to focus on increasing these graduation rates.  It is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Keep up the great work, Jacks! #NAUStrong

http://news.nau.edu/nau-doctoral-student/

This article discusses how NAU PhD student Tommy Rock is investigating the impact of abandoned Uranium mines on the Navajo Reservation.

http://news.nau.edu/heiskell-award/

This article is about NAU’s Interdisciplinary Global Program.  NAU is one of eight honorees for the 2017 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education.  Way to go Jacks!

Off Campus Life:

http://www.12news.com/news/local/arizona/arizona-a-dark-sky-oasis-in-a-world-of-light-pollution/409491241

This 12news articles talks about how Flagstaff is a low light pollution area.  Before you leave the Flagstaff area, you should really go out and look at the night sky on a clear night.  It is truly amazing, which leads (kind of) to my next article:

Science:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-spot-seven-earth-sized-exoplanets-around-nearby-dwarf-star-180962255/

Big news from outer space.  Scientist discovered 7 Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting their small sun (TRAPPIST-1) which is a mere 39 light years (the distance light travels in 1 year, meaning the star is 235 trillion miles away) from Earth.  As the article says, this discovery will be researched for years.  This isn’t really NAU related, but I figured it was big enough to get mentioned.

Winter Sports Season:
Basketball (Men) 7-20 (4-10): The end is near!  Only 4 more games to go.  The Jacks will be on the road against Sacramento and Portland State, and then finish out the season at home against Idaho and Eastern Washington.  Go Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Basketball (Women) 7-18 (3-11):  Only 4 more games for the Ladies.  They’ll be at home to take on Sacramento and Portland State, and then on the road to take on Idaho and Eastern Washington.  Go Lady Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Swimming and Diving: (3-7): The Aqua-Jacks were in 1st place at the end of Day One of the Big Sky Champioships with 120 pts. Keep up the good work, Jacks! #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Tennis (Men) 1-4:  The bad luck continues for the Jacks, who find themselves sitting at 1-4.  Up next, they’re headed to the Air Force Academy, where they’ll take on Air Force, and then Seattle (at Air Force). #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Tennis (Women) 3-2 (1-0): The women have been on a tear lately, winning 3 straight.  Up next, they’ll take on Southern Utah and Portland State in Flagstaff.  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Track and Field:  Still need to figure out a good way to display Track and Field results.  Up next, the 2017 Big Sky Indoor Championships in Pocatello, Idaho. #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Fall Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

For any of you who are out there reading this, would you like for these articles to be posted as blogs, or as separate websites?  I’m trying to get a feel for how to keep going here.

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Wages

Campus/Off Campus Life:

http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/jobs/2017/02/06/prop-206-minimum-wage-hike-arizona-university-students-underpaid/97106816/

This article discusses how Arizona’s new minimum wage law will impact (or not impact) student workers in the state.  To rub salt in the wound, Flagstaff will also increase its minimum wage in July, but student workers are exempt.  Having been a student worker (coincidentally also for the Ground department), I can relate to the experience of Mr. Dickey.  I find it interesting that the story brings up a point that was present when I attended NAU as well:  that President Cheng will be eligible for a large (6 figure) bonus this year, while the student workers will be earning less than minimum wage.  Back in my day (when we had to walk 5 miles in the snow, uphill (both ways) to get to class), the issue was tuition.  Tuition was increasing every semester it seemed (or at least every year, well before “the Pledge” in 2007).  At the time, President Haeger told us that he needed his salary to be commensurate with the Presidents of ASU and UA.  We all wondered why, since we were a much smaller school.  Anyway, this seems that the AZ voters, the school, as well as the student workers are at fault here.  The voters chose to exempt the state employees, rather than include them.  The school failed to (be nice and) plan for raises anyway, and the student workers assumed a raise was coming when the university had no legal obligation to do so.  Hopefully this will serve as motivation for the student workers to graduate (or even go before graduation) and find non-minimum wage jobs out in the work force (which is easier said than done).

Winter Sports Season:
Basketball (Men) 6-18 (3-8): The beatings will apparently continue until moral improves.  The Jacks dropped 2 on the road (and they led by 20 at Idaho State!). They will try to keep their home winning streak (still at 2) going this week with matchups against Montana State and Montana.  Go Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Basketball (Women) 6-16 (2-9):  The Lady Jacks continue to outdo the Men in conference play losses, also dropping 2 games at home.  Up next, road games against Montana State and Montana.  Go Lady Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Swimming and Diving: (3-7): The Aqua-Jacks are still waiting for the WAC Championships at the end of the month. Keep up the good work, Jacks! #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Tennis (Men) 0-2:  Utah has not been kind to the Jacks, dealing them road losses to both BYU and Utah.  Up next, San Diego State on Friday. #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Tennis (Women) 0-2: The women lost to UC Davis (at ASU) and at Arizona, but will be taking on Grand Canyon University this Friday in Flagstaff.  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong
Track and Field:

http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/track/2016-17/releases/20170206p6xbox

I don’t have a good feel for how to display the Track and Field information, but thought I would share this NAU Athletics article, as it seems the Lady Track Jacks are doing well.  Both Brooke Andersen and Paige Gilchrist were awarded Big Sky “Women’s Field Athlete of the Week,” this past Monday.  Way to go, Ladies!  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Fall Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

For any of you who are out there reading this, would you like for these articles to be posted as blogs, or as separate websites?  I’m trying to get a feel for how to keep going here.  Also, any topics you’d like to see are welcome in tge comments section.

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Going Rogue

Star Wars:
I went and saw Rogue One: A Star Wars Story this past weekend.  The movie was excellent, I would highly recommend it.  It also reminded me of my time at NAU (when Star Wars Episodes II and III came out).  As a child, I was into Star Wars, but there were only the original Trilogy (Episodes IV – VI).  By the time Episode I came out, I had grown up, and didn’t have time for “nerdy” Star Wars movies anymore.  Fast forward several more years, and Episode VII (The Force Awakens) comes out.  Due to family changes, Star Wars movies are “cool” again, so I watched all of them in order.  I’m not too sorry I missed Episodes I – III while in college, they just don’t seem as good.
Science:
This article discusses the impact the bitumen (tar-like fuel extracted from oil sands) could have on the ocean in the case of a spill.  I mention the article because Dr. Thomas Sisk of NAU was one of the contributing authors to the study.
Off Campus Life:
Missed this one a few weeks ago, but thought I should share.  I remember frequenting Granny’s Closet during my years in Flagstaff, and it makes me sad that I will never be able to introduce my family to this wonderful restaurant.  Thank you, Zanzucchi family, for giving us such a great place to grab some wings and beers over the years!
Campus Life:
NAU keeps it green by being awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold status for the Aquatic and Tennis complex.  This is NAU’s 13th LEED-certified building.  Way to go Jacks!
Winter Sports Season:
Basketball (Men) 3-10 (0-0) The Jacks got their first win in December as they defeated UTEP but then stumbled against Illinois – Chicago.  Up next Big Sky Conference play against Southern Utah on Dec. 31st.  Go Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Basketball (Women) 4-7 (0-0)  The Lady Jacks are taking notes from the Men apparently, losing to Grand Canyon University and Utah.  Up next, Conference play, as they will travel to take on Southern Utah on the 31st. Go Lady Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Fall Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Merry Christmas!

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

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