Walks at the Arcata Marsh

By Juliannah Harris
Flapjack Chronicle

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Vibrant yellow mustard with the blue water from Allen Marsh in the background.

With spring in the air many people are looking for places to enjoy the outdoors. A wonderful destination is the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a beautiful oasis in spring with blooming red currant bushes, vibrant yellow mustard flowers, and broadleaf cattails swaying in the breeze. It is also one of the better bird watching locations. The Arcata Marsh is about 300 acres in size with about five miles of well maintained walking and biking trails. The Arcata Marsh also serves as a wastewater treatment center for the city. Yet some residents have never been to the Arcata Marsh.
“I go to the beach and walk in the redwoods a lot,” Alicia Goodrich, an HSU alumni living in Arcata, said. “I didn’t even know there were any marshes in town.”
Local volunteers frequently hold free guided walks on a variety of topics. Susan Lashbrook, a public health nurse, attended a free Saturday marsh walk focusing on ecology.
“I moved to Arcata from the Bay Area in 1982 to go to nursing school at HSU and I walk here all the time, but this is the first guided walk I have ever taken in all those years,” Lashbrook said.
Lashbrook enjoyed learning about the plants, especially the edible onion which she plans to use in her salads.
Another aspect of the Arcata Marsh many do not consider is its role as a municipal wastewater treatment facility. According to Jane Wilson, a volunteer for the Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM), the treatment marshes, oxidation ponds, and enhancement marshes were built in stages starting in about 1950 completing in the early 1980s. These systems of ponds and marshes, which weave through the trails, help clean the wastewater before it exits to the bay.
“[The water treatment facility] is the first of its kind. And many people, even from other countries, have come to study it,” Willson said.
One can get to Arcata Marsh from South I Street or South G Street. Free guided walks are frequently offered.
Every Saturday, at 8:30 a.m. there is a birding walk lead by the Redwood Region Audubon Society which meets at the foot of the I street parking lot.
Every Saturday, at 2 p.m. there is a guided walk on a variety of topics including ecology and wastewater treatment lead by FOAM which meets at the Interpretive Center.
The last Tuesday of the month, at 2 p.m. there is a slow paced shorter nature walk lead by FOAM which meets at the Klopp Lake I street parking lot.
If you can’t make the guided walks, but still want to learn more brochures, maps, and educational displays can be found at the Interpretive Center located at 569 South G street open on Monday 1-5 p.m., and Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Humboldt Hogs Take a Loss To Score a Victory

Flapjack Chronicle
By Angela Edmunds

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Humboldt men’s lacrosse team.

The club men’s lacrosse team at Humboldt State University works hard during fall and spring semesters in preparation for competition with teams from all over the state during the league season in the Spring. Although the team began officially competing for the season on Feb. 8, they played their first home games a month later.

The first weekend in March was a big one for the team. They competed against Western Oregon nationally ranked No. 13 on Friday March 8, followed by Saint Mary’s nationally ranked No. 33 that following Sunday, March 10.

The beautiful weather on Friday permitted a good and enthusiastic turn out of students and parents. Due to illegal hits, HSU was given two three-minute unreleasable penalties, meaning that they played a total of six minutes with one less player than usual.

“I was working the penalty box because I’ve been injured and they scored 11 goals in our 6 minutes of penalty time, so that was the game right there,” said Nick Rothleon, a junior kinesiology major, “and then we never really got back in our rhythm.”

It was easy to see that once the opposing team started racking up points, the Hogs became discouraged.

“We had a good feeling at the beginning of Friday’s game but then we went down pretty quick and morale started to drop low,” said lacrosse team captain Spencer Knutson, senior recreation administration major. “And once moral drops that low its pretty hard trying to pick [the boys] up and come back from such a big deficit,”

The Humboldt Hogs left the field on Friday disappointed. Western Oregon took the victory with 27 points, Hogs: 7 points.

“We normally meet up and have breakfast together before games, we didn’t do that [before Friday’s] game,” explained Rothleon. “We all realized we should meet up before Sundays game.”

After having a team breakfast, the Hogs hit the field for a second time on Sunday March 10, against Saint Mary’s College.

“Sunday I felt a lot more confident, like the team was ready to go,” said coach Will Barton. “When they were warming up they were doing so at a faster pace, they seemed more confident.”

The game started off with goals for both teams.

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Student’s enthusiastically enjoy Friday’s game

“it was a really close game the whole time so it was exciting trying to keep everyone pumped,” said Knutson. “When it’s a close game like that everybody is feeling the emotion, and feeling how big of a game it is.”

The Humboldt Hogs hadn’t beat Saint Marys in over 20 years, and they hadn’t lost a league game in over five. These stats made Humboldt’s win of 8 to 7  even more thrilling for the team.

“It was a huge feeling for us to come back and beat them,” said Knutson. “It was a really great example of Humboldt lacrosse and what we can do and hopefully we are able to continue that throughout the rest of our season and make it to playoffs.”

The Humboldt Hogs will be competing against Cal State San Marcos at the College Creek field on Saturday April 6.

“It would be great to get a lot of fans, being loud, and showing a lot of support. It’s a fun game, come check it out,” said coach Barton.

On April 13, Humboldt plays against University Nevada, Reno, and April 14 against San Jose State.

HSU football ‘springs’ into gear

By Lizzie Mitchell
Flapjack Chronicle

A cluster of green and white jerseys huddled together as the word “Jacks” echoed off the stadium seats and trees surrounding the Redwood Bowl.

The HSU football team laced up its cleats and practiced as a team for the first time this spring on March 11. A total of 75 players huddled together and then broke off to start warming up for drills.

Nick Ricciardulli, a 23-year-old recreation major, is team captain for the Lumberjacks and started last season as running back. He said that the team as a whole is working on a lot this spring, and is pleased with his teammates so far.

“We have focused this spring on improving our tempo and intensity in practice,” said Ricciardulli. “We know that how we perform on game day is determined by how we practice.”

He also that spring is a good time for the development of younger players, and he looks forward to seeing that.

“I’m interested to see who wants to step up,” said Ricciardulli. “I want to see who can play at a consistently high level to help us win games this fall.

Among the freshmen on the Lumberjacks is Trevor Short, an 18-year-old kinesiology major who is looking to start as an offensive linebacker. He said that he wants to learn more about the team’s system this spring.

“I mostly look forward to just being back on the field doing what I love,” said Short. “I’m hoping to put on a few more pounds to be able to compete at a high level.”

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Both Ricciardulli and Short also said that they have formed good friendships with their teammates, and get to be with with them more now that spring started. In addition to the team spending more time together, their chances of injury have also increased because of the physical practices.

Athletic trainer Neema Kianfar said that the start of spring practice has increased his workload. He has to prepare for practices and make sure that all of the players’ injuries are taken care of.

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“You’ve got to be pretty quick and multitask a lot,” said Kianfar. “You really have to be on top of things everyday.”

He also said that it isn’t all work, because he enjoys seeing familiar faces in the training room and on the field again.

The Lumberjacks started their practices to improve and prepare for Fall 2013 season, and still have 14 more practices ahead of them. While spring is mainly a time to improve and learn, Ricciardulli said that his entire experience on the team has been a learning experience.

“I have learned countless lessons that will guide me on my future endeavors in life,” said Ricciarduli. “I’ve also developed friendships with my teammates that will last a lifetime.”

The Drunk Bus: A Big Hassle

By Cameron Cable
Flapjack Chronicle

Many new students who come to HSU, especially those from larger cities, wonder why the bus lines in Arcata close so early. Those who are of age and inclination to consume alcoholic beverages wonder even more. In Arcata the bus lines all close by 10 p.m. However, most bar patrons don’t conclude their patronizing until well after this. This inevitably leads to some people driving home drunk.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes is about four times higher at night than it is during the day. Yet during these hours, there are no public transit options. Could later running buses provide an alternative to drunk driving?

U.C. Santa Cruz is an example of a school connected to a later running bus system. The buses there run until midnight, and on occasions even later. Steven Poanessa, a former student at U.C.S.C., made good use of this service.

““Hell yeah, having the buses running late was awesome. Drunk driving became kind of a joke with my friends because, like, you know, why bother? There’s a sober driver right there who drives students for free,” he said.

However, implementing such a system in Arcata would prove complicated. The town is so small that many people simply walk, reducing the number of possible customers. Another issue found in extending the bus hours comes from the customers themselves. Larry Pardi, transit superintendent for Arcata and Mad River, said that the idea has been tried before.

“It’s a huge hassle,” Pardi said. “[Drunk] People throw up, they get in fights, that all needs to be cleaned by the next day.”

Pardi also said that in reality the bus hours have already been extended, and that HSU footed the bill. The original schedule concluded at 7 p.m. He maintains that Redwood Transit Authority is not against lengthening the bus hours or catering to bar customers, however it will be up to an entity such as HSU to fund such a service.

A major problem with preventing drunk driving is the drivers themselves. Regardless of what services are provided DUIs will still occur.

Though you probably won’t be taking a late bus home from the bars anytime soon, taxi cab services have stepped up to fill the void by sending more and more cabs to the area, Pardi said.