Zombies descend on Humboldt State

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By Garrett Walters
Flapjack Chronicle

Zombies descended on the Redwood Bowl Oct. 15, dividing the people there into two groups: the survivors and the infected. Blood stained the faces of those with the misfortune of being bitten, exposed jaws and wounds on display to anyone around them. Soon to happen would be a chase through the forests surrounding the softball field, one that would not soon be forgotten.  Expressions and exclamations of fear slowly spread through the survivors as they looked around at their soon-to-be hunters, leaving to go and take over the forest. When asked, one of the survivors admitted that she was scared out of her mind. Let off in groups of 15, the survivors headed into the forest, taking their life into their own hands.

However, the danger was easily dissipated by the scene that came before it, one of both survivors and zombies speaking openly with each other, along with the zombies getting made up to look the part. This was the 2013 Zombie Run.  FREE, an on-campus organization supporting low-income students, the organization of women of color known as The Legacy, and the Y.E.S. House all teamed up to put this together.  At the helm of putting things together however, was social work major Rodrigo Avila.

“I had to jump through a lot of hoops to make this happen,” Avila said.

He recounted stories of meeting Safety Risk, UPD, Clubs department, the Dean Of Students, and the kinesiology department to organize the supplies and secure the locations. Avila didn’t do it alone though. FREE helped with tabling for the event and ticket sales, Legacy provided the manpower on the day of the event, and Avila even enlisted the help of a friend in the school radio station, KRFH.

The idea of doing the Zombie Run occurred after a friend of Avila’s, Evone Woods, said that she was going to be attending a five-kilometer zombie run in Los Angeles.  With the prevalence of zombie culture and hearing that people paid hundreds of dollars to run in these races, Avila realized that it would be a great idea to raise money for a variety of fundraisers, including a sock drive for the Court Appointed Special Advocates, also known as CASA, a Eureka based organization that helps the poor, as well as various other ones dealing with social justice and mental health awareness.

“Originally, I wanted it to be for mental health awareness, and have the zombies kind of symbolize the stigma of having mental health problem,” Avila said. “But when I spoke to people, they thought that people might get confused about it.”

He was slightly nervous about the event after only between 20 and 30 people pre-purchased tickets. However, with the turn out, he said he was pleased.

As far as the student participants went, it was an enjoyed event as well, one that people approached with a playful seriousness, planning strategies to avoid the zombies, or to catch the survivors in the case of the zombies themselves. One of these participants was Mark Freeman, a Humboldt State sophmore.

“It was just fun,” Freeman said. “The zombies took their job seriously, and there was just this feeling of…danger, even if I knew that I was just in the community forest with people in makeup. It is probably some of the most fun I have had this semester, and it was a great break from the stress of classes.”

From those that were spoken to, there was a constant feeling of enjoyment and escapism from the usual stress of school life. It was an event that were enjoyed by zombie and survivor alike.


Young Frankenstein musical awes audience

By Katelyn Roudebush
Flapjack Chronicle

Last Thursday, Oct. 17, the HSU departments of theatre, film & dance, and music held the opening night performance of The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein. The play was held in Gist Hall Theater and continued to have performances until Oct. 27.

Simply walking into the Hall before even reaching the theater audience members could feel the ambiance of the play with fake cobwebs and ancient candlesticks surrounding the ticket booth. Props like a golden horse and fake tombstones lined the path into the theater. The stage itself was impressive personifying the feel of the much beloved movie before the play even begun. Property design was by Jared Sorenson with help from prop master Cathy “Emma” Lubin, the prop crew and prop design assistants from TA 137 class.

Jaime Farrar, 18, freshman environmental studies major at Humboldt State, attended the play during the Sunday matinee performance. Farrar said that Young Frankenstein  was one of the funniest movies she had ever seen, inspiring her to attend the musical.

“I thought the props and staging was really creative and well done,” Farrar said. “It really added to the comedy during certain scenes.”

As the play finally begun audience members quickly shushed and slid their programs under their seats seeming to be excited for the show. The musical kicked off with a musical number with the Transylvanian ensemble cast including the much beloved character Inspector Hans Kemp, played by Keith Brown who will be graduating this year with an acting degree.

“My favorite part of playing Kemp was being able to make people laugh by being so ridiculous,” Brown said.

By Scene 5 the three main cast members including the audience favorite Igor, played by senior Christopher Moreno who will be graduating with a major in accounting and minor in acting, were introduced.

“The best part of being Igor was being able to be a little boy,” Moreno said. “I got  put things in my mouth and bite things and do things.”

The cast members then powered through Act One, the audience laughing and enjoying every moment of it.

The second act begun with the musical number “He’s Loose” which gave the audience their first good look at the Monster. The Monster who originally advertised as being played by a surprise guest was revealed to be played by Dmitry Tokarsky. Tokarsky, a theater veteran, has been in plays like Skin Deep, Ave Q, A Christmas Carol, Circle Transformation, Almost Maine, and many others.

Erik Standiford, who portrayed the title character, Victor Frankenstein, personified the role as wild and loud as the original actor Gene Wilder has once done during the movie version.

“The hardest part of being Frankenstein was allowing the inner psycho inside of all us come out but still stay sane,” Standiford said. “sometimes in public the insane part would come out and that’s not a good thing.”

The play which benefited from the actors of the main roles wouldn’t however even exist without ensemble cast members. One of these cast members Jillian Gibson, a HSU transfer student with a major in music with an emphasis in voice, knows the importance of her small role.

“My favorite part of being in the show was being a part of something bigger, we had to,  as the ensemble, support the other actors during every scene,” Gibson said.

Farrar was not the only audience member who enjoyed the play.  Excited voices discussed their favorite characters, scenes, and songs after the play ended. A special HSU Centennial Production, Humboldt Unbound is being direction by Michael Fields and will be showing in the Van Duzer Theatre showing Nov. 7-17. more information about the productions along with full bios of the actors and actresses can be found at http:///hsustage.blogspot.com/ Move this sentence to the end of the story.

Carving it up with the HSU Psychology Club

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By Vita Romano
Flapjack Chronicle

Piles of pumpkin seeds sat on the tables outside of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Building on HSU’s campus Friday Oct. 18.  From 5 to 7 p.m., the psychology department held a pumpkin carving contest.

Marylou Mendez, 19, a psychology major and a member of the social committee for the Psychology Club and Psi Chi, (the psychology honor society), assisted in the organization of the event.

“Our major goal was to fund raise for the Psychology Club in order to appreciate our professors and to get everyone in the psychology major to hang out together,” Mendez said. At the event, a few members of the psychology department sold pumpkins for $2 to $5. Others were carving at the tables outside of the BSS and getting to know each other.The pumpkins were donated by Christie’s Pumpkin Patch in Blue Lake. The winners of the pumpkin carving contest received ribbons, goodie bags full of candy, and other festive items, such as Halloween pencils and stickers.

Mendez also talked about her organization and how they collaborate.

“I organized this with my committee of people and we all collectively decided to do a pumpkin carving contest,” Mendez said. “There is no social committee chair because we don’t believe in hierarchies as they are oppressive.” For being a group of open-minded psychology majors, this group of young adults can certainly get their hands dirty. Almost everyone had stringy, sticky orange goo consisting of pumpkin innards from their hands to their elbows.

“It’s always nice when people from the same major come together and have fun,” Marizza Lucio, 18, a psychology major who assisted Mendez in the event planning, said. “Because although we may all be different, we have the commonality of our major that allows us to enjoy each other’s company.”
Other students and faculty showed up to either participate, buy a pumpkin, or just observe the festivities.
 “It was really great getting together with a bunch of college students to carve some pumpkins,” Stacey Longtin Horton, 19, a kinesiology major who attended the event, said. “I haven’t carved a pumpkin in years so it was a lot of fun! It really started the Halloween season off to a good start.”

Farmers Market helps students save J-points.

By Zachary Lathouris
Flapjack Chronicle

For 21 years, the Arcata Farmers Market has been a staple of the Humboldt State University community. This weekly event is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is Humboldt County’s largest and oldest farmers market and is hub for community and social events.

Ivy Matheny, outreach and operations coordinator for the North Coast Growers Association, said that she thinks the market is integral to the local community.

“Once you start to get to know your farmers and trying new fruits and vegetables you really get hooked. Eating healthy is addictive and affordable,” Matheny said. After tuition, students in college say the meal plan is one of the most expensive things students will spend their money on. Humboldt State University offers four different meals plans based upon the eating habits of students.

One meal plan known as the mini-plan is only offered to students who either live in Creekview or College Creek apartments. For the academic year the mini-meal plan costs $1,900 and gives students 167,000 J-points for the year. This allows students who live on the on campus apartments to save money. There is however, a catch. Campus apartment residents have a full kitchen and are expected to cook for themselves. The amount of J-points that the mini-plan provides will not get students thought the semester. That’s where the Farmers Market can help.

Carson Guzowski, a 20-year-old journalism major, said she’s a frugal shopper.

“I’m always shopping around to find the best price on things like produce,” Guzowski said. “I have very little disposable income so knowing where I can get the most for my money is imperative.”

Every Saturday local farmers and vendors set up shop and offer everything from apples to homemade soaps. Live music, chalk art and free samples are staples of the weekly community event. The farmers market one place students buy local, organic food.

Within a five-mile radius of the campus, there are three different places for students to grocery shop – the student marketplace, Wildberries and the North Coast Co-Op’s Arcata location. Students note that prices vary and sometimes seem steep. Apples might cost $2.99 a pound at Wildberries and $2.50 a pound at Co-Op.

Prices at the student marketplace are also inflated even with the 25 percent J-point discount. At the Farmers Market however, often apples, pears, onions, celery, mushrooms and other produce might be priced by basket, bag or bunch, which students say is ideal.

Johnny Repp, a 24-year-old chemistry major, said that farmers market plays a vital role in his day to day needs.

“The Farmers Markets is where I get all my ingredients for cooking,” Repp said. “I worked as a chef for many years and you just cannot beat the pricing and quality of farm fresh veggies and fruits. No matter what booth or vendor you happen to be at there is always something worth trying at the Farmers Market. That’s why I come; it’s great food and its super cheap.”

 The Arcata Farmers Market is also a place where students embrace their community. Vendors say they are all too happy to help students not only save money but discover new and tasty foods like exotic mushrooms and purple carrots.

Bob Filbey, owner of Bigfoot Plants, has been a vendor at the farmers market for more than 15 years now. He noted the market is one of the oldest continuing markets in the state.

“There is always a great selection of fruits and vegetables,” Filbey said. “It’s something you won’t get in any other store around here.”  When asked why students should shop there, Filby summed up the entire experience in one sentence.

“Students should come to the market for the good food and diversity of people, it’s a great way to support your community,” Filby said.