Humboldt inspires film-makers

By Charlotte Rutigliano
Flapjack Chronicle

Poster for the movie "Humboldt County," all of which was filmed on the North Coast.
Poster for the movie “Humboldt County,” all of which was filmed on the North Coast.

In just a short two years the Humboldt County and Del Norte Film Commission will be celebrating 100 years since the first movie filmed in the county. Humboldt County is not only known for its “Best of the West” college and its gorgeous redwood forest, but the numerous amounts of movies that have gotten inspiration from the beautiful Humboldt County.

From the first movie ever filmed to the most recent, Humboldt County has seen some big name movies and big name actors. Humboldt County has seen stars like Harrison Ford, James Earl Jones, Dustin Huffman, and the most Will and Jaden Smith who starred in After Earth.

Humboldt County and Del Norte film commissioner Cassandra Hesseltine explains about the most popular movies filmed in Humboldt County and what makes Humboldt County so interesting for film-makers.

Hesseltine, an HSU alumni, says she is promoting Humboldt County for filmmakers to get them interested in coming to film in this lovely community. She also says that educating producers about the location and the surrounding infrastructure is key. The North Coast has  a prime location and is able to handle a big film. People in the area have worked on films before. This makes it easier on filmmakers to choose this county. Though Humboldt County does not get films all the time, there is one thing that it gets a lot of.

“Reality TV, commercials and print aids are our bread and butter,” said Hesseltine.

“Humboldt County has a uniqueness of being so close to the mountains, forest, and beach which makes it a good location,” said 18-year-old Humboldt State University student Josie Murphy.

“It doesn’t look like anywhere else in the world, which it makes it easier for filmmakers to convince audiences it’s another world,”  said College of the Redwoods student Nathan Mata, 19.

Murphy and Mata both said the only movies they knew were filmed in Humboldt County were Star Wars and Jurassic Park.

But the list of movies filmed here in Humboldt County spreads over many years, to be exact from 1916-2013. Here are a few:

If you would like to see a full list of movies, TV shows, videos and commercials filmed in Humboldt County and also in Del Norte the link is below.


Barefootedness is ubiquitous for some

By Johnnesha Wilson
Flapjack Chronicle

Watch out for that piece of glass!

 Quite often people walk around shoeless at the beach, park, or perhaps after a long day of being at work. It is commonly known for many people to walk around their house barefooted, or to even take their shoes off before entering one’s home, but or a select few — barefootedness is tended to religiously.

In regards to those who practice walking barefooted ubiquitously there has been a bit of controversy on whether it’s healthy or not for them to do so.

According to Delialah Falcon, publisher of symptonfind, who wrote a report on the pros and cons of walking barefooted, supporters of the movement accuse poor fitting shoes for the plethora of foot problems. They believe by walking barefooted it can correct a person’s balance and posture because shoes can cause muscle weakness and perpetuate problems for the foot and ankles.

Bruce R. Franz, a podiatrist of Arcata, Calif. with at least 30 years of experience, said he walked on hot tar when he was a kid. When the city would pave the ground, he tried it to see if he would be able to tolerate it and could.

“Those were the good old days. No one does it anymore,” he said while chuckling.

Franz suggests that it’s best to walk on an even surface such as grass or dirt because it really helps the muscle in your legs which is supported by the big toe.  He also mentioned that cement really hurts your feet, and so people hardly walk barefooted anymore. They wear shoes.

“Some people can get away with it, and some people can’t do it at all,” he said.

In fact, podiatrists have begun making plastic plates to go inside shoes like an insole except it does not go all the way down your foot. They examine a person’s foot and take its range of motion in order to make a correct cask for the foot.

Veronica Coraggio, 21, psychology major, believes walking barefooted is not problematic because people were walking barefooted before shoes were invented.

“I’m curious if their feet get cold anymore because I hear that they get calluses although their posture is better,” she said.

On the other hand Ide Sullivan, 20, art major, feels as though walking barefooted  is unsanitary not worth it.

“If you step on a nail or glass you can get infected and get gross shit in your foot,” she said.

Questions about the safety of people walking barefooted answers may vary depending on the specialist area of interests.

Falcon mentioned that most doctors agree that children’s feet will benefit from spending time barefooted because it gives their feet the chance to grow and develop naturally.

Keep in mind, she noted, that picking up bacteria, fungal infections, and viruses such as blisters, athlete’s foot, and hookworms are possible if barefoot outside.

Campus celebration rings in the Year of the Horse

By Karl Holappa
Flapjack Chronicle

The Kate Buchanan Room was filled to capacity on Friday night, as a diverse mix of students and local residents gathered to celebrate the Lunar New Year, otherwise known as the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year. The Humboldt State Multicultural Center (MCC), the College of Professional Studies (CPS), and the Chinese Student Scholar Association (CSSA) organized the event.

Students and faculty gave presentations that described various facets of Asian culture, including customs related to the holiday and traditional dress styles. The CSSA showcased a traditional Chinese dance routine, which drew heavy applause from the crowd. A meal of Chinese food, including chow mein, pot stickers and orange chicken was served to attendees.

“It was awesome, we had such a great turnout,” said Alana Souza, senior film major and Asian Pacific Island community building coordinator for the MCC. “I had fun because everyone else had fun.”

Souza said she enjoyed the representation of many ethic identities into one celebration. “It’s really awesome to not just blend Asian cultures, but even people who don’t belong to Asian or Pacific Islander [communities],” Souza said. “It helps them learn about other cultures.”

Shuhei Makiyama, senior geography major and international student coordinator for the MCC, said he was pleased at the turnout for the event. Makiyama said more attendees stayed for the duration of the event compared to the year before. “Last year we felt performances were a bit too long, so we tried to shorten them a bit,” Makiyama said.

Makiyama said that the event emphasized the diversity of Asian cultures, despite the event being traditionally Chinese. Tables were arranged around the edge of the room where attendees could learn to write happy New Year in various Asian languages.

“What I see through living in the US is that people categorize people by race but not ethnicity,” Makiyama said. “By just participating in that sort of event, you will see the difference between Asian countries; there are differences within that group … that sort of event is a great resource for us to realize differences.”

Perhaps the most moving part of the event was the traditional gifting of the red envelope. Dr. John Lee, Dean of the College of Professional Studies, purchased $25 gift cards to Café Brio and distributed them inside red envelopes to all students in attendance. The custom is commonplace in Chinese New Year celebrations, and is meant to impart good luck and blessings from the giver to recipient.

“Our Chinese students in America find our own way to celebrate and express our happy emotions for Americans,” said Zirui Dang, senior journalism major and treasurer for the CSSA. Dang said it is important in Chinese culture to return home for the festivities, and it is nice to have a local celebration for students who are not able to do so.

The celebration is considered to be lunar, due to the fact that the Chinese calendar is based on moon phases and positioning of the sun. Due to this, the date changes from year to year. The observance of the event is centuries old, and is not only celebrated in Mainland China, but also in countries that have significant Chinese populations.

Mona Mazzotti, outreach and social justice programs coordinator for the MCC, said that the groups responsible began organizing the event last October. Mazzotti said students were primarily responsible for organizing the event and were assisted by faculty when needed. She said the event is one of the largest put on by the MCC, and is heavily attended every year.

“This is a family gathering time, and something our [international] students would be doing at home,” Mazzotti said. “It’s an opportunity for us to provide a space for them to enjoy that, so they don’t feel so alone so far away for home.”

Mazzotti said the event highlights the purpose of the MCC. The center is student-centered and faculty members are on hand to specifically aid in the needs of the students. As such, this event and others put on by the MCC are conceived and planned by students. “If a student wants to share part of their culture and heritage, we’re here to help provide that space and opportunity,” Mazzotti said. “Being able to share part of what they hold dear is very important.”

Backlash on the bag ban

By Lindsey Wright

Flapjack Chronicle 

Who let the bananas out of this damp paper bag? Photo by Lindsey Wright
Who let the bananas out of this damp paper bag? Photo by Lindsey Wright

Rain soaked through to the skin, goose bumps raised despite the internal rage and frustration that is rapidly building, she scoops up her scattered groceries out of the dirt. A few houses away from a friend’s, she ditches her grubby veggies to go ask him for help, dragging with her the soggy remains of  paper bags.

On Feb. 1, the Arcata Plastic Bag ban, as approved by the Arcata City Council, was initiated. During the days following there have been many complaints about the new ban.  The effects of the ban can be most directly observed at the corporate grocery stores and convenience stores within Arcata. However, some smaller businesses and family owned stores were affected as well. Interestingly, the grocery store on campus, The Marketplace, has not yet been affected by the ban.

“We have so many plastic bags still and it would be a waste to throw them all away,” said Marketplace cashier Meghan Manibay, 22. “I don’t know what is going to happen once we run out of them, we haven’t been told that we are going to paper bags. I recommend bringing reusable totes regardless.”

The rainy season has arrived and students without cars are struggling to get their groceries back to campus or back to their homes. The rain reeked havoc  for 21-year-old Bree Drouillard when she struggled to make it to a friend’s house, a half way point to her own house from Safeway. Drouillard is a cashier at the marketplace as well.

“My house is an hour walk from the store, I had to beg my friend to drive me the rest of the way home and he helped me pick my veggies out of the dirt,” said Drouillard. When she finally made it home she questioned whether the trip had been worth it at all. 

Photo by Lindsey Wright
Photo by Lindsey Wright

Many of the Humboldt students are enthusiastic about protecting the environment. Even though students are still using plastic bags, they are creating ways to use them over again.

“As much as I love doing things that benefit the environment, the paper bags are a hassle in the rainy weather,” said Emily Reclite, a freshman at HSU. “I reuse my plastic bags as trashcan liners in my dorm room because it saves money and it is a convenient way to take my trash out.”

Reclite mentions how difficult it is to remember to bring reusable bags while living in the dorms. She is one among many HSU students who are struggling to adapt to the new ban.

Weak paper bags

Optimizing offseason for Jacks football with suggested strategies

The Jacks in 2013. (Flapjack file photo)
The Jacks in 2013. (Flapjack file photo)

By Annalise Ricciardulli
Flapjack Chronicle

One family, one fight” was their slogan, and they surely fought but ended in defeat each time. The HSU Jacks had a 2013 football season that was not comparable to any others under Head Coach Rob Smith. The season ended with a 0-11 record and a number of injured players. It is evident by the Jacks unsuccessful outcome that the strategies implemented last season did not work. This leaves fans and players alike wondering what new strategies are going to be put into place to assure a 2014 win.

Previous cheerleader and supportive HSU student-fan, Heather Mendoza, 19, said being a dedicated Jacks football fan this year was very disappointing especially when compared to previous seasons.

“I did not miss any of the home games and I was one of the few fans who would not leave after it was clear that the team was not going to win,” Mendoza said. “Additionally, the surplus of first string players who suffered injuries in the beginning of the season, negatively impacted the teams potential and mojo.”

He said that, from a fan’s perspective, the offense needs to hook up more between quarterback and receiver.

“If the ball touches your gloves, it is your responsibility to make a move and not be afraid to take a hit,” Mendoza said. 

Last season’s mistakes should help shape next seasons strategies. Mendoza mentioned possible suggestions that will likely improve the teams outcome for following seasons.

“The team needs to join as one,” Mendoza said. “The players should consider one another as their brothers, they need to live out their slogan, one family, one fight.”

A true freshman Sutter Choisser, 19, felt that player injuries and excessive turnovers victimized the 2013 season.

Like Mendoza, Choisser agreed that the Jacks need to be in sync with one another. 

“People played as individuals not as a team,” Choisser said.  Because players did this, the Jacks game lacked the three phases, offense, defense, and special teams.

“Not turning the ball over would be huge, and limiting turn overs would change the game,” Choisser said regarding the upcoming season. “Getting back to how past teams played, like, running the ball a lot, and being more physical.”

Choisser said the incoming class seems promising.

“New recruits are strong even with the outcome of last season, and most of them are O-line and D-line,” Choisser said.

A previous HSU player and coach, Guy Joseph Ricciardulli, 25, said for the upcoming season upperclassman leadership is going to be necessary, and the offensive line is going to need to develop and work together to strengthen the foundation they had from the 2013 season.

“They need to have their second and third string players develop and be ready to step in if the starters get injured,” Ricciardulli said. “The team needs to work on their team building over the summer so that they all have good camaraderie and everyone is accountable.” 

It seems for the 2014 Jacks football season, players, coaches,and fans all agree team effort and unity is going to be a key component to having a successful season. But for now only time will tell if the efforts made in offseason will pay off and lead to a 2014 winning season. The Jacks 2014 journey begins on Sept. 6 with a season opener in Texas.