Lumberjacks football team loses first home game in two years

By Sharrod Richard
Flapjack staff

It was a cold night physically and literally speaking. The Humboldt State Lumberjacks have been undefeated in the Redwood Bowl in Arcata for two years consecutively. So when the Cougars of Azusa Pacific University (Pasedena) came to town Sept. 10, most if not all of the Humboldt state fan base thought that the Lumberjacks would get the job done.

HSU athletics camera man Joey Marmolejo, a senior, said that this was one of the most heartbreaking losses he has seen in a long time.

” I was so happy going into this game thinking that Jaquan and our team would just beat the crap out of APU,” Marmolejo said. “But after the first interception in the fourth quarter by Robert Webber, I just knew it was over and felt pressure in my chest from the heart felt loss.”

Coming into this 2016 football season, HSU had a lot to boast about being that they were returning two preseason All-Americans in Jaquan Gardner (First Team) and Alex Cappa (Second Team) and returning six offensive starters from the 2015 GNAC Champion team. That’s why HSU fans were so sure that the Lumberjacks would win at home Saturday, September 10 on that cold night.

The Azusa Pacific Cougars and Humboldt State University Lumberjacks are not new opponents. The two teams has shared a rivalry since APU joined the GNAC in 2011. The two teams are the only two  football teams standing in  Division 2 football  which is crucial in recruiting season. A lot of the two teams players  know each other from high school or junior college so the rivalry is thick.

Juwuan Murphy, Redshirt Freshman(#6), said that he knows a couple of the guys on the other team so the social media tension was high before the game. He doesn’t even want to check his social media outlets for a while.

” I went to school with Scooby, you know the running back, in high school so I knew he was smiling ear to ear,” Murphy said. ” I told him on Twitter that we would beat them by 20 points or better, but we ended up losing 38-27 , so look who had the last laugh.”

Coach Rob Smith looked disgusted after the game and rushed to the locker room right after being interviewed by ESPN radio, Lumberjack newspaper and then HSU  athletic website. The Flapjack crew was not able to catch up with him in the tense and sad moments. But we were able to get a quote from him on the school’s website.

“We’ll learn from this loss,” said Smith. “That’s the great thing; we will be better through these tough games, and there is a ton of football still to be played. We are going to be in every game we play, I promise everyone that. We have to find a way at the end of these close games to make plays. Last week we did, this week we weren’t as fortunate. It stings and it hurts, but we will come back.” ( Quarters, B.)

Quarters, B. (n.d.). Turnovers Prove Costly as Cougars Top Jacks. Retrieved September 14, 2016, from


Opportunites are endless with ELITE Scholars

By Priscilla Galindo
Flapjack staff

Students began to shuffle into Nelson Hall Room 112. It’s the first club meeting of the semester. These students identify as ELITE scholars, Excelling and Living Independently Through Education. ELITE scholars is a club on campus geared towards helping former foster youth/ independent students navigate their way through college.

Adrienne Colgrove-Raymond, coordinator of ITEPP & Elite Scholars ELITE, brings the meeting to a start.

“It’s going to be a great year, we have a lot to look forward to,to overcome the barriers facing their post-secondary education,” said Colgrove-Raymond. A few years back Colegrove-Raymond was approached by a few students at HSU wondering if there were any programs for former foster youth, she says. She asked around and everyone told her no. She was then given the opportunity to work with students to create a program that would eventually become the ELITE scholars today.

More than 100 students identify as former foster youth or independent by exception at HSU. The club has five students who come regularly to the Friday meetings but are looking at ways to reach out to more of the students because the club has a lot to offer that many may not be aware of.

The program has liaisons from seven pertinent university departments in overcoming the barriers facing their post-secondary education. Those liaisons are in Admission, Educational Opportunity Program/Student Support Services, Disabled Support Services, Counseling & Psychology Services, Financial Aid, Registrar and Housing departments.

“I have solicited funding to assist ELITE Scholars to find on and off campus jobs that are related to their major and/or career goals,” says Shaylynne Masten, a recent HSU grad student and current regional foster youth liaison for ELITE shares with the members of the club.

“I love coming to meetings because it gives me a safe space to share my story and gives me opportunities I didn’t believe were possible,” says Christina Cole, a senior in Social Work major at HSU. Cole shares that in the past ELITE was able to pay her way to a social work conference where she was able to learn practical things about her field.

In the past, ELITE was also able to send their students to New York, Arizona, and a few other places to look at grad schools. Colegrove-Raymond reminds the members that if there is something “related to your field of work” to come speak with her and they will try to make it happen.

“ELITE has helped me a lot and not just academically but personally,” says Starr GreenSky, a 21-year-old transfer student. “I wish we were a bigger group because we could really do some good.” She says she hopes that there will be more programs like ELITE for her younger siblings.

ELITE scholars meet weekly on Fridays mostly in Nelson Hall, although the particular room number changes, all former foster youth, and students that identify as independent by exception are welcome to join and may reach out to Adrienne Colegrove-Raymond and Shaylynee Masten for further information. They have set Oct 28 as a tentative date for their Welcome Back Gathering. They will be having a scary movie night, dinner, pumpkin carving, and costume party. Everyone is welcome.

Students mob California Kings show, sparing venue

By Christopher Nolan
Flapjack staff

California Kings Part II was a chance for the student community in Arcata to come together and vibe for four hours to great live local bands all for free in the comfort of a fellow student’s living room. The event was held at a house on 177B California Ave, in Arcata on a warm Friday evening 6-10 p.m. Sept. 9. 3 bands headlined the event starting with “5 Minutes Alone” from 7-8 p.m., “The Apollo Era” took over the 8-9 p.m. time slot and “Wreckage” wrapped up the show from 9-10pm.

Anticipation for the event was quickly building throughout the week prior. Word was buzzing around campus that someone was hosting a free show Friday night and it was public.

Host Alex Gonzalez, a 20-year-old Mass Comm & Journalism student at HSU was a bit concerned about having the event at his home.

“I hope our wall doesn’t get a hole kicked in it again,” Gonzalez said. “Last show we had people waiting in line for the bathroom (who) got a little too rowdy and ended up stomping a huge hole in the wall near the bathroom.”

Gonzalez wanted people to enjoy themselves all while respecting the venue and house or else he and the rest of the house will be forced to stop having shows.

The day of the show, couches were cleared out of the living area and amps and lights were set up. As the show was about to start,  tension and positivity were in the air. Crowds and band members kept showing up with cans of beer and instruments until there was barely any room to move in the living room and porch. The place was a full house with about 50 people and it was about to be 7.

5 Minutes Alone started playing and the crowd was surprisingly calm. The cover band played some Mac Demarco hits such as “My Kind of Woman” and you could sense the people start to vibe more and more as awkward standing turned into playful rhythmic swaying.

8 struck and the Apollo Era started ripping it up playing a bunch of original songs such as “Pub Song” as lead guitarist Danny Moriarty got inventive with his on the spot solos. The music was starting to become faster paced and you could see students start to bump into one another dancing. Eventually a mosh pit was born and people started crashing into each other as the band kept spitting out song after song. Nothing had broken yet, and people were ready for the closing act.

Wreckage came on the scene with their siren-like lead vocalist and once again Moriarty playing bass and a drummer screaming in a gothic, punk-like fashion. The mosh pit was as rowdy as ever as people started flying across the room knocking each other down and sweating profusely all over the place. The heat was getting so intense that many students took breaks in between acts to get a breath of fresh air on the porch.

Four hours felt like four minutes as the show came to a close. People started leaving in herds as band members began to pick up their instruments of choice and students picked up their beverages. Looking around the house during the final act, nothing was punched in or broken, which was the best sign all night. Lead guitarist for the Apollo Era and Wreckage Moriarty was interviewed after the show

“It was rock ‘n’ roll is what it was!” said Moriarty, a 26-year-old communication studies major with a passion for music. “It’s so good to see all the locals coming together for the love of music. This town has been nothing but good to my band and I.”

Moriarty has been playing guitar for over a decade and is looking to tour this upcoming summer.

Hawaii native and part owner of the show house Frank Heggeness had a few closing statements after the mobs cleared out.

“I’m so thankful for everyone’s energy and the fact that nothing broke,” Heggeness said. “It’s good to know you can trust people no matter how big the crowds get.”


Alex Gonzalez- (310)-480-9443

Frank Heggeness- (808)-489-6232

Danny Moriarty- (831)-588-9466

Brain Booth works as a library lifesaver

By Christine Harris
Flapjack staff

Students and faculty at HSU have been on campus for four weeks now. Some of us are already experiencing the stress and overwhelmed feelings that accompany getting back into our school routines. Most likely in the next few weeks our classes will have back to back tests, a presentation, and a huge group project that will be due at the end of the semester and count for most of our grade. Also, don’t forget about your job or multiple jobs, and the internship. Overall these coming weeks probably are not going to have a lot of “you time,” but don’t worry the library is here to save us.

You are thinking, “The library really? How could they possibly save me from not stressing?”

Two words — Brain Booth.

The Library Brain Booth is a new addition to the many resources the library has to offer its students and staff. It is a program that is helping and teaching those who visit how to take mindful brain breaks. Inside the rooms, there are a variety of activities and resources available to those who come.

The Brain Booth offers  six stations for people to participate in; Biofeedback Station, Relaxation and Contemplation Station, Gaming Station, Virtual Reality Station, and a Light Therapy Station and Recommended Reading Section ( For the Virtual Reality station the Brain Booth does ask that you bring your own phone). This program is new to our campus and has been going on since the beginning of September.

The event is sponsored by the HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation and the Office of Research, Economics and Community Development. Marissa Mourer, librarian for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, is one of the people in charge of the study. She explained the idea behind having the Brian Booth at Humboldt.

“I have had students come up to me after class or when I’m at the Help Desk in the library very flustered and overwhelmed, and they tell me they find it difficult to unplug from their day to day tasks,” Mourer said. “So I want to teach students that taking mindful brain breaks can refresh us.”

brain-booth-copyThe web page for the Brain Booth states under the “research study” tab that “observational research is being conducted to identify levels of engagement with activities, technologies, and exhibits for all Library Brain Booth visitors.” Mourer said that since it is all anonymous work she is unable to verbally asks students how they feel after participating. However, she stated that she had a gentleman who self-reported to her after being in the Brain Booth that it was exactly what he needed.

Emily Baker, a 24-year-old kinesiology student, said she enjoyed the Gaming Station.

“I liked the game that is at the Gaming Station because while it was relaxing it helps and improves hand coordination and motor learning,” Baker said.

Ryan Sendejas, 29-year-old environmental studies major, said he came to do one of his favorite activities.

“I came out of curiosity,” he stated. “Also I like to color and I saw that that they had a station that has coloring.”

Will both of them come back to Brain Booth? They both said they definitely would.

“It’s my second time coming to Brain Booth, so I’m pretty sure I’ll keep coming back,” Sendejas said.

Mourer expressed that her favorite section is the Biofeedback Station where she uses the Heart Rate Variability machine to help her concentrate on her breathing and increase heart rate variability from lowest to highest heart rate.

The Brain Booth is available to students and staff in the Library on Wednesdays from ten am to noon in room 114, and on Thursdays from one pm to three pm in room 208. If you are unable to attend the Brain Booth through its available hours, they provide outside resources in the library for students.

“Because the Brain Booth is only available four hours a week I wanted to allow students who are interested, but unable to attend during our hours, the opportunity to still access some of our tools,” Mourer said. “Also they can use these tools if they don’t want to be a part of the study. Overall it is for the pure benefit of the students.”

Some of the outside tools include the Meditation Room, a collection of DVDs and books, and new FitDesks that are located on the second floor of the library.

The Brain Booth will continue through the semester, Mourer said.

“It will be based on interest and the traffic that it gets,” she said. “But our main focus is the support of mindfulness in the academic library for our students.”

Humboldt students go clubbing on a weekday

By Cara Peters
Flapjack staff

The Clubs Office of Humboldt State University held the Clubs Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Organizations ranging from the Acro-Yoga Club to the Society of Women Engineers filled the campus quad in an effort to advertise and make new recruits.

Hosted at the beginning of every semester, the fair allows club-leaders to promote their groups, while enabling students to explore HSU campus culture.

Molly Kresl, coordinator for clubs and activities on campus, organized the Clubs Fair and feels strongly about its positive impact on the student-body.

“We host clubs fairs so students can see all the opportunities for involvement and engage with our community,” Kresl explained. “Humboldt is a unique community, far away from where many of our students call home. Clubs often become a second home and connection to this community.”

The Queer Student Union was one of many clubs tabling at the event. Wren Brokema, Queer Community Building Coordinator for the Multi-Cultural Center, represented the QSU table.

“What we really do in the QSU is provide a space for queer people to connect with others like them,” Brokema said“More than anything, we want queer people to feel accepted on campus by giving them a kind and loving support system.”

With 75 organizations present, many found ways to attract and entertain students. The Humboldt Circus Club hosted juggling demonstrations and invited peers to join in. The Marching Lumberjacks formed what is best described as a five-man moshpit, fist-pumping, chanting, and even striking up a brass instrument. Outdoor speakers provided by KRFH blasted early ’90s hip-hop, which helped set the fair’s lively atmosphere.

“It’s fun out here!” said Jack Gates, a 22-year-old critical race and gender studies major. “There’s good music and a lot of friendly people. Plus, it’s a great environment for shy students, because it gives them an excuse to approach tables and meet new people.”

A full list of Humboldt State University clubs and their contact information is here.