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BY ERIC OWEN •
THE LUMBERJACK Heroin addiction, child molestation,
’ the death of a
friend and the difficulties of
being of mixed race are but a few of
the issues addressed iri NAU'television
services’ spoken-word documentary.
It premieres April 22 at 7
pjn. in Cline Library.
Produced by junior electronic
media and him majors Cedric Owens
and Vernon Richardson and
directed by Jesse Vaughan, the head
of production for NALPs television
services, the film showcases several
poets from NALTs creative writing
Late last spring, Owens and
Richardson approached Vaughan,
hoping to begin developing their
filmmaking experience. After a few
weeks of brainstorming, they decided
to center their efforts on poetry.
“We also wanted to have Jesse
Vaughan as our mentor," Richardson
said. “We could have done any
project by ourselves, but he helped
us take it to a new level."
Vaughan helped them develop
a style to make the documentary
relevant to a university audience.
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■ p r e s i d e n t John D. Haeger
L # hosted the forum "The
■ University and the Economy*
at the High County C onference
Center on Monday, April
Haeger started the forum
by saying NAUs total revenue
is $401 million, but the Arizona
State L e g is la tu re s asked NAU
to return $213 million this fiscal
year in order to help reduce Arizona’s
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
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pecting in terms of producing quality,"
This led to the adoption of the
“fast-cutting" production style from
certain MTV programs, as well as
from HBOs Def Poetry Jam.
However, the filmmakers
soon ran into difficulty trying to find
other poets. This problem quickly
disappeared when Nicole Walker,
the director of the creative writing
program at NAU, became involved.
inviting several poets to participate
in the film.
One of the poets, Randy
Brooks, a senior English major, said
he participated because he hoped to
motivate others to explore poetry.
“Hopefully (the documentary)
inspires other people to pick up
their pen, pencil or laptop and get
into creative writing," Brooks said.
“It’s just a wonderful form of expres-sion;
it’s a great way to get things off
As such, many of the poems
in the documentary developed from
the poets’ personal experience:
In “The Moss of His Skin," Shannon
Stack, a senior English major,
discusses how she coped with her
‘They brought substance to
this show - tremendous substance,"
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allow p?rts of Arizona's budget to
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