NAU Students File Petition To Have Flag Council Revisit Party Ordinance

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Earlier this week NAU students filed a petition at the Flagstaff City Clerk’s office with several hundred signatures calling for the Flagstaff City Council to reconsider their recently approved party ordinance. While the City Charter currently only requires one signature on a FAIR (Future Agenda Item Request), students wanted to send a strong message that many people in Flagstaff have concerns and those concerns need to be addressed.

Students are especially frustrated that while this ordinance was written with them in mind, they were never invited to the table when police wrote the ordinance. And worse, the Flagstaff City Council passed it in May when most students were gone for break and had no opportunity to voice their opinions.

Rather than call for a full repeal of the ordinance, the petition asks the Flagstaff City Council to consider the following:

1. -Raise the number of persons who constitute a party back to 15.

2. -Specifically mention that campus sanctioned events, such as club events, socials, and philanthropy events, will not be targeted.

3. -Remove all mentions of citations for indirect disturbances to the peace and safety of the public.

4. -Lower the probationary period back to 90 days.

5. -Clearly define what criminal activity one must commit to receive a ticket for a party ordinance violation.

Council has 30 days to put this request on an agenda for consideration. October 6th is the tentative date for a Council discussion.


NAU students collect petition signatures against Flagstaff’s party ordinance on campus in their push to get council to reconsider (click photo to enlarge).


Book Review: The Watercolor Course You’ve Always Wanted

I have never been a big fan of the watercolor medium but decided to check out The Watercolor Course You’ve Always Wanted by Leslie Frontz with an open mind to see if I could be won over. The short answer is no but I did enjoy flipping through the book and think it will be very useful for those who want to pursue watercolors further.

The book touts itself as being perfect for beginners and experienced artists alike and it does have a lot of basic information like how to choose the brushes and tools and how to clean up. Professionals may be a little let down but overall the information seems pretty helpful.

Out of the dozens of paintings showcased throughout the book, only the ones on the back cover were mildly impressive. Any one of those would have made a better cover than the one that was used. Again, maybe its just me but I can’t get excited about this medium.

3 stars.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Book Review: Classic Human Anatomy in Motion

Hardbound and heavy (well over three pounds), Classic Human Anatomy in Motion by Valerie L. Winslow is not one of those books that you can throw in your backpack and pull it out while you’re sketching during lunch. This is a book people put on a special shelf dedicated to oversize art volumes and referred to as needed.

As far as content goes, there is a true wealth of information here. 292 pages worth, covering literally everything needed to draw the human figure. Diagrams and charts supplement the hundreds of pictures and no part of the human body is overlooked.

Regardless of if you are an art student, professional artist, animator or illustrator you are guaranteed to find useful information in these pages. It is a resource you will find yourself returning to again and again. Highly recommended.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Book Review: Learning To See Creatively

“In many areas of life some rules, no matter how well intended, are simply meant to be broken.” — Bryan Peterson (Learning To See Creatively)

Sharing his years of photography experience, Bryan Peterson breaks down and simplifies the art of the photo in this heavily revised Third Edition of Learning To See Creatively.

Expanding our vision, shape, form, texture, composition and light are just a few of the topics explored in this richly illustrated volume. I especially enjoyed the chapter on breaking the rules in the context of photography. For example, generally the subject of a photo is the focus but breaking this rule can create a sense of isolation that cannot be obtained in other ways. Thinking outside the box can lead to pleasantly surprising results.

I thoroughly recommend this guide to photographers at all levels of their craft. There are tips and information here that will be useful to everyone. 5 Stars.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.