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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Fans Say Goodbye to HSU Football (With Video)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 11:21 AM

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For the past three seasons of Humboldt State University football, Bennie Marzett and his family have made the nine hour drive from Bakersfield to Arcata to watch his son play. With the exception of one absence by his mother, Deborah Marzett, defensive back Patrick Marzett’s parents haven’t missed a Lumberjacks home football game. On Nov. 3, they remained dedicated and watched their son and the entire Jacks program play their final football game at the Redwood Bowl.

“We’ve got to support our athletes. Our son, plus the team,” Bennie Marzett said. “We support the whole organization.”

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Sixth Grader Shares her Experiences with Racism in Arcata

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 1:57 PM

Sadie Shelmire prepares for her presentation at Humboldt State University's Campus and Community Dialogue on Race. - HECTOR ALEJANDRO ARZATE
  • Hector Alejandro Arzate
  • Sadie Shelmire prepares for her presentation at Humboldt State University's Campus and Community Dialogue on Race.

Editor's note: This story contains offensive language. It is the Journal's policy not to alter direct quotations or to censor language, no matter how offensive, as it runs the risk of sanitizing that which should not be sanitized.

Sadie Shelmire stood behind the podium and read through her notes before looking up at her mother, who watched as the room filled with people. Although Sadie seemed nervous, her head was adorned with a crown of black and gold box-braids that almost radiated joy and confidence.

“Well, I'm actually feeling pretty good that I’m brave enough to talk about this in front of a lot of people,” said the Sunny Brae Middle School sixth-grader. “I'm really excited to tell them my life stories and what I had to go through and what can change.”


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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

HSU Student Swept Away Described as 'Sweetest Person Ever'

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 6:34 PM

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When professor Rae Robison first met KeyMaan Stringer during the orientation for incoming students in Humboldt State’s Department of Theatre, Film and Dance in August, the 19-year-old freshman immediately stood out.

“He came over and said, ‘I just want to thank you. I’m so excited,’ and he hugged me and I’m not a hugger,” Robison recalled today. “Then, every single time I saw him on campus, he would yell, ‘Rae,’ and he would give me a hug.”

He was just “the sweetest person ever,” she said of Stringer, who arrived in Humboldt County from Los Angeles to begin classes just two months ago.

The U.S. Coast Guard scoured 160 square-nautical miles for 16 hours before suspending the search for Stringer, who was swept off the North Jetty while fishing with fellow students Monday afternoon.

Humboldt State University is proving counseling for members of the campus community who need assistance. Find more information here. Read an expanded story about Key’Maan Stringer and the lives he touched in his short life here.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Community Icon Muriel Dinsmore Dies at 89

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 8:45 PM

Muriel Dinsmore - EUREKA HERITAGE SOCIETY'S FACEBOOK PAGE
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  • Muriel Dinsmore
Muriel Dinsmore, a tireless supporter of myriad community causes — from the arts to historic preservation  to education — died this week. She was 89.

Born in Eureka just before the stock market crash of 1929, Dinsmore grew up in Rio Dell and was well-known for the decade she spent as editor of the Times-Standard’s Accent on People section, interviewing everyone from First Lady Nancy Reagan to hitchhikers passing through the region.

Dinsmore was a founding member of the Humboldt Arts Council, which runs the Morris Graves Museum of Art, and the Eureka Heritage Society, along with supporting a wealth of other organizations, including the League of Women Voters and the College of the Redwoods Foundation League.

She also served as College of the Redwoods director of public relations for 15 years.

As news of Dinsmore’s death spread on social media, dozens expressed sadness at her passing, remembering the mother of four as a “classy lady” with “boundless energy” and a “beautiful smile” who gave passionately to the community she loved.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Rossbacher to Step Down at HSU

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 11:06 AM

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Humboldt State University announced today that President Lisa Rossbacher will retired at the end of this academic year, bringing an end to a short but controversial tenure.

According to the release, Rossbacher will spend the remainder of her time at the campus focusing on the goals she outlined in her fall welcome address, including “the ongoing initiatives related to student success, strengthening a welcoming and supportive community for HSU’s growing diversity, achieving a balanced budget and addressing the recommendations from the recent review by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.”

A geologist by training, Rossbacher became HSU’s first woman president in July of 2014 and — with just about five years at the helm when she leaves — she will also have had one of the briefest terms.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

North Coast Night LIghts: Fernbridge Beneath the Milky Way

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 11:51 AM

Historic Fernbridge sits out in the cosmos beneath a layer of sweeping clouds and the majestic Milky Way. Mars is bright at center. The lights from passing cars illuminated the shore and provided the reflections. Sept. 11, 2018. - DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
  • Historic Fernbridge sits out in the cosmos beneath a layer of sweeping clouds and the majestic Milky Way. Mars is bright at center. The lights from passing cars illuminated the shore and provided the reflections. Sept. 11, 2018.
A photograph is not merely an impression of light, it is a combination of light and time. We don’t usually think about that as we snap our shutters in fractions of a second. Not much that we can notice changes in a fraction of a second. But when that element of time is extended a lot of things can happen, and nothing will look as it would in a daytime image, nor will the final image look as it did to our eyes at the time. Playing with that element of time is one of the most exciting aspects of night photography.

Fernbridge beneath the Milky Way is an image I have long desired. A beautiful span crossing the Eel River between the community of Fernbridge and town of Ferndale, it is probably Humboldt County’s most historic bridge, and has been in operation since 1911. For over a year I’ve ached to photograph it beneath a dramatic starry night sky and the Milky Way. But things sometimes stand in the way. Much of the year there is no Milky Way over it, and that time is now fast approaching. The moon is in the sky about half the time, too, drowning out the stars. I think it must be overcast at night there more than half the time and the rest of the time it’s hard to find someone to go with me. Then, too, beneath that bridge is not a place where I want to be by myself late at night. This time I reached out to the Photoshop class that I teach in the Digital Media department at College of the Redwoods (I highly recommend the program) for anyone interested in learning something outside of class and two students who wanted to learn my technique came out with me to find out how I approach my night photography.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Dozens Gather to Remember Josiah Lawson at Beach Vigil

Posted By on Sun, Sep 16, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Vigil attendees joined hands in a circle to remember David Josiah Lawson. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Vigil attendees joined hands in a circle to remember David Josiah Lawson.
Approximately 30 people gathered in Manila yesterday to celebrate the life of David Josiah Lawson, the Humboldt State University sophomore fatally stabbed at an off-campus party April 15, 2017.

Seventeen months later Lawson's killing remains unsolved.

Saturday's vigil was led by Lawson's mother, Charmaine Lawson, and was held at his favorite local beach, near the Manila Community Center. Attendees joined hands and shared memories before tossing roses into the surf.

For the most recent update on Lawson's still unsolved homicide, read past coverage here. And check out photographer Mark McKenna's slideshow below with images of the vigil.


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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Students Rally, Plan Vigil for #JusticeforJosiah

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 9:45 AM

Meg Stofsky holds handbills for a Justice for Josiah vigil happening this weekend at the Manila Community Center. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Meg Stofsky holds handbills for a Justice for Josiah vigil happening this weekend at the Manila Community Center.
A few dozen people gathered on the Humboldt State University quad yesterday as a part of a rally to bring attention to diversity and inclusion issues, standing in solidarity with the mother of slain HSU sophomore David Josiah Lawson as she addressed the California State University Board of Trustees in Southern California.

The HSU rally, dubbed Diversity is not Inclusion, saw a string of speakers address the crowd on issues of race and equity, with many calling attention back to Lawson's still unsolved homicide.

Lawson was fatally stabbed at an off-campus party April 15, 2017, and the unsolved case has become a rallying point for students of color who say they don't feel safe in the local community. About a month ago, on Aug. 16, Interim Arcata Police Chief Richard Ehle said he hoped to conclude the investigation into Lawson's death and forward a case onto the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office in six to eight weeks.

Before the CSU Board of Trustees, Charmaine Lawson called for the resignation of HSU President Lisa Rossbacher, saying she "needs to step it up or she needs to go," according to a report in the Times-Standard. HSU professor Renee Byrd also addressed the board, according to the report, and called on Rossbacher to take a more active role in protecting students of color at the university.

Meanwhile, a local vigil is scheduled for Saturday to commemorate the 17-month anniversary of Lawson's death. The vigil will be held at the Manila Community Center at 3 p.m. to celebrate Lawson's life at "his favorite beach spot," according to a Facebook post, which also states Charmaine Lawson is expected to attend. The vigil is "family and pet friendly," according to the post, and will include a cookout with hamburgers and hotdogs. There will also be ride-sharing opportunities provided. For more information, see the Facebook page here.

Check out local photographer Mark McKenna's slideshow from yesterday's rally below.


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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Amid Controversy Over New Policy, KHSU Volunteer Tried to Thwart Studio Move

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 5:00 PM

View inside the DJ booth. - ALEXANDER WOODARD.
  • Alexander Woodard.
  • View inside the DJ booth.
Humboldt State University is on alert after a KHSU volunteer apparently tried unsuccessfully to convince the station’s engineer to sabotage its looming move to a new studio location on campus in order to “stick it to” the station’s general manager and a university vice president.

In an email sent shortly after 9 p.m. on Sept. 6, volunteer Matt Knight urged the engineer to “throw out an anchor — discover problems that might take weeks — and weeks — and weeks to rectify,” in an effort to delay or otherwise hinder the station’s move from HSU’s theater arts building, which is undergoing seismic retrofitting, to Feuerwerker House. The move is expected to be completed next week.

KHSU General Manager Peter Fretwell. - COURTESY OF HSU.
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  • KHSU General Manager Peter Fretwell.
While it’s unclear exactly what Knight hoped to accomplish by stalling the move, the email makes clear he viewed it as an act of insurgency against KHSU general manager Peter Fretwell, who he refers to as a “psycho … bent on pile-driving KHSU into the ground as part of his sick revenge fantasy,” and HSU Vice President for Advancement Craig Wruck, who oversees the station.

Both Fretwell and Wruck have been on the receiving end of widespread public criticism since the abrupt firing of popular and longtime KHSU program director Katie Whiteside in May, which has prompted a public outcry (see "Static at KHSU," Aug. 30). Knight’s email comes amid what Wruck himself has described as a “caustic work environment” at the station, with recent weeks having seen the station’s Community Advisory Board advance a no-confidence vote in Fretwell, a station employee accuse Wruck of shouting her down during a staff meeting (accusations that ultimately prompted the university vice president to enlist a law firm to threaten legal action against the employee, as well as news outlets that reported her allegations) and general accusations on all sides of ulterior motives, bullying and retaliation.

The Journal received Knight’s email anonymously but has independently verified its authenticity. Reached today, Knight declined to comment for this story but did provide the Journal with a follow-up email he sent the engineer Monday morning apologizing for his “stupid email.”

“I had absolutely no right to make that sort of request of you,” the short follow-up states.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

UPDATED: Divided Arcata City Council Stalls Student Housing Project

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 11:11 AM

Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood. - CITY OF ARCATA
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  • Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood.
The Arcata City Council, meeting this morning with Councilmember Michael Winkler absent, having recused himself from the issue, deadlocked on The Village, a controversial off-campus student housing project, leaving the development’s future uncertain.

The council voted 2-2, with Councilmember Paul Pitino and Mayor Sofia Pereira dissenting, on a motion from Councilmember Susan Ornelas that would have approved the project in principle while requiring Humboldt State University and the developer to modify their proposal to include family housing in the project, which as proposed would house 600 students. Earlier in the meeting, an HSU administrator told the council that including family housing in the development isn’t viable due to liability concerns and a lack of demand.

After Ornelas’ motion failed for lack of a third vote, Pitino moved to approve the project as proposed. But Ornelas abstained from the vote in “protest” of what she deemed a lack of willingness from the developer and HSU to think creatively and to compromise. Councilmember Brett Watson also abstained without explanation, halting the motion.

With the council having failed to come to a consensus, the project appears stalled and it’s unclear under what circumstances it could be brought back for further consideration.

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