THE GIFT OF GIVING ARTS & LIFE — 7 ARIZONA LEVELS THE ‘JACKS SPORTS — 9 “CAIN TRAIN” COMES OFF THE TRACKS PERSPECTIVES — 4 DAILY WILDCAT Monday, december , DAILYWILDCAT.COM SERVING THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA SINCE 1899 Age not a measure of success Non-traditional students reflect on attending college later By Stewart McClintic DAILY WILDCAT Typically, students start college right after high school, but some decide to take a different path. Almost 10 percent of all UA undergraduate students are older than 25, according to the Office of Institutional Research and Planning Support. This same age group constituted 0.4 percent of all new freshmen this semester, a number that has stayed relatively the same over the past three years. Kurt Feil, a 27-year-old junior studying history and anthropology, said he believes he is lucky to be a non-traditional student. Feil attended Scottsdale Community College for two years after graduating from Horizon High School in 2002. After those two years, he said, he did not know what direction he wanted his life to take, so he enlisted in the Navy and served for five years. Feil said he thoroughly enjoyed his time in the Navy because he had the opportunity to experience things most people do not. He said he’s set foot in nearly every continent, met some of the most amazing people and believes he now has a leg up on his peers because of his experiences. He also said he believes that he has a more focused perspective and direction for what he wants to do in life now than when he first started college. Feil said that, though this path was good for him, he believes everyone will find their own path to success. He said although he is significantly older than his peers, he does not feel too out of place and has not run into any significant problems being a non-traditional student. Karen Perkins, 39, is an undeclared non-traditional student at the UA. She already has a degree in French, but is taking Spanish because it is her stronger language. She said the only problem she faces is that she is also a mother and has two children. “It would be good if there were some sort of child care,” Perkins said. “I picked morning classes and then found a pre-school for them to go into, but it would be good if the university offered something.” She said it is hard for her to take even her one class because she has to balance her responsibilities as a mother with her schoolwork, often at Incoming freshman age 25+ 2011 .4% 2010 .3% 2009 .3% Undergraduates age 25+ 2011 9.2% 2010 9.6% 2009 9.9% New Transfers age 25+ 2011 25.6% 2010 26.8% 2009 26.8% STUDENTS, 3 BRIEF Jan. 8 victims honored at art exhibit By Michelle A. Weiss DAILY WILDCAT COLIN PRENGER / DAILY WILDCAT An art gallery in the Behavioral Health Pavilion of the University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus focuses on the tragedy of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords this past January. An art exhibit will draw attention to healing methods and responses to the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson. The exhibit, “Healing in Tucson — The Healing Response to the Violence of January 8, 2011” had its opening event on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Behavioral Health Pavilion of the University of Arizona Medical Center — South Campus. The event featured live music and refreshments, according to a press release from Ann Cisneros, the administrative services coordinator for the Arizona Health Sciences Center. The artwork in the exhibit displays works by visual artists in Southern Arizona and will be available for viewing until Feb. 26. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Technology aids Student businesses provide gift-giving ideas spring break music festival for consumers UA entrepreneurs collaborate on project By Eliza Molk By Savannah Martin DAILY WILDCAT DAILY WILDCAT Technology is driving this holiday shopping season more than ever before, putting the shopping experience back in the hands of consumers. This year, holiday shoppers are using technology to study up on their purchases before they enter the stores, while retailers are using technology to personalize the shopping experience, according to Martha Van Gelder, director of the UA’s Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing. “I think consumers are getting the info, they’re comparing and they’re getting the deals,” Van Gelder said. She added that technology has allowed for the integration of online shopping and ALEX KULPINSKI / DAILY WILDCAT the physical store. Younger consumers are determining where they want to UA juniors Ivan Marin and Sadaf Sawayz SHOPPING, 2 WORTH ‘Like‘ us on Facebook facebook.com/dailywildcat Follow us on Twitter twitter.com/dailywildcat Look at our sets on Flickr flickr.com/arizonadailywildcat HI 48 30 LOW Christmas, Fla. Santa Claus, Ind. Mistletoe, Ky. look for winter jackets at the Dillards outlet in the Park Place Mall. 79 / 62 46 / 37 64 / 48 NOTING This day in history >> 1791: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died at the age of 35 in Vienna, Austria. >> 1901: Walt Elias Disney is born in Chicago. >> 1908: The University of Pittsburgh is the first college football team to wear numerals on their uniforms. >> 1951: The first push buttoncontrolled garage is opened in Washington, D.C. Four UA student businesses are collaborating to put together a spring break experience for students in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The event, Electro Beach Music Festival, features performances from Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Calvin Harris and more over a 10-day period. For a roundtrip flight, festival tickets each night, an all-inclusive hotel and “all you can drink” at local clubs, the experience costs around $1,300. The businesses, ZonaHomePage.com, AZ Weekends, College Travel Experts and CactusMenus.com, are working together to plan, organize and run the event. ALEX KULPINSKI / DAILY WILDCAT Leaders of the four businesses, who planned the Electro Beach Music Festival in Mexico, made thier spring break event available to the UA and other colleges. ZonaHomePage.com AZ Weekends and CactusMenus.com College Travel Experts Two UA students — Austin Leshay, Andrew Bellach, Indiana University a communication senior, and Alex Pattis, a senior studying communication and sports management, started the website as a “convenient hub” for students by linking UA academic resources, such as D2L, CatMail and other common websites like Facebook and Twitter, to their site. The site also features articles written “for students, by students,” interviews with “exceptional students,” like UA athletes and Homecoming court, as well as a music tab to spotlight work by local musicians, among other features, Leshay said. “It’s convenient and fun for students,” Pattis added. “We are constantly adding tons of content.” The site is also a lead promoter for weekly events at local businesses, such as Zen Rock, Gentle Ben’s and Fuku Sushi, through the events tab on the site, Leshay said. “We’re busy, but we love it,” he said. “It’s a good time.” Andrew Sokolsky, a communication senior, reached out to the CEOs of College Travel Experts, a business that offers fun and affordable trips for college students, to start a similar brand at the UA. AZ Weekends is this brand, Sokolsky said, and he focuses on offering “unique travel opportunities” to the Tucson community and UA students specifically. These opportunities include trips to away UA football games, spring break getaways and more, Sokolsky said. As a transfer student, Sokolsky said it was a struggle to start a business when other UA students already made their own social cliques, but the collaboration with other student businesses made the process easier. “There is a cohesion with everyone,” he said. “We all benefitted together, and we’re all becoming stronger as people.” alumni and the CEO and general manager of the site, uses his site as an online restaurant guide that provides Tucson restaurant information, menus, locations and hours in addition to online ordering. His team of UA freshmen interns run day-to-day marketing objectives, Bellach said, such as designing and disseminating CactusMenus.com T-shirts, fliers and cups. His site is offering a free trip to the spring break experience to promote the event, he said. “There is no reason not to work together,” Bellach added. The benefits of the site, Bellach said, is that it offers specials only available when ordered online through the site. From Dec. 1 through 14, the site is sponsoring “Food Finals Frenzy,” where users can get specials from local restaurants, like Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ and Blackjack Pizza. “We act as a one-stop shop for all your restaurant needs,” Bellach said.