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THE DAILY WILDCAT Printing the news, sounding the alarm, and raising hell since 1899 DAILYWILDCAT.COM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014 VOLUME 107 • ISSUE 139 Hotel plans stir controversy BY MADISON BRODSKY The Daily Wildcat A local architect and members of a historic zone advisory board are at odds about a proposal to build a hotel near the UA. Tucson Mayor and Council is set to decide on the proposal this summer. The hotel would be built where three historical buildings currently stand, in the West University Neighborhood near Fourth Street and Euclid Avenue. Steve Kozachik, city councilman for Ward 6, said the City Council has not yet seen any financial plans or design review for the hotel. The three historic student housing Students share on border deaths buildings, which were nationally recognized as a unique district series of homes built in the 1900s, are considered to be part of one of the first suburbs in the Tucson community, said Val Little, a member of the City of Tucson West University Historic Zone Advisory Board. Little said the request for this type of redevelopment is not unusual. “We come across proposals that ask for high-rise development in place of low one- or two-story apartments on a daily basis,” Little said, “but it is our job to prevent [Tucson] from being destroyed little by little and protect this district’s historical importance.” HOTEL, 3 SPORTS - 10 STARTED FROM THE BULLPEN NOW HE’S HERE PHOTO COURTESY OF VINT AND ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS, INC. A PROPOSED hotel near Fourth Street and Euclid Avenue has created some controversy. The architect of the hotel, Bob Vint, and members of a historic zone advisory board are at odds as the proposed hotel would be built on the location of historic buildings. TAKING A STAND SPORTS - 10 SOFTBALL BACK AT HOME SWEET HILLENBRAND The OASIS Program held Take Back the Night on Tuesday to raise awareness about sexual assault BY HANNAH PLOTKIN The Daily Wildcat UA students who work to identify remains found along the U.S.Mexico border cited domestic policies as a cause of migrant deaths in a conference on Tuesday. The students presenting at the Honors College shared their experiences working as interns at the Colibrí Center for Human Rights, a nonprofit that helps families locate loved ones who have gone missing while crossing through the Sonoran Desert into the U.S. Dana Dobbins, a philosophy, politics, economics and law senior, said a large cause of undocumented migration is global economic change. She said there is now an increased need for labor, and therefore labor mobility, but inadequate channels for legal economic migration. Dobbins cited the North American Free Trade Agreement as having had a large impact on the U.S. and Mexico. From 1995 to 2010, Mexico lost thousands of jobs as a result of American farm subsidies. In Mexico, half the population lives at poverty level, and one-fifth of the people live in extreme poverty, Dobbins said. She added that the job market and economic growth in Mexico are weak, likely also causes for undocumented migration. Alejandro Sustaita, a physiology senior, said that when NAFTA was formed, it was claimed that Mexico’s economy would improve to the point that illegal entry into the U.S. would be eliminated. U.S. border policies maximize the rate and risk of apprehension of migrants, Sustaita said. The focused militarization of the border forces immigrants into more hostile environments in order to cross, he added, increasing both the cost of patrolling the border and immigrant deaths from exposure. “Many successful border crossers can suffer from severe up to permanent physical and emotional trauma,” Sustaita said. The increased difficulty of crossing has a rise in the use of coyotes, people who smuggle people across the border, he said. These coyotes are often associated with organized crime, according to Sustaita, and as a result, immigrants are more exposed to extortion, kidnappings and sexual violence. Despite the high costs, in both money and deaths, border militarization does not deter migrants, he said. According to Sustaita, 92 to 95 percent of Mexicans who cross the border are successful. “Basically, what it does is it reassures the public that strong action is being taken to protect them against the so-called immigration crisis, the war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on you-name-it,” he said. Ahva Sadeghi, a philosophy, BORDER, 3 ARTS & LIFE - 7 RIALTO HOSTS INDIE-POP BAND GROUPLOVE FIND US ONLINE ‘Like’ us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Find us on Tumblr ON OUR WEBSITE For breaking news and multimedia coverage check out CARLOS HERRERA/THE DAILY WILDCAT KIRA BAUM, a UA freshman, holds a candle during a moment of silence at the end of the Take Back the Night rally at Women’s Plaza of Honor on Tuesday. said. “There isn’t just one stereotype; it includes many different people with different backgrounds.” Malini Chauhan, a chemistry senior, said she thinks The OASIS Program hosted Take Back the Night at Take Back the Night is valuable because it allows people the Women’s Plaza of Honor on Tuesday in order to to speak out about an issue that typically invokes shame raise awareness about sexual assault and create a safe and secrecy. space for survivors to speak out about their personal “This event is about healing and empowerment, stories. and it is the declaration of independence,” Chauhan The event began with 50 community agencies said, “because we are saying we aren’t afraid of educating students about the services they provide. criminals, because rapists are criminals and we are not Students then led a march holding signs to tell committing a crime by walking outside alone at night.” bystanders about what they were doing and proceeded One in five women has down Park Avenue to the Student reportedly experienced sexual Union Memorial Center and back to violence, according to a survey It’s prominent the plaza. published in 2011 from the and moving The march was followed by Centers for Disease Control and because you a performance by Dolce Voces Prevention. A Cappella, community activist realize that all Megan McKendry, a violence speeches, Esperanza Dance Project, prevention specialist at OASIS, students are UA student poetry performances and said that students who are victims impacted [by] speeches from survivors. of sexual assault are not alone this issue. Take Back the Night is held to show and help is always available on — Sara Campbell, survivors of sexual assault that there campus, because there are so senior studying family are students all over campus who many people at the UA that care studies and human development and support them, said Sara Campbell, about them. OASIS provides many psychology a senior studying family studies and internship programs and volunteer human development and psychology. opportunities. “It tells them they are not alone “Sexual violence of any kind is and sexual assault impacts many students, either while wrong,” McKendry said, “so [OASIS] provides many attending the UA or before they came here,” Campbell different counseling services such as two free sessions, said. “These survivors are not alone.” funding for survivors that can’t afford additional Take Back the Night included a survivors-speak-out sessions and free group sessions at any time.” section that Campbell said impacts every person in attendance. — Follow Madison Brodsky “It’s prominent and moving because you realize that @BrodskyMadison all students are impacted [by] this issue,” Campbell BY MADISON BRODSKY The Daily Wildcat throughout Park Student Union & Cactus Grill starting April 23 “ “ DAILYWILDCAT.COM WEATHER HIGH 87 54 WINDY LOW Lets, France Fly, Sweden Akite, Kenya 68 / 49 54 / 31 87 / 63 QUOTE TO NOTE “ A college education is important as long as you get out of it not only a great education, but also the important life skills required for the job market.” OPINIONS — 4


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