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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – Tuesday, March 12, 2019 • VOLUME 112 • ISSUE 24

TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS 2019 The 11th annual Tucson Festival of Books returns to the University of Arizona from March 2-3. With over 350 presenting authors, family activities and food vendors, this event is sure to be a best-seller.



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The Daily Wildcat editorial board’s favorite books BY DAILY WILDCAT OPINIONS BOARD @DailyWildcat

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Marissa Heffernan: On the record, this is an impossible question, and I will never be able to chose a favorite. With that out of the way, my current favorite is “The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is dense, full of detail and shows you the world of King Arthur through the eyes of the legend’s women. I always loved King Arthur as a kid, but this book has decidedly adult themes and gives the legends depth.

Amy Bailey: I’ve always loved history, from epic battles to monarchs who built empires. Alison Weir’s “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” not only captures the life of a powerful king but illustrates the mysterious tales of his six wives. Weir’s novel captures the essence of that era and the stories we now hear in school. For history buffs eager to learn about the women behind the crown, this book is for you.

Vanessa Ontiveros: Have you ever read a book that feels like it was written for you? That’s how I feel when I read “Fairest” by Gail Carson Levine. I picked it up at a Scholastic Book Fair in fifth grade and have been absolutely in love ever since. The basic premise of the book is ‘What if Snow White wasn’t pretty, but was really great at singing?’ Every time I read it I notice something new. I think it’ll

Alana Minkler: My favorite book is “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte, because it’s such an empowering and gloomy romance novel. When I first read it, I felt transported into the oppressed world of the 1800s and inspired by the character development of the strong female protagonist. I also just like it because it transports you into another world.

Nicholas Trujillo: My favorite book series is the “Maximum Ride” series by James Patterson. I used to read lightly here and there, but when I came across the eight-book series I was taken away. Patterson’s descriptions of environment and brutal fight scenes hooked me, as well as the story, obviously. A group of kids with avian DNA must re-discover how they were made and why. It’s a good read if you’re into books with a high-fantasy setting. Eddie Celaya: My favorite book is the “Giving Tree,” by Shel Silverstein. I can’t get through the book without crying my eyes out. Although the true meaning of the book is often debated, to me, it represents the human condition: how each of us individually is the boy, inevitably taking everything from the lovingly willing tree — a stand in for parents, spouses and Mother Earth herself. The simplicity of the text, with the sparse, nearly minimalist drawings, drives home the universality of dealing with a debt that can never truly be paid: unconditional love.

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FESTIVALGOERS WALK AROUND TO different booths at the Tucson Festival of Books on the UA Mall on March 12, 2016. The festival attracts authors and patrons from all 50 states and many international locations.

Tucson Festival of Books at a glance BY QUINCY SINEK @quincymccllelan

The Tucson Festival of Books, taking place on the University of Arizona Mall March 2-3, is supported by hundreds of different sponsors and run by thousands of volunteers. Melanie Morgan, executive director for the Festival of Books, is currently on her second year of working with the festival. “The festival is largely organized and run by volunteers,” Morgan said. “Their contributions are too many to mention. It’s volunteer-led, and we’re really proud of that.” Morgan stated that there are about 200 volunteers that work year-round on the festival and 2,000 that work on festival weekend. She also stated many of the volunteers who do year-round work volunteered to help for several years in a row. The festival began 11 years ago and was founded by five different people: Bill and Brenda Viner, Frank Farias, John Humenik and Bruce Beach. Bill Viner is the CEO of Pepper Viner Homes, Brenda Viner has served on the board of the Pima Library Foundation, Farias is the now-retired executive director of UA Bookstores, Humenik was the former president and publisher of the Arizona Daily Star and Beach is the chairman of the board and a senior advisor for BeachFleischman PC. According to Morgan, the five founders were all working on the idea at around the same time and decided to collaborate to make the festival a reality. The company partners each founder worked at are still partners of the festival. “We have around 200 sponsors, one of the largest of which is the Tucson Medical Center,” Morgan said. The Tucson Medical Center is this year’s presenting sponsor. TMC, the UA and the Arizona Daily Star provide financial contributions that help the festival each year, Morgan said. Andy and Stuart Shatken, a wife and husband team, are volunteer co-chairs of the steering committee for the Festival of Books. This is their second year leading the steering committee, which oversees the 13 other committees for the festival. “We’ve been attending the festival since its first year, and then about six or seven years ago, we were asked to take over the exhibitors committee, so we did that for five

years,” Andy Shatken said. “Then we were asked to chair the steering committee after our five years as exhibitor chairs.” Morgan said the festival is mainly able to be held due to the many volunteers that work on the committees and help plan everything. The committees the Shatkens oversee consist of volunteers who book and schedule the authors, set up the different events, book the food vendors, take care of hotel rooms and accommodations for authors and work with the 200 festival exhibitors. The Shatkens signed a two-year contract to work as the co-chairs of the steering committee. They have one more year to go and will then recruit and train their successors. However, they plan to help out with the festival and continue to give their support for years to come. “We’re gonna always be involved in the festival in a supportive role. It’s almost like an alumni association,” Stuart Shatken said. “It’s a very closely knit group; it’s like a family.” Andy Shatken said the festival is important to them, because they care about the cause the proceeds go toward and they put a lot of work into building partnerships in the Tucson community. “We very much believe in the mission of helping to promote literacy in Southern Arizona,” Andy Shatken said. The festival is free of charge. All proceeds from the festival go to organizations such as Literacy Connects and UA literacy outreach programs that work to improve literacy rates in Southern Arizona. According to Stuart Shatken, at the end of this past year, the Festival of Books raised a net of $1,800,000 for literacy programs. Morgan said the work for the festival is non-stop, and even before one festival takes place, they are already preparing for the next year’s festival. “We’re already working on 2020,” Morgan said. Stuart Shatken said he and Andy Shatken are excited for this year’s festival and have had a good time building new partnerships and solidifying and strengthening the festival’s relationship with the UA. “It’s particularly gratifying to have this kind of a partnership with the university who works so closely with us to make the festival successful, as well as the Tucson Medical Center and the [Arizona Daily] Star and the Bookstore,” Stuart Shatken said. “It’s an amazing example of a community working well together.”

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A star is born, and an author is raised BY LEIA LINN @leialinn24

Visitors from all around the world will be heading to the University of Arizona for the Tucson Festival of Books. Among them is actress and author Lorna Luft. Luft grew up in the spotlight as the daughter of actress Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft. She also starred on Broadway shows like “Promises, Promises” and a few movies and television shows, including “Grease 2.” Following her mother’s death from a drug overdose, Luft also battled with drug use. After rehab, she wrote an autobiography in 1998 called “Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir.” She will be at the Festival of Books presenting her newest book, “A Star Is Born: Judy Garland and the Film that Got Away,” which is about all of the “A Star Is Born” films, including her mother’s version. “I have 700 photographs of my mother and my father’s movie ‘A Star is Born,’ and I’ve had them for many,

many years, and I wanted to share them with the public and wanted a book to share so that people can see them,” Luft said. Her book was released around the same time as the newest version of the movie, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, was released. “I started this book about ten years ago, when Clint Eastwood and Beyoncé were going to make the fifth version of ‘A Star Is Born,’ and then their movie fell apart, and so did my book. So I waited and waited, and then all of a sudden one wonderful glorious morning, I woke up and read in the newspaper, ‘Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are gonna do a movie,’ and I said, ‘Bingo! Here we go.’ So I called my agent and said, ‘Remember that proposal?’ and dragged it out. Then I got a book deal, and I put out the book,” Luft said. Judy Garland starred in the second version of the film made in 1954. The original version was made in 1937 and starred Janet Gaynor. Since then, two more versions have been made, one

starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, and the other starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. “It’s not a movie about Hollywood, it’s a movie about human nature, and it encompasses all of the things we have all gone through. We’ve all gone through love. We’ve all gone through loss. We’ve all gone through some kind of fame. We’ve also all gone through failure, and we’ve all gone through addiction, so ‘A Star is Born’ encompasses all of that. So it’s not just about Hollywood, it’s about human life,” Luft said. “That’s why they keep making it.’” Never-before-seen photographs of the set of Garland’s version can be found in Luft’s book. Luft said she wanted to share her book at the festival because she wants to encourage people to read and write and also share her love for books and bookstores. “Write your passion,” Luft said. “No matter if you think it’s great or you don’t think it’s great, write it. At least you will never say, ‘I didn’t try’.”

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Ten things to know when attending TFOB BY PASCAL ALBRIGHT @pascalloves

The festival is centered around books and authors and is held at the University of Arizona. Here are 10 things to know when attending the 2019 festival on March 2 and 3

1. The Tucson Festival of Books is in its eleventh year, and the main events will be located on or around the UA Mall. 2. The festival relies heavily on volunteers, who will be wearing “safety orange” colored shirts, so ask them questions! 3. Every year the festival has a desert-themed mascot. In 2018 it was the coyote, and this year it is the javelina. 4. Besides books, there will also be author talks, food, entertainment and other book-themed events. 5. There will be over 350 presenting authors this year. 6. Science City, an area dedicated to science education, will be on the south end of the UA Mall. 7. Some events are ticketed, which means they are free but require you to go online or use the TFOB app to download a ticket in advance to reserve your spot. 8. The Cherry Avenue garage is closest to the festival and festivities, but accessible shuttles are available on an on-call basis at (520) 621-1108. 9. Only service animals with proper identification will be allowed to enter any university buildings or festival venues, so the festival advises you to leave pets at home. 10. There are three lost and found and medical stands at the festival: one at each end of the festival and one in the middle near the Modern Languages Building.

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Local authors share the spotlight at TFOB The Tucson Festival of Books is one of the largest book festivals in the United States, inviting over 350 authors from all over the country to participate. For local authors, being a part of the festival has a different meaning. Here are a few locals and their books BY MADELEINE VICECONTE @maddiev300

AJ Flick

AJ Flick is an author and a former crime reporter for the Tucson Citizen. Flick has attended all but one of the previous festivals and said she is excited to be part of a panel for the first time this year. Flick said she enjoys going to the festival because she can get inspired by and learn from other authors. She appreciates having the opportunity to go to an event where she can be around others who also recognize the value of words. “It was a dream of mine not only to have a book published but to be invited to the Festival of Books,” Flick said. “I was thrilled when they asked me.” Flick’s novel is titled “Toxic Rage: A Tale of Murder

in Tucson” and is based on a murder trial Flick covered. It details the 2004 murder of Brian Stidham, a children’s eye surgeon. Brad Schwartz, a fellow surgeon, was accused of hiring a hitman to kill Stidham and stood two trials. “I was a reporter in town, and I covered the case from the very beginning. That’s why I motivated myself to write the book,” Flick said. Flick will be speaking at two true crime panels this year. The first is “Motivation for Murder” with fellow presenters Shanna Hogan and Billy Jensen on Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. in Koffler Room 218. On Sunday, March 3 at 1 p.m. she will be on the panel “Obsessions and Consequences” along with Matti Friedman and Paige Williams in the Integrated Learning Center Room 130.

Adam Rex


Kristyn Merbeth

Kristyn (K.S.) Merbeth is an author who writes young adult science fiction novels. Merbeth presented at the festival last year but has also attended all the previous festivals, due to her love of reading. Once she became a published author, she knew being featured at the Festival of Books was something she wanted. “I’ve always loved the festival, and it’s been something I’ve dreamed about for my whole life, so it’s just so cool being there as someone who has gone so many times before,” Merbeth said. “It’s also just a wonderful opportunity to connect with other local authors and local readers.” Merbeth will be a part of two science fiction panels, where the discussion will focus on dark futures and apocalyptic worlds. “Nightmare

Adam Rex is an author and illustrator who works mostly on children’s picture books. He has been a part of the festival every year except one. He said he is impressed the festival has become one of the biggest in the country in such a small amount of time and encourages other Tucsonans to have pride in it. “I’ve been to dozens of book festivals in a number of different states, and I really think we have one of the best in America, so I want to do my part to help keep that going as much as I can from year to year,” Rex said. Rex will be a part of the panel “Star Wars: May The Force Be With You” with fellow Star Wars authors Rae


Carson and Daniel José Older on Sunday, March 3, at 11:30 a.m. in Education Kiva 211. His book, “Are You Scared, Darth Vader?” explores the notorious villain’s biggest fears. He will also give a presentation on the book on Sunday, March 3, from 2-2:30 p.m. at the Story Blanket Tent. Rex will be hosting the Illustrator Draw-Off, where different illustrators will compete based on ideas given to them by the audience and Rex. It will take place on Sunday, March 3 at 4 p.m in Education Kiva 211. This is Rex’s favorite part of the festival, and he said he is excited that the event will be in a bigger venue this year.

Futures” is on Saturday, March 2, at 11:30 a.m. in the Integrated Learning Center Room 150 and also features Charlie Jane Anders and Peng Shepherd. Her other panel, “Wastelands and Social Entropy”, is with Lilliam Rivera and Drew Williams on Sunday, March 3, at 2:30 p.m. in the same room. Merbeth said she grew up feeling not very represented in a male-dominated genre but is noticing the number of female science fiction writers growing. She said she makes an effort to write strong female characters. “It’s a little intimidating, honestly, but I think things are changing for the better, and I hope they continue to do so,” Merbeth said. For more information on these authors or other presenting authors, you can visit the Tucson Festival of Books website. COURTESY KRISTYN MERBETH

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Guide to Science City BY MARQUIES WHITE @marquies_white

Science City is one of the largest attractions at the Tucson Festival of Books, and its goal is to show that public science is for everyone, not just researchers in lab coats. At the 2019 Festival of Books, Science City will offer over 100 hands-on learning activities, science demonstrations, tours of various University of Arizona laboratories and public-friendly talks by renowned science researchers and authors. “Science City has really become a destination within the festival for science lovers of all ages and education levels to come and participate,” said Lisa Romero, Science City executive committee co-chair and senior director of communications for BIO5. With Science City’s variety of public-friendly activities, it makes science accessible and engaging for everyone. “Outreach is definitely part of Science City’s mission,” Romero said. “We want to give back to our community, let people know across Arizona what science is going on at the UA and really diversify our audience and have something for everyone.” New and exciting Science City events for 2019 include a shark exhibit and show at the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium and Strolling Pioneer Scientists, where actresses and actors representing famous scientists, with an emphasis on women and underrepresented minorities, will engage and interact with festival-goers. Science City was originally created to showcase science to the audience brought in by the Festival of Books, but it has now become one of the most popular locations at the festival. “Science City has definitely grown over the years. It first started to capitalize on an audience that was already coming to campus to attend this book festival and showcasing science to them,” Romero said. “Now, 11 years later, Science City has become its own destination for those who are now used to coming to campus during that weekend and seeing a lot of things that aren’t necessarily open.” During the Festival of Books, Science City will be holding open

houses and tours of some of the UA’s most interesting laboratories and facilities like Flandrau and the Labratory of Tree-Ring Research. New open houses for 2019 include SOCk Student Optics Chapter and the UA Department of Computer Science. Science City is organized into six tent neighborhoods: Science of Everyday Life, Science of the Natural World, Science of Tomorrow, Science of Food, Science of You and Science in Art. These neighborhoods will showcase interactive demonstrations and engaging hands-on activities from over 80 different groups from across campus and the local science community. “Science City is such a wonderful thing,” said Maria Schuchardt, tent manager for Science of Tomorrow and program coordinator at the UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. “We always think of these things as for kids, but it’s for the whole community. There are over 100 different people in these groups across all different kinds of science that you can come and interact with.” Along with the many activities aimed at children, Science City partners with the UA Science Cafe to organize talks from UA researchers aimed at adults while still being public-friendly. “The UA Science Cafes are held in a way so that laypersons can understand about advances in different science fields,” said Erin Deely, tent manager for Science of You, Science Cafe liaison and director of recruitment and engagement for the College of Science. According to Deely, it is important for people to be able to explore science in comfortable settings like Science City and the UA Science Cafes. “There is a scientist in all of us. Unfortunately, many people avoid science or math, because they think they are not smart enough, and it’s just not true,” Deely said. “So I like informal settings where people can engage with science in a fun way that is not threatening.” Science City is free to the public and will take place at the Tucson Festival of Books March 2-3 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information on Science City’s events and schedule, visit the Science City website.

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Tucson Festival of Books author spotlights Nathaniel Brodie | “Steel on Stone” BY ALEXIS RICHARDSON @byalexiscr

Nathaniel Brodie is a Nevada-based author who will be returning to the University of Arizona to sit as a panelist for three events at the Tucson Festival of Books. The panels are: “Canyon Perspectives: Celebrating 100 Years of the Grand Canyon,” “The Grand Canyon and American Culture” and “Essays – Climate Change in National Parks.” As the Grand Canyon will be celebrating its 100th anniversary as a national park this year, “a number of panels were organized around that and around national parks, in general, which of course is just a very popular subject for writers,” Brodie said. Brodie received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Creative Writing in 2010 from the UA. He has written essays, including “Order and Entropy”, which can be found in several magazines, anthologies and journals. Brodie’s debut book, “Steel on Stone: Living and Working the Grand Canyon”, was published in January 2019. “Steel on Stone” is a memoir based on Brodie’s nine seasons as part of the Grand Canyon Trail Crew, which gave him a unique perspective in writing his book. “There’s this huge sub-culture of seasonal workers throughout … both the Park Service and the Forest Service as federal employees but also as people who work in lodges and restaurants throughout the national parks,” he said. “I’ve been involved in that sub-culture for years and years and … you don’t really hear much about their stories and where they come from, and being a part of that culture, I was just fascinated by it.” Brodie said he will have the opportunity to read an excerpt from his book during one of the panels he will be on. “For me, the Grand Canyon is this inexhaustible source of things to talk about, because so much of things that are happening in the world are happening there,” Brodie said. “You can talk about climate change, you can talk about racial disparities in tourist numbers, you can go on and on and somehow it’ll root down to the Grand Canyon.” Brodie’s next book will focus on the borderlands region and the Sky Islands region of Arizona. His goal is to finish this book in the next few years, especially as the topic of borders has become so relevant in today’s culture. While visiting for TFOB, Brodie will take some additional time to conduct field research for another project of his.


Shanna Hogan | “Secrets of a Marine’s Wife” BY JESSE TELLEZ @jtell27


Shanna Hogan is an Arizona-based journalist and true-crime author who will be presenting her newest book “Secrets of A Marine’s Wife” at the Tucson Festival of Books March 2-3. “Secrets of A Marine’s Wife” is her fourth true-crime book, and it covers the 2014 California murder of a 19-year-old wife of a U.S. Marine who was involved in an affair. Her New York Times best seller “Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story” will also be featured at the festival, as well as “The Crime Book,” which she helped co-author. Hogan will be featured on three true-crime panels at the TFOB: “Motivation for Murder,” “Investigative Journalism” and “Tragedies of Murder.” She will also hold book signings following each of these panels. Hogan has won 19 awards for her reporting and has appeared on television shows including ABC’s “20/20,” “The View” and NBC’s “Dateline.” In addition to writing true-crime books, Hogan teaches journalism at Arizona State University, where she graduated in 2005. “I don’t think I could’ve done this [true-crime] writing without past experience in journalism,” Hogan said. Her interest in writing full length true-crime books stemmed from long-form journalism and her work as a magazine reporter, where she learned “you can never tell the full story.” All four of Hogan’s books have focused on murders that occurred in the western United States, specifically in Arizona, Utah and California. For her fifth true-crime book, Hogan plans to set her sights on the East Coast and write about a 2018 murder that happened in Colts Neck, N.J. The case Hogan will write about revolves around Paul Caneiro, who was charged for the murders of his brother Keith Caneiro, Keith’s wife and the couple’s two young children last November. Paul Caneiro apparently set his brother’s mansion on fire after the killings and later set his own house on fire as a coverup.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah | “Friday Black” BY AMBER SOLAND @its_amber_rs

Up-and-coming short-story author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah will be featured at this year’s Tucson Festival of Books for his debut book “Friday Black” — a collection of dystopian short stories that reveal the painful injustices of life and the grim realities of being young and black in America. In “Friday Black,” short stories like “The Finkelstein Five”, “Zimmerland” and “How to Sell a Jacket as Told by Ice King” explore racism and cultural unrest in society but also

demonstrate how humanity lives on, despite the darkness. Adjei-Brenyah graduated with an M.F.A. from Syracuse University and was 2016-2017 Olive B. O’Connor fellow in fiction at Colgate University. He was selected by ZZ Packer as the winner of the second Annual Breakwater Review Fiction Contest in 2017. Adjei-Brenyah will appear in three panels at this year’s Tucson Festival of Books. The first panel will tackle short-story writing with several other authors in the “Razor Sharp Short Stories” panel in the

Student Union Memorial Center Kachina Room at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2. In his second event of the weekend, “New American Imaginations”, Adjei-Brenyah will share the artistic motivation behind his writing and discuss the importance of writing honestly with authors Nishta Mehra and Nafissa ThompsonSpires in the Integrated Learning Center Room 141, at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Lastly, he will appear in the “Catastrophic Moments” panel with authors Alice Hatcher and Karen Walker, where they will discuss how characters overcome trauma. This panel will take place in Room 350 of the Modern Languages Building at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Book signings will follow on the UA Mall.

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Carol Anderson | “One Person, No Vote” BY JAMIE DONNELLY @JamieRisa11

Carol Anderson is a New York Times best-selling author who will be at the Tucson Festival of Books presenting her newest book “One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy.” Anderson’s experiences living in a segregated neighborhood and watching it implode inspired her to discuss social rights and racial inequality in her writing. In her book, she discusses the aftermath of the Shelby County v. Holder ruling, which made it easier for districts with histories of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without the approval of the Department of Justice. Anderson said she will bring her expertise in social justice to the Festival of Books and participate in two panels. Saturday, she will be a part of “Protecting the Vote,” a panel that discusses ideas that threaten open elections. This panel will be held at 10 a.m. in Koffler Room 204 and is a ticketed event. Sunday, Anderson and other panelists talk about racial and religious divides on the “Divides that Blind Us” panel, held at 11:30 a.m. in the SUMC’s Gallagher Theater. Anderson has also won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her book “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation’s Divide,” which highlights the powerful forces that discourage black progress in America. Anderson said that winning the award was deeply meaningful. “I was floored, honored, and I felt a joy that was just virtually unparalleled. It was amazing,” Anderson said. Aside from writing books, Anderson has also appeared on “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “PBS NewsHour,” and has provided commentary for the New York Times, Washington Post and Huffington Post. Anderson worked in state government on higher education public policy for 10 years before becoming a professor in 1996. She is now the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.


Naomi Ortiz | “Sustaining Spirit” BY MADELEINE VICECONTE @maddiev300


Naomi Ortiz is a writer, poet and visual illustrator who will be discussing her first book, “Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice,” at this year’s Tucson Festival of Books. Ortiz said she got “burnt out” working as a social-justice activist and vigilante and realized that she was not properly caring for herself. She wrote her book for people who are involved with helping others and the world around them, in the hopes that they will find ways to also help themselves. “In doing that work, I became really curious about self-care, because it was just a thing that was always getting a lot of lip service but never really happening,” Ortiz said. “People would talk about wanting to do self-care, and then we didn’t support each other doing it, nor did people really take the time to take care of themselves.” Ortiz interviewed 30 activists from all over the country on their thoughts about what self-care meant to them. She came up with seven different types of self-care, which she discusses in her book. “What’s marketed to us in self-care is really limiting … and I think people were getting really frustrated with the lack of information about the types of self-care, so that’s how I came to writing the book,” Ortiz said. While writing the book, Ortiz tested all self-care methods herself and described her experiences in the novel. People were asking her questions, so she thoroughly researched everything to be as comprehensive and accurate as possible. Ortiz said she thinks sharing her procedures with her readers will help them connect more to the material and will be easier to follow than a typical self-help book. “When I went to write my book, I really want to write about my process of going from the beginning to the end in the example I share about figuring out how to tune in to my needs,” she said. “I really wanted to create a structure for other people to get to know themselves better and do that work.” She will be featured on the panel “Nurturing the Diverse Soul” Sunday, March 3, at 1 p.m. at the Nuestras Raices Presentation Stage.

Jean Guerrero | “Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir” Jean Guerrero, investigative immigration journalist for KPBS, is an Emmy Award winner and the author of “Crux: A CrossBorder Memoir,” which will be featured in this year’s Tucson Festival of Books March 2-3. Winner of the 2016 PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Award, Guerrero’s memoir centers around her personal journey to discover her own mystic family history while searching to understand her haunted father and save his memory. Through memories, stories of family from across the border and a serious investigation into her father’s claims of CIA mind-control operations, Guerrero paints a riveting BY AMBER SOLAND @its_amber_rs

narrative that tells the story of borders — between families, magic and reality, tale and truth and the U.S. and Mexico. Guerrero is the winner of two Emmys, a former correspondent in Mexico City and was named “Latina Journalist on the Rise” in 2018 by CCNMA. She contributes to major public media outlets around the world like NPR, PBS and The World. Her reporting has been influential in documenting the reality of the U.S./Mexico Border. Guerrero’s work was cited in a Congressional Inquiry in February of 2018 regarding President Donald Trump’s separations of families at the border long before the subject garnered national attention. Guerrero will be featured in two panels during this year’s Festival of Books.

She will share the stage with memoirists Roberta Gately and Reyna Grande at “Beyond Borders and Refugees” on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the University of Arizona Special Collections Library, where she will speak on her experiences with immigration as an immigration reporter and the daughter of immigrants. Signings will take place in the Integrated Learning Area following the presentation. On Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at the Nuestras Raíces Presentation Stage in front of Bear Down Gymnasium, Guerrero will also be featured in “They Persisted: A Journey Toward Home,” where she will share her experience searching for the American Dream. Signings will take place afterwards in the Pima County Public Library sales and signings tent.

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TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS volunteers after a training session on Feb. 26. The festival has volunteers run everything from security to the children’s area.

Behind the scenes: Festival volunteers BY JAMIE DONNELLY @JamieRisa11

Since 2009, the Tucson community has been home to the free book fair held during the second weekend of March. The Tucson Festival of Books, held at the University of Arizona, relies heavily on volunteers to help with tasks from author escorts to running information booths. People of all ages volunteer at the festival, helping with everything that is offered. “Without volunteers, we wouldn’t have a festival,” said Heather Grieshaber, a member of the Festival of Books volunteer committee. “This festival is run by volunteers. We only have two paid staff members; all the rest is done by our wonderful volunteers.” According to Grieshaber, volunteers are assigned various jobs that help keep the festival afloat. From providing transportation for the authors to keeping guests happy, volunteers do it all. “We need people to pick up the authors at the airport and take them to their hotel and pick them up from their hotel and take them to and from the festival,” Grieshaber said. “We also need people who make sure that everybody gets into the venue and gets out of the venue and then times the presentation

so that we can begin and end on time.” Linda Heifley, a volunteer who works on the signage, has been helping out at the festival for several years. “It’s one of my favorite events that is in town,” Heifley said. “The good thing about the signage group is that it frees you up for the festival. I put my hours in before so I’m free for the festival.” Heifley said meeting new people and contributing to a good cause makes volunteering worth it. “All of the people I meet and working for a good cause is my favorite part of volunteering,” Heifley said. Aside from helping out a good cause, Festival of Books volunteers also get the opportunity to listen to their favorite authors. “Volunteers love coming here. They might work two to four hours, and then they have the opportunity to go over and listen to the author of their dreams,” said Chris Kopach, the assistant vice president of the University of Arizona Facilities Management. Kopach, who has been volunteering since the very beginning of the festival, said in addition to a really cool t-shirt, volunteers get the chance to be part of one of the largest book festivals in the country. “You get the opportunity to engage and meet friends that maybe you didn’t know at the time throughout the city

of Tucson,” Kopach said. “They can say that they have been a part of one of the largest book festivals in the country. We are the third largest.” With the festival approaching quickly, the volunteers have been hard at work preparing for all the different kinds of entertainment. “Our children and teen group are getting all their authors ready,” Grieshaber said. “Our main campus folks are bringing their authors into the festival and making sure they have a hotel and that they have transportation to and from the festival. There is a lot of activity going on.” Kopach and the facilities management team have also been setting up the UA Mall to prepare for the festival. The team has set up tents and stages that go from Old Main down to Campbell Avenue. “The minute this festival ends, we already start planning next year’s,” Kopach said. “We are bringing in probably 80 percent of our exhibitors and our food vendors on Friday morning from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. My facilities staff and operations team will be back at five in the morning on Saturday to open the gates to the Mall and get the rest of the folks loaded in.” Not only does the festival allow people the opportunity to volunteer, it showcases the UA to the Tucson

community. “The festival has just been an outstanding event for the City of Tucson and also showcasing the University of Arizona,” Kopach said. “Sometimes it’s people’s first time at the university, and they get a chance to see how beautiful our campus is on the grounds and inside the buildings.” The Festival of Books is also a charitable organization that gives attendees the chance to help literacy programs in Southern Arizona. “We have raised over $1.8 million over the last 10 years for literacy programs in Southern Arizona,” Grieshaber said. “They are helping support those efforts by coming to the book festival and enjoying it. We are hoping to get to our $2 million contribution this year.” Most importantly, the volunteers enable all kinds of departments to come together and make a great event happen. “This event does not happen if you don’t have volunteers, and you have a great group of folks at the UA who work in a really collaborative fashion,” Kopach said. “There are so many different departments that come together as one who really make a great event happen here.”

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Author explores heroism, gun violence BY CHRIS VIZCARRA @ua_chris

One of the authors expected to be at Tucson Festival of Books is Rus Bradburd, an author of four books, including, most recently, “All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed.” The book follows a former basketball player that former assistant coach Bradburd coached at New Mexico State University, Shawn Harrington, who exerienced gun violence at a stop light in Chicago. Harrington was part of a mix-up when gang members mistook his car for someone else’s. While the bullets were flying at Shawn’s car, his paternal instincts propelled him to push his daughter down and cover her up with his body. Harrington survived, but fractured two vertebrae. Bradburd said this was an important story and one of the most difficult ones he has written so far. “It’s the most personable book of mine that hits the hardest, and it was the most emotional for me to write,” Bradburd said. The book has had its fair share of support, and many people have reached out to the author to appreciate him for sharing

Harrington’s story. “That act of astonishing heroism, I think, has really captivated people. He reacted like a war hero, and I think that’s what has captivated peoples’ heart,” Bradburd said. Even though Bradburd and Harrington lost touch over the 20-year period after their partnership ended at New Mexico State University, when Bradburd heard about Harrington being shot, he made sure to reach out and check on his former player. Bradburd then worked to raise awareness of Harrington’s courageous act by trying to get his story out. Harrington’s story was getting ignored and seen as just another person that got shot. He said he realized the best thing to do was publish the story so it could garner the attention that it deserved. “It originally started with me advocating to media friends of mine, friends of mine who were basketball media people, to write about him in order to help with fundraisers and raise money for his healthcare,” Bradburd said. “After about a year of advocating for him, I just thought, ‘All right, it’s time to man up and do this myself.’”


AUTHOR RUS BRADBURD AND Shawn Harrington. Harrington is the subject of Bradburd’s new book, “All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed.”


SHAWN HARRINGTON DRIVES TO the basket for New Mexico State, 1995.

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UA professors promote books at TFOB BY RANDALL ECK @reck999

The Tucson Festival of Books hosts hundreds of authors every year on the University of Arizona campus, and every year a number of UA professors and faculty make the short walk from their offices to promote their new books. The Daily Wildcat talked with three UA professors presenting their books at this year’s festival

Nolan Cabrera Nolan Cabrera, an associate professor in educational policy studies and practice at the University of Arizona, will be presenting his book “White Guys on Campus” and discussing racism and racial mythologies in society at this year’s Tucson Festival of Books. Cabrera’s book, his first, examines the mechanisms of marginalization and racism on college campuses. Back in 2006, Cabrera noticed a hole in academic scholarship on diversity in higher education. Many researchers were writing on examples of marginalization and racism on college campuses but not on how students became targets of this racism and marginalization. Over the past decade, Cabrera interviewed a number of white college men in search of the unconscious habits of students who do harm to students of color. “During my research, I was fascinated by how strongly the white guys I interviewed believed in mythologies about race that have no basis in reality. But they fundamentally believed them,” Cabrera said. According to Cabrera, these students were frequently dismissive of racism against minority people but conversely were upset about affirmative action,

political correctness and other raceconscious policies. In his book, Cabrera argues that race, racism and privilege still matter — a lot. “We live in a systematically racist society, and people will sometimes unconsciously slip into racism, and it does harm,” Cabrera said. “It is important to own responsibility and understand the modest amount of discomfort you feel pales in comparison to what students of color feel constantly.” Cabrera hopes readers walk away from his book with an understanding that individuals who reap the benefits of pre-existing inequalities have the responsibility to root them out, not for recognition, but because it is right. Cabrera will be speaking on the panel “Conundrums of Racial Divides in American Culture” alongside Eric Lott, on Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m. in the Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent. Cabrera is already working on two new books, one about the cultural history of Mexican-American study programs in Tucson and their fight for survival and the other about the socialization of victimization among middle-class white males who see themselves as the real victims of racism.

Gregory McNamee Gregory McNamee, a lecturer in economics in the UA Eller College of Management, will be presenting his new book, “Tortillas, Tiswin, and T-Bones,” and discussing the movie “The Wild Bunch” as a panelist at this year’s Festival of Books. McNamee’s book examines the intersection of food, culture, history and economics in the Southwest. The idea for the book struck McNamee while he was eating a taco in San Antonio nine years ago. McNamee was thinking about the strong Hispanic, Native American, African American and immigrant influences on the food traditions of the Southwest and how these conflicted with the political values represented by state and national leaders. “We would be eating a very boring diet without these influences,” McNamee said. In his book, McNamee uses food as a metaphor to talk about larger issues of politics and immigration in the Southwest. McNamee hopes readers walk away from his book with a newfound appreciation for just how international Southwestern cuisine really is and how new arrivals from places like Cambodia and Nigeria are continuing to add new plates to the culture.

In writing the book, McNamee drew on his collection of favorite restaurants from his travels across the Southwest and also hundreds of books and articles he read as part of his research. “If you want to be a writer, you must be a reader,” McNamee said. “If you are serious about your craft, you will always have a book in front of your nose. There is no substitute for that.” McNamee, who has written professionally for over 40 years contributing to, among many things, the Encyclopaedia Britannica, also advised aspiring writers to write every single day. To end his book, McNamee predicts that the future of the Southwestern diet will look a lot like those of past Native American diets. Insects, high in protein, will creep back into our diets as climate change and political turmoil pressure humans to adapt, according to McNamee. McNamee will be speaking on the panel “If They Move, Kill ’Em” alongside W.K. Stratton and Thomas Sheridan, on Sunday, March 3, at 4 p.m. in Room 141 of the Integrated Learning Center.


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Chris Impey, a professor of astronomy and associate dean of the College of Science, will be presenting his new book, “Einstein’s Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes,” and discussing science fiction writing at this year’s Festival of Books. Impey’s book explores the history of research into black holes, shining a light on what is known and what is yet to be discovered. Impey has long studied how supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies evolve and grow, but in recent years, he has also become interested in science literacy, which was the impetus for this book. “Even though black holes seem exotic and strange, they are a real, regular part of the universe we live in,” Impey said. “Every galaxy in the universe has a black hole, billions of times the mass of our sun, at its center.” The book weaves in anecdotes from the life of Albert Einstein, who first theorized about and was horrified by the immense energy of black holes, and researchers of contemporary fame like Stephen Hawking, who often made bets with other scientists on whose theories of black holes would prove correct. Impey said he hopes readers walk away from his book with a greater understanding of and appreciation for black holes. According to Impey, in the near future, researchers will take the first image of a black hole and use their measurements of black holes to test our theories of gravity and the early universe. Impey, a longtime attendee of the Festival of Books, said he believes everyone can find something they are interested in at the festival. “It is a great thing for Tucson. No matter the weather, everyone is excited about the festival,” Impey said. Impey is already tossing around ideas for a new book, with a potential astronomical murder mystery in the works. Impey will be speaking on the panel “Einstein and His Black Holes” on Saturday, March 2, at 11:30 a.m. on Science City’s Main Stage and at the workshop “Scientists Who Write Science Fiction” on Sunday, March 3, at 2:30 p.m. in Room 125 of the Integrated Learning Center.

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Why it’s important to read for leisure COLUMN



he National Library Trust in the United Kingdom defines reading for leisure as “reading we do of our own free will, anticipating the satisfaction we will get from the act.” Leisure reading is a way for students to be able to take a break from school, work and all their real world troubles and dive into a different world — whether that be fiction or non-fiction. Leisure reading gives the reader a sense of control. Reading on your own time and reading what you want to read is a way better feeling than being forced to read something at a certain pace. It is something that should be a part of our everyday lives and an activity that may have several health and social benefits. In “Growing Independence: Summary

of Key Findings from the Competent Learners at 14 Project,” researchers found students who enjoy reading had “higher scores on the cognitive and social, attitudinal competencies, consistently higher scores in mathematics, reading, logical problemsolving and attitude, higher average scores for engagement in school, positive communication and relations with family, and positive friendships, showed less risky behaviour, and higher levels of motivation towards school.” The Reading Agency published an independent literature review, conducted by BOP Consulting and funded by Peter Sowerby Foundation, exploring the wider outcomes of leisure reading. The research showed leisure reading can help to increase empathy and improve relationships with others. It also helped improve mental health and overall well-being. There is a correlation between reading for pleasure regularly and lower levels of stress and depression. Besides health benefits, reading for pleasure also has social benefits. It can

help improve a sense of connection to the wider community. Reading increases understanding of one’s own identity, improves empathy and can give an insight into the worldviews of others. It’s also a way to interact with others over books, developing and improving social and oral skills. The Reading Agency’s research “specifically shows that the benefits of reading are more likely to be felt when reading takes place through free choice.” But because of all of our realworld obligations, leisure reading has drastically decreased over time. According to Good e-Reader, “between 2003 and 2016, the amount of time that the average American devoted to reading for personal interest on a daily basis dropped from 0.36 hours to 0.29 hours.” They also cited the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent survey, which found only 19 percent of Americans 15 and older read for pleasure. According to the report, television and Netflix viewing is “nearly 10 times the amount of time devoted to reading for pleasure.”

I believe that it is important to make time to read what you want and to give your brain a break while also still expanding it. Reading is something that should be seen as something enjoyable, it shouldn’t be seen as something to dread. I think that if we all made the time for ourselves to read of our own accord, then maybe reading for school wouldn’t be such a hassle. Reading has this negative, dreadful stigma because of schoolwork. I understand that there are other ways to take a break from schoolwork and other obligations, but leisure reading is something people should start considering more. It has many benefits! It’s a way to let our minds dive into any kind of world we want. There’s no rush, there’s no need for over-analysis, there’s no required essay or anything. So take some time this spring break to pick up a good book! — Mikayla Balmaceda is junior double majoring in journalism and creative writing.

7 reasons why you can’t miss TFOB COLUMN



ebating whether or not you should go to the Tucson Festival of Books? Well, I’m here to help! Here are my top seven reasons why you should absolutely go to this annual book celebration: 1. Kick off spring break! With the festival taking place the weekend before spring break, it gives students the chance to start things off on a fun note! If you find yourself free and wondering what to do right before you leave town or get lost doing whatever you have planned for the break, spend it at the festival! Bring friends! Bring family! Meet new people! The social opportunities are endless. 2. Meet and hear awesome authors speak The Tucson Festival of Books provides

visitors with an array of panels and workshops where they can hear writers from different genres share insight and their work. Last, year Jenna Fischer, aka Pam from “The Office,” was there promoting her book! 3. Get information One awesome thing about the Tucson Festival of Books is the different types of tables there are. Last year, there were tables with information on This Is Tucson and on joining Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona. So not only do you get to be around books, you get to be around some community organizations and groups that inform you on what’s going on. It’s a cool way to get plugged into Tucson. 4. Food vendors galore There’s an assortment of food vendors there! Based on the collection of trucks that were there last year, the one I was the most excited to hear about was Brushfire BBQ. So if you come to the festival on an empty stomach, fear not! You have delicious choices to choose from to satisfy that hunger as you enjoy your literature-filled day.

5. Speaking of literature ... BOOKS One of my favorite parts of the festival was the book tents! Inside each was a mini-bookstore setup, an assortment of titles sitting on shelves waiting to be purchased by book lovers alike. What really caught my eye were the prices. If not all, most of the books were $5. That made my wallet and book collecting habit very happy. 6. Enjoy the beauty of the campus without the stress Stress can often cloud our vision and steer us away from seeing how gorgeous our campus is. Coming to campus and taking in the scenery without having to be here for academic reasons is so relieving. I had the pleasure of attending the festival before I became a Wildcat, so in the midst of applying for graduate programs, this event gave me the chance to explore the grounds. It was definitely a nice introduction to the university. With the Tucson Festival of Books taking place the weekend before spring break, it’s a great way to unwind and take advantage of the vast beauty our campus offers.

7. Fall in love with reading ... again! The Tucson Festival of Books gives people the chance to focus on one of the most insightful ways we can spend our time: by reading. In a world where we see people with phones in their hands more than books (trust me, as a book-lover I fall victim to this as well), it’s nice to go back to basics and be in a setting that celebrates it. I’d definitely recommend this event to those who miss reading and want to get back to doing it again. This will put you in a fresh mindset as you explore the wonders of storytelling once more. And that’s it! Hopefully, these reasons will motivate you to check out this year’s annual Tucson Festival of Books! Make sure to check it out on March 2 through 3 here at the University of Arizona!

— Ambur Wilkerson is a graduate student in the University of Arizona’s School of Journalism.

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A talk with one of the ‘Grouchy Historians’ BY PASCAL ALBRIGHT @pascalloves

The book is described on Amazon as something that “reclaims the Constitution from the right-wingers who think that they and only they know how to interpret it.” Ed Asner and Ed. Weinberger released the book in October 2017. The Daily Wildcat Arts & Life Editor Pascal Albright talked with Asner about his book and the message behind it. Daily Wildcat: What motivated you to write “The Grouchy Historian?” Ed Asner: Well, Ed. Weinberger and I were complaining to each other about the state of affairs and the fact that we can’t get together — there is no compromising that goes on now as did in the old days. So out of that sprang the “Grouchy Historian” and what transpires today in terms of what people accept and what they don’t accept. The Second Amendment, of course, was a big part of that, but [the book] occupies all areas of life, all areas of our thought. We decided that for far too long, the Republican side — the right side — has taken the Constitution as belonging to them, and we are the interlopers. Now we decided to write something that contested that. DW: How much research went into the book? EA: Ed. Weinberger did most of the research and most of the writing. We always agreed on what we had to say. It took about a year. Ed. Weinberger may contest that by saying he has been working on it for years, but my introduction into the combat took about a year. DW: Where did the title “The Grouchy Historian” come from? EA: Well, I tend to be seen as a grouch by most people, so you don’t have to look too far. Both of us are fascinated in and sucked in by history, and we can’t get enough of it. I think it’s primarily why I am an actor, because of my love of history. I think Ed. W. feels the same way.

DW: What does your ideal audience for the book look like, and why should people read it? EA: Well, we revolve around the liberals contesting the claim by the right wing that the Constitution belongs to them, so we wanted to prove that the Constitution belongs to every one of us. I think it’s going to be very interesting that if Mueller doesn’t come up with something for Trump, to bail his ass, the world will be looking at Trump in 2020 and we are going to be arguing the same positions all over again: Whoever the Democrats choose and His “Majesty” Trump. So we will be dealing out these questions and suggesting answers in 2020, just as we are now. DW: What are you looking forward to when visiting Tucson? EA: I love Tucson. I did El Dorado there and brought my family and we discovered Old Tucson. We were out there constantly, and I love Tucson. I love the fact that Tucson is more liberal than Phoenix. It’s a fine university town as well. DW: Why Tucson Festival of Books? EA: Why? Because a problem exists. We are tired of the NRA dictating to the right of our elections and what is God’s word, and we decided to contest all of that. A well-armed militia is what was intended, not a well-armed citizenry. DW: Do you have any advice for younger readers or actors? EA: Well, there are two sides to every question, and unfortunately one has to shout out and speak out in the terms of one’s position nowadays, or he will be overridden by the enemy and the opposition. I consider myself a liberal, as does Ed. W. I believe in limitations to riches and more benefits to the poor. To younger actors, you have to find the truth in the statement and find your passion. DW: Are you looking forward to anything while at the Tucson Festival of Books? EA: The nicest thing is that it’s great and nice to be invited to be there. But the nicest part about attending the festival is I get to go back to Tucson. Keep the weather that way, or when I get there, I will be looking for your ass.


ED ASNER AT THE 2012 Phoenix Comic-Con.

Indie authors flourish at Tucson Festival of Books BY MARQUIES WHITE @marquies_white

Between the chance for indie authors to display their work at the Indie Author Pavilion and the numerous workshops aimed at improving an author’s craft, the Tucson Festival of Books is a place where indie authors are not pushed aside. Over 180 authors will take part in the 2019 Tucson Festival of Books’ Indie Author Pavilion, which gives authors the opportunity to set up booths to meet-and-greet with fans and sell their work. Fantasy author and Tucsonan Christopher Patterson will be one of those authors, and he stressed how important the pavilion is. “The pavilion gives self-published and indie authors a platform,” Patterson said. “And it’s very unique. There’s not a lot of opportunities for indie authors that are as inexpensive. A booth at a Comic-Con or another book

festival could be hundreds of dollars.” Registering for a space at the Indie Author Pavilion costs authors $40, according to the festival’s Indie Author Handbook. The Indie Author Pavilion is not only a chance for Tucson authors to get their work out there, as authors from across the nation visit Tucson to be part of it. “The booths that I’ve had at the festival have been next to people from Virginia, California, Illinois,” Patterson said. “People come from all over to participate.” Patterson will be at the pavilion on Sunday, March 3, from 12:15-2:15 p.m. For a list of authors attending the Indie Author Pavilion and when and where their booths will be set up, visit the Tucson Festival of Books website. Among the hundreds of events hosted by authors at the Festival of Books, several workshops are held to help writers become successful authors. Pennsylvania-based sci-fi author Melissa Koberlein will be co-hosting a workshop on cover design so indie authors can draw in readers, even if they judge a book by its cover.

“I’m presenting with Geoffrey Notkin,” Koberlein said. “He’s got a degree in design, and I’m a professor of publishing at my college, so we thought it would make a good partnership to talk about cover design and how selfpublished authors can make their covers successful.” Koberlein is no stranger to assisting self-published authors. As well as running the Indie Chicks podcast dedicated to publishing writer advice, she also developed a specialized diploma in publishing at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania. Koberlein said the key to being a successful selfpublished author is to educate yourself. “If you educate yourself, you know how to start off on the right foot and you know what is going to be expected of you,” Koberlein said. “You don’t want to just toss your material out there, you want to put your best work out there.” Koberlein’s cover design workshop will be on Saturday, March 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with book signings following the workshop.

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The similarities of Louisville and Arizona’s investigations New York Times Magazine author Michael Sokolove has covered stories ranging from science to politics. He is now trying his hand at covering one of the worst corruption scandals to hit college basketball in recent years and how it relates to Arizona basketball BY MARK LAWSON @MarkLawson_1

Few college basketball programs across the country have had an experience quite like the Arizona men’s basketball program over the past couple of seasons. The University of Louisville, however, is an exception. Led by now-former head coach Rick Pitino, Louisville was among the most successful programs in college basketball the last decade, making back-to-back Final Fours and winning a National Championship in 2013, which made the legendary Pitino the first coach in NCAA Division I history to win a championship with two different schools (Kentucky in 1996). The NCAA eventually led an investigation into Pitino and the program, and in June 2017, he was charged with failure to monitor his program due to involvement in a sexfor-pay scandal. Federal prosecutors also announced in September that the school was under investigation for the “pay for play” scandal allegedly involving former Louisville commit and one-time UA target Brian Bowen. Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave and eventually fired Oct. 16, 2017. In all, he was forced to vacate claim 123 wins from 2010-2014, including the 2013 National Championship, the first time ever a title has been vacated. Acclaimed New York Times Magazine author Michael Sokolove will be on campus for the Tucson Festival of Books March 2-3 and touched on the scandal surrounding Pitino and college athletics in his book, “The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino: A Story of Corruption, Scandal, and the Big Business of College Basketball.” Ahead of the festival, the Daily Wildcat spoke to him about his inspiration for the book, the wide variety of fields he covers as a journalist and if he sees any parallels between the Louisville situation and what is currently happening with the Wildcats. Daily Wildcat: What was your inspiration for doing the book on Pitino? Michael Sokolove: Before I set off on a book, I want to know that it has two elements: A story worth telling, meaning that it has some importance and meaning, and compelling characters, both big and small. “The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino” had both of these. The story was about the inequalities of big-time collegiate sports and how it enriches coaches and others while exploiting young athletes and punishing them for misdeeds that really rest with their elders. There was a big character in Rick

Pitino, an incredibly gifted and charismatic coach with a sordid history, and some fascinating peripheral characters drawn from the seedy world of hustlers and con men who populate the grassroots basketball scene. The book is about the collision of these worlds, the famous coaches and all these figures in the shadows you never see. And it was not just about Pitino and Louisville, despite the title, it is about the whole world of college basketball. DW: You’ve covered a wide range of topics, from science to politics and sports. Does one interest you more than the others? Do you approach stories for different topics the same, or do you have different angles? MS: I don’t have a preference. As a magazine writer and author of nonfiction books, I’ve been very lucky to have been able to go back and forth between subjects and follow my interests wherever they lead. So for instance, I did a book on a remarkable high school drama program in a struggling town (the book was called “Drama High” and was turned into the NBC TV series “Rise”) and then followed it with this one on NCAA basketball, so it keeps things interesting. And no, I don’t have different approaches. My goal is always to immerse in the story, find the characters, do the dense reporting and then write in a way I hope will keep readers turning the pages. DW: Do you see any parallels between the situation with Pitino and what is going on with Arizona currently? MS: Yes! Did I say that loudly enough? Yes! One of the main points of the book is that NCAA sports is a fantasy land disconnected from a world in which there are consequences. Sean Miller’s lead assistant coach — meaning his closest associate, his most important staff member, a guy he spent large parts of his day with — was indicted and has pleaded guilty to operating in a corrupt manner and violating the spirit of what a coach should be. He admitted to taking money, bribes, in return for steering players to certain financial advisers. It’s a terrible thing to have done, far worse than simply breaking the NCAA’s often incomprehensible and indefensible recruiting rules. He pimped kids out without their knowledge. Played one kid’s interests against another. All kinds of wheeling and dealing for his own personal financial gain. Three other assistant coaches at major programs were caught on tape doing similar things: two have pleaded guilty, and one awaits trial. There have been no consequences — none — for Miller or the other head coaches. In the real world, not the fantasy land of college sports, when you are in charge of an enterprise and your top lieutenant brings


NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE author Michael Sokolove will be on campus for the Tucson Festival of Books. His latest book, “The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino,” explores the real-world ramifications of the investigation into the Louisville men’s basketball program.

great shame to it, causing reputational damage and likely financial damage, the likelihood is you lose your job. Even if you did not know what was going on, you are penalized for your poor judgment in hiring and for failing to properly supervise someone who worked right under you. That has not, to this point, happened in the case of Miller or in the case of the coaches at Auburn, USC or Oklahoma State. Pitino was the lone coach fired, and probably only because he already had two other strikes against him — a personal and an institutional scandal that he had previously survived. So who has paid the price? A whole bunch of players who were declared ineligible for taking sums of money that are peanuts compared to the coaches’ multimillion dollar salaries. DW: A common theme of the book is that everyone is getting rich off of the athletes in the NCAA, except the athletes. Do you see reform for this anytime soon? MS: Right now, I’d say no, unless the NCAA’s hand is forced in some way. They’ve made some small changes in the recruiting schedule and rules for basketball over the summer, that’s pretty much it. Otherwise, I think that the forces that rule collegiate sports are very much hoping that it all blows over so they can continue on with business as usual.

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TFOB vendor turns old books into custom journals BY ALANA MINKLER @alana_minkler

Something old to something new! Red Barn Collections will be at the Tucson Festival of Books this year. They take old, discarded books and recreate them as unique journals. Brooke Bowen, who co-owns Red Barn Collections with her husband Ben Bowen, said she loves old books and has fond memories of her collections as a child. Bowen said one day her mom asked her what to do with her large collection of old books, and she said she was going to recycle them. “And that’s when I met my now-husband and we got the street permit to turn them into something else,” Bowen said. Bowen and her husband made $80 on their first street booth. They took those dollars and set up at a farmer’s market and then a flea market. Now, they both work full time with four fulltime workers and are able to travel all over. It will be their sixth year in business and fourth year at the Festival of Books. “[The Festival of Books] is one of our favorites. It really helped me with our business,” Bowen said. The Festival of Books played a pivotal role in the early business, according to Bowen. “That was the first festival we’ve ever done, and the reception there by the attendees that are readers and writers and love books, it inspired us,” Bowen said. “Because that was early on when we first started. It was one of

the largest shows we’d ever done. We couldn’t believe that we had saved up the money, because it costs a lot more than a $50 farmers market and [we] traveled all the way out of the state.” From the first Festival of Books, Bowen and her team were able to advance their business from a small start-up to where it is today. “It was a big turning point for us, and it gave us a lot of confidence to do other shows.” Bowen said. “We did well enough to look forward as to how we could keep growing the business and bring something for people who love books so much.” Abby Herman, who does content marketing for local business Write Solutions, is a frequent customer of Red Barn Collection’s journals and said she loves to support small family businesses like Red Barn Collections. “I used to be a school librarian and an elementary teacher, and so the idea of having books used as journals is just super unique,” Herman said. “When I saw them, I thought they would make unique gifts for my clients.” Finding books is the biggest process, Bowen said. The first step is curating a really good collection. They go to old estate sales for vintage books, thrift stores, college book stores, library sales, school sales, recycling centers and non-profit processing centers like Goodwill. “We take a lot of consideration into what we collect, because you can find a lot of books, but it’s finding those books that are nostalgic, that people remember that there’s something

about it that brings you joy when you find it, and you know that someone is going to love it,” Bowen said. One of the unique things Red Barn Collections does is disassemble the books but keep the entire content of children’s stories and book chapters to divide into three sections within the journal. “For example, ‘Anne of Green Gables.’ You know, we’ve picked out certain chapters that we think are really good like ‘A Tempest in the School Teapot,’” Bowen said. Sometimes it varies, but she said they do a lot of research to know which chapters to keep, especially with Harry Potter books. Red Barn Collections doesn’t just use fiction books. Non-fiction, vintage books and even board games also end up as covers. “Some of my favorite books are old textbooks. Like, we’ll find a random old Italian textbook from the ‘50s, and you take out different lessons and put it in the journal,” Bowen said. For popular stories like “The Giving Tree” and “The Little Prince,” Bowen said, “we keep the whole story in it.” Herman said she always buys “The Giving Tree,” because it was one of her favorite books as a kid, and she sends them to her clients. She also often tries to send her clients their favorite books, if they’re available. “One of the things about a festival, particularly a book festival, is you just don’t get the same experience as when you go to a website or Instagram, because we go down with 1,500 journals,” Bowen said. “They’re all


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different, and to touch them and feel them and to smell them and just open them up and see the inscriptions inside or the old library cards, it’s just an experience that you can’t replicate online.”

Cold Case: Why TFOB has so many mysteries BY PRIYA JANDU @Priya_J11

The Tucson Festival of Books will be surrounded in mystery. The festival will be at the University of Arizona March 2-3 and has a variety of mystery panels scheduled on both days. Chris Burke, the chairperson of the mystery genre for the Book and Author Committee for the festival, estimated 25 to 35 mystery vendors will be present. Burke has been involved with the festival for 10 years, and she said she has not noticed a sudden increase in popularity in the genre over the years. “Mystery has remained a very popular genre,” Burke said. Bill Adams is the presiding chair for Arizona Mystery Writers, a club of mystery readers and writers whose goal is to share enthusiasm for the genre and support

literacy in Southern Arizona through writing contests. Arizona Mystery Writers will have a booth at the fair. The booth will be staffed by mystery writers handing out information about their story-writing contests. Adams said mystery novels first sparked interest across a wide audience after “Sherlock Holmes” was released. This enabled other popular series like “The Hardy Boys” and “Nancy Drew” to be widely popular later on. Adams said mystery has always been popular, with traffic increasing at their booth every year. He partially credits TV shows with the continued popularity of mystery novels. “An investigator pieces together clues and identifies the killer using evidence-based reasoning,” Adams said. “The mystery is like logical problem-solving, and that’s its basic attraction. People love puzzles. If, along the way, the reader learns some historical facts,

visits some interesting locations or meets some engaging characters, so much the better. ” Adams viewed writing and reading mysteries differently. “For writers, mysteries, I hate to say this, is a formula,” Adams said. “It’s always hard to write a good one, but the formula is there.” Karen Odden is a presenting mystery author at the 2019 festival. “I think the magic thing about mystery is they’re all about backstory,” said Odden. “I like starting from a point and tracing steps back. Where does the tragedy begin?” There is also something almost cathartic about reading mystery, according to Odden. “Most mysteries, even if they don’t have a happy ending, there’s a sense of justice restored,” Odden said. “I think that we like that, because the world is pretty messy right now.” Odden will be at the Murder by Gaslight panel with Donis Casey in the Tucson

Room in the Student Union on Saturday, March 2, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. They will be discussing the use of historical settings in their mysteries. Odden said a unique aspect of her books is the time period: They’re all set in 1870s England. “I do tons of research,” she said. “When I was doing my Ph.D., I was researching Victorian railway disasters, which is what I used for my first book.” Adams said another possible reason for mystery’s popularity is people’s inherent curiosity about other people. “People can seem like mysteries,” he said. “We say hello and goodbye, but who are those people? What do they really think? Everyone has secrets. We want to know other people’s secrets so we won’t feel so alone.” To see the schedule of mystery panels, visit the Tucson Festival of Books website.

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Peace Corps: Better Tucson, better world BY LEIA LINN @leialinn24

University of Arizona graduate students are not only leaving their mark in Tucson, but all around the globe. Through the Peace Corps and the Coverdell Fellows program at the UA, students are making the world a better place through sustainability, education, healthcare and outreach. Volunteers in the Peace Corps serve two years in an underdeveloped country. The fellowship allows graduate students that served in the Peace Corps to continue their education at the UA and their volunteer work in the Tucson community. Coverdell Fellows are graduate students who have served in the U.S. Peace Corps and receive the fellowship to do work in the community or with an outreach unit from the university to benefit an underserved community, according to Georgia Ehlers, director of the Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement for the Graduate College. Returned Peace Corps volunteer Lauren Jaeger is now a graduate student studying public health and the program coordinator for the Coverdell Fellows Program. Jaeger served in Eastern Europe in the Republic of Moldova from 2015 to 2017 as a teacher’s trainer for English Education as a Second Language and also did work to help curb human trafficking, she said. “The support and language training we received in Peace Corps was top-notch and better than anything else you can get, so by the time I actually got to the community, I was fluent in the language, which made communicating and working with people so much easier,” Jaeger said. Jaeger said she learned things in the Peace Corps she doesn’t think she would have had the opportunity to learn in two years, had she stayed in the United States. “For example, I got to teach in a classroom, and I got to practice grant-writing and working with [nongovernmental organizations],” Jaeger said. “I can now put together lesson plans, do curriculum building and conduct research in a foreign language. Coming back and being able to put all those skills down on a resume is pretty fantastic.” Another returned volunteer, Elizabeth Capaci, who is now a public health graduate student and the outreach assistant for the Fellowship Program, did her service in the Republic of Benin in West Africa. She worked as a health volunteer in HIV work and health education alongside the social work center and health center in her community. “I did it right after undergrad, so I had an idea that I wanted to do international work or work in international health, and I think the Peace Corps was a good way to test that out,” Capaci said. “You have an idea of what you think that field is going to be like, but then, with Peace Corps, it gives you a hands-on experience.” Capaci said her service has given her a wider understanding and appreciation for other cultures and other things done in the U.S. that affect other countries. Like Jaeger and Capaci, Brennen O’Donnell is a returned volunteer in the Coverdell Fellows Program. He is also studying for his graduate degree in public administration. He served as an Environmental Education Volunteer in Mexico, working with a program called Escuelas Sostenibles, or Sustainable Schools, which helped


THE MAP FOR THE 2017 Peace Corps Fair. Current Fellows contributed pictures from their host countries to make the map as a part of the theme, “Make the Worlsd Your Home.”

schools be more environmentally conscious and develop sustainable projects and infrastructure. “The school I worked at had a culinary department, so we wanted to set up an organic garden so that the culinary students would have fresh produce to use in their culinary activities, and then, once they were done, they could return the scraps to the soil [to] create a sustainable cycle where they use the nutrients, they use it sustainably and responsibly, and they return that to the Earth. And they go from there,” O’Donnell said. For the volunteer service he does for the fellowship, O’Donnell works with the Arizona Master Naturalist Association. “It’s sort of like Peace Corps, because they are a trained group of volunteers, but it’s people who have certain expertise as naturalists with environmental education,” O’Donnell said. O’Donnell presented his work at a poster session held by Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows program on Friday. The event, called the Peace Corps Outreach and Research Showcase, focused on the academic and community outreach work the fellows do in Southern Arizona. “What they are doing with the poster session is bringing that experience that they gained in the U.S. Peace Corps back here to our campus and our community,” Ehlers said. “This is really student engagement in a really fundamental way that integrated academics, life experience and community-based needs.” Fifty UA students that served worldwide across 35 nations for the Peace Corps presented posters, including

Jaeger and Capaci. Capaci’s presentation focused on her volunteer work in Tucson. She works with the Arizona AIDS Education and Training Center program. “I presented a poster on HIV continuity here in Sonora and Arizona that I did with the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics where, along with the Arizona Department of Health Services and Border Health, [I] coordinated a binational symposium for HIV cure across the border in Sonora,” Capaci said. Capaci said the group toured health facilities that treat HIV patients in Mexico . “We saw what happens after people are deported from the U.S., [people] who are released from ICE custody and are living with HIV, who can’t get cured on the other side,” Capaci said. Undergraduate student Monica Kothe, a UA undergrad and Peace Corps Campus Ambassador, also wants to change the world by joining the Peace Corps in West Africa. “You do go out and help other people in underserved communities, and it’s also personal development for yourself, and it’s also growing and learning how to deal with different situations and gaining different perspectives and learning about different cultures,” Kothe said. UA students interested in joining the Peace Corps can sign up for the Peace Corps Prep Program, which includes some classes and volunteer service hour requirements that allows students to get a certificate, making them a stronger applicant when they apply for the Peace Corps.

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Esmeralda Ribeiro: Art and voice in the Afro-Brazilian literature movement BY NICOLE GLEASON @nicolegleason20

Esmeralda Ribeiro knows how imperative it is for Afro-Brazilian women to write and be heard. As a Brazilian journalist and writer of African descent, Ribeiro focuses on the African-Brazillian connection in her writing. The University of Arizona’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese organized several events, including a reading and lectures series with Ribeiro, where she will talk about her books and her work’s importance. She has written for several publications and has put together short stories, poems and other forms of writing. In an article titled “Beyond the Curtains: Unveiling AfroBrazilian Women Writers,” one of her stories was described as something that “captures the multiple skeletons in the AfroBrazilian communal cupboard, especially as it relates to the central issue of discord and betrayal in the struggle for survival, social mobility and competitive edge.” This particular story, titled “Malungos e Milongas,” depicts a family that becomes divided by outside forces. “Sometimes, instead of coming closer together, we fall further apart from one another,” Ribeiro said. “This is a metaphor for the black movement; because of communication issues and problems, we become fractured when we should be pulling together.” Ribeiro participated in several different activities with the Africana Studies, Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American departments while on campus. She said the inspiration behind her work is largely from her experiences growing up in São Paulo, Brazil. Ribeiro said it is impossible for her to separate the acts of writing and living — they are one and the same, equally intertwined, each bleeding into the other. Ribeiro is part of a collective

of other writers who together have published Cadernos Negros, which translates to “Black Notebooks.” As a child, she said she grew up in poor conditions and would collect aluminum cans with her father to sell. However impoverished, Ribeiro’s family was still supportive of her love of writing and encouraged her artistic endeavors. Ribeiro has fond memories of her mother telling “scary and fantastic stories” in the dark during times when they had no electricity. She credits these experiences with helping her become a better person, in addition to becoming a better writer. On top of supporting her creative ambitions, Ribeiro’s mother also encouraged her to pursue a university degree, which resulted with her earning a degree in journalism. Ribeiro also said she never knew her own mother dreamed of being a writer until after she passed away. Her sisterin-law had told her about a conversation when Ribeiro’s mother reflected on how she had always dreamed of writing. In an almost perfect full circle, Ribeiro was able to become and do the things her mother had always wanted to do but was unable to. Ribeiro said she feels she is able to exercise the mission of a journalist, which is to seek truth and report it, back to her writing. “With writing, you have a lot more creative control, so you can write about things and show them in a way that is creative yet still true,” Ribeiro said. One important thing to note is that Ribeiro doesn’t always give her readers closure. She tells a story and gives the reader the information they need to make their own assessment and their own ending, she explained. For more information on Ribeiro or lecture series held by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, visit its website. COURTESY ESMERALDA RIBEIRO

THE SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE Department at the University of Arizona has organized a reading and lecture series with Afro-Brazilian writer and journalist Esmeralda Ribeiro.

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THE LIFELAB IS LOCATED in the SUMC on the main floor across from Sabor. It teaches UA students career and life skills, including resume pointers, career advice and engagement opportunities.

UA LifeLab guides students through developing professional skills BY RANDALL ECK @reck999

It is a place you have almost certainly walked by if you were on campus at the University of Arizona last semester. You probably wondered at the time what it was with its offices, brightly painted walls and meeting rooms. It was the UA’s LifeLab. Student Engagement and Career Development’s LifeLab, located on the ground level of the Student Union Memorial Center, served over 1,000 students last semester, providing resume pointers, career advice and engagement opportunities. “Oftentimes, when students think about career services, they are getting ready to apply for a job or are getting close to graduation,” said Devon Thomas, senior coordinator for student engagement. “LifeLab does more than just look at resumes, though; it helps students think through big questions such as ‘Where am I going in life?’ and ‘Is this opportunity right for me?’” Students can walk into LifeLab any time Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 1-4 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday between 3-6 p.m. and meet with a peer mentor or a

faculty fellow. The goal of LifeLab, according to Annie Kurtin, associate director for student engagement, is that every student that comes to the LifeLab leaves with a concrete next step to take in the pursuit of their goals. According to a survey of students who used the service during its first active semester, 94 percent of students felt they had accomplished this. Amanda Starsiak, an economics junior at UA, has worked as a peer educator for LifeLab since its inception. Starsiak’s training for the position focused on helping students find these next steps and think about their future careers and academic paths. “LifeLab is a space for students when they are unsure and want to evaluate their next steps,” Starsiak said. “I want to make an impact in students lives and when a student comes in and is really concerned or feels lost and you are able to give them a resource or a next step, their mood lightens a bit.” LifeLab teams up with companies who actively recruit UA students to help connect students with opportunities and learn what skills companies are looking for in their employees, according to Kurtin. “At LifeLab, we help students articulate

the transferable skills they developed in their coursework and other experiences in the context of a career,” Kurtin said. According to Kurtin, helping students articulate their skills through mock interviews with staff is critical, as is helping students find engagement opportunities on campus. Kathy Koppy, a career educator for student engagement, is one of the professional staff LifeLab has on hand for students to talk with. “There is no one right path for students, and we recognize that, so a lot of what we do at LifeLab is exploration,” Koppy said. Koppy said many students think they will pick a major and graduate from college and then have the same job for the rest of their lives. According to Koppy, though, a career is a process that involves evaluating changing values, experiences and exploration for the rest of your life. Students do not have to have everything figured out Koppy said. Koppy herself was previously a high school teacher before coming to work at the UA. “Our job at LifeLab is to support and listen to students and provide resources,” Koppy said. “We reassure students they will

be able to figure everything out and that every student is on a different timeline and that is okay.” By teaming up with campus advisers and classes, LifeLab was able to get the word out about the new resources they are offering for students and draw in a diverse population of students. Close to one third of students using LifeLab last year were first-generation students, and over 55 percent were freshmen, two populations of students who benefit a lot from LifeLab’s resources, Kurtin said. LifeLab hopes to continue to expand and serve more students on campus, Kurtin said. It is continuing to team up with undergraduate research advisers on campus and individual departments and is also developing a mobile career advising service to be able to meet students where they are at, in the dorms or other locations and with flexible hours, according to Kurtin. For Kurtin, LifeLab’s core mission is to help connect students with resources on campus so that when they graduate, they walk away from the UA with not just a degree, but with the skills needed to find a job and career.

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Let’s talk about sex (education) BY MARGAUX CLEMENT @margauxclement9

College can be a time of discovery for students, whether it’s what major to declare, what being on a budget feels like or sex. Being sexually active in college is not unusual, according to collegestats. org, a site that uses freely available data collected by the U.S. Department of Education. After a recent study, the site said, “on average, students will have sex with close to five partners during their two or four years enrolled in postsecondary education.” The University of Arizona offers several resources for students looking to gain more knowledge about sex, other sexual activites or protection. These resources range from the Campus Health Center’s weekly campus events, like Free Condom Friday, to a Sex, Health and AIDS course. Lee Ann Hamilton, a health educator and sexual health specialist at Campus Health, said sex education is required in only some states, and Arizona is not one of them. Before college, students could have either had sex-education classes, been taught abstinence or even had no education when it comes to sex, Hamilton explained. Through resources available at UA, students have new ways to become more educated about forms of protection, STDs and ways to have safer sex. “Even just discussion about relationships, how your body works and how to protect yourself is important,” Hamilton said. “So is just talking about what you are looking for in sex and what you’re looking for in a partner.” Reem Alruwaih, a sophomore at the UA majoring in business, and Shahad Albustan, a freshman at UA majoring in engineering, are both from Kuwait, where, they said, they received no sex education due to the cultural and religious normalities of their country. They said besides learning about the scientific part of sex in a biology class, it is not normal to have sex education or talk about sex in Kuwait. “It’s not really talked about until you get married,” Albustan said. They also said when one finally does reach that moment of marriage, the sex education source is one of the married couple’s mother. Araceli Benitez, a sophomore at UA studying veterinary sciences, is from Tucson and said she wasn’t taught about sex, just about abstinence, in

school prior to college. “I don’t even think I’ve been taught a sex-education class. Maybe in middle school we talked about it, but it’s just about abstinence, then you’re good,” Benitez said. Justin Sabia-Tanis, professor of the Sex, Health and AIDS course taught at UA, said some states lie about sex when teaching students in public schools. Sabia-Tanis said some programs, for instance, compare sexuality to chewing gum, saying the more someone chews gum, the less valuable it is. The same rules apply to sex, because the more sex someone has, the less value they have. Sabia-Tanis said lies such as these are unhealthy messages to people, and it is important to become better educated about sex and forms of protection through resources like classes or Campus Health. Campus Health, located in the Highland commons, is a place where students can talk to health professionals about sex, get more information about contraceptives and learn how to be sexually safe and smart. Students and other individuals can also get STD testing at the health center. “We’ve seen a reduction in condom use in the past few years, which can be kind of scary,” Hamilton said. Statistics from 2018 show only 59.8 percent of sexually active students at UA were using condoms, according to the health center. Hamilton explained since there are now more effective birth controls, people think it’s okay to not use condoms during sex. “Condoms are for STD protection. The IUD and other long-active reversible contraceptives does nothing to protect you against getting chlamydia or syphilis or HIV or herpes or anything like that,” Hamilton said. According to Hamilton, learning about STDs and their symptoms, and even those which don’t always cause symptoms, is important when a sexually active individual is deciding if they should to get tested or not. There are some health issues that can develop if someone has an STD and never gets treated. “The most common [STD] we see here is chlamydia, which can lead to fertility problems, pelvic inflammatory disease,” Hamilton said. “This is especially when people don’t know they have it, so if someone has an untreated/ untested case of chlamydia, it can lead to serious problems.” How often someone should get


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tested changes from person to person, Hamilton explained. She said if someone has many new sexual partners, they should get tested more frequently than someone who has very few or a single partner. The Sex, Health and AIDS course at UA, cross-listed in the departments of Mexican-American studies and gender and women’s studies, is another resource open to students. This course discusses various STDs, specifically HIV, and aims to educate students on the possible outcomes of contracting an STD. The course covers topics like the history of sex, sex statistics and what puts someone at a high or low risk for contracting an STD. “The class is focused on HIV and AIDS. We look at the history of HIV and AIDS and the way it impacted our

world. It changed many things about how we approach healthcare,” SabiaTanis said. Sabia-Tanis said aside from educating students on HIV and AIDS in class, they also talk about STDs, condoms, birth control and other things students may need for their sexual health. Hamilton said even if students are not currently having sex, it’s good to get educated, because everyone knows someone who has sex. However, not everybody is having sex, so even if you’re waiting, you’re not alone. “I think everyone should take a human sexuality class, because we’re sexual beings,” Hamilton said. “Sex is an important part of being a human. It includes relationships; it’s not all about sex, but talking about love and relationships. That’s something everybody could use.”

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Lecture series benefits local teachers BY PRIYA JANDU @priya_j11

Every year, the University of Arizona hosts a public lecture series featuring educators and researchers from the College of Science. Each series does a deep dive into a variety of science topics, and local high school teachers are invited to attend. Through the UA Honors College, high school teachers are invited to participate in a private Q&A with the lecturer after the talk. Kim Farr, a science teacher at Cienega High School in Vail, became involved with the lecture series eight years ago. “I had been attending the lectures with my husband for the two years prior, simply because we found them fascinating,” she said. “When we found out that as teachers we could attend a course surrounding the series, we jumped at the chance.” Joshua Farr, Kim’s husband, is also a science teacher at Cienega High School. “I’ve always been curious and, being that I have attended UA, was eager to learn more,” Joshua said. Kim said the lecture series is an opportunity to hear from the best scientists in their field, and it’s an opportunity not everyone has. “The ability to be able to hear about the most current science directly from the researchers is truly incredible, and then to be able to ask them questions as teachers has been really enlightening,” Kim said. The lecture series also brought together science-minded people from around Tucson and served as an opportunity to discuss the latest innovations. While all of the lecturers are from the UA, they are open to the public. “I get time to interact with colleagues across Tucson, which might sound trivial but isn’t,” Joshua said. “We throw out a lot of ideas and questions prior to the lecture to prime our thinking. Collectively, we ask questions to the lecturer post-lecture, which almost makes us curious reporters.” Sandra Crusa, a science teacher at Empire High School in Tucson, started attending the lecture series four years ago. Crusa said the lectures encouraged personal learning and growth in her understanding of science.


KIM AND JOSHUA FARR, a married couple, are both science teachers at Cienega High School in Vail, Ariz. The pair attended the College of Science’s lecture series and applied what they learned in their own classes.

All of the teachers said they have easily integrated what they’ve gained from the lectures into the classroom. “I’ve been using the content that I learn in lectures for the last eight years in my classes,” Kim said. “Each series, I find something new to bring to my students. I have developed lessons around topics that I learned about in the lectures.” Kim said she uses figures and graphs from the lecture series and occasionally shows the entire lecture in class. Each year, she also encourages students to attend the lectures. Joshua also has his students actively reflect on what they gain from the lecture series. “Each week I give them the opportunity to talk to the rest of the class while I summarize some of my notes,” Joshua said. “This involves everyone, and I love hearing what their takeaway was. It allows me new

avenues to explore topics in my class and, mostly, to promote discussion, which is vital to a healthy classroom culture.” Since the lectures are given by people working in their chosen fields, they often include new findings from the world of science. Crusa brings these findings back to her high schoolers. “With this particular lecture series, it’s really important for students to see and understand that science is always changing and growing and our understanding of these areas and topics should too,” Crusa said. “I think it was important for students to see the value of data and the evidence.” Each teacher found a different lecture most interesting. “My favorite lecture of all time was on the 1918 flu pandemic, which was so engaging,” Joshua said. He also said he learned about the importance

of pattern recognition, which is applicable to interpreting data and identifying trends. Kim recalled multiple lectures. “I was really encouraged this year by Joellen Russel’s talk about climate, and I learned a lot about the interactions between the ocean and atmospheric systems,” she said. “Feryal Ozel’s ideas about the role that failure or unexpected results plays in science [both this year and in 2017] was a really great perspective to hear directly from a researcher.” Kim said she learns from the educator forum lead by John Pollard, a professor and assistant dean of the UA Honors College. “Whether it’s a new way of thinking about a scientific idea or a pedagogical strategy or just an interesting thought to ponder, he brings so much to the course,” Kim said.

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BBquestions Meat wasn’t the only thing to get grilled Jan. 25. The University of Arizona Police Department questioned a man barbecuing. Two officers made their way to an alley north of Speedway Boulevard near the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house after receiving a report of smoke and a potential fire at approximately 2 a.m., according to police. However, upon arrival, members of the Tucson Fire Department’s Engine 3 informed the officers that they had located a man nearby using a barbecue grill, the cause of the smoke. The officers found the man behind G’s Barber Shop using the grill.

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A sign near the shop warned against loitering. One of the officers asked the man if he was aware of the sign. The man identified himself as an employee of the book store next to the barber shop and said he had permission to be there and use the grill. The officer could not immediately contact either the owner of the book store or the barber shop, so he told the man that an officer would check with the bookstore owner once it opened. If the man was found to be lying, he would be arrested for loitering. The man also had an active warrant from the Tucson Police Department for misdemeanor trespassing, for which he could also be potentially arrested if he did not actually have permission to be in the area behind the stores. At approximately 12:15 p.m., another UAPD officer spoke with the manager of the book store. The manager told the officer he knew the man. On some mornings, he allowed the man inside the store and paid him to help clean. The manager said that he knew the man sometimes slept in the alley behind the store, which he did not want him to do. He also admitted to throwing away sleeping bags found in the alley in

the past. The officer also spoke with an employee of G’s Barber Shop, who told her they allow the man to use the grill. The police report did not give any follow up information concerning the man’s status after his initial meeting with UAPD.

That’s foul! A basketball heckler ended up in a heck of a lot of trouble after he was arrested for disorderly conduct at McKale Memorial Center on Feb. 7. According to police, at approximately 7:45 p.m., an A-Team security guard alerted a UAPD officer to the man’s unruly behavior during the basketball game between the Arizona Wildcats and the Washington Huskies. The security guard said the man was disrupting the game by hurling expletives and swinging a cane in the air. She had warned the man to control himself and placed another A-Team member to watch him. Several other people had apparently complained to security about the way the man was behaving.

The security guard told the officer she was going to remove the man from the game and escort him out. The officer contacted a UAPD sergeant who was also working the game to join them. The officer and sergeant followed the security guard as she located the man and informed him that she was ejecting him from the game due to his disruptive behavior. The man began to curse at the security guard, calling her vulgar names. He then stood up and leaned towards her in what the officer noted was an “aggressive manner.” The officer grabbed his left arm and pinned it behind the man’s back. The sergeant grabbed the man’s right arm. The officer handcuffed the man, who was now leaning over the seat. During the handcuffing, the man attempted to headbutt a nearby spectator. The man was lead out of McKale, reportedly cursing the entire time. The officer charged him with Disorderly Conduct Disturbing the Peace. Both the security guard and the spectator the man tried to headbutt wanted to press charges. The man was transported to Pima County Jail.

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The golf sensation that almost didn’t happen BY CHRIS VIZCARRA @ua_chris

University of Arizona women’s golf has been garnering quite the buzz over the last 10 months. Besides the fact Arizona stepped into the season as the defending national champions, three women have been invited to compete in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. The list includes Yu-Sang Hou, Haley Moore and Vivian Hou, Yu-Sang’s sister. Yu-Sang in particular is elevating her level of play this season and is starting to catch the eyes of many across collegiate women’s golf. The sophomore already won the Pac-12 Preview in November and finished second overall in the NorthropGrumman Challenge in Los Angeles in early February. But the latest star of the women’s golf team almost never set foot in Tucson. Yu-Sang, a native of Taipei, Taiwan, initially had the intent go pro straight out of Heping High School in Taipei City. But after coming to a summer tournament in the United States in 2017, which introduced her to head coach Laura Ianello, it changed her thinking. After the tournament, coach Ianello continued to reach out to recruit her to Arizona. Slowly, she decided to warm up to the idea of being a Wildcat and committed right before that fall semester. Along with the Augusta National Women’s Amateur invite, Hou was also included in the first spring Arnold Palmer Cup Rankings Top 25, highlighting the incredible start of the season and the resume she is building. Her golf journey started at the age of 9. Her parents supported her passion, with her father being one of her swing coaches and helping her learn the game, but she said nobody had a bigger impact on her game and her life than her sister, who will be an incoming freshman next semester. “My sister is not only a big part of my life in golf, and to this day she is the only person in this planet who can make me laugh if I’m mad,” Hou said. Hou, less than halfway done with her time as a UA women’s golfer, has only been with the program for a year-and-a-half but says the experience thus far has been “very fun and taught her a lot about herself.” “Yu-Sang was a great addition to our golf program,” teammate Desiree Hong said. “She is an all around fantastic player, person and friend. She has certainly gotten comfortable with the team in the last year and a half since she has joined the team. I have noticed Yu-Sang grow into a leader.”

Even after a short time around the team, Hou expressed she feels a togetherness with the team that makes every day here enjoyable. “I love the team chemistry; it’s just fun. Everybody is theirselves. We’re all really different, but they can make a bad day good and a good day even better,” she said. Even during the offseason and being away from her teammates, Hou made it a priority to keep in touch with her teammates. Despite all the accolades and career earnings, Hou described the invite to the Inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur invite as a career highlight. “I think I got invited, really, the last few spots, and I was almost ready to give up getting invited to Augusta, but I got a call in the afternoon ... My reaction was ‘No way,’ and I thought it was a prank at first,” Hou said with a laugh. With her invitation to Augusta, Hou doesn’t plan to stop striving for more anytime soon. She said she hopes to add more tournament wins and bring another national championship back to Tucson. Hou also said she aspires to finish the season ranked as a top-five collegiate player, which could get her an invite to play for the LPGA qualifier.


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ARIZONA’S BLAKE PAUGH 28 swings at a pitch during the Arizona-Houston baseball game at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park in Houston on Feb. 24. Paugh hit his first collegiate home run on Feb.22.

UA baseball wins finale vs. Houston BY ARI KOSLOW @koslow_ari

There’s a quote by head coach Jay Johnson that sums up the Arizona Wildcats baseball season so far through eight games. “You know you’re going to have to work through dealing with success, which we will have some success, and failure, and respond in the way that you need to in order to be the best that you can be,” Johnson said. After the Wildcats got off to a blazing start through five games, outscoring their opponents 85-22 and seemingly dominating UMass-Lowell and Rice in every facet of the game, they hit a wall this past weekend, losing two of three games against the University of Houston. Here’s a rundown of each game: Game one: UA starter Randy Labaut put up an admirable performance, going 7.1 innings while allowing just two runs on six hits. Labaut threw seven strikeouts to just one walk in a quality start, but was unfortunately handed a loss as the Wildcats could not get any offense going. Labaut’s seven strikeouts tied a career high, which was initially set in a start against Arkansas on Feb. 21 of 2018. The left-hander surrendered a solo home run to Joe Davis in the eighth inning which turned out to be the difference as the Wildcats lost 2-1. Sophomore designated hitter Blake Paugh hit a solo home run in the top of the third inning, the first homer of his collegiate career. The Wildcats were not able to back up Labaut’s performance. A single by Cameron Cannon in the first inning and the home run by Paugh was all the offense UA could produce. Game two: It was looking bleak for the Wildcats early in game two on Saturday, as Andrew Nardi lost the command of his pitches he had in his first start of the year. Nardi went just 2.1 innings,

surrendering six runs on six hits. He also walked four batters, while striking out just one. After the Wildcats got off to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Nardi’s struggles on the mound put them down 6-1 after three innings. Following Paugh’s home run on Friday, sophomore Tate Soderstrom had his own first collegiate dinger, a two-run bomb in the fifth inning on Saturday. That cut the lead to 6-3 in favor of Houston as the Wildcats finally showed some life. Sophomore reliever Jonathon Guardado entered the game in the sixth inning, surrendering two runs right back to Houston. Heading into the eighth inning trailing 9-3, the Wildcats continued to fight, putting up a mini-rally in the last two innings. Following back-to-back singles by Dayton Dooney and Matt Frazier in the eighth inning, Cannon mashed a home run that cut the lead to 9-6. In the following inning, UA loaded the bases with two outs following a single by Cannon. The next batter, Ryan Holgate, grounded out to the pitcher, killing the rally for the Wildcats as they fell 9-7 for their second consecutive loss. Game three: The Wildcats looked to salvage one game from the series on Sunday afternoon as freshman Bryce Collins took the mound. First inning RBI singles by Nick Quintana and Matthew Dyer got the team off to an early 2-0 lead. Collins’ command wasn’t quite there early on as he walked a batter in the first inning and hit a batter in the second and third inning. However, he was able to get out of each inning unscathed, not allowing any hits or runs. Collins ran into trouble in the fourth, as he allowed a lead-off home run that cut the lead to 2-1, followed by back-to-back singles. Tucson native George Arias Jr. entered the game as a reliever with runners on first and second and nobody out. He was able to retire the next three batters, including a huge

strikeout with runners on second and third with one out. The Wildcats offense was able to find its groove in the fifth inning, breaking the game completely open. RBI singles by Frazier and Quintana got the scoring started in the inning, followed by an RBI walk by Dyer, a two-run double by Soderstrom, and RBI single by Holgate that got the lead up to 8-1. The big inning was capped off by a throwing error by Houston pitcher Brayson Hurdsman after Justin Wylie laid down a wellexecuted bunt. The error allowed Soderstrom to score, capping off a seven run inning by Arizona and increasing the lead to 9-1.

The Wildcats controlled the rest of the game, taking the series finale 9-4. Cannon saw his seven-game hit streak come to an end on Sunday, but he still leads the team in average (among players who have 20+ plate appearances) as he is now hitting .469. The Wildcats will head back to Tucson looking to remain undefeated at home as they get set to host New Mexico for one game on Wednesday followed by a three-game series over the weekend against WisconsinMilwaukee.


ARIZONA’S NICK QUINTANA 13 high-fives teammate Blake Paugh (28) during the Arizona-Houston baseball game at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park in Houston on Feb. 24.

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