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Mobile application class returns to UA BY NICHOLAS TRUJILLO @fantastic_nick

As summer comes to a close, the University of Arizona is putting together new classes for students and also bringing back an old class. Bridget Radcliff, director of academic and support services in computer science, noted that the new faculty members will not only give the UA a returning class about app programming, CS 317 Mobile Application Programming, but also new classes about machine learning. “We used to have a mobile development course and the instructor that taught it left the university several years ago,” Radcliff said in an email. “We have a new faculty member, Benjamin Dicken, who has an interest in mobile programming and so he created this course.” Dicken has a specialization in Android apps, according to Radcliff, and the university hopes to bring on a member that will specialize in iOS app development as well. “We

just need to find an instructor who has that knowledge,” Radcliff said. According to DDI Development, a company that helps smaller companies develop products, the major difference between the two tech moguls is the languages used when creating the different apps. “Java applies to Android-based apps when building. It requires a lot of code to be written,” the DDI website stated. “A brand-new language Swift was designed to develop iOS-based apps.” The UA will also take on three new faculty in the fall that will specialize specifically in machine learning. Machine learning is a method of data analysis that lets the computer learn through a trial and error process; however, the process takes a fraction of the time it would take a human to learn. “We also do consider the needs of students and if there are areas we are not covering and we have faculty expertise,” Radcliff said. “Then we do work to develop new courses to meet those needs as well.”


THE RETURNING CLASS, CS 317 Mobile Application Programming, has the potential to introduce students into new programming language.

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Stranger fireworks in the night sky Find out what sparked and what didn’t in the newest season of “Stranger Things”


This past Fourth of July holiday, Netflix released the third season of one of its most popular TV shows, “Stranger Things.” In a highly anticipated event, Netflix created a massive television fireworks show for the fans. Stranger Things is a sci-fi drama set in the ‘80s that follows an ensemble cast fighting against the forces of evil that emerge from the notorious “Upside Down,” an alternate dimension where there is nothing but shadows and darkness. The third season of “Stranger Things” launched fans into the neon world of 1985. The main cast, Will (Noah Schnapp), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Eleven (Milly Bobby Brown) and newer member Max (Sadie Sink), are all battling the emotional and physical turmoil that comes with being teenagers. The cinematography gave way to many bright colors and fun sets. It was truly something to look at. With the kids hanging out in the new and luminous Starcourt Mall, colors were everywhere, transporting the audience into the ‘80s with its “synth-wave” pallets. Spoiler Alert: Taking place during the summer, the kids take on not only their teenage demons but also the unraveling of another threat from the Upside Down that the Soviet Union brought back into Hawkins, Ind. With a new enemy to combat, the kids are faced with a new shadow monster that takes over Max’s older brother Billy, played by Dacre Montgomery. The gore went up a whole new level this season as people are kidnapped and melted into a ravenous monster that is unlike any other the kids have battled before. The characters also find themselves fighting more common enemies, like the Russians, in order to save their town. Romance is also budding for several of

the main characters. Audiences are able to see Eleven and Mike finally date,as well as Lucas and Max. The romance was refreshing, as it peaked into the often polar-opposite differences between male and female dating lives. It showed an honest portrayal of trust in relationships and being there for one another. Despite being a TV show, this season had all the elements of a blockbuster film. There were fighting scenes, romance, humor, gore, an impossible threat and an everlasting friendship. It was a fun ride with lots of twists and turns along the way. However, this time around the writing was aimed more towards being fun and fantastic. Compared to the other darker seasons, this one seemed more silly and had a blockbuster-esque feel to it. It was grand and magnificent with theatrical elements such as special effects and fight scenes. There was not a lot of room for plot and character development in this season, as the theatrical elements of the show took the stage. One of the main characters, Jim Hopper (David Harbour), lingered in an angry ‘80s dad caricature. There were also holes in the plot. In the middle of the season, the kids took on Billy and then suddenly he was gone and no longer a threat. The emphasis on effects and grandeur caused the writing for this season to suffer. The main adults in the show, Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and Hopper, also navigate parenthood after experiencing trauma and heartbreak from past seasons. They deal with the reality of their children growing into teenagers all while trying to keep them safe from the everlooming threat of the Upside Down. Although the end of the show offered an epic 1 hour and 21 minute finale, the last scenes will rock fans to their cores. The cast takes on evil once again and fights hard to keep all their friends alive.

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UA director of clinical trials elaborates on biliary tract cancer research Shroff has been conducting research in improving the survival of patients with biliary tract cancers. Shroff says that her research involves adding a third drug, nab-paclitaxel, to the existing two-drug treatment — gemcitabine and cisplatin — for biliary tract cancers BY JAY WALKER @jayelizabethw

here in hopes that there could be trials for every patient that walks through the door.

Dr. Rachna Shroff is the chief of the section of gastrointestinal (GI) medical oncology at the UA Cancer Center. The Daily Wildcat sat down with Shroff to learn more about her and her research.

DW: In your media release about phase II of your research, you mentioned that many people thought it would be too difficult to conduct clinical trials for these biliary cancers. Why do you think they thought this? RS: Well it’s a rare disease by the technical definition. We only see about seven to ten thousand cases a year of cholangiocarcinoma, which is one type of biliary cancer, and about another 7,000 cases of gallbladder cancer. When you compare that to something like colon cancer, which is about 100,000 cases a year, from a pharmaceutical company perspective, I can understand that it would seem very difficult to start and complete a clinical trial in this disease because it is just a rare malignancy and it might be hard to find patients to put on trials. Our phase II study kind of proved that wrong. It accrued in rapid-fire time. We actually had to hold accrual so that our research team could keep up with the pace in the sense that patients were wanting to go on this trial. It was clearly not a case compared to what pharmaceutical companies were worried about.

Daily Wildcat: What got you interested in the medical profession? Rachna Shroff: My interest in medicine probably started back when I was in high school, and I was actually in high school here in Tucson, Arizona. I grew up with a mother who was a physician and a father who was a biochemist here at the UA. I did some research here at the UA Cancer Center and it was cancer-based research, and I think that sparked my initial interest in science, medicine and more specifically oncology. DW: What drew you to your interest in working in oncology, specifically, biliary and pancreatic cancers? RS: When I was doing my medical oncology fellowship at the Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, I actually started the fellowship with the intention of treating hematological malignancies, but I ended up doing a rotation in GI medical oncology and found a fantastic mentor who happened to be an expert in the treatment of pancreatic cancer. It’s a devastating disease with a dismal prognosis and it just really needs a lot of minds working on it to improve outcomes for patients. That’s what really drew me to it, my interest in clinical research and my desire to improve outcomes for pancreas cancer. So, then I kind of switched tracks and ended up doing GI oncology, and then, more specifically, when I started working on faculty at Anderson Cancer Center, I ended up starting to see and treat patients with biliary cancer. It was a similar thing where there were very limited therapeutic options and a lot of room for clinical research, and, frankly, because it was a rare cancer with not a lot of people working in that space. I wanted to be able to help improve therapeutic outcomes for these patients and it was at a place where we were seeing a high volume of these patients. It was really easy to build a research program because there were patients who it would directly impact to put on clinical trials. DW: What brought you to work at the UA? RS: I was recruited here to be the section chief of GI oncology with the intention of building the clinical research program in GI cancers here. There’s a fantastic team here already. There are three other GI oncologists, and I was brought in to round out the team and help us all work together and bring cutting edge trials and bring that to patients here in Arizona. Specifically, because of my interest in writing and designing clinical trials. The hope would be that I could increase the number of trials

DW: What inspired you to go against the idea of clinical trials being too difficult for this cancer? RS: Stubbornness. Ha, I’m just kidding. I think it was really, like I said, I was seeing these patients every day in clinic. When I first started treating this disease, I had no novel treatments or trials to offer them and that just wasn’t good enough. The only way we are going to push the needle forwards in cancer is by thinking outside the box and testing new treatments. So, knowing I had no clinical trials for them motivated me to try to write one and think of one that would be something anyone sitting in my clinical could be considered for because that’s what they need. They need hope, and hope comes in the form of novel treatments and doctors who are passionate about finding those new treatments for the patients. It was that alone, being in clinic every day and seeing patients that reminded me of why we are doing what we are doing and why we need to keep pushing. DW: How did you come up with the idea of adding the third drug, nab-paclitaxel, to the pre-existing standard treatment? RS: It’s a drug that is already FDA approved in a couple different cancers, including pancreas cancer, and what we know with pancreas cancer is that it is notoriously a chemo-resistant disease because there’s this, what we call, a stroma that basically protects the tumor and prevents chemo-therapy from accessing the cancer. Biliary cancers are very similar. They have a protective barrier that leads to chemo-resistance. Nab-paclitaxel is thought to dissolve away that stoma in pancreas cancer, so I thought that perhaps it could work the same in biliary cancers


RACHNA SHROFF, UNIVERSITY OF Arizona section chief of GI medical oncology.

and that’s why I suggested adding it to what was already the standard combination. DW: After the success of the trial’s phase II, how is phase III going? RS: It’s a national study and I’m the national principle investigator. It’s funded by the NCI, the National Cancer Institute, and it’s launched across what’s called the National Clinical Trial Network, which is a number of different, what we call, cooperative groups, so these are oncology groups that all work together and can be community based for academic centers. For instance, the UA Cancer Center is a part of SWOG, which is the Southwest Oncology Group. So, I started this trial through SWOG, so any institution that is a part of SWOG institution can be enrolled to the study. But since we opened it across the entire NCTN, basically any cooperative group participating institute can open this study. So, it is a randomized phase III study, patients are randomized. For every two patients that go on the gemcitabine, cisplatin and nab-paclitaxel, one person gets the standard of care treatment, or just gemcitabine and cisplatin. Two hundred sixty-eight patients are supposed to be enrolled — that’s the planned number — and we are looking to improve overall survival. We are comparing the two arms and checking to see if the three-drug combination is improving overall survival or how long patients are living with this disease compared to the standard of care treatment. It has already accrued 44 out of the 286 patients, which is fantastic because it has only been open for about seven months.

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As Honors Village nears completion, impact of construction unknown BY NATHAN GOSNELL @DailyWildcat

The new Honors Village, set to open in fall 2019, towers over the surrounding neighborhood. The parking garage sits empty, built to serve the proposed academic and recreational spaces as well as around 1,000 residents. The Honors Village is the new home for the University of Arizona’s Honors College, which before was spread out around campus, and comes in conjunction with other efforts to centralize programs like the new UA Global Center. As construction nears completion for the 2019 fall semester, the potential impacts are not yet apparent. For students, it provides a new mixed-use space that allows for a combination of academic, residential and recreational uses in one centralized place that is mainly unseen elsewhere on campus. “A lot of universities over the last decade or so invested a lot of money in [amenities] because it’s attracting students not just through the academics,” said Meagan Ehlenz, a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University who researches the role of anchor institutions in urban environments. “They’re competing for students and so they’re trying to get them to come on an entire lifestyle rather than just the academics.” This creates a new space that is more than simply academic, creating an appeal to the available lifestyle at the UA, which, in the long-term, is designed to attract increasing numbers of students and in tandem a growing number of residents. “You’re going to have hundreds of more people with hundreds of more cars,” said Steve Kozachik, council member for Ward 6 of Tucson, noting that taxpayers would pick up the costs of impacts on roads and infrastructure affected by the increased density, a concern echoed by Diana Lett, the Feldman’s Neighborhood Association president. Impacts from the Honors Village that will ripple out into the surrounding community are still yet to be seen. To combat some of the potential effects, the UA, in the project’s initial development stages in 2017, made concessions to the surrounding neighborhood in community talks. The UA has implemented multiple protections to try and ease the potential impacts of the project, including vegetation


THE NEW HONORS VILLAGE can be found near Mabel Street and Park Avenue. The new dorm opens in fall 2019 and provides dorm and apartment-style housing for more than 1,000 Honors Wildcats.

buffers, a lack of balconies or rooftop activities, a focused entrance from Fremont Avenue facing the campus and stormwater basins for potential runoff. Residents like Lett argue that it hasn’t been enough, though, and that grievances are still present despite the project’s close arrival. “Most of the concessions were cosmetic,” Lett said via email. Kozachik offered criticisms of the project’s initial stages but also stated that, “the [UA] does a better job of project management with those kinds of concerns than the city does.” The Honors Village offers a new potential framework for student housing through its mixed-use outlook but also extended the traditional campus boundaries. The space initially had no specific planned usage in the 2009 Campus Plan. Kozachik criticized the project for

extending traditional boundaries and shifting expected growth outside of campus. “People make investments and decisions based on what the anticipated growth patterns are,” Kozachik said. He further added that the economic benefits may be outweighed due to impacts on infrastructure and students generally not spending money in the area. “When a university starts to invest in a neighborhood and starts to develop, developers see that as a signal that we’ve got a long-term player here,” Ehlenz said in regards to the potential impact on surrounding housing that university developments can have. “They’re investing millions of dollars, so we’re going to buy into this and start to develop things too while there’s a dependable market.” As private developers increasingly move into the area surrounding campus, prices continue to rise. While the Honors Village

is the most expensive dorm presently on campus and requires a meal plan with some exemptions, it reflects potential cost changes for the community and the impact the UA can have on costs in surrounding areas. Ehlenz mentioned Duke University as an example of a university being mindful of the community, as they have donated to organizations to protect affordable housing like community land trusts or Habitat for Humanity. “The best thing that I’ve seen universities do is have a very open and collaborative process with their community,” Ehlenz said, “where they’re really taking into account that they are a major investor.” Chris Sigurdson, vice president for UA Communications, declined to comment on the construction of the Honors Village.

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Body donations show evolving attitude towards death BY MIKAYLA KABER @KaberMikayla

Body donations in Arizona are on the rise, opening up the conversation about death and the importance of research on human cadavers. Every year in Arizona, about 4,000 people who die are whole body donors, according to the Cremation Association of North America. USA Today named four different programs for whole-body donation in Arizona and one of them is right here in Tucson. The Willed Body Program at the University of Arizona is a nonprofit organization that takes donations. According to the Willed Body Program website, “anatomical donations are foundational to medical education because they let students learn how the idealized illustrations found in textbooks and models present themselves in the real world.” Through examining and learning from real cadavers, students are not only taught at a young age the importance of health, but they are exposed to the sensitive idea of mortality. Alma Aguirre, a faculty member in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the UA, has decided to donate her body to the university

when she passes. She is also the Program Coordinator for the Med-Start Program at the UA, which recruits juniors in high school to get credits during the summer by staying on campus for six weeks. According to Aguirre, students in the MedStart Program actually take field trips to cadaver labs all over the state and to other colleges like Arizona State University. They are exposed for the first time to actual human bodies and get a jump start on their medical studies. The students have the opportunity to learn about health care careers such as nursing and pharmacy. On the Med-Start website, it says, “Med-Start helps young people prepare for their future in the health professions by exploring career opportunities and providing college-level coursework in English and science.” The Med-Start program offers an advantage to students in high school because it teaches them early on about all the opportunities and challenges that come with studying to be in the medical field. This gives them time to discover if it is really a career path they want to pursue. Mirabel Alvarez is an anthropologist and folklorist that studies cultural differences between what people value, fear and

understand. She is involved with the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership and Folk Alliance International. Through these organizations and studies, she evaluates and analyzes the relationship between culture and death. When it comes to burials and traditions, something that is important to consider when thinking about whole body donation is the financial aspect. From a technical point of view, it costs a lot of money to die. The national median cost of a funeral with viewing and burial for calendar year 2017 was $7,360, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. “Its hard to talk about death in the United States because there are two extremes: the religious, afterlife, Puritan side, and the marketdriven side,” said Alvarez. On the topic of death, a lot of people don’t consider how much it can cost for traditional burials and services. Participating in wholebody donation is often a cheaper and more practical alternative. After the research has been conducted, the body will be cremated and planted with a tree in the Memorial Garden for families to visit at the UA. “It is looking at it through the health and science aspect,” Aguirre said. “My husband is

Catholic, so he thinks that you have to have a service and have a mass. I don’t really need a service, I don’t need people to come see me when I’m dead. If you want to visit, visit me when I am alive.” According to Alvarez, in Tucson and Arizona, there are different ways that people choose to grieve and memorialize the dead. Some local expressions are the bicycles along the sides of the road or Day of the Dead. Not everyone grieves the same way. Death is not easy to talk about in the U.S., and the conversation around death is changing. Due to scientific advances, the ethical lines are becoming blurred and people are changing how they approach mortality. “The conversation around death has changed a lot recently,” Alvarez said. “A large part of that is people saying that they want more control over death. It is an issue of controversy. Should you have the right to decide more? How you want to die and when you want to die?” Whole-body donation is a viable option for a growing number of people and it is allowing Tucson and other communities within Arizona and the nation to start looking at death in a different way.

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Forbes names UA No. 11 employer in Ariz. BY VIANNEY CARDENAS @vianneycard

According to Forbes Magazine, the University of Arizona is one of the best employers in the state. On June 5, Forbes published “America’s Best Employers By State 2019,” where the UA was ranked No. 11 out of 72 employers in Arizona. With employees solely headquartered in Arizona, the university came in second, with GoDaddy taking the No. 1 spot. In a tweet reacting to this recognition, UA President Dr. Robert C. Robbins said, “we take immense pride in an outstanding professional environment where employees can expand their own potential while helping students pursue success.” “The university strives to be a place that brings out the best in each member of its community,” the UA Human Resources Department said. “It is important to remember that many of the same things that draw students to the UA are the same things that attract employees.” According to UA HR, many of the programs and services available to students are also available to employees, such as childcare support, counseling and accessibility options. Whether it be working with students or not, many UA employees have left their mark on the university with the work they’ve done and continue to do. Danielle Hargett, College of Education marketing specialist, highlighted an employee that she believes has made an incredible mark on students and faculty — Rebecca Ballenger, the associate director of Worlds of Words, one of the largest collections of children’s literature in the U.S. Ballenger began her journey at the College of Education in January 2001 and ended in May 2010. In June 2016, she returned and has been standing strong since. Hargett says often times employees are too busy to speak with their neighbors, but Ballenger tries to increase her interactions by hosting workshops and field trips. “She not only inspires the children who visit Worlds of Words, she also finds ways to bring together College of Education staff and faculty members for fun workshops,” Hargett said. As associate director of World of Words, Ballenger is in charge of student workers and interns. “She inspires the same level of creativity and provides opportunities for them to learn, grow and gain confidence in preparation for their professional careers,” Hargett said. Though there are hundreds of employees working directly with students, there are also hundreds of employees who work behind the scenes to make our buildings function and our campus clean and friendly. According to Christopher Kopach, assistant vice president of Facilities Management, the

facilities team consists of about 640 employees. They have received the Award for Excellence in Facilities Management twice, once in 2014 and later in 2018. Though it was difficult for Kopach to choose just one employee, he highlighted a worker that has been a part of Facilities Management for 31 years. Rick Lower, the UA superintendent of the Heating and Cooling Central Plant, has played a major role in Facilities Management and continues to today. “Over the years, he has been in charge of our utility systems, our plumbing department and, more recently, our power plants,” Kopach said. Before Google, Lower was the answer to everything involving mechanical systems, construction and utility tunnels. “Rick was the guy everyone would go to,” Kopach said. “[Lower] has a very diverse background, plus he is extremely dedicated to the university, always making sure everything is running well,” Kopach said. As for him, Lower says the UA has impacted him in a great way. “It has given me the opportunity to grow and learn within this community,” Lower said. The Facilities Management team has an incredible passion for keeping the UA an outstanding place, Kopach said. “We hire for heart and it shows in the quality of work we do.”


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Repeating the ‘72 Democratic primaries BY CLAUDE AKINS @claude_akins

The most obvious parallel between the 1972 Democratic primary and today’s is not so much who is running, but who they are running against. The Trump-Nixon comparison has been commonplace since the 2016 election, and earlier this summer, former Nixon White House counsel John Dean testified that there were “remarkable parallels” between the two. The main parallel, in practical terms for the Democrats, is that they believe whoever wins the Democratic nomination will basically walk into the White House. The latest polls indicate as much: the most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll has Joe Biden up ten points, Kamala Harris up two points and Bernie Sanders up one point, all beating Trump in the general. A June 25 Emerson poll had Elizabeth Warren up six points and Pete Buttigieg up four points. If Mayor Pete has a chance of winning, then why the hell wouldn’t you run? There were 15 candidates in the ‘72 Democratic primary, well short of what there is today, but after a certain point these distinctions don’t matter. All that matters is that there is a lot of them. In ‘72, the “establishment candidates,” Edmund Muskie and Hubert Humphrey, were seen as the favorites heading into the primary season. Humphrey was the vice president of the latest Democratic president (sound familiar?), and Muskie, aka “the Man from Maine,” was the safe, rational choice. In “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72,” a book whose prescience can give you whiplash, Hunter S. Thompson wrote of Muskie as “a comfortable, mushmouth, middleof-the-road compromiser who wouldn’t dream of offending anybody — the ideal ‘centrist’ candidate, who would be all things to all men.” Biden occupies the Humphrey spot and, like Humphrey, leads in the early polls. A stark difference between 1972 and 2020 is that the Muskie figure, that “everything to everyone” candidate, isn’t

consolidated in one man but is rather diffused throughout the party, the best example being Beto O’Rourke, whose healthcare policy is based upon whoever happens to be in the room with him. And that leaves Sanders. George McGovern, the eventual ‘72 nominee, was considered to be a kind of wacky guy from South Dakota who didn’t really have a chance. Thompson described him as “probably the most honest big-time politician in America,” a sentiment shared by Sanders supporters and critics. McGovern went on to finish second in the New Hampshire primary — a “neovictory,” as Thompson called it — but it wasn’t until he won Wisconsin and Massachusetts that people started taking a McGovern nomination seriously. The differences are as striking as the similarities, which is why historical analogies can be dangerous. Sanders, unlike McGovern, has more name recognition and an already-built national organization. But the parallels can be useful: McGovern, not considered the most TV-savvy, considered a little “weird,” a bit of a “crank,” used his straightforward style and grassroots organizing to beat the Democratic party machine, which, make no mistake, has no good feelings toward Sanders. However, if 2020 were to play out like 1972, if Sanders were to win the primaries despite what the polls and the politicos say, ‘72 could also provide a crucial lesson for Sanders the nominee. McGovern lost horribly,just absolutely crushed, in large part because he capitulated to the center after he secured the nomination. Sanders shouldn’t and won’t do that — and what McGovern lacked on the campaign stump, Sanders has in spades, drawing huge crowd after huge crowd. The ‘72 primary shows the path to a Sanders nomination. Then, thankfully for everyone hoping for a Trump defeat in 2020, the parallels stop.

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Summer League improves former UA guard’s play BY MARK LAWSON @MarkLawson_1

After one season between the NBA and G League, former Arizona standout Rawle Alkins is learning life in the NBA isn’t as glamorous as it can be made out to be. Alkins played two seasons for the Wildcats, averaging 13 points and 5 rebounds per game before forgoing his final two seasons to turn pro. Part of the draft class that included Deandre Ayton and Allonzo Trier, Alkins went undrafted before signing with the Chicago Bulls on a two-way contract. The grind of transitioning between the G League and the NBA, where he played 10 games last season, taught Alkins how to handle life away from college. “My mindset and just having a pro mindset,” he said of how he improved since leaving Arizona. “Day before games, resting up and not doing things, taking care of your body the right way — being a pro and not a

college athlete.” Alkins has since joined the Houston Rockets for Summer League, a team coached by another former Wildcat Matt Brase. Alkins is hoping to show how his style can fit with the Rockets, a team looking to run the floor and shoot the three. “They play positionless basketball and that’s something that I am,” Alkins said. “They switch positions 1-5, and with me being able to defend multiple spots, I feel like I can help be a good 3and D-guy and be aggressive.” Alkins had 6 points in 8 minutes his first game with the team, showcasing a little of what he could do in limited action. Much of what makes Summer League difficult is adjusting to playing with brand new teammates with almost no practice, something Alkins says makes playing hard that much more crucial. “I just made the most of the opportunity,” he said. “It’s still the



RAWLE ALKINS SHOOTS ONEhanded from the foul line during a 2018 open practice in Boise, Idaho.


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first game so coach is trying to figure lineups out. We’ve got guys who are already on the team, guys who are trying to make the team. We all just have to mingle and play hard.” With his NBA future up in the air, Alkins hopes to show teams during his time in Vegas that he isn’t necessarily a different player, but a much improved version of himself. “I want to show teams my aggressiveness and that I’m a better version of the same me,” Alkins said. “I’m not here to specifically show someone that I can shoot or attack the rim. I’m just going to be the same me, just a better version.” Alkins and the Rockets play three more times in Las Vegas before bracket play starts July 12. Teams are guaranteed five games, with potentially seven if they advance to the championship.


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Studio Art grad elaborates on her exhibition ‘Ecological Bodies and the Haptic Home’ Ellery Page is a recent honors graduate from the University of Arizona where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2D studio art with an emphasis in printmaking and a minor in creative writing. Her honors thesis focuses on the intersection of neuroscience, art and poetry BY MIKAYLA KABER @KaberMikayla

Paige’s exhibition is featured in the Lionel Rombach Art Gallery and is called “Ecological Bodies and the Haptic Home.” The Daily Wildcat sat down with Ellery Page to discuss her exhibition and her life as an artist. Daily Wildcat: With the integration of neuroscience in your exhibit, did you take classes in neuroscience? If so, did that contribute to the creation of this project? Ellery Page: I wanted to go to school originally for neuroscience and I took, I think, a class on it. But I have read a bunch of books, too, that are on neuroscience, like Bessel van de Kolk’s “The Body Keeps the Score.” DW: Where did you go to school before transferring to the UA? EP: I graduated high school here. Then I went to college in Denver for a year and a quarter, and I transferred here. When I transferred here, I changed my major to art, so I didn’t continue doing neuroscience classes. DW: Why did you change your major to art? EP: Well, I got freaked out about chemistry. I had to retest into it, and I just did not want to, at all. Then I accidentally fell in love with printmaking. I moved back home and I was really freaked out about going to school. So, I took a semester off, and then I freaked out about doing nothing so I got three jobs and took some classes at Pima. One of those classes was printmaking. I just ended up going to shop every day from [8 a.m. to 3 p.m.] and then going to work. I just loved it. DW: Have you been doing 2D art throughout your life? EP: Yeah. My mom even admitted

at one point that we were her artistic experiments, so I mildly blame my parents. I have always been doing it, but I never thought that’s what I would do in college. That kind of happened accidentally. DW: Is all of your art research-based like your exhibition or does it come from somewhere more personal? EP: I don’t think it is universally true for art, but I think that the work that I want to share does come from research. The other thing that I want to do is become a tattoo artist. So, like, that art would be for people who want the thing designed for them. It is not sharing that art with the public. I think it’s because I don’t want to talk about my personal self or identity. I think I want to talk about things that are collective issues or changes in perspective. I think those are the things I find most interesting to share. DW: What is your definition of art and what does it mean to you? EP: I think art for me means something that is impossible, by which I mean something that goes beyond. The sum of the parts go beyond the parts because you can never charge like an hourly wage to the hours you spend doing anything. Everything will take 10 times longer than you think it will. And I think to some degree, that is what I find beautiful about art. I think art can also be movement. A lot of contemporary art is moving towards these social change operations or reflections. I mean that, to some degree, is also an impossible thing. DW: How did you learn about this theory of Internal Family System, or the psychological theory that each individual is comprised of a collective of selves, that you based your work on? EP: I’ve always been interested in how the brain works. Part of that does come from having a mother with [posttraumatic stress disorder] and a dad who had some sort of brain incident


“Porous Hands” a cast-bronze sculture with wood created by Ellery page.

that changed his brain somehow. My mom was always super off and my dad was super distant. They are extremely opposite. That’s one of the reasons I was always interested in it. That’s why I did the research and that is how I found out about the multiple selves. I think there are a lot of different cool and interesting things that everyone realizes should be common knowledge when they go through any sort of psychology course or reckoning of some new endeavor of self reflection. It definitely started with me trying to understand the world around me. I think my mom is also a big inspiration because she is a complex and

wonderful human who has gone through a lot of PTSD related treatments and/or reactions. Its top-down (talking therapy), bottom-up (body-to mind, yoga), and then drugs (pharmaceuticals). DW: How does it feel to be in the gallery? EP: It feels awesome. I have had artwork in a café before, which was cool. It’s nice to see people interacting in front of your work. But having a space to which is dedicated for people to think about it and have that layer of respect in the atmosphere of the work is close to disbelief.

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An excerpt from one of Page’s books of poems titled “Circuitry.”


Scissors used to cut strings in the interactive exhibit “Diminishing Nueroplasticity.”


“Diminishing Nueroplasticity,” created with waxed Kitikata, string, brick, plaster and relief print.

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UA alumnus paves way for advanced prosthetics


A University of Arizona College of Medicine alumnus has played a significant role in the advancements of electronic prosthetics. Dr. Albert Chi, who graduated from the UA College of Medicine in 2003, was a trauma surgeon in the Navy Reserves when he saw firsthand the damage war can cause. “More than 80 percent of trauma experienced in combat are [the loss of ] upper and lower extremities,” Chi said at a presentation at Banner — University Medical Center on June 28. Upon returning from deployment, Chi began working at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. There, he met Johnny Matheny, a cancer survivor who lost his arm as a result of the disease. Together, Chi and Matheny would make history. In 2014, Matheny became the first person in the United States to undergo a successful osseointegration surgery. As defined by the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, osseointegration surgery is the “direct connection of bone to a metal implant.” Matheny’s surgery consisted of SADIE CRUZ | THE DAILY WILDCAT a metal rod being inserted into THROUGH A SPECIAL SURGERY known as targeted muscle reinnervation, Matheny is able to control his prosthetic like a normal arm. The prosthesis also connects to his humerus bone, which acted Wi-Fi and can be controlled by a phone app. as a stabilizer for his new robotic prosthesis. What makes Matheny’s Matheny’s prosthesis is partially creates a new cloud of the movement. quality of life for amputee patients, prosthesis unique is not just that controlled by his mind through the Then all I have to do is think of the military amputees are also returning it’s robotic. Matheny can control his TMR procedure, but the prosthesis also movement and it does it.” to action. According to Chi, less than prosthetic just as he could a normal relies on Wi-Fi to work at full capacity. Matheny’s prosthesis also has 3 percent of patients who lost a limb arm — with his mind. Matheny’s prosthesis connects to Widifferent modes that he can switch to while serving returned to active duty In order for Matheny to be able Fi through Bluetooth technology that in his app. Depending on the activity, in the 1980s. Now, that number has to control his prosthesis like a is inside the device, which can then Matheny can make his arm move at increased 16.5 percent. normal arm, Chi and his team at The be controlled through an app on his different speeds and forces. Chi also works with Enabling the Johns Hopkins Hospital performed phone. As prosthetics technology continues Future, an organization that offers what is known as targeted muscle Chi explained that Matheny’s to grow and improve, the quality of low-cost 3D-printed prostheses for reinnervation (TMR). According to prosthesis has different clouds in life for amputees also continues to amputees. At Enabling the Future, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, TMR its system. Those clouds represent improve. the 3D-printed prostheses can be “reassigns nerves that once controlled different physical movements that “Patients who undergo TMR customized, donated and recycled. the arm and the hand.” Matheny can just think of and the arm experience less phantom limb pain and The goal of Chi’s work with his By performing this procedure, will do. residual pain than those who don’t,” patients, veterans and Enabling the patients like Matheny, who have “I can go on my phone, open the Chi said. “We now offer TMR to all the Future amputees alike is to make their experienced arm amputations, can app and type in that I want to do a amputee patients we see.” lives better by giving them the ability to control their prostheses as they would thumbs-up,” Matheny said at the June Not only is the growing technology use the limbs they’ve lost. control a normal arm. 28 presentation. “When I type that in, it of prosthetics improving the general

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’Cats suffer rare miss of NBA draft success BY HARRISON MORENO @hmoreno7474

It was a quiet NBA draft for Wildcat fans this year. With no players going in either round this year, it was a stark contrast from the year prior, when Deandre Ayton went first overall to the Phoenix Suns. It marked the fourth time in the Sean Miller era that Arizona failed to produce an NBA draft pick. However, do not expect that trend to carry over into next season. Since 1988, the Wildcats have had a player drafted in the NBA 25 of those 31 years. Only six years (2007, 2006, 2003, 1996, 1992 and 1990) have they only had a player selected in second round and went 19 years with at least one first round pick. That is a very impressive resume for this “basketball” school. But what about the years that they didn’t produce any NBA talent through the draft? Looking at this past season, there are a few possible reasons as to why Arizona didn’t have a player drafted. The first would be the commitment then de-commitment of several highly touted recruits. Shareef O’Neal, the son of legendary NBA big man Shaquille O’Neal, and two other highly regarded recruits, Jahvon Quinerly and Brandon Williams, would de-commit from the program following NCAA investigations in November of 2017. Shareef O’Neal would eventually attend the University of Central Los Angeles, although he would miss his entire freshman season due to a serious heart condition requiring surgery, but he is expected to make a full recovery and continue to play. Williams eventually recommitted to Arizona in May 2018, but Quinerly attended Villanova University and recently announced he will be transferring to the University of Alabama next year. Before the season, Arizona was not sure what their team would look like with all the de-commitments. Sean Miller was quoted saying, “If you go

back as far as March or April of last year, I think we all kind of looked at it and said, ‘We’ll see who we have.’” The lack of talent translated over to the season. Looking at team statistics, they were near the bottom in many of the essential categories. They hit about 42.7 percent of their field goals, which was good for 270 of 353 teams. Their two-point and threepoint percentages were also near the bottom along with points per game and total team rebounds. In their own conference, it didn’t get much better. Most stats had them anywhere from No. 6 to No. 11 in the Pac-12. That simply will not get it done. Star power will not be the problem heading into next season, however. According to 24/7 Sports, Arizona will be putting the No. 3 recruiting class on the court this upcoming season, with that class holding the No. 1 spot for several months. Arizona will feature top 10 recruit Nico Mannion from Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Ariz. Mannion is the No. 9 recruit in the country and No. 1 at the point guard position. Not far behind Mannion is Josh Green of IMG Academy. Green is the No. 13 player in the nation and the third-rated small forward in the class. With rankings like that, as long as both players have strong, injury-free seasons, they could be considered as lottery picks in next year’s draft, and it would be shocking if either fell out of the first round. With this level of talent on the roster for next season, a deep run into the NCAA tournament will be expected of the Wildcats. With that long tournament run will come exposure for not only the top tier talents that the Wildcats will posses next year, but maybe a few others will receive the attention of NBA scouts, which could see them getting picked in the second round. This team will go as far as its stars will take them, and that will show come draft night next June.

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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA ALUMUS Joe Pagac unveils his new mural located on Campbell Avenue that portrays various giant whales swimming in the sky over the desert.

UA grad paints Tucson’s largest mural BY JAMIE DONNELLY @JamieRisa11

The man behind the animal cycling mural, the clownfish mural on 191 Toole and the multiple artist murals that pop up on the Rialto Theatre strikes again, and this time he’s outdoing himself. Joe Pagac, a University of Arizona alumnus, painted Tucson’s largest mural, located at 2320 N. Campbell Ave. The mural portrays giant whales swimming over a desert. “It’s the biggest mural I have ever done,” Pagac said. “It’s 5,000 square feet, so it’s the biggest mural in Tucson now.” Pagac has been painting full-time for about 15 years now. He was encouraged by one of his UA professors to pursue art as a career. “I took a drawing 101 class sophomore year and my professor pulled me aside and said that I should be an artist for a living because I was really good,” Pagac said. “So I switched majors and decided to pursue art.” Pagac, along with three other artists, were commissioned by Banner – University Medical Center to paint five new murals in efforts to beautify Tucson. “Banner Health was looking to do a number of beautification murals around the city and I was one of the artists contacted to help paint it,” Pagac said. Chad Whelan, CEO of Banner UMC, said in a press release that Tucson’s murals contribute to its culture. “The city’s vibrant arts scene and colorful murals are part of what makes Tucson special,” Whelan said. “We were looking for relaxing artwork that speaks to

health, healing and togetherness.” According to Pagac, ICU Art, a group that comes out of Los Angeles, also helped put the whole project together. “They had five different murals go up at the same time, so ICU Art works with us to coordinate everything, make sure it went smoothly and make sure Banner got the look they were looking for from each mural,” Pagac said. ICU Art is a media and production company that specializes in murals. According to Stash Maleski, who runs ICU Art, they have artists all around the country design and paint murals for the company. Maleski had done a few murals in Tucson and worked with artists in Phoenix but was interested in finding more artists in Tucson. After talking to people at Banner UMC, Maleski was able to start working on the project. “We found the murals’ locations, the artists and I helped with the design and production process of painting the murals,” Maleski said. The wall of what used to be a Bookmans now features giant whales swimming over cacti and mountains. Pagac had already designed the artwork on the wall prior to this project and was looking for funding to paint it. With Banner UMC’s help, he was able to paint something massive. “It’s kind of a nod to Wyland who used to paint a lot of whales and stuff like that back in the ‘80s and a little bit of a nod to Fantasia with the whales swimming,” Pagac said. “I thought that it would be fun to have just out above the desert so they are going to be swimming over cactus and mountains.”

With its bright colors, nice scenery and massive whales, the mural is hard to miss. “I think it’s great,” Maleski said. “I thought it was very original, refreshing and eye popping.” This is the first mural where Pagac hasn’t used a single brush. He said that he has painted the whole mural using a Wagner paint sprayer he got from The Home Depot. Pagac has been going out and painting every morning until the weather gets the best of him. In order to beat the heat, Pagac said he dumps six gallons of water on him. “Just getting up every morning at 4 a.m. and then going out and working until it’s too hot to be out there anymore,” Pagac said. “When I run out of water, that’s when I go home.” Spanning 5,000 square feet, Pagac’s mural is the largest in Tucson. Having already held the title from a previous mural, Pagac has beaten himself. “It feels good,” Pagac said. “I already had the largest mural so I just outdid myself. When I had painted the other largest mural that felt really good.” The various murals around Tucson offer the community a fresh, vibrant feel in comparison to simply old buildings. Pagac believes that murals are important to the Tucson community because they are able to beautify everyone’s commute. “I think it’s really good to pull people out of their daily grind,” Pagac said. “I think a lot of architecture now is very gray, square and uninteresting, so it’s really good to have these kinds of decorative flourishes as people make their way through the city.”

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Gabe York shoots to improve in Summer League BY MARK LAWSON @marklawson_1

NBA Summer League is arguably the biggest event for young players looking to secure a roster spot in the NBA. Not only is it the first opportunity for rookies to showcase their talents under the bright lights, it is an opportunity for players who don’t know what team they will be on next season to make a name for themselves. For former University of Arizona guard Gabe York, it was an opportunity he wasn’t sure he would even be able to get. York finished his stellar career at the UA ranking fifth all-time in three-point field goals in a season and a career, as well as tied for fifth in wins. A Pac-12 All-Conference second team selection his senior season, he has since gone on to play in the G League and overseas, where he ran into potential issues getting cleared to play in Las Vegas. York signed with AEK Athens, a club within the Greek Basket League. He would remain under contract until June 15, at which point the club was supposed to send a letter of clearance for him to be able to practice and

play with the Orlando Magic during Summer League. “The team didn’t send it to me and it took two and a half days for the Orlando to get it,” York said. “During that time, I didn’t practice, so it made it tough for me to get in the lineup because Orlando has a system in place.” The limited practice time has made York’s playing time scarce so far, as he did not play in Orlando’s first game and recorded just three minutes in their second game. Despite the lack of playing time so far, York remains one of the first ones up off the bench cheering his team on and is hopeful he is able to showcase his ability after averaging 16.4 points last season in the G League. “I’m just trying to stay positive for my teammates,” he said. “Hopefully these next couple games I’m able to get in there and showcase what I can do.” While the experience overseas almost ruined the opportunity in Las Vegas for York, it allowed him to work on different aspects of his game. While the G League season lasts from November until as late as April, most



GABE YORK OVERJOYED AS he holds framed jersey after Senior Day hosted at the McKale Memorial Center on March 5, 2016. York scored 32 points during his final game.

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American players are only brought overseas for a couple of months into teams that have players and systems already set in place. “For me, it was more understanding the difference in playing a full season and knowing who I was on that team,” York said. “In Lakeland, I was one of the main guys, then I go over to Greece and I’m a role player. Only being there two months, guys were there eight or nine months. Guys knew the system they had in place, so for me to come in and try to figure that out was probably the biggest difference.” While the landscape of college basketball changes every year and players continue to transfer when things don’t work out right away, York is an example of how staying the course can pay off in the long run. A top-50 recruit coming out of Orange Lutheran High School in California, York only played in 15 games as a freshman, potentially looking to transfer and finish his career elsewhere. York decided to stay, and became a key player on Arizona’s Elite Eight team the next season. “I think when you don’t get that opportunity right away, kids start to

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second guess and wonder if they made the right decision,” York said. “When you transfer somewhere, you have to sit out that next year where you might have been able to play for that team you were on anyway. I knew I was good enough to play at Arizona but had to wait my turn and trust that what I was doing was working. I definitely think kids leave way too early just because they weren’t getting what they got in high school, but college is a lot different. Everyone on that college team was the man at their high school. You have to be calm and understand that your time is coming.” York is tied for the record of most three-pointers made in a game at McKale Memorial Center with nine, a record that could be in danger this season with the addition of graduate transfer Max Hazzard. Hazzard, the brother of York’s former UA teammate Jacob Hazzard, hit 10 in a game last season, something York is rooting for this year. “I could’ve had like 12 or 13 if Coach [Miller] didn’t take me out with six minutes left,” York said jokingly. “I don’t know too much about him, but if he’s a good shooter I give him all the love and support. Records are meant to be broken.”


GABE YORK THROWING DOWN a powerful dunk during a basketball game at the McKale Memorial Center, showing his capable strength as a guard.

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casita for rent Casita for Rent. Private house available Aug 01 in midtown (610 sqft. / $1075 utilities included ex‑ cept Electric) behind a vintage pink adobe home, across from Randolph Park near Refkin Ten‑ nis center, a block from El Con shopping center, 3.5 miles from the UA. This gem is split between the open plan living area and kitchen (400 sqft) and the bed‑ room/bathroom (210 sqft). The kitchen has plenty of cupboards, painted cement counter tops and a storage closet/pantry. 2016 mini‑ split AC. The covered shaded porch runs the length of the casita (300 ft) and contains brand new WD set. The yard is completely fenced (block some chain/wooden gates) and there is one off‑street parking spot. There is a working tandoori oven, solar water heater, water storage tank, fruit trees. Re‑ quired: 1yr lease, 2x rent as de‑ posit, per pet deposit. Contact Pamela:

room for rent on Lee and Vine. All utilities included starting at $600. Call 520‑398‑5738

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sol Y luna APARTMENT FOR RENT!! 5 bedroom ‑ 3 bathroom ‑ floors 10‑13. $975 per month and current rent rate is $1025. GRAB IT NOW!! IT’S A BARGAIN! Contact me at 415/314‑6076.

‘74 mBg roadster Newer Green exterior paint, honey‑tan in‑ terior, soft top & head rests, 3 point seat belts, modern radio – Drives & Handles GREAT. Asking $10,950 ‑ Call Lou: 520‑240‑4818 for details, to view and drive.

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