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Registrar deems drop fee a success

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By Marissa Freireich ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT The new drop fee implemented this semester seems to be effective, according to preliminary data from the Office of the Registrar released at the Undergraduate Council meeting on Wednesday evening. Of the number of classes students dropped within the first four weeks of this semester, 76 percent were dropped during the first week of classes. “The overwhelming majority of

drops happened in the first week,” said Beth Acree, the registrar. “We certainly hope they were encouraged to drop earlier than usual (because of the fee),” she said. Under the new policy, students are charged $25 for each course they drop beginning the second week of classes and continuing until the last day of classes, according to the Office of the Registrar’s Web site. Exceptions to the fee include section changes, department drops, summer and winter courses, classes with special

start and end dates and complete withdrawal from the university. The new drop fee generated an estimated $134,775 as of Oct. 2. This money, which has been placed in a separate account, will be put toward increasing seat availability, although no specific plans have been made for the money yet. In addition to the changes in WebReg activity, the lines for schedule changes in the registration DROP, page A3

UA helps create 3-D map of universe By Carly Kennedy ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT Astronomers plan to gain insight into the existence of the‘mysterious’dark matter by creating the first three-dimensional map of the universe, a project lead by UA astronomer Daniel Eisenstein. The project, known as BOSS — Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey — is the chief component of

the overall Sloan Digital Sky Survey III. Now in its third generation, the survey will build on past maps of the universe to formulate the biggest and best three-dimensional map yet. “We will take the original imaging from the SDSS and use better spectroscopy to push the boundaries of the map out further to map a larger volume of the universe,” said Eisenstein, the director of the survey. ”It will have about seven times

more volume than the previous survey.” The team uses the 2.5 meter Sloan Foundation telescope located at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. Although the telescope is modest in size, the field of view is unlike any other, covering about 36 times the area of the full moon. BOSS will survey baryon oscillation, which is the distribution of galaxies throughout the universe, through a relatively new and extremely sensitive

optical-infrared spectrograph located on the telescope. In the early history of the universe, the immense heat caused protons and neutrons, also known as “baryons,” to combine with light from the Big Bang to form oscillations — similar to sound waves. Eisenstein explained it’s like throwing a rock into a pond. The ripples that move outwards are like the baryonic oscillations

For those who find themselves at odds with an unruly landlord or who have a question regarding a misdemeanor charge, Associated Students of the University of Arizona offers free legal consultation to all current UA students. ASUA legal adviser Susan Ferrell has been advising students on legal issues for the better part of two decades. “I see my primary service to be helping students succeed in school by alleviating their legal worries,” Ferrell said. She said in a given week she advises about 50 students on issues ranging from misdemeanor charges to felonies. While Ferrell cannot legally represent students in court, she can point students in the best direction to take when faced with a legal charge or when trying to get out of a lease. “One of the biggest problems I see is when students are taken advantage of by their landlords,” she said. “Students often come to me in regards to getting back a security deposit.” In addition, Ferrell said it is fairly common for landlords to go after the credit of students’ parents after the students opt out of a lease. “Unfortunately, it’s a fairly successful business practice,” she said. Another common case that Ferrell addresses on a regular basis is students who have been charged with a minor in possession of alcohol or marijuana. She said students generally fall into one of two categories. Either they think one minor in possession charge will put them behind bars or they have received 3 or 4 minor in possession charges and don’t know what to do, she said.



City Council candidate Karin Uhlich

By Will Ferguson ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT Ward 3 representative Karin Uhlich is running for reelection to the Tucson City Council in the Nov. 3 primary election.The Daily Wildcat sat down with Uhlich to discuss her campaign and her previous work with the university. Uhlich said retention of university graduates will have an important role in stimulating the local economy. In terms of economic development, she emphasized local businesses supporting private industry through development fees rather than raising taxes on local residents. Q: What do you perceive to be the relationship between the university and the city council? A: I think it’s improving and there is a lot of fertile ground ahead of us in terms of partnerships and collaboration. … The university and students are an important part of the city and we need to make sure that students, when they come to Tucson, feel like a part of Tucson and not separate from what is happening. Q: Have you done any specific collaboration work with the university over the last few years?

A: Yes, we have really done some great projects together. Some of them have had to do with addressing the tensions between residents around the university and students living in those neighborhoods. We have done a couple things with the fraternity and sorority groups and some of the service organizations. For example, we had a great cleanup project where students, to their credit, volunteered time to go through the neighborhoods and do some cleanup. We also hang door hangers on all doors around the university so students aren’t caught off guard. We don’t want students to ask, “What’s a red tag?” It’s not fair to hold people to a standard when they aren’t informed. So we have done a lot of work to make sure information gets to students. Q: You’ve been in office in Tucson since 2005. How does your track record show that you are the right woman for the job? A: Well, first of all I want to be judged on my record. I made certain promises when I ran for office and I believe I have delivered on them. I can share a few those with you. One of those was that meth was a big

Karen Uhlich explains her goals if she is re-elected to the Tucson City Council. Uhlich said the latest presidential election showed change and that in order for change to keep occurring, students need to vote.

problem in Tucson in 2005. I pushed for passing a law that pulled Sudafed products off of shelves. It’s a necessary ingredient for meth. The attorney general and the state have acknowledged that this ordinance alone has really helped to prevent home meth labs from springing up. The second thing was making sure that as Tucson grows and develops we have impact fees that development pays instead of burdening residents with more taxes and fees. So basically I campaigned on making growth pay for itself. Q: Public safety is an issue that concerns students. If elected, what are your plans to lower the crime rate? A: We have made good progress on this but we aren’t done. Violent crime is actually down in Tucson by 20 percent since 2005. Property crime is down 7 percent since 2005. That’s a good trend, but we have to keep moving in that direction. A lot of that has to do with a community policing model. You can’t arrest the problem away. It boils down to teaching people how to keep themselves safer.

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Let’s talk a little bit about the world’s favorite game — soccer. (Pauses) Um, OK. Do you like soccer? I’ve never played soccer before or anything like that.

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Well, do you like watching games in person or on TV? Sure, I guess. Why not? Then you must be excited for Wednesday’s big game, huh? Sure. (Laughs) You don’t even know who’s playing, do you? No, I don’t know. The U.S. has a World Cup Qualifier (game) against Costa Rica and if they win they’ll be first place in the group. Oh. (Pauses) OK. See, nobody really knows about this. Why do you think people in America really don’t care that much about soccer? It’s not the most interesting sport to watch, really.

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Man snuggling sleepily with corpse in closet draws police HOUSTON, Texas — A Houston man found asleep with a corpse inside a closet of a vacant home has been charged with misdemeanor drug offenses, authorities said Monday. Cody Jean Plant, 21, was discovered Sunday after the owner of the house reported hearing voices and seeing signs of forced entry at the home in Cypress, about 25 miles northwest of Houston, according to a Harris County Precinct 4 Constable official. Authorities did not immediately release the dead man’s identity.

“There were two guys in the closet. They appeared to be sleeping, one was snoring and the other was deceased,� said Assistant Chief Deputy Mark Herman. “It appeared that they were doing some sort of narcotics, at least the one that they woke up.� Plant was charged with one count of possession of a dangerous drug and two counts of possession of a controlled substance of more than three grams and less than 28 grams. All are punishable by up to a year in jail. It was not immediately

Girl: Is this the kind with the alcohol? Because it tastes better with the alcohol. Guy: Everything tastes better with alcohol. That’s all they teach you at the U of A.

Or at least to get you to watch it? (Pauses) Let me think. (Laughs) They could ‌ I don’t know. I think it’s just not really advertised enough. Like, I don’t really know what they could do better, though. Maybe have more games on ESPN or something? Yeah, that could work maybe. It might, but the David Beckham thing really didn’t work out either. Yeah, that was pretty bad.

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TORONTO — Art experts believe they have identified a new Leonardo da Vinci — in part by examining a fingerprint on the canvas. Peter Paul Biro, a Montreal-based forensic art expert, said Tuesday a fingerprint on what was presumed to be a 19th-century German painting of a young woman has convinced art experts that it’s actually a da Vinci. Biro said Canadian-born art collector Peter Silverman bought “La Bella Principessa� at auction in 1997 for about $19,000. One London art dealer now says it’s worth over $150 million. If experts are correct, it will be the first major work by da Vinci to be identified in 100 years. Biro said the print of an index or middle finger was found on the painting and that it matched a fingerprint from da Vinci’s St Jerome in the Vatican. Biro examined 3-D images of the painting taken by the Luminere Technology laboratory in Paris. The lab used a special 3-D digital scanner to show successive layers of the work. “Leonardo used his hands liberally and frequently as part of his painting technique. His fingerprints are found on many of his works,� Biro said. “I was able to make use of multispectral images to make a little smudge a very readable fingerprint.� Technical, stylistic and material composition evidence also point to it being a da Vinci. Biro said there’s strong consensus among art experts that it is a da Vinci painting. “I would say it is priceless. There aren’t that many Leonardo’s in existence,� Biro said. He said he had heard that one London dealer felt it could be worth 100 million British pounds (more than $150 million). Asked what Silverman’s reaction was when he found out about the fingerprint, Biro said:“There was already a fairly good consensus about the piece before I was asked to consult on this case. Peter’s reaction was that the fingerprint was the icing on the cake. Those were his words.� — The Associated Press

Anyway, do you want the U.S. to beat Costa Rica or do you even care? Yeah, I want them to win.

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I don’t think it gets enough love as a sport. The game is 90 minutes long and there’s only three subs allowed; that’s longer than football and basketball. Yeah, that’s true. I guess they have to be pretty good athletes.

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Why, just because it’s typically low scoring? Kind of, yeah. I guess.

What do you think soccer could do to get more popular in the U.S.? Um (pauses) ‌ (inhales deeply)

clear what kind of drugs Plant allegedly had in his possession. Plant also had been charged with abuse of a corpse after prosecutors alleged he treated the body“in an offensive manner,� but that charge was dropped Monday during a probable cause hearing. Plant remained in the Harris County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail Monday. Jail officials did not know Monday night whether Plant had an attorney.

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Registrar hopes drop fee will free up seats in classes

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office were also reduced from years past, said Acree. “I think students for the most part understood the reasoning behind the new policy — that it was to try to free up seats in classes,” she said. “Students seemed to be more stable.” Both Acree and Dr. George Gehrels, a professor in the geosciences department and Undergraduate Council co-chair, stressed that they will be able to draw more conclusions once they are able to compare the data to that of years past. “A critical thing is how it compares to previous semesters,” Gehrels said. The Office of Institutional Research and Planning Support is preparing a report for the Undergraduate Council that will compare the WebReg activity from this semester to past semesters. Overall, Acree called the findings

“fairly encouraging.” “Even without that data, I think we are certain that it was successful and helpful and so we will definitely continue it in the future,” she said. As of about one week ago, 59 students had appealed the $25 drop charge. Acree said 44 of these appeals were approved because the students dropped the classes for an approved reason, such as a section change. Gehrels said the Undergraduate Council will discuss the data with members of the administration and consider if one week is an appropriate amount of time for the deadline. Gehrels said he hopes the new policy will encourage students to drop classes earlier to avoid the fee. “That would help other students tremendously,” he said.

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Map could reveal dark matter

in the universe. Four hundred thousand years down the road, it was finally cool enough to stop the spread of the waves — and what is left serves as a measuring stick for how much the early universe has expanded. “For instance, if we listened to a thunderstorm and a lightning strike, we know by counting the seconds until we hear the thunder how far away that storm is,”he said. The team confirms that measuring the baryon oscillations will ultimately help determine how dark energy affected the expansion of the early universe. The process of the survey starts with pointing the telescope at a specific point in the sky and placing an aluminum plate, resembling a flying saucer, on the focal point. The light then comes off the primary light source, up to the secondary mirror and then back down to make an image. The plate collects that image and a member of the team drills a small hole in the exact place where an object was spotted, then inserts an optical fiber into the hole. Team officials explained each aluminum sheet is drilled and designed for a specific part of the sky, and the survey team will use more than 3,000 plates throughout the survey. “The holes are extremely precise and the fibers we use have the diameter of a 10th the diameter of a human strand of hair,”explained Eisenstein. The light will then come down the fiber and go to the spectrograph in a very

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The Sloan Digital Sky Survey is located on Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico.

ordered location. The spectrograph is a box about the size of a large table. From the map, astronomers can actually see clusters of galaxies and infer where dark matter is present. Scientists have confirmed dark matter tends to follow where galaxies are. “The universe is very lumpy and galaxies are positive tracers of dark matter,” said Eisenstein. “When we see clustering on our map, it is safe to say that the clustering is due to dark matter that gets imprinted into the early universe.” The survey is still in the very beginning stages, but the team said enough data will be gathered in the next couple of weeks to start in on the science

projects. But for the project to gather enough data to actually see the acoustic oscillations will take about a year. The survey officials say the remarkable thing about the project is that it is able to survey many objects at one time; when they take one spectrum, they are actually taking thousands of spectra simultaneously. It will continue taking data for the next five years and put out data releases every step of the way. In fact, most of the images from GoogleSky are provided from the survey project. “We aren’t the first map of the sky, but we are the best map,” Eisenstein said.

Adviser counsels students about minor legal woes

“You have to put a misdemeanor in perspective,” she said. “Some students get so obsessed they forget about school.” Ferrell explained that for a first misdemeanor offense, students are offered the option to take a diversion program either through the Dean of Students Office or through the city court system.


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For more serious cases and felonies, students are generally appointed an outside attorney, she said. However, Ferrell said she has advised students on severe legal issues over the course of her career. For example, one time a man came in and said he was being investigated for child pornography. “He wanted legal advice on

whether or not he could leave the country,” she said. Whether students have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, or are in need of general legal consultation, Ferrell is available to meet with students by appointment Monday through Friday at her office on the third floor of the Student Union Memorial Center.

Council candidate focuses on safety, infrastructure

Q: What are your plans to incentivize development between the university and city? A: We have been doing a lot of work with the university on two main things. First, the streetcar connection between the UA and downtown. Transit is a key thing. The other thing has to do with student housing. I think we need more students living downtown. We want it to be easy for them to hop on the rail and get to campus. In addition, we are talking with the university about relocating some of their departments down-

town. Landscape architecture is one school where we have identified a building that we think could be a good fit. Hopefully, we will begin the process of moving the school to the Walgreens building downtown in the next couple of years. Q: City infrastructure — do you have a specific plan for fixing roads around campus? A: It has been a huge challenge, especially with this budget downturn. Public safety is our numberone priority. We insulated public safety from cuts when the economy tanked, therefore we had to

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suspend some of our street paving due to limited resources. Impact fees help to some extent because anytime there is new development an additional fee is charged to the developer. The fees are based on the cost of any roadway improvements and additional parks that might be needed to accommodate new residents. We need those resources, every other city in Arizona and many cities across the country utilize this system. It’s a real common way of keeping up on infrastructure.



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MAILBAG Police Beat should not release identities of suspects

I am writing to express my opinion regarding the recent mass theft of Daily Wildcat copies. I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments so far expressed by the Daily Wildcat’s staff as well as university administrators. The theft was an inexcusable affront to the freedom of the press so obviously necessary to a free society. There are many better ways than premeditated theft to deal with an undeservedly unflattering Police Beat write-up. I am ashamed of the Phi Kappa Psi members whom I know personally, and offended that an officially sanctioned campus organization would stoop so low. However, this childish act obscures one even more reprehensible. When Enlightenment thinkers formulated the concept of freedom of the press, they did so in recognition of the important social function served by the press. That function does not require the leveling of unsubstantiated accusations of serious crimes against anyone. The decision to include the name and address of Phi Kappa Psi in the police report serves no purpose other than to demonize the organization and the men who are a part of it. A close older family member of mine once wrote your Police Beat, so I am aware of its long history and the important purpose it serves. However, it would not have been difficult to simply omit the name of the fraternity in question until the police and the judicial system settle the matter. I am aware that the Police Beat comes directly from Tucson police sources, however

by publishing it the Daily Wildcat attaches its name to its content and is therefore responsible for it. Rape is an extremely serious crime, and one must be certain it occurred before publicly accusing a group of young men of it and possibly destroying their reputations. In other words, a free press is important, but so is that other guarantee of our cherished Constitution: the presumption of innocence. If you are contacted by Phi Kappa Psi in the coming days demanding a retraction of stories linking them to the theft, do not give in. It is well within your mission to report their involvement. However, it is equally your duty to apologize for your baseless accusation of rape. Yuan Xin Mathematics freshman Editor’s Note: The Police Beat in question, printed Oct. 8, reported that a woman said she was possibly drugged at a Phi Kappa Psi party, not that she was raped.

Columnist should not attack U.S. military

I am a terrorist and a savage. I didn’t know this until I read Gabriel Matthew Schivone’s article, “Anniversary of U.S. bombing of Afghanistan reveals unchanged U.S. brand carnage,” published on Oct. 7, 2009. I confess that I went to the “disaster” that is Iraq and helped rebuild infrastructure there. I confess that I trained to deploy to the “quagmire” that is Afghanistan (wait, was not Iraq the “quagmire” just last year?)

in preparation to support a providential rebuilding team in that country. I confess that I trained to kill those that would do me and my country harm. I am a terrorist and a savage. Or, perhaps I should speak the truth. I am not a terrorist nor a savage; I am a veteran of the United States Armed Services, and I served honorably when called upon by my nation to serve. I met Iraqis that swore to me that our presence was a blessing from Allah. I met a man who was trained as a physical therapist under Saddam Hussein’s reign who thanks me and the United States for freeing him so he could earn not a few hundred dollars a month as a physical therapist, but a few thousand dollars as a supervisor in a concrete plant supplying materials for rebuilding of his country under the watch and protection of the United States. I also know friends, coworkers and supervisors who continue this work in Afghanistan, protecting and rebuilding that country. I am insulted and appalled that the Daily Wildcat would publish this article. While I do agree that there is more we can do to prevent civilian casualties in these two wars, calling the very men and women who defend your right to publish this paper “terrorists” and “savages” is not the way to protest the war. Next time you want to critique military policy, stick to the facts, and stay away from personal attacks against those that defend the greatest nation on Earth. Robert Rosinski, Senior Airman, USAF Undeclared freshman

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he constant absence of a resident assistant would relieve any irresponsible dorm resident. If your RA typically goes away on the weekends or frequently sleeps over at a friend’s house, you have a good chance of getting away with drinking alcohol in the dorms and being rowdy at late hours of the night, even though there are other RAs roaming the halls in addition to the RA on duty.   Perhaps this is why all the girls in my Coronado Residence Hall wing absolutely loved our RA. The majority of my hallmates partied seven nights a week, and they’d return to the halls in a blatantly inebriated state, but these 18- and 19-year-olds didn’t worry about getting into trouble because our RA was never around to write them up.   Somewhere along the line, she was dubbed the “coolest RA ever,” and it was only because she didn’t do her job. Instead of staying in her dorm room, this RA spent most nights at her boyfriend’s house, which was, of course, off campus.   Part of the RA job is to live in the hall you’re assigned to, so failing to do that violates one of the most significant position expectations. On page four of the 2008-2009 Resident Assistant Agreement contract, residents agree that,“I may spend a maximum of two weekends away from the hall per month, which must be approved in advance by the Community Director. I am expected to spend all other nights in my room.”  I’ll venture to say that it’s worse for an RA to basically live elsewhere than to turn a blind eye to underage drinking in the dorms. Some RAs abuse the right to free weekends or dishonor the contract, and unfortunately, the Community Director has no way of knowing this unless a resident speaks up and essentially rats out his RA.    Not only does the seemingly careless RA neglect the residents, but he or she takes advantage of Residence Life, which provides all RAs with housing. If the RA isn’t paying rent or staying in the halls most of the time, he is using his room as storage space and leaving residents out in the cold.   The Residence Life Mission Statement follows:“We cultivate safe and educational residential communities to spark student success.” How can Residence Life maintain safe residential communities if even one RA rarely makes appearances in his or her designated hall?   As an out-of-state freshman, I had serious issues assimilating to college life at the beginning of the school year, and it would have been nice to have my RA around to help. One evening in October, I was convinced I had appendicitis, so I knocked on my RA’s door to no avail. There was no one in my wing who I trusted enough to help me, so it was extremely disheartening to learn that my RA had chosen to spend yet another night at her boyfriend’s house at the beginning of the school year, when vulnerable freshmen generally need a lot of help. According to the UA Residence Life Web site, college students reported lack of sleep, difficulty falling asleep, stress, colds and flu, feeling depressed, anxiety and worry about family or friends as the top health-related problems most likely to hinder their academic performance. Residents experiencing any of these issues should be able to easily contact their RA for guidance. One can argue that it’s not an RA’s job to parent his residents. Most college-age residents are adults anyway, and acclimating to dorm life is a small stepping stone to growing up. Even so, there’s a reason why RAs are needed in every hall, and they are expected to do more than just catch illegal activity.   An RA should be enthusiastic about the task he has undertaken. It’s sad to think an RA would only accept the position to save money on housing, even though some students need to be an RA in order to afford other college expenses. Regardless, the RA should still want to be semi-involved in the residents’lives.   The Resident Assistant Agreement states that“availability is a prerequisite to fulfilling RA job responsibilities.”It should be a given that an RA will be flexible and for the most part available, and failing to fulfill this basic requirement speaks to the RA’s inability to commit to residents.   As earlier stated, RAs may only be held accountable for this if they are reported, so it’s important for residents to take this neglect seriously and say something. So, hall residents, don’t let this kind of thing slide. There’s no reason why an RA should get paid housing and a meal plan allowance if he is just going to take the free food and use the room as a free storage unit.   — Laura Donovan is the opinions editor. She can be reached at

Discarding doctors to save ourselves Chris Ward columnist


ith all the hubbub about health care, especially the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute study on how much money is wasted — $1.2 trillion each year — I started thinking about the future of health care and ways to rein in useless spending. I recently ran out of allergy medication, so Walgreens called my doctor to get my refill. I agreed, but the next day, I found out my doctor refused to refill it, and soon after I got a call from one of his nurses telling me the doctor wanted to see me in his office before refilling it. Why? What sense does that make? It’s not as if my allergies have been suddenly cured and I no longer need that medication, so why force me to pay a $20 co-pay and charge my insurance company roughly $200 for a five-minute visit? Is this visit supposed to benefit my health and general well-being, or is it to pay staff and bills? This led me to look specifically at doctors and how much people use them. Of course doctors will never be obsolete. The human body is far too complex to not have people who study it at length and in depth, but I believe their place in society is changing with the evolution of technology by leaps and bounds. There is a supposed shortage of primary care physicians in America, but I think that is a result of doctors becoming unnecessary. With the wealth of information on the Internet, someone can literally learn more about their illness than their family doctor knows. Web sites like WebMD, Health Central, Centers for Disease Control, Merck Medical Library, etc. are available for people to get up-to-date and comprehensive medical information on thousands of diseases and disorders. Most physicians feel like they have to specialize in order to

make money, and it’s sadly true. The financial investment required to become a doctor is staggering, but so are the salaries if a student chooses a specialty, and therein lies the problem. Doctors don’t become doctors just because they want to help people. I’m not trying to pick on doctors, but this is a fact that seems to be true for many service professions including lawyers, accountants, financial planners, dentists, etc. People pursue these jobs for the paycheck without thinking that the foundation of these jobs is helping people. I personally love going to see my doctor. He’s an apparent victim of being too good at his job. I love making an appointment for 3 p.m. and waiting for 45 minutes before getting a room, and another 30 before being seen by a doctor who stands up and starts shiftily working his way toward the door after about 3 minutes of talking to me. I just get an inferiority complex whenever I talk to doctors, probably because of their usually massive superiority complex. I get it, you know way more than I do. Congratulations! It’s through this knowledge that doctors have the power to be a tremendous help to people, but instead they seem to get a kick out of withholding as much information as possible. Not only do doctors seem to purposely provide the shortest possible answers to questions, but I’ve even had a doctor suggest that I go research something on the

internet. Thanks for all the help, Doc! Perhaps it’s our responsibility to take more of an interest in our health and not be afraid to attempt self-treatments or home remedies. We should believe in what our bodies tell us and try to improve our own situations rather than relying on health care to treat things like allergies, obesity, asthma, diabetes, intestinal troubles, etc. that can be controlled perfectly well by an educated and diligent person taking practical steps toward better health and using over-the--counter medications. In another attempt at self-treatment, I had walking pneumonia. I’d had it before, so I called the doctor’s office and said, “I have pneumonia.” Next thing I know, my antibiotics are ready at the pharmacy — no appointment needed, and no wasted time or money. I may be young, but I can recognize when I have strep, pneumonia, pink eye, the flu, infections, food poisoning or stomach bugs, and the steps I can take to treat myself without an unnecessary trip to the doctor. I also understand when a trip to urgent care might be in order. While specialists will always be necessary and offer medical students the best opportunities to make a living, self treatment is going to be an important part of health care in the future and offer an alternative to general practitioners who are becoming increasingly irrelevant.

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— Christopher Ward is a junior majoring in English. He can be reached at


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How great of a sports city is Tucson? COMMENTARY By Lance Madden


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Sophomore safety Robert Golden is brought down by a Husky offensive player after Golden intercepted quarterback Jake Locker’s pass in the first half of Saturday’s loss to Washington in Seattle. Moving from cornerback to safety, Golden is beginning to grasp seeing the defense from another position.

By Brian Kimball ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT At the start of football season, Robert Golden had a lot to live up to. The highly-touted recruit played primarily on special teams in 2008 as a freshman but was expected to be a big-time playmaker as a starter for the UA defense in 2009. But his impact wasn’t as noticeable as he would have hoped after the first few games of the season. Golden switched from cornerback to safety, and that transition can take longer to adjust to than other position changes.

“(The slow start) was just getting used to the position, getting comfortable out there, you know? Our linebackers and our two corners, they’ve been playing great ball so I wasn’t (getting) that much action,” Golden said. “But the (Pacific 10 Conference schedule) just started so I know I’m going to get opportunities to make some good plays. I’m just eager for that to come around.” Luckily for Golden, he has a lot of experience at his disposal. UA head coach Mike Stoops and defensive coordinator Mark Stoops both played safety at the University of Iowa in the 1980s. Both coaches

are also admittedly tougher on their defensive backs than most other players. Senior co-captain Cam Nelson also started his career as a cornerback before switching to safety. Before the start of the season, Nelson offered some advice to Golden. “I just told him that it was going to be a little rough and to try and take coaching as best as possible and just work on your open-field tackling,” Nelson said.“That’s the biggest thing in the transition from corner to safety, especially as a boundary corner, because you don’t have too much room to tackle a guy in a tight

spot. As a safety, there’s a lot more ground to cover.” Golden heard that advice loud and clear. He kept working hard in practice and maintained a positive attitude despite not playing up to his potential. Wildcat fans saw a glimpse of what Golden can be capable of against Washington last Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound sophomore recorded four tackles, snagged the first interception of his collegiate career and had a bigger impact on the game than the stat sheet suggested.

Gearing up for Gerhart By Brian Kimball ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT Any team that plays Stanford during the 2009 season has one thing in common — a headache from figuring out how to slow down running back Toby Gerhart. Despite what the Cardinal’s 4-2 record (3-1 Pacific 10 Conference) might indicate, no team has really figured out how to do that. Six games into his season, Gerhart ranks fourth in rushing yards per game nationally with 124.33 and is tied for third in the country with 10 touchdowns. The senior from Norco, Calif., is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate and commands every opposing team’s full attention. It’s been that way for a while. Arizona defensive end Ricky Elmore grew up in California and said Gerhart had the Arizona men’s tennis player Andres Carrasco returns a ball coming his way during Tuesday’s practice at the LaNelle Robson tennis facility. Carrasco got compliments from tennis star Andy Murray for his impersonations of various professional tennis players that he displyed on YouTube. Gordon Bates/ Arizona Daily Wildcat

same bruising style during high school. “He’s just a hard runner and he plays with a lot of heart,” Elmore said. “Anytime he gets the ball he won’t stop until he’s on the ground. He’ll fight for every yard he gets.” Other teams’ defenses might work even harder than usual when suiting up against Gerhart. This season, Gerhart is averaging 5.3 yards on each of his 140 carries. Listed at 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, Gerhart smashes straight into opposing defenders time after time to wear them down. He’s already carried the ball two-thirds as many times as last season with six games left to play. And there’s no sign that he’s slowing down. Gerhart has gained more than 100 yards rushing in four out of six games and scored at least two touchdowns in four contests this season. Even if the

opposing team knows Gerhart is getting the ball, it’s still hard to stop him. “He’s just such a talented running back. It’s not just his size. He’s a nice, unique runner and just the way he bounces off tacklers is impressive,” said UA defensive coordinator Mark Stoops. “Along with his moves and all that, I think it comes down to balance, and he just has an innate way of getting away from tacklers. He’s just lowering his shoulder and bouncing off of them.” But he can outrun defenders too. Even being a bowling ball of a running back, Gerhart is quick on his feet and hits openings as soon as they appear. There’s nothing fancy to his game; just straight-line, physical running. “He is kind of a throwback player, but he possesses a strong running style. His ability to make people miss, I think, is overshadowed by his power,” said UA head

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here are many different ways to get your sports journalism fix: Newspapers, Web sites and magazines are the most traditional. I’m a magazine guy. A stack of about a dozen-and-a-half sports magazines consistently lives on a shelf in my personal library, which some condescending folks would refer to as the top of the toilet tank in the bathroom. The newest magazine in the stack is the Sporting News I got in the mail this weekend. In the publication’s list of the 399 best sports cities, Tucson is listed at No. 59. I nearly fell into the Kohler bowl I was perched on when I read that. Fifty-nine? As in, top-60? This has got to be way off. I didn’t think Tucson was that great a sports town at all, relatively speaking. And this is coming from someone who was born and raised in Tucson. Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago/Evanston and Los Angeles made up the top five of the magazine’s best cities, respectively. New York was No. 6 and Phoenix/Tempe was ranked No. 7. But ranking Tucson No. 59 is like paying your gardener to only trim half the bushes and leave a divot in your lawn. It doesn’t make sense. And this is a better ranking than when the magazine tabbed Tucson No. 65 in 2000 and No. 75 last year, which would imply that it’s becoming a better sports city. Right. And Barry Bonds is a lovable teddy bear. The UA has the best there is to offer as far as sports goes in Tucson, no question. The problem, however, is that Arizona TUCSON, page A10

Burly Stanford running back focus of Arizona’s defense coach Mike Stoops. “He’s very nifty and he has good vision and patience. That’s what makes any great running back, and he possesses all of those qualities.” The last thing the Wildcats want to see this Saturday at Arizona Stadium is Stanford’s No. 7 running down the field or celebrating in the endzone. Gerhart had that type of performance last season during a 24-23 Cardinal win in Palo Alto. He gained 116 yards on 24 carries — only once was he stopped for a loss — and one touchdown: the game-winning score with 25 seconds left. Gerhart was slowed by a shoulder injury but still carried the ball 24 times last season against Arizona. This year, a healthy Gerhart is the focal point of Stanford’s run-oriented offense as the Cardinal tries to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2001. A motivated Gerhart can be scary for a

defensive player. “To a certain extent (it’s scary), but God blessed us with talent. He puts everybody in a certain position for a reason,” senior safety Cam Nelson said with a smile,“and that’s why he created linebackers like Sterling (Lewis) and Vuna (Tuihalamaka) and Kel (Xavier Kelley), to slow him up before he gets to the (defensive backs).” But despite the humor and despite all the buzz surrounding Gerhart, the Wildcats know exactly what they’re in for against Stanford. It’s just a matter of whether they can stop it or not. “It starts with form and knowing that he’s going to be coming downhill with a 15-yard head start and you’re going to have to tackle him low,” said defensive end Brooks Reed.“Hitting him high won’t do much, I remember from last year. It definitely takes gang tackling to slow him down. It’s going to be a challenge.”

YouTube’s tennis sensation By Michael Fitzsimmons ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT What do tennis greats Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal all have in common? They’ve all been spoofed by Arizona men’s tennis player Andres Carrasco, whose YouTube imitations of those players, among others, have garnered worldwide attention in the form of 120,000 views, a compliment from a current professional tennis star and multiple media outlets wanting to know the story behind the three-part video series. “I would just impersonate three or four players and my tennis mates on the court would laugh,” said Carrasco, explaining where the idea for the videos came from. “I just wanted to see myself doing it, and that’s why they filmed me. “But the next thing you know I am on YouTube.” Over the course of three different eight-minute videos, the Barcelona

native transforms into tennis legends past and present, transitioning from player to player by tweaking his style of play — and even wardrobe — to match the player he is impersonating. “Every imitation I do is very particular and different from the others,” Carrasco said. His attention to detail is what has made the videos so popular. Carrasco’s Roger Federer impersonation includes the Swiss player’s trademark bandana, a spot-on portrayal of his backhand stroke and even a bit of Federer’s typical, nonchalant towel toss to the ball boy between points. Similarly, Carrasco will hike up his shorts and shorten his steps to represent the early-90s style of Andre Agassi, and then will sport the classic sleeveless green tee when he mimics his fellow Spanish countryman Rafael Nadal. His acute awareness of each player’s tendencies resulted in the uncanny imitations, and much to Carrasco’s own surprise, it is what caught the eye of a national

newspaper and radio station in Spain. “I never thought that people around the world would watch my videos,” Carrasco said.“When the radio station in Spain and the main sports newspaper in the country called me, I could not believe it.” His fame only grew last month, when current world No. 3-ranked Andy Murray gave props to the young Spaniard when he said on Twitter,“Andres Carrasco tennis imitations on youtube is soooooo good.” When asked about his reaction to the praise from such an elite player, Carrasco simply said, “I just started laughing and thinking that I should (imitate) Andy now, since he showed his appreciation for the videos.” Carrasco’s appreciative attitude about the fame he has received from the videos is seemingly what makes his imitations so endearing around the Arizona men’s tennis squad. “He’s got a great sense of humor about TENNIS, page A10

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policebeat By Michael Merriman Arizona Daily Wildcat

Intoxicated man kicked out of woman’s bed

University of Arizona Police Department officers responded to the Coronado Residence Hall on Oct. 3 at 4:20 a.m. in reference to an intoxicated man. Upon arrival, officers discovered the man unconscious in a bathroom with his head on the toilet seat. Police were able to wake the man and identify him. According to officers, the man had red, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and the strong odor of intoxicants coming from his mouth as he spoke. The man told police that he had been sleeping in the bed of a female friend until he had started to get sick. He left the room and went to the bathroom to vomit. When he tried to return, the female friend told him he was not welcome back inside. Police cited the man on charges of minor in possession and transported him to his room at the Yavapai Residence Hall, where he was released.

Early morning beer-chugger cited

UAPD officers were on routine patrol in the area of Speedway Boulevard and Warren Avenue on Oct. 5 at 11:25 a.m. when they observed a man drinking from a 24-ounce can of beer. Officers made contact with the man at a bus stop and were able to identify him. According to police, the can of beer was half-full and cool to the touch. The man admitted to drinking beer from the can and he was cited on charges of drinking in public. He was released on scene after police disposed of the contents of his beer can.

Piano damaged in UA dance studio

UAPD officers responded to the Ina E. Gittings building on Oct. 6 at 7:37 a.m. in reference to intentional damage to a Steinway and Sons piano. Upon arrival, officers met with a university employee who led them to the dance studio where the piano was located. According to the employee, the piano had last been seen at approximately 2 p.m. on Oct. 5. The damage occurred to a wooden panel that covered the area where the strings are. The employee told police that she thought the damage appeared consistent with the removal and improper reinstallation of the wooden panel. The employee further stated that the piano was still fully functioning and estimated the value of the damage to be approximately $2,000. Police have no suspects or witnesses at this time.

Woman questioned about marijuana odor

UAPD officers were dispatched to the Coronado Residence Hall on Oct. 6 at 7:17 p.m. in reference to a report of the odor of marijuana coming from one of the rooms. Upon arrival, officers met with a resident assistant who led them to the sixth floor and told them that during an hourly floor check, the odor of marijuana was detected coming from one of the rooms. Once near the room, police also detected the odor of marijuana. Before officers could contact the room’s owner, a resident opened the door and was attempting to leave before she asked police if there was a problem. Officers told the woman why they were there. The woman stated that she had only recently returned to the room and though she did not smoke marijuana, she was sure that her roommate did. The woman called her roommate and asked her to return to the dorm and speak with police. When the woman returned, she invited officers inside the room and they asked her if she had any contraband in the room. The woman produced a package of rolling papers and a small container of marijuana that was hidden under her bed. Police confiscated the papers and the marijuana and referred the incident to the Dean of Students Office.

Man wonders if pipe counts as drug paraphernalia

UAPD officers responded to the Coronado Residence Hall on Oct. 6 at 10:44 p.m. in reference to a report of the odor of marijuana. Upon arrival, officers met with an resident assistant who led them to a room on the seventh floor. As officers approached the room, a man opened the door, identified himself as the sole resident of the room and said that four other men were inside. The man gave police permission to enter the room and when they did, they detected the strong odor of marijuana inside the room. Officers did not detect any signs of impairment from any of the men in the room. Police asked the owner of the room to remain while the other men were asked to wait outside. According to police, the man admitted to having two marijuana cigarettes in a box with some rolling papers. Officers asked the man if that was all of the contraband in the room and the man asked if a pipe was considered contraband. The man turned over the contraband to police and claimed that his friends had no involvement with the marijuana. Police questioned the other men, who claimed to have known that marijuana was in the room but denied smoking any of it. Police cited the owner of the room on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on scene and the incident has been referred to the Dean of Students Office. Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department reports. A complete list of UAPD activity can be found at

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Brian Slugocki, an 18-year-old freshman Icecats forward, made a name for himself last weekend at the American Club Hockey Association Division I Showcase, scoring four goals in his third collegiate hockey game. The Scottsdale native finished the three-game showcase in Youngstown, Ohio, with five goals and three assists, helping his team to a 2-1 record. The Arizona Daily Wildcat’s Mike Schmitz caught up with Slugocki to talk about his not-so-legitimate fourth goal, his pre-game playlist and his dream girl.

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Biology sophomore Colleen Tighe throws a discus at Professor Mike Lippman’s ancient athletics simulation on the UA Mall near Old Main on Tuesday. Lippman’s class focuses on traditional sport but also discusses theory on why athletics are so prominent in today’s society.

Ancient sports professor brings a whole new strategy to teaching By Tyler Kurbat Arizona Daily Wildcat Lecture hall courses are supposed to be boring, but Professor Mike Lippman’s CLAS240, Ancient Athletics course has taken a lively approach to getting its material across in an effort to critically examine athletics and their role in society. “I don’t really talk to other staff members (about material ideas for class),” Lippman said Tuesday afternoon. “I talk to my wife and she’ll tell me if I crossed a line.” In this course, casual nap-takers are rewarded with an on-the-spot pop quiz, and everything from the javelin to ancient prostitution is fair game for discussion. “I love it, oh God, it’s wonderful,” Lippman said of picking on nappers. “I used to want to bring in a super soaker to wake kids up.” In the Social Sciences 100 lecture hall setting of nearly 500 students, Lippman has to stay on top of his game to keep material interesting and relevant. He refuses to see his classroom setting as the behemoth that it is and would rather pretend that it is like the 20-30 student rooms to which he is accustomed. “I would suspect that there are a lot of cranky people that want to hide in the back and scoot by with a C for no work,” Lippman said. “I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they do that in other classes, but they won’t in mine.” In addition to Lippman’s entertaining stage presence, students truly care for what it is he teaches. “I think he’s a little crazy, but otherwise he’s a great teacher and gets the point across,” senior Andrew Levy said. “He understands the students and makes it more fun than straight lecture.” Lippman holds open debates during classes on a regular basis and has even gone so far as to hold athletic simulations on the UA Mall for any students brave enough to try out ancient techniques. In what may appear to be all fun and games, Lippman testifies to an often-overlooked facet of college instruction. “The best skill is learning how

to be skeptical of sources, and the fact that it’s about sports here suckers everyone into thinking that it’s more exciting than it really is,” Lippman said. “This school has a massive athletic presence — for this school to think about the role of athletics in the academy, it’s more important here. In our class really we’re talking ancient athletics and modern Olympics, but really we’re talking about the role of athletics in your career as a college student.” He went on to point out how even the Daily Wildcat sets aside more space in the newspaper for sports than it does for the news section on a somewhat-regular basis. Lippman also noted the significant difference in generalized coach’s salaries as opposed to curriculum professors at the same institution. Lippman wants students to question why sports are almost “sacred” to modern society and if that sacredness is OK. “Just because a guy can get beat up on a football field, does that mean he deserves the education that is the exact same piece of paper as someone who is brilliant? I won’t necessarily judge it one way or another, but that’s what the class is thinking about,” Lippman said. Apparently his approach is working, because it’s got students thinking. Junior Karlen Ross said that this course is one of the most entertaining he’s ever had. “Classics is a really dry subject and it’s a lot of history and it’s hard to wrap your head around why it matters,” Ross said. “But Professor Lippman does a good job of making it come alive and ties it into the root of modern thought and philosophy.” With covering the colorful topic of the athletic spectrum in ancient Greece, Lippman admits that the class content does a lot of the work for him. “On some levels this is sexy and sells itself,” Lippman added. “If you can get students interested in the material, then the topic is on some level not as important as the skill of questioning.”


Daily Wildcat: So how did it feel to score four goals in the first game of the showcase? Brian Slugocki: It was definitely very exciting in my third college hockey game to score four goals. Honestly, the line that I was on with Jordan Schupan and Scott Willson, we just were skating all over them. In the second period we had five goals just between ourselves. I like playing with them and I think they like playing with me, so we’ll see how that goes the rest of the season. It’s just such an exciting feeling to score for a university. DW: I heard one of the goals was kind of a cheap. Could you talk about that? BS: There’s like 30 seconds left in the game and I turn around and I see they have an open net. I’m like, ‘There is no way I’m not getting a goal, I’m getting a goal no matter what.’ It just so happens the puck comes to my stick. I’m skating down. I get to their blue line. I shoot. I miss the net and it goes behind the net and bounces to Schupan. He takes a slap shot with two seconds left in the game, and I’m just skating by and I tip the puck in the net. I wasn’t thinking at all, and I thought the game was over.

DW: What did your teammates have to say about that? BS: I got chirped a lot for that one. Everyone called me a goal stealer and a thief for the rest of the weekend. Zach Cherney during the final speech was like, ‘All right, it was a good weekend, especially when Slugocki tipped in an open net goal.’ It’s definitely a first for me. It was just kind of a natural reaction. Luckily I tipped it in the net and not out. DW: Did you expect to come in as an 18-year-old freshman and make such an impact offensively so soon? BS: No, I didn’t. I knew I needed to get the guys to believe that I have skill and I can play. I knew I had to do something. I came in during tryouts expecting I was going to be a fourth-liner not playing much. For some reason I just have been playing a lot better right now. A lot of it has to do with my line mates. We just clicked. DW: You guys have a really young team and had some key guys injured for the first couple of games. Did you see that as an opportunity to step in and play big minutes? BS: That was one big thing I realized. Especially against ASU when we were missing our whole first line basically — that someone was going to score a goal, and why not me. I knew I had the ability to play with these guys, I just needed to show I could. I feel like this last weekend I really did show that I have the ability to play at the college level. DW: Have you ever scored that many goals in a game? BS: The only time I ever scored four goals in a game was in roller hockey. It was in the championship game of men’s adult league with my brother. Other than that the most goals I scored on ice was three. DW: Do you have any pregame meals or pregame rituals? BS: Especially these last couple of games, I try to get the fluids going. I have a set little playlist that I listen to on the bus on the way to the rink to just get me focused. I try to imagine what I need to do. I’ll skate, shoot, pass a million times or try to imagine going hard

to the net. DW: Can you tell me a few cuts from that playlist? BS: I’m a big techno guy. No crazy techno, just some stuff to keep me focused. I’ve got a little Avenged Sevenfold, I have Michael Jackson, 50 Cent, Black Eyed Peas, ACDC, Daft Punk, a little bit of everything. DW: What is your favorite sports movie? BS: Probably the “Rocky” series. Just because every time I watch those movies I just want to train like no other. I also love “The Miracle” of course. DW: Do you have any nicknames? BS: I have several. Most of the guys call me Slugo or Slugs. A lot of people think I look like Zac Efron so I get Zac and Efron a lot from guys on the team. Disney on Ice is actually coming this week so everyone’s like, ‘Hey Slugs, you going to go work with Disney this week?’ It’s all in good fun. DW: What is the craziest thing you have ever seen in a hockey game that you played in? BS: Last year I played juniors and we were playing a team we definitely didn’t like. Three shifts in a row there were three fights. Somebody fought; they blew the whistle and dropped the pucks. Somebody fought again, they dropped the puck and then they fought again. So three straight fights, that was pretty wild. DW: If you weren’t playing hockey what other sport do you think you would be playing and why? BS: I’d probably be playing golf because my dad builds golf courses. DW: If you could date anyone in the world who would it be? BS: Oh man, that’s a tough one. I’d have to go with Zooey Deschanel from “Yes Man.” She seems like one of the coolest girls ever. DW: Any predictions for the rest of the season? BS: If we play the way that coach wants us to and the way we know how to, it should be a great season. We have so many good guys on our team with so much skill that we should be a force to be reckoned with this season.

Arizona sports roundup The Associated Press

ASU Quarterbacks

Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson is sticking with Danny Sullivan as his starting quarterback but says freshman Brock Osweiler will play against Washington on Saturday.

Sorenstam’s daughter

NEW YORK — At 6 weeks old, Ava Madelyn McGee is already showing a stubborn streak — just like her mom. Annika Sorenstam isn’t too surprised at the personality her daughter is developing. Her own tenacity drove the golfer to 72 LPGA Tour wins, including 10 majors. But right now Sorenstam is loving leaving that world behind. The 39-yearold Swedish great and former University of Arizona star left the tour at the end of last year, then married Mike McGee in January. Their daughter was born Sept. 1.

Mediocre Cardinals

TEMPE — A shade better than

mediocre was good enough last season for the Arizona Cardinals, who parlayed a 9-7 record into an improbable run to the Super Bowl. The Cardinals (2-2) seem to be following the same path this year. They have scored 85 points and allowed 89. They’ve beaten two teams with losing records (Houston and Jacksonville) and lost to two teams with winning records (San Francisco and Indianapolis).

Cardinals re-sign Keilen Dykes to practice squad

TEMPE — The Arizona Cardinals released defensive tackle Keilen (KEE-len) Dykes from their 53-man roster and resigned him to the practice squad Tuesday. To make room on the practice squad, the Cardinals released defensive end Alex Field. Dykes was signed to the active roster from the Cardinals practice squad on Sept. 16. He played in two games and had one tackle. Dykes was signed by Arizona as a rookie free agent out of West Virginia in

April 2008 and spent all last season on the Cardinals’ practice squad.

Mercury’s Cappie Pondexter undergoes eye surgery

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Mercury say All-Star guard Cappie Pondexter underwent successful surgery Tuesday on her right eye, which she injured in last week’s WNBA championship game against the Indiana Fever. Officials with the WNBA champions say the procedure was performed to prevent retinal detachment in the eye in the future and was deemed necessary after a collision in last Friday night’s decisive Game 5 of the WNBA finals. Pondexter scored 24 points in the game as Phoenix won its second title in three years. Mercury officials say Pondexter will return to her hometown of Chicago to recover from the surgery before heading overseas where she’ll play for Russia’s UMMC Ekaterinburg team in the offseason.

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A10 • wednesday, october 14, 2009 • arizona daily wildcat GOLF BRIEFS Men’s head golf coach inducted

In his 36th season as the Wildcat men’s golf coach, Rick LaRose will be inducted into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame. The Arizona Golf Association announced that LaRose — along with amateur Ken Kellaney and golf course architect Gary Panks — will officially become a part of the 2009 inductee class during a Nov. 23 ceremony in Scottsdale. Currently, LaRose is the only college head coach to win both a men’s and women’s championship. His 1992 men’s team and 1996 women’s team both came out on top of the NCAA world. Before becoming the men’s golf coach in 1978, LaRose head coached the water polo team and led the swimming team as an assistant at Arizona. As leader of the golf program, LaRose has produced 77 All-Americans and eight national players of the year.


W-golf in sixth after two rounds

The Arizona women’s junior varsity golf team has improved to sixth place in its Price’s Give ’Em Five Intercollegiate tournament behind sophomore Nikki Koller’s 1-under par 71, second round in Las Cruces, N.M., on Tuesday. Sitting tied for 11th place in the event, Koller is two shots ahead of teammates senior Emily Mason and freshman Marie Tschida. While Mason is 5-over par for the tournament, the score was still good enough to keep her in 21st place in the event. Freshman Kyndall Ardoin is currently 29th place. The Wildcats are four strokes behind the first-place University of Idaho team, ending the day with a team score of 599. They finish up their tournament in New Mexico beginning tomorrow morning. —Arizona Daily Wildcat

Nelson praises fellow safety after switch

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City lacks sports scene, but magazine says otherwise

Athletics has some great, competing teams, but only the men’s basketball, football and softball teams really draw any outside interest, no matter how good the other varsity teams and athletes may be. How much did the UA swim teams’ national championships or Liz Patterson’s 2008 national title do for the acknowledgment of sports in the city? Sadly, almost none. Minor league baseball is dead, save for the independent Tucson Toros. The original Tucson Toros and Tucson Sidewinders triple-A teams are long gone. The city doesn’t have any pro teams either, unless you count Major League Baseball teams, which have all decided to abandon the Old Pueblo faster than it took for Arizona Cardinals fans to jump on the bandwagon when the team went to the Super Bowl last winter. March will most likely be the final month of spring training in Tucson. It’s hard to tell why Tucson is ranked where it is on the magazine’s list. Maybe it’s the boxing in casinos. Maybe it’s because the Harlem Globetrotters stop in town. Maybe it’s because Tiger Woods is the best thing to happen to Marana since its residents discovered the riding lawnmower. Maybe Shaq was able to give the city a boost when he came to town last year and declared


himself the black Michael Phelps just about a year before he raced the Olympic swimmer in the pool for a reality TV show. I’m just not sure how credible Sporting News’ list is. After all, the magazine states that the 399th-best sports city is Auburn, N.Y.,“thanks to the Auburn Doubledays’ 26-49 season (and the fact that many cities and towns don’t even qualify for the list).”Last time I checked a 26-49 record pretty much sucks. So you threw Auburn, N.Y., on the tail end of the list because that’s where baseball’s supposed inventor grew up? Then what about Amonte, Ontario, Canada, where the creator of basketball, James Naismith, grew up? And how come New Britain, Conn., where the father of football, Walter Camp, was born is ranked No. 232? The staff of Sporting News probably has its reasons for all of these questions, and kudos to them for coming up with a list of 399 cities and doing research on them all. But next time, they should scope out Tucson a little better. This issue is going to the bottom of my magazine stack. — Lance Madden is a journalism senior. He can be reached at

‘Nacho’ not a magician, just full of acting talent

Golden said, after nearly half a season, he’s of attitude, eventually it will all click.” finally comfortable in the defense and that’s Golden seems to know it, too. When asked continued from page A5 helping him make more plays. what his potential was, he smiled, shrugged “Knowing your responsibilities and stay- and said, “It’s all about … improving and geting focused (is the main thing). The game is ting better each and every day that I step out it,”head coach Tad Berkowitz said.“We’re definitely enphysically played, but it’s a mental game,” on the field.” tertained with him at practice and at tournaments.” Golden said. “You’ve got to have your menAnd that’s what’s different about Golden. He Carrasco, known to his teammates as “Nacho,” tal game strong in order to be successful at actually means it and follows through. is clearly an avid student of the game. Growing this game.” “It’s just something that he tries to do,”Nelson up, he enjoyed watching players like Agassi and Golden’s drive to be better, along with his said. “He doesn’t talk back or try to tell coach, Sampras in their prime, and said that the accomwillingness — and genuine desire — to be ‘Well, I thought this and that and that,’ he just plishments of world No. 1 Roger Federer are“simcoached is what makes Golden a special player, tries to listen, soak it up. ply spectacular, beyond words.” Mark Stoops said. “I think he can be very good if he just keeps It takes a lot of talent to replicate the movements and “Oh, he’s the best. Nobody cares more than the same mentality and just stays level-headed, characteristics of top athletes to the degree that Carrasco him,” Stoops said. “He cares and wants to be because he’s going to get successful at that posiis able toMKTS: and he made that it’s not that easy. DATE: 10-14-9 WK: 2 SIZE: 65 (8.313x13) Divit clear 9 U/A a great player, and he works at it and he has tion, and as long as he doesn’t let it get to him, “It’s not that I am a magician and can imitate Mike F/C OR B/W: F/C a great attitude. With his abilityWRITER/DESIGNER: and that type he’ll be a really good safety.” every single player I want to,” Carrasco joked.

“Everyone has different facial and body expressions, different walks and ways of executing their strokes. I have fun observing all those little things not only on the court but also off the court.” As a junior coming off a strong 2008-2009 campaign where he finished tied for the team lead in singles victories, Carrasco will be looked for to help the Wildcats return to top-25 form and get a shot at the Pacific 10 Conference title. But like anyone who has seen the imitations on YouTube knows, Carrasco will surely also be looked to for something else. A fourth video.



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Arizona Daily Wildcat - Oct. 14 - A Section  

Arizona Daily Wildcat - Oct. 14 - A Section

Arizona Daily Wildcat - Oct. 14 - A Section  

Arizona Daily Wildcat - Oct. 14 - A Section