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Student club to focus on lobbying BY STEPHANIE CASANOVA
The Daily Wildcat Two UA students are teaming up and starting a club to lobby on issues that affect the university and students. Scott Jauch, a chemical engineering sophomore, heard of
AdvoCATS at a networking event last spring. In the program, UA alumni work with the UA Office of State Relations to advocate for the university. Jauch said he decided it would be a good idea to create an AdvoCATS student club on campus, to mirror the goals of the alumni program but also add a
student voice. With the help of Ahva Sadeghi, a philosophy, politics, economics and law junior, Jauch started the club this semester hoping to raise awareness about legislation and teach students how they can make a difference in the outcome of legislative decisions.
The students are currently working on finding an adviser for the club and have already drafted the club’s constitution. Sadeghi has some experience in the area, as she volunteered with statewide student lobbyist group the Arizona Students’ Association
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Alpha Phi is painting the town red. The sorority is holding its annual Red Dress Gala at the Tucson Marriott University Park at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. This will mark the ninth annual gala for the UA chapter, though Alpha Phi chapters nationwide host the event, and they have been supporting heart disease research for more than 50
years. The money raised by the Red Dress Gala will support Alpha Phi’s efforts to raise awareness about women’s heart disease. Katy Powers, a communications junior, said the philanthropy event really hits home for sorority members. “We really value the empowerment
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UA health and wellness experts are expressing concern over a re-emerging obsession with having a “thigh gap.” A “thigh gap” is an evident gap between the thighs when a person’s feet are together. The trend of the thigh gap is not new but was a concern for women in the 1970s as well, said Laura Orlich, a Counseling and Psych Services counselor and mental health clinician at Campus Health Service. However, this is not a normal feature, according to Orlich. Orlich said body structure is a factor in whether or not someone has a thigh gap, and that some women’s bodies are not physically made to have one. An obsession with getting a thigh gap could lead people to force their bodies to do something they were not meant to do. “It can be dangerous — emotionally, psychologically and physically,” Orlich said. “A person could go to really, really lengthy measures to achieve
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UA campus transported to Israel with IsraelPalooza BY chandler wicke
The Daily Wildcat The UA community had the chance to experience Israel on campus on Wednesday through a cultural event held on the UA Mall. IsraelPalooza, sponsored by the UA Hillel Foundation, allowed students to get a glimpse of Israeli culture. Attendees could play games at booths, enjoy Israeli coffee or tea, test out the healing properties of mud from the Dead Sea and taste food from Machane Yehuda. Attendees could also make a wish to place inside the campus’ Western Wall. The notes written and placed within the ‘wall’ will later be taken to Jerusalem, Cohen said. “The purpose of the event is to educate the student body about Israeli culture, games, food and basically everything about the country,” said Gavi Fine, co-chair of Hillel, a Jewish student organization that tries to help members network and develop their leadership skills. “It’s educational and a lot of fun.” Other sponsors of IsraelPalooza included Chabad at the UA, Jewish Arizonans on Campus and the Associated Students of the University of Arizona. Both Jewish and non-Jewish community members attended the event. “We want to expose more students to Israel by experiencing it firsthand,” said Naama Cohen, Hillel’s Israeli fellow, who is in charge of helping students find internships and learn more about Israel study abroad programs. “Our hope is that students can get to know Israel better through this event.”
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VOLUNTEER MARISA OFFMAN, a psychology freshman, aids Noeo Teku, an electrical and computer engineering sophomore, in washing his hands with sea salt from the Dead Sea at the IsraelPalooza event on Wednesday.
Some students said they were interested in learning more about Israeli culture and appreciated the education provided by the event. “It’s really well-organized and gives a good overview of all the different things happening in Israel,” said Kenneth Murdock, a psychology junior. In honor of hump day, IsraelPalooza also gave attendees the opportunity to paint a camel, and tested their knowledge of Israel through trivia games. Nicole Siegel, a senior studying English,
has been a member of Hillel for the past three years and has attended IsraelPalooza in the past. She said event attendance has grown over the years. “Each year, it’s getting bigger and bigger and this year, I believe, is the biggest yet,” Siegel said. “It’s not just for Jewish students or just students from Israel — they’re opening it up to the whole UA community.”
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“I don’t have one and I don’t mind, I think it’s unrealistic. It’s a little ridiculous.” — Mikayla Mace, neuroscience junior
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“I think it’s weird that that’s something people are paying attention to. It doesn’t seem like an accurate depiction of a girl.” — Danielle Oxnam, junior studying English, history and religious studies
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AHVA SADEGHI AND SCOTT JAUCH founded AdvoCATS this semester, a student club that aims to educate students and lobby on issues that affect the university.
government issues that affect them. “Maybe [the AdvoCATS student club] will be a new initiative that people will be more welcoming to,” Sadeghi said. “It was just unfortunate the way [ASA] was treated when we went to the House or when we went to the state Senate.”
Tensions rose last fall when ASA began donating student fees to a political campaign for a bill that would extend a one-cent per dollar sales tax increase for education. Ultimately, the state Legislature passed a bill banning organizations not recognized by the university, including ASA, from receiving student fees. Sadeghi hopes having a new club on campus with similar goals will help students focus on
“thigh gap” only presents another unachievable ideal for them to try to measure up to. Shannon Snapp, a post-doctoral research associate with the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, said the thigh gap is yet another unrealistic body feature people try to obtain through unhealthy exercise and eating habits. Snapp, who studies women’s body image and youth’s sexual behaviors, said many women show dissatisfaction with their bodies. Images in the media lead to women internalizing messages about the way their body should look. But they don’t take into
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of the woman,” Powers said, “and all of our philanthropy comes back to that.” The event will feature casino games, dancing and other activities, said Mackenzie Neumayr, a communications junior. “We’re bringing in CatCall [Acappella], so we have a few more entertainers this year, which we’re really excited about,” Neumayr said. The main events of the gala are the silent and live auctions. Alpha Phi has been working on collecting donations for the two auctions since last March, said Jenny Sale, a marketing junior. The sorority reaches out to community businesses, such as those on University Boulevard, for donations. The silent auction has smaller items up for grabs, like baskets and gift cards from local stores. The live auction has larger prizes, like trips to Costa Rica and to a ski resort in Oregon. “We have a Louis Vuitton purse this year, which I’m really excited about,” Sale said, “and we have an autographed bat from the [Los Angeles] Angels.” Powers said one of the most coveted prizes of the live auction is a chance to live in the Alpha Phi
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Advocats last semester. She said she hopes AdvoCATS can work closely with ASA and with the alumni chapter of AdvoCATS to strengthen students’ voices on government issues that directly affect the university. The students are striving for a nonpartisan and non-political club. “We just want it to be strictly focused on education,” Sadeghi said, “and for everyone to have a bottom line that we all think that education is a solution and we need to lobby for more funding for education.” Having ties to the alumni program brings legitimacy to the student club, Sadeghi added, and could also benefit the club monetarily as alumni often help fund student organizations. Jauch said the alumni chapter was excited to hear about the student club being formed. The club will hopefully work with ASA and the Associated Students of the University of Arizona’s directors of state affairs to give students a stronger voice, Jauch added. Morgan Abraham, ASUA president and an ASA board member, said the club sounds like a great way to involve more students in the cause. “I’ve always been a big believer in the more students you have behind a cause … the better,” Abraham said. “I think it’s an amazing idea.”
house. “We auction off spots in our house to live in, because it’s really a competition for girls to live in the house,” Powers said. The Red Dress Gala is the biggest philanthropic event of the year for Alpha Phi, with two others in the winter and spring. The event is always during Family Weekend so the families of Alpha Phi members can attend, Neumayr said. While the event is called the Red Dress Gala, red isn’t mandatory attire. Alpha Phi members wear red, but family members and other guests can wear whatever they like. “The red dress is kind of a known logo for women’s heart health, and we adopted it for the Alpha Phi event,” Neumayr said. Last year the event raised more than $15,000, and this year Alpha Phi hopes to raise at least $20,000. All the proceeds raised at the event will go to promote heart health awareness. “We can choose a hospital or something to do with heart health in the Tucson community and personally donate the money,” Sale said. “Then we actually see what we’re doing, and it’s a really cool thing.”
“Girls over exaggerate about it, it’s not that big of a deal. It’s just your body type.” — Zachary Perry, agriculture business and economics freshman
“I think it’s a little crazy because we should just all love our bodies. I’m not about it.” — Andrew Tran, business freshman
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to measure up to such impossible standards, it can then perpetuate the thought that they are not good enough. One way this trend of obsession with body image can be prevented is by reaching out to others and reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders, Orlich said. People who have body image issues can surround themselves with positive influences, including friends, Orlich said. “If people are manipulating food in order to have a thinner body,” Orlich said, “I think that we have a responsibility to educate them how to find happiness with being fit and with being strong and going for a healthy approach.” — Follow Maggie Driver @Maggie_Driver
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Friend zone part of sexist dating culture BY David W. Mariotte
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t’s a story we know all too well: A guy meets a girl, he falls for her and, at some point after having befriended her, he asks her on a date. She says no, and he gets “friend zoned.” There’s a problem with that story, though: There is no “friend zone,” and pretending one exists perpetuates a sexist subset of dating culture. Getting rejected by your crush can hurt and be disappointing. Most people have experienced that hurt before and many will feel it again. Why is it, then, that only men seem to be friend zoned? The friend zone itself may sound gender-neutral, but in practice, it is almost exclusively used to describe male-female relationships where the man’s crush goes unreciprocated. Part of this can be explained by the classic “When Harry Met Sally” quote: “Men and women can’t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.” That’s where sexism really starts to enter the equation. As Salon.com’s EJ Dickson points out, anyone who has watched Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy’s relationship in “30 Rock,” much less had a friend of another gender, should know the idea that women and men can’t be friends is unreasonable and sexist. Besides, being in the “friend zone” often actually means the end of the friendship, as so succinctly put by tweets like @LiLFridayHOE’s “She put me in Friendzone, I put her In the Endzone.” Friendships generally aren’t broken purely because of unreciprocated emotions. Friendships are broken because the man feels he did not get what he was entitled to, like a date. “It’s sexist, and it’s just debilitating for women, who have complex lives and complex emotions,” said Caroline Gray, a senior studying English and the student director for Feminists Organized to Resist, Empower and Create. If a man complains about being friend zoned, he is ignoring a woman’s bodily autonomy and her right to choose who to date. She receives the blame for putting him in the friend zone, even though the real blame should go to a culture that teaches men they cannot be friends with women, or possibly even the guy himself for not being up front about his intentions. One of the clearest indicators of this blaming is the implied movement evident in friend zonerelated language. The friend zone is not a starting place, men are “put in the friend zone” or “friend zoned.” They started at some other place and were cruelly banished to this far off world of the friend zone by the woman. Another phrase that is frequently thrown around is “escaping the friend zone.” Yet again, it leads to blaming. Searching “escape friend zone” on Google gets “About 23,400,000 results (0.33 seconds).” There are even tutorials on how to do it. If the guy tries to “escape the friend zone,” and is still met with rejection, the woman is keeping him “trapped in the friend zone” or preventing him from “getting out of the friend zone.” “[A woman] loses her autonomy to express her emotions without being vilified,” Gray said. Expecting romantic relationships based on a feeling of entitlement is absurd, and contributes to a sexist dating culture. Understanding the problems with the friend zone is the first step to eliminating it, and it’s a responsibility that falls on all of us.
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Voter ID laws restrict democracy BY Jacqui Oesterblad
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oter beware: Even if you are legally registered to vote at an Arizona residence, you may not be allowed to vote for state and local offices in 2014. Last week, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne released an opinion directing the state’s top elections official, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, to implement a split election system in which voters will be restricted to a much shorter ballot if they only completed a federal voter registration form, which does not require proof of citizenship. Arizona state law requires proof of citizenship from all voters in state and local elections, even for voters previously registered in another state or Arizona county, in the form of an Arizona driver’s license issued after 1996, a birth certificate, a passport, naturalization documents or a Tribal Certificate of Indian Blood. At the federal level, however, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 created a universal voter registration form requiring that a person sign under penalty of perjury that they are a U.S. citizen, and mandates that those with a driver’s license or social security number provide that information; those without are given a separate ID number by the state.
There has not been a single prosecuted instance of a non-citizen using the federal form to unlawfully register to vote. In spite of this, Arizona decided that the requirements were too lax, and refused to accept the federal form. The Supreme Court, however, ruled against the state in a 7-2 decision. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, said, “A state-imposed requirement of evidence of citizenship not required by the Federal Form is ‘inconsistent with’ the NVRA’s mandate that States ‘accept and use’ the Federal Form.” Horne seems to be trying to find a hole in the Supreme Court ruling by creating the split election system. He wrote in his official opinion last week that “registrants who have not provided sufficient evidence of citizenship should not be permitted to vote in state and local elections.” While requiring voters to prove their citizenship may seem like common sense, a 2006 study by the Brennan Center for Justice found that at least 7 percent of legally eligible voters don’t have ready access to the documents necessary to prove citizenship, and 34 percent of all women don’t have these documents under their current, married name. In addition to women, these eligible voters include rural and poor citizens who have trouble reaching the required government offices during business hours, older voters who were never issued a birth certificate, naturalized citizens — and frankly anyone
who doesn’t have the time, money or knowledge to request copies of their documents from federal databases. According to the MexicanAmerican Legal Defense Fund, after the Arizona proof of citizenship law was passed, some 31,500 people were rejected for voter registration. Less than one-third of these rejected would-be voters went on to file a successful voter registration form. That makes at least 21,000 casualties of the law, almost half of whom were under 30. Grassroots efforts to register more eligible voters were also hurt: MALDEF found that the number of registrations from community-based drives in Maricopa County decreased from 24 percent in 2004 to 7 percent in 2005. Data compiled by News21, which is based at Arizona State University, revealed there have only been seven voter fraud cases prosecuted (but not necessarily convicted) in Arizona between 2000 and 2012. Four of these cases dealt with citizens who voted twice, a problem not prevented by the proof of citizenship law. In the country at large, similar trends can be observed. During four years of intense focus on voter fraud between 2002 and 2005, the Department of Justice only filed 38 cases, and some U.S. attorneys were fired after speaking out about the baselessness of prosecuting even those 38 cases. Frankly, talk of voter fraud is merely a cover for Republican attempts to rig the 2014 elections in their favor.
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our paper’s column on the United States Postal Service (“Government support of postal services should be cut” by Nick Havey, Oct. 13) bore little resemblance to reality. Using largely fictional numbers and inaccurate information to paint a sky-is-falling picture, the author called for the end of the Postal Service. Congress should “spend our money elsewhere,” he said, rather than continuing — as he put it — to use $25 billion a year in taxpayer money to bail out the Postal Service. But in fact, taxpayers pay exactly zero for the Postal Service, which for 30 years has funded itself by the money it earns from selling stamps. That’s just one example of the misrepresentations about an agency that serves 151 million addresses six days a week, is older than the country itself and delivers 40 percent of the world’s mail. I appreciate the opportunity to provide your readers with some facts and perspective about the actual situation at the USPS. First, as noted, taxpayers don’t fund USPS. Second, those who call for its elimination or privatization overlook an inconvenient fact — delivering the mail is one of the few governmental activities rooted in the Constitution. As for its ability to compete in an era of electronic communications, let’s look at the facts. In the first three quarters of fiscal 2013, USPS has a sizeable operating profit — earning $330 million more in revenue from selling stamps than all expenses incurred delivering the mail. How is that happening? Simply put, it’s because the opportunities offered by the Internet are starting to surpass the challenges it poses.
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First class mail revenue is down 2 percent this year, given emails and online bill-paying. But package-delivery revenue has risen 9 percent, as more people order items online. The exploding e-Commerce market is driving USPS profitability, which augurs well for the future. The solid financial performance also results from the gradually improving economy; mail volume always dips during a recession and we’ve recently been through the worst one in 80 years. Last quarter, package revenue and mail revenue both rose. And, worker productivity is at a record high. As for the claim that the Postal Service can’t compete with the private carriers — that’s based on ideology, not research. Various international studies, including one recently from Oxford, England, show that the U.S. Postal Service is the most affordable and efficient delivery service in the industrialized world. Indeed, FedEx and UPS increasingly drop their own packages off at the post office for delivery — a win-win because the efficient Postal Service network saves money for the private carriers and their customers, while generating revenue for USPS. The article lauded a 3 percent quarterly revenue increase at FedEx, but failed to mention that Postal Service revenue rose 3.6 percent last quarter. There is red ink at USPS, but it’s got nothing to do with competition, the Internet or private carriers. Rather, it stems from congressional politics. In 2006, a lame-duck Congress mandated that the Postal Service pre-fund future retiree health benefits for the next 75 years and pay for it within 10 years. Annual cost: $5.5
A 2003 study in the American Journal of Political Science demonstrated that higher voter turnout could improve Democrats’ electoral prospects. The study said higher turnout typically just narrows the winning margin in elections, and is not usually enough to completely shift an election’s results, but you tell me which is more likely to adversely impact the results of an election: seven cases of voter fraud over the course of 12 years, or potentially banning 7 percent of eligible citizens from voting? The 10 states with the highest turnout in 2012 all voted for President Barack Obama. Minorities, the poor and voters are all more likely to be affected by voter suppression schemes, and all of these constituencies favor more liberal candidates. If democracy is rule by the people, we should want as much of the citizenry to vote as possible, especially in state and local elections, where turnout is traditionally dismally low. Not only does weeding eligible voters out of the state election system creates a second-class citizenry, but considering that the only two states to have previously attempted a split election system lost in court, this move is sure to cost taxpayer money in another losing court battle with the federal government. — Jacqui Oesterblad is a junior studying political science, Middle Eastern and North African studies. Follow her @joesterblad
billion. No other private company or public agency is required to pre-fund for even one year; USPS has to pre-fund nearly a century into the future. Absent that onerous burden, USPS would have realized a net profit of $660 million last quarter alone. The American people have made clear their views — rating the Postal Service the most trusted federal agency six consecutive years, with a favorability rating over 80 percent. Congress should address the unfair pre-funding mandate. The relevance of the Postal Service goes beyond delivering the mail. It’s the centerpiece of a $1.3 trillion mailing industry employing 7.5 million Americans in the private sector — including 136,987 in Arizona. The negative consequences of degrading the unique postal network aren’t just economic. Letter carriers conduct the nation’s largest annual single-day food drive the second Saturday of each May, restocking local food pantries, shelters and church food programs in Tucson and elsewhere for the critical summer months without school food programs. In a program begun by President George W. Bush after 9/11 and expanded by President Barack Obama, letter carriers (one-quarter are military veterans) volunteer and are trained to deliver medicines house-to-house in major metropolitan areas in the event of a biological attack. And every day around the country, letter carriers save elderly people who have collapsed in their homes, put out fires or pull people from car accidents, find missing children or stop crimes. This presents an accurate picture of your Postal Service. — Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers
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Caught slumpinâ€™ A UA student was diverted to the Dean of Students Office for underage drinking on Saturday at approximately 2:10 a.m., after officers from the University of Arizona Police Department found him sleeping outside. UAPD officers went to a walkway near Bear Down Gymnasium in response to a report of a man sleeping next to some benches. The officers found a man on his knees, slumped forward with his face toward the ground. They shook the man to wake him and had him sit on the nearby benches, where they found out he was a UA student. UA Student Emergency Medical Services arrived and evaluated the student, who had red, watery bloodshot eyes, a flushed face and trouble balancing. He also smelled of alcohol. The student told the medic evaluating him that he had had six to eight beers at a house party. The medics cleared him and an officer drove the student back to his residence hall. He was diverted to the Dean of Students Office.
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Prank gone wrong On Saturday at approximately 12:15 a.m., a UA student reported his iPhone 4S had been stolen at Espresso Art Cafe on University Boulevard. The student flagged down a UAPD officer on the north side of a residence hall and informed the officer of the stolen phone. He said he had left it sitting on a table with his friends, but when he returned, his friends had left and his phone was missing. The student then used an app to track his phoneâ€™s location. The app indicated the phone was somewhere in the east wing of his residence hall. He provided the officer with the phone number and the officer went to the east wing and began calling the phone, but was unable to find it. The student said he did not want to participate in judicial proceedings, but wanted the incident documented. Later that night, the officer received a phone call from the studentâ€™s phone number. The student informed the officer he had found his phone. He said his friends had taken it as a prank and placed it in a microwave, which caused the tracking app to indicate the phone was in the residence hall. He said he did not wish to pursue the case any further, and would not disclose the names of his friends. The officer informed the student it was illegal to knowingly file a false police report. The student denied any knowledge of the prank, but said heâ€™d pass on the information to those involved.
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Lecture - â€˜Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture.â€™ Marley Building, Room 230. 5â€“6:30 p.m.The featured presenter for this event is Turki Faisal Al Rasheed
Foundation, Second Floor, 1245 E. Second St. 5:30â€“7 p.m. The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies present the Sally & Ralph Duchin Campus Lecture Series 2013.
Arizona Law School Info Session. James E. Rogers College of Law. 3:30 p.m. Prospective law students can learn about the law school admissions process.
Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium. Henry Koffler Building, Rm. 218. 4â€“5 p.m. Arthur Suits, professor of chemistry at Wayne State University, will present â€œRoaming Radicals: New Probes Bring New Insights.â€?
Guitar Master Class - Roland Dyens. Holsclaw Hall, School of Music, 1017 N. Olive Rd. 5â€“8 p.m. A collaboration of the Bolton Guitar Studies Program and the Tucson Guitar Society. Since this is not a concert, you are welcome to drop in for a while and leave when you wish. Come watch and listen for no fee.
â€˜The Data Speaks: A Closer Look at Gun Violence.â€™ James E. Rogers College of Law, Ares Auditorium, Room 164, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd. 5â€“6 p.m. Stanford Law School Professor John Donohue III, one of the worldâ€™s leading experts on statistical findings on gun violence and the effective of related laws and policies, will give a public lecture on the topic of gun violence.
Film - â€˜Girl Rising.â€™ Gender and Womenâ€™s Studies Department, conference room 100, 925 N. Tyndall Ave. 5:30â€“7 p.m. A viewing of the groundbreaking film â€œGirl Rising,â€? a movie about nine girls from nine different countries and the power of education.
Talk: â€˜Andy Grundberg - A Tale of Two Eras: Photographyâ€™s Future Then and Now.â€™ Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Road. 5:30 p.m. Grundberg, associate provost of the Corcoran School of Art and Design, is an art critic, curator and educator, specializing in writing about photography and video within contemporary art.
Science and Technology Career Panel/ Networking Event. Student Union Memorial Center, Third Floor, Catalina Meeting Room. 5:30â€“7 p.m. For students looking to find where an interest in science and technology might take them professionally. Lecture - â€˜Yavneh-Yam, Greeks and Jews in Maccabean Times: Adaptation, Assimilation, and Resistance.â€™ UA Hillel
UA Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony Premiere Concert. School of Music, Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Road. 7:30 p.m. General $10, UA Employees and Seniors $7, Students $5. The UA Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony will perform their first concert of the 20132014 season.
Roland Dyens celebration concert. Holsclaw Hall, 1017 Olive. 9 p.m.. Come join this great French guitar virtuoso and composer for an evening of music and a birthday celebration. Known for his improvisational skills and his classical music with a jazz flare. Society for Creative Anachronism. Highland Commons/Quad, sunken grassy area due North of the Campus Health. 6:30â€“10 p.m. The Society for Creative Anachronism, College of St. Felix (UA Chapter) hosts fighter training, arts and sciences classes, social gathering and project night every week.
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Senior roadtrip swan song BY BRIAN PEEL
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WOMEN’S TENNIS TRAVELS TO SAN DIEGO
SCORE CENTER DODGERS STAY ALIVE IN NLCS
No matter the sport, road trips are never easy for a team. Not only do you have to factor in the travel aspect, but there is also the difficulty of playing in a hostile environment and encountering issues that likely wouldn’t come up in front of a home crowd. If it all comes together, though, winning on the road builds camaraderie, strengthens your relationship with your teammates and helps form an unbreakable bond of friendship. “I like the pranks in the hotel and on the bus,” said senior midfielder and forward Jazmin Ponce. “That will probably be one of the things I miss the most.” For Arizona soccer, this weekend in Los Angeles will likely be the Wildcats’ final road trip of the season, and for the team’s only seniors, Ponce and midfielders Shannon Heinzler and Ana-Maria Montoya, Friday at USC could be the last time they travel together as teammates. That is, unless Arizona is able to regain its early season success and make a run at the NCAA Tournament in November. “I don’t really see it as my last road trip,” Ponce said. “I feel like we are going to make it and we are going to have another chance at playing on the road.” Ponce’s confidence in her team is not misplaced, considering how its recent string of losses were all close to actually being in the Wildcats’ favor. Still, this is the Wildcats’ final scheduled road game of 2013,
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JAZMIN PONCE LEFT, Shannon Heinzler (center) and Ana-Maria Montoya (right) are seniors and could be taking their final trip with the soccer team this weekend.
with the final five games after this weekend being played at Murphy Field at Mulcahy Stadium. In their four seasons together at Arizona, the three seniors have been all across the country from
Nebraska to Ohio, all the way to Florida, as well as up and down the West Coast, but all three women admitted that going back to their different home states is still their favorite trip to make.
For Ponce and Heinzler, this weekend’s game in Southern California will be a sort of homecoming. Montoya had her own homecoming last weekend up in Oregon. “I’m from Oregon, so going home is always super special,” Montoya said. “Seeing friends and family is very close to my heart.” Besides being able to make a quick trip back home, pranks finish a close second for the seniors when discussing their favorite parts about traveling. “My sophomore or junior year, when one of the assistant coaches went to count us off in the bus, I hid under one of the seats and the other girls pretended that I got left at Baskin Robbins,” Montoya said. “Half the bus was freaking out because they really thought that I got left behind and it wasn’t until about 10 minutes later that I came back up.” With the season winding down, it’s no wonder Ponce, Heinzler and Montoya are reminiscing about all the memories they’ve had as Wildcats. For the three seniors, there will be mixed emotions, starting this weekend. “It’s going to be bittersweet,” Heinzler said, a thought also shared by Ponce and Montoya. “It’s been great to travel to all these places that I have never been to before — like Oregon, Washington or even Colorado and Utah — these past few years, and I’m going to really miss it. Traveling has been fun.”
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ZonaZoo to give out cash prizes again
I like the pranks in the hotel and on the bus. That will probably be what I miss most.” — Jazmin Ponce, senior soccer player
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Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey rushed for 204 yards and a touchown in the Wildcats’ 34-24 win in Salt Lake City last year. The UA ran for 320 yards total at Utah last season.
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UA STUDENTS CHEER in the ZonaZoo section at the UTSA game on Sept. 14.
BY EVAN ROSENFELD
The Daily Wildcat The ZonaZoo will give away $1,500 on Saturday to entice students to stay at the Utah game, extending what was originally a two-game promotion after some cash prizes were not claimed. ZonaZoo executive director Mario Ziccarelli said unclaimed prizes resulted in a budget surplus. “We thought that the proper way to utilize that was to give that back to the students and give them another opportunity to win that cash prize,” Ziccarelli said. In the first two home games against NAU and UTSA, five fans were chosen at random and given $500 each at the conclusion of the games. “The giveaways are a good way to carry on after a month off from football,” said Ziccarelli, a senior majoring in Italian and psychology. “We are going to break it up so it’s two $100 giveaways, three $250 giveaways and one $550 giveaway, which will be given out throughout the fourth quarter.” For the past few years, ZonaZoo’s attendance has been disappointing to other fans and the media. Economics junior Ben Rosenfield said he is regularly one of the first students in line before games. “I think the cash giveaways have been successful in getting people to stay longer,” Rosenfield said. “So far, in the two home games we’ve had this year, it’s felt more like an event. The section in general has filled up and become more energized, and more people have been staying later in the game.” As it’s been more than a month since the last home football game,
even the more casual fans are looking forward to the Wildcats’ return this weekend. Nutritional sciences sophomore Danielle Frank said seeing the team after its long span without home games is more appealing than the prizes. “I’ve missed being at [home] games,” Frank said. “It’s been so long since the last one; but regardless, sometimes I get tired around halftime and I decide whether or not I stay late in the game based on how I feel and whether or not the game is close.” Ziccarelli said he considers the promotion a success. “I don’t have exact numbers,” he said. “I know that game one we were near capacity, we almost had 9,000, and I think game two we were a little less than that, I think right around 8,000.” The cash prizes were part of a series of new promotions by ZonaZoo to combat student apathy, but Ziccarelli credits a lot of the change to head coach Rich Rodriguez and the football program. “I think that the cash incentive might have some kids stay the entire game,” Zicarelli said, “but I think that the culture is starting to change around U of A football and our fanbase. I think that’s what we’re starting to see.” Although the giveaway was extended once, it most likely will not be brought back for the next game after this. “I’d say for this year probably not, but I think that it has proven to be very successful and I hope that it is something that will continue in the future,” Ziccarelli said. — Follow Evan Rosenfeld @EvanRosenfeld
Wildcats make conference debut BY JOEY PUTRELO
The Daily Wildcat No. 19 Arizona hockey (3-3-0) hits the road for a fourth consecutive week to play its first Western Collegiate Hockey League game ever and its first Thursday matchup of the season against No. 11 Central Oklahoma (74-0). This is the inaugural season for the six-team WCHL. The game will also be the first time the two teams have met since Jan. 17, when the Bronchos defeated the Wildcats 3-2 in the Tucson Convention Center. Last season Arizona was 0-3-0 against Central Oklahoma and was outscored 9-4. Only facing off once in the 2011-12 campaign, the Bronchos emerged victorious 3-2 at Arctic Ice Arena. “They [Central Oklahoma] block shots, they work extremely hard, and that’s how they’re successful,” said head coach Sean Hogan. “We need to make sure we’re taking shots from all angles, crashing the net and taking advantage of all opportunities.” Both Arizona and Central Oklahoma are coming off series splits last week. The Wildcats traveled to Lynchburg, Va., and opened the weekend with a 5-1 win over No. 10 Liberty on Friday. The following night, the Flames prevailed 5-2. Last Friday, Central Oklahoma was shut out 2-0 by No. 4 Iowa State (9-10). Saturday, the Bronchos returned the favor, upending the Cyclones 2-0 as well. With four goals and assists each, senior forwards Ansel IvensAnderson and Andrew Murmes are tied for a team-leading eight points. Ivens-Anderson, who scored two goals in Friday night’s contest, was named the team’s player of the week by the coaching staff. “We just have to come out and play the same way we did last Friday and get a couple chances early and take the home advantage away from the other team quickly,” Ivens-Anderson said. Sophomore forward Rylan Duley tops the Bronchos with 19 points on 13 goals and six assists. Behind him by a point is sophomore forward Riley Spraggs with a team-best 14 goals with four assists. Central Oklahoma also has four other players with more than 10 points in senior forwards Seth Cory and Shane Khalaf, along with freshman forwards Michael Rivera and Sam Rice. “Defensively, we’re pretty shortstaffed, so we’re going to keep it simple,” said Wildcat junior defenseman and assistant captain Shane Gleason. “We know who those
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FORWARD JASON EFFERTZ faces off against Oklahoma on Jan. 19.
guys are that have a lot of points, so we’re just going to try to not get too out of our comfort zone defensively.” In net tonight for Arizona will either be senior Steven Sisler, sophomore Dylon Hojnacki or freshman Garrett Patrick. Sisler (1-1-0), who started both contests last weekend, enters this game with an .850 save percentage. Hojnacki (1-2-0) has been the starter four out of six games in the 2013-14 season, earning a .920 save percentage. Patrick, who didn’t travel with the team last week due to an illness, has yet to make his college hockey debut. Junior Tory Caldwell (5-4-0) has seen the most action between the pipes for Central Oklahoma, with a save percentage of .920. However, don’t be surprised to see junior Bretton Patchett, who is undefeated in his four starts with a .970 save percentage. Tuesday in Chandler, Ariz., was the only opportunity the Wildcats had to practice this week. Much to the pleasure of the players and coaches, it was also the last time the team will have to travel there for a practice until January. “It’s tough coming out here and having no Internet, because guys have homework and it takes a lot of time out of your day,” Murmes said. “After this weekend we got a big home stretch coming up, and there’s nothing better than playing at home.” The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. CST tonight. After their duel with the Bronchos, the Wildcats will square off on Friday and Saturday against No. 3 Oklahoma (5-0-1) at the Blazers Ice Center. Besides Arizona, UCO and OU, the other WCHL teams are ASU, Colorado and Colorado State, though the Wildcats’ first series against the Sun Devils were non-conference games. — Follow Joey Putrelo @JoeyPutrelo
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KEYS TO UTAH GAME
BY SCARLETT MCCOURT The Daily Wildcat
Better with age Utah has size, there’s no question about it. Not only does it have size, but it has maturity. Several of Utah’s players are older, around the age of 25. In Monday’s press conference, head coach Rich Rodriguez said that the fact is, older players are just stronger. “You’re not as strong when you’re 18 or 19 as you are when you’re 22, 23 or 25,” Rodriguez said. With that being said, Utah has a huge offensive line. And the Wildcats’ defense is … not so huge. Not just physically, but depth-wise and age-wise. Not to mention that its consistency has suffered of late. A win goes to the Utes if their maturity and size can wear down the Wildcats.
WAYS UA WILL WIN
There’s something that comes with beating a No. 5-ranked team: It’s called momentum. Utah, an unranked team, beat No. 5 Stanford. This was the biggest upset the Utes have ever pulled off — at home, that is — and put an end to the Cardinal’s 13-game win streak. So when players pull off a win like that, they have confidence. They have momentum. They feel like they can come play an unranked team in its home and beat it. Last year, when the Wildcats upset the No. 18 Oklahoma State Cowboys, they came out the next week and destroyed the South Carolina State Bulldogs, 56-0. Granted, the Bulldogs weren’t a high-caliber team, but the momentum from the upset was still there. Momentum isn’t something you train for; it’s something you earn. And the Utes have earned it.
Don’t keep calm, don’t Carey on Everyone knows that Arizona has an all-American running back in junior Ka’Deem Carey. The key to beating the Wildcats is to put a stop to the run game. You think the Utes don’t know that? Arizona will lose if senior quarterback B.J. Denker doesn’t have a game like last week against USC, when Denker passed for 363 yards, the most in his career. The Wildcats need to rely less on rushing, and instead try to keep the ball in the air. If they don’t, the Utes will take the win on a silver platter.
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Denker danger Whether you’ve been pleased with his overall performance this season or not, you have to admit senior quarterback B.J. Denker was effective last week against USC, especially late in the game. He pushed the tempo and wore down a talented Trojan defense. Though it lost, Arizona still outplayed USC in the second half, due in no small part to Denker’s improved passing. The senior threw for a career-high 363 yards and four touchdowns last Thursday against the Trojans. The Wildcats won’t be doomed if Denker fails to repeat those statistics against Utah this Saturday, but another strong performance will be needed. The Utes host one of the nation’s best rush defenses, at No. 31, allowing just 133.7 yards per game, which could limit Arizona junior running back Ka’Deem Carey. Despite Denker’s performance last week, Utah, like most opponents, will not stray from game-planning around the All-American running back.
Defense uses the force In the last two games — consecutive losses — Arizona’s defense has forced just one turnover, which resulted in a loss in the overall time of possession. Last week against USC, the defense forced zero turnovers and couldn’t stop the Trojans’ offense at the end, when it mattered most. USC and Washington had a combined 50 percent conversion rate on third down against the Wildcats’ defense (15-30). Arizona will need more playmakers to show up on defense next week if it hopes to compete with a Utah team that is riding a lot of momentum.
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UTAH BEAT ARIZONA 34-21 on Nov. 5, 2011, in their last matchup in Tucson.
WAYS UA WILL LOSE
Fischer can swim upstream Despite a tweaked ankle, senior linebacker Jake Fischer played in last week’s game. It would take a lot for Fischer, who is one of the veteran leaders of the defense, to miss a game due to an injury. But against USC, his ankle clearly appeared to affect him on some plays — especially when he was responsible for covering receivers. The Wildcats will need him to be fully healthy by Saturday, because Utah has a talented and experienced quarterback in Travis Wilson, who will pick apart the Arizona defense and will be looking to exploit a possibly injured Fischer on single man coverage.
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A look into infectious disease, zombie culture and the undead phenomenon due to multi-drug resistant strains of the bacteria, he said. There have been many infectious disease outbreaks throughout history, including the bubonic plague, swine flu and, most recently, the cholera outbreak in Florida, Friedman said. Some of these modern diseases can mimic symptoms of “zombieism,” he said. Leprosy and syphilis are two modern diseases that somewhat resemble potential zombie diseases, Friedman said. Leprosy causes nerve damage that numbs a person’s feeling in their outer extremities, Friedman said. The host could be literally falling about and not feel it, he added. Late-stage syphilis can also causes symptoms similar to what you would see in a zombie, he added. “At later stages in the disease, it can cause severe neurological effects like dementia and difficulty moving,” Friedman said. “Sometimes the leg
will drag, sort of like a zombie.” Extreme cases like these are typically found in countries with third-world living conditions, Friedman said. If an outbreak were to propagate in the U.S., it would most likely happen in an area with a high population density. “That’s why college students who live in dorms need vaccinations,” Friedman added. The other requirement for an outbreak to occur would be poor sanitation conditions, Friedman said. However, Friedman said he does not think a zombie apocalypse is possible. Other threats like bioterrorism and antibiotic-resistant bacteria pose a much larger threat to society, he said. All the science in the world, however, does not seem able to cure society’s obsession with the undead.
Science flows throughout Photon Biosphere Discovery Night research
make up the medium is put up into something called a Rydberg state.” In a Rydberg atom, the electrons have been excited, making the atom huge. “Now, this photon is traveling along and there’s this excitation bound to it. It’s called a polariton, the photon and its excitation,” Jessen said. “Now, if another one comes along, because these photons drag with them these very strong disturbances in the material, it’s those disturbances in the material that see each other.” This research, published by the Center for Ultracold Atoms in Nature on Sept. 25, demonstrated behavior previously only described in theory. The findings are supported by their conformity to an equation derived by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger, which describes the changing quantum (incredibly small) state of a physical system. The existence of photonic molecules changes the way science perceives photons, and could change the way we think of computing. “These photons are quantum objects,” Jessen said. “If you can use one photon to turn off and on another photon then, in principle, you have what you need to make something like a transistor for a quantum computer.” A quantum computer also has the ability to create unbreakable codes. “With quantum encryption systems, there’s no way you could eavesdrop. The laws of quantum physics prevent that,” Jessen said. “But to do that over long distances, you have to be able to do clever things with photons.” Though we are still far from cutting the Thanksgiving turkey with lightsabers, the idea of impenetrable security is enough to get anyone excited these days, and optical physicists are no exception. With these come other anticipated advances in technology; quantum computing could someday be a very real and very accessible possibility, and not in a galaxy far, far away.
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The Daily Wildcat There are zombie movies, zombie TV series and even zombie laser tag. For some reason, zombies have infected the minds of this generation. But why? “The zombie apocalypse has been presented in many incarnations,” said Brian Mayer, an associate sociology professor. “When things get bad economically, sometimes imagining what seems like an impossible disaster gives us a break from our daily routines.” Mayer’s current research explores communities’ and individuals’ resilience to disasters. When analyzing risks, there are two things to consider: anxiety and dread, Mayer said. People typically dread things that are unfamiliar to them, Mayer said. The other sociological aspect of risk is anxiety, which is caused by the
thought of a potentially bad outcome, he added. “Most of us would put things like the zombie apocalypse or nuclear war quite high on our list of the worstcase scenarios,” Mayer said. “These science fiction shows remind us that things could always be worse.” Mayer also said he has noticed a shift in society’s focus on health. In the past, people were more concerned with public health, and now people are becoming more obsessed with their personal health, he said. “With individualized technology like air filters and bottled water, we have almost reached an era,” Mayer said, in reference to the public’s obsession with personal health. This theme is called the “inverted quarantine,” Mayer said, referencing a book by Andrew Szasz titled “Shopping Our Way to Safety: How We Changed from Protecting the Environment to Protecting Ourselves.” “It seems like we live in a paranoid
generation, and are just waiting for something bad to happen,” said Kristi Fabijanic, an undeclared sophomore. Fabijanic identifies herself as a fan of the TV series “The Walking Dead,” which reeled in more than 10.4 million viewers between the ages of 18 and 49 for the season four premiere Sunday night, according to AMC’s network statistics. “What’s cool about ‘The Walking Dead’ is that it is kind of realistic, and that is unsettling,” Fabijanic said. Although we may not see walkers creeping down the steps of Old Main anytime soon, these concerns of a disease outbreak have foundations in reality, according to Richard Friedman, a professor in the Department of Immunobiology. Friedman’s research focuses on bacterial pathogenesis and how different microbes cause disease in humans. His most recent research has been on tuberculosis, which is becoming an international problem
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The Daily Wildcat While walking across the lawn toward the entrance of the UA’s Biosphere 2, I tripped over a hula hoop. Such an object would normally be out of place in the 3.14 acre lab facility in the middle of the desert, but on that Saturday night, it was to be expected. The lawn was filled with tables manned by UA students talking science, facepainting booths, vendors selling food and yes, hula hoops. The festive atmosphere was in honor of the Biosphere’s third Discovery Night. “This is an attempt to do something new, something different, offer some different experiences,” said Kevin Bonine, the director of education and outreach for Biosphere 2. The Discovery Nights began on Sept. 28 and will run each Saturday night from 5-9 p.m through Oct. 26. Each night has its own theme; since the Oct. 12 theme was Sci-Fi night, there was a showing of the movie “Silent Running” and a panel to discuss science fiction. Normally, Biosphere 2 runs 75-minute tours throughout the day, led by tour guides with a vast knowledge of the initial mission and current research. However, the gates close at 4 p.m., which means the public is usually only allowed to see the facility during the day. “For a long time there’s only been one type of experience to have at Biosphere, and that’s a guided tour,” said Nate Allen, Biosphere 2 sustainability coordinator and assistant staff scientist. Now, with Discovery Nights, the public is able to see a new side of the Biosphere — the Biosphere at night. “Life and activity inside the Biosphere at night is quite different,” Allen said. “You can see different bugs are out, plants are behaving in a different way, the smells are different, the sounds are different than what you experience during the day.” During Discovery Nights, attendees can still learn about the ocean or the
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LEVI LAPPE, a volunteer with the Marine Awareness Conservation Society, explains what kinds of fish are on display to visitors of the Biosphere 2 on Saturday night.
rainforest or the savannah, but instead of the usual 75-minute tour, people are free to wander around and spend as much time as they want in areas that particularly interest them. “Even if they’ve come here before for a general tour, they’re going to be able to take their time and take in the facility at a level of detail that they wouldn’t otherwise have been able to have time to do,” Allen said. The event was intended to make Biosphere 2 more accessible to families, since the tours can be hard for children, according to Allen. Instead, during Discovery Nights, tour guides are stationed in different locations along the path, armed with walkietalkies so that if they don’t know the answer to a question, they can get it immediately. The family-friendly atmosphere was perfect for Corey Simzyk, who toured the facility with her husband and sons. “I’ve lived here all my life, I’d heard about it and my children are into this,” Simzyk said. “They’re at that age now in school where they’re starting to study this.” Simzyk added that they were making their second round through the flow-through tour.
Not only does the flow-through model provide a different experience, but a number of UA students and researchers are spread about on the tour to shed light on their research or areas of interest. One of them was Ian Shiach, a master’s student in the UA School of Natural Resources. He sat behind a table on the lawn, explaining how phenology works. “I like to make sure that the science I do is applicable to the general public and to laypeople in general,” Shiach said. “Why else would we be doing science if we weren’t trying to make the world better and make a difference?” With the efforts of scientists standing on platforms explaining their experiments, the UA students by the ocean teaching about the marine environment, and others, the Biosphere is succeeding in spreading scientific knowledge. “We absolutely feel like these [nights] are worthwhile and we’re quite excited about the success of them,” Allen said. ”We’ll be doing more in the future for sure.” — Follow Science Editor Dan Desrochers@drdesrochers
“Star Wars” is a space fantasy, so it’s rare that legitimate scientific research bears any resemblance to its gadgets. However, researchers from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have recently made a discovery about the most beloved “Star Wars” prop — the lightsaber. Led by Mikhail Lukin, a physics professor at Harvard, and Vladan Vuleti, a physics professor at MIT, a group of researchers coaxed photons to bind into photonic molecules. Photons are discrete units of light. “It sounds simple, you know, photons are little particles of light,” said Poul Jessen, a professor who specializes in optical physics at the UA, “but in reality, things are more complicated.” Light bound in any sort of form is reminiscent of the most popular weapon in “Star Wars,” but not in a way that will put a lightsaber in fans’ hands any sooner. “It’s not an inapt analogy to compare this to lightsabers,” Lukin told the Harvard Gazette. “When these photons interact with each other, they’re pushing against and deflecting each other. The physics of what’s happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies.” “What they have done in this experiment is that they have created a disturbance in the medium where the photon travels,” Jessen said, “and along with that photon travels an excitation where the atoms that
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