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Top 5 stories for the spring 2020 semester BY OPINIONS BOARD @DailyWildcat

The fall semester is ending, but the news never does. The Daily Wildcat opinions board will be discussing some of the top stories to look out for in spring 2020, along with commentary from the spring Editor-inChief Eric Wise. 1. Marginalized students speak out: After the three protests in the first four weeks of the 2019 fall semester, we can expect students from marginalized communities to continue speaking out. This ramped up after three University of Arizona students loudly criticized Border Patrol officers last spring. Eric Wise: “We can definitely expect a

similar incident throughout the next five months. The more these students speak out, the more these injustices will come to light.” 2. Sean Miller NCAA investigation: Last spring, men’s basketball coach Sean Miller was alleged to have paid players in order to recruit them to the UA, including 2018 number one overall pick Deandre Ayton, who was allegedly paid $100,000 to join the Wildcats. The investigation is still ongoing. Eric Wise: “We may not see a decision being made, but fans of the basketball team should keep an eye out for any developments should they come about.” 3. President Dr. Robbert C. Robbins: Since his appointment, Robbins has been involved in numerous scandals that have put the spotlight on him at certain times

of the year. From publicly picking a side in the Arizona3 incident to linking high cheek bones to Cherokee ancestry, it’s been one faux-pas after the other. Eric Wise: “Although these gaffs have become less frequent, Robbins has shown a propensity for verbal stumbles. As the top official of the university, it’s fair to assume criticism will continue to be directed toward him.” 4. 2020 Presidential Election: The potential reelection of Donald Trump is a scary sight for many marginalized communities. With the “Muslim ban” on travel, prohbiting trans peoples from joining the military and a rollback of employment protections for LGBTQ+ individuals, to name a few, he has made clear that his vision of America being great does not align with many others’ views.

Eric Wise: “Tensions inevitably rise as we get closer to 2020 presidential election. Becasue Arizona is a swing state, we may expect demonstrations of issues like tuition or immigration from both sides of the political spectrum on campus.” 5. Tuition: Tuition has increased over 260% since the ’80s and it’s not going to stop. However, a growing concern of the cost for education has sparked talks of free college for all, per presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. But its viability is questioned by many of the presidential canidates. Eric Wise: “It’s on the UA to prove to us that they prioritize the needs of students. Tuition will continue to encumber students and families financially and emotionally, but how will the students react to this continued rise in costs?”

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UA events to help you survive finals BY CIARA JEAN @ciara__jean

There comes a time of year where the nights feel longer, the homework gets harder and the feeling of being stressed out gets deeper. Finals and the weeks leading up to them can make people feel drained and feel like they are surviving college and not thriving in it. The University of Arizona has planned multiple events around campus to help students succeed at the end of the semester. When students are studying for a long period of time, it may get exhausting and frustrating. “Try to get enough sleep [and] avoid unhealthy stress reduction things like drinking too much alcohol or overeating,” said Lee Ann Hamilton, the assistant director of health promotion-preventive services. “The best things to do are the things you do all the time, which is get adequate sleep, eat a healthy variety of food, and I don’t recommend all-nighters.” UA has activities all across the board to help students continue studying, fuel your brain, relax your brain and body and give you a fun time during these demanding hours. Here are just a few events that will be taking place this week.

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Events hosted by Campus Health: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Brain fuel — There will be free apples, oranges and granola bars starting Dec. 9. Students can go and pick up some food at any time during their hours. Living Wild: If students are feeling stressed they can visit the online resource Living Wild to get tips on health and wellness of sleeping, nutrition and stress. Students can also get help with stress by visiting

Other Library Activities


Event at the Student Union Memorial Center: Dec. 12 from 6-9 p.m.: Final Bear Down — The Student Union is here to help students have fun and “chill” in their winter wonderland. This event in the Grand Ballroom will include pancakes and other food, music, coloring, a Photo Booth and a resource fair.

Dec. 11 from 9-11 a.m.: Geographical Information System drop-in help — Students can get help with software and techniques or geospatial data by stopping by the iSpace. Dec. 12 from 9-11 a.m.: Research data drop in — Research Data Management Specialist Fernando Rios is hosting one-on-one consultations on research data management and helping with spreadsheets, research practices, strategy for labs and more. This will take place at the iSpace. Dec. 12 from 5-7 p.m.: Dogs & Donuts — Students can stop by the Main Library and hang with therapy dogs, grab a few snacks and play some board games. Dec. 15 from 3-5 p.m.: Paws for a study break — The Main Library will be hosting therapy dogs from Pet Partners of Southern Arizona and snacks.


Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Coffee break — The Fine Arts Library will be giving out free coffee throughout the day. The therapy dogs will also make an appearance. Dec. 16 from 4-6 p.m.: Coffee break — The Arizona Health Sciences Library will be hosting a coffee break.

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’Cats prep for biggest game of the season BY JACK COOPER @jackwcooper23

For the first time since 2017, there will be a top-25 matchup at the McKale Center. No. 13 Arizona men’s basketball hosts No. 6 Gonzaga this Saturday at 8 p.m. While Arizona has some business to take care of on Wednesday against Omaha, Gonzaga will come into the game with only one loss and is coming off a big win at No. 22 Washington. Washington isn’t the only Pac-12 team that Gonzaga has beat, though. At the end of November, the Bulldogs played in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, which featured teams such as Oregon, Michigan and North Carolina. Gonzaga took down Oregon in overtime before falling to Michigan by 18 in the championship. Arizona is coming off its first loss of the season at No. 18 Baylor in a game where they shot 27% and made only two three-pointers. Although they shot poorly, they still had a chance at the end of the game to sent it into overtime. Nico Mannion and Josh Green didn’t practice all week but still started and played their regular amount of minutes. The Wildcats will still be without Stone Gettings this week, who suffered a concussion and facial fracture during the Wooden Legacy at the end of November. Arizona and Gonzaga have had many memorable games in past years, including just last year when Arizona was up by as many as 13 but fell apart at the end. The last time Gonzaga made a trip to the McKale Center, they were ranked No. 6 and the Wildcats were No.

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UA students struggle to get timely counseling The Daily Wildcat investigative team decided to look into why it takes so long for students to get an appointment at CAPS, despite the opening of the new CAPS North location. They found a much higher wait time than the national average BY PRIYA JANDU, CIARA JEAN, HEAVEN RODRIGUEZ @DailyWildcat

When Allie Schoenike, a University of Arizona student and Associated Students of UA College of Public Health Senator studying public health, sought out Campus Health’s Counseling & Psych Services, she found herself waiting six weeks for an appointment. “When I was trying to use CAPS, I wanted to be seen regularly as a regular patient, and they can only see you like once every six weeks, which is not feasible for somebody who has a chronic mental health issue and needs to be seen weekly or biweekly,” Schoenike said. Schoenike isn’t the only student who has faced this problem. UA students have complained of long wait times in the past for follow up CAPS appointments, with estimated wait times similar to Schoenike’s experience. The CAPS website even notes that students may have to wait three to four weeks to see a CAPS provider. CAPS North opened in August 2019, allowing more staff to be available for students, which cut down wait times, according to Debra Cox-Howard, a clinician at CAPS. “Wait times for follow-up appointments vary depending upon the time of year, but on average, the wait for a follow-up appointment is one to two weeks,” CoxHoward said over email. “During times of high demand, this may extend to as much as up to three weeks for non-emergent appointments.” According to the 2018 Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors Annual Survey, the average wait time for a first appointment after the initial triage for a school with 35,000 students is 12.2 days. The UA is still over that wait time by nearly two weeks. CAPS did not respond to multiple inquiries regarding wait times, prior to and after the opening of CAPS North. There were 10,167 total pre-scheduled counseling visits in the 2018/2019 fiscal year, according to the UA public record 2018/2019 fiscal year data bytes. If CAPS hypothetically distributed each appointment to the 26 mental health professionals equally, they would have had 391 appointments in the 2018/2019 fiscal year. That does not reflect students who


THE CAPS MAIN OFFICE, located on the third floor of the UA Campus Health building. CAPS, or Counseling & Psych Services, is a student resource at the University of Arizona.

sought multiple appointments with the same counselor, which means that number could have possibly been higher for some staff members. Lee Ryan, a professor and department head of psychology, said access to mental health professionals is a national issue. “There’s a shortage across the country and there’s certainly a shortage at the UA,” Ryan said. “UA knows that and they’re working hard now to try to address that shortage … but I don’t think anyone would deny that there’s a shortage everywhere.” The UA has 32 employees within CAPS to serve 38,623 students enrolled on the main campus as of Fall 2019, according to the University Analytics and Institutional Research. Of those 32 employees, there are 17 clinicians, two psychiatrists, three psychologists, three nurse practitioners and one counselor. Students pay a fee every semester, which goes toward CAPS. CAPS officials said, “The fee is $425 per year ($300 for students enrolled prior to Fall 2017 who were locked into the tuition

guarantee) and Campus Health receives 50.5% of that fee (49.5% goes to Campus Recreation).” Professor Julie Feldman in the department of psychology said there’s not as much of a stigma around treating mental health, which could explain why there’s more demand. “The stigma is lowering and that’s part of the problem,” Feldman said. “It’s less stigmatized and people are more willing to say, ‘I’m going to go to CAPS to get some help.’” Aaron Krasnow, the associate vice president of Arizona State University Counseling Services, said the average wait time is not a good measuring standard of their services. “If a student comes in and their clinical needs are such that they need to be seen very soon, then we find a way to see them,” Krasnow said. “If their clinical needs are such or their schedule is such then waiting a period of time makes sense, then they are seen at some other time.” Some students can be seen the next

day, while others will not be seen for a few weeks, according to Krasnow. UA CAPS has a similar system: first-time users of CAPS can be seen the same day during 15-minute triage appointments. The follow-up appointments must then be scheduled, according to their website. “We offer groups, which students can get into immediately, as well as on-line selfhelp services such as TAO,” Cox-Howard of CAPS said in an email. “Information on these are provided at the time of triage.” To keep up with the increased demand ASU has seen for counseling, Krasnow said they prioritize access. ASU did not return public request records regarding the amount of appointments booked. “We make sure people can be seen that same day and then we prioritize individualized discussion-making with that student,” he said. “We don’t plug him into a system, nor do we presume that counseling is what they need. We don’t make any of those discussions until we meet them.”


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In contrast, ASU’s counseling system has 47 employees, 36 of which can treat students. Those 36 consist of 11 psychologists, 15 counselors, four social workers, and three therapists working between four counseling centers and six health clinics across their Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, Tempe and West Campus to serve their 72,709 students enrolled as of 2018. Krasnow also said their approach to counseling is different than other treatment systems. In a traditional system, most people who seek counseling are immediately put into a treatment system; ASU’s Counseling Services uses an individualized approach to determine whether someone needs continuous counseling or if their source of stress can be addressed through alternative routes. “If a student comes in because there are experiencing financial distress … we don’t presume that what that person needs is counseling,” Krasnow said. “We take that individualized approach with every single person that comes in.” Schoenike said the one thing she wants to see improved with CAPS is wait times. “When I was a freshman, my mom

passed away,” Schoenike said. “As I’m going through obvious college issues as well as the grief of losing a parent and then dealing with the aftermath … Just dealing with things, someone like me, I need to be seen on a more regular basis than six weeks.” Schoenike said she still uses CAPS for psychiatry, but she outsourced her counseling. “Sometimes it’s a bit unorganized. I remember one time, I waited six weeks to see a counselor and I showed up and they were like, ‘Oh, she’s actually out today,’ and I was like, ‘You have got to be kidding me,’” Schoenike said. Another part of this problem is that students are often referred to CAPS for consistent support, but the university does not advertise that it is only a temporary answer for the help they are trying to seek. “[For] someone with a chronic mental illness, CAPS is not the right place to go,” Schoenike said. “I think the reason they don’t necessarily broadcast themselves as like a short-term solution is because, if someone is struggling with mental health, they don’t want to go somewhere that’s going to tell them to go somewhere else.” CAPS provides resources for students who want to seek counseling or other psychological services outside of the university, such as Psychology Today, a website that can find specific counselors for

an individual’s specific needs. Krasnow said ASU’s Counseling Services are also not intended to be long-term counseling solutions. “Typically when the student identifies for themselves, or we recommend something that is longer term than what our resources or our model could provide, we help them find a clinician in the community,” Krasnow said. Ryan said CAPS should only be one part of the approach to addressing mental health on campus. “There needs to be a multi-layered approach to providing support for students and employees at the university,” Ryan said. “If any student goes to CAPS, they will be seen. It might take several hours before they’re seen, but they can only provide short-term interventions. For students who need more long term help, we need to be able to connect them with those kinds of services too. It’s going to take everything from counseling and advising up to CAPS and psychiatry, the whole thing. There’s not a simple solution.” The Student Health Advocacy Committee has their own ideas to engage the student community outside of CAPS. SHAC is a student-led organization within the student government and focuses on mental and sexual health. “The [UA] is actually part of this program

called the Healthiest Campus Coalition, and the HCC focuses on mental health and brain health,” said Kaylah Scharf, co-director of SHAC. “They’re planning this huge thing called Brain Week in the spring and SHAC is hopefully going to be a part of that.” According to Scharf, Brain Week will bring mental health awareness and resources for students. “Basically, there’s going to be a presentation and programming and speakers, games for an entire week focusing on mental health and the different ways destigmatize it and other ways to cope with the fact that mental health and mental illness plague a lot of students,” Scharf said. Schoenike is spearheading a committee on mental health in ASUA to address the matter on campus. She said ASUA is trying to come up with their own solutions for the CAPS problem on campus. ASUA Senate wants to create either a mental health week on campus or a resource fair for students. She thinks that if the UA creates a mental health week on campus, it will be easier for students to identify if they need help. “It takes a lot to admit that to yourself and to admit that to someone else,” Schoenike said. “I think if you could bring mental health one step closer and kind of take the fog and mirrors out of it, make it so that it’s not this big scary [thing].”

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AN ARTIST’S CONCEPT OF the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun. Launched in 2018, the Parker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar activity and make critical contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth.

ONE OF THE TWO solar arrays that will power the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft during its seven-year mission to the Sun. The solar arrays are cooled by a gallon of water that circulates through tubes in the arrays and into large radiators, visible at the top of the spacecraft.

NASA’s hottest mission will discover more about sun’s surface BY SYDNEY JONES @sydney_jones21

The Parker Solar Probe is NASA’s first robotic spacecraft studying the solar wind and outer layer of the sun. The seven-year mission launched in August 2018 and will encounter heat and radiation like no spacecraft has ever experienced before. The mission will collect brand new data about the sun’s active energy, and researchers will be able to understand more about space-weather events that may affect Earth in the future. Kristopher Klein and Joe Giacalone are professors at the University of Arizona who specialize in solar and heliospheric research and work as theoreticians for the Parker Solar Probe. “This is a region of space that we’ve never measured locally,” said Giacolone, a professor in the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. While people have been studying the sun for centuries, the technology was never available — until

now — to actually come close to the sun’s surface for research. “We’ve been staring at the sun since Galileo’s days,” Giacalone said. “The sun is more than just light.” There are many areas of focus that researchers have on the mission, including learning more about the sun’s outermost layer — the corona — and understanding space weather. “We’re trying to understand some fundamental physical processes about our sun,” said Klein, an assistant professor of planetary sciences at UA. One of the first steps to learning more about the sun’s effect on space is to study the solar wind. Studying the fluctuations of the solar wind and coronal mass ejections can help researchers prepare for potential future events of harm on Earth from massive amounts of energy and radiation. “A lot of it that we’re focused on with this particular mission with Parker Solar Probe is understanding basic questions about how exactly energy flows from the sun out to the rest of the solar system through

this thing called the solar wind,” Klein said. “Once we have a better understanding of that, we’ll be able to construct better models for space weather which will then, in turn, be useful to the everyday satellite consumer and user of our power grid.” Many UA students and postdoctoral researchers have been involved in the mission since it’s started, helping with analyzing and comparing data, according to Klein. UA researchers are getting hands-on experience with looking at data collected from the sun and using it to study past theories. “We both have members of our research group that actually have their hands in working with the data,” Klein said. “So actually looking at the data, processing it and comparing it to different theories about how that energy flows outwards.” The probe will continue to report back with new data that could advance humanity’s understanding of the sun.

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UA hockey goalie, Anthony Ciurro, shines for the Wildcats on ice DW: What were the expectations for the team coming into this season? AC: They were pretty high because we had a lot of returners this year. I think we only lost one or two guys last year, so a lot of returners. A lot [of ] guys are coming back and they’re wanting to do bigger and better things.

practice as well as games? AC: As a team, a lot of injuries, but guys have stepped up, and guys that weren’t playing at the beginning of the year have stepped into roles and played really well. That’s the biggest thing. I’ve never been on a team with how many injuries we’ve had. … With practice, I have class from 4-5 [p.m.] every day, so I come to practice at least thirty minutes a day. School comes first, so it has been my biggest challenge this semester.

DW: How does your mental and physical prep in goal change when you know you will be going against a ranked opponent like ASU? AC: I don’t think it changes at all. I think we act about the same no matter who we’re playing. I mean, it’s a little bit more fun playing ASU and good talent and rivalry.

DW: When it comes to defending your side of the arena, to what extent does communication and passing come into your game plan? AC: Communication’s huge, because me and the defensemen and the two forwards, if we’re talking, then it will make everything easier. Communication’s huge and it’s kind of all leads of that.

DW: What unexpected challenges have you encountered this season both in

DW: What has been the best part about being Arizona’s starting goalie?

to me about playing juniors and then kind of came through. I just couldn’t really say no to that.

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The Daily Wildcat recently spoke to the starting goalie for Arizona hockey, No. 30 Anthony Ciurro, after the team’s 2-4 home loss to ASU. Ciurro, a junior from Peoria, Ariz., attended Centennial High School in his hometown and is currently majoring in pharmaceutical sciences. Daily Wildcat: If you could play any other position in college ice hockey, what would it be? Anthony Ciurro: I’d probably play forward so that I could score goals. I get scored against, so [if I was a forward], I could score against instead. DW: What is it that originally brought you to the University of Arizona and the Arizona hockey team? AC: Meeting [head] coach [Chad] Berman. I mean, he got me. Kept talking

AC: This program’s amazing; alumni coming in. Every year, it feels like there is more and more people coming up every year for Alumni Weekend. That crowd is awesome. You can’t beat it. You can’t really find it anywhere else. DW: What has been the worst? AC: [The] practice schedule. [In] February, the ice gets taken up because of the gem show, so we don’t have ice for a month. So that’s probably the biggest part about it. DW: What advice do you bring to your side of the net when your team is winning? AC: I just keep it simple. The biggest thing is just getting the puck. DW: What about when they’re down? AC: Adversity. You got to come out and play hard. Play hard until the last five minutes.


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Professor honored for decades-long career in disability advocacy, education BY LAUREN ROWE @laurenrowe826

Professor Stephanie MacFarland has been training the next generation of disability inclusion advocates since 1981. Her work has spanned across the country but came back home to the University of Arizona, where she works in the College of Education’s Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies. “When [my students] graduate, they become advocates and experts in supporting inclusive education,” MacFarland said. “It’s really a grassroots effort and a national effort as well.” MacFarland’s decades-long career in teaching was recently awarded with the June Downing Breakthroughs in Inclusive Education Award. This award is given by TASH, a group dedicated to promoting inclusion of children and adults with significant disabilities. It was created to honor the work of an individual or a school that contributes to the creation of equal opportunities and the advancement of inclusive education. MacFarland has been working in disability studies since she received her masters from Boston College in 1981. Since then, she has worked as a teacher and a consultant, gone on to receive her Ph.D and is now the director of the Teacher Preparation Program in Severe and Multiple Disabilities at the UA. In her teacher prep program, MacFarland chooses to focus on implementation and inclusion by preparing teachers with helpful skills for working with students with disabilities. After receiving a federal grant to further her advocacy of inclusive education, MacFarland helped to start the Focusing Opportunities with Community and University Supports Program, or Project FOCUS, at the UA in 2010. Project FOCUS is a transition program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities from ages 18 to 22. Project FOCUS prides itself on the fact that all of its students involved are fully integrated with peers of the same age in the same classes for

their program or major, according to MacFarland. MacFarland shared why she believes Project FOCUS is so successful and impactful for the UA. “Having all the best practices in a transition program here at the University of Arizona campus has been phenomenal to spreading advocacy,” MacFarland said. “With the students, faculty, Disability Resource Center, they can feel like any student going here with the amount of influence and support from the other departments and programs.” MacFarland was nominated for the Downing Award by UA colleagues Phyllis Brodsky, assistant professor of practice with the Office of Instruction and Assessment, and Kirsten Lansey, technical expert in the College of Education. The nomination process began in July and MacFarland found out she was receiving the award in October. The two colleagues did not tell her that she was being nominated to make it a more special surprise. Lansey has worked closely with MacFarland ever since they first met — when Lansey was a student in MacFarland’s master program six years ago — and continues to hold MacFarland


DR. STEPHANIE MACFARLAND, ASSISTANT professor of practice at the University of Arizona, in her office. Dr. MacFarland studied deaf-blind education in The Netherlands.

support of those who are also working to create inclusion. MacFarland has worked closely with College of Education deans, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Arizona Department of Education and

When [my students] graduate, they become advocates and experts...” — Stephanie MacFarland

in high regard. “[The award] recognizes teachers and advocates who are ultimately an advocate or teacher for individuals with disabilities to be fully included, both in education and society,” Lansey said. “She has dedicated her life to that and we all thought it would be a great opportunity to nominate her.” Even after receiving this honor, MacFarland continues to recognize the

Vocational Rehabilitation. Due to the support and encouragement of these groups, MacFarland has been able to see the importance and need for collaboration in inclusion. Many school districts have begun work to create inclusion in their classrooms after seeing that it can be done, and has been done, by MacFarland. June Downing, for whom the award

is named after, was influential in both MacFarland’s life and her career. MacFarland received her Ph.D from the UA and studied under Downing during that time, then left Arizona after graduating to work at other schools but ultimately returned to the UA to continue working with Downing. While working with Downing, MacFarland first understood that inclusion would be an ongoing advocacy when Downing challenged her to ask “Why not?” in the face of those that doubted the possibility of full inclusion. MacFarland’s close, personal relationship with Downing is part of what made receiving this award so special. “I’m very honored because my respect for June Downing is immense. For me, it’s because this award was in her honor,” MacFarland said. “She was a friend and mentor of mine and it just meant the world to me. It was like winning a Nobel Prize.”

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Finding consensus through civil discourse GUEST LETTER BY ARIEL FRY

I grew up in Ajo, a small town west of Tucson where there is just one high school. I saw the hardships of life, where resources are limited and families struggle to make it work. While I felt well-supported by my mom and dad, the challenges my small town faced were front-andcenter at the Arizona Town Hall I participated in, here in town. “Strong Families, Thriving Children” was the focus for the organization’s many community town halls held all over the state. This nonprofit focuses on bringing diverse people together to solve critical and often divisive issues the state is grappling with. The town hall uses a proven process of civil discourse and consensus dialogue to educate and engage participants in a process to get them to agree to recommendations to move the issues forward. As I work to complete my Master’s of Science in urban planning here at the University of Arizona, I was tasked with the opportunity to serve as a facilitator and recorder at the town

hall event. When working on shaping urban cores or planning communities, it is clear that having the skill to bring people together to craft a vision for a community and advance that vision collectively will be required in my work and more broadly in life. As one of the facilitators, we kicked off the event with four questions focused on identifying characteristics of strong families and thriving children, as well as the opportunities and tools they need to become stronger. Each question involved a five-step exercise to encourage participation and group discussion. The brilliance of the process is that everyone is engaged in the discussion and development of the recommendations are armed with both their experiences and knowledge, as well as extensive background material provided to the groups. As we moved through the process of each question, the recorder’s role was to share back what they were capturing as the conversation unfolded. The training for the recorder is to look for commonalities, not outlying ideas. That’s where the consensus develops. During those


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“readings” of the document, the participants again get to weigh in to fix, modify or delete any wording or ideas that don’t fit with the group’s consensus. I had the great opportunity to be part of a table made up of people from the United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Saint Philip’s in The Hills Episcopal Church. We were also joined by a student and a parent and individuals impacted by the very topics we were discussing — Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, poverty, lack of resources, foster care and other similar challenges. The conversations between this group were enlightening and generated ideas that contributed to a list of potential ways to solve the complex issues families and children experience. While the report of recommendations from all the community town halls and final statewide gatherings are extensive, here are just a few items that resonated with me: • Spend time with families and in schools to gain a perspective on how others view the world and better understand the issues they face. My view: If you’re aiming to serve a group, speak directly to them. My undergraduate degree in anthropology taught me to go directly to the source. • Provide more resources for students at schools including counseling, mentoring, tutoring, health services and mental health. My view: This is critical for those families who may not have enough, and we know we have enough to share resource-wise and emotional

support. • Offer preventive mental health services in schools and more resources to families in their homes as well as youth on their own. My view: More and more stories and opinion pieces are being written about the stress and anxiety facing our youth and college students. We need to focus on building resiliency. The world is in a tough place. Today’s students here at the UA have a lot of challenges to face — a legacy they may not have ever imagined their parents and past generations were leaving them. We have an environment on fire. We go to schools where we wonder if we’ll be safe, and we’re wondering how we can take our place in the world to have an impact. My experience engaging with a wonderful mix of people at the Arizona Town Hall allowed me to see that through civility and conversation we can find a direction forward. We just have to decide to be part of it. Ariel Fry is a second year Master of Science student in urban planning. She also received her undergraduate degree at the UA in anthropology with an emphasis on sociocultural anthropology and a minor in gender and women’s studies. Opinion pieces, guest commentary, guest letters and online comments do not represent the opinion of the Daily Wildcat.

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UA Eller student brings heaven to taste buds BY ISABELLA BARRON @bellambarron

University of Arizona junior Kayla Lancaster makes Tucsonans’ taste buds “jump for joy” with her tasty treats. Lancaster, a student studying management information systems at the Eller College of Management, started her own online bake shop, Taste Buds Bakery, about three years ago as a junior at Marana High School. “I really always had that passion for creativity but also had a business mindset, my parents called me their little entrepreneur when I was a kid,” Lancaster said in an email. “Once I started baking and decorating cakes I knew that was what I really wanted to do, it perfectly blends creativity with business.” Lancaster has been baking with her mom and grandmother since she was a small child. At 11 years old, she began making and decorating her own birthday cakes. Lancaster said her mom is one of her biggest inspirations and supporters and is always willing to help her when she needs it. “My mom really inspires me, she always taught me to give to others and I think that’s why I value helping people, improving lives and bringing happiness to others,” Lancaster said. “Sometimes my mom will even bake with me and jam out with me in the kitchen while I bake or decorate and we just badly sing and dance around the kitchen with something in the oven and both KitchenAid’s on mixing the next batches.” Lancaster bakes and decorates cakes, cupcakes and cookies. According to her, one of the best parts about selling baked goods is being able to meet and make connections with the people in the Tucson community. “Baking has been really uplifting for me,” Lancaster said. “Every time I see the joy on my customer’s face when they pick up a cake or see the kids literally jump for joy when

I deliver a cake at a birthday party just makes me so happy.” Shelby Calvillo, a local health inspector, is one of Taste Buds Bakery’s regular customers. Out of the many cookies, cupcakes and cakes she has ordered, Calvillo has never been less than happy with the result, she said. Calvillo described Lancaster as a “bubbly, happy girl.” “I have nothing but great things to say about Kayla’s bakery,” Calvillo said. “I trust her with every important moment, from gender reveals, birthdays, baby showers and even my sisters wedding cupcakes. She always exceeds my expectations.” Calvillo said that she is excited to see how Lancaster will use her degree to grow her business. She said she “definitely sees her going far with her skills, talent and pure drive.” In addition to selling baked goods, Lancaster teaches cupcake decorating classes for kids 3-12 years old. Lancaster finds that teaching these classes is one of her favorite things to do, and next year she hopes to offer these classes as birthday party entertainment. Lancaster’s high school English teacher, Katie Anderson, met Lancaster when she was a sophomore in high school. Anderson remembers Lancaster always carrying around baked goods and even selling to other students in the class. According to Anderson, Lancaster was occasionally late when coming from her culinary class, but she always brought Anderson a treat as a late pass. “I am so impressed with what she’s doing, both as a baker and as a business owner,” Anderson said. “She’s always known exactly what her path is and has taken steps to make sure she gets where she needs to be. Kayla is a treasure.” Anderson “strongly recommends” that people purchase their baked goods from Taste Buds Bakery, saying the owner is “dedicated, passionate and talented.” Lancaster is very focused


A PHOTO OF KAYLA LANCASTER and her mother smiling for a photo. Lancaster started baking when she was just 2 years old and her mom is her inspiration for her culinary career.

on school and her studies in management information systems but, according to her, it’s definitely a challenge to be a full-time college student and run a small business simultaneously. To remedy this, she has tried to build a decent schedule that works for her and has tried to employ serious time management skills. Someday, Lancaster said, she would love to open a real storefront. Until that reality becomes feasible, however, she plans to work in management information systems following graduation and keep the bakery small and online. Lancaster said she believes in the importance of supporting local and small businesses because she values “creativity, respect, quality and honesty.” According to Lancaster, she would accept anyone and never turns down the opportunity to work with another human being.



ONE OF KAYLA LANCASTER’S cakes that she sells on her online bakery called Tastebuds Bakery.


“I think people from the Tucson community should buy from me because I don’t just sell cakes, I build relationships and bring people’s visions to life,” Lancaster said. “I create unique cakes and I’m not afraid to take on a challenge.” For more information on

Taste Buds Bakery or to place an order, visit Lancaster’s website at tastebudstucson. com, her Facebook page @tastebudsbakery or her Instagram and Twitter pages @tastebudstucson.

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Campus Candy closing after five years on University Boulevard


BY LAUREN ROWE @laurenrowe826


Campus Candy & Yogurt announced earlier this month that it would be closing its doors on Dec. 18, after serving as a University Boulevard staple for five years. The store will be closing due to the impact of lower profits during the summer and winter months. Campus Candy employee Nathan McKelvey shared a little more about why the store would be closing. “It’s really due to slower sales — we don’t sell as much as we did maybe three or four years ago,” McKelvey said. “Our profits are just so much lower, and, honestly, it really just isn’t what it used to be.” McKelvey also said that many customers have started to choose chain yogurt and candy stores rather than going to Campus Candy. Despite the


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From forgeries to painting theft: A brief history of art crime at the UA Museum BY SUNDAY HOLLAND @sunday_holland

Art crime is woven throughout museums, galleries and private collections alike. From forgeries to the theft of its most valuable painting, the University of Arizona Museum of Art has an art crime history all of its own. The art museum’s Curator of Exhibitions Olivia Miller gave a community talk called “Crimes Against Art” about incidents of the museum at the Murphy-Wilmot Library on Dec. 6. The Forgeries According to Miller, the museum’s curator discovered in the late 1970s that Wassily Kandinsky’s painting “Ruhe” was a forgery. The director happened upon a poster reproduction of “Ruhe,” which did not look like the original and began to inspect museum files to research its provenance. It turned out that parts of painting’s provenance was fictional. The original was still part of a private collection belonging to Nathan Cummings, making the one hanging in the museum a forgery. After the Kandinsky painting was found to be a forgery, the curator began tracking all the other pieces sold by the same gallery from which it had been bought. Miller said a sculpture called “Dancer Posing” by Edgar Degas was also discovered to be a fake after being inspected by experts at Harvard. “The conservators called the sculpture ‘a poor copy of a copy,’” Miller said. “It was not even a good forgery.” The two falsified artworks were gifts from Edward Gallagher Jr. According to the art museum’s website, Gallagher Jr. donated about 200 “world-class modern art” pieces to the museum in honor of his son who passed away. Miller said the Kandinsky and Degas artworks were sold to Gallagher Jr. by a gallery that had supplied him many pieces, the majority of which later turned out to be forgeries. She mentioned that a preparatory sculpture by Henry Moore is currently not on display, as it is from the same untrustworthy gallery and the authenticity is still unknown. “[These forgery discoveries] were quite unfortunate because the gallery owner and Gallagher had been friends since high school,” Miller said.

It was found out that the gallery owner established an elaborate scheme. Apparently, he had forged letters from a non-existent corporation owner and created a shell company, all to deceive Gallagher Jr. and knowingly sell him forged artwork, according to Miller. “I guarantee that there are museums right now that have forgeries on view and just don’t know it yet,” Miller said. “In 2016, half of a museum in France happened to be fake.” Karen Barber is an adult services librarian who has taken part in the organization of the art talks since 2012. Apparently, the first talk they ever hosted was about the Gallagher collection. Now, seven years later, the talk is about how Gallagher was duped. “I had no idea that the [UA] had all those forgeries,” Barber said after the talk. “I think it’s fascinating that [the museum is] being so open about the forgeries.” The Stolen Painting The museum’s talk was brought up during Miller’s re-telling of the story about Willem de Kooning’s “WomanOchre” painting that was stolen over 30 years ago. According to UA Police Chief Brian Seastone, on the morning of Nov. 29, 1985, a man and a woman entered the museum. Police believe that the woman distracted the security guard while the man went up to the second floor. “The security guard was suspicious after they left and immediately went upstairs to check on the artworks,” Miller said. “He discovered that the painting had been cut from its frame shortly after they left.” It wasn’t until 2009 when Lauren Rabb became the curator of art at the UA art museum that “WomanOchre” came back into the spotlight. According to Rabb, she was always interested in art theft. “Art crime fascinates me because while it’s usually considered a victimless crime, at the same time it’s a crime against humanity,” Rabb said in an email. “Humanity is deprived of that work of art — of the ability to experience it anymore.” According to Rabb, awareness about the stolen de Kooning painting needed to spread if it were ever to be returned to the art museum. Rabb contacted the FBI to remind them about the robbery


UAMA STAFF AND RESTORERS examine “Woman-Ochre” as it came back to the UA in August 2017. The painting was taken from the museum 30 years prior and was found in New Mexico.


WILLEM DE KOONING’S “WOMANOCHRE” being handled upon its return to UAMA in Aug. 2017. The painting is valued at approximately $100 million, according to curator of exhibitions Olivia Miller.

and to inquire about the status of their investigations. “It seemed like a good time to reopen the case and make sure there was publicity around the 30-year anniversary of the theft,” Rabb said.

Miller said the museum hosted an event titled “Out of the Vault – Art Crime,” prompted by Rabb in 2015. It was about past forgeries,

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WILLEM DE KOONING’S SIGNATURE on the painting “Woman-Ochre”. The painting was cut from its frame and declared missing before being found 30 years later.



“Woman-Ochre” and the FBI’s progress on the stolen painting case. This talk renewed interest toward the unsolved disappearance within the community. According to Miller, the event received international press attention and an article was written about the stolen painting a few weeks later by Anne Ryman for the Arizona Republic. “On Aug. 3, 2017, we got a call that changed our lives,” Miller said. David Van Auker, an owner of an antique store in New Mexico, called the art museum to say that he believed he found the stolen de Kooning after he researched the painting he bought and came across Ryman’s article. “At first, I was cautious about getting excited,” Miller said. “It wasn’t that I didn’t believe him, but we wanted more proof, especially after discovering so many other forgeries in the museum.” Finally, it was found that Van Auker was indeed in possession of the

long-lost painting. According to Miller, if it weren’t for the transparency and educational reach of the “Out of the Vault – Art Crime” event, Ryman’s article wouldn’t have been written. “Museums are public institutions,” Miller said. “The public should be aware of what goes on inside them. Keeping the public informed is what helped us recover ‘Woman-Ochre.’” Today, “Woman-Ochre” is being tested and repaired at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Miller expects that the art museum will get to welcome the painting back home in Spring of 2021. Over 30 years after the crime, UA Museum of Art employees and community members alike celebrate the painting’s recovery. “Art crime is a real and current issue,” Miller said. “Just recently, a couple paintings were burglarized in Germany. For [the art museum], it’s about finding a balance between visitor experience and painting safety.”

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‘Everybody helps everybody’: UA maintenance workers share secrets on keeping campus orderly BY DIANA RAMOS @diana_sacaria

The University of Arizona counts on a huge staff that keeps the campus running smoothly. These employees work diligently every day, but their names go unnoticed in the eye of the general public. They clean restrooms, keep elevators working, maintain plumbing and electrics, make locks and keys for the entire campus and more. With nearly 30 departments, UA Facilities Management provide maintenance to campus that support students, faculty and staff to achieve their academic, professional and life goals. Keeping her head held high Yesenia Ahumada, a custodian from Guasave, Mexico, has been working at the UA for nine years. At the McKale Memorial Center, Ahumada is charged with cleaning the athletic director’s office, track and field offices, volleyball offices, swimming offices, ticket offices and administration offices. Besides that, she also cleans the women’s locker rooms for soccer, tennis, swimming and diving, cheerleaders, golf, softball and track and field. Ahumada’s day begins at 5 a.m. and usually ends at 1:30 p.m. — it’s an earlier eight-hour work day, but it’s a schedule she’s perfectly content with. “I love it,” Ahumada said. “I have half a day for me, myself and I.” While she is surrounded by students working toward higher education and an educational staff with advanced degrees, Ahumada doesn’t have one herself. Despite all the work she does and the love she holds for her job, she sometimes feels like those in higher positions make her feel degraded, Ahumada said. “It is a little disappointing,” Ahumada said. Ahumada said that, even without a degree, she feels more educated than others who have one because she respects and values people. According to Ahumada, parents won’t let their children study at a university that is unclean and unpresentable. She explained that the university needs to be clean because when prospective students tour the university, they should leave with a good impression. “Imagínate [imagine that],” Ahumada said, “si no hubiera nadie que limpiara [if there was no one to clean].” Worrying for students Eric Silva Jr. has worked all over campus. He started at the UA as a landscaper about

three years ago then transferred to the facilities management warehouse and later began at the electrical services department. These days, Silva mainly works on Speedway Boulevard, which spans from Banner — Health University Medical Center to the McKale Center. Although students may not be aware of how “dangerous” his job can be, his biggest worry is the students’ safety. According to him, students have a tendency to be unaware of their surroundings and it is a major issue that the facility staff is aware of. Specifically, Silva worries students will hurt themselves when crossing the streets while texting because they can’t see a potential car coming. “Cell phones are a big distraction,” Silva said. “Be aware of your surroundings.” Silva is a Wildcat fan and he said that was why he worries. “I like to come here on campus and make a good environment for [students],” Silva said. Silva isn’t the only employee in UA Facilities Management to worry about student safety. Ahumada said she fears a breach of security. Sometimes, faculty and staff want access to a room or building she is working in but get upset when she refuses them access. “We cannot open the door for nobody,” Ahumada said. “Why? Because of security.” Work limitations It’s no secret that parking is a hassle on and around the UA campus, but for facilities management employees, timed parking becomes a problem. Fernando Lopez from Querétaro, Mexico, is an employee in the electrical services department of Facilities Management and has been working at the UA for 23 years. Lopez thinks that facilities management employees should have priority parking throughout campus. Lopez mentioned that even when he drives a state vehicle and parks in the service spot, he still risks getting tickets for doing his job because most service parking spots have a limited use of two hours. Sometimes, he and his co-workers need more than two hours to do their jobs. “There is not enough parking,” Lopez said. “[Parking monitors] give you a ticket for doing your job. That’s not fair.” According to Stanley Donsky, also part of the electrical services department, sometimes people park in the service parking spots, forcing him and his coworkers to walk many blocks to work while carrying heavy tools. Donsky prefers to ride his bike to work because paying for parking is not an option for him.


YESENIA AHUMADA IN THE women’s track and field locker room at the McKale Center.


ERIC SILVA JR. STANDING in front of the Chemical Sciences building.

Love for the job According to Ahumada, the relationship she has with her coworkers is a special one. They help each other in any situation, even covering someone else’s turn.

“This is like a family,” Ahumada said. “This is the best place to be because this is … teamwork.” This close relationship is necessary for her job, according to Ahumada.

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decrease in sales, McKelvey said that the customers are still greatly appreciated and will be missed. To other customers, like University of Arizona student Abbigail Riley, Campus Candy has been a valuable source when other candy stores have failed. “For my sorority, we had a candythemed bid day, so my friends and I were driving all over trying to look for those candy necklaces,” Riley said. “It felt like we went to every store and could not find them.” Campus Candy has long been a hot spot for students to enjoy a sweet treat and socialize with friends while doing so. UA junior Kyle Della Giustina remembered the role that the store played in his first few weeks of college. “Campus Candy is where I met my best friend at the UA, and for that, it will always be a special place to me,” Della Giustina said. Campus Candy has also served as a place for returning students to receive unexpected guidance. UA

junior Marisa Edmonston recalled how one Campus Candy employee had comforting advice for her. “I was with my mom. We had just finished moving in for my junior year and we were talking about how nervous I was for this year,” Edmonston said. “Then the Campus Candy employee started reassuring me and giving me pretty deep advice for the year. It was pretty funny, but also made me feel a lot better.” The owners of Campus Candy are involved in other businesses and have decided not to relocate the store and opt for a complete closing instead, according to McKelvey. To commemorate their closing, all candy will be 50% off and yogurt is “All You Can Fill” for $5 until their closing date. The closing of Campus Candy may prove bittersweet for many UA students who have made friends there. Sophomore UA student Sara Dyer said, “I went there a lot my freshman year and it’s where I got close to a lot of my best friends. I’m sad that it’s closing, I think that their presence will be missed a lot on University.” HEATHER NEWBERRY | THE DAILY WILDCAT

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car matching the one in the employee’s photo. He spoke with the UA student in the car, who asked if this was about the guy who spoke with them about getting hit by ice. The student said he didn’t know anything more about the incident.

tubing. He showed the “gun” to the officers who confirmed it was not a real weapon. No other weapons were found during a search of his room. The student also said that he had been feeling down lately, but was not suicidal and had not harmed himself or anybody else. The officers provided the student with information on how to contact Counseling & Psychological Services and the number for a crisis hotline. The student was also referred to the Dean of Students Office.

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Snowball fights are a classic winter art form. But I guess when you live in Tucson, petty criminals have to settle for chucking ice at people. A University of Arizona Police Department officer met with a UA employee in the lobby of the police station on Nov. 27 at around 3:45 p.m. He was there to report an assault he had experienced an hour earlier. The employee told the officer he had been walking near Sixth Street Garage when he was hit on the left side of his face and mouth by a chunk of ice. He looked up to see a dark colored car quickly drive away. He chased the car for a while and found a similar-looking vehicle near Seventh Street. When two men got out of the car, the employee confronted them, though he was not certain they were the ones behind the ice attack, according to the report. The employee told the men that he did not want trouble, but that he had been hit with ice. The men reportedly told him that they had no idea why he was telling them that. The employee continued, saying that he was angry and would continue looking for the assailant. The men told him, “Good luck with that.” He remembered that the driver had a soda cup with him, though the ice had definitely been thrown by the person in the passenger seat. The employee showed the officer a picture he had taken of the men’s car. He also told him that he was not hurt and the officer found no marks on his face. He wanted to press charges if a suspect was found, according to the report. The officer went to the area near the ice attack and found a

When it comes to Snapchat, stick to dog filters, not threats against the entire school. A UAPD officer began his search for a student on the night of Dec. 1 after the student posted a concerning photo to his Snapchat. In the Snapchat photo, the student is holding what appeared to be a long black gun. He captioned the image, “guys do yourself a favor and don’t go back to school Monday,” according to the report. Law enforcement were first alerted to the possible threat via the LiveSafe app and a friend of the student who was worried after seeing the photo and noticing that the student did not respond to him online. A UAPD officer went to the address of what he believed was the student’s home. When he arrived, he met with the student’s mother and told her why he was there. She told him that he does not live there and does not have any weapons. She also told him her son had never made any threats or suicidal remarks to her. When the officer asked where her son lives now, she could not remember but said his grandmother might know. The officer spoke with the grandmother, who said she also did not know the actual address but that the student’s mother knows how to get there in a car. The mother agreed to take the officer to her son’s home as long as the grandmother was allowed to go with them. She also asked several times to confirm that he was really a police officer. Once the grandmother arrived, the group headed to the student’s home. When they got there, the officer told the women to remain in the car. The officer, along with other UAPD officers who joined him, knocked on the door and announced that they were police officers. The student’s roommate opened the door and agreed to go get him. The student came to the door and spoke with the officers. He reportedly knew immediately that the officers were there about the Snapchat post. He allowed them inside. The student told the officers that the photo was a joke and that he does not own any actual guns or weapons. The “gun” in the picture was actually two sticks tied together with bike

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Police Beat’s Christmas wish would be to end the year without another entry about a woman experiencing sexual harassment on campus. But that’s not what this column is about, now is it? A UAPD officer spoke with a UA professor on the phone who said he was calling on behalf of a UA student who had spoken to an indecent man on Nov. 26 at around 3 p.m. The officer asked if the student was still in the office with the professor and if she would speak with him. The student was still there but wished to remain anonymous. The professor relayed the student’s story to the officer. The student had been walking near the Eller College at around 2 p.m. when a car pulled up next to her, according to the report. The driver asked her for directions to the Campus Recreation Center. The student took out her phone to look up directions. That’s when she noticed that the man had his penis exposed. The student ran off and went to the professor’s office. The officer asked the professor to assess the student’s current state. He told the officer that the student had initially seemed shocked and upset but was calmer now. The officer had the professor ask if the student wanted to speak to a counselor. She declined, saying she just wanted her sister to pick her up so she could go home. She was given the case number in case she wanted to speak to an officer in the future. After the phone call, the officer went to the area near Helen Street and Fremont Avenue. There were no cars in the area that matched the description provided by the student. The officer was also able to review security footage of the area from a nearby parking garage but found no matching car.

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How Amato transformed Arizona women’s soccer BY JACOB MENNUTI @jacob_mennuti

It wasn’t too long ago that Arizona women’s soccer was begging for wins at the bottom of the Pac-12 standings. In 2011, the team had a 1-9-1 conference record and ended the season 1-16-2. The program had only been to the NCAA tournament twice in the prior 15 years and finished with a winning record only two times in that span. It was obvious that the program was in desperate need of someone to reverse its losing ways. Arizona Athletics would make one of its most pivotal decisions when they hired former player and now current head coach Tony Amato. Amato had accumulated quite the resume prior to accepting Arizona’s vacant head coach position in 2013. He played soccer for four years at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., before taking his first Division I coaching job at Stephen F. Austin in 2010. He compiled a win-loss record of 45-123 in his three years there while also winning conference titles in 2011 and 2012 with a combined league record of 17-0. Amato had grown accustomed to the winning mentality, but that was something that had to be built

from scratch when he arrived in Tucson. “The first thing that jumped into my head when I got here was to win,” Amato said. “It’s not win at all costs. It’s not lie, steal and cheat to win. Our goal was to win and focus on the things that relate to winning and hone in on that. We’ve been able to do that with players who are willing to buy into what we’re doing and we’ve been successful so far.” Arizona women’s soccer made a complete turnaround in Amato’s first year as head coach, going 9-7-4 in 2013, which was the most wins by a first-year head coach in program history. Despite the immediate improvement, Amato didn’t feel the program was in good shape until 2014. The Wildcats won 11 games that year and made it to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005. “Our first season here we went above .500 in 2013 and really we were just trying to figure things out,” Amato said. “But in 2014, we made the tournament, went on the road in cold conditions and won that game and I think that was really telling of what we could do moving forward.” Arizona would go on to make the postseason in four of the next five years while

finishing .500 or better with at least nine wins in each year. Winning more games changed several things within the program, one of those being on the recruiting trail. “In 2013, we were talking mostly about how we were going to be good,” Amato said. “I know we don’t have the greatest record right now, but trust us. We’re going to get good and you can help us get better. It was a bit of a leap of faith. Now we are good and we’re talking about how we’re going to take that next step and go from good to great.” One thing has always stayed the same, however, and that’s the motivation and desire to build a legacy during their time on campus. Senior midfielder Kelcey Cavarra has been with the team for four years and has seen the progression of the program first-hand. “We haven’t been to the NCAA tournament for three straight years, so that’s pretty big. We always talk about building a legacy and this is just part of it and the legacy we want to leave,” Cavarra said. “It’s something that we talk about from day one,” Amato said. “If you want to make it good, you have to take responsibility in that and when you leave, it has to be better than it was when you got here and that’s



the legacy part.” Tony Amato recently signed a contract extension that retains him as the head coach through 2021, making it safe to say that Arizona women’s soccer is in good hands for years to come.


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Normalizing community college education BY MIKAYLA BALMACEDA @DailyWildcat

There are so many options that students are faced with when deciding what to do after graduating high school. This huge step for these students will affect their career options for the rest of their lives. There’s always the option of taking a gap year and going straight into the workforce rather than going to college or a university. The topic of college is something most high school students cringe at when thinking or talking about it because it is such a lifechanging decision. The decision is challenging as well because of all the limitless options that come with trying to achieve higher education: staying in state or going out of state, state or university, private or community colleges. The normalization of high schoolers just wanting to attend well-known colleges or universities is accepted in everyday conversation from classrooms, college fairs and even at home. I and those who have similar stories resonate with the memory of being in high school and remembering how community college was normally a subject that was skimmed right over. Since community college is rarely ever talked about, students who are considering community college or are interested in going are often too timid to ask questions or say what their plans are because of the negative stigma it has developed. In high school, it is mostly expected of students to continue their education at a four-year college or university. The pressure on these decisions start in high school, more specifically junior year. Normal traditional American high schools put so much pressure on their students to have this set plan for after they graduate and are expected to have everything figured out, regardless of being only 17 or 18 years old. According to Dani Rollins, assistant vice president for enrollment planning and recruitment at the University of Arizona, in the fall 2018 semester, 1,255 Arizona resident transfer students from an Arizona community college and 403 non-resident transfer students from a community college out of state transferred to the UA. In addition, this semester, there were 1,316 Arizona resident transfer students from an Arizona community college and 502 non-resident transfer students from a community college out of state. Rollins doesn’t think that community college has a negative stigma. “Going to community college is a fantastic

way for students to prepare for their next step,” Rollins said. “Community college, much like university and many other experiences in life, is what you make of it.” There are so many benefits while considering a community college education. The number one thing people consider while looking at colleges or universities is the cost of attendance. According to Community College Review, the main benefit of attending a community college as opposed to a state or private college or university is the reduced tuition costs. Rollins points out that there are also flexible course schedules, small classes and diversity of classmates. “For some people, it can be a great way to get back in the routine of attending class or a chance to improve their admissibility for the university,” said Rollins. “It can also be a good way to stay close to family or a job.” But like most things, there are a couple downsides of going to a community college. Rollins said the biggest obstacle for students is ensuring that their coursework will transfer and apply toward their degree. “Luckily for Arizona students, there are strong articulation pathways that can make the task of transferring easier,” she said. “Additionally, we have an Office of Transfer Credit & Articulation, which can help students learn how credits from all over the country transfer before they even take them.” Another thing most community colleges don’t offer is the more traditional “collegiate” vibe, with fewer aspects of the traditional campus environment, like activities and clubs. “It can mean that students have less time at the university to get to know their professors or work on research,” Rollins said. “Course options are more limited. Some community colleges only offer one foreign language or only up to a certain level of math.” Furthering education in any way that fits the student should be something that no one should be afraid to pursue because of negative stigmas. High schools should start normalizing all options for students so they don’t feel afraid to pursue and share their experiences. Despite where or how you further your education, it is important to note that you are still out there doing it — it’s just in a way that is best for you. Rollins’ advice is to “take advantage of the opportunities available to you and you can thrive.”

— Mikayla Balmaceda is a junior double majoring in journalism and creative writing

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