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Attending a research university isn’t for everyone, according to a state representative who roiled educational waters when he suggested Arizona should reconsider how it funds universities “if somebody’s going to end up in a sales position or someone’s going to be a real estate agent.” “The university redistributes a tremendous amount of tuition money so that almost anybody can go to the university,” Rep. John Kavanagh, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, said recently in an interview with Capitol Media Services. He added that the state subsidy for students who go to college but don’t need to takes limited funding “and dilutes it so we can’t concentrate on having some of our science areas and engineering areas being really stellar.” In an interview with Arizona Sonora News Service on Tuesday, Kavanagh said he believes fouryear research universities should become more selective, not only to raise their reputation and standing in the nation, but also so students who graduate will be more competitive with graduates from
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The Daily Wildcat The UA is taking the biggest hit in Gov. Jan Brewer’s budget proposal, Arizona Board of Regents chairman Rick Myers said Tuesday. Last Friday, Brewer released the state’s Executive Budget proposal outlining the state’s intended expenses for fiscal year 2015. The proposal includes a two-page summary of higher education funding that suggests a $27.5 million allocation to Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University to help even out per-student funding throughout the three state universities. While there is some funding for the UA in the proposal, it is roughly 10 percent of the $34.8 million the university requested. The $3.5 million would be available only for use for Cooperative Extension, a statewide network through the UA’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that links university research to Arizona’s community, environment and economy, according to its website. The UA’s funding request was mirrored by the funding recommendation of the Arizona Board of Regents, the state’s higher education governing board. The board’s recommendations for all three universities totaled $107.6 million. “I don’t want to imply anyone is out to get the University of Arizona, but I think we also need to be pragmatic and the students at the University of Arizona need to look and say, ‘We need the state to be committed to our university also so that our tuition can stay affordable and that we can have a quality experience,’” Myers said. “And the current proposal, I think, doesn’t support the University of Arizona enough.” Myers said the regents are committed to their initial proposal and will continue to work with the Legislature and the governor’s office
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to modify the budget to include more realists, knowing that not everything happens all the time,” Comrie said. funding for higher education. UA leaders are taking a wait- “On the other hand, I think we make and-see approach to the governor’s a really good case that if you really proposal, knowing that the funding want this university to succeed and they requested wasn’t guaranteed be put on the map, then I think it’d be great if everyone and they may could pitch in to have to make The current the best that they some adjustments proposal ... possibly can.” according to the doesn’t support The strategic final budget. plan is supported Andrew Comrie, the University by a budget plan UA provost, said of Arizona that suggests the it was good to see enough. state provide $15 some funding — Rick Myers, million. The $15 proposed for Regents’ Chairman million, along with Cooperative a requested $11.8 Extension; however, the university will have to make million for performance funding, some changes to the funding model were left out of the executive office for its strategic plan and to the plan’s proposal. The UA also requested $8 goals if the state is unable to fund million for the veterinary medicine part of it. The Never Settle Strategic degree and Cooperative Extension. State university funding in the Academic and Business Plan focuses on innovation, student engagement, governor’s budget proposal totals $31 million, with an additional partnership and synergy. “We set out a plan that has very $15 million recommended for the ambitious goals in it, that has a full BUDGET, 2 suite of funding needs, and we’re
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As the 2014 flu season approaches its peak, UA Campus Health Service officials prepare for the influx of students they will be seeing in their reception area. Campus Health typically sees the most patients during flu season, which runs from October to January, said Terri West, administrative associate at Campus Health. Common flu symptoms include headache, fever, fatigue, sore throat, cough, runny nose and body aches, said Ashley Colyer, a pharmacist at CVS. Students feeling any of these symptoms can visit Campus Health for a health assessment from medical staff on standby. “Students have the opportunity to be seen by nurse practitioners, doctors or a wide variety of licensed physicians here at Campus Health,” West said. “We are a primary care facility that offers the highest quality of care for students when they walk into our center.” Flu shots are currently available Monday through Friday from Campus Health for $17 without insurance and at the CVS on University Boulevard. Sam Mitchell, a freshman pre-business student, said he wasn’t feeling well, but wasn’t concerned about having the flu. “I’ve been feeling some severe cold symptoms,” Mitchell said. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus, and it ranges from being a mild illness
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Former staff weigh in on Wildcat Kelly Lewis, founder of Go! Girl Guides Worked 3.5 years as news and arts reporter, news editor What’s one of your favorite memories from your time at the Wildcat? I think certainly the most important thing that I ever covered was the murder that happened in the dorm rooms. It was the Galareka Harrison murder. That happened while I was the news editor, and it was the first on-campus murder in at least a decade. For us, when I got the call, I remember exactly where I was. I was at home, it was like 6 o’clock in the morning and I got a phone call and we just started scrambling to find someone who could cover it and cover it well. The whole next week was devoted just to coverage of this topic. … That really sticks out in my mind as a defining moment of my career and of my time at the Wildcat.
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Current and former UA students are coming together this Saturday to honor this year’s inductees into the Wildcat Alumni Hall of Fame. The Wildcat Alumni Hall of Fame was created in 2001 to acknowledge the achievements of Daily Wildcat alums. The inductees come from all desks of the Daily Wildcat and have been out of college for at least 10 years. Eleven former staff members are being inducted this year. Additionally, nine alumni have been honored with the Wildcat Young Alumni Award this year. In 2008, the Wildcat Young Alumni Award was created to recognize former staff members making great strides in their professional fields who have been out of college for less than 10 years. The Daily Wildcat caught up with seven Hall of Fame and Young Alumni Award winners to see what the Wildcat experience was like when they were college students.
Tim Fuller, freelance photographer, worked two years as photographer and photo editor What did you learn at the Daily Wildcat that stuck with you? What … stuck with me is how you make a twodimensional photographic image that communicates ideas. How you communicate visually — that was something I didn’t know how to do before. I knew how to take pictures before, I knew how to make a docket of images before, but I didn’t know how to communicate visually. And just as important on demand. When I used to make photographs that I really liked … in those days, you’d take a photograph and you’d go, “Eh, that’s not quite what I’m thinking. Maybe if I own it.” You take another, then all of a sudden, you’d really get what your idea is that you’re trying to do and you’d work on it, which is really different than someone saying, “OK, you go there, and in two hours come back, and I need the photograph to be beautiful and communicate.”
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Lance Madden, ad operations associate with Time Inc, Sports Illustrated, Golf, worked for eight semesters and two summers as sports reporter, sports editor, editorin-chief What was the newsroom like when you worked at the Daily Wildcat? The newsroom was fun. It was a place where a lot of us spent a lot of time. Of course we’d spend our working time there, but we would also spend time in between classes, before or after classes. I think of it as our frat. It was our clubhouse. It was just very comfortable. … I’ve made a lot of friends there, and so it was just a fun place to be. It was also a better learning environment than any other class that I took. You spend a lot of time working on the newspaper, and that’s where I learned a lot about journalism.
Joni Hirsch Blackman, freelance writer, worked two years as city reporter Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to add? It was my first job. I remember we got paid — I think it was $100 a month, maybe it was $100 a week. I certainly didn’t want to tell them then, but I would have done it for free. The fact that we were getting paid was a bonus. I just remember the fact that I was getting paid to write, and it was the most incredible dream come true. I’m lucky enough to keep doing that for the last 30 years since I left there, but it all started at the Wildcat and I still list that as my first job very proudly on my resume.
John D’Anna, page one editor at the Arizona Republic, worked two years as night editor, news editor, editor-in-chief What was the newsroom like when you worked at the Daily Wildcat? Dingy. It had this old, gross carpet and a bunch of cast-off furniture, and it was down in the basement of the Student Union [Memorial Center] building, and it was just not a very inviting atmosphere. But at least it was home.
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to a deadly one. The contagious nature of the flu makes college students especially vulnerable to contracting it. “When you’re living in the dorms, if one person gets sick, everyone gets sick,” Mitchell said. West said it’s important for students to be vaccinated against the flu to stay healthy. “Every year, students should have a vaccine for the flu,” West said. While it’s better to get a flu shot and avoid the illness altogether, Colyer said, there are still easy ways to treat the flu once it’s been contracted. “There’s plenty of
Translational Genomics Research Institute, or TGen, an independent, nonprofit research organization that sometimes works with university researchers. State Rep. Ethan Orr said he is concerned about the proposal’s lack of funding for the UA and would like to see the state budget switch to a performance-based funding model for higher education. The proposal defines performance-based funding as a model where additional funding is based on three metrics — total degrees awarded, credit hours completed and research expenditure — but doesn’t recommend additional funding for performance. Orr, who is also vice-chairman of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee, added that while he supports the governor’s goal of a 0 percent tuition increase, he’s worried universities may not have the resources to avoid increasing tuition. In order for institutions to cover their
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the Campus Health Emergency Center offers aid in flu care. Flu season is approaching its peak, and Campus Health staff expect an influx of ill students.
vaccines currently available for students,” Colyer said, “but if they do end up getting sick, they should stay home from school to get as much rest as possible,
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other research universities. He added that the state spends too much money on research universities and that there should be more opportunities created for students through non-research fouryear college degrees, community college degrees and trade school degrees. “Everyone should have an educational opportunity so long as there’s a job available for them, and there should be different options for different people because everyone doesn’t need to go to a research university and have the expense and the student debt that follows such a higher-coursed option,” Kavanagh said. But even though the UA is a research university, Provost Andrew Comrie stressed the value of non-science departments. The
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Arek Sarkissian, government reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat, worked two years as cops reporter, editor, editorin-chief What’s one of your favorite memories from your time at the Wildcat? I was a big fan of Mark Woodhams. I don’t know why, but he and I always got along and I loved talking with him about news. And probably just chasing stories. I used to skip class all the time to chase stories. My philosophy was: “Why am I going to go to journalism class if I can just do it here and get paid for it?” I used to camp outside offices, and when people wouldn’t answer questions, any chance I could get I’d run over to the office and I’d sit there and camp out until finally someone would open their door. Stuff like that was fun, and I still do it to this day.
Performance funding: $11.8 million Innovation and discovery initiatives: $15 million Veterinary medicine and Cooperative Extension: $8 million
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costs, they will have to cut internal costs, which might affect the quality of education, or they will need more money from either the state or an increase in tuition. “It’s [not] feasible to say, ‘Institutions hold down tuition, but we’re not giving you more money,’” Orr said. “The money has to come from somewhere.”
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UA functions as a full-service, to improve, he added, but it is also we have research institutions isn’t comprehensive university, not just careful not to overlook important costing the state.” In the coming months, legislators issues of accessibility for Arizonans. a research institution, Comrie said. Some education leaders said will decide if state universities will “Universities are not just about training, they’re about education,” research universities provide a receive more money for the next Comrie said, “and part of that is service to the state and aren’t a fiscal year. The UA sent a request to the board of regents for $34.8 understanding all aspects of how our drain on state dollars. million, which was then world and cultures sent to the Legislature work. It’s important as part of a total request to function well as Universities are not just about of a little more than $100 a technical person training, they’re about education. million for all three state by understanding — Andrew Comrie, Provost universities. the context that Zachary Brooks, you’re working in, president of the and that’s absolutely “I don’t know how you can Graduate and Professional Student critical. We’re not just a technical institute. The whole idea is that argue that an education at these Council, said he believes that in we provide a full education so we universities is a bad thing and that order to build the economy and can produce citizens who … can we should lock more people out of keep people in Arizona, the state understand as much as possible the chance to have that,” said Regent must invest in higher education. He Rick Myers, chair of the Arizona added that he felt Kavanagh made about how the world works.” Comrie said researchers help Board of Regents. “The amount of his initial comments in order to ensure students receive the money they give from the state per provoke a reaction. “He obviously likes attention, very best education, along with student is among the lowest in the providing students the opportunity nation. It doesn’t matter if the rest of and he knows how to get it,” Brooks to study with some of the best in it is at a research institution or just said. “I think he’s trying to place the their respected fields. The UA wants a four-year institution. The fact that narrative against people who might
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Heat the body, cure the mind BY Julie Huynh
The Daily Wildcat UA researchers are using heat to treat depression. The ongoing study, led by UA psychiatry professor Charles Raison, is examining the effectiveness of a technique known as whole-body hyperthermia as a treatment for depression. Early results show that the technique works, Raison said. “This is one of the first studies of depression treatment that is not directly targeting the brain itself,” said Clemens Janssen, one of Raison’s graduate students at the UA’s John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. Raison’s interest in the link between body temperature and mood was inspired by Tummo meditation techniques, used by Tibetan Buddhists to reach a euphoric state by increasing their body temperature. However, this study is the first time that the technique is being tested experimentally, he added. “We’ve tapped into something that is an ancient human practice,” Raison said. Many other indigenous cultures have used hyperthermia as a means of healing and spiritual advancement, said Tommy K. Begay, a research associate in the UA Department of Psychiatry and the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. Begay studies how Native American spiritual practices affect health. According to Raison, the chemicals that are important for regulating body temperature are also important for regulating mood.
His lab uses infrared heating to elevate the participant’s core body temperature for two-to three-hour-long sessions. Interviews and questionnaires administered before and after the treatment were used to determine the procedure’s effectiveness at improving depression symptoms. Medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly used to treat depression but do not work for everyone and can often lead to side effects such as nausea, dizziness and drowsiness, Raison said. “What I see as a real benefit of our work to the community and those who suffer from depression is that this offers an alternative to drug therapy,” said Kim Kelly, the study’s research coordinator and a graduate student studying medical anthropology. However, depression is more than just a brain disorder. Raison said it results from complex interactions between many different levels of reality, ranging from the body to ecosystem-wide disturbances that are common in the modern world. The study makes use of this concept in exploring how the peripheral sensory pathways can be used to stimulate specific areas of the brain. “When this pathway is activated, the brain cheers up,” Raison said. According to Raison, once complete, the study will be used to determine if wholebody hyperthermia is a viable treatment for depression. — Follow Julie Huynh @DailyWildcat
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A participant lies in a tent that elevates his core body temperature using infrared heat. Preliminary data suggests that the treatment is effective at reducing symptoms of depression.
UA study examines why people go solar
Video games to help diabetics BY Mark Armao
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Brooklyn Pizza Company is powered completely by solar panels located on the restaurant’s roof and in the parking lot. UA professor Adam Henry is leading a study to gather information about solar-powered residences like this downtown spot.
BY Michelle Kostuk
The Daily Wildcat Pizza may not grow on trees, but at the Brooklyn Pizza Company, it’s baked using the sun. The restaurant, located on Fourth Avenue, has been 100 percent solar since 2011. The solar panels not only bake all the pizzas at the restaurant, but also provide shaded parking for customers. “I’ve always been into solar power. For lack of a better term, it’s a no-brainer,” owner Tony Vaccaro said. A study led by UA School of Government and Public Policy professor Adam Henry is looking into why certain individuals or businesses, like the Brooklyn Pizza Company, choose to go solar. The study will use surveys to gather information about solarpowered residences ranging from the building’s location to the political views of the property’s owner. The information can be compiled into a model used to predict trends regarding the adoption of solar energy,
energy, Henry said. Henry said. “Human decision-making “The models are incorporating social science is extremely complex. There and given behavior and are so many factors to rationale into mathematical consider,” said Shikhar Kumar, formulas and creating virtual a postdoctoral student in the UA Department of Psychology households,” Henry said. One of the major deterrents working with Henry on the solar modeling to adopting project. solar energy is Henry is cost. Vaccaro I’ve always conducting decided to go been into solar his research solar seven power. For in several years ago lack of a better states besides and is now term, it’s a A r i z o n a , starting to see including no-brainer. a return on his California, New investment, — Tony Vaccaro, Jersey and New he said. owner of Brooklyn Pizza York. These C o s t , Company states were geography chosen because and property ownership are all major factors more of their residents are to consider when adopting adopting solar than residents in other areas, Henry said. solar energy, Henry said. The models will be used “Some of the reasons I got into solar is that there is to inform policy makers and free electricity, it helps the focus attention on the factors environment and no reliance that have the most influence when considering to adopt on foreign oil,” Vaccaro said. The research team is also solar, he said. hoping to determine how social factors, like a person’s — Follow Michelle Kostuk neighborhood, play a role in @DailyWildcat the decision to convert to solar
For people with Type 2 diabetes, nerve damage in the legs can make walking a challenging and a potentially dangerous act. To decrease these patients’ risk of falling, and to enhance their quality of life, UA researchers are turning to a technology more commonly associated with video games than clinical studies: virtual reality. “Most of this [virtual reality technology] has been tailored just to create a game or entertainment for kids,” said Bijan Najafi, an associate professor in the UA Department of Surgery and leader of the series of clinical studies on the topic, as well as director of the Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance. One of the studies was recently published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Najafi is currently leading another study that will be published soon, he said. “Our question is, ‘What if we transform gaming to get some benefit for older adults … who have diabetes and a lack of sensation in the [feet]?’” Najafi said. The goal of both studies is to use the virtual reality approach to improve the balance and mobility of patients while allowing them to engage in regular physical activity, which, according to Najafi, is crucial in managing diabetes. “[Some patients] cannot easily navigate through their world; they cannot exercise,” Najafi said. “If we can find a way to provide them exercise that can help them enhance their balance, maybe we can help them to be more active.” The system utilizes sensors attached to the hip and lower leg that track the movement of the subjects as they perform various tasks, such as raising one leg to avoid obstacles that scroll across a screen toward their virtual leg. If the patients don’t raise their leg high enough, or if they raise it too high, they are alerted by a sharp
Dr. Bijan Najafi, director of the Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance, is the principal investigator for a study that uses virtual reality balance training to treat diabetes patients.
beeping sound. Although the process resembles a simple video game, it is actually a powerful educational tool, said Jane Mohler, coinvestigator of the current study. Mohler is also the associate director for the Arizona Center on Aging. “It teaches them how to move in space, how to move more appropriately, and it gives them feedback,” she said, adding that the instant feedback from the device allows patients to develop the “motor memory” needed to avoid obstacles in actual reality. Patients in both studies showed significant improvements in balance and decreased “body sway” after the training sessions, Najafi said. As for the future of virtual reality balance training, Najafi said that his team, as well as several others at the University of Arizona Medical Center, are working to expand the application of the technology to patients suffering from cancer and certain cognitive disorders. However, computerized obstacles are just the first step. The researchers’ ultimate goal is to prevent falls in the elderly diabetic population, said Dr. Nicholas Giovinco, the director of education for the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance. Giovinco is also collaborating with Najafi on multiple studies. “One single fall can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and lead to major complications,” Giovinco said. “So if we can prevent the falls before they happen, then it’s totally worth it.” — Follow Mark Armao @MarkArmao
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Holistic learning benefits all of us BY Brittany Rudolph The Daily Wildcat
f I had a nickel for every time one of my fellow English majors quipped, “Ha! We can’t do math! That’s why we’re studying English,” when anything dealing with numbers has come up, I would end up with more money than, as a humanities major, would be possible for me to calculate — at least, according to some people. I have nothing against making jokes in class; however, selfdeprecating comments about our majors can be harmful when it comes to fostering a positive, encouraging academic environment. I would like to think that both my classmates and myself are studying English because we’re passionate about it — not because we’re too unintelligent to have any other option. The same goes for my peers across the academic spectrum. If you’re a business major, I sincerely hope you enjoy it. If you’re studying electrical engineering, more power to you — no pun intended. When we belittle our own majors, or mock those of our friends, we degrade our university in general. In an age where non-STEM programs seem to be constantly under fire from the government and politicians, it’s more important than ever that we, the students, stand up for what we’re learning. Instead of perpetuating stereotypes about different fields of study, we should do our best to learn from each other. After all, isn’t a well-rounded education one of the principles of college? As a dutiful student of the humanities, I’m no stranger to comments about the cushy nature of my major. Other liberal arts programs tend to get jeered at as well; I have seen many a science major roll her eyes at the validity of a degree that lacks any lab requirements. However, these types of comments come from all sides. I’ve also heard humanities majors remark that while engineers may be able to make money, they’re too used to staring at calculators to be able to speak with people or to write competently. My response to these kinds of dialogue is straightforward: We need to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to learning, while keeping in mind that everyone has their own academic strengths and weaknesses. In order to do so, respect for both ourselves and others is key. Unless you have taken every course offered at the UA, there is no way to know how difficult programs you’re not in actually are. Making broad generalizations about every student studying a major only increases the likelihood that a statement will be untrue. When we make remarks that disparage a course of study, we also send the message that a little program snipping here or there is perfectly acceptable. A few days ago, Gov. Jan Brewer announced that budgets for state universities will barely increase, so the threat of cuts in the future is very real. Making derogatory comments about our majors in the present isn’t helping. If we can’t appreciate our own programs, what right do we have to expect others to see their value? Our self-deprecating comments contribute to the idea that certain subjects are lesser in value and unworthy of study. We can all make our learning environment more positive by embracing what we love about what we study, and by asking others to tell us the most interesting things about their own programs. Through collaboration as a group, we can become more balanced, intelligent and informed individuals. Remembering to pay every program the respect it deserves, even if you occasionally joke about it, is the first step.
— Brittany Rudolph is a sophomore studying English and art history. Follow her @DailyWildcat.
Racism alive, well at colleges BY Katelyn Kennon The Daily Wildcat
or some reason, everyone assumes that costume parties are only for Halloween. Fortunately, the students of ASU’s Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity know only lame-os think like that, which is why they decided to have a Martin Luther King Jr. Day party. Knowing they attend a university that has high standards when it comes to costume innovation — let’s not forget the student who pioneered the brilliant Halloween costume of “naked herself” — these TKE bros decided they would figure out a way to dress as black stereotypes. Their challenge? Do it without blackface. At least that’s the scenario we’ve chosen to imagine that led to a bunch of white kids throwing gang signs in their finest basketball jerseys and getting schwasted out of watermelon cups. It’s entirely possible the brothers just watched a couple of minstrel shows for inspiration. Sure, it’s easy to look at this behavior and say, “Well, that’s racist.” But it’s more important that we articulate why. One of The State Press’s columns about the school’s most recent fiasco asks us to believe that it’s not because of ASU’s
world they consider black people actions. jokes, playthings, novelties. “The larger culture that tells There’s no acknowledgment on young men that this kind of the wearers’ behalf that they’re activity is acceptable is to blame having all the fun of an identity, for this terrible idea,” Becca with none of the strife. There’s Smouse writes. barely acknowledgment of Frat bros, though, are not anything. influenced by some weighty It’s especially insulting that cultural milieu as much as they TKE’s ignorance was so amplified are by the cloistered — and likely on Martin not very diverse Luther King Jr. — houses they Day, a holiday belong to, and celebration of the the universities Any college man who brought that allow is shirking its black oppression traditions of responsibilities to the attention of privilege to if it is not white America. continue. encouraging Apparently, Many of we’ve forgotten. those who have exposure for its If the TKE already written students. bros had a wider about the party worldview, they have taken would have been issue with its horrified at their participants own actions. Of “mocking” black course, that could be difficult people. This judgment, though, at ASU. Data compiled in 2012 seriously overestimates the selfshows that ASU’s undergraduate awareness of the party-goers. population is only about 31.7 Underneath the Instagram percent minority student. The photos of the gathering being university also awarded a mere plastered all over the web lurks 605 degrees to African American “#blackoutformlk.” The hashtag students in 2011. reveals the real purpose of the Any college is shirking its party as a sick tribute — probably responsibilities if it is not the worst attempt at fulfilling encouraging exposure for its community service hours ever students, nearly forcing them to made by white men and women, crash into and confront new and who seem to have no idea how difficult issues. ignorant it is to try on another ASU can certainly be blamed for race, just for a day, only to toss not meeting its end of the bargain it aside the next, privilege left here, especially as a university that untouched. By making them into a costume, has dedicated itself to matching the diversity of its student body these students are telling the
to the socioeconomic statistics of Arizona. Instead, the university is allowing like to stick to like, bro to stick to bro. It’s “come as you are,” but only if you’re a racist turd. But we’re not suggesting, as The State Press might be concerned, that “ASU is the only school with this sort of atmosphere.” No, we can see systems of privilege enforced in all of the racist college parties that have been popping up in the news lately. Even UA students thought it necessary to pit CMT and BET against each other at a party. It may have been easier to just theme it “White vs. Black.” These actions may not be sending the right message to our own paltry 36.3 percent minority population. ASU has suspended TKE, but that doesn’t really change anything. As long as the frat, and college systems, only partially prop the door open for minority students, we’ll keep hearing about ignorant, racist college behavior that riles us up. The bros refuse to leave their conclaves of privilege, and they’ve been told by the system that this is allowed. We shouldn’t have to enter their bro caves to bring them news of the outside world — not that we were invited. —Katelyn Kennon is a journalism and creative writing junior. Follow her @DailyWildcat. — David W. Mariotte contributed to this article.
Sundance Kid: Lessons learned BY Alex Guyton The Daily Wildcat
write this to you from the first day in nearly a week where I haven’t been living in my trusty UA hoodie. My usually healthy amount of vanity — an amount that convinces me to get in the shower and change clothes on a daily basis — was recently blown aside in the whirlwind that is Park City, Utah’s Sundance Film Festival. Sundance is one of the best-known film festivals in the world and focuses on independent film. It may come as a surprise to some, but “independent” film does not necessarily mean something shot in a buddy’s garage on a camcorder with your neighbors and Rick from the gas station as actors. It simply refers to films that are not a part of the major studio system. So, if we’d like to get technical, “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight” are independent films. “Saw,” “Precious” and “Reservoir Dogs” are some of the big hits that were once Sundance premieres. Sundance’s different theaters — some of
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which include a converted hotel, performing arts center and a library — are spread out across Park City. To access the various locales, and because I didn’t want to slog miles and miles through the snow (actual, respectable amounts of snow and ice, not a Tucson powdering), I had to experience something that Arizonans know even less about than the cold: public transportation. The festival has a thorough bus system, specifically implemented for the event, that shuttles people around the city. Though I’m now fairly confident about using certain shuttle lines, to be honest, the trip may have involved several instances of me hurriedly asking knowledgeable volunteers or bus drivers where to get to. My most memorable experience, though, came on my final night. As a member of the press, I had the opportunity to attend the “red carpet” — which was gray — of one of the films. I trotted into the room, trusty camera bag in hand, and pretty quickly felt like I was “small time” in a place that felt like “the big time.” Milling around were professional photographers and video and interview crews from the likes of the AMC Networks and Access Hollywood. Clutched in my hands was my diminutive Canon T3i, a digital camera that tops out at a few hundred dollars, while surrounding me were camera setups costing tens of
thousands that could eat my little guy alive. Being hopelessly out of my element, I politely approached a photographer and informed him that I had never done anything like this before; I asked if there were any tips or unspoken rules he could clue me in on. This man, who didn’t need to give me the time of day, proceeded to tell me the ins and outs of how these shoots went. Thanks to him, I felt just a tad less nervous and foolish when the likes of Shailene Woodley (“The Spectacular Now”), Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”) and Christopher Meloni (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) walked through the door. I guess what I’m getting at is that we all joke about how, after college, we’ll enter the real world. It’s big and scary and cold and unforgiving and unsympathetic. Well, I experienced something of the real world for my career choice (film) for a few days last week. While it was daunting, I feel reenergized, and vindicated, to pursue what I want — and I feel like I just may be able to hold my own. Hopefully, you all can experience something similar.
— Alex Guyton is a guest columnist. Follow him @tdwildcatfilm.
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Two students were cited and released for underage drinking at the corner of Highland Avenue and Sixth Street on Saturday at around 2:05 a.m. Two University of Arizona Police Department officers responded to the activation of a blue light emergency phone near Seventh Street and Highland Avenue. When they got there, the officers noticed a group of people walking north on Highland Avenue, away from the blue light phone. When the officers asked the group if anyone had activated the blue light, the group erupted into commotion. One male student climbed on top of a green electrical cover box in the middle of Sixth Street. The group then began crossing Sixth Street against a red light. One officer asked the student on the green electrical box to sit down on a bench. The officer noticed the student’s speech was slurred and smelled alcohol on his breath. The student admitted to drinking but would not say what he was drinking or where he had been drinking. Another male student in the group showed signs of intoxication, including slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and breath that smelled of alcohol. The second student would not cooperate when asked if he had been drinking. Conduct violations were sent to the Dean of Students Office for both students.
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Arizona Law Info Session 1201 E. Speedway, 3:30pm. Prospective law students can learn about the law school admissions process at an upcoming Arizona Law Info Session hosted by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. The 90-minute session will be presented by admissions office staff.
Justice Goodwin Liu College of Law Rm. 164, 5:30. His presentation will address the premise of equal educational opportunity, as well as its definition, parameters, and public policy implications.
from 9:30am-3pm. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. This exhibit runs through April 30th and showcases butterflies from 11 different countries. Admission costs: $13 adults, $12 student/ senior, $8 children.
Guitarist Rovshan Mamedkuliev Holsclaw Hall, 7-9. Not only the winner of the Guitar Foundation of America competition, but also the winner of more than 20 major international competitions, Rovshan Mamedkuliev is on his valedictory tour across the United States and Canada.
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. 6300 N. Swan. Open 10am-4pm. “Our Lady of Guadalupe” is a new exhibit depicting the Virgin of Guadalupe and the Mission in the Sun that DeGrazia built in her honor. Several works in ink, watercolor, encaustic, and tempera will be featured in this exhibit.
Men’s Basketball vs. Colorado McKale Memorial Center 7pm.
“Snapshots of Southern Arizona’s Past Through Moments in the Present” Photo Exhibition by Patricia Descalzi. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Open 9am-5pm. This exhibit running through January 31st features moments and traditions from Southern Arizona’s past by award-winning photographer, Patricia Descalzi.
23rd Annual Photography Exhibit Opening Reception – ‘Connections’ Marshall Building, 3:30. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies 23rd Annual Photography Exhibit Opening Reception will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a presentation, “A Photographic Exploration of Connections,” by Anne H. Betteridge, CMES Director. Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series AME S212, 3:45pm. Kumar Ramohalli, professor from the University of Arizona’s Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, will give a seminar on “Space in Engineering: Safe Rockets, Cool Robots, Medical Spinoffs.” Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium Koffler 218, 4-5. Seth Cohen, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California at San Diego, will present a talk entitled “Perceptions, Prospects, and Promise of Metalloprotein Inhibitors.” Marks Lecture by California Supreme Court
TUCSON EVENTS SmartScape Certification Series for Landscape Professionals 3500 W. River Rd., 3:30pm. SmartScape is a series of nine classes taught by UA faculty and local business professionals. The classes provide informative, research-based instruction designed to promote the best landscape management practices for the urban Sonoran Desert. Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Open daily, seven days a week
Raptor Free Flights at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Rd. Shows at 10am and 2pm daily through April 24. Watch as native birds of prey soar in their desert habitat as a narrator describes their behaviors and attributes. Free with admission.
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SOPHOMORE GUARD GABE YORK dribbles down the court against ASU last week. The maturity of the underclassmen has helped the Wildcats from being just lucky this season.
“Because it banked in and knowing they didn’t call it, I felt like the basketball gods weigh in on something like that,” was all Arizona head coach Sean Miller could say after the win. The decision by the referees dominated sports talk and was greatly debated in the following days. “I just saw the replay that you guys just showed me, and that just makes me sick to my stomach,” Buffaloes head coach Tad Boyle said after the loss. While sports fans revisited the shot, the two schools moved on with their seasons, both negatively. Arizona faltered toward the end of the season but somehow found a way to reach its 15th Sweet 16. Colorado would lose eight of its final 19 games prior to the NCAA tournament. And once in the tournament, the 10th-seeded Buffaloes would lose their first game to seventh-seeded Illinois, 57-49. To begin this season, hope still held in Boulder, Colo., as CU worked its way back into the top 25 and had a potential first team AllConference player in junior point guard Spencer Dinwiddie. But bad luck would return to then-No. 15 Colorado. On Jan. 12, a little more than a year after Chen’s shot was denied, the Buffaloes would lose Dinwiddie to a season-ending knee injury — almost certainly crushing any hopes of making a conference and tournament run. “Dinwiddie isn’t just one of the best guards in our conference, he’s one of the best in the game in the game of college basketball,” Miller said. Miller would go on to say that because of how much talent CU has, Arizona can’t overlook
tonight’s game, despite the injury to Dinwiddie. “It’ll take time, but they’ll plug players in and find roles that work for different players in different situations,” Miller said. For now, that is a tall order, and the outcome is dubious, according to Miller. Arizona has, for the most part, chosen not to revisit last year’s meeting at home with the Buffaloes. But both the players and coaches have been vocal about finishing the season stronger than they did last year following the Colorado game. “I believe our approach is different,” Miller said, comparing this year to last, “that the daily grind isn’t as much as a grind, because I think we have a number of players that have been there and done this before.” The Colorado game was a turning point for both universities. Players acknowledged later that luck might not always stay on the Wildcats’ side. “We’re getting lucky right now, but it won’t be there forever,” Parrom said after the Jan. 3 victory. “We can’t get in deep holes; we have to start better.” This year’s Arizona team understands that better than last year’s, and unlike last year, it’s not just the upperclassmen that have come to this realization. “[The Buffaloes] feel like they got cheated in this building last year,” sophomore Gabe York said, “and to end the season and in the Pac-12 [Conference], you can never take any team lightly.”
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Arizona gymnastics head coach Bill Ryden has a pleasant problem: There’s so much depth on the team this season that, each week he must figure out a new lineup. Ryden said that the No. 17 Gymcats (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12 Conference) are the deepest squad the UA has had in years. “We have a strong team. I think that we have a really huge upside,” Ryden said. “We have a lot of new faces, a lot of new routines and a lot of depth — more than we have had in the past and, certainly, that bodes well for the future.” At each meet, six gymnasts compete in each event, but Arizona may use 13 athletes sometimes — whereas in the past, it used nine. Almost all the Gymcats train in all the events, but the added depth allows them to pick who is doing the best in each event each week, Ryden said. “It gives us more options as a coaching staff, and we’re able to weather the nagging injuries, the illnesses, the whatever that come with every team,” Ryden said. In their first two meets, only one Gymcat has competed in the allaround, senior Jordan Williams. “Really, I don’t think we have any weaknesses this year,” Williams said. “Our only weakness this year will be our head — getting ahead of CECILIA ALVAREZ/THE DAILY WILDCAT the game.” As of Jan. 20, the Gymcats are ARIZONA GYMCAT sophomore Jessie Sisler trains at the Mary Roby Gymnastics Training ranked No. 12 on the floor exercise, Center on Wednesday. At Stanford at their last meet, Sisler scored a 9.800 on the beam, finishNo. 13 on the vault, No. 14 on the ing third. Sisler competed in two of the four events at Stanford, showcasing the UA’s depth. uneven bars and No. 31 on the just because of the depth and the huge,” Ryden said. “We’re the only balance beam. improved gymnastics of all the conference in the country where “I feel that we have a really strong returners.” every single school that sponsors team. We have Junior Kristin the sport made the postseason last a lot of talent Klarenbach is ranked year, so every meet we have is really, this year,” junior Really, I No. 10 on the floor, really hard.” Allie Flores said. don’t think Williams is ranked No. The Pac-12 features No. 4 Utah, “ T h ro u g h o u t we have any 19 in the all-around, No. 8 UCLA, the Cardinal, No. my three years, Klarenbach and 16 Oregon State, Arizona, No. 21 weaknesses I haven’t been sophomore Shelby Washington, No. 23 ASU and No. this year. with a team Edwards are No. 22 on 25 Cal, but Ryden said he likes the that’s had this the vault and Edwards rough schedule and that it toughens — Jordan Williams, much depth.” senior is No. 31 on the beam. them up. Ryden said Before the season, “We have a really talented group the UA features the Gymcats’ schedule of girls, and we should go really far,” gymnasts that was ranked as the eighth toughest Williams said. can “hit it out of the park” and so has in the country. After facing No. 12 “great role players.” Stanford on the road last week, “I have high hopes,” Ryden said. Arizona hosts No. 1 Oklahoma on — Follow James Kelley “It’s hard to know how far this team Saturday in its first home meet. @jameskelley520 can go, but it has huge potential, “In our conference, gymnastics is
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Arizona faces wounded but still dangerous Buffalo squad
SCORE CENTER WOLVERINES MAUL HAWKEYES No. 21 Michigan 75 No. 10 Iowa 67
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The Daily Wildcat Colorado (15-4, 4-2 Pac-12 Conference) lost its leading scorer, junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie, due to a season-ending knee injury, but No. 1-ranked Arizona can’t overlook the Buffaloes. The Wildcats (18-0, 5-0 Pac-12) will host Colorado in the friendly confines of McKale Center tonight, as Arizona attempts to tie the school record of 19 wins in a row. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be aired on ESPN2. Dinwiddie, the squad’s unquestioned leader and best player, fell to the court clutching his knee in pain Jan. 12 in the first half of Colorado’s 71-54 loss at Washington. “Spencer Dinwiddie, in my estimation, is one of the best guards, not only in our conference, but in the game of college basketball,” head coach Sean Miller said in Tuesday’s Pac-12 teleconference call. “If you just look at his free throw attempts alone and think about the damage that does to Colorado’s opponents — it’s mind-boggling. He’s also an excellent defender.” Dinwiddie’s absence was immediately felt as the Buffaloes, who at the time of the injury were leading the Huskies 29-26, but ultimately lost by 17. Miller said that CU is good enough to make the NCAA tournament. “That’s a big loss for Colorado, and it would be a big loss for any team,” Miller said. “It made me sick when I saw him get hurt, but we respect Colorado a big deal, and I have no doubt based on the other talented players they have — and Tad [Boyle] and his staff — that they’re going to be fine.”
Who to watch out for: Xavier Johnson – sophomore forward – #2
- 6-foot-7; 220 pounds - Averaging 9.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game this season While the Wildcats may have won the war — taking two of three from the Buffaloes last season — the UA only outscored Colorado 229-223. Johnson excelled as a freshman against Arizona especially in the CU upset of the then-No. 9 Wildcats, 71-58, in Boulder, Colo. Johnson averaged 14.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and an assist per game against Arizona last season. In his career, he is shooting 14-for22 (63.6 percent) from the floor when facing the Wildcats and is 7-for-10 (70 percent) from 3-point range. Johnson is shooting .515 from the field with 43.9 percent accuracy from beyond the arc this year.
SPIDERS UPSET MINUTEMEN Richmond 58 No. 13 Massachusetts 55
GOLDEN GOPHERS SHOCK BADGERS Minnesota 81 No. 9 Wisconsin 68
UA TOPS PAC-12 POWER RANKINGS, AGAIN
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MEN’S BASKETBALL head coach Sean Miller talks to the other coaches during Arizona’s 91-68 win over ASU Thursday, Jan. 16. Miller praised Colorado, Arizona’s opponent tonight, despite the Buffaloes losing their best player, Spencer Dinwiddie, for the season.
Josh Scott – forward – #40
- 6-foot-10; 245 pounds - Averaging 14.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game this season Last year, in the UA/CU game in Tucson, Scott made 6-of-8 attempts from the field and 3-of-4 from the stripe for 15 points, and had five rebounds, two assists and a block. In the last two match-ups, though, Scott scored six points in Boulder and only two in the rubber match in the Pac-12 quarterfinals.
Wesley Gordon – freshman forward – #1
- 6-foot-9; 225 pounds - Averaging 6.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season Gordon has compiled 10 or more double digits in five games so far this year and enjoyed a doubledouble performance (11 points, 13 rebounds) against Washington. Gordon entered college with a
four-star rating and ranked the No. 23 power forward in his class by Scout.com.
Askia Booker – junior guard – #0 - 6-foot-2; 170 pounds - Averaging 13.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game this season Booker contributed no fewer than 10 points in each of his team’s contests with Arizona last season and averaged 13.3 points when facing the Wildcats. Over his career against the UA, he is averaging just over 9.1 points per game.
Colorado’s notable wins this season:
- Jan. 5 in Boulder: 100-91 upset over then-No. 10 Oregon Colorado overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to give Oregon its first loss of the year. - Dec. 7 in Boulder: 75-72 upset over then No. 6 Kansas
TRACK & FIELD
Johnson and Scott combined for 28 points and 10 boards as Colorado upset No. 6 Kansas. The two teams, which played each other consistently in the Big 12 before the Buffaloes left for the Pac-12, keep a heated rivalry going with annual home-and-home games. While Kansas entered the game with a 123-39 series advantage, Colorado stunned the Jayhawks with a buzzerbeating 3-pointer. - Nov. 24 in Boulder: 70-62 over Harvard Harvard led for nearly 35 minutes of the game, but the Buffaloes came back from being down by 14 points in the opening minute of the second half.
No. 1 Arizona defeats Colorado 83-75
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Tucson remembers former hurdler UA used up all its luck in ’13 BY LUKE DELLA
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The usual rowdy and thunderous McKale Center was frozen in mourning Wednesday night. Saying their final good-byes, friends, family and members of Arizona Athletics filled the local landmark with silence in memory of Wildcat hurdler Lezo Urreiztieta. As memories and quotes from Lezo Urreiztieta’s life echoed through the arena, one idea remained constant: Everyone should “be Lezo-like.” “Lezo was most passionate about helping others,” Urreiztieta’s father, Izaro Urreiztieta, said at the service. Lezo Urreiztieta was a Tucson native and a Canyon del Oro High School graduate. He was a university honor student in the department of physiology and the first ambassador of the Be Kind. Step Up! program. Lezo Urreiztieta died on Dec. 21 at the age of 20 following complications from brain surgery. Though his life was cut short, his impact was widespread. Arizona’s head track and field coach, Fred Harvey, called Lezo Urreiztieta “a superhero, because he fought for others” and said that he “had left the world a better place.” His friends summed up his life as “straightforward, kind and purposeful, which is the meaning of being Lezo-like.” During the one-hour service, sadness made it difficult for the speakers to get their words across, but it was clear that Lezo Urreiztieta was more than just an elite athlete.
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TRACK AND FIELD head coach Fred Harvey, athletic director Greg Byrne, Izaro Urreiztieta, Lezo Urreiztieta’s father, and Gazika Urreiztieta, Lezo’s young brother, mourn the death of Lezo Urreiztieta in McKale Center on Wednesday.
He was a constant learner as well, always looking to understand himself and the world better. Finding happiness in the small things was also a theme shared by the speakers Wednesday night. Lezo Urreiztieta used to always ask Harvey if they could go to the Six Flags theme park, just to have fun. The simple answer caught Harvey off guard. Being “Lezo-like” means “finding the qualities in life — that is the key to a good life,” Harvey said. The second-to-last speaker was Lezo Urreiztieta’s father, who couldn’t have been prouder of his son. “Every parent’s goal should be to raise their kid better than they were,” Lezo Urreiztieta’s father said. “He was loyal, and I’m so proud of him.” The final speaker was Lezo Urreiztieta’s younger and only
brother, Gaizka Urreiztieta. He shared stories, too, but also inspirational and funny quotes he had found on Urreiztieta’s social media pages that represented his older brother’s life well. The one Gaizka Urreiztieta chose to finish with was, “Life is full of hurdles, be a good hurdler.” The Arizona track and field team has dedicated the 2014 season to Lezo Urreiztieta, and a tile will be laid along Legacy Lane in his honor. A scholarship through the UA Foundation has also been created in his name. Lastly, it was noted that even after his death, Urreiztieta continued to exemplify the values his family called “Lezo-like” as an organ donor.
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Colorado and Arizona’s basketball luck changed in a tenth of a second the night of Jan. 3, 2013. In the final seconds of a tied game in McKale Center, the then-10-2 and on the rise Buffaloes gave it one last heaveho as they inbounded the ball at midcourt to their senior Sabatino Chen. In the short time he had, the veteran tried to go around the Wildcats’ senior Kevin Parrom. Unable to, Chen launched off a last second shot from the top of the key at the buzzer. It slammed off the backboard and went through the net as the horn fired. Undefeated No. 3 Arizona had finally lost, and Colorado had a program-defying victory. Not so fast … After a long huddle and video review, referee James Breeding decided the ball was still on Chen’s fingertips when the final buzzer went off. Unable to collect themselves after the heartbreaking call, the Buffaloes would be outscored 12-3 in overtime.
Sacramento King Derrick Williams scored 22 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had one assist in the Kings’ 119-98 loss the Houston on Wednesday night. Williams played 40 minutes despite not starting.
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