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Women supported in ‘male’ majors By Jacob Moeller ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT

Female students may feel outnumbered in male-dominated majors, but they are not alone at the UA. One resource available to female students is the Women in Science and Engineering program. “We are looking to enhance, maintain and recruit women into the sciences,�said November Papaleo, interim director of the program. The Women in Sciences and Engineering program is hosting a

conference entitled ‘Expand Your Horizons’ this year to recruit female students into majors that are traditionally male-dominated. According to Papaleo, the conference provides campus tours and workshops to give students a more hands-on experience. The program also created the “WISE wing� on the third floor of the Gila Residence Hall reserved for female engineering students. “(The WISE wing) seeks to construct and solidify a community of women who are underrepresented in most of these fields,� said Papaleo.

Residents of the reserved wing are happy about the arrangement. Shanna Tune, a chemical engineering freshman, said she thinks the WISE wing is helpful. “It’s really nice to have that support system of other girls going through the same classes,�Tune said. Caitlin Schnitzer, who is also a chemical engineering freshman, shared Tune’s sentiment. “There are people in my classes, so if I need help with chemistry, (I) can find someone with the same problem,� Schnitzer said.

According to Rebecca Myren, coordinator for Recruitment and Retention of Women in the College of Engineering, female students make up 19 percent of the engineering college. “I know that seems really low, but 17 percent is the national average, so we’re a little bit higher. That’s the good news,� Myren said. This year’s freshman class of engineering students is evidence of the hard work done by people like Myren and Papaleo. According to Myren, the class is nearly 22 percent women. A study done by the National Science

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The Women in Science and Engineering program is looking for volunteers for their Expanding Your Horizons conference. If interested, please contact November Papaleo at 626-2698. Foundation in 2006 suggests that this trend is neither local nor recent. The report shows that the number of science and engineering degrees earned by women has increased almost every year since 1966.

Animal lab gets $15m By Matt Lewis ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT

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Tucson resident Jose Hernandez, 37, holds his son Adrian up to pet a life-sized baby Tyrannosaurus rex at Tucson Children’s Museum Thursday afternoon to get a sneak peak at the “Walking With Dinosaurs� show. The same dinosaur will visit Main Gate Square Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

T-rex to stomp Main Gate Square By Christy Delehanty ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT

One of the benefits of a show coming to town is that the performers stay nearby. If you’re lucky, you might even glimpse a star at Main Gate Square. But a “big� star will definitely make an appearance there Saturday, when “Walking With Dinosaurs,� the BBC’s TV show-turned-tour, brings its life-size baby Tyrannosaurus rex out to play from 10 a.m. to noon. This appearance will precede five days of theatrical performances at the Tucson

Convention Center, beginning Feb. 17. The performance was conceived of 10 years ago and is meant to be an incredibly realistic trip back in time. “(Dinosaur designer and builder) Sonny Tilders took a look at the BBC animated series and realized that he could take it one step further,�said Nellie Beavers, associate tour manager. The creators’ original goal was to see if they could build the creatures themselves — an enormous feat, given the scale of the animals. But once they succeeded, the reaction to the prototype at the initial press event was so overwhelming that

the project picked up speed. It took six years of discovery and construction until the creatures were completely lifelike and ready to tour. Made of various metals, bungee cords, latex and paint-covered spandex and filled with complex hydraulics and various controls, the creation of each dinosaur was a huge undertaking. The “baby T,� as it is lovingly called, is seven feet tall and 14 feet long from nose to tail, said Matthew Rimmer, spokesperson for the show. And that’s just the baby — a mere six months old. The baby T, the smallest dinosaur in

the show, can be controlled by just one person. The performer, weighed down by up to 100 pounds of costume and equipment, will“play with the audience,� according to Rimmer, doing everything dinosaurs should — roaring, snarling and walking fluidly right up to the crowd. More information about the main performance will be available at Saturday’s Main Gate Square event. The crew will answer questions and show a short film about how“Walking With Dinosaurs�came about. But the real draw will be the dinosaur. “The goal is to make the audience believe that it’s real,� Rimmer said.

Photo drawings show innovation By Emily Bowen ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT

The ArtsEye Gallery will be holding a reception for “A Fortunate Life,� a photography exhibit composed of select pieces from the lifework of Harold H. Jones, on Feb. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. Jones may be best known within the UA community as the first director of the Center for Creative Photography and a longtime faculty member within the arts department. He has also had a successful career producing print photographs, photo drawings and paintings which have been displayed in national and international galleries. While some photographers focus on consistent subjects within their work, Jones’s theme goes beyond the subjects of his photographs. “One part of my work is about storytelling. The other part is about the nature of light,� Jones said. He used to destroy the photographs that failed to meet his standards, but later developed a way to pull the story out of the photo by altering the print, forming a photo drawing.

Jones’ photo drawings, in particular, represent his innovation as an artist. To create a Photographic Works photo drawing, Jones took a photograph 3550 E. Grant Rd. and applied differCost: Free ent artistic mediums Exhibit from 6 - 9 p.m. to the surface of the Refreshments provided print. The results yield a visible physical texture which can be enhanced by the wall or surface on which the drawing is displayed. “I use acrylic paint, pens or sandpaper most often. I think I might have been the first person to use sandpaper,� Jones said. The ArtsEye Gallery hosts an online space as well as a physical space within Photographic Works. Mary Findysz, the owner of the Photographic Works, spent a week going through Jones’ entire collection to choose a compilation that would be representative of his work through the years.

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Harold Jones is in his darkroom at his home in Tucson, Wednesday. Jones was the first director of the UA Center for Creative Photography and the vision that made the center the collection that it has become.

Jones said that at first glance, the pieces within the collection might seem unrelated due to the diverse subjects in each piece. However, after further examination, the viewer can see the consistent thread of a story.

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The UA received $15 million from the National Institutes of Health to finance an animal research facility at the UA’s biomedical campus in Phoenix. The grant, part of the federal stimulus, will pay for a portion of the new underground animal research lab. According to Al Bravo, associate director of public affairs for the UA College of Medicine in Phoenix, the building is being built underground because it will save money and be more environmentally friendly. The building is being designed with sustainability in mind. It will be built with energy-efficient materials and is designed to reduce water usage. More than 30 researchers and staff will work at the new lab, which is part of the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University campus. Dr. Bill Crist, vice president for health affairs at the UA, says it’s the first phase of expansion. “Three years ago, we expanded the medical school from Tucson up to Phoenix. So now, there is a UA medical school in downtown Phoenix because we need to produce more doctors. There’s just such a physician shortage in Arizona,� Bravo said. The UA plans to expand the Phoenix campus so it can produce a similar number of physicians as the medical school in Tucson. Right now, about 115 medical students are accepted at the Tucson campus per class. At the Phoenix campus, about 48 students per class are admitted. The goal is to eventually accept about 120 at the Phoenix campus. “We’re really excited because it’s the first grant for construction of the Phoenix campus,� Crist said. “It’s money we don’t have to borrow or ask the state for.� Rats and mice for medical research will be housed in the lab. “You can’t do many components of medicine without animals,� Crist said. He added that the UA’s policies are very strict when it comes to the welfare of the animals. He said the animals are cared for by veterinarians and that everything is done as humanely as possible. LAB, page 3

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Not so into Valetine’s Day? Celebrate these instead: Today is Darwin Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, and Safety Pup Day. Tomorrow is Employee Legal Awareness Day and Get a Different Name Day.

Viva Brasilia!

Tonight, Club Congress will pay tribute to Brazilian music. Show up at 7 p.m. for a dance class, followed by Brazilian-style music and capoeira performances. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. 21+.

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Are you a fan of Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, or Roger Federer? Check out the UA’s own ace tennis players as the UA men’s tennis team takes on the New Mexico State Aggies today at noon at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. Yes, definitely (20 votes) Maybe, I’ve heard it’s good (11 votes) No, musicals just aren’t my thing (17 votes)

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First-year medical student Are you in the mood for love? (Laughs) Always. Do you have a Valentine’s Day boo? I do. A very cute boo. What advice do you have for the “boo-less” on Valentine’s Day? For the boo-less, get together with your good friends and drink champagne. Girlfriends, boyfriends­— could be a mix … whatever makes you feel good. (Laughs) I guess that could be taken the wrong way. It could be. So on an unrelated note, what are you going to do if it snows in Tucson? Build a snowman. It has snowed in Tucson in the past… I know! I was here when it did. Do you support public displays of affection? A good hug and a handhold is good. A makeout is too much of a sight to see. Who represents love to you? My grandparents. They’ve been together for more than I can say.

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Justin Hanks (left) and Nick Ferry, prospective UA students visiting from Valencia High School, pose for a snapshot with Mr. Condom Thurday afternoon. Melissa Rodriguez (far left) and Mr. Condom from Campus Health, were handing out free condoms to promote safe sex.

DNA suggests even ancient man had baldness issues NEW YORK — Scientists have pieced together most of the DNA of a man who lived in Greenland about 4,000 years ago, a pioneering feat that revealed hints about his appearance and even an increased risk of baldness. It’s the first genome from an ancient human, showing the potential for what one expert called a time machine for learning about the biology of ancient people. Analysis suggests the Greenland man probably had type A-positive blood, brown eyes, darker skin than most Europeans, dry earwax, a boosted chance

of going bald and several biological adaptations for weathering a cold climate, researchers report in Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature. The DNA also indicated the man had dark, thick hair — a trait the scientists observed directly, since that’s where the genetic material came from. More importantly, comparisons of his DNA with that of present-day Arctic peoples shed light on the mysterious origins of the man’s cultural group, the Saqqaq, the earliest known culture to settle in Greenland. Results suggest his

ancestors migrated from Siberia some 5,500 years ago. It’s unclear how or why they migrated, said Eske Willerslev of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, an author of the paper. The analysis shows that the now extinct Saqqaq were not direct ancestors of today’s Inuits or Native Americans, he said. The researchers nicknamed the man Inuk, which is Greenlandic for “human” or “man.” — The Associated Press

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Economics sophomore Are you in the mood for love? All the time. Do you have a Valentine’s Day boo? Not at the moment. What advice do you have for the “boo-less” on Valentine’s Day? Focus on being in your element and staying sexy. On a very unrelated note, what are you going to do if it snows in Tucson? Pray for a snow day. And if it happens, have a cool outside party. Do you support public displays of affection? Only on the weekends. Who represents love to you? Oh my God, who represents love to me? I have no idea how to respond to that. That’s incredibly difficult. Or what represents love to you? Mutual respect, compatibility and compatibility of lifestyles. — Ada Dieke

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• Half of all identity thieves are relatives, friends or neighbors of their victims.

• Cranberries are bounced to sort them for ripeness; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.

• One in three male motorists picks his nose while driving.

• In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die. • The most powerful kind of electric eel is found in the rivers of Brazil, Columbia, Venezuela and Peru and produces a shock of 400-650 volts. • If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction. • You are more likely to get attacked by a cow than a shark. Illustration by Tracey Keller/Arizona Daily Wildcat

• In 2006, a 37-pound California woman successfully gave birth to a healthy baby via C-section. • President Abraham Lincoln created the IRS during the Civil War to help pay for the military expenses.

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LONDON — Brilliant and controversial British fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London home Thursday, his company said, after anguished Internet postings that revealed his deep sorrow at the death of his mother. He was 40 years old. Alexander Police said his death was not McQueen being treated as suspicious. McQueen’s representatives would not confirm British media reports that he had committed suicide. McQueen’s sudden death robbed the fashion scene of one of its most innovative and successful young designers. His clothes were sexy and distinctive, dramatic and different, perfect for red-carpet presentations and late night rock gatherings. He made his name first in London, then wooed audiences in Paris, New York and Milan to take his place in the upper echelons of the design world. Yet recently posted comments on his Twitter page showed that McQueen was distraught over the Feb. 2 death of his mother. He said he wanted his mother to rest in peace “but life must go on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Using an obscenity, he added that he had had an “awful week”and said he had to“some how pull (himself) together and finish.” Little was immediately known about the circumstances surrounding his death, which came as the fashion elite was gathered in NewYork for a series of catwalk shows. A presentation of McQueen’s secondary label, McQ, had been scheduled for Thursday’s opening day of New York Fashion Week. McQueen had never been expected at the show, which was quickly canceled. Acclaim and honors came pouring for the talented, bearded man favored by celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Naomi Campbell who was named British Fashion Designer of theYear four times. Despite the accolades, McQueen clung tenaciously to his privacy, turning down most interview requests and shying away from the post-show limelight other designers craved. Known for his dramatic statement pieces and impeccable tailoring, he helped raise the profile of British fashion and was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 when she made him a Commander of the British Empire for his fashion leadership. — The Associated Press

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Tillman scholarship aids veteran students By Zach Sokolow Arizona Daily Wildcat

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Holly Parker, undecided freshman, works on her laptop in the Manuel T. Pacheco Integrated Learning Center on Wednesday. She enjoys using her own laptop at school but uses the ILC’s desktop computers when she can’t bring her heavy laptop.

Students use laptops, ILC By Jazmine Woodberry ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT

Whether for convenience, software or just plain laziness, computer labs all over campus, such as the Manuel T. Pacheco Integrated Learning Center, are still frequented by students, despite the rise in the number of students who own laptops. A recent study by the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research surveyed nearly 28,000 students at over 100 colleges and universities and confirmed that, from 2004 to 2008, laptop ownership rose from 46.8 percent to over 75 percent. Many students own two computers, Web-enabled cell phones and mp3 players. Only 3.9 percent did not own a computer of any kind. “We’ve had about a 300 percent increase in people sitting in the area someplace but are using a laptop rather than a desktop,”said Michael Brewer, the director

of the Information Commons in the ILC. The number of computers in the ILC has not changed since it opened in 2002, Brewer said. She added that the usage of the computers is slightly down, but the number of people using the space is up 5 to 10 percent since it opened. According to a study by the Campus Computing Project, 11 percent of colleges around the nation, including the University of Virginia and Temple University, feel that it’s time to start phasing out computer labs around campus to cut costs. Kate Rehkopf, the interim associate director of the UA’s University Information Technology Services disagrees with this cost-cutting technique. If a student doesn’t have a personal computer, doesn’t want to lug it around campus, can’t afford expensive software or wants to print something they would be unable to at home, the ILC and the Office of Student Computing

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Resources labs provide a much-needed service, Rehkopf said. Student responses mirrored many of Brewer and Rehkopf’s sentiments. “I’ve used it before because it’s a really good meeting place,” said Lauren Redman, a freshman majoring in English and creative writing. “If (students) have their own computer … then they probably have their own study space … but it’s a good thing to have around if students can’t afford one or don’t have space for (a computer).”

For more information on students and technology on campus, look at the 2007 ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology with a full PDF file of the study available at http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ ers0706/rs/ERS0706w.pdf.

Researchers find clues to aging By Jacob Moeller Arizona Daily Wildcat A UA research team recently made a novel finding which linked chronic inflammatory disease to premature aging. Inflammatory bowel disease affects 1.5 million people in the U.S. alone, according to Dr. Fayez K. Ghishan, head of the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Steele Children’s Research Center at the UA. People with inflammatory bowel diseases suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and, in children, stunted growth. Between 40 and 50 percent of these patients also suffer from osteoporosis and osteopenia, which stems from calcium and phosphate deficiencies, Ghishan said. “The question is ‘why?’”Ghishan said. Ghishan and his associates believe they may have found an answer in a gene called Klotho. The Klotho gene plays a role in aging and vitamin D metabolism, Ghishan explained. The gene is named after an ancient Greek goddess who spun the thread of life and was responsible for determining how long people lived. “Our hypothesis is (that) in patients with chronic inflammation, Klotho (is) inhibited; there is less of it,” said Pawel Kiela, a UA research associate professor who works with Ghishan. Ghishan added that if the gene is knocked down, a person will begin aging and will develop osteopenia and osteoporosis. The Klotho gene is represented in three places throughout the body, all of which play a role in calcium regulation. In the absence of this gene, too much calcium is lost in urine and bone density decreases. “When you lose calcium in urine, or don’t get enough from

The Tillman Military Scholars program has recently chosen the UA as a new university partner for the 2010-11 academic year. The Pat Tillman Foundation will be announcing the open application for the second class of Tillman Military Scholars in early March, which is available to students of the eight partner universities. All veterans, active service members and their dependents are qualified to apply. The friends and family of former Arizona Cardinal Pat Tillman created the foundation in 2004. Tillman left football in the aftermath of 9/11 in order to serve in the military. According to the official Pat Tillman Foundation press release, “The Foundation’s goal for the Tillman Military Scholars program is to award annually $3.6 million in scholarship funds to veteran and active servicemembers and their families. This amount represents Pat’s NFL contract with the Arizona Cardinals which he turned down in order to join the armed forces and serve his country after September 11, 2001.” In 2009, the Pat Tillman Foundation awarded $642,000 to the inaugural class of 52 students from 21 different universities across the nation. This marks the first year the UA has been awarded scholarships from the Tillman Foundation. An excerpt from the press release announcing the foundation’s new university partners says:“Inspired by the distinguished life and legacy of Pat Tillman — professional athlete, military hero and a man of strong character and kindness — the Pat

Tillman Foundation is building a community of scholars dedicated to improving their own lives, the lives of their families and their country by creating a spirit of service.” Other new university partners include the University of Oregon, Cleveland State University and Texas A&M. Dan Standage, coordinator for the DisabledVeterans Reintegration and Education Project, is working with Kristen Rennels, assistant director of scholarship stewardship for the Tillman Military Scholars program, to discover worthy candidates for the scholarship. Standage organized the committee that is responsible for screening the applications forwarded to the Tillman Foundation for the final selection process. “We want to let veterans and their families know that we are participating in this scholarship as a partnership, but we are also helping them apply,” Standage said. Terri Riffe, director of the University Teaching Center, has also been assisting Standage and Rennels and helping veterans apply. Riffe is available to help veterans and interested applicants complete their essay. Rennels is directly connected with the scholarships granted at the UA. “We accept the gift on behalf of the university because we are a nonprofit organization that specifically raises money for the university. We will accept the gift from the Pat Tillman Foundation and making sure it gets out to the right students,” Rennels said. “We don’t have many other scholarships that are specifically geared towards veterans, so this is really great opportunity for veterans to get money to help them go to school.”

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A computer-generated rendering of the animal research facility exterior to built at the UA’s biomedical campus in Phoenix. The UA received a $15 million grant to help build the facility from the National Institutes of Health.

Some research involving animals includes cardiovascular cancer research and vitamin D research. The Phoenix campus opened in 2006 for researchers from the UA, Arizona State University and the Transnational Genomics Research Institute to use. Classes began in the fall of 2007. Up until this year, only Arizona residents were accepted to the medical school in Phoenix. Of the class applying for the fall of 2010, 25 percent can be from out of state. “We want to make sure they’re practicing in Arizona in addition to training here,” Bravo said.

The UA estimates this project will create about 250 temporary jobs related with the construction of the building and 33 full time research positions. “All of the faculty that are teaching our students are researchers, we know that the best teachers are those that are on the cutting edge of what the latest is in medicine,” Bravo said. “Some do research that involves rats and mice.” The UA should receive the money from the grant in the next few months, according to Crist, and construction will follow shortly thereafter.

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Dr. Fayez Ghishan, head of the department of pediatrics and director of the Steele Children’s Research Center is doing research on premature aging.

your diet, you end up leeching it from the bone,”Kiela said. This new discovery will change textbooks and allow doctors to better understand inflammatory bowel disease. “The fact that such a pathway exists may help us explain a lot of the problems that patients with (these) conditions develop,” Kiela said. Ghishan said that although common knowledge would suggest using vitamin D and calcium to counteract bone loss in chronic inflammation, he thinks that’s a bad idea. “We think that in order to prevent osteoporosis in these patients, you first have to control the inflammation, and only when Klotho goes back up, you can introduce vitamin D supplementation,”he said.

• $15 million grant from the National Institutes of Health • 250 temporary jobs created for construction • 33 new full-time research positions • 22,000 square foot facility • Phoenix campus opened in 2006 • 75 percent of students admitted for fall 2010 will be Arizona residents

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Help nice guys finish first Laura Donovan Columnist

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ssholes Finish First. Talk about a hard-hitting book title, but what else would you expect from Tucker Max, author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell? Max, who wrote about his outrageous drunken and sexual experiences in I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell will include the same kind of anecdotes in his second non-fiction work, Assholes Finish First, which will also reveal his sexual to-do list. As hilarious as some of Max’s alcohol-related stories can be, it’s difficult to stomach the concept that assholes finish first in life. Perhaps it’s true, but don’t the nice people of the world owe it to themselves to change this fact, especially in light of Valentine’s Day? With regards to relationships, assholes can only finish first if they have significant others are doormats. Most of us have sadly been there — this author definitely has — and I commend any and all strong women who have never been in this situation. The New York Times recently published an article about the higher female-male ratio on college campuses, and the piece also addresses the issue of college women sometimes settling for mediocrity and emotional abuse. When it comes to cheating, University of North Carolina student Emily Kennard told the Times,“That’s a thing that girls let slide because you have to. If you don’t let it slide, you don’t have a boyfriend.” It’s unfortunate that an educated young woman would have such low standards when it comes to dating — not to mention a dangerously low self-esteem. It’s this sort of behavior that fuels the “assholes finish first”mentality. This could also have to do with the fact that some people are so afraid of being alone, they’re willing to be emotionally bulldozed for the sake of

companionship. Many would say that college women have unrealistic expectations for their male counterparts. “Guys your age don’t want anything serious,”you’ll sometimes hear, but this may not always be the case. As disappointing as players, cheaters and liars can be, there are a lot of genuine, well-mannered college men who know what they want and wouldn’t let a girl down. “I never even considered cheating on my former girlfriend,” said Adam Welby, a media arts senior. Creative writing senior Brett Larson shares a similar sentiment. “If I am in a relationship, I only want to be with that girl.” Wouldn’t it be great if all men (and women) could be so loyal to their significant others? “Sensible people don’t want to play games with others because we’re secure enough that we don’t need to,”Welby added.“I’ve never ignored a girl who tried pursuing me, even if I wasn’t necessarily interested.” Though he isn’t pleased with the complex college dating scene, Welby understands that negative relationships are a reality in our culture. “In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have TV shows such as ‘I Can’t Believe She’s Dating Him,’”he said. When it comes to dating, there will always be the well-intentioned and the manipulative, but why run after trouble all the time? Sometimes the classy guys fall into the“friend zone,”but it doesn’t have to be this way. Why not go for the persistent individual who chases you, writes you letters and is secure enough to be with only one person at a time? I have high hopes for the downto-earth people of the world, and I’d like to see nice guys finish first. It’s a collaborative effort, of course. For Valentine’s Day, remember to love what’s good for you. Being treated with respect will allow you to do that. —Laura Donovan is a creative writing senior. She can be reached with chocolates, roses and rebuttals or agreements at letters@wildcat.arizona.edu.

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Wow. Not only was this article well-written and eloquent, but it also brought to light some facts that most people do not want to acknowledge. Obama is not the messiah, and he will not lead us into paradise. Thank you, Mr. Ellison, for your opinion. It gives me great hope to know that there are others out there who are not blinded by CNN and MTV, people who can think for themselves and lead their own way, rather than follow the marketing campaign that was Obama. Angie C.

On ‘Illusion of youth: Schedule-marinated freshmen help Wildcats against Oregon,’ Feb. 11

Miller NEEDs to ARRIVE, for GOOD! Miller arrived about two weeks ago, and the team had a FOUR game winning streak. And the nation was talking about 26. Then, Miller went to the Northwest and the RAIN made MILLER disappear. Two disappointing losses. The UW did have a good flow. But, BONE did a number on Miller, AGAIN. Miller — this time — ARRIVE for GOOD. And start another winning STREAK. Bear Down with a Beat Down of the Ducks. Jessie W.

On ‘Dually Noted: The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue,’ Feb. 11

participation in this. SI is to blame for continuing to objectify women, but I say a TV interview where Vonn said she was HAPPY to do the photo shoot, that she works out a lot and was happy to show off her body. So to say it is all on SI is false. It seems there are two parties involved here. DJ Lindsey Vonn is an elite athlete who is gorgeous. SI is a sports mag doing a cover of the best female skier ever. She’s not in a skier’s tuck, unless skiers routinely remove their goggles, tilt their head back, look to the right and smile as they’re about to start. Comparing her photo with A.J. Kitt’s cover, he’s wearing typical head gear, looking ahead as if he’s skiing, and the photo shows simulated movement and action. And, of course, it’s not Vonn’s fault, it’s the photographer who seems to be treating her as a pretty model wearing ski gear rather than as an elite athlete. It’s not sexualized in the sense that she’s in a dirty pose, its sexualized in the sense that a photographer and SI posed her in a static, passive, pretty, “look at me cause I’m so cute and I’m wearing ski wear and pretending to ski” pose they use for models. If it were not for her athletic build, I’d think she was just some model. They failed to create a shot that conveys the beauty, extraordinary physical prowess and mental intensity of the best US women’s ski racer in history. SI did a great disservice to her. And yes, she’s done sexy photos in a bikini. The point is that SI can’t seem to see her as an athlete and treat her accordingly because she’s pretty and has flaunted that at times. Give her her due. Create a sexy, powerful, athletic, top of her game tribute that is due her. Claudia

One interesting thing in this discussion is Lindsey Vonn’s

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Princeton gets A in grade deflation; system gets F

John Mayer: Jerk/genius

what constitutes a“nightmare scenario”, it’s true — it’s extremely unfair that Princeton students should have to work much harder than students from peer universities to receive the same grades. But Princeton has taken some steps to solve this problem. “Early on,”writes the Times, “Dr. Malkiel sent 3,000 letters explaining the change to admissions officers at graduate schools and employers across the country, and every transcript goes out with a statement about the policy.”The Princetonian rightly objects that Princeton cannot hope to inform every institution to which students might apply. However, they seem to have done a pretty good job covering the big ones, and it’s commonly understood that GPAs from different universities mean different things — no disrespect to our beloved UA, but no one would confuse an Arizona 3.5 with a Princeton 3.5. The Princetonian writes, “to accurately appreciate the meaning of Princeton’s grades, an admissions official or employer must be convinced that a 3.6 GPA from Princeton reflects greater achievement than the same GPA from Harvard is a barrier that will be difficult, and in some cases virtually impossible, to overcome.”True. But the sin is Harvard’s. Other arguments against intentional grade-deflating policies tend to fall flat. The Princetonian writes:“Many take

to fans, Mayer wrote,“I’ve been trying to prove to people I’m not a douchebag by not dating, by keeping my name out of Us Weekly.”Mayer went on to apologize for using the racial slur, saying that he was trying to “intellectualize”the term. “It was arrogant of me to think I could intellectualize using it because I realize that there’s no intellectualizing a word that is so emotionally charged,”Mayer wrote in his Twitter-pology late Wednesday. He also wrote,“And while I’m using today for looking at myself under harsh light, I think it’s time to stop trying to be so raw in interviews…” Whether or not John Mayer is, in his words, a“douchebag,”he has navigated the media machine with suspicious prowess this week. Mayer is making headlines and selling albums, regardless of his personal merit. He’s not trying to convince the public of anything — he is trying to manipulate people’s emotions to sell records. Mayer is obviously a talented musician and a smart man, as he displayed in his Playboy interview. The criticism of Mayer for being racist was blown grossly out of proportion, but Mayer knew it would be: He can play the new celebrity media just as sweetly and softly as he’ll play his guitar on his next chart-topping single. Being in the media (and, therefore, selling records) is a formula, and Mayer knows it. Guitar + husky voice + luck = minor music star. Add the bad-boy attitude, womanize some starlets,

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ix years ago, Princeton University adopted a new goal for grades issued in all academic departments: that A’s would account for no more than 35% of all grades. Naturally, this met with some resistance from the student body, and rebellion has flared up again in the last several months. In September, reports the New York Times, Princeton’s student government sent a letter to the faculty suggesting that, though the policy does not set specific quotas, professors were being unnecessarily punitive in their attempts to enforce it. And last December, The Daily Princetonian, reversing its previous editorial stance, wrote an article condemning the policy, citing its“many harmful consequences that outweigh the good intentions of the system.” The most common objection is to the unfairness of the policy. “The nightmare scenario, if you will, is that you apply with a 3.5 from Princeton and someone just as smart as you applies with a 3.8 from Yale,”said a student in the Times article. Notwithstanding Ivy Leaguers’ perverse perceptions about

(grade deflation) into account when choosing courses, affecting their willingness to pursue challenging classes. These effects of Princeton’s grading policy stand in opposition to some of the critical elements of a liberal arts education: academic exploration, group discussion and collaboration.” This is, no doubt, true to some degree. But it’s a charge that can be levied against any grading policy — in any system in which people are judged based upon how well they accomplish their objectives, there will be those who seek the simplest objectives possible. These are people who will probably never understand the value of a liberal education, no matter how many A’s they are promised. The primary purpose of taking a difficult class should not be to appeal to a potential employer but to improve oneself. In spearheading the effort to combat grade inflation, Princeton has put its students at a bit of a disadvantage – but it has taken reasonable efforts to ameliorate that disadvantage. And the alternative is, like so many schools have elected, to distribute high marks not for distinguished work but to placate paying customers. — Ben Harper is a philosophy senior who, though he just wrote an article condemning grade inflation, probably shouldn’t be looking that particular gift horse in the mouth. He can be reached at letters@wildcat.arizona.edu

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fter the release of his interview in the March issue of Playboy, singer-songwriter and Twitter personality John Mayer received much attention and criticism for his use of racial slurs, his admission that his sexual organs are“white supremacists”and his discussion of his relationship with Jessica Simpson, whom he describes as“sexual napalm.”The entertainment blogosphere was all a-Twitter about the relative douchebaggery of the thirty-twoyear guitarist, who has been noted in the past for“womanizing”his celebrity girlfriends and, in simple terms, being mean to people on Twitter. He has now apologized to his Twitter followers for the interview after an emotional breakdown during a concert on his “Battle Studies”Feb. 11. According to the Sydney Morning Herald,“John Mayer broke down on stage on Wednesday night. The tearful singer interrupted a performance in Nashville, Tennessee, stopping his track“Gravity”halfway through as the backlash from his recent Playboy interview.” The article quotes Mayer saying,“I quit the media game. I’m out. I’m done. I just want to play my guitar.”In his apology

get drunk at an interview and flood the Internet with quotes comparing former girlfriends to chemical warfare, and you’re on the tip of everyone’s tongues and “trending”— a Twitter term for being one of the most talkedabout subjects. A keen student of pop culture might believe all that was authentic, but Mayer’s actions reek of public relations consultation when he not only broke down during a concert but also blamed the big bad media for victimizing him. Mayer said he’s going to stop being so“raw”in interviews, implying that the interview is the problem rather than his statements. Mayer is a smart enough man to know that he can’t talk about how much“ass”he gets and compare his ex-girlfriend to napalm without being called a douchebag. He makes himself into the victim. There’s no better way to make women love you (and therefore buy your music) than to break down and cry. — He’s a real man! He can cry! He plays guitar! He can get a billion more Twitter followers! And he’s smart, too: smart enough to manipulate celebrity culture into hating him, loving him and talking about him more than anything else on Twitter — all in the span of less than 48 hours. —Anna Swenson is a sophomore majoring in English who actually really likes “Why Georgia,” so long as Mayer shuts up and sings. She can be reached at letters@wildcat.arizona.edu.


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A UA custodial supervisor to the College of Medicine at 1501 N. Campbell Avenue called a University of Arizona Police Department officer about vandalism on Feb. 5 at 3:50 a.m. The supervisor told the officer that, for the past three to four weeks, unknown people have been throwing food on the walls and stairs of the northwest stairwell of the building. The man stated that, on Feb. 4 at 6 a.m., he saw that food had been thrown around on the roof of the building and, because of that, ventilation screens had to be replaced. He had not reported the vandalism earlier because he hoped it would simply stop. When the man arrived at work on Feb. 5 at 3:41 a.m., he noticed the vandalism had gotten worse. Butter and whipped cream had been spread all over the eighth floor stairs, pancake syrup was on the walls and mayonnaise packets had been smeared on the floor. On the seventh floor, Jell-O was all over the metal handrails, and two cans of Sprite and tea were thrown open on the floor of the sixth floor. The vandalism continued to the second floor, where there was a tomato thrown on the floor. The man told the officer that the containers looked the same as those sold in the University Medical Center cafeteria. Estimated damage costs were unknown, but the man said he would have the custodial project manager obtain estimates from Risk Management. The officer advised the man to contact UAPD about further vandalism. A victim’s rights form was given to UA Risk Management. There are no suspects or witnesses.

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Marijuana machine shop

A UAPD officer arrived to the Pueblo de la Cienga Residence Hall on Monday at 12:34 a.m. in reference to the smell of marijuana on one of the floors. The officer knocked on the door of the room in which the odor was the strongest, and, when a student opened the door for the officer, the smell became stronger. The student was asked to step outside his room, and the officer could see a silver grinder on the desk on the right side of the room. After the grinder was found, the student allowed the officer to search his side of the room and showed the officer where the marijuana and paraphernalia were. The student gave the officer a black bong which was on a shelf in his closet, another small silver grinder, a multi-colored pipe and the large grinder that had been on his desk. He also gave the officer bag of marijuana, which weighed 4.8 grams, and admitted that all the marijuana and paraphernalia was his. Also in the room were many of beer cans and bottles. The man said that he and his roommate had shared the beer. The officer cited the man for two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of marijuana. He was cited and released on scene. The bong, pipe, a roller, a lighter, the bag of marijuana and the two grinders were placed into UAPD property as evidence. A Dean of Students referral was also completed for the student.

Thor’s hammer: A mysteriously shattered window

A UAPD officer responded to the Coconino Residence Hall on Feb. 5 at 2:27 a.m.in reference to a broken window in one of the dorm rooms. The officer met with a resident assistant, who said that a window was broken from the outside when both residents were in the room. Neither were hurt. The residents of the room told the officer that both of them were in their room watching television and doing homework when they could several windows being tapped on from the outside. At about 2 a.m., their window was smashed, and the glass landed all over one woman’s bed. The officer conducted a search of the room and the area outside room but nothing was found that could have broken the window. Residence Life maintenance was called to perform a temporary fix of the window, and Residence Life custodian arrived to help clean up the glass. Hourly checks were performed outside the residence hall for the rest of the night. There are no suspects.

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Arizona breaks losing streak, Oregon defense By Kevin Zimmerman Arizona Daily Wildcat

It was a night of change. Donning new warm-up suits for their return to the win column, the Wildcats swept the regular-season series against the Oregon Ducks with a 70-57 win in McKale Center on Thursday. “Coming into tonight we had a bad taste in our mouth,” said freshman Momo Jones, who scored 11 points and tied for a team-high six rebounds. “We just had to get rid of that taste.” In another sign of change, the Wildcats (13-11, 7-5 Pacific 10 Conference) saw forward Derrick Williams score 20 points for the eighth game of his freshman season. Williams and his Arizona vs. freshman class Oregon State scored 34 of the second-half Saturday, 6 p.m. 36 points for the McKale Center Wildcats, a sign of how far the class has come since November. “We’re going to be very good. We came a long way,” Jones said.“At the beginning of the season we wouldn’t be able to do that. We just had to humble ourselves as young players.” Nic Wise fed the Williams for a dunk coming out of the halftime break to give the Wildcats a 38-28 advantage. It was clear his teammates looked for the undersized center each time down the court in the first few minutes of the half­ he scored the first 11 UA points ­ many of which were caused by the Wildcats’ ball-hawking defense. “We’re at our best when we get defense to offense,”Miller said.“When we get the stop, block shot, rebound … We want a quick pace up the floor. That’s what we had going.” But Williams wasn’t done. He earned two consecutive jams as Arizona broke down Oregon’s trapping zone, then scored an And 1 after freshman Kevin Parrom drew an offensive foul on the defensive end. The big man even fed fellow freshman Solomon Hill a no-look pass with 4:27 left in the game to hold off the Ducks (12-11, 4-7), who never established either their zone or man-to-man defenses in the

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Freshman Momo Jones pulls up for a jumper amidst Oregon defenders in Arizona’s 70-57 win over the Ducks on Thursday. Jones finished with 11 points and a team-high six rebounds.

His confidence comes standard and swagger always struts. As usual, Momo Jones talked with Sean Miller a few days ago for another heart-toheart examining the heart of Arizona’s allheart freshman. “I said, Momo, you can’t keep telling everyone you’re from New York. They know that,”Miller said.“When you remind them for the 57th time, they’re going to look at you and say‘we’ve heard that 56 times.’” “What he really means is nothing’s ever given to him,”he added.“He’s had to earn it. He’s now doing it at Arizona and feels good about it.” And that’s exactly what he did last night: Earn it. The transition from high school to college basketball didn’t come naturally to Jones, now asked to play both the point and shooting guard. But now the Harlem, N.Y., native understands and accepts his role on the floor and has evolved into the first man off a deep bench. Jones earned all-around kudos in Thursday’s 70-57 win with his teamhigh six rebounds. “I probably need to just be much more positive in describing him to you guys,” Miller said. “It’s not easy to do what he’s done having the hard time adjusting to his role in college.” When asked whether he’d ever had a rebound like that, Momo had a one-word answer. “Yup,” he said and paused, prompting a laugh. “Just being tough-nosed, being physical,” Jones said,“I wasn’t supposed to be down but it was a couple of rebounds I felt I could get. That’s what a winning team does, they just go out rebound and play hard.” “When you’re playing hard, it just comes,” he added. “I think you can be the littlest dude on the court, if you just have the mindset where I’m just going to play hard, you can go out there and get some rebounds.” Jones muscled two put-back baskets under the rim, adding to his 11 points NOTEBOOK, page 8

W-hoops falls Kajikawa on the road again marks kind of hurts our flow a little bit. The Ducks came out with another 8-0 run at the beginning of the half The Arizona women’s basketball on the back of Nicole Canepa who, team took another conference hit af- coming off the bench, provided three ter a 92-74 defeat at the hands of the quick baskets for the Ducks. With 12:56 remaining, Oregon led Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Thursday. The Wildcats (11-11, 5-7 Pacific 10 62-47 and would hold a lead of 13 or Conference) were primed with mo- more points until the end of the game. “Our lack of scoring on the offensive mentum coming off a strong home stand this weekend with wins against end kind of paced us on the defensive,” Washington State and Washington Butts said.“That shouldn’t happen.” At the buzzer, Oregon but had trouble fending finished 18 points ahead off a highly offensive of the Wildcats. Six of Oregon Ducks (15-8, their players finished 6-5) team. Arizona at with double-digit point “I think (Oregon) beat tallies, including a us in every facet of the Oregon State double-double by center basketball game,”Arizona Saturday, 8 p.m. Amanda Johnson who head coach Niya Butts Corvallis, Ore. shot for 13 points and said. “They defended hauled in 14 rebounds. us pretty well and we The Arizona ofmissed a lot of layups and fense, despite being stifled in the we missed a lot of free throws.” From the first whistle it was back second half, still put up some solid and forth until halftime. Arizona lead game numbers. Forward Soana Lucet managed by five with 7:16 left in the first, but the Ducks managed to fight back to to rack up a game high 23 points including six rebounds and guard tie game at 36-36 shortly thereafter. Oregon quickly broke the tie with Davellyn Whyte added 12 points to back-to-back three pointers from forward the Wildcats’ total. Arizona heads to Corvallis to face Victoria Kenyon and guard Taylor Lilley. This set off an 8-0 run for Oregon the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday. and took them into the locker room The Beavers were unable to come up with some solid momentum and a with a home victory in last night’s contest against Arizona State. halftime score of 44-38. Oregon State is currently ninth in the Oregon carried their momentum from Pac-10 table and their one conference the first half straight into the second. The Wildcats, who were facing foul victory will give them little confidence trouble in the first half, played con- going into the Gill Coliseum. Despite the loss last night, Butts servatively coming into the second, giving the Ducks the ability to run a and staff still have confidence in the team and are looking ahead toward quick transition offense. “I think having Ify (Ibekwe) in foul the next obstacle. “I’m still proud of our kids even trouble definitely hurts us and she was out the majority of the first half,” Butts though we did not play this game well at said. “Anytime we don’t have her, it all,”Butts said,“But we’ll bounce back.”

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Arizona to get first evaluation in a season of potential By Kevin Zimmerman Arizona Daily Wildcat

Anxiety only explains part of it. With a phenom ace in the circle, and one of the all-time best offenses in college softball not expecting any drop-off from 2009, the No. 4 UA softball team will open its season at the Kajikawa Classic tournament with curiosity. They want to know how far they’ll go this season. “The butterflies are coming, but I’m excited,” said freshman pitcher Kenzie Fowler. “Really, we’ve been working since beginning of September. This is what we’ve been working for, I think we’re ready for it.” Not only is it the Wildcats’ first competition outside Hillenbrand Stadium walls, but the tournament taking place today through Sunday will mark the beginning of what head coach Mike Candrea sees as a season full of potential. “This year is going to be a year. Like I told the kids, we’re going to have some challenges along the way,” Candrea said.“But I really feel good that we have the pieces to the puzzle, that we just need to find the right pieces.” The Wildcats will face six teams in SOFTBALL, page 8

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Arizona softball freshman outfielder Becca Tikey catches a fly ball during Thursday’s practice at Hillenbrand Stadium. The Wildcats will enter their first weekend of play at the Kajikawa Classic.


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Gymcats leap to OSU Arizona looks to stick it on the road in Oregon

With new Territorial Cup rules, Devils’ competition is much sweeter

By Kevin Nadakal Arizona Daily Wildcat

Wildcats the new top-ranked team when the next rankings are announced. The No. 2 women’s team bounced This Saturday the rivalry continues. back after tough losses in the Bay Area The UA swim and dive team will be by dominating Texas two weeks ago. traveling up to Tempe this weekend to “You can feel the excitement buildconclude its dual meet season against ing in the locker room,”said senior Ana rival Arizona State. Agy, who won 12 individual events in “Of course we always want to beat January. “I think we are ready to have our rival, so we’ll go into the meet some great performances.” hungry to race, but we’ve already Many talented swimmers will be faced our toughest regular-season on display Saturday, but the most opponents,” said senior co-captain entertaining match-up may be on Jordan Smith. the diving side. The diving events will The meet this weekend has a new feature the last two Pac-10 divers of the angle that has never month. ASU’s Cameron played a role before: Bradshaw won the award the Territorial Cup. in December, while Our mentality Swimming never preUA’s Ben Grado was is that this is viously factored into announced Thursday our last regular as the conference’s top the point system that determines the winner diver for January. Grado season meet of the cup, but thanks finished first in five of the year to remodeling courtesy events last month. and we want of new sponsor State On Thursday, UA to use it as an Farm, this weekend’s sophomore Cory swim meet means just Chitwood was also opportunity to as much as a basketannounced as the Pac-10 race and keep ball game between the swimmer of the month. building on schools in terms of cup Chitwood posted six points. first-place finishes in the confidence The rivalry may be January. He currently we’ve gained stronger than ever due ranks first nationally in throughout the to the new cup rules, the 200-yard backstroke but the UA comes and second in the 100y season. in as a clear favorite. backstroke. Both the ASU men and After this weekend, — Jordan Smith women are struggling the UA will turn its atsenior co-captain this season, especially tention to the Pac-10 in Pacific Conference 10 meets. The tournament and, ultimately, the NCAA ASU swim program is still in a re- tournament. building process since the program “We’ve definitely started to prepare for has only been reinstated in the past the championship meets both mentally few years. and physically,” Smith said. “The guys “Our mentality is that this is our last still trying to get their qualifying times regular-season meet of the year and we for NCAAs are resting for the Pac-10 want to use it as an opportunity to race championships and everyone else is just and keep building on the confidence about to start resting.” we’ve gained throughout the season,” Swim coach Frank Busch estiSmith said. mates that the team has met about Smith and the No. 3 UA men are com- 90-95 percent of its standards for the ing off a stretch in which they beat three NCAAs already. of the top four teams in the country, in“We want to get our athletes to swim cluding a home win against top-ranked faster through each competition,” said Texas. That win will most likely make the Busch of his team’s focus.

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After falling to UCLA last week, a road trip might be the perfect remedy for the Arizona gymnastics team. The No. 21 Gymcats will face the Oregon State Beavers tonight in Corvallis, Ore. “We are pretty excited to get back on the road,” said assistant coach Colleen Johnson. “The team really just sticks together and focuses on ourselves when we’re on the road.” The Gymcats struggled in vault and bars last week — usually two of their strongest events — but aim to turn things around tonight. “Regardless of the gymnastics, I expect a totally focused group that will compete their hearts out for four straight events,” said head coach Bill Ryden, “and not have any momentary lapses that cost us.” Fortunately, the Gymcats will have a few key competitors finally back at full strength this weekend. “Some of the injury problems are getting better,” Ryden said. “We are going to try and exhibition Katie (Matusik) on two events.” Matusik, a sophomore, suffered a broken ankle before winter break and has been unable to compete this year. “It’s definitely frustrating because I have a huge passion for gymnastics,” Matusik said. “It’s awesome seeing the girls out there, but really it’s heartbreaking for me because I want to be out there so bad. It’s frustrating, but I’m glad to be back.” “There is nothing like actually competing,” she added. “I’m definitely anxious. Hopefully I won’t be too anxious.” Redshirt junior Miranda Russell is also slightly healthier. Russell has been competing with a knee injury that has limited her all season. The coaching staff had originally planned to have Russell do all-around, but with her knee injury she has only been able to compete bars. The Gymcats are still a very young team and Ryden expects that they will be much better by March compared to

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Arizona gymnastics junior all-around performer Colleen Fisher jumps on the beam during a Feb. 5 home loss against UCLA. The Gymcats will attempt to bounce back from the loss tonight in Corvallis, Ore.

how they have been doing in January and February. “Overall the team is starting to get a little sore, it’s that time of the year that we hit that wall,” Ryden said. “We got to just push through it, we will probably play with a few different line-ups to rest people. “We’re probably going to be losing some people due to injury in the next couple weeks,” said Ryden. “I

have a feeling we’re going to have to rest some people just to regroup for March.” The whole team is on the same page and focused on getting healthy. The requests from the coaching staff seem very clear: “One is stay focused, two is worry about yourself and your teammates,” said assistant coach John Court. “And three is make routines.”

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Icecats to be tested in Colorado, eye .500 By Mike Schmitz Arizona Daily Wildcat For the last couple of weeks, the UA club hockey team has had its sights set on a .500 win percentage. Last weekend’s sweep in Ogden, Utah, against Weber State was the first step in the process, with part two still to come this weekend in Colorado. The Icecats (12-14) take on Colorado State in Fort Collins tonight and the University of Colorado in Boulder on Saturday. “All of (the remaining games) are must wins from here on out,” said senior defenseman Zach Cherney.“With nationals out of the picture at this point, our goal is to get to .500 and we can do that by winning three of the next four games, and it starts with these two against Colorado.” The Icecats faced both Colorado (15-4) and Colorado State (19-7-1) twice in mid-November,

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splitting the series with Colorado and sweeping Colorado State. After being shutout 4-0 in game one against the Buffalos, the Icecats answered back with a gutsy 2-1 victory. They handled Colorado State 4-1 in game one and pulled out a miracle in game two, scoring to tie it up with 37 seconds left and ultimately stealing a win in shootouts. This time around should be an even tougher test for the Icecats. They will take the ice after a 14-hour bus ride to Fort Collins, coming off of another practice-less week due to lack of ice availability at the Tucson Convention Center. “The first game’s always tough because of that trip. There’s not much recovery time,” Cherney said.“After being on a bus for so long, it’s difficult to get your legs going, but at this point we’ve got ICECATS, page 10


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in 21 minutes. But when asked about the team as a whole, bouncing back from a two-game losing streak, Jones said he wants to do it for Nic Wise. “Nic’s been like a big brother to me. If I can do anything to help him go out with a bang, that’s what I’m going to do,” Jones said.“It’s a situation where these next four games, this is Nic’s last home games. Last time as an Arizona Wildcat and we just want to make it the best for him.”

Play of the game:

Derrick Williams once again made a huge difference, leading the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding. Williams’ 20 points mostly came off high percentage shots from effective frontcourt-backcourt ball movement. Williams went 8-for-10 from the floor, adding to Arizona’s 28 total points in the paint and 11 of his 15 second-half baskets were either dunks or layups. “Yeah, that was the name of the game coming in. We knew they were playing a lot of zone, so you’re not going to beat that going one on one,” UA point guard Nic Wise said. “It showed up big for us tonight.”

A search for point:

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Forward Derrick Williams makes a move to the hoop on Thursday night in McKale Center. Williams recorded his eighth game with 20 or more points.

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Men, women’s tennis gears up

Homecomings, dunks and Duck free throw troubles

Nic Wise struggled from the field — he shot 4-for-12 — but did contribute in other ways, recording four rebounds, three steals and two assists. Wise came off a difficult two-game stretch against the Washington schools, in which he went 4-for-17 from the floor against Washington.

When it was over:

More quick ball movement — a staple of Arizona’s 40 minutes — handed Solomon Hill a dunk to put Arizona up 68-52 with less than five minutes remaining. “Oregon tends to extend both in their man to man and their zone,”Miller said. “When the ball gets in there, you can finish.”

Coach’s homecoming:

Ex-UA associate head coach Mike Dunlap returned to McKale Center for the first time after his defense led the Wildcats to a 2009 Sweet Sixteen berth. The Ducks began and ended the second half with a very familiar 2-2-1 full-court press, but also mixed man-to-man defense with Dunlap’s signature 1-1-3 zone to which he stayed loyal last season. Dunlap gave hugs to all his former players after the game.

Wildcats split competition in Texas, Tucson By Nathan Comerford ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT After starting the first five games at home, the women’s tennis team will travel to Texas to take on Rice and Intercollegiate Tennis Association No. 73-ranked Texas Tech. For the women’s squad (5-0), the first road trip of the year is coming on the heels of a big win over Intercollegiate Tennis Association No. 45 San Diego last weekend. One question entering the weekend will be how well the confidence will transfer over from the win — especially with a shortened week of practice. Because of the recent rain, the team has had little opportunity to practice on the courts. Head coach Vicky Maes says she feels that the team is in good enough physical and mental shape to head into the weekend and still be successful on the road. “Our focus is on winning matches, and we will have to make a quick adjustment to the courts and the environment,” Maes said. While Texas Tech (3-1) is the school that is ranked, Maes actually believes that Rice (3-3) will give them a bigger challenge. “We will need to do a great job in doubles, hopefully come away with the advantage there and also be ready to play long singles matches,” Maes said. As wins begin to accumulate, the Wildcats may be staring down a ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association soon. However, the head coach claims that this is not the team’s main focus right now and that a ranking would simply be a “bonus.” With five of their next eight opponents ranked, it will only be a matter of time before the team’s goal of being ranked will start panning out. With two wins this weekend, they will only improve their stock in the eyes of the Association.

Homecoming, Part II:

Ex-Wildcat Jordan Hill was in attendance last night. Hill, drafted No. 8 overall to the New York Knicks this summer, was on break for All-Star weekend and received an ovation in the second half when shown on the JumboTron.

Quote of the night:

“Our free throw defense was excellent tonight as well,” Miller said of the Ducks shooting just 53 percent from the charity stripe.

’Cats anxious to see players not in cardinal, navy

three days at the tournament in Tempe, beginning today against Western Michigan University. Highlighting the trip will be match-ups with Purdue University and No. 17 Northwestern University of the Big Ten Conference. Arizona will also play North Dakota State, University of Nevada and Cal State, Fullerton, in games at both the Tempe Sports Complex and ASU’s Farrington Stadium. Five of the six teams Arizona will face reached the 2009 NCAA Tournament. “I think it’s a good field that’s going to test us,” Candrea said of the tournament. “At this stage in the game, in this program, that’s what

we need. You can sit back and pad your stats and not play anyone for too much and kind of hide, but it catches up to you.” As usual, Candrea won’t announce the starting nine players until gameday, but it’s expected that Fowler will make at least half of the starts in the circle. Pitcher Sarah Akamine, who is coming back from off-season back surgery, will likely start the games that Fowler does not. But Fowler won’t be the only freshman to make her debut. Other freshman starters could include Matte Haack at third base and Baillie Kirker at first base, both of

whom Candrea said he is impressed with. He added that sophomore Alicia Banks has shown improvement and could find time at first base as well. “I think they’ve all had a pretty good head on their shoulders,” said senior K’Lee Arredondo of her younger teammates. “They’re ready for this weekend.” They might be more than ready. Candrea said his team played about 10 scrimmages throughout fall practices in succession of their fall schedule. That can only help so much after pitchers and hitters learn one another’s tendencies. “We’re tired of seeing one another,”

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Candrea said. “It’ll be nice to put someone else in the dugout who doesn’t know our pitches and doesn’t know our hitters.” Like in past seasons, Candrea won’t take scores, wins or losses as measures of how far his team has to go. The Wildcats, as their ranking shows, have the advantage in talent. What they need to work on will be revealed in Tempe this weekend. “(In the fall) we were experimenting, seeing how things would work,” Fowler said. “This is where I guess we shine. Now it’s really time to perform and deliver what we’ve been practicing.”

W-golf set to tee off spring season The Arizona women’s golf team is set to tee off the spring season Saturday, as play begins in the Peg Barnard Invitational , a two-day event hosted by Stanford University. Arizona hopes to build on a strong fall season in which they recorded two top-three finishes in four events played, including a first-place finish in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown . Sherlyn Popelka , who posted a 72.67 scoring average in three

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events played, including an individual victory at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, leads the Wildcats into the weekend’s tournament. Popelka, a freshman from Zurich, Switzerland, is one of five foreign-born players on the Wildcat roster, three of whom are the team’s top scorers. This weekend marks the first time that UA has participated in the event. — Alex Williams

Men stay put, take on NMSU, Cal Poly

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Wildcats failed to score in the final 3:42 minutes. “I don’t think we finished the game well, defensively,” Miller said. To open the game, Oregon surprised UA with man-to-man defense instead of their 2-2-1 zone that Arizona had been dissecting in practices all week. The Wildcats looked slightly out of sync until seven minutes into the game. With Wise on the bench, freshman center Kyryl Natyazhko grabbed three rebounds and hit a bank shot in his first few minutes of playing time and the Wildcats regained a 17-16 lead with 10:20 remaining in the half after sophomore Brendon Lavender hit 3-pointer and a Jones scored on a put-back. In fact, a large amount of the Wildcats’ production came from the bench. Natyazhko grabbed five rebounds, and Lavender and Hill each played with confidence, scoring six and eight points respectively. “Today, I thought our team won because we are a team,” Miller said.

That bench energy kept Arizona rolling. Wise hit a 3-pointer after he returned from his first break and split the defense off a screen with under two minutes left in the half to bump the lead to 33-22 in favor of the Wildcats as their defense tightened. Ducks forward E.J. Singler responded with a triple of his own, but Hill, after two passes in a row deflected back into his hands, picked the ball off the deck to find an open Lavender for a 3-pointer to give Arizona a 36-25 lead. “I really thought our team fed off our crowd tonight,” Miller said. “We’ve earned the right to play five of our last seven at home. We’re really talking a lot about taking advantage of playing home games and being at our best.”

Lute mum on sanctions

Lute Olson refused to comment on his infractions that prompted UA to impose sanctions on the men’s basketball program.

if the NCAA deems UA’s selfpunishment acceptable for Olson’s actions, Arizona will lose a scholarship and recruiting time. “No. I can’t comment,” Olson told the Daily Wildcat Tuesday night after Arizona’s 70-57 win against Oregon. “Nope.” Olson wrote a letter to UA boosters asking for donations to the Cactus Classic AAU Tournament held from 2006 to 2008. Olson also allowed the tournament’s ex-director Jim Storey inside access to the program and boosters who eventually contributed $197,000 to fund his tournament, according to a 150-page report acquired by the Wildcat. Storey is the ex-publisher of recruiting site GOAZCATS.com. The NCAA will review the UA’s findings and self-sanctions in April. Any institute-associated financial compensation aiding potential recruits violates NCAA rules. — Bryan Roy

Travel mounts for Icecats, Herman returns home

to win the next two games.” The Icecats will undoubtedly be tested in the Centennial State but head coach Leo Golembiewski and his players alike are optimistic about the weekend. “I think the team right now is very positive, upbeat — everybody’s working hard, so I’m very pleased with the attitude of the club, and that’s the key,” Golembiewski said. The players have confidence in their chances despite the travel and lack of practice time. “(Colorado and Colorado State are) good schools, but they’re definitely teams that we can beat,” Cherney added. The Icecats will have to do so without two first-line players — junior Jordan Schupan and sophomore

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Defense grounds Ducks, UA offense shines in win

second half. The reason for the dunks and layups: Oregon’s over-extended defense. “They came out wide,” Hill said. “Once we got the ball in the middle, as soon as somebody faced up … It was open every time. They can’t account for everybody.” Meanwhile, the Wildcats — especially guard Kyle Fogg and forward Parrom — played inspired defense to hold Oregon to 39 percent shooting for the night. Fogg also led the team with eight assists, compensating for his poor shooting. Arizona opened the second half on a 14-4 run in front of former Wildcat Jordan Hill, who was visiting Tucson during the NBA All-Star break. Arizona led 52-35 at the time but Oregon guard Tajuan Porter quieted the crowd briefly, hitting a 3-pointer to bring his Ducks back within 15 points with under 13 minutes remaining. From that point, though, Arizona wouldn’t lead by less than 13 points, the score at the final buzzer as the

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Brady Lefferts — along with senior Micah Kneeshaw. However, forward Blake Richards and Jeff Back will return to the lineup after missing the last couple of games due to injury, as will defenseman Zack Waxenberg, who missed the last two games due to suspension for fighting. The addition of Back, Richards and Waxenberg is a bonus, and, since the team has been injury-plagued virtually every game this season, playing undermanned is certainly not uncharted territory for the Icecats. Despite all of the injuries and lack of practice time this season, the team still has a chance to leave the weekend at even par, 14-14, with ASU looming in two weeks. “With these injuries, its incredible that you have such a young team with

19 debuting players and still have won as many games as they have with the effort they put in,” Golembiewski said. But the goal for the past month has been reaching the .500 mark, and the Icecats have a chance to do that this weekend with a sweep of the Colorado schools. It won’t be easy, but this team has shown that when things are right, they are capable of beating almost anyone. “We’re going a little undermanned again,” Golembiewski said. “Colorado State and Colorado are stronger teams than Weber State, and playing in their arenas are tough, so we’ll have our hands full, but I think our guys can certainly handle it.”

Homecoming of sorts Freshman

goaltender

David

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TENNIS

Time off helps revive Wildcats

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Robson Tennis Center. Unlike the women, the men (2-1) can simply solidify their ranking this weekend. After having last weekend off, they come in as the No. 23-ranked team in the country. Two weekends ago, the team traveled to Alabama for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Kick-Off Weekend tournament, where they lost to now-No.19 Alabama and beat nowNo.28 Auburn. After coming out of their first test, the men are back home to start back on their regular schedule. Both matches this weekend feature teams that the Wildcats have seen in the past year, so there is some familiarity. Last season, UA defeated Cal Poly (0-2) with a score of 7-0 and New Mexico State (2-1) at 6-1. According to head coach Tad Berkowitz, both teams will provide tough match-ups as they’ve improved over the past year. The Wildcats witnessed New Mexico State’s team already this year in an individual tournament during the fall, and Berkowitz said they provided good, competitive matches. “It’s a matter of locking in and competing as best as we can and coming in with a good fiery attitude,” Berkowitz said of this weekend. “If they can keep their focus and stay strong, we’ll be OK.” While not having matches last weekend could have its disadvantages to some teams, Berkowitz has used the past two weeks to work on the men’s doubles, an aspect of their team game on which they have been improving for months. While the Wildcats may be going into these matches expecting wins, Berkowitz knows both opponents are dangerous, simply because the men’s game at the college level is so deep. “We need to be ready with our A-game and hopefully we’ll get the job done,” he said.


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UA takes a snow day By Gordon Bates and Rodney Haas ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT

Hundreds of spectators gathered as the UA Mall was transformed into a winter wonderland, despite temperatures approaching 60 degrees. After three days of promotion, eight hours of construction and 25 tons of snow, more than 40 snowboarders and skiers congregated on the UA Mall for the Cricket Campus Rail Jam 2010. Rail Jam tour members arrived Monday morning to start promoting the event. Construction crews began putting together the two-storyhigh ramp Wednesday. Crews then loaded two 18-wheelers full of snow from Mount Lemmon early Thursday morning for volunteers to shovel onto the ramp. Once the snow was packed on tight, skiers and snowboarders took to the rail to compete, showing off a mixture of aerial stunts and grueling faceplants. Rodney Haas/Arizona Daily Wildcat

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Clockwise from the top: Alan Splitter begins descent before attempting a trick on the rail below during the Cricket Campus Rail Jam Tour. Michael Kasser slides down a rail to the echoing cheers of a crowd of hundreds. A loader dumps a portion of the 25 tons of snow brought to the UA Mall Thursday morning for volunteers to spread and pack onto the ramp. A team of workers constructs a ramp on Wednesday morning for skiers and snowboards to compete on the next day.

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