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Fraternity takes lead on CATwalk UA needs EDITORIAL


After Bobbi Olson passed away from ovarian cancer on Jan. 1, 2001, representatives from Greek Life walked into her husband’s office with a plan. “They said they’d like to do something in Bobbi’s memory,” said Lute Olson, former UA head basketball coach, during a phone interview on Sunday. “They thought that a walk would be a great way to do it.” That plan evolved into CATwalk,

a walk developed to raise money for the Bobbi Olson Fund for women’s cancer research, education and prevention at the UA Cancer Center. With Greek Life running the operations, CATwalk raised more than $500,000 over the course of 11 years. But after Greek Life chose to cut ties with the project and take on a different one this year, the event was in danger of extinction — until Saturday. Through Pi Kappa Alpha and its 205-man Gamma Delta chapter, CATwalk has new life. With Olson

and 104 Arizona PIKE undergraduates and alumni members on hand at the PIKE University Regional Leadership Summit on Saturday in Irvine, Calif., the fraternity announced it had taken over total operations of CATwalk. “When Greek Life decided that they were going to take away CATwalk, it was like, ‘Wow, that’s a great opportunity for us,’” said Charles Eisner, president of Pi Kappa Alpha. “It’s a great opportunity to better the community and keep this (CATwalk) alive.”

Olson spoke at the summit for 30 minutes. He said he took so many pictures with fraternity members that “my eyes are still blurry.” On Saturday evening at the Irvine Hilton, he was ritualistically initiated as an official Pi Kappa Alpha alumnus member. “They asked me if I would like to be an honorary PIKE and I said I had never been involved in a fraternity, but the least I can do is accept the honorary membership,” said Olson,



‘Dirty’ students lament website Popular site could have negative social effects, but slim legal options By Brittny Mejia DAILY WILDCAT

With sites like Facebook and Twitter being vetted by employers, students are frequently warned not to post anything they don’t want seen online. But gossip sites like, which allows users to post about others

anonymously, make it harder to control an Internet presence. Jane, an anthropology sophomore who asked to remain anonymous, did not know she was on “the Dirty” until friends wrote her and let her know. Curious, she looked up the site for the first time and found a picture of herself with her sorority members. “There aren’t very many terms of endearment within the website,” she said. “It’s pretty much just bashing and calling girls ‘bitches,’ ‘whores,’ ‘sluts.’ I mean,

that’s the general scope when people are talking about my sorority and every sorority in general.” Part of the post read, “They (the sorority members) think that just because they got a decent pledge class they’re ‘on their way to the top.’ Well their pledge class may not be obese like the rest of them, but they are whores!!!” The Dirty’s founder, who goes by Nik Richie, wrote underneath, “It does suck, are there decent sororities left?” Users can post inappropriate

photos and videos of people they know or dislike. The site provides links that allow users to “submit dirt,” “advertise,” or simply search their colleges or cities for new gossip. With more than 100 pages of “dirt” under the Arizona/UA tab alone, it can sometimes be impossible to know whether a person is on the site until someone else points it out. John, a business management junior whose name has also been

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elcome to the UA, Ann Weaver Hart. You are visiting what could be a premier educational institution, but is, for now, a school that is struggling to find its footing. The UA’s mission is to provide a comprehensive, high-quality education that engages students. The goal is to graduate students who can be leaders in solving complex societal problems. The previous administration, headed by Robert Shelton, fought constantly with the backward, misguided ambitions of the Arizona Board of Regents. The regents sought to level the playing field for the state’s three universities, but instead of bringing Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University up to meet the UA’s standards, the board has dragged the UA down. ASU is the golden child of the regents for reasons that are laughable. It has increased enrollment each year to astronomical numbers and increased its freshman retention, but did so only by lowering its standards and requirements. The sacred cow is essentially a cash cow. The regents will continue to try and steer the UA in this direction, but the faculty, administration and students came here for what was promised to them: a dedication to quality education. In addition to the regents, the UA faces adversity from the Arizona Legislature, which refuses to recognize higher education as a top priority. Instead, it cuts millions of dollars in state funding every year and insists on proposing legislation like House Bill 2675, which would demand every full-time student not on a full-ride scholarship to pay $2,000 out of pocket. What this university needs is a champion. The UA needs a champion who will continue its tradition as the state’s flagship university, its premier research institution. It needs a champion who will halt the steady decline of its standards of admittance and performance. The UA needs a champion who will stand up to a state Legislature hell-bent on applying a broad brushstroke to whitewash educational tradition and differentiation.



New center to address problems QUOTE TO NOTE with sleep, educate physicians By Yara Askar DAILY WILDCAT

Patients with sleep problems can now turn to the Center for Sleep Disorders at the University of Arizona Medical Center for treatment. The center, which opened earlier this month, aims to diagnose and care for patients with sleep conditions, as well as educate the general public about the nature of sleep disorders, said Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy, medical director of the center and an associate professor of medicine. Research that allows patients to engage in therapy trials is also part of the center’s mission, Parthasarathy said. The center will treat a variety of sleep problems including sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorder, hypersomnia and restless leg syndrome. The center mainly screens patients for sleep apnea, said Sicily La Rue, lead sleep technician and a registered polysomnographic technologist. Sleep apnea is


Sairam Parthasarathy, director of the Center for Sleep Disorders, shows one of the rooms used for in-patient sleep studies. During one study session, nurses score 720 to 900 pages of polysomnographic data in the form of graphs, which Parthasarathy reviews to diagnose the specific disorder.

determined by hooking the patient to electrodes to monitor their pulse oximetry that tracks the oxygen level, a nasal cannula and belts around their chest, stomach and legs, La Rue said. One way to test for sleep apnea

is through a polysomnography diagnostic test performed on the patient overnight. The test monitors the brain waves, muscle tension, eye movement, respiration and audio monitoring for snoring behavior, La Rue said. This data

is then used to see what exactly the patient is experiencing, Parthasarathy added. Sleep deprivation can result in serious illness, such as diabetes, depression and may also be associated with cancer, Parthasarathy said. The amount of sleep that a person should receive depends directly on the individual, and as the human body grows, our strength grows with us and our sleeping needs decline, according to Parthasarathy. This is a result of nature’s system and developmental growth. Once a patient is diagnosed with sleep apnea, they receive treatment through a continuous positive airway pressure. This treatment uses mild air pressure to keep the airways open, La Rue said. The center can treat two patients a night, one at 8:30 p.m. and another at 9:30 p.m., Parthasarathy said. Part of the center’s research will further educate doctors and


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Student film entered in Cannes By Samantha Munsey DAILY WILDCAT

Two UA filmmakers will have the opportunity to screen their short movie to an international audience in France. Brian Borowiec, a media arts junior and Donovan Morgan, a junior studying mechanical engineering and physics, found out their film, “Set Me On Fire” was going to be presented along with other short films in a showcase at the Cannes Film Festival two weeks ago after winning a film competition presented by Campus MovieFest at the UA last fall. The Cannes Film Festival is an international film festival held in Cannes, France, and presents works from filmmakers all over the world. The festival will take place from May 16-27. “We are excited to go,” Borowiec said. “It’s a great opportunity, neither of us have ever traveled overseas and I think it would think it would be an amazing adventure.” Borowiec and Morgan’s movie is one of 30 short films selected by Campus MovieFest that will play in the Cannes Short Film Corner during the festival. Their film is about a man, played by Morgan, who practically sacrifices himself to save a woman who is being assaulted. The film was selected as best picture by a panel of


Brian Borowiec, a media arts junior, and Donovan Morgan, a junior studying mechanical engineering and physics, film an address outside of Old Main on Saturday.

judges in a MovieFest competition, which took place in the Gallagher Theater in the Student Union Memorial Center last September. All films submitted to the contest were shot and edited by UA students in a matter of five days and did not exceed more than five minutes in length. “We wanted to demonstrate what we were capable of and really took the opportunity that Campus MovieFest gave us to show what we can do,” Morgan said. In addition to being selected for the festival, Borowiec and Morgan will

also travel to Los Angeles this summer, where their movie will compete nationally with other winning short films from Campus MovieFest. Because of the added expense of traveling to these places and funding their projects independently, they have begun a campaign to raise money. “When we got the invitation to go to the Cannes Film Festival, we were shocked,” Borowiec said. “The only thing is, obviously it costs a lot of money to go to France and that is something we just don’t have as students.”

Both Borowiec and Morgan estimate it will take around $8,000 for them to be able to travel, attend the events and some of the programs offered at the festival. In an effort to begin fundraising, the two, along with their production company Sunblind Films, have created a page on the funding platform website Kickstarter under the title “Help Sunblind Go To Cannes.” Through Kickstarter, people can pledge money to donate to their travels and find news on their progress. “It’s not only just about our trip to Cannes, but it’s going to basically be about the beginning of this dream we have of starting our own film production kind of team,” Borowiec said. “It’s one of those things that I hope to encompass all of the great people from the UA media arts department. It’s not just about us, I want it to be a group effort.” The two will also create a documentary about their experience, which will include their attempts to go to France and actually attending the festival. Borowiec said he hopes going to Cannes will open doors for him in the film industry that will allow him to continue to make movies after he graduates. “I am looking forward and excited for the future when it comes to this stuff,” Borowiec said. “This is what we love to do, we love making films.”

Arizona’s first Pinkberry frozen yogurt shop to open on campus By Rachel Gottfried DAILY WILDCAT

Pinkberry, a popular yogurt chain, will open on the UA campus on Tuesday. Pinkberry first opened in Los Angeles in 2005 and has since expanded to 150 stores worldwide. This is the first Pinkberry to open in Arizona. The UA is one of the first university locations where Pinkberry has opened. Other university stores are located in Georgia, Ohio and Virginia. Pinkberry’s frozen yogurt is made with nonfat yogurt and nonfat milk that is rBST hormone free. The UA location will serve six flavors: the

signature tart flavor, pomegranate, salted caramel chocolate, mango and blood orange. Toppings that will be offered include fresh fruit, organic gummy bears, all-natural honey almond granola, pomegranate juice and Belgian chocolate shavings. The restaurant will also offer 25-ounce take home containers, fruit parfaits, smoothies and fresh fruit bowls. Additionally, Pinkberry will host in-store fundraisers, and 20 percent of proceeds will be donated to certain causes or organizations. The grand opening event will take place on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.



specialists like psychologists, psychiatrists, epidemiologists, neurologists and surgeons who are also interested in studying sleep disorders. Each of the specialist arenas play a role in the treatment of the patient’s disorder. Parthasarathy said if the center can get members from each specialist program and involve them within the medical care center, this would be the first center in Arizona to have a group of distinct doctors and specialists working together to treat patients with sleep disorders. This would further research, increase the ability to educate others and care for patients, Parthasarathy said, as well as have the potential to refer patients to specialists within the same group. “We are interested in knowing that everyone is receiving the appropriate adequate amount of sleep, so they are not sleep deprived in the morning,” Parthasarathy said. Parthasarathy said doctors in the center will continue to find new treatments and new discoveries, because sleep apnea or breathing problems during sleep are the most common sleep conditions. From an educational standpoint, the center wants to set up a fellowship program where doctors can receive training to specialize in the field, Parthasarathy added. “I see the center expanding, we are only a two-bed lab now and I see it expanding to a four-bed lab,” La Rue said. “Sleep is part of our whole entire lives and physicians have the capability to expand our knowledge about sleep.”


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UAPD seizes sales scammer By Rachel Gottfried Daily Wildcat

UAPD officers have arrested a man who was conducting a magazine-selling scam on campus, and the department advises students to beware of similar situations in the future. The man was telling individuals on campus that the more magazines he sells, the more points he receives to win a scholarship. “In this fraudulent scheme, an individual approaches and claims to be selling magazine subscriptions in an effort to win a contest,” said Jose Bermudez, crime prevention officer at University of Arizona Police Department. “The individual encourages the purchase by explaining that the customer need not keep the subscriptions,


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changed upon request, first found out he was on the site when his fraternity brother messaged him about a post. He went on the website and found pictures taken from his MySpace account. “Over self-confident, thinks he is the shit, and thinks every girl wants him and wants his dick,” the post read. “He thinks he is hot shit because he believed he was the king of Tucson High.” John said because most of the things written were untrue, they did not have a big effect on him. However, it bothered him that comments on the post turned into a bashing ground for his fraternity. “The Dirty is fun to look at and see what people post about stuff,” he said. “If there are any particular popular

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But more than anything, the UA needs a champion to make sure that the administration listens to the people who have constituted the lifeblood of this institution for 126 years and counting. The university has often touted its shared governance policies without adhering to them. The only way to maintain the UA’s mission will be to foster communication and an open dialogue with faculty members and students. Unfortunately, Shelton and former Provost Meredith Hay burned more than a few bridges, resulting in a faculty

as the seller will receive credit for the sale even if the order is later canceled.” The “customer” was required to pay him in cash and a “receipt” was provided to each victim, as well as a phone number in case the customer wanted to cancel the order. The phone number, however, was fake. On Feb. 9, UAPD officers found and arrested the man on campus. Because the investigation is ongoing, UAPD has not released his name. Bermudez still advises students to be skeptical, and to never give any personal information or money to a stranger without properly verifying the other party’s identity. There are resources a student can use such as the Better Business Bureau to check the legitimacy of the business, Bermudez said. Laura Cohen, a senior studying English,

was approached by the man near the Center for Creative Photography. “I didn’t realize it was a scam, but the whole thing was fishy,” Cohen said. “The magazines were very overpriced and it didn’t make sense that we would only be able to pay in cash.” Cohen said she felt she was probably targeted because she was sitting alone. The man came over to her and “started making small talk,” she said. He then tried to sell her the magazines. “I guess you have to always be careful in these situations. If I wasn’t a poor college student and he was actually selling something useful to me, I may have fallen for the scam,” Cohen said. Bermudez said to always call 911 if a “similar suspicious person” approaches.

kids, it’s funny to see what people say about them. But at the same time, people get vicious and they don’t keep it cool.” The Dirty allows users to submit a “courtesy removal request” via email, but the decision is up to the Dirty World LLC and can take 72 hours or more to process, according to the website. Users must provide the link of the original post in their request. Susan Ferrell, an Associated Students of the University Arizona legal services adviser, explained the importance of hiring a private attorney that can threaten to sue if the courtesy removal request does not work. If the letter does not have an effect, she said, the next option individuals posted on the site have is to sue. However, claiming defamation and proving it are two different things, Ferrell added. “It’s really daunting to sue someone for defamation,” Ferrell said. “You

have to come up with money up front to pay your lawyer and you have to have actual damages to hope to get any money out of it.” On top of wanting to avoid the costs, some of those on the site do not feel it is worth it to pursue legal action. “I didn’t really take any legal action, or think about it because, first, the pictures they put up were public property,” John said. “Second, I didn’t really care. It didn’t really affect me to that extent, it was just kind of funny.” Although some believe the site is fun to browse, others said they believe that looking at the site only encourages hate and negativity. “I think it’s just as childish for people to give in to the website,” Jane said. “To go on it, and feed into its cruelty, that’s just as immature as the people who post to it. I think it’s a website for people to satisfy their boredom and it’s sad.”

vote of no confidence for Hay and of little confidence for Shelton, and a tense relationship between the administration and faculty members. Furthermore, the committee that selected you to be the next presidential candidate did not have a single graduate student on board, furthering a sense of exclusion in the decision-making process. Each group may have different priorities but the overarching goal is the same — a better UA. For years, UA officials have bragged about the ever-increasing diversity in the freshman class, while ignoring the abysmal freshman retention and overall graduation rates. Students cram into classes with more than 1,000 students. Tuition and fees climb

each year. The faculty remains largely white and male-dominated. The UA strives to excel, but it needs a champion to push for higher standards. We need someone who will stand by our mission in the face of budget cuts by legislators and the board of regents’ faulty goals. Welcome to the UA. We aren’t perfect, but we’re ready to change.


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who missed his first Arizona basketball home game since his retirement to attend the event. “It was really a lot of fun.” Olson joined the ranks of more than 250,000 members throughout the world and “exemplifies all aspects of what Pi Kappa Alpha believes is “The True Pike’,” according to a press release. “He was very, very excited,” Eisner said.

“It was kind of, ‘Holy crap, this guy is excited to be a part of our organization.’ He had a big smile on his face the whole time. He took it so genuinely. It was refreshing.” While both Olson and Dr. David Alberts, director of the UA Cancer Center and Bobbi Olson’s former physician, spoke highly of the job UA Greek Life did with CATwalk, PIKE has aspirations to take it to a new level. Eisner said the fraternity plans on appealing to more than just greek students as well as members of the Tucson community, which Alberts said he thinks could double

or triple the walk’s participation rate. The UA Cancer Center is creating the new Lute Olson PIKE Fund with proceeds benefiting local cancer research. CATwalk will be scheduled for sometime between Nov. 4 and Dec. 1. “His (Olson’s) heart and soul is behind all this,” Alberts said. “He loves this. It was his creation. I think that there’s new energy and I think the PIKEs are going to do a great job and it warms my heart that coach Olson is still involved in this, and so is his family.”

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CHICAGO — The alert was inventive, if not romantic: “Give the gift of life for Valentine’s Day. Anchor (your TV) and protect a child.” Thus the Consumer Product Safety Commission sought last week to put yet another spin on a message that seems stubbornly elusive to some parents. Citing a recent rash of TV tip-over accidents in the Chicago area, the federal safety agency is again reminding parents to anchor their TVs and furniture. After falling TVs injured or killed five children in the Chicago area in less than four months — the most recent, a 2-year-old girl who was struck by a TV and dresser last Wednesday, was the only one to survive — experts and advocates are renewing calls for public education and added safety measures. “People tend to think these are freak

accidents. But they’re all too common, unfortunately,” said Andrea Gielen, professor and director of Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy in Baltimore. Gielen and a number of safety experts say TVs should come with straps or anchors to prevent them from tipping over. In addition, stores that sell TVs should sell the straps for consumers to use on their older TVs, she said. Underwriters Laboratories, which sets voluntary safety standards for the TV industry, could update those standards to specify that safety straps be included when TVs are sold. But John Drengenberg, UL’s consumer safety director, pointed out that most of the recent Chicago-area cases appeared to involve older TV sets “in secondary locations.” The federal safety commission has reported that, from 2000 to 2010, 169 children

died after TVs fell on them. Most of the research, though, doesn’t specify whether the TVs were older models or newer, flatscreen varieties that, while lighter, can tip over more easily and still weigh enough to crush a child. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that all TVs, old and new, be anchored. Drengenberg stressed that UL has safety standards, and discussions on TV safety are ongoing. The standards were most recently revised in 2004, and the last time the panel overseeing those standards met was in 2006. UL’s priority is raising awareness, he said. Despite anchors, experts recommend that TV sets be placed on low, stable stands, not on dressers or chests, particularly those with drawers. Parents should avoid placing remote controls, toys or anything that may entice a child to climb on or near the TV.

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pplying to college takes forever. From filling out forms to mailing transcripts, getting into a university requires dedication and hard work. However, all students, whether domestic or from mainland China, need to face the same obstacles in order to be admitted fairly. According to The New York Times, “because the SAT is not given in mainland China, the (University of Washington) does not require international students to take it.” This is unfair because it eliminates a key hurdle in the admissions process for international students. According to the College Board’s website, “the SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess (one’s) academic readiness for college.” Most American students have to deal with the SATs, so students from mainland China should have to as well if they want to attend an American university. Admissions boards need to take into account an SAT score in every prospective student’s application. Just because international students have to pay out-of-state tuition and extra fees does not mean that they get out of taking the exams. Academic standards are different in every country, so basing admission on factors without the SAT is not an equal form of treatment between Chinese and domestic students. Taking the SATs is not the responsibility of the student, but instead those who require or waive such examinations. Many of the best and brightest from China come to the United States for the country’s higher education institutions. Those students should have an SAT score to determine what school is the best fit for them. Because academic standards are different for every nation, there needs to be an understanding between the international applicant and the university that the applicant needs to meet expectations set by American schools. If a student wants to leave China, he or she needs to be aware of the policies of the next place in which they want to study. In the same article, The New York Times reported that the University of Washington faced “rapid growth in international applications — to more than 6,000 this year from 1,541 in 2007, with China by far the largest source.” The increase in foreign admission at such a prominent Pac-12 university makes this SAT situation even more urgent. The University of Washington’s policy should not be adopted by other schools. Students from China need to take the SAT in order to figure out how they will do once they come to the United States. Applications are tough, but it is even tougher for both foreign and domestic applicants when the level of expectation is not clearly set by the admissions office. Students from all backgrounds should be able to apply to colleges with the assurance that the applicant pool is judged by the same standards across the board. There cannot be transparency in the admissions process if applicants are held to different requirements based on geographic location. — Megan Hurley is a journalism junior. She can be reached at or on Twitter via @WildcatOpinions.

Pit bulls wrongly judged Danielle Carpenter Daily Wildcat


police officer shot and killed a pit bull in Glendale, Ariz., last week after it attacked a woman. Pit bulls get a lot of attention, regarding the debate whether they are killers or pets. This debate should not even be occurring. Any dog at any time, if raised a certain way, can have the same behavior that only pit bulls seem to get called out for. Yes, they are tough, extremely strong animals and have a higher pain tolerance, but they are also very sweet and loving if they are raised in the right atmosphere and by the right people. The answer to this debate is that they are indeed loving and fun pets. People who fear pit bulls have often witnessed an attack or base

How trainers bring up their dogs is a major influence on behavior. “I’ve dealt with over a hundred pit bulls in my life, and none of them have ever shown any aggression toward me. Like any dog, especially powerful dogs, they need to be socialized and trained from an early age,” said Sky Sobol, a pre-neuroscience freshman. “I think it is also a testament to the breed that four of Michael Vick’s former fighting dogs, after a lot of rehabilitation, became certified therapy dogs.” These dogs, thanks to people abusing them and publicizing only their vicious side, have developed a sad reputation in society. People should remember that even though there are violent individuals, judging an entire group for a few bad apples is unfair. — Danielle Carpenter is a pre-journalism freshman. She can be reached at or on Twitter via @WildcatOpinions.

NASA could cure the hangover Serena Valdez Daily Wildcat


s science and technology continue to advance, college students may expect to finally find the cure for a hangover. Scientists at NASA have developed a new technology called the NASA Biocapsule, which is a capsule implanted underneath the skin that can immediately sense when an astronaut’s body is exposed to radiation and will release medicine to fight the radiation before he or she can feel its effects. But the future is bright for us here on Earth. The development of the Biocapsule could go beyond astronauts and radiation, and treat diabetes, allergies and cancer patients. It’s the next step in medical advancements that could save

MAILBAG In response to a Feb. 9 column titled “DUI offenders should not receive pardons”: Caroline Nachazel’s Feb. 9 column about punishing DUIs was dangerously naive. Even if sober minds can agree that drinking and driving can imperil lives and is not encouraged, it is unjust to argue that everyone convicted of driving

their feelings on what the news says about the breed. Summer Gardner, a biochemistry freshman, said she witnessed an attack firsthand, and that it made her feel uneasy around these dogs. But if it had been any other breed, she may be afraid of that one instead. This occurrence is the kind we all are always informed about on the news. We never hear about their heroic actions or how sweet they are at heart. Any dog breed can be raised to be fighters and killers, pit bulls just so happen to be the most known for the killing aspect. German Shepards are a popular breed trained by police to attack criminals if needed, because

they can be trained to be vicious. However, the German Shepard breed is mostly recognized for the saving lives part of their job. Organizations in the country, like Out of The Pits — a nonprofit organization that travels with therapy dogs to educate people about pit bulls — are working to restore the breed’s reputation. Tough Love Pit Bull Rescue, an organization founded by UA alumni, rescues pit bulls from overcrowded shelters to place them in caring homes. At the Pima Animal Care Center, staff members said about 15 percent of the dogs there were pit bulls, or pit mixes. “There is no clear-cut evidence that physiological traits exist among different dog breeds which would contribute to aggression,” said Dr. Randall Lockwood, senior vice president of Forensic Science and Anti-cruelty Projects for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in an interview with KGUN 9 News last year.

under the influence deserves the same “concrete” and “permanent” punishment. Ms. Nachazel made special light of Harry Bostick, who killed a second person while driving under the influence after being pardoned by the governor. Under Ms. Nachazel’s reasoning, it is fair and proper to inflict the same punishment Mr. Bostick

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millions of lives and significantly decrease stress and worry over medical problems. All this, thanks to one little capsule and a doctor named David Loftus. If these new advancements create Biocapsules loaded with insulin for diabetics, or epinephrine for those with allergies to things like bees or pollen, maybe the capsule can also cater to college youth. Imagine if there were a Biocapsule made for college students loaded with the electrolytes needed to replenish hydration and help detoxify the body after late-night partying and drinking. In other words, a helping hand that can reduce the dreaded symptoms of a hangover the next

should have received — life in prison, perhaps without parole — to one who was driving with a blood-alcohol content of .000. Indeed, under Arizona law, DUI convictions can result even if one is intoxicated to the slightest degree, a standard that can be satisfied by mere prescription medication in the absence of alcohol. It is sad enough that, in this state, all individuals convicted of DUI — regardless of how they became “under the

morning. There is a laundry list of things to do to minimize symptoms of a hangover, such as eating before you party and drinking water at intervals. But sometimes it’s hard to listen to your conscience telling you to drink some water while you’re having a blast playing King’s Cup or beer pong. Having a Biocapsule loaded with electrolytes would make up for when you don’t listen to your body. Although your body signals an imbalance of electrolyte levels by making you feel thirsty, it’s hard to remember while you’re partying that maybe you should drink water instead of taking another shot to quench that thirst. The capsule could monitor the imbalance and immediately release the electrolytes needed to keep your levels balanced throughout the entire night, awake and asleep, thus helping to reduce the dreaded hangover the next morning. Snazzy. That makes the Friday morning lab much easier to handle after

influence” — already must deal with the same litany of fines and the same collateral consequences of having a criminal record (including, if the conviction was a felony, losing the right to vote and the right to bear arms). An outrageous case like Harry Bostick’s is rare; otherwise, it would not make the pages of a major metropolitan newspaper. As a society, we should be careful not to let our emotions overcome reason

a long and drink-filled Thirsty Thursday the night before. What’s more, it will almost make you wonder how the heck you feel so good when you know you drank enough to intimidate a sailor. Oh right, the handy dandy little Biocapsule that was placed somewhere in your thigh. The best part is that the Biocapsule is not a one-time use only kind of thing. It is able to treat your body with the specified medication for years at a time, without any need for going back to the doctor. Along with cars, laptops, and plastic surgery, the Biocapsule could be the new big thing to give high school graduates. Because let’s face it, college is a time to get a little crazy, and this little capsule would get rid of that awkward hold-my-hair-while-I-puke moment. Fingers crossed. — Serena Valdez is a journalism junior. She can be reached at or on Twitter via @WildcatOpinions.

and principles of fairness. If people must be judged, judge them for what they did and who they are, not whom they resemble to some arbitrary degree. Punishment — I prefer “rehabilitation” — should be tailored to the individual, not applied blindly to a class of highly disparate actors. — Tom Knauer, UA alumnus and former Daily Wildcat writer

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Police Beat By Elliot P. Hopper Daily Wildcat

Smokin’ in the buff

University of Arizona Police Department officers responded to a call made by a resident assistant in Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall about an odor of marijuana in the hallway, wafting from one of the residents’ rooms, at 11:08 p.m. on Feb. 3. Officers knocked on the student’s door and asked if they could speak with him and come inside. The student said, “I am naked. If you give me a minute or two, then I will let you in.” An officer replied he would not be embarrassed, and asked to come in anyway. The student responded, “Um, ah, OK.” The officer entered the room and saw a glass bong on the table and a rolled-up towel blocking the bottom of the door. As more officers entered the room, they spotted many prescription bottles. They asked if they could take a look around the room as the resident got dressed. They found five full prescription bottles of marijuana, a grinder, two bottles of vodka, two beers and a cut off bottle of Dr Pepper used to inhale smoke. The officers then ran the student’s profile and saw that he had a warrant out for his arrest. He was arrested for minor in possession of alcohol in body, possession of a container, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and for his arrest warrant. He was taken to the Pima County Jail. Officers seized more than 1.5 grams of marijuana.

Push and tell

Two roommates in Colonia de la Paz Residence Hall got in an argument over an Xbox and a TV at 10:32 p.m. on Tuesday. One roommate owned the TV and the other roommate owned the Xbox. After arguing, they eventually agreed to disconnect the Xbox from the TV. The roommate who owned the Xbox disconnected the console within the next several days. An Ethernet cable, which belonged to the other roommate, had been connected to the Xbox, and was taken to the Xbox owner’s brother’s house. The roommate who owned the TV noticed that his Ethernet cable was missing, and immediately asked where the cable was. The Xbox owner then admitted that he had forgotten to remove the cable and return it, but said he would call his brother and ask him to return the cable. The brother did not respond to the phone call and the roommate who owned the Ethernet cable became angry. The two roommates started arguing and yelling at each other. The TV owner said to the other, “You skinny bitch.” He then pushed his roommate into the corner of a wall. He attempted to continue to fight and push him, while the other roommate tried to turn away. When UAPD officers arrived, the two students had already been separated. The Xbox owner was asked to show officers his back. He had a 7-inch black bruise from being pushed into the wall. Officers asked why the two didn’t try to resolve the argument some other way. The TV owner replied, “I am from New York and I have an aggressive attitude. We have been in each other’s faces before and I got tired of it.” Both roommates agreed that they wanted nothing to do with each other and were asked to be separated from each other. The TV owner was arrested for domestic assault. The injured roommate said he would press charges.

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Campus Events

Tunnel of Oppression The University of Arizona’s nationally known Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive experience where participants move through the “Tunnel” and become part of scenes depicting ableism, border issues, homophobia, racism, sexism, etc. . It is a powerful and emotional journey of the oppression that is still alive in our societybut, there is still “light at the end of the tunnel.” Tours will be given every 15 minutes beginning at 6:00PM and the last tour is 8:30pm, on February 13th and 14th. Tour size is limited to 15 people. Between the guided tour and processing & evaluating the experience, participants should expect to spend at least 1 hour and 20 minutes in the tour. “Mapping Arizona: From Mexican Territory to U.S. State” (exhibit) This is new exhibit on display in the UA Main Library from Jan. 6 – March 28, 2012, details the path Arizona took to become a state – first as part of the Territory of New Mexico, then as the Territory of Arizona, finally attaining statehood in 1912. In addition to an array of historical maps, “Mapping Arizona” also includes books and unique documents selected from Special Collections extensive holdings. These additional materials offer insight into the stories that accompany the lines, boundaries, and borders within the maps. UA Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd.

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Exhibit “Company Town: Arizona’s Copper Mining Communities During 100 Years of Statehood” This exhibit at the UA ScienceEngineering Library, shares 100 years of stories, struggles and triumphs from Arizona’s copper mining communities. It features an indepth selection of photographs, pamphlets, original manuscripts, federal and state reports and personal papers drawn from UA Special Collections. The materials on display detail the history of eight Arizona mining communities – Ajo, Bisbee, Clifton-Morenci, Globe-Miami, Jerome, Ray-Sonora, San Manuel and Superior – and show that these communities were more than just a mine, and the people more than just mining workers. January 6, 2012 - March 9, 2012. Visit http://www.library. to view the hours of operation. Reception for ‘BeMine: Collaborations Between Writers and Artists’ The Poetry Center plays matchmaker this February. In anticipation of our “Poetry Off the Page” symposium in May, we want to encourage the community to see that poetry isn’t always made up of only words, and we want to highlight the relationship that writers have to artists. In order to elicit partnerships/ collaborations between Tucson writers and photographers, painters, videographers and musicians, curated pairs of local writers and artists have been asked to collaborate and create or reconsider the form of “valentines.” Poetry Center. Monday, February 13, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

February 13

Campus Events

Empathy Week at the University of Arizona This is an opportunity to help eradicate slavery in our world and make a direct impact in the lives of vulnerable and victimized children. All funds raised through this event will serve specific efforts of prevention, rescue and restoration in the United States and Mexico. Participate in Empathy Week (inspire others to join you) and make a difference in the lives of vulnerable kids! Monday, February 13, 2012 - Thursday, February 16, 2012 in the Student Union Memorial Center. Please visit for details such as the times and specific locations of Empathy Week’s various events. Weekly Writing Workshop - ‘Style: The Importance of Clarity’ Victoria Stefani of the Writing Skills Improvement Program will discuss “Style: The Importance of Clarity.” This lecture is part of a semester-long series of workshops held every Monday. Social Sciences. Room: 411. Monday, February 13, 2012 from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Physical Wellness Workshop Leadership can be stressful, and stress can take its toll on the body. Come learn about your own behavior patterns as they relate to physical wellness and develop strategies and learn resources for enhancing your health. Student Union Memorial Center Sabino Room. Monday, February 13, 20124 p.m. 5 p.m.


“Way of the Cross” The annual exhibit of DeGrazia’s dramatic interpretation of the traditional Stations of the Cross also includes the resurrection of Jesus. The artist created these 15 original oil paintings for the Catholic Newman Center at the University of Arizona in 1964 where they were displayed for about a year. DeGrazia then replaced the originals with prints because of insurance and environmental concerns at the Center. A portfolio of prints is available at the gift shop. January 20, 2012 - April 15, 2012 6300 N. Swan Road 520.299.9191 Concert - ‘An Evening with Madame F’ “An Evening with Madame F” was created by Claudia Stevens for her solo performance as a musician and actor, with additional original music by Fred Cohen. The work has been presented at the national and international levels for two decades. It is widely praised by critics, audiences and the Holocaust survivor community as a uniquely authentic and profound artistic expression of the Holocaust. Drawing on firsthand accounts – those of her own family members and of several concentration camp musicians including Fania Fenelon, Stevens depicts and mirrors the struggle of women who survived Auschwitz as entertainers. Monday, February 13, 2012 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road

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The Arizona Symphony Orchestra performs at the “Arizona 100: A Celebration Through the Lens of Time” event in Centennial Hall on Saturday. The celebration included speeches from UA professors, performances and a demonstration of the Arizona Centennial Project, a series of short films which shows the UA campus as it was 100 years ago.

UA community celebrates state’s history through theatrical re-enactment By Stephanie Zawada Daily Wildcat

A theatrical and creative re-enactment based on the first 100 years of Arizona’s history was held in Centennial Hall on Saturday in celebration of Arizona’s 100th year of statehood. The event, “Arizona 100: A Celebration Through the Lens of Time,” was hosted by the College of Letters, Arts and Science with the UA’s Confluence: A Center for Creative Inquiry, and presented a look at Arizona’s history from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, music, poetry, dance, tree-ring research and astronomy. “What’s Arizona going to be like 100 years from now? What will it be like in 1,300 years?” asked John Olsen, a regents’

professor in anthropology, at the event. Olsen described anthropology and archaeology in Arizona over the last century. More than 1,000 people viewed the Arizona Centennial Project. The project, sponsored by the Louis and Marjory Slavin Fine Arts Endowment and Confluence: Center for Creative Inquiry, consists of short films available through an app that offers a look at “the campus of yesterday.” Users could watch video segments that combined archival material with actors in period costumes. The program allowed professors from various departments within the College of Letters, Arts and Science to offer different points of view about Arizona’s journey that were unique to their fields of study. Jacqueline Mok, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, said that the university’s job was to bring perspectives through voice, sight and science. Thomas Sheridan, a research anthropologist, said many of Arizona’s original residents traveled west for Arizona’s climate. Many fell in love, he said, with “a beauty

so foreign” to non-Arizona natives. Sheridan focused on water, power and climate change in 21st-century Arizona. Lines from journal entries by Mamie Bier Bernard Aguirre, the first female professor at the UA, were re-enacted and speakers told of how her courage would eventually add to Arizona’s spirit of “bearing down” in the face of difficulties. “I am a professional snoop,” said Department of Gender and Women’s Studies professor Judy Nolte Temple, adding that she reads women’s diaries to get fresh and contrasting perspectives on recorded history. Aguirre fled the South after the Civil War with her husband, a Spanish trader, to travel the Santa Fe Trail before beginning her career as a teacher of “unruly” girls. Richard Shelton, an emeritus regents’ professor of English, reflected on Arizona’s aesthetic value and its “secret ferocity.” Shelton read many poems in the desert, he said, and was attacked by dozens and dozens of plants. “The Sonoran Desert has territorial

plants,” he explained. “They protect their territory.” In the presentation “Tales that Tree-Rings Tell,” Thomas Swetnam, director of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, demonstrated how tree-rings provide an environmental diary of events. Small rings, he said, correspond to a dry year and allow researchers to determine what exactly it was like to live in Arizona during any given time period. Christopher Impey, an astronomer in the Steward Observatory, reviewed the history of telescopes from Galileo’s original model to the Giant Magellan Telescope, a current UA project that will be bigger than Centennial Hall once completed, he said. Impey said time travel is always possible — all you have to do is look at the stars. Some of the light you’ll see from these stars, he said, has traveled about a century’s distance. The take-home lesson, Olsen said, was that we should continue to keep our eye on the promise of the future. “In closing,” he added, “I offer you the promise of living.”

Arizona Through the years 1,000 B.C.-1,000 A.D. - Hohokam and Anasazi people build complex irrigational canals, roads and the first agricultural villages.

Circa 10,000 B.C. - Arizona’s first prehistoric inhabitants settle.

1767 – Jesuits are exiled from the area by the Spanish and are replaced by the Franciscans.

1276-1299 A.D. - Arizona goes through the Great Drought.

1810-1821 – Mexico revolts against Spain and takes ownership of the region.

1776 - Tucson becomes an established town.

1853 - Arizona’s current borders are established with the signing of the Gadsden Purchase.

1848 – Gold is discovered in California, making Arizona’s Gila Trail a major avenue into the area.

1881 – Phoenix becomes a city; gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

1863 – Arizona becomes a territory.

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Exhibit opens Tucson community gets its rocks off at annual gem show to celebrate Arizona’s centennial

By Danielle Salas Daily Wildcat The city of Tucson held its 58th annual Gem and Mineral Show in the Tucson Convention Center this weekend, hosting exhibits from around the world and gathering revenue for the city. Every year, Tucson hosts the largest gem show in the world, said Bill Butkowski, a vendor from New Providence, N.J., and owner of The Mineral Cabinet, a business specializing in selling minerals, gems and shells from all over the world. This year, in honor of the state’s Centennial celebration, organizers set up 48 cases of gems dug from Arizona mines. “The 100 Years of Arizona’s Best: The Minerals that Made the State” exhibit is also on display at the UA Mineral Museum. Dozens of smaller, separate shows are also hosted throughout Tucson in the first few weeks of February. One of the reasons that Tucson is such a popular spot for the show is a combination of the city’s mildly arid climate and mineral-rich resources, Butkowski added. In exchange for the stockpile of gems and minerals, suppliers, buyers and tourists generate about $76.5 million for the city of Tucson and $6 million in state and local taxes, said Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. The show includes vendors from France, Germany, parts of Asia as well as many local vendors. Kurt Niece, a UA alumnus and jeweler who specializes in silver, was one of the many vendors at the show. Niece not only makes jewelry, but also teaches jewelry-making and metalsmithing at Central Arizona College. Many of the artists and vendors at the show did not start off as artists, buyers, suppliers, or jewelers, Niece said. Many worked in business, journalism, geology, geography and in science and research laboratories. Niece said he didn’t even think about making jewelry or working with silver until the


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Buyers and sellers of precious minerals from around the world come to the 2011 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show to display their items for show attendees to see and purchase.

middle of his second year at the UA. After apprenticing with a silver smith he switched his major and eventually graduated with a bachelor’s in fine arts. Neffra Matthews, a geologist who works with Colorado’s Bureau of Land Management, also attended the show. She said she spends most of her time making topographical maps for the state of Colorado, but in her spare time creates works of art with her partner, Susan Judy. Judy owns Stone Quilt Designs, which features rock designs she created with a mirror image quilt design created by Matthews, who focuses on prehistoric designs and makes her own line of clothing, jewelry and quilts. Judy and Matthews are featured artists in the Gallery of Lapidary Artists, a Colorado gallery that showcases stone artists. The gallery was started by Leo Atkinson, another vendor at the show, who specializes in geodes. Atkinson has attended the gem show for about 25 years, and is one of the few vendors who double as both supplier and buyer at the show, he said.

Like many of the other vendors, Atkinson did not start off as an artist, he said. He graduated from the University of Michigan as a parks and recreation director and did not start working with gems and minerals until he met his wife, a woodworks artist. Over the years, he has seen a great deal of success, even selling pieces to the sheik of Qatar, he said. The key to being successful even for small-time dealers, he said, is quality. Most dealers at the show draw in moderate amounts of revenue, depending on the size of their business. Large dealers will many times draw in hundreds of thousands of dollars, while smaller vendors might gain $10,000 to $20,000 at most, Atkinson said. Many vendors, he said, are attracted to the show not because of the amount of money they could make, but the opportunities that arise from being at the show. Online at DAILYWILDCAT.COM Check out a gallery of photos from the Gem and Mineral Show.

What has Arizona done well and what would you like to see happen in the state’s future?

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“I think that they need to add more funding to children’s arts programs. And I think what they’re doing well so far … I think our roads are pretty good and I think our AIMS (Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards) scores are good.” — CJ Khaira, pre-business freshman

“Random people on campus, I don’t like that. I mean it (the UA) is a public place, but it’s just weird because you don’t know if the person goes to school here or not.” — Lauren Finkelstein, communication freshman

“I guess the state has done a pretty good job representing itself as far as getting people down here in the past 100 years. It used to be just like a big desert. The immigration and racism stuff that still exists around here, they could probably do a little bit better with that.” — Clymer Berry, UA 2009 graduate in philosophy

“Well, the last couple of years I was living in Mexico and I remembered when they passed that bill (SB 1070), I thought that was kind of crazy how they’re trying to keep all the immigrants out and not just Mexicans. It’s like everyone. But I thought that was kind of cool.” — Jade McCaleb, business sophomore at Pima Community College

1930 – Astronomers at Flagstaff’s Lowell Observatory discover Pluto.

1912 - Arizona is declared a state on Feb. 14; women gain the right to vote.

1960 - Arizona population exceeds 1 million.

1948 – Indians are given the right to vote.

At the UA,

1961 - Stewart Udall becomes John F. Kennedy’s Secretary of Interior, making him the first Arizonan to serve in the presidential cabinet.

1992 - Arizona voters approve Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Day as a state holiday.

1984 - Population of Arizona exceeds 3 million.

2011 – Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is shot in the head at a Tucson Safeway. Six people are killed in the shooting and thirteen others are wounded. Giffords survives her injuries.

2001 - Arizona Diamondbacks win their first World Series against the New York Yankees.


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1899 – Construction begins on the Phoenix Capitol building.

1972 - Cesar Chavez fasts for 25 days in Phoenix in response to a state law denying farm workers the right to strike or boycott.

Special Collections wants students to fall in love with Arizona through a new exhibit, “Becoming Arizona: The Valentine State.” The exhibit, which opened last August, was developed to commemorate Arizona’s journey to becoming the 48th state in 1912. Arizona will celebrate its centennial this Tuesday. “I hope that people will see what the path towards statehood was like and that there were many different cultures and communities in Arizona prior to 1912, and that they all contribute to what our state has become,” said Chrystal Carpenter, an assistant librarian in Special Collections who helped put together the exhibit. The exhibit presents documents and artifacts dating back to the 16th century during Spanish missions in the Southwest, as well as maps that showcase the Gadsden Purchase and when Arizona was a territory. It also provides contemporary pieces regarding Arizona, like books written about the state in the 1990s. A large majority of the exhibit’s pieces are from Special Collections, with the exception of a few artifacts donated by the Arizona History Museum for the project. The artifacts include Wyatt Earp’s wedding ring from his third marriage to Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp and Geronimo’s tinder bag. Earp was made famous in 1881 after participating in a 30-second gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Ariz., that left three cowboys dead. Geronimo is known for being a leader of the Apaches in the 1800s. Carpenter said as the centennial approaches, more people are showing an interest in these artifacts and want to know the history behind them. “As we are getting closer to the centennial, there has become more awareness to this exhibit which is great,” Carpenter said. “We decided to be a worthwhile endeavor to actually show the buildup to statehood. We wanted to make sure that we highlighted the many different histories here before it became Arizona.” The exhibit also provides documentation about what Arizona was like when it was a territory during the Civil and Indian Wars. In addition to the exhibit, Special Collections is also hosting a lecture series this school year that discusses Arizona’s history. The series, which began last November, is a three-part lecture given by UA professors and historians. “Part of our concept is that our exhibits document the early histories of Arizona and we wanted to have a lecture series that talked about Arizona today, but looked back historically as well so we could tie the past and the future together,” Carpenter said. The second part of the series will be held on Tuesday in the Special Collections’ reading room at 7 p.m. The lecture titled, “The Sleeping Giant vs. the Politics of Fear: Arizona’s Hispanic Society in the Twenty-First Century” will be given by UA anthropology professor Tom Sheridan and will talk about the expansion of the Hispanic population and how that influences culture and politics in Arizona. The exhibit is scheduled to run until May 30.

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Johnson’s big day puts stop to slump By Mike Schmitz Daily Wildcat

Nick Johnson has endured a season typical of most college freshmen — one filled with peaks, valleys and inconsistency. Johnson seemed poised for one of those lows on Saturday against Utah after he missed five of his first six shots. But with Arizona down 51-49 and 8:33 on the clock, Johnson took over. The freshman guard stole the ball along the right sideline, spun right to left on a defender and finished at the rim to tie the game up at 51. After a layup by Solomon Hill, Johnson scored five straight points to answer a Utah run and keep the Wildcats within one. Johnson wasn’t done. With the game knotted up at 61 and 1:24 remaining, Johnson drilled a 3-pointer that gave Arizona a lead that it wouldn’t relinquish. In crunch time, with the Wildcats needing offense, Johnson delivered and finished with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. “Today was his best game at Arizona, especially the second half and we’re really, really proud,” UA head coach Sean Miller said. “He’s a really important part of our team. We needed him in a big way today and he stepped up and delivered.” Johnson’s 18 points were his most since scoring 19 on Oregon State on Jan. 12. Despite those high-scoring affairs, Johnson has had quite a few games in which he’s struggled this year. He’s scored five points or fewer in five games this season while also struggling from the free throw line at times. But Johnson bucked that inconsistent trend Saturday while drilling all five of his free throws. “Nick’s had his ups and downs this season and the main thing with him was to just keep his confidence,” said senior guard Kyle Fogg. “I think when he’s playing great other guys feed off of him, myself included. I think we’re at our best as a team when he’s playing great.” Johnson didn’t take any credit on Saturday, however.

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Freshman guard Nick Johnson shoots during Arizona’s 70-61 win over Utah on Saturday. Johnson scored 18 points and played what head johnson, 10 coach Sean Miller called “his best game at Arizona.”


Hoops can’t afford repeat of Utah game Mike Schmitz Daily Wildcat


ean Miller walked into McKale Center’s press conference room with the same look of intensity he wears for 40 minutes on the sidelines every Thursday and Saturday. The relief of sneaking past a lowly Utah squad with a nine-point victory wasn’t evident. The head coach’s

frustration and disappointment stemming from the Arizona men’s basketball team’s lifeless first half, however, was crystal clear. As are most things with Miller, his message to the media was well calculated. He started with the good news. “The positive is, you always need players to step up and make big

shots and big plays,” Miller said. “We had a number of guys in the second half do it.” The combination of Brendon Lavender’s four timely 3-pointers, Kyle Fogg’s 17 points and six steals and Nick Johnson’s clutch 18-point performance saved Arizona from what would have been its worst loss in recent memory. But Miller’s good news lasted less than two minutes. After his status quo tribute to Lavender, Fogg and Johnson, Miller got down to business. The frustration that built up inside of him for that one minute and 37 seconds was finally unleashed. “The other side of it is I’m just

really disappointed in myself and our team,” Miller said of Arizona’s first 24:04 that led to a 43-31 deficit against the conference’s worst team. Miller didn’t stop at disappointed. The words he used to describe Arizona in those first 24 minutes were as follows: pathetic, frightened, lethargic, alarming, helpless, and disappointing beyond words. Miller’s exactly right. Arizona’s effort level was flat-out embarrassing. Top to bottom, Utah is the worst team in the Pac-12. Yet, even against such a talentless team in a must-win game, the Wildcats took 24 minutes off. With little effort and zero confidence, their

strengths disappeared. Arizona entered the game with the best 3-point defense in the NCAA allowing only 26.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Utah came into Saturday as the conference’s second-to-worst 3-point shooting team, converting at a 29.4 percent clip. But as Arizona struggled to contain dribble penetration, Utah created a host of open looks and drilled 4-of-5 triples by halftime. The Utes finished the game 9-of-18 from distance — the Wildcats’ worst 3-point defensive performance of

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The Arizona women’s basketball team goes as Davellyn Whyte does. When she is not playing well, the Wildcats don’t win basketball games. That’s been the case all season — at least until a game Saturday against Utah. In a 73-67 loss on Saturday in Salt Lake City, Utah, Whyte had 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field and 4-for-5 shooting from long range to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. But Arizona forward Erica Barnes was the only other Wildcat to score in double figures with 17 points and the Wildcats trailed the Utes in nearly every statistical category in their eighth straight loss. With the loss, Arizona dropped to 13-12 (2-11 Pac-12 Conference). “We did a decent job on the boards and we were 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the first half but we needed to get more stops,” head coach Niya Butts said in a press release. “Hopefully, we can move forward and learn from this.” Arizona held a 34-29 halftime lead and led for most of the first half, but, as has been the case for much of the

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Junior guard Davellyn Whyte drives to the basket against Utah on Jan. 19. Whyte’s 22 points weren’t enough to end Arizona’s losing streak on Saturday at Utah.

losing streak, it was a tale of two halves for the Wildcats. Arizona opened the second half with a basket, giving them a gamehigh seven-point lead. Over the next 10 minutes, the Utes went on a 21-6 run to give them an eight-point lead, a deficit which proved to be too much. “When you’re giving up good position in the paint and allowing consecutive easy baskets, that’s just not going to win basketball games,” Butts said. The Wildcats managed to get the game to within three after a layup by freshman Layana White with 4:57 remaining, only to see that lead get back up to seven points with two minutes remaining.

With 58 seconds left in the game and Arizona trailing by five points, Whyte fouled out. Arizona was not done fighting however, as baskets by Candice Warthen, Shanita Arnold and Barnes brought the game to within two points, at 69-67, with 26 seconds remaining. In the end, the comeback wasn’t enough, as Utah made 10-of-12 free throws in the final 52 seconds to put the game away. Barnes also contributed seven rebounds, three blocks and a steal in her first significant playng time in four games after missing time due to injury. Arizona is set to host the Washington schools this weekend as Pac-12 play winds down.

After a promising start to the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday, the Wildcats ended the weekend with a record of 3-3 after falling to Georgia Tech, No. 21 Nebraska, and No. 17 Texas A&M. On Friday, the Wildcats dropped two winnable one-run games to Georgia Tech and Nebraska, 2-1 and 11-10, respectively. Arizona was able to strike first in the Georgia Tech game with its lone RBI coming off the bat of senior transfer Jessica Spigner, who has seen some immediate success and is now batting .600 in six career games. Following Spigner’s RBI, the Wildcats were unable to capitalize on opportunities and stranded seven on base. “Even when we lost, we are doing better at fighting and competing, and that is what coach wanted us to do,” Spigner said. “We are not going to dwell on it. We’re going to come out and get after it. We’re definitely close.” The Nebraska game, which featured a matchup between Arizona pitcher Kenzie Fowler and her sister, Nebraska’s Mattie Fowler, started in much the same way the Georgia Tech game did. Arizona was able to jump out to a 5-0 lead through three

innings thanks to a home run early in the game from senior Lini Koria and another from freshman Shelby Pendley. Mattie Fowler was unable to register a hit on Kenzie Fowler, who lasted six innings, giving up seven hits and nine runs — eight of which were earned. “Honestly, I thought it was going to be weird, but it really wasn’t,” Kenzie Fowler said. “It was just another batter.” The third loss of the tournament came at the hands of Texas A&M 5-4, which drove in four of its five runs on home runs, including the go-ahead solo shot in the seventh inning. The Wildcats outhit the Aggies 9-6. Pitcher Shelby Babcock fell to 1-3 on the season. In explosive wins against Syracuse Saturday and Cal State Northridge Sunday, the Wildcats’ bats recorded 19 runs, while giving up just one in run-rule shortened games. Babcock and Jessica Spigner gave up six hits combined between the games. “We just have some growing up to do,” UA coach Mike Candrea said. “To be good at this game, you have to have good pitching, play good defense and get timely hitting. I was pleased with the way we battled, but we were a little bit snakebit.”

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Men’s swim caps undefeated season The Arizona men’s swimming team remained undefeated on the season after closing its head-tohead regular season with a victory over in-state rival ASU on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. The men had a prolific dual season, defeating No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Stanford, No. 5 USC, No. 6 California, No. 14 Iowa and topping the Sun Devils, 188.5-109.5, to conclude their regular season perfection. Arizona’s seniors carried the men’s squad as Cory Chitwood won the 500-meter freestyle, Austen Thompson won the 200-meter individual medley and Nick Hadinger won the 200-meter backstroke. The Wildcat women were also victorious, beating the Sun Devils 170-114 — giving Arizona momentum that will carry it into the Pac-12 Conference Tournament and the NCAA Championships. Junior Lauren Smart placed an NCAA “A” cut time in the 100-meter backstoke and won the 100-meter fly. Sophomore Margo Geer led the women’s squad and won three individual events — the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter freestyle. Wildcat swimmers, both men and women, swam strong and won decisively. Arizona won 21 out of 24 events and swept the Sun Devils in all four team relay events. The women will compete in the Pac-12 championship on Feb. 22 in Seattle. The men will start the


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Lawi Lalang sets 5,000-meter school and collegiate record

The No. 5 men’s and No. 10 women’s track and field had a successful weekend competing across the country, starting in New York City at the Millrose Games. Sophomore Lawi Lalang took the 5,000-meter race by storm, coming in second only to the U.S. record holder and volunteer assistant coach Bernard Lagat, with a time of 13:08.28. Lalang finished behind Lagat by less than a second. Coming in at a close third was fellow teammate senior Stephen Sambu, with the second-best collegiate time ever at 13:13.74. “When you have two guys breaking a collegiate record in the same race, Lawi and Stephen, it’s a great weekend all the way around,” said head track and field coach Fred Harvey. Back in the Northwest, junior Edgar Rivera Morales earned a bid to the NCAA indoor championships with a high jump mark of 2.24 meters. He and teammate junior Nick Ross are currently tied for the third best mark in the country. “All the sprinters ran very well,” Harvey said. “They all ran a personal best in their individual events

The senior did it again with 4:16 remaining, tying the game up at 61, setting the from page 8 stage for Johnson’s go-ahead three. “He put us on his back and made Instead, he attributed his success to shots when we were down big,” MillFogg and Brendon Lavender, who got er said of Lavender. the Wildcats back in the game. “When I see them make shots, it just propels me and I want to make No shots for Turner Freshman point guard Josiah Turnshots,” Johnson said. “They were feeler did not attempt a shot for the first ing good today.” Lavender sparked Arizona’s come- time all season in Saturday’s game. But back with a triple that cut Utah’s while he finished with only one point, 10-point lead to seven. Fogg hit a three Turner dished out seven assists and on the next possession and Arizona was committed zero turnovers for the first time since Arizona beat NAU on Dec. off to the races. Lavender tied the game up at 43 with 3, 2011. “Seven assists and no turnovers was a 3-pointer and gave Arizona a 46-43 lead with his third triple of the game. great,” Miller said. “We like that.”

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Arizona distance runner Lawi Lalang talks with coach Fred Harvey. Lalang set the collegiate record for the 5,000-meter run on Saturday at the Millrose Games.

and you rarely get that in a competition but we got it this weekend. So we’re excited, we’re starting to come together at the right time.” Up next is the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships at the Washington Dempsey Indoor facilities in Seattle on Feb. 24.

continued its slump as it lost its third straight match this weekend while playing indoors in Minnesota. The Wildcats fell to both the DePaul Blue Demons and the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 6-1 and 7-0, respectively. “The guys competed well, but we need to learn to adapt a little better — Emi Komiya to different conditions as well as different opponents,” said men’s head coach Tad Berkowitz. Men’s tennis in After losing all six doubles slump, women on matches of the weekend, the the rise The Arizona men’s tennis team Wildcats were forced to try to pull

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the season. The Pac-12’s second-to-worst field goal shooting team also had its way with Arizona, shooting 50 percent from the field and 54.5 percent in the first half. If Arizona hadn’t woken up and kept the Utes from scoring for the final 5:42, Saturday would have been Utah’s best offensive output of the season — against a team built around defense and intensity, nonetheless. When the NCAA tournament selection committee looks back at

Saturday’s game against Utah, it will see a nine-point home victory that capped back-to-back series sweeps. But in reality, Saturday was a major wake-up call for Arizona. The Wildcats aren’t talented enough to take halves off, even against Utah. They aren’t experienced enough to dig a deficit and come racing back to steal a victory against better teams. With a seven-man rotation, they aren’t deep enough to make up for what Miller called “three or four of those guys not playing as hard as they’re capable of.” Arizona is in as good of a position as anyone to win the Pac-12 and go

off singles play wins to have a chance. Out of 12 singles matches, sophomore Kieren Thompson was the only Wildcat to pull off a win against DePaul’s Josh Dancu. Thompson took the first set, 6-3, but fell in the second, 3-6. In a grueling super tiebreaker, Thompson came away with the victory after a score of 11-9. The men fell to 3-3 for the season. Meanwhile, at home, senior Natasha Marks led the Arizona women’s team to a victory over San Diego State. The Wildcats clinched the doubles play point after senior Sarah Landsman and freshman Hailey Johnson took down the Golden Gophers with a score of 8-4. “It was nice going into singles one point ahead this weekend,” women’s head coach Vicky Maes said. “Overall, it was an excellent learning day for us. We came away with the win, but what I was most pleased about was the opportunity to reiterate the importance of each individual’s current role on the team.” By the fourth singles match, Arizona led the Gophers 3-1. Marks clinched the match point for the Wildcats after defeating San Diego State’s Emma Cioffi in a two set match with scores of 6-4 and 6-1. The women’s team improved to 3-2 for the season. — Iman Hamdan

dancing in March. But if problems of effort and confidence return, Arizona’s in trouble. “If you’re Arizona and you don’t play with effort level, it’s bad,” Miller said. The Wildcats and ZonaZoo got a taste of 24 minutes of “bad” on Saturday. Will Arizona learn from Saturday and make its Utah performance nothing more than a blip on the radar? Miller better hope so, or his Wildcats are in trouble. — Mike Schmitz is a marketing senior. He can be reached at or on Twitter via @WildcatHoops.

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BEST&WORST tv couples By Kate Newton Daily Wildcat

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Phil and Claire Dunphy of “Modern Family” (2009-present) No show on television portrays familial dysfunction on par with “Modern Family.” The show’s wit and comedic timing are hard to match and Claire and Phil tend to be at the center of the show’s multi-ring circus. Bottom line: Whether you’re married to a 40-year-old man-child or an overprotective, mildly OCD perfectionist, a good relationship doesn’t always constitute perfection. Opposites can always attract, if they’re truly The best committed to working out the everyday Monica and Chandler of “Friends” annoyances and complications for the sake of (1994-2004) the relationship. With the drama consistently centered Episode to watch: “My Funky Valentine,” around Rachel and Ross, Chandler and Monica were able to rely on their strong friendship and Season 1 senses of humor to evolve into the show’s most The worst dependable couple. Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII of “The Tudors” Bottom line: The best relationships come (2007-2010) out of a mutual place, and most of all, these The ill-fated romance between the King relationships don’t take themselves too seriously. of England and his mistress has transcended Episode to watch: “The One with the television as one of history’s most destructive Proposal,” Season 6 couples. Viewers were able to watch every Ned and Chuck of “Pushing Daisies” moment as the couple’s relationship, (2007-2009) conceived with forbidden passion, ended with When Ned, a pie-maker who is able to an act of violence. bring the dead back to life, uses his powers to Bottom line: If your boyfriend is a powerrevive his childhood sweetheart, they’re able hungry control freak, don’t expect to be the one to pick up right where they left off. The magic, to change his ways. If you fail, you’re out of luck though, only goes one way, and if Ned touches … or in Anne’s case, out a head. her again, she’ll be dead for good. Episode to watch: “Destiny and Fortune,” Bottom line: Physical chemistry can play an Season 2 important role in a relationship, but it can’t be the only thing keeping you together. Talking and Don and Betty Draper of “Mad Men” hanging, not just hooking up, provides valuable (2007-present) insight into a person that distinguishes them as Don and Betty were the perfect example a long-term partner, not another fling. of how deeply flawed a marriage can Episode to watch: “The Fun in Funeral,” become when plagued by a lack of trust and Season 1 communication. Ironically, despite Don’s Love may be especially pungent in the air this week, but it’s always present on our television screens. Like any real-life romance, these on-screen pairings can be picture perfect … or doomed to fail. Prepare your TiVos, because these are some famous couples you’ll want to channel, or avoid imitating, if you want your special someone to stick around at least until next Valentine’s Day.

frequent infidelities, viewers still rarely sympathized with Betty because of her cold and often childish demeanor. Betty was also named by Vulture magazine as “one of the worst mothers in TV history,” and with a show like “Toddlers & Tiaras” on the air, attaining this title seems to be a special accomplishment. Bottom line: If something isn’t meant to be, don’t force it. It makes it much harder to make a clean break, which will have emotional repercussions for you, the other person, and those close to you. Episode to watch: “Shut the Door, Have a Seat,” Season 3 Jaime and Cersei Lannister of “Game of Thrones” (2011-present) In the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, complicated webs of loyalty, betrayal, and power intertwine the characters. Love, too, becomes a game, with violent and destructive implications. When viewers are introduced to the Lannister family as they visit the Starks of Winterfell, an immediate sense of suspicion is felt. When the youngest Stark boy stumbles upon Cersei (the queen) and her twin brother, Jaime … um, in a compromising situation, Jaime promptly pushes the boy out of a window to protect their affair. We later find that Cersei had a son with her brother, who, despite being the ultimate problem child, is set to inherit the throne. Bottom line: The lesson here is easy to grasp. One, don’t have sex with your siblings. And two, if (God forbid), you just can’t avoid the incestuous experimentation, at least draw the line at murdering a little kid just to keep it going. Comprende? Episode to watch: “Winter is Coming,” Season 1

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How not to be that guy on Valentine’s Jason Krell Daily Wildcat


haven’t had a Valentine in three years, and I probably won’t again this year. And you know what? That doesn’t give me, or anyone else in my situation, the right to ruin the special day for anyone else. I didn’t always think that way though. I went through the phases of the being-alone-on-Valentine’s-Day process. First came being cynical about the holiday in general, taking every excuse to put down those who were actually celebrating it. Second, the faux confidence, accompanied with equally fake boasts about celebrating “single’s awareness day.” The last step was a quiet sadness and self-isolation driven by wallowing in the realization that the past two years were nothing but an emotional front. Then there’s the fourth step:

acceptance — that’s this year. You see, it’s easy to go around belittling everyone else’s romantic day by putting it down. We say it’s a corporate holiday, we say people should always be romantic instead of just on one day. Hell, we say any damn thing we can think of to avoid admitting to people we just didn’t have anyone on Valentine’s Day and we’re not happy with it. The one thing so many people can’t do is just step aside and let the couples have their day. Yes, corporations do make a killing off of Valentine’s Day. Yes, people should always make their love known to the significant others in their lives. But come on, being that romantic all the time is flat-out hard — plus, it kills the specialness of days like Valentine’s

Day. And since when has supporting the economy been bad? It’s really just a great opportunity for people who love each other to express that. What it all boils down to is there are so many better things people without a Valentine can do instead of raining on everyone else’s parade. Since I’m such a nice guy, here’s a little list of ideas:

Give a fellow single person a gift

It doesn’t have to be a scene ripped out of “Cyrano de Bergerac.” Flowers, or something less prone to dying, will suffice. But no one really minds being shown some appreciation on Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t even have to be someone you’re romantically interested in. There’s this thing called platonic love too, and there’s no problem with expressing it on V-Day.

Help a friendly couple have a nice date Most of my friends are in relationships, and if I had the money

to afford it, I’d love nothing more than to pick up the bill for a special night out at some swanky restaurant. Because even if I may not be taking someone out, I still love my friends and I love them being together — so why not let them know? It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, and make sure you work it around whatever plans they might already have, but it never hurts to help a friend out this way. Think of it as being a relationship wing-person.

Get the courage to just tell the person you like how you feel

Let’s level here, people. More than half of those who are pouting on Valentine’s Day do so because there’s someone they wish they could have, not because there’s no one worth being interested in. If there isn’t anyone on your mind during Valentine’s Day, what’s to be upset about? It’s not like there’s anyone you’d want to spend it with anyway. So if you find the holiday’s coming to be ominous, maybe it means you

should speak up and let that special someone know what they mean to you. If they reciprocate, awesome, your Valentine’s Day just got that much better. If they don’t, oh well, at least you know where you stand.

Just let the couples have their day

This is both the easiest and most important way to avoid being a Valentine’s Day Scrooge. Just treat it like another day. Wish everyone a happy Valentine’s, or don’t. Just don’t go around saying anything bad about it. Just don’t. Not even a joke. No, not one — only encouragement, because sometimes the people celebrating Valentine’s Day really need it, and being negative can kill the mood. So come Valentine’s Day, wish everyone a day filled with love — and no bad vibes on Facebook, since that’s where they all end up these days. — Jason Krell is the assistant copy chief. He can be reached at or on Twitter via @WildcatArts.


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