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N. Korea escapee speaks at UA Credit By Matt Lewis ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT “Free North Korea” chants resonated across the UA Mall Thursday morning, as part of a rally sponsored by local churches and organizations, as well as student clubs UA LiNK, UA New Abolitionists and UA Navigators. The rally began at 7 a.m. at Himmel Park, where about 100 people prayed for freedom in North Korea. After a brief prayer, they marched down Speedway Boulevard to the Mall, where they handed out several fliers and spoke with those walking by. Carina Groves, an international studies senior and one of the rally

About 12 local and student organizations participated 100 people marched 450 T-shirts were handed out 4,000 flyers were handed out

organizers, said that there were events happening all over the world this week in an effort to raise awareness. A man attended the rally who escaped from North Korea. He is referred to as Tom to protect his identity. Student organizations, churches and other local groups helped raise about $1,600 to fly Tom to Tucson to speak at various events throughout the week. The money came from donations of friends and family and was raised in about a week. According to Groves, there are only 97 refugees in the U.S. “The fact that we could get one out here … it’s a really big deal,”Groves said. Tom flew from South Korea to speak in Tucson this week to promote freedom for North Koreans. Tom came to the UA because of his friendship with Robert Park, a missionary who entered North Korea and was detained for more than a month. Park met Tom while in South Korea.

Park and others wanted Tom to speak and tell those in the Tucson community his story. Tom made it to freedom with only one arm and one leg. He swam across the Tumen River between North Korea and the People’s Republic of China. He was heading south through China when Chinese officials caught him. Worried he was going to be sent back to North Korea, Tom prayed. There happened to be a Korean translator nearby, who came up and asked if he could help. The translator told the Chinese official that Tom was mentally ill and on his way to a mental hospital, so he was released. He made it into Laos and had to cross by foot to Thailand with a crutch. He was captured and tortured before being released. He eventually made it to South Korea and has been living there for three years. According to Tom’s translator,

Jung Sook Kim, he came here to let people know about the serious human rights violations currently occuring in North Korea. “It is really impressive for me that the American community is concerned about human rights in North Korea,”Kim said. About a dozen organizations were part of the events that have been going on all week to spread the word about human rights violations in North Korea. Even kids on Rodeo break came out to show their support. Hannah Yoon, a seventh grader at Alice Vail Middle School, said she was there because of encouragement from her mom. Yoon’s family is originally from South Korea, and Yoon presumes she might have North Korean relatives. Groves hopes the news of these rallies leaks into North Korea. “(We hope) they get the message that we are going to stand behind them when they are ready,” she said.

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Demonstrators hold signs denouncing the North Korean government during a rally on the UA Mall Thursday. The demonstration was organized by the student group LiNK to draw attention to the human rights violations occurring in North Korea.

Fun and charity at UA Derby Days By Bethany Barnes ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT Sorority members were put to the test during a field day event on the UA Mall on Thursday. Derby Days, a philanthropy event hosted by fraternity Sigma Chi, will benefit the Diamond Children’s Medical Center, part of the University Medical Center. Sororities compete to raise the most money by putting on various events throughout the week. Derby Days is Sigma Chi’s first big philanthropy. They are partnering with 11 campus sororities and hope to raise a combined $10,000. Participating sororities tried to capture the Derby flag, ran through a Derby obstacle course and competed in an egg walk. Coaches, members of Sigma Chi, also had to compete in a “Fear Factor” competition as part of the field day. They ate pickles, pig ears, hot sauce, pig skin and beef liver, according to John Bethune, an undeclared freshman and Sigma Chi member. All week, sororities have had jugs on the Mall to collect spare change for the penny wars and have been stealing hats from Sigma Chi members for points in the Derby Hunt. Stephanie Beneze, a retailing and consumer sciences sophomore and sorority member, said she thought participation had been great, especially since it is Sigma Chi’s first big event. Business administration senior and Sigma Chi member Jason Flam agreed: “A lot of people have been donating,”he said.“We’ve been getting a lot of support.” Many students said it was great to have fun while raising money.

Jelani Reynolds, a pre-business freshman and Sigma Chi member, said he thought it was important for everyone to remember the purpose of the event. “Yeah, it’s fun to do all the events, but the main point is it’s going to the children,” Beneze said.“And it gets Greek Life out there.” Beneze said she has enjoyed the events and remarked that the competition between sororities has been friendly. Tara Thovson, a pre-public health sophomore and sorority member, said she was surprised at the amount of support they‘ve seen from people who are not affiliated with Greek Life. Other events for Derby Day included Sign a Sig on Tuesday and Derby Darling Skit Night on Wednesday. For Sign a Sig, Sigma Chi members wore white shirts with ∑X on them, and sorority women found them and signed their name on the shirts to receive points for their sorority. Derby Darling Skit Night, featuring skits created and judged by children from Diamond Children’s Medical Center, was put on by the sororities. “The purpose of this event is to build team unity between coaches and participants and compete for the coveted title of Derby Darlings,” said Michael Colletti, Sigma Chi’s recruitment chair. Sigma Chi will host a volleyball tournament today at the Student Recreation Center, which will be followed by closing ceremonies and a benefit concert. “It has become very near and dear to our hearts, and we are trying to make the event as successful as possible to ensure it remains a lasting legacy at the UA, generating money for decades to come for the Diamond Children’s Medical Center,” Colletti said.

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Sigma Chi fraternity members Daniel Tellez, an engineering freshman, and Collin MacCabe, a psychology freshman, carefully slather shaving cream on balloons to prepare them for a balloon shaving contest.

According to Colletti, the winning sorority will receive a trophy, a team picture, a letter to their national chapters and a date dash with Sigma Chi.

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The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act, which went into effect on Monday, aims to reduce credit debt for people under 21. The CARD Act introduces various new requirements for credit card companies to follow, such as giving cardholders a 45-day notice before increasing interest rates or changing their annual or late fees. It also gives them the opportunity to cancel their account before those changes occur. Especially relevant to college students are the new rules which state that credit card companies cannot give people under 21 credit unless they can prove they have the ability to pay. If they don’t bring in a regular paycheck, they must find someone to co-sign for them. These provisions were not part of the original legislation, but were later added by Congress to the CARD Act, according to Jeanne M. Hogarth, who works on the Federal Reserve Board’s Division of Consumer and Community Affairs. “I think Congress was hearing horror stories about the level of credit card debt that students were facing and really, really trying to address this by saying, ‘We have a set of people who are not yet quite ready for full blown credit on their own, let’s find a way to give them credit experience to lead to a positive outcome for them,’” Hogarth said. Hogarth, who oversees all of the board’s federal education outreach efforts, spoke at the UA on Thursday about how the CARD Act protects consumers in this financial market. Hogarth emphasized that consumers can now do a lot of things with their credit cards, besides charging purchases. They can transfer balances from one card to another, part of an effort to bring regulations up to speed with the changing technologies. “As things change in the marketplace policies and regulations … our educational and outreach efforts have to change along with them. We were seeing rise in risk-based pricing,” said Hogarth, reflecting that credit card companies give out lines of credit to those with bad credit and simply charge a higher price, in the form of more fees or higher interest rates. Hogarth said several people have asked her if these changes are a result of the current financial crisis, but the Federal Reserve Board has been working on this project since 2006. It wasn’t until May 2009 that Congress turned the projected policies into law. The act’s provisions will go into effect throughout this year. These policies are meant to hold lenders and consumers accountable. One specification of the act requires that those who have no stable income have a co-signer serves as a safety net. “That co-signer might serve as a mentor or a coach to you and help you not make the mistakes maybe they made when they were 18 or 19,” Hogarth said. “The bad news is you have this co-signer on your credit card, and you’re maybe not going to be able to do everything you want to do.” If someone doesn’t have a steady paycheck or someone to co-sign, they can sign up for a secured credit card. This means putting down a security deposit, which then becomes their credit limit. The problem with this is finding the money for your security deposit, Hogarth said.

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Fashionable ‘Wench’

Holidays for Pete’s sake

Whose muse?

Tonight at 10:30 p.m. at The Surly Wench Pub on Fourth Avenue, four locals — Siobhan Clothing, Razorz Edge, Backstitch Betty and Yu Yu Shiratori — showcase their spring collections with a runway show. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Today is National Personal Chef Day, Levi Strauss Day and For Pete’s Sake Day. Tomorrow is Open That Bottle Night, and Sunday is both International Sword Swallowers Day and Rare Disease Day.

Coinciding with the Tucson Art Museum’s Andy Warhol exhibit, the Rialto Theatre is hosting a Factoryworthy dance party. We can only imagine that the DJs will spin lots of Velvet Underground. As usual, costumes are strongly encouraged. Tickets are $3 at the door.

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Marketing and entrepreneurship senior Have you seen any of the Oscar nominated movies? I may have. I don’t know the lineup. There’s “Avatar,” “Nine,” “An Education,” “Sherlock Holmes” was nominated for an award, so was “Up in the Air,” and “Up.” “Up”was good. So you like children’s movies? It’s not a kid’s movie at all. Did you not see the movie? It was very depressing. It dealt with loss, miscarriages, depression, old age and dying. How is that a kid’s movie? I understand it was aimed toward children, but it definitely had a lot of adult things in it. If you could invent an Oscar category, what would it be? Probably Most Realistic Character.You see movies like Sherlock Holmes, and you’re like“Come on”and we know those people don’t exist. Pick something realistic that you can actually relate to.You see movies where the underdog that still gets the hottest girl in school. That doesn’t happen. Not without copious amounts of liquor. So I want a realistic character and say,“That’s a cool dude”and can relate to. Which actor would you pick to play you? I’m told I look like Mario Lopez, but not a big fan of his. I’ll pick an actor I like watching. Johnny Depp is obviously too old but he’s obviously entertaining. Hmm, someone my age? I don’t even know. You’ve got like Michael Cera and other people our age… Michael Cera’s a goofy looking dude. Have you ever looked at his face close up? Nothing’s in proportion. His eyes aren’t even even. Um, Justin Long. He’s funny. What’s he in? He’s in“Dodgeball.”He gets hit in the face a lot. Which is entertaining. (Laughs.) Of course. Well, Jon Favreau if he was younger. He’s funny and I wouldn’t mind him playing me. He’d be entertaining to watch. So if there was, let’s just say, most attractive female in a lead role, who would win for this year? I’m a huge Megan Fox fan, but she came out with that movie where she was a vampire or something and ate people (“Jennifer’s Body”). Didn’t see it. Didn’t look good at all, so I wouldn’t put her as winning. I would say the “Avatar”girl (Zoe Saldana). She’s blue, but I guarantee you if you poll a million guys out there, they’ll be like,“I get it.” See, I felt it was so awkward when they were (cough) getting it on. No, they saw each other. They saw each other. It was just such a long movie. Really good though. You think “Avatar” is going to win? It’s going to win so many awards. Not necessarily that it deserved them, but because it was just such a major picture. I mean it was good. Same sort of line as“Dances with Wolves”and that won a lot of awards. Good storyline, huge production — how can it not win? And it was in 3-D. —Kathleen Roosa

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Interval training can cut exercise hours sharply LONDON — People who complain they have no time to exercise may soon need another excuse. Some experts say intense exercise sessions could help people squeeze an entire week’s workout into less than an hour. Those regimens — also called interval training — were originally developed for Olympic athletes and thought to be too strenuous for normal people. But in recent years, studies in older people and those with health problems suggest many more people might be able to handle it. If true, that could revolutionize

how officials advise people to exercise — and save millions of people hours in the gym every week. It is also a smarter way to exercise, experts say. “High-intensity interval training is twice as effective as normal exercise,” said Jan Helgerud, an exercise expert at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. “This is like finding a new pill that works twice as well … we should immediately throw out the old way of exercising.” Studies on intense training have been

published in sports medicine journals and have largely been based on young, healthy people. Experts say more studies are needed on how older and less fit populations handle this type of exercise before it can be recommended more widely. Intense interval training means working very hard for a few minutes, with rest periods between sets. Experts have mostly tested people running or biking, but other sports like rowing or swimming should also work. —The Associated Press

Steven Tyler rejoins Aerosmith

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fast facts • Three Mile Island is only two-and-a-half miles long.

• Tug of War was an Olympic event between 1900 and 1920. • There have been 47 Charlie Chan Movies, with six actors playing the part. None were Chinese. • There is more real lemon juice in Lemon Pledge furniture polish than in Country Time Lemonade.

• Mark Twain didn’t even make it through elementary school.

• Marlboro cigarettes sold in New York contain more tar and nicotine than those sold in all other states. • McDonald’s is the world’s largest distributor of toys. • There are three golf balls sitting on the moon.

NEW YORK — After turmoil that included public squabbling, threats of a lineup change and a rehab stint, Aerosmith is back and ready to rock. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have announced their “Cocked, Locked and Ready to Rock” European summer tour — Steven Tyler with Steven Tyler. The band made the announcement Thursday. It also posted a video on its Web site in which Tyler, sitting with the rest of the band, jokes: “I just auditioned and I got the gig.” “We’re coming your way and rocking your world! Look out because here we come,” he says as he looks at guitarist Joe Perry and the group breaks out in laughter. Aerosmith, which has been one of rock’s enduring bands over the past three decades, has been in limbo since Tyler fell off a stage during an August concert in South Dakota, injuring himself and forcing the band to cancel the rest of their summer tour. After that, Perry expressed anger that the group had been sidelined and said Tyler needed to get his act together. For his part, Tyler was quoted as saying he was interested in going solo, and soon the band was talking about replacing Tyler with another singer. In December, Tyler checked in to rehab for a painkiller addiction, a problem he blamed on years of injuries suffered while performing with the band. In an interview this week, bandmate Joey Kramer said: “Everything right now in Aero-land is very copacetic. … We will carry on and do what we do best.” As far as their latest drama, he said: “The one common denominator that we still all have is that we all love to get up on stage and rock out, play music and bring joy to people. And we let the other drama, as of late, kind of filter itself out by the wayside and concentrate on more of what’s important, which is the playing and the business at hand.” The band, best known for hits like “Walk This Way,” has a long history of discord and overcame heavy drug abuse in the 1970s and early ‘80s, but has been a mainstay in rock since enjoying a revival more than two decades ago. Their tour starts in Sweden on June 10. — The Associated Press

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Digging up the dirt on UA’s underground tunnels By Ian Friedman Special to Arizona Daily Wildcat Rumor has it they were built as Cold War era bomb shelters, that they housed a lost monkey and that ghosts continue to roam their concrete caverns. Unfortunately for thrill seekers, the rumors of underground tunnels at the University of Arizona are, well, rumors. Gordon Bush, a senior staff technician for UA facilities management, said he has heard all of the rumors about the campus’s fabled underground tunnel system, but the tunnels’ actual purpose might be just as impressive. Construction on the tunnels began in the 1930s as a way to provide steam to campus buildings from a centralized location, Bush said. The idea of using tunnels as a form of centralized heating was revolutionary at the time. Today, each of the UA’s 140 buildings are connected by 5.3 miles of underground tunnels that deliver such essentials as water, electrical power, telecommunications equipment and steam, Bush said. Mention underground tunnels to current students at the UA, and they may be a little puzzled. But to an earlier generation, this underground world served as a forbidden jungle to Tucson’s adolescent population. During the 1980s, students would sneak into the tunnels late at night to play a game called Dungeons and Dragons, Bush said. During 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s boys would use them to sneak into the girl’s dormitories.

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Originally constructed in the 1930s to provide steam to campus buildings, a 5.3-mile tunnel system now connects each of the UA’s 140 buildings, providing water, electrical power, telephone signal, telecommunications equipment and steam.

The claim that the campus tunnels were built as bomb shelters is also fiction, Bush said. “When I came to work at the university in the 1970s, there were several of the basements of the buildings that had provisions and water and that kind of stuff, but the tunnels were really never a

part of that,”he said. Until several years ago students could take tours of the tunnel system, but Bush said security and safety concerns have lead the tunnels to be sealed from visitors. That does not mean there are not ways to get in.

It is possible that some students have keys that disappeared in the past. He said, in addition to the entrances in every building, there are also exposed descending stairwells outside the Emil W. Haury Anthropology building and Gila Residence Hall. But security is tight, Bush said, and

even if someone were to get into a tunnel, motion sensors would sniff him out before long. People are always fascinated by what they do not understand, he said. “There is nothing really secret about them,”Bush said.“The steam pipes creak and grown and moan and stuff like that, so (people said) they are haunted.” James Knight, head of the acting department, who previously taught the course Heritage and Traditions of the UA, said people should believe what they want, but many of the stories associated with the tunnels are simply rumors. “It is kind of like the ghosts that walk a few of our campus offices,” Knight said.“It is just not true.” Bush said the one legend he is unsure about is whether a monkey escaped from a lab and managed to live in the tunnels for several days. “There have been cats that get in there — we call them tunnel pumas — but there is nothing for them to eat. The mice and bugs don’t even like to live there,” he said. There is one current resident, however. Bush said a ground squirrel lives in a portion of tunnel that connects the Mathematics building to the central heating and cooling station located about 100 feet northeast of the building. “He will scare you to death. You are walking down there, and then the squirrel goes running down the hall,” he said. “Every time he scares somebody, they want to kill him, but they actually feed him.” TUNNEL, page 14


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In addition, credit card companies will no longer be allowed to solicit anywhere on or within 2,000 feet of campuses. Companies are not permitted to advertise their cards at university events or give away “tangible items,” such as T-shirts, coffee mugs, key-chains or baseball caps. They may still offer students lower introductory interest rates. Hogarth said the idea is for people to shop around and compare credit card offers. She added that it is important for people to understand interest rates and fee structures and to pay their credit card bill on time. Hogarth recommends making more

than the minimum payment, being aware of fees, “avoiding avoidable fees” and paying attention to changes in the terms of their card. According to 2009 research by Sallie Mae, 84 percent of undergraduates had at least one credit card, up from 76 percent in 2004. Students have 4.6 credit cards on average, with half of college students holding four or more cards. Kate Herron, a veterinary science sophomore at the UA, has a credit card which she got about a year ago at a promotional event on Arizona State University’s campus. She said they were giving away free T-shirts and frisbees, so she got a credit card

and a Frisbee. “I don’t think (the CARD Act) will help them (college students) save money, but I think it will be more difficult for them to spend it,”said Herron. She said she doesn’t charge her tuition to her credit card because her limit isn’t high enough, but 30 percent of students do, and 92 percent charge expenses related to education, such as textbooks, Sallie Mae reported. Herron doesn’t anticipate being in credit card debt when she graduates. “Well, I pay it off every chance that I get, so I probably won’t be in debt because I make sure that I don’t overspend,” she said.

Jared Bernstein, senior economic advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, said the CARD Act is, “helping to protect consumers from practices that in the past have gotten us into this hole we’re in.” Bernstein said credit card companies have been allowed to get away with shady practices that are difficult for people to sort out and have dramatically impacted younger Americans. “If you look at the statistical evidence of credit being used in a way that is not particularly safe, in some cases reckless, … there’s kind of a spike in the early years that begins drifting down in the early twenties,

so 21 seemed like a reasonable place to put the age cut off as to what age this problem is most prevalent,” Bernstein said. Debt is particularly unfortunate for young consumers, Bernstein said. It’s tougher to get a career started on a good foot with pressing debts, and debt negatively affects credit scores. “We’ve encouraged colleges to make sure that the students themselves are oriented to receive an orientation to learn about what they’re getting into,” Bernstein said. “The idea here is to help make sure responsible practices dominate … because the consequences are great.”


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Animals should live freely


eaWorld whale trainer Dawn humans, but they still feel, and, Brancheau cared for whales sadly, they don’t have the capacity like family. to communicate any possible “She loved all of them,”said objections with words. Perhaps Diane Gross, that could explain Brancheau’s sister. why they lash out. Brancheau had a Of course, passion for animals, animals are going so she surely didn’t to act up every expect one to be the once in a while. cause of her death. Laura Donovan They’re taught to During a whale work with trainers, Columnist demonstration at but, being wild, SeaWorld, Brancheau died after an they’re going to revert back to their orca grabbed her from a poolside instincts, with or without reason. platform and pulled her under Animals are not rational the water. It’s unclear whether her beings, yet they’re placed into death was a result of drowning structured, purportedly regulated or being thrashed around by the environments. They should not whale. According to The Associated be put to sleep for this kind of Press, the whale had been acting behavior but rather sent back to peculiarly and unresponsive earlier where they came from, where they that day. have less exposure to people. They The orca, nicknamed Telly, has may have limited access to food a history of involvement with and shelter if freed or left alone, human fatalities. He was one of but they’d be liberated and not three whales blamed for killing under the ownership of anyone a trainer in 1991. Telly was also else. Unless an animal poses a involved in another incident of a direct risk to someone, he should naked man lying across his back in not be locked up. a whale tank in 1999, according to On Christmas Day in 2007, a BBC News. tiger named Tatiana at the San They’re called killer whales Francisco Zoo escaped from her for a reason. One could declare cage and killed a visitor who had Telly and other orcas dangerous been taunting her. This occurrence and unsuitable for any human sparked dialogue about unsafe contact. Commentators have zoo conditions and unreliable even suggested putting the zoo security. Tatiana should not whale down. have been able to rush out of her The SeaWorld tragedy is confines and maul somebody, yet heartbreaking for everyone, the man should have been mature especially Brancheau’s family enough not to provoke a wild cat. and friends and the unfortunate The SeaWorld incident may onlookers who had to witness have been different in that the such a traumatic incident. whale went out of his way to As sad as the situation may be, snatch Brancheau, but, at the end there’s a larger problem at hand of the day, both cases share one with which everyone must come similarity: Brancheau and the San to terms. Francisco zoo visitor died while Animals should not be on they were physically close to zoo display for the entertainment value animals. If there were no zoos or of humans. Though they don’t SeaWorlds, these incidents would have the same rights as people, not have happened. they deserve to live for themselves Events like these may be rare, in their own natural habitats. It but they remind everyone that can be argued that the animals animals are primitive. Above all are better off in zoos and parks, else, they shouldn’t be exploited where they are fed and financially for the amusement of people. cared for by humans. Sure, they’re It’s frightening that zoos exist to kept alive, but perhaps they’d be begin with. happier living on their own terms. Go to theme parks and movies That way, the animals wouldn’t for leisurely activity, but don’t pay have to be caged up and existing to see a gorilla doing circles in his for the sole purpose of amusing pen or a whale treading water people. What’s the thrill of being with a trainer. Not only should at a zoo or SeaWorld, anyway? these images be heart wrenching, For obvious reasons, visitors but they should also serve as a cannot interact with the animals, warning of what could happen if and simply watching them roam an animal gets out of his enclosed around in their cages or swim in area or spontaneously decides to their tanks can only be fun for so attack. Animals can and will kill long. It’s difficult to imagine how humans because they don’t know someone could take pleasure any better. in merely seeing the animals as an outside observer. Have these —Laura Donovan is a creative individuals ever considered that writing senior. She can be reached at the animals may be uncomfortable in such confinements? They have a different thought process than

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You know, I have been reading Wildlife for three years now, and this is one of the best writings you’ve had in a very long time. He (Joe Dusbabek) lends a personal perspective on things that I haven’t seen in the Wildcat in quite some time, and honestly it’s gotten me picking up the paper every Wednesday again before class in Harvill. Truly refreshing to see some feeling in your content and not just hard nosed journalism all the time. Congratulations to this semester’s Wildlife staff for the repertoire of strong content and even stronger writing team. Kudos — Jason Scott

On ‘Thou shalt not mix religion and government,’ Feb. 25 And I quote “the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,” Article 11, The Treaty of Tripoli, written in 1797 by George Washington’s administration with Thomas Jefferson’s help. According to Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution (Federal Power), the Constitution, and the laws and treaties of the United States made according to it, to be the supreme law of the land, and that “the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, any thing in the laws or constitutions of any state notwithstanding.” The government of the United States was intended to be religiously neutral. Jefferson is not the only Founding Father who wrote of “separation of church and state,” Madison (who drafted the Bill of Rights) wrote of “total separation of the church from the state” (in 1918 in a letter to Robert Walsh). America’s founders took notice of religious wars and believed that the nation’s cohesion rested in its refusal to adopt or promote one religion over another, or religion over non-religion. Current leaders should take a lesson from Jefferson, Washington, Madison, etc., who put their personal beliefs (regarding religion) aside and took action to separate church from government. How can state legislatures, unable to pass a balanced budget, justify spending time on SB 1213? Regardless of any person’s religious beliefs, it’s offensive to all Arizonans that the state wastes our tax dollars on this BS while we struggle to maintain social services and jobs in a state void of a budget or leaders willing (or perhaps able) to do their jobs. — Ariel Tinney The supreme law of the land, and the only supreme law of the land states:“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging

the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” What that means has been danced around by theocrats for decades. “No law respecting an establishment of religion” means you as an individual may pursue whatever religious, philosophical belief you wish to without the interference of government. The people who founded this nation were very aware of their rather recent history of religious wars that went on century after century. What they made was a country based on your liberty to pursue happiness, which means you and only you decide what you will believe. Separation of church and state is key as to what they meant by that. You should realize then that, without separation of church and state, the church is the state, and the state is the church, and your freedom to worship as you will or not worship as you will would mean nothing! — Timbo

On ‘America: A nation divided,’ Feb. 24 OK, after re-reading the article, it’s clear I came to an extremely wrong conclusion, and I apologize for my earlier comment. I don’t know why I did that, as I usually don’t. You have my most sincere apologies. However, I must disagree with the assessment of the Tea Party protests. The incidents you cited (the “Nazi” remarks) are definitely isolated incidents, and you have to remember that there are idiots of every political stripe. There were countless anti-Bush protests that included more rhetoric calling for Bush’s death than there are threats against Obama. — Kevin W. There was some clear hypocrisy in this article that some commenters have already pointed out. First: It’s OK to protest against the status quo as long as the status quo was Bush and the protesters were liberal, but now that conservatives want to speak out against Obama’s complete disregard of our founding documents, they are a threat to social order. Second: that media malpractice is a terrible thing when it’s FOX News, but it is insignificant when it is the heavily left-leaning MSNBC. Holding conservatives responsible is fine, as long as you turn the same critical eye on liberals. Also, the heated debates that Americans take part in are what makes our civic process lively and healthy. As soon as we stop disagreeing with each other, our civic engagement, and therefore the American experiment, can be effectively pronounced dead. — Bobby

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A recent study by CNN showed that a whopping 86 percent of Americans polled feel that our government system is broken and ineffective. Of that 86 percent, 5 percent of Americans feel the system is wrecked beyond repair. This reveals a bleak outlook for not only those well versed in the detailed political process, but the average citizen as well. The American people feel the government deserves a failing grade. Obviously, at least one member of our national government feels the same way — strongly enough to permanently and totally remove himself from politics. According to a written statement issued by President Barack Obama, he has “fought tirelessly for Indiana’s working families, reaching across the aisle on issues ranging from job creation and economic growth to fiscal responsibility and national security.” So what has the nation come to when not only its constituents but also its leaders have reached the same negative determination — that our government is so beyond repair that it’s better to simply remain uninvolved? This apathetic, and somewhat hopeless, attitude opens the door to a much larger issue. It’s about time someone stood up and publicly admitted that American government and politics are in need of repair. With any hope, this will open the eyes of other politicians, as well as average Americans, and nudge them into the pathway toward a positive and beneficial turnaround. If anything comes from this, let it be the revamping of a declining political process. — “State of government disappoints citizens,” The Howard University Hilltop editorial staff, Feb. 24

Credit, and borrowing in general, is kind of iffy for college-aged people. Some of us are responsible. But it’s safe to say some among us aren’t fiscally savvy. Either way it’s a dangerous endeavor. That’s why the U.S. government saw fit to protect us with legislation that took effect this week. Basically, the bill reserved credit card responsibilities for those older than 21; those students under 21 can still get a credit with parental approval … Most of the people using cards on the machines will use debit cards which pose no borrowing threats. But a few bucks here and there falling through the cracks are likely to hurt students’ bank accounts when using a card to buy a bag of chips. On the other hand, small vending machine purchases could help build up credit. Applying for a loan after college may be hard for someone with no established credit. Caution and responsibility are how people can avoid getting in trouble. As some of us know, debt can be crippling. We took our free T-shirt to sign up for a credit card and get access to“free”money. A new TV, a 10-pound bag of gummy bears, a surfboard? Ring it up. There was a time when using a credit card to buy consumables — food or concert tickets, for example – was considered stupid. Borrowing money to pay for groceries? How fiscally irresponsible. Older generations are probably baffled by the move, believing credit should solely be used to buy assets. The future is coming. Soon we’ll eat our food in pill form, our cars will fly, everything will look like the ‘80s in neon and money will be on plastic. Cash won’t exist. Banks won’t have to lock their vaults. Kids will have to buy their drugs with a card. Dealers will have to lug around card readers to poison the youth. — “Careful with credit,” The Ball State University Daily News editorial board, Feb. 25

Often, we think of our professors as people who travel back and forth from their offices to the classroom with no social life in between. We may hear them say they stayed up all night grading our exams or used the weekend to write their dissertation papers. However, it’s good to know that professors are far from being just academic drones. Part of what makes them so good at what they do is when they bring their original personalities, hobbies and interests to the classroom. That is when things can really get interesting. Examples include one professor who likes to change up his usual lectures on political science with entertaining stories about him and his wife. Another professor in the school of journalism uses pictures of her 11 dogs for students to use in class projects. And a person in the library makes videos retelling the history of her family’s life in the circus. Professors can offer so much besides homework help or clarification of assignments. We should take advantage of the time we use in school to not just go to classes but visit our teachers more and get to know them. It’s not a coincidence that professors are required to have office hours during the week. This is the time they can tell us stories and have relaxed conversations about their experiences that they don’t have time for in the classroom. And it’s even better that it is one-on-one. We often hear that those older than us are wiser and that we should learn from them. They have been through more and aren’t our parents, so they can really offer up a fresh perspective on life. Plus, they may become even more valuable references if we have a relationship with them outside the classroom. Finally, the people you’ll be working for will probably be older, so it’s good to know now how to communicate with the older generation. — “Appreciate the person in your professor,” The Marshall University Parthenon editorial board, Feb. 25

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By Zachary Smith Arizona Daily Wildcat It took Kevin Smith 18 years to choose a film he wanted to direct that he had not also written. Why the hell did he pick“Cop Out”? Why did anyone sign onto this? There is simply nothing endearing about the script. The first scene is completely made up of Tracy Morgan’s character quoting movies, with Bruce Willis’character telling the audience exactly what movie each reference is from. It’s almost as condescending as it is lazy. From there, the script plunges into poop jokes, an endless slew of supporting characters and constant use of similes. I felt like I was watching a Will Ferrell movie without his absurdist non sequiturs. The movie is way too long. There’s a 25-minute subplot about Morgan’s wife cheating on him. While it does present the audience with the gorgeous Rashida Jones in lingerie, it’s pointless — the subplot, that is. Rashida Jones in lingerie always has a point. Instead of skewering the genre,“Cop Out”is everything that killed the ‘80s cop film. The script’s worst sin is believing that it is a smart homage to ‘80s buddy cop action-comedies. That movie was called “Hot Fuzz.”The script by Robb and Mark Cullen is too stupid to know the difference between homage and a genre piece.

Yet the script demands that Morgan’s character say“homage”20-plus times so we understand the film’s objective. As for Smith, he should never be let near an action film again. There’s a reason he spent the last two decades in the malls and convenience stores of America, filming tight character pieces. His action pieces are horribly sluggish, with no regard for pacing or tone. A foot chase early in the movie caroms from gratuitous violence to tongue-in-cheek one-liners to YouTube references to perhaps the most uninvolving standoff in film history, with no apparent editing. I’m not sure how much weed Smith smokes these days, but it’s got to be measured by the brick. Willis and Morgan do their best to keep the film afloat, but neither is given anything decent to work with. The only real bright spots in the film are Adam Brody and Kevin Pollak, who actually understand what an homage is. They play a duo of old-school cops who embody the sort of homoerotic sycophancy associated with ‘80s cop movies. There’s a great running gag between them involving Pollak’s penchant for reptile skin boots and Brody’s desire to get some wild boots. It’s understated and clever, something this movie is not. Incidentally, the movie was originally titled “A Couple of Dicks” — fitting, since that’s who wrote it.

By Ali Freedman Arizona Daily Wildcat It’s not often that a musical can enthrall the old and the young alike, but “Fiddler on the Roof” achieves this beautifully. A lesson in history, Jewish culture and timeless humor, this musical lights up the stage and allows audiences to lose themselves in a world of the past for three hours. Although most college students’ familiarity with the show may end at Gwen Stefani’s cover of “If I Were a Rich Man,” there is much to discover. The Broadway in Tucson production boasts a talented cast led by Theodore Bikel, who has played the role of protagonist Tevye more than 2,000 times. With belting leads like Susan Cella reprising the role of Golde and the young and talented Kaitlin Stilwell as Tzeitel, there is no lack of talent in this cast. There is a lifetime’s worth of Broadway experience on stage. Much of the cast are reprising roles in“Fiddler” and coming out on tour as a break from shows on and off Broadway. “Fiddler on the Roof”revolves around a small town in Russia. It takes place during the early 1900s, when Jews were being rounded up and taken from their homes. The plot centers on

Tevye, a milkman, who is poor. Tevye “Fiddler”delivers visually with dynamic sets, beautifully crafted has five daughters, and over the course costumes and moving buildings. of the musical, the audience sees them grow up in changing times. Their Houses open up to reveal kitchens search for and discovery of love helps and living rooms, and shops rotate to reshape their tiny town. create streetscapes. All of the pieces change to create the various parts Even with a great cast, a historyof the town. From a train station, based show risks being dull. That is not a problem“Fiddler”faces. Despite the to the town center and back to the story being based in 1905 Tsarist Russia, houses, all is shown with moving the timeless themes and opening set pieces. Pair the fantastic sets of love, marriage and with the live band and tradition are omnipresent orchestra, and there is throughout the show. “Fiddler on the Roof” nothing left to be desired Between Tevye’s willingness to allow his by this production. Tucson Music Hall “Fiddler” impresses with eldest daughter to marry 260 S. Church Ave. its complex, smooth for love and his casting Feb. 23-28 dance choreography and out of another daughter keenly directed scenes for marrying a gentile, Tickets are $30-$60 at the strength of love and that transition from real its consequences are time to Tevye’s asides. This show isn’t only followed closely. The for your grandparents. Despite its importance of socio-cultural questions popularity in the 1960s and ‘70s, the concerning love and marriage show transcends time.“Fiddler” isn’t continues to resonate, and the humor still evokes belly laughs across the simply a musical you see because audience. Jokes about bossy wives your grandmother raved about it — it remains relevant and funny, and the and pushover fathers offer good, clean show still carries the same important fun. Anyone who has ever seen the ideas behind its humorous overtones. evolution of a marriage over the years can relate to the humorous view Tevye Take a step back in time, and check out “Fiddler on the Roof.” has toward his wife.


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Cop follows burger trail to poop in closet A University of Arizona Police Department officer responded to the west side of the Arizona Stadium at 540 N. Vine Ave. on Sunday at 1:39 p.m. about UA property damage. The officer met with a UA employee working in the tree ring laboratory, who stated he saw the folding gate at Gate 13 had been bent and broken. The officer reported that the gate looked bent back just enough to allow someone to fit through it. On the ground, in front of the gate, was an open bag of Gardetto’s snacks, as well as pieces of hamburger and bacon. The man reporting the damage also reported that several doors inside of the laboratory officers were opened but that nothing seemed to be missing. When the man checked the open door to the custodial closet, he saw what looked like human feces inside the trashcan. Outside the custodial room were also pieces of the hamburger, as well as the chips and more pieces of bacon. The officer left a message with UA custodial crew, letting them know of the incident. UA Facilities Management was also told of the damage to the fence.

One unlocked door leads to thousands lost A UAPD officer was called to the Santa Cruz Residence Hall on Sunday at 12:50 a.m. about a theft from a dorm room. The residents of the room told the officer that they had left the room on Saturday at 11 p.m. to go to Highland Market and hang out with their friends. When the men returned to their room, they realized they had forgotten to lock the door and saw that some of their property had been taken. Among the items stolen were a 15 inch black HP laptop worth $1,200, a 17 inch silver Macbook computer worth $1,800 and a black 3G Apple iPhone worth $250. Neither of the residents had any idea who could have taken their property.

But officer, everyone is doing it A UAPD officer was on patrol on Tyndall Avenue near the Coronado Residence Hall on Sunday at 2:35 a.m., when he saw a woman staggering toward the dorms. While performing a welfare check on the woman, the officer noticed that she smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. The woman was identified by her Oregon driver’s license, and a records check showed she was underage. The officer told the woman he was going to cite and release her. She then told the officer, “My parents can’t afford this. Every girl walking by is intoxicated, you’re hassling me,” and “I hope you made fucking payroll.” When the officer asked the woman where she had been drinking, she stated she thought she was drinking at one of the fraternities but was not sure. The officer cited the woman for minor in possession, and she was released on scene.

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A UAPD officer responded to the Colonia de La Paz Residence Hall on Sunday at 2:07 a.m. after an on-duty resident assistant called to report an assault. The RA told the officer that she and another RA were doing their 2 a.m. rounds, when they walked in on a naked woman and man having sex in the second floor study room. The RAs asked both of the La Paz residents for their CatCards so a resident life incident report could be made. After the woman handed over her information and continued being cooperative, the man became very aggressive and refused to give his name or CatCard. While the RA was holding the woman’s card behind her back, the man grabbed her wrist and pulled her arm to the front of her. Once she broke his grip, the RA reported that the man went to his room. When he found out that UAPD was being called, he left the area. The RA stated the man was obviously drunk and told the officer she was not hurt. When the officer went to the man’s room, his roommate said that he had not seen the man all day but gave the officer his phone number. The officer called the man’s cell phone. The man said he did not want to talk to police until the morning and hung up the phone. At 3 a.m., UAPD was told that the Tucson Police Department had the man in custody after someone made a 911 call about a man standing in his yard on University Boulevard. A TPD officer told UAPD that, when they arrived at the property, the man took off running. Eight patrol cars and a helicopter were involved in the foot chase. The man told the officer he had run because he knew the police were looking for him and he did not want to get a minor in possession. He also stated that, at 7 p.m., his friend bought him a 12 pack of Budweiser beer, and he drank eight of the beers alone in his dorm room at La Paz. TPD charged the man with underage person with spirituous liquor in body, and he was transported back to his dorm room.

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Wildcats, Wise just aren’t the same

By Bryan Roy ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT BERKELEY, Calif. — The act of treading .500 reached a drowning point. The Arizona men’s basketball team reverted to its early-season form with a 95-71 loss to California on Thursday in Haas Pavilion. Poised for a primetime rematch of the game that put them into first place in the Pacific 10 Conference, the Wildcats (13-14, 7-8 Pac10) reached a new low and face the sobering reality that they will miss both postseason tournaments. Losers in five of their last six games, the Wildcats travel to Stanford tomorrow to salvage what’s left of their season. “I really feel just being around our team, we’ve gotten to a point where we had a great high, won some games that were close and performed really well … it almost seems like we’re out of gas,” said UA head coach Sean Miller. The Wildcats played tentatively from the start, allowing second-chance points and turnovers to hand California a double-digit lead just minutes into the game. The Golden Bears grabbed nine offensive boards for eight points and scored 20 points from turnovers. Picked in the preseason to be a top10 team nationally, California proved that it deserved to fight for a Pac-10 title tomorrow against ASU. That’s exactly where Arizona wanted to be in its last meeting. “I think early on we felt (like) two teams at different places,” Miller said. “We came out very tentative and played like a team with no confidence.” Cal senior point guard Jerome Randle single-handedly buried Arizona’s short-lived 14-2 run — which cut the deficit to seven — with NBA-range, off-balance shots. The senior couldn’t miss in the second half, at one point hitting a 30-foot 3-pointer for his third straight shot from beyond the arc. Randle scored 17 points in less than five minutes and scored the majority of Cal’s 14-2 run on his own. He finished with a game-high 24 points. “It’s tough when you came out expecting to play better,” said UA HOOPS, page 8

Softball fields five in Calif. Wildcats continue on rugged early schedule By Kevin Zimmerman ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT Arizona softball head coach Mike Candrea expects some losses. But like all games, what his players take away from those losses is more important than the team’s record. The Wildcats (7-1) are coming off a loss to No. 5 Missouri and facing five tough teams at the Cathedral City Classic Tournament in Cathedral City, Calif., today through Sunday. “It’s early,” Candrea said of Arizona’s first defeat. “It’s part of the process. “That (loss) doesn’t bother me,” he added. “What bothers me (is) if you don’t take the time to evaluate your performance and then start working on things with purpose in practice.” With freshmen Baillie Kirker, Matte Haack and Brigette Del Ponte getting major playing time in the infield, the experience of taking on No. 25 Brigham Young University and No. 21 Fresno State on Friday will become invaluable come postseason time. SOFTBALL, page 10

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Freshman guard Momo Jones walks off the court dejectedly during Arizona’s 95-71 loss to the California Golden Bears in Haas Pavilion Wednesday night. The Wildcats have faltered down the final stretch of the season, losing five of their last six games.

ERKELEY, Calif. — “Who are these guys?” I wrote that during the first half of Thursday’s men’s basketball game, when Arizona trailed Cal 41-17, knowing it would work as part of my story regardless of the outcome. Never has that question felt more appropriate, not through the ups and downs — and far downs — of the season. Throughout the game, the entire bench, from team managers to Team Miller, shot glossy, blank stares into an uncharted dimension. That dimension probably involves weightlifting while CBS airs the NCAA Tournament. Heads in towels and hands over heads — this wasn’t what they imagined 26 days ago. This wasn’t even the same team which, 26 days ago, won 76-72 against thes Golden Bears to put Arizona atop the Pac-10 standings. Are they? “We’re not,” said UA head coach Sean Miller. So this isn’t the team that shook an over-capacity McKale Center into a first-place frenzy, giving Nic Wise his most successful late-season push in all four years? “No. Our team is not the same. We need to figure it out,” said UA forward Derrick Williams.“It’s a little frustrating ROY, page 12

UA falls to Cal in close duel By Dan Kohler ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT The Arizona women’s basketball team took another hit to its conference standing after Thursday’s 58-52 loss to the California Golden Bears in Tucson. Despite the support of a passionate home crowd, the Wildcats (13-13, 6-9 Pacific 10 Conference), failed to score when they needed to against an offensive-minded California (17-10, 11-5) team. “I thought we fought hard. You know when you hold a team to 58 points, you should be able to come out with a win in that situation,” said Arizona head coach Niya Butts . “Anytime you can’t put the ball in the hole, you’re going to have trouble.” As the game got underway, both the Wildcats and the Golden Bears were anemic with their shooting opportunities, failing to come up with straightforward jump shots and layups. The combination of solid defense and missed shot opportunities from both sides kept the score tied at zero until a jumper fell from Cal’s Layshia Clarendon with 17:14 left to play in the first. The game was deadlocked throughout the first half, with Arizona maintaining a small lead for 11 minutes. Cal finally snuck in a few quick baskets with help from forward Gennifer Brandon and guard Natasha Vital , who scored a combined 10 points and pushed Cal toward their 25-22 lead going into the half. In the locker room, Arizona was set on retooling its offense. “We played a pretty solid (first)

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Arizona women’s basketball head coach Niya Butts shows frustration in the Wildcats’ 58-52 loss at the hands of California Thursday night in McKale Center. Despite holding Golden Bears’ guard Alexis Gray-Lawson to nine points, Cal was able to close out UA with a late 8-0 run.

half and only gave up 25 points,” Butts said. “We felt like our job defensively was OK, but we gave up eight offensive rebounds and just didn’t make some shots when we needed to make some shots.” The second half began with the Golden Bears shooting a pair of baskets that put them up 29-22, but Arizona freshman Davellyn Whyte was able to tie the game 38-38 on a jump shot with 10:35 left to play. The Wildcats managed to hold close and took the lead with a

3-point shot from guard Ashley Frazier, making the game 49-48. However, the lead was short-lived as Cal returned the favor and went ahead with two freethrow attempts by Brandon with 5:44 left in the game. The Golden Bears managed to fight ahead and keep the lead when the clock hit 0:00, winning the game 58-52. The Wildcats’ biggest accomplishment was their containment of the Golden Bears’ star guard,

Alexis Gray-Lawson , who dominated Arizona for 39 points in their last meeting in Berkeley. She was held to only nine points and eight rebounds. “We guarded Lawson pretty well,” Whyte said. “But the shots that she did hit were crucial shots at the right times.” While they had control of Gray-Dawson, the Wildcats’coverage neglected the other players. W-HOOPS, page 8


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point guard Nic Wise. “We knew they wanted payback, and they got it. Tonight, I think we took a step back. “It’s pretty bad,” he added. After trailing by as many as 24 points, the Wildcats quietly regained traction by ending the first half on a 14-2 run. Brendon Lavender was the teamhigh scorer at the end of the first half with 11 points. Arizona’s lackluster perimeter defense allowed 10 of Cal’s 21 3-pointers. At one point, Cal guard Patrick Christopher’s back-to-back 3s brought the score to 41-17. He finished with 14 points. A 3-pointer by forward Theo Robertson gave the Bears a 29-11 lead and forced Miller to burn a timeout with 10:13 remaining in the first half. Robertson finished with 18. “They came out hot. There was nothing we could really do about it,” said UA guard Momo Jones. Added UA forward Derrick Williams, who finished with 17 points: “We played catch-up the whole game.” Rodney Haas/Arizona Daily Wildcat

Freshman pitcher Stephen Manthei throws a pitch on Sunday against Utah Valley University. Manthei’s performance has earned him a starting spot in the Arizona pitching rotation.

Young staff gearing up for Long Beach State By Mike Schmitz ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT Arizona baseball head coach Andy Lopez took a leap of faith when he handed 19-year-old freshman pitcher Kurt Heyer the ball a week ago in the 2010 season opener. But Heyer and the youthful Wildcats responded in a big way, outscoring Utah Valley University 34-9 en route to a three-game sweep. The UA baseball team (3-0) will, once again, have the chance to show that age is only a number this weekend as it hosts Long Beach State University in a three-game series, beginning at 6 p.m. at Frank Sancet Stadium.“ One thing I’ve told our staff is, ‘Hey, they’re eventually going to get to the mound, and nobody can help them, and they’re eventually going to get to the plate, and nobody can help them,’” Lopez said of the team’s 17 freshmen and 23 underclassmen.“Let’s get them out there and see how they go. The quicker the better.” Lopez and his staff have wasted no

time getting the rookies’ feet wet at Saturday. Simon may eventually take the collegiate level, and this weekend over the No. 1 role, but back and head will be no different, as the Wildcats will injuries have set the 6-foot-5, 19-yearsend three 19-year-old pitchers to the old back a bit. mound against LBSU (1-3). Heyer and Simon have solidified Heyer will once again fill the the top two spots in the rotation, but the Sunday starter Friday-night slot Arizona remains “up for after turning in a six inning, 13-stikeout grabs,” according to vs. Long Beach State Lopez. performance in his After relieving collegiate debut Record: UA (3-0), LBSU (1-3) junior Daniel that earned him Average: UA (.358), LBSU (.215) Workman last the “Louisville Slugger” National Slugging %: UA (.358), LBSU (.256) Sunday to the tune Player of the Week of 4 1/3 innings Runs: UA (34), LBSU (6) of scoreless ball, and Pacific 10 Hits: UA (39), LBSU (26) freshman Stephen Conference Pitcher Manthei will get his of the Week honors. Home Runs: UA (4), LBSU (0) crack at overtaking “I thought he ERA: UA (2.89), LBSU (4.89) the No. 3 spot this was horrible,” Lopez Strikeouts: UA (34), LBSU (21) joked, “we’re thinkSunday. “I was real proud ing about getting and pleased with him,” Lopez said him out of the rotation.” Following Heyer’s performance of Manthei’s performance, which today will be Saturday starter and helped the Wildcats toward a 10-insophomore Kyle Simon, who allowed ning, 8-7 victory against Utah State on one run on five hits and one walk in BASEBALL, page 12 seven innings during an 18-1 win last

Parrom missed in road trip

UA forward Kevin Parrom missed the weekend Bay Area trip due to a foot injury — it showed on defense.

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“I think we were just too focused on Lawson that we didn’t really focus on anyone else, and I think that’s what hurt us the most,” Whyte added. When Gray-Lawson was being pressured, the Golden Bears turned to bench players Brandon and Vital, who made up the difference of Gray-Lawson’s atypical performance with a combined 27 points and 16 rebounds. The Wildcats now turn their focus to their contest against the Stanford Cardinal, ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 2 nationally, in McKale Center on Saturday. The Wildcats struggled against

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Parrom missed six weeks earlier this season with a stress fracture in the same left foot. “We missed Kevin Parrom,” Miller said. “It’s obviously our defense (struggling) without him. It’s one of those situations where we’re not going to know until three or four days go by to gauge his pain.” While the pain is not in the same exact location as the stress fracture, Parrom will be held out of practice for the rest of the season, Miller said. His status for next Thursday’s game against UCLA will be a game-time decision. “We don’t have a lot (of) time left,” Miller said. Parrom’s absence was not due to disciplinary actions. He got into an altercation with ASU’s Derek Glasser on Sunday, but Miller said the matter would be dealt with privately. “He’s a big loss. He’s a big defensive player,”Wise said.

Stanford when they visited Palo Alto, Calif., late last month, losing 83 -62. Arizona forward Ify Ibekwe said that Stanford performs well because they play together as a unit for 40 straight minutes on the court. “Stanford just works hard, they work hard all the time,” Ibekwe said. “They play smart and they play together.” The Wildcats will have to be in it for the entire game to stay on par with the Cardinal. “We just have to match their intensity and play together,” Ibekwe said.

Seniors set for finale with ASU over has been running through their minds for quite some time. “I’ve been pretty much (reflecting) all year,” Capobianco said.“It’s like, For the 19 Arizona Icecats who ‘Oh, only this many games left,’ debuted during the 2009-10 season, this but they just keep going by so fast. weekend’s season finale series against It’s tough to appreciate it as it’s ASU in the Tucson Convention Center happening, but I know (today) and marks the end of the beginning, as three Saturday, it will kick in.” more years of Icecat hockey lie ahead. With their Icecat careers winding But, for the team’s two seniors, Austin down, Cherney Capobianco and and Capobianco Zach Cherney, these Heatlhy and fresh can’t help but final 120 minutes For seemingly the first time in the second reflect on some signify four years semester, the Icecats will be fully healthy of their most of wins, losses and to take on the Sun Devils. Most notably, the memorable times memories. “It’s been the best team will welcome back front-line forwards in Icecats uniforms. Jordan Schupan and Brady Lefferts. Cherney said his four years of my life here,”Cherney said. The Icecats were also able to practice this most memorable moment wasn’t “So, it’s a little sad, week for the first time in almost a month, tough to pick out: but, at the same as the lack of availability at the Tucson he scored the final time, I’ve had a good Convention Center kept them off the ice for goal in a six-round career here, and I’m the better part of four weeks. shootout victory happy with what I’ve against the Sun accomplished.” Devils to end last season. Cherney and Capobianco, both “The whole atmosphere, not even just defensemen, have experienced the the goal,”Cherney said.“The place was good, the bad and the ugly in four sold out, the fans were going nuts the years with the UA club hockey team whole game. It really felt like a whole (12-16). The senior duo has been a part team effort.” of everything from the 22-8-1 record in Capobianco said his most memorable the 2007-08 season to this year’s roller moments echoed his fellow coaster of a season that has resulted defenseman’s in regards to the in the second losing season in the shootout win, but he vividly program’s 31-year history. recalled a game against ASU his “They’ll be a loss, definitely,”said sophomore year, in which the head coach Leo Golembiewski.“It’s Sun Devils waved the white always sad to see them go, flag a little prematurely. but the bottom line is, that’s “We were down one in the hardest thing about the third period, there was coaching college — you’ve like seven seconds left got people for four years, on the faceoff, and the clock and that’s it.” started two seconds late,” While it is easy to Capobianco said.“(ASU) got say that the focus is off of the ice and forfeited only on tonight’s because we tied the game up and tomorrow’s with like two seconds left.” games, both at “Hopefully we can build the 7:30 p.m., the two best ones this weekend,” two seniors he added. admitted Capobianco is set to that the idea graduate in May with a degree of their in regional development careers and a minor in business being while Cherney is planning to stick around one more semester to finish up his double major of public administration management and criminal justice. While Cherney, a New York City native, isn’t exactly sure what he will do after he

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graduates, Capobianco plans on heading back home to Connecticut to work for a family business in the food industry. “We’ll see what happens. I guess I get to eat a lot of food, so it’s not that bad,”he joked.“It’s a whole new chapter that I’m not ready to open yet; maybe in May. So I’m just enjoying every second of it, taking a lot of units; finish in four.” But before the seniors think about the future, they have a couple of games to play, and, as ASU has won the first six matchups of the season, the duo is eager to end its career on a high note. “It would be great, absolutely,” Cherney said of ending his career with a sweep of ASU.“Not only is it the final two games here, but it is against ASU.” Added Capobianco:“A sweep would be a great going away present. I wouldn’t have anything to regret or look back upon and say, what if.”

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SPORTS BRIEFS Perfection in practice

The Arizona gymnastics team is preparing for its first multiple-team meet of the season when it heads to Lincoln, Neb., this weekend for the 2 p.m. Sunday event. “It’s a little quicker than normal,” said head coach Bill Ryden. “At our home meets, we go one person from one team and then the other. When it’s four teams, we just go, so things happen faster.” The No. 20 Gymcats will compete against the University of Nebraska, the University of Denver and West Virginia University, which are ranked 11th, 18th and 25th, respectively. “(The coaches) are being really picky this week (in practice),” said senior Sarah Tomczyk. “We have to stick our landings in order for them to count. In order for floor routines to count, we can’t step out of bounds, and we can’t have any wobbles on beam. It’s just training the way you want to compete.” — Kevin Nadakal

Track, field off to Seattle

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Austin Capobianco on what he’ll miss most about the Icecats: “Just the camaraderie. Just being able to see the same guys every day and knowing that it’s you guys versus the other team, and really building a strong relationship and being effective on the ice. Just seeing it transform from the locker room to the ice and all the hard work that’s put into it. The feeling of success; there’s nothing better than that.”

The Arizona track and field team will finally travel as a whole this weekend at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship meet in Seattle, Wash. This meet, which will be held at the Dempsey Indoor facility, marks Arizona’s first team-scored meet of the season, meaning every event counts. “I’m looking to score points to help out the team,” said sophomore Abdi Hassan, who will be running the 800-meter and the mile. “It’s like an exam: There’s no saying I could have, should have. You have to perform or you fail.” Senior Liz Patterson is the reigning champion of the women’s high jump at the Mt. Pac Championship and will take aim at another firstplace finish this weekend. “This is my last Mt. Pac,” Patterson said.“I do feel like there’s a lot of pressure on me but not in a bad way. It makes me want to better … another win would be a great way to go out.” — Galo Mejia

W-swim drops to fourth place

The UA women’s swim and dive team found out how fast things can go wrong on Thursday at the Pacific 10 Conference Championships. After finishing tied with USC for first place on Wednesday, the UA is now in fourth place and 158 points

behind first-place Stanford. “Today was interesting,” said senior Ana Agy. “It became a little more obvious that our team has some resting to do.” The Wildcats were unable to get anything going in either individual or relay events, managing only one top3 finish — they took third place in the 200-yard freestyle relay — in Thursday’s five events after posting top-4 finishes in both of Wednesday’s events. In the 200y freestyle relay, the Wildcats finished with a time of 1:29.50. The best individual performance by an UA swimmer came from senior Leone Vorster, who finished fifth in the 500y freestyle with a time of 4:45.08. — Derek Lawrence

W-tennis in Utah

If the Arizona women’s tennis team has been looking for its killer instinct, this is the week to find it. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association No. 50-ranked Wildcats (7-1) will be hosted by two lowerranked opponents this weekend. While today’s opponent, ITA No. 68 Brigham Young University (3-4), and Saturday’s foe, No. 71 Utah (3-5), are not as high as the UA in the polls, each will prove to be challenging. While head coach Vicky Maes expects both teams to be fired up playing on their home courts, the focus this week has been about what her team can do as opposed to focusing on the nature of its opponents. “Physically, we are almost where we need to be, but emotionally, we would really like to see a bit more mental toughness and killer instinct,” Maes said.

M-tennis will try to cool down Texas Tech

Can the ITA No. 25 UA men’s tennis team (6-1) stop another two hot teams after taking down an undefeated and ranked team in BYU last weekend? “It’s always a little challenging playing on the road, getting used to different court speeds, different conditions, but you can’t play every match at home,” head coach Tad Berkowitz said. “Our guys have a pretty good history of playing good teams well, and it only makes us tougher.” Today’s match against ITA No. 32 Texas Tech (7-1) is a rematch of one of the team’s more memorable matches last season, in which they came out with a 4-3 victory. — Nathan Comerford

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The Wildcats will face Cal Poly and Hawaii second-guessing themselves. on Saturday, finishing the weekend with a And even during Arizona’s 5-0 win in its Sunday morning finale against a strong Baylor first game against the Tigers, Candrea said University squad. there was room for improvement. “It’s easier to grab their attention when “Offensively, I thought we struggled,” he they’re playing tough people,” Candrea said. said, “but Baillie (Kirker) happened to put two “They play the way the game is really going balls out of the ballpark at the right time.” to be rather than playing against someone Candrea will use the early part of the who’s throwing fatties down the middle of season to give his youngsters playing time, the plate.” but all while Senior pitcher playing top-25 Sarah Akamine or near-top-25 said that playing talent. All five Today: vs. BYU 4 p.m. a field of highly of Arizona’s vs. Fresno State 6:30 p.m. competitors this regarded teams Saturday: vs. Cal Poly 11 a.m. helps the weekend are Wildcats stay either ranked or vs. Hawaii 2 p.m. humble enough have earned votes Sunday: vs. Baylor 10 a.m. to improve. in the two major Wednesday: vs. New Mexico State 4 p.m. Once the squad softball polls. hits its alwaysFor Del Ponte, vs. New Mexico State 4 p.m. rigorous Pacific who played third vs. Northern Iowa 4 p.m. Thursday: 10 Conference and second base schedule, it won’t last weekend — have the time to learn from mistakes. and who has never practiced at second before So the 10-5 loss to Missouri in the second Candrea threw her in — the freshman buttergame of a double-header Sunday is an impor- flies are gone. Now, she’s focusing on helping tant learning opportunity. the team. “I think we have to hit a bottom point to “We’re just playing to play now,” she said. get up where we need to,” said Akamine, Del Ponte and her teammates will be who struggled in the circle and was pulled playing skilled offensive teams ready to knock after 2 2/3 innings. “That was such a tough off No. 2 Arizona. Candrea said that gaining loss for me, especially. I think we’re going experience is just what his team needs, and to bounce back from that and (it will) make that will help his team learn where it can us stronger.” improve. Behind Akamine, the Wildcat defense “A big part of the process is evaluating struggled to make plays and made poor each week and being able to evaluate your decisions that led to early first-inning runs. performance,” he said. “Then, come out and Making plays should be second nature for work on your performance and perform the a college-level team, but the Wildcats were next week.”


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Starting rotation spot up for grabs

Sunday.“He’s a young guy that we had a real beat on two years ago because he comes from a very good program in Bishop Gorman. We knew who he was and were really excited to get him in the program.” Manthei, a Las Vegas, Nev., native, showed great composure out of the pen in his collegiate debut, which should translate to the mound on Sunday. Workman, who was the Sunday starter for the majority of last season, is battling some arm tightness, which dropped his throwing velocity by 4 to 5 mph last weekend. While he is by no means out of the mix for the No. 3 starter spot, Manthei showed composure last weekend to be an everyday starter. “Steve (Manthei), he’s real good,” said sophomore catcher Jett Bandy. “He likes to throw a lot of strikes. He’s kind of a three-quarters guy. He’s got a lot of run on his ball, and he’s got a good second and third pitch. He always works hard, and

I’m excited to see him start and win some games.” Although starting the season 1-3, Long Beach is a far more competitive team than Utah Valley. Lopez, however, isn’t concerned about the opponent but rather the approach and attitude of the Wildcat youngsters. “The big thing that I’m going through right now, because it’s such a young team is … what does their presence look like?” he said. ”Is it a deer in the headlight look or is it like they’re going out and just playing the game?” Expect Lopez to mix up the lineup a bit, as he is still sifting through the slew of newcomers. But regardless of who is in the lineup, the players new to the program are growing everyday. “It’s day and night from seeing them now and back then,” Bandy said. “They’re real confident now. They really feel at home.”

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after we started the Pac-10 6-3. “This is a team we were tied for first with. To come out like this and lose by 20-plus, it’s frustrating.” The taste of success makes Thursday night’s 95-71 loss that much more bitter, not to mention it being broadcast in ESPN’s primetime slot. The sprint to the top burned out the Wildcats too early. It was an 18-game marathon, and they’re now on empty. “There’s no easy solution to our situation right now as much as just continuing to work,” Miller admitted at 8:26 PST in a hallway in Haas Pavilion.“This is a time that you’re able to learn a lot about your future and individual players. It sticks out. ” The game started and ended with senior Jerome Randle’s can’t-miss swagger beyond the arc — some of his shots should’ve counted as four points. Poised and confident, Randle overmatched Arizona’s nowaging point guard Nic Wise, once considered the most dangerous in the conference. Randle finished with 24 points. Wise had seven. “I look at Jerome Randle as one of the best point guards in college

basketball,” Miller said. Nobody can dispute the importance of Wise, who means as much to Arizona as anybody does to any team in any league — this team would be 4-23 without him. But counting on the senior too much down the stretch has caught up. The once-fearless Wise, who drove through lanes and knocked down 3s, now drives his team on empty. “It’s worn on him,” Miller said. “I almost feel like we’ve asked him to do so much from start to finish, and when I watch him out there, he doesn’t quite have it. “Part of what you’re seeing is a guard asked to do everything for 25 (games) and five months,”Miller added. Naturally, Wise remains poised as a senior leader, not letting his emotions get into post-game interviews like the freshmen do. This is a player who took a team to the Sweet 16 with an interim head coach. “The season’s not over. We have a lot of basketball left,” Wise said.“It’s about guys

sticking with it and not giving up. “We’ve been there before. It’s just something we have to get through.” You can measure Wise’s imprint on this team through the following post-game bit: While both Williams and Miller said this “is not the same team” as before, Wise and his prodigy, freshman Momo Jones, didn’t buy into it. “We (are) the same team, we just gotta continue to believe in each other,” Jones said.“At the same time, we have to go back to the drawing board and bring everything back together and hopefully turn this thing around.” That’s what you want out of a point guard, past and present. — Bryan Roy is an interdisciplinary studies junior. He can be reached at

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States eye ban on public release of 911 calls THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Linda Casey dialed 911 and screamed, “Oh, God!” over and over again into the phone after finding her daughter beaten to death in the driveway of their North Carolina home. Later that day, she heard the 911 recording on the local news and vomited. “This was not only the most painful thing I have ever been through, it should have been the most private,” she said in an e-mail. Because of situations like Casey’s, lawmakers in Alabama, Ohio and Wisconsin are deciding whether to bar the public release of 911 calls. Missouri, Pennsylvania, Rhode

Island and Wyoming already keep such recordings private. But generally, most states consider emergency calls public records available on request, with exceptions sometimes made for privacy reasons or to protect a police investigation. “Nationally, there is a growing concern about the release of audiotapes that don’t involve newsworthy people or events — just things that people like to hear because of their sensational nature,” said Sonny Brasfield, executive director of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama, which drafted legislation in the state to bar the release of 911 recordings. “There is a concern nationally that these kinds of things are having a chilling effect on people’s

willingness to call 911.” Open-government advocates disagree and say that prohibiting the release of the recordings takes away a valuable tool that has exposed botched calls. For example, a Detroit dispatcher in 2006 scolded a 5-year-old boy for “playing on the phone” while his mother lay unconscious. When police arrived, the boy’s mother was dead. In a 2008 call in Memphis, Tenn., a 911 operator asked, “What’s your emergency?” then fell asleep. “It’s crucial that we’re able to hear how our public safety calls are being handled,” said David Cuillier, chairman of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Freedom of Information Committee. The public release of audio

has also led to accolades for dispatchers who have helped save lives, and helped vindicate operators accused of mishandling a call. In states where 911 calls are made available to the public, news organizations generally make their own case-by-case decisions on whether to air a recording, taking into consideration issues of taste, sensitivity and news value. “We strongly believe that 911 recordings should be public record because they can reflect on the performance of public agencies,” said Thomas Kent, standards editor of The Associated Press. “It certainly can be hard to listen to 911 recordings, and we use them very sparingly on the air and online. Our decision to use such

recordings depends primarily on their relevance to important news, not the atmospherics.” Cuillier, a professor at University of Arizona’s School of Journalism, said the answer is better selfregulation by the media. “I see this all around the country. There’ll be a media outlet that maybe goes a little too far — pushes the boundaries on something — and people do not like that,”he said.“And then you’ll have demands that it be taken down, you’ll have a backlash, you’ll have legislation that makes it all secret.” WSPA, the Spartanburg, S.C., TV station that aired Casey’s 911 call in 2008, apologized a day later and removed the recording from its Web site. “That 911 call was me realizing

my daughter was dead,” Casey said. “I did not care to share that with the world and that private moment of grief should never have been used to sell papers, or up ratings.” Brasfield cited one particularly upsetting example from Alabama involving a call made by a boy whose grandmother was being mauled by a dog. Gary Allen, editor of an online magazine for dispatchers, said new technology makes it easier than ever to splice and copy 911 calls. And cell phone calls are more dramatic and on-the-spot, making the audio irresistible. Celebrity 911 calls have proved to be enormously popular, as illustrated recently by cases involving Tiger Woods and Charlie Sheen.


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Bush, 63, has not always been so skeptical of the tunnel rumors. As a child he used to sneak down and play in the tunnels, blocks from his home on the corner of First Street and Park Avenue. “Mostly we were just scared and watching for the workers because back then they would throw rocks at you,” he said. “It was just creepy and scary and dark. We didn’t even know what steam was, so when you would hear the traps work and stuff like that, you would (think it was haunted).” Pretty much anywhere you go at the UA, there are tunnels below your feet. They can

be small enough that you have to crawl (such as one that leads in to Old Main) or they may be large enough to drive a truck through (like one that runs under Speedway Boulevard), a mere five feet below, or more than 20 feet underground, Bush said. The tunnels even influence how campus landmarks are constructed. “There is a canyon in the Student Union,” Bush said. “Now they have turned that into a really neat thing, but the reason that is, is because a tunnel goes right there and they could not build on top of it because there was an old 1930s tunnel.”

While mystery draws many to the tunnels, others revere them as engineering marvels. “We heat and cool campus buildings for about half of what a normal resident would. It is a very, very effective system, and we are kind of one of the leaders in the world,” Bush said. “People have come from China to look at our system, so it is a real showplace.” Bush said no matter your reason for visiting the tunnels, it is not a place you would want to stay for long. “There’s sharp things, there’s hot things, there are things that bang your head,” he said. “It is not a fun place.”

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