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GOP presidential candidates are taking the competition to Arizona, which is emerging as a key player in the Republican race. Arizona, along with Michigan, will hold its presidential primary on Feb. 28. The state’s election will precede 10 other state primaries, which fall on March 6, or “Super Tuesday.” “Like South Carolina and Florida have built momentum for certain
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candidates, Arizona will add to that for whoever wins our primary, and I think that’s going to be a little more important than if we were in the mix of a dozen or 20 states, or whatever it is, on Super Tuesday,” said Arizona House Majority Leader Steve Court. The spotlight has been cast upon Arizona for a few reasons this election season. The state’s primary is earlier than it has been in the past, meaning it will receive more media attention and help set the tone for subsequent
elections, according to Barbara Norrander, a professor in the School of Government and Public Policy. While Arizona does share its primary with Michigan, the GOP candidates will do little campaigning there because it is Mitt Romney’s home state. Romney’s win in Michigan is inevitable, so it would be pointless for other candidates to campaign in that state, according to Norrander. Arizona is a winner-take-all state as well, meaning that the victor of the primary will claim all of the state’s
delegates to the Republican National Convention. Previously, the winner received 58 delegates from Arizona, but this year, that number has been sliced in half due to the state’s decision to move its primary to Feb. 28. “The way it’s happening lately, it (the number of delegates) is kind of more of a formality. So I think having Arizona be more of a player in the primary is probably more important than the delegates,” Court said. The primary also coincides with the only GOP presidential debate
during the entire month of February, which will take place on Feb. 22 at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Ariz. As the debate and the primary draw near, Court said he anticipates the GOP candidates will start to make more appearances in Arizona and the state will see more advertisements. In late January, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich were tied at 32 percent support from Arizona GOP voters, according to a poll by American
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In December, the Peace Corps announced it has temporarily suspended volunteer operations in Honduras while it conducts a review of the safety and security environment, according to a Peace Corps press release. UA Peace Corps volunteers who were sent to Honduras before the governmental decision to withdrawal said they understand, but also said that it is unfortunate for both volunteers and Hondurans. Gabriel Sidman, a natural resources graduate student, spent about two years in Honduras living in a small rural town located on top of a mountain. There he sold organic coffee, helped a women’s artisan group and taught ecotourism. “I think pulling out of Honduras will have an impact, in the sense that there will be a lot of smaller communities that don’t have as much aid,” Sidman said. “There will be less options for Hondurans, in terms of if they want to get a project done, where do they go?” Although most people were welcoming and hospitable, there was a need to assume some people had bad intentions, Sidman said. Once, while traveling on a bus, Sidman was almost robbed. Another time, a murder occurred in a public place in his town. “Sometimes things can happen where you get involved indirectly — you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Sidman added. “It’s not something that makes you feel unsafe, but it does happen rarely.” Despite these incidents, Sidman said that people should not view Honduras as a dangerous and violent
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n his bedroom, John pours a dime-sized amount of cocaine from a small plastic bag onto his desk. He scrapes it across the desktop, then chops it up with his CatCard — it sounds like he could be chopping vegetables. He then takes the unscrewed bottom half of a ballpoint pen and leans over. The light of the computer screen casts a shadow over his face. He plugs one nostril, inhales through the pen as he moves his head swiftly to the right, then tilts it back as if he has a nosebleed. After he takes a few extra sniffs, he leans away from the desk and smiles with content. ADDICTION, 2
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Noam Chomsky advocates accessibility to education By Rachel Gottfried DAILY WILDCAT
Noam Chomsky, a world-renowned intellectual who many consider to be the founder of modern linguistics, spoke in Centennial Hall on Wednesday about his views on higher education. Although this was Chomsky’s first visit to the UA, he has a long lasting connection to the university. The UA has an “unusually large number of people” who have either been a student or department fellow of Chomsky’s, said Thomas Bever, a regents’ professor of linguistics. “Imagine that we had Einstein or Newton come and speak. In the world of linguistics and cognitive science, Chomsky is like Newton or Einstein for physics,” said Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, a professor of linguistics who has collaborated with Chomsky for many years. Thousands of people lined up to hear Chomsky speak. Those who were unable to get into Centennial
like this.” Chomsky was introduced as the most cited living author and third most cited individual in the world, behind Plato and Sigmund Freud. At the start of the lecture, Chomsky addressed the question, “Who is education for?” “For a long time there was a thought that education is just for the upper elite, they are the ones who should make decisions,” Chomsky said, adding that education should be accessible to everyone. Chomsky also criticized instructional teaching, in which students simply memorize information. “The early joy of discovery is ruined by memorizing the facts,” KEITH HICKMAN-PERFETTI / DAILY WILDCAT Chomsky said. “I remember when Noam Chomsky, who has been described as the father of modern linguistics, I was a 16-year-old freshman at the speaks at Centennial Hall on Wednesday. Chomsky criticized instructional teachUniversity of Pennsylvania, I had to ing and the lack of the “enlightenment ideal” in higher education. take a general chemistry class that Hall were taken to the Social speak. was exceptionally boring. So I never “This man is one of the premier went to class, just memorized the Sciences building to see a recording intellects of our day,” he said. “It’s book,” Chomsky said he received of the event. David Blechman, a political sci- important to be on the forefront of an A in the class. ence senior, waited in line for more intellectual thought, especially bethan four hours to hear Chomsky ing in an academic environment EDUCATION, 2
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John, whose name has been changed by request, began using cocaine two years ago with some friends. He’s also a B-average student in the Eller College of Management, works 15 to 20 hours a week and generally goes through an eighth, or 3 1/2 grams, of cocaine in about two weeks. A survey by Campus Health Service of 2,479 students found that, in the past 30 days, 2.5 percent of those students had used cocaine. In the past year, 6.6 percent of respondents used cocaine. The sample of students surveyed was random and varying, and these statistics provide an accurate description of overall cocaine use even though it did not sample all
UA students, according to Lynn Reyes, an alcohol and other drug prevention specialist at Campus Health. From Jan. 30, 2011, to Jan. 30, 2012, there were 361 reported drug-related calls around the university, according to University of Arizona Police Department records. Because of how the UAPD records are kept, it is impossible to know how many of those calls were cocaine-related. Jake Fitzgerald, a studio art junior, said he uses cocaine on a regular basis as well. “I use cocaine whenever it is available, but I try not to pay for it,” Fitzgerald said. “It keeps me in line with not getting addicted.” Fitzgerald said he uses the drug one to two times a week. If someone offers him cocaine, he doesn’t refuse it, he said.
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I find it (cocaine) works better than coffee. My grades don’t lie.
“It’s a fun drug,” Fitzgerald said. “All drugs can be used recreationally and responsibly in moderation, but outside of moderation, your life just goes down the toilet.” Although John said he uses it to party, he also relies on cocaine to get through work and classes. During finals week, his use increases. “When finals come around I’ll do it every day,” he said. “I know studies say it’s not good to study on, but I say that’s bullshit.”
Keith Boesen, the managing director at the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center in the College of Pharmacy, said cocaine can be used to help individuals focus in similar ways that Adderall does, but neither should be used recreationally, Boesen said. The problem, Boesen said, is that cocaine affects the brain and the body so much that it is not worth using for the sole purpose of studying or focusing on a singular task. It is not uncommon for people to use it in the same way as caffeine, Boesen said. “I find it (cocaine) works better than coffee,” John said. “My grades don’t lie.” Along with working 15 to 20 hours a week at his job while going to school full-time, John received one A and three B’s last semester. “I’ve only had a couple of
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Research Group Inc. However, after Rick Santorum’s win in Colorado Tuesday, it is unclear who will take Arizona, Court said. “We don’t know how long the campaign is going to last,” Norrander said. “You can’t predict when that dividing line is going to happen.” For Lauren Bouton, a political science senior and the president of the College Republicans, the candidates’ political opinions are essentially the same. It is character
CHICAGO — Each of the four remaining contenders for the Republican presidential nomination has sparkled at one point or another during the campaign. We’re talking, of course, about “glitter bombing.” That is the protesters’ tactic of flinging glitter at candidates and other political figures who oppose their cause, often same-sex marriage. Nick Espinosa, a gay rights activist and a member of both the protest group Occupy Minneapolis and another called the Glitterati, is credited with launching the glitterbombing phenomenon last spring with a sparkle strike at presidential candidate and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich during a book signing in Minneapolis. “What I have tried to do with creative forms of protest like glittering is to capture people’s imagination and tap into a cultural point of reference with a piece of political theater,” Espinosa wrote in a piece last fall for The Huffington Post, in which he boasted of the glitter attack on Gingrich. “The strength of glitter is that humor is an incredibly powerful tool for communicating a message — even a deadly serious one.” The glitter bombings, labeled assaults by some, have led to arrests in some cases and seem to have become more common of late: Rick Santorum was glitter-bombed by a protester in Blaine, Minn., on Tuesday, the same day he swept caucuses and a primary in three states. This was at least the fourth glittery encounter for Santorum, following similar events last month in South Carolina and Florida, and Friday in Missouri. Mitt Romney, the presumed GOP front-runner defeated by Santorum in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri, was nearly glittered Tuesday night at an event in Denver, but the tiny projectiles fell short. Romney wasn’t so lucky Feb. 1, though, when glitter was fired at him as he took the stage at a campaign event in Eagan, Minn. Quick on his feet, Romney declared it “confetti,” thrown in celebration of his win a day earlier in the Florida primary. On Twitter, Espinosa took credit as the “glitterer.” Fellow Republican presidential hopeful and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul was showered by the glimmering bits on Monday, not by Espinosa or by a glitter-bomber calling for gay rights, but rather by a protester demanding equal access to housing and health care. Among the other reported glitter victims: former GOP
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country. While living there, he said he felt like a community member and only once out of the countless times he rode the bus did an incident occur. Heide Bruckner, who started the geography and development master’s program in August, was sent to Honduras in July 2009 where she worked on a composting project, a home garden project for women and a library project. She served until last August, and while she was there, the people were warm and welcoming, she said. “I think it’s sad that Peace Corps in Honduras was temporarily shut down, but I understand the reason,” Bruckner said. “At the same time, I never felt unsafe and I think most volunteers don’t have extreme safety and security incidents.” The danger to travel through major cities, and the country’s high homicide rate, were all likely factors in the decision to pull out of Honduras, Bruckner added. There was no specific incident that spurred the Peace Corps to suspend operations in Honduras,
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Glitter falls on Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum after protesters threw the glitter at the stage and shouted during a town hall meeting in Lady Lake, Fla., on Jan. 23. Security tackled the demonstrators and dragged them out of the venue at the Tea Party-hosted event.
presidential candidates Tim Pawlenty (a former Minnesota governor) and Michele Bachmann (a U.S. representative from Minnesota); U.S. Rep Erik Paulsen, R-Minn.; Republican political consultant Karl Rove; and members of Minnesota for Marriage, a group opposed to same-sex marriage. But glitter bombing is not strictly a tactic used against Republicans. Little-known presidential candidate Randall Terry, an anti-abortion advocate running as a Democrat, was glittered at a candidates forum in New Hampshire in December … by fellow fringe Democratic candidate Vermin Supreme, a performance artist.
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SAN FRANCISCO — Proposition 8 backers, who have longed to get to the nation’s highest court, debated Wednesday whether to go there immediately or delay by seeking another review of a federal appeals court ruling that overturned California’s 2008 ban on same-sex marriage. ProtectMarriage, the Christian conservative sponsor of Proposition 8, is expected to announce next week whether to ask a larger panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider Tuesday’s ruling, a decision that could postpone U.S. Supreme Court review for months. In the meantime, gay rights lawyers said they would fight to end the legal hold, or stay, on Tuesday’s decision when it expires in about three weeks. Legal scholars said the challengers faced a high hurdle, and the hold was likely to remain until appeals were exhausted, which could take more than year. Andy Pugno, general counsel for
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ProtectMarriage, observed that a judge on the 9th Circuit might independently call for fellow jurists to vote on whether to review the ruling. Whether such a vote would gain majority support remained doubtful, law professors said. Democratic appointees outnumber Republican appointees on the 9th Circuit, University of California, Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky observed. “I have no doubt that there is a core group of conservatives that will want to go” for reconsideration, he said. “But I can’t imagine they will have the votes.” Chemerinsky said he asked his law students Wednesday whether they would recommend ProtectMarriage seek a rehearing in the 9th Circuit or go to the Supreme Court. “They split,” he said. University of California, Davis constitutional law professor Vikram Amar said it made sense that ProtectMarriage would want 9th Circuit review to get “two bites of the apple.”
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Chomsky recalled a time when a professor who he had worked with at Massachusetts Institute of Technology was once asked by his students on the first day of class what material was going to be covered. The professor said, “It doesn’t matter what we cover, it matters what we discover. If you discover that everything that I’m teaching is wrong, that would be good.” For the rest of the lecture, Chomsky focused on the relationship between people in power and the education system. “The great charter that calls for preservation of the commons has been forgotten. Failure to attend to the commons is a serious problem,” Chomsky said. “Extraterrestrials watching must think that we’re all lunatics. Unless that is restored, we’re in trouble.” A related problem, he said, is that fashionable consumptions are becoming more important than human values. People used to hold strikes for dignity, but this has been beaten back for generations. “In fact, the Occupy movements
If a majority of active circuit judges voted to rehear the case, a panel of 11 judges would be randomly drawn to decide it. Their decision could then be appealed to the Supreme Court. Rehearing would permit the 9th Circuit to reframe the legal case and deliver a ruling that would affect marriage laws in other states, the outcome preferred by ProtectMarriage’s supporters, Pugno said. Tuesday’s ruling was limited to circumstances in California and would not affect other states. A ruling by a larger 9th Circuit panel also “would raise the profile of the case and increase the attention the Supreme Court would give to it,” Pugno said. But he cautioned that the legal team was still debating strategy. In the past, ProtectMarriage lawyers have said they wanted to get to the Supreme Court as quickly as possible. “Everybody knows the Supreme Court is almost certain to review this case,” he said.
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problems with it (cocaine),” John said. One time, he said he blacked out after mixing the drug with alcohol, but has not had any serious problems otherwise. Sometimes, John said he has to take breaks from the drug because it is not always readily available. “It’s not like cigarettes where you can buy it at a gas station,” John said. He doesn’t always feel the need to go find it as soon as he can either, he said, because he doesn’t feel dependent on cocaine. Individuals have only a 5 percent risk of becoming dependent within the first two years after initial use, according to a 2005 study in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. John will put this to the test after graduation. “Once I’m out of college,” John said. “I’m done.”
that distinguishes each candidate, she said. “I think a lot of people think Romney’s personality is a little more attractive than Gingrich’s,” she said. “He seems to articulate himself better.” Personalities aside, the GOP candidates will have to prove their commitment to creating jobs and shrinking the federal government if they want to appeal to Arizona voters, Bouton said. “I’m looking for someone who I honestly believe will fight for smaller government,” she said. “I would like to see a decrease in the federal hand reaching out.”
according to the Peace Corps website, but after reviewing safety data the program decided a more in-depth assessment was necessary. Currently, there are 71 UA alumni serving in other countries, according to Aaron Hoholik, the Peace Corps recruiter for the UA and Southern California. Bruckner, who is a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow, said that the program provides her with a sense of community and allows her to serve Tucson. The fellowship offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps volunteers and is one of the largest in the country. Her time volunteering with the Peace Corps has had an impact on her perspective and is something she believes more people should get involved with, she said. “I think it (volunteering) made me more hopeful about the types of projects people are involved with and the dedication communities have towards working towards a better future,” she said. “At the same time, it also has made me more skeptical about what the role of development intervention can be and the bigger social inequalities of our world.”
that have be appearing all over have been reviving it (striking for dignity),” Chomsky said. Chomsky talked about Tucson Unified School District’s decision to get rid of its Mexican-American studies program. “It’s a particularly ugly part of the whole attack on the enlightenment ideal on higher education,” Chomsky said, adding it’s particularly dramatic that this happened in Tucson, a place that could be called “Occupy Mexico.” Chomsky quoted Bertrand Russell, one of the founders of the modern university system, and said education is like a string in which the student progresses in his or her own way. When Chomsky finished speaking, he spent some time answering questions from the audience. Garrett Swenson and Kendra Hilty, retailing and consumer sciences seniors, said they had never heard Chomsky speak about education before. “His insight to tuition increasing was great. We both think that everyone at the university should have attended and been able to hear what he had to say,” Hilty said. “Knowledge is power, and Noam Chomsky definitely understands that.”
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Candidates running for all positions in the upcoming ASUA elections met in the Union Kiva Room of the Student Union Memorial Center on Wednesday night to learn the basic rules of elections conduct. Candidates are allowed to start officially campaigning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, and there will be special events for them to do so on the UA Mall on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16, as well as on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23. The primary elections for all candidates will be held a week later, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 and 29. The results of the primaries will then be announced in the Kiva room at 6 p.m. on March 1, followed by a senate forum meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Three days later on March 4, executive debates will be held for the candidates running from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Kiva room. All candidates must stop campaigning on March 7, and general elections will be held from March 6 until March 8, when results will be announced. Elections Commissioner Mikindra Morin set some ground rules for the candidates at the meeting as well, which are outlined in the Associated Students of the University
of Arizona’s elections code. Candidates are allowed no more than one 11x17-inch poster on each public bulletin board or in each classroom. In addition, senatorial candidates are allowed to spend a limit of $400 on campaigning, which is $200 more than last year, according to ASUA President James Allen. Allen said that because of this, candidates should be able to stay within their spending limit without any problems. Presidential candidates are not to exceed $600, and administrative and executive vice presidential candidates are not to exceed $500. All expense reports for candidates are due on March 2, after the primaries, and on March 9, after the general elections. New to the elections code this year is the way penalties are administered to candidates by the commissioner. Last year’s code used an 11-strike system, in which a candidate would be disqualified on the 11th strike. This year, a candidate will be disqualified on the third strike. Candidates will receive warnings for violations to the elections code before getting a strike, but according to Morin, two warnings equal one strike. A warning is defined in the elections code as a violation not correctable within a
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24-hour window of notification of the specific violation. Candidates said they were excited to run for office. “I’m absolutely excited to be here and I really feel like it’s a big step in my career as far as ASUA is concerned,” said ASUA Sen. Kevin Elliot, who is running for executive vice president. “I feel like I’m prepared, ready to go and, again, real eager to get it going.” “I have not held an office before, but I am very very excited about this, it will be my first time running for anything for ASUA,” said J.W. Phillips, an accounting junior who is also running for executive vice president. He said that because he has been at the UA for a while, he thinks he will be able to bring something to the table that others might not. Paige Sager, a marketing junior, has also not held a position in ASUA, but said she feels like she is the most qualified out of her opponents for the position of administrative vice president. “I feel like I am the most experienced candidate of the three,” Sager said. “I think other people have experience in the office but as far as programs and services go, I think I definitely have the most experience.”
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“I think that our professors should be more invested in our academics versus their research. Many of the professors on campus do not put adequate time and effort into our academics’ needs. Isn’t that what us students are here for? (The president) should hire better professors overall.”
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“There are not a lot of student-funded activities that focus on student government. If there are, I have not found any clubs nor seen any advertisement that clubs have put up for student government positions. I am a freshman and one thing that I like to see is more activities on the UA Mall.”
“Welcome, we (the UA community) are a diverse, learned, very opinioned group of people, so take what we say as a grain of salt.”
“I would tell the new university president to lower tuition costs. I have a big problem with the cost of tuition. It would be nice if she could go up to Phoenix and tell them (the legislature) to lower tuition. If she cannot lower tuition, then at least bring more scholarships into the university that doesn’t fit one standard type of student.”
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It’s exciting. I’ve done this once before as a senator. I ran freshman year then I kinda got out of ASUA and into other things but it’s good to be back. I’m excited and I can’t wait for tomorrow.
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“I would tell the new president to hopefully find ways to draw more attention to the science departments, like hiring better professors and paying more attention on funds for research. There is a lot of research that students do, but there are never any funds to support their research; it would be nice to expand that research. “
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tudents with a medical marijuana card shouldn’t bring their supply to campus. Marijuana is an illegal drug according to the federal government and therefore it can’t, and shouldn’t, be on campus. Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, made it legal for people, in Arizona, with a doctor’s permission, to possess and smoke marijuana. However, the federal government can withhold funding if a school allows it. Rep. Amanda Reeve, R-Phoenix, to cover the state’s bases, sponsored House Bill 2349, which bans the possession and usage of medical marijuana at any educational institution. The House Education Committee passed the bill last week. “Educational institution means any public or private university, college, community college, postsecondary educational institution, high school, junior high school, middle school, common school or preschool in this state,” according to the bill. In other words, the bill will cover all schools that receive federal aid, contracts, grants or loans through the DrugFree Workplace and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities acts. Reeve said she wants to clarify what Prop. 203 calls “public places,” — which unintentionally includes schools — so the state won’t lose any federal funding. One of the acts specifically mandates that, “Students in general and recipients of Pell Grant are required to comply.” And who gets Pell Grants? Why, college students, of course. After marijuana was legalized for medical use the Arizona Board of Regents restated its drug ban because the regents knew schools must comply with the drug-free acts. Arizona is not the first state to have conflicting marijuana laws. University of Colorado at Boulder requires all its first-year freshmen to live on campus. But, according to the Denver Post, after a potential lawsuit, university officials allowed a student to live off campus because she had a medical marijuana card. No college is willing to risk losing federal funding, and as long as Arizona’s regents continue to comply with drug policies, the UA can keep its funding. Reeve is merely offering further protection to schools by making the regents’ decision a statewide law. As it’s written, Proposition 203 is specific when it comes to hospitals, hospices, and any healthcare institution, but the proposition is too vague when it comes to schools. The state needs to have a uniform set of laws and regulations to ensure that colleges and universities comply with federal mandates. — Cheryl Gamachi is a prejournalism freshman. She can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter via @WildcatOpinions.
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Pardoning DUI offenders offensive to justice system I
t is human tendency to make mistakes and redeem them with an often-undeserved second chance, and any opportunity for redemption should never be taken for granted. Whether in a romantic relationship, awaiting eviction from a residence hall or dealing with a minor violation of the law, second chances are both given and received frequently. However, there comes a time when a first offense should never be pardoned. Driving under the influence should have no avenue for getting a second chances. Every person convicted of this crime should receive the same punishment. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour granted more than 200 DUI pardons before leaving office last month. Of those, 10 were given to current inmates, four of whom were serving life sentences for
killed Mississippi high school senior the harsh reality of a court trial, a $2,500 fine, three months of alcohol Charity Smith. anonymous classes and a criminal The injustice of the Bostick record. pardon is disgusting. A grown man “I could have killed someone,” he was given back the privilege of the Caroline said. “I never will drink and drive open road when, after four major Nachazel again and I don’t let (other) people.” speed bumps, it should have been Arizona taken away Daily Wildcat recognizes forever. drinking and If one DUI murder, according to the Chicago Consequences should driving as a is not enough Tribune. The Mississippi Supreme be concrete, permanent violent crime. An to make a Court will hold a hearing today to and universal for DUI underage drunken driver separate discuss the futures of the formerly driver will face stoplights from offenders. pardoned DUI felons after an a misdemeanor shot glasses, 18-year-old woman was killed by a criminal then no one fourth-time offender. conviction and with multiple Before killing a barely legal DUI charges should ever receive a real justice is served. Mandatory teenager in an October highway ignition interlock devices are pardon. crash, Harry Bostick was installed in cars to reduce repeat A UA sophomore, whose name convicted of three DUI charges. offenses. has been omitted by request, woke He applied for the pardon of his Bostick’s pardon is an up behind the wheel of his crashed third charge while in an intense drug-and-alcohol abuse treatment vehicle in an empty parking lot with embarrassment to Smith and other victims. His mistake resulted in the program — a consequence from a a gash in his forehead the morning most heartbreaking way: the death after his senior prom. previous DUI. of an innocent bystander. “There was a woman yelling Barbour was convinced that Consequences should be ‘Everything is going to be OK,’” he Bostick had made a lifestyle concrete, permanent and universal said. “I remember a police officer change for the better due to his for DUI offenders. overcoming recent traumatic events. coming up to me, breathalizing me, Nevertheless, her decision to pardon then I was arrested and thrown into — Caroline Nachazel is a the back of a cop car. It was all very Bostick’s most recent offense was a junior studying journalism and confusing and very fast.” fatal one. communication. She can be reached Instead of leaving the drama Just one week after the Mississippi at firstname.lastname@example.org or on of high school behind like his Parole Board granted Bostick the Twitter via @WildcatOpinions. graduating classmates, he faced full pardon, he drove drunk and
Turnitin.com levels application field
his year, more universities are cracking down by using Turnitin.com’s database to find applicants trying to slide their way into college with a plagiarized personal essay. Turnitin is a great tool for admissions departments to use to sort students who are working to get into the college from those who are cheating. Students deserve to go up against actual competition in the college admissions process. The dreadful essay writing continues with the college application process. However, come to think of it, it’s really not that big of a deal if we’re writing and working independently. The only time
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admissions essays, not only to various universities, but also to the Eller School of Business or to the UA’s College of Nursing, they shouldn’t be turned down because Ashley T. another applicant bought a better Powell essay. Students should earn their spots. Daily Wildcat Applicants who rely on tools like free essay examples or purchase students should worry about writing work should be caught and an essay is if they stole the work from rejected. someone else. Plagiarism tells a lot about Students hate submitting a student’s character. The English essays to Turnitin because Psychological Record, a quarterly it’s just one extra step in what journal produced by Southern should be an easy process, but Illinois University, published it’s for a good reason. Turnitin is a survey that said 36 percent a database that allows professors of undergraduates admit to to see if and how much of a paper plagiarizing written material. The is plagiarized. The teacher can Los Angeles Times reported that then decide if it is coincidental or somewhere between 3 percent and if a significant portion was copied 20 percent of college applicants from someone else. plagiarize. While colleges are mainly using More than 100 colleges are Turnitin for graduate divisions, now using Turnitin to catch these they should be using it for all students. Stanford will be one of divisions. If potential students them, starting with its freshman sit down to outline and write an
applicants this year. Some universities are skeptical about this new process in case of false positives when students use cliches or overused sayings in their essays, reported the Los Angeles Times, but those are all noticeable right away. The essays that seem way too good to be true or include whole paragraphs that sound familiar should be checked through Turnitin. Colleges should have been using a tool such as Turnitin all along, so they can spot dishonest applicants. The UA has various programs that use Turnitin for assignments, but the admissions office and admission directors in all schools and departments at the UA should also start using Turnitin to benefit applicants who have truly earned their spot. — Ashley T. Powell is a journalism sophomore. She can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter via @WildcatOpinions.
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Police Beat By Elliot P. Hopper Daily Wildcat
Left in the dust
University of Arizona Police Department officers responded to a male student at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, who said that his dirt bike had been stolen. The student first called his friends to see if this was a prank, but none of his friends said they took his bike. He called his fiancee and asked her if she had moved the bike because she had the only other key, but she also said no. The student said that the bike was light enough that two men could easily lift it into a truck. The bike was a black Kawasaki KLX 2500 in fair condition, with a green gas tank. The bike’s owner appraised it to be worth more than $4,500.
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UAPD officers responded to a call that a UA employee made at 6:22 a.m. on Monday. The employee was taking out the Main Gate Parking Garage’s trash when he noticed a damaged Jeep Cherokee. The employee noticed that the window of the driver’s side had been smashed by a large rock. Officers came to the scene and searched the surrounding areas for suspects, but did not find any. They evaluated the vehicle and noticed that there was nothing stolen from the car. The ignition had not been damaged either. There was no other damage to the vehicle. Officers suspected that the rock was thrown by a student or people passing by with the sole intention of breaking a window. There is no further information at this time.
A student withdrew $300 dollars from Wells Fargo and went to the UA Mall to play volleyball with friends on Monday. She placed her belongings and purse on a bench near the Mall. Around 4:15 p.m., she told her friends she was going to catch the bus. She gathered her belongings and rode the bus home. When she got home and went to take the $300 from her wallet to put it in a safe place, she saw that her wallet was missing. She immediately called UAPD and Wells Fargo to report a theft and to put a hold on her credit cards. The student checked her online statement and noticed someone had already used the Wells Fargo card at Fry’s to get gas and spent $45. A Wells Fargo representative said the company will reimburse her the $45, and UAPD is currently in the process of gathering tapes from Fry’s gas pump on First Avenue.
UAPD officers reported to the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at 5:10 p.m. on Monday after receiving a report about damage done to the house door. The officers responded and talked to members of the fraternity. The members said that they thought a fellow fraternity member caused the damage. The vice president of the fraternity said he saw one of the members slamming into the door once or twice, but was not paying enough attention and did not realize the extent of the damage. The fraternity is still unsure if they are going to press charges on the alleged suspect. UAPD officers are following the investigations with more detail. Nothing was stolen from the fraternity house.
Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department reports. A complete list of UAPD activity can be found at www.uapd.arizona.edu.
Science, Technology & Art: A SISTA Exhibition The School of Information: Science, Technology & Arts (SISTA) is pleased to announce our ﬁrst exhibition to be held in the University of Arizona Student Union Gallery, running from January 17th to February 9th. Admission is free and open to the public. This juried exhibition includes work by UA faculty, staff, and students who are blurring the lines between art, research, technology, and science. Information about SISTA can be found at http://sista.arizona.edu or by e-mailing info@ sista.arizona.edu. Union Gallery Hours: Monday Wednesday and Friday: 12pm - 6pm, Thursdays: 12pm - 8pm Ansel Adams: The View from Here Perhaps no photographer’s work has enjoyed such popularity as Ansel Adams’s awe-inspiring views of the natural world. His early trips to the Yosemite wilderness in the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s informed the stylistic approach that made him famous. These treks included not only the physical activities of hiking, camping, and mountain climbing, but also social, intellectual, cultural, and spiritual elements. With forty photographs and supporting documents from the Ansel Adams Archive, Ansel Adams: The View from Here explores the relationship between Adams’s magical photographs of the American landscape - both its panoramic vistas and its intimate details - and how he came to understand the importance of his natural environment. Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, Saturday &a Sunday, 1pm – 4pm through March 4th at The Center for Creative Photography: 1030 North Olive Road.
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“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. Steward Observatory Mirror Lab Tours A behind-the-scenes look on Tuesdays and Fridays at the cutting-edge optical technology involved in making giant telescope mirrors at Steward Observatory Mirror Lab, University of Arizona. Tours are conducted at 1 p.m and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 520-626-8792. Admission: $15 adults, $8 students. 933 N. Cherry Ave., N208
Arizona Men’s Basketball vs. Colorado (Home) Arizona takes on Colorado in McKale Memorial Center. Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 7 p.m. MST
Julius Ceasar-Themed Flash Mob Be on the lookout for an assassination near the UA BookStores at the Student Union Memorial Center, but have no fear – it’s simply a ﬂash-mob-style performance to advertise an upcoming production of “Julius Caesar” that begins Feb. 26 and runs through March 25 at the Marroney Theatre. Cameras welcome. Thursday, February 9th, 2012. 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Student Union Memorial Center outside of UA BookStores. Free Hatha Yoga Class As part of the Tucson Holistic Healing Initiative for Nurses, the College of Nursing is hosting free Hatha Yoga classes, taught by Sandi Fox, throughout the month of February. Classes are limited to 30 participants on a ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served basis. College of Nursing, Room: 117. Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Professional Development Seminar - “Planning for Graduate School and Professional Programs” Learn strategies for applying to graduate and professional schools. Seminar includes information on evaluating schools, testing, applications, personal statements, timelines, references and admissions interviews. No prior signup required. Thursday, February 9, 2012 2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Student Union Memorial Center. Room: Career Services, Suite 411
Scott Huckabay - Guitar Alchemist Guitar virtuoso makes rare Tucson appearance! He is an amazing performer, self-taught while recovering from a near-fatal motorcycle accident in Arizona. He has performed with several big names such as Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills & Nash around the world. In addition he has played in diverse venues such as the Great Pyramids of Egypt. His music is one-of-a-kind and his audience often gets caught up in his divine, passionate performances. It was after a near-fatal motorcycle accident that Huckabay discovered the guitar, or it discovered him. February 9th 8-10m, Solar Culture, 31 East Toole. (520) 884-0874 58th Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows For two weeks every winter, the world meets in Tucson as it becomes a bustling, international marketplace of buyers and sellers at the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase. The “Gem Show” is much more than a single event at one location. Rather, there are thousands of participants and attendees at more than 40 sites around town. Dozens of shows take place at the same time - in giant white tents, at hotels and resorts and at exhibit halls. There’s something for everyone at the many open-to-the-public shows - from gold and diamonds to granite bookends and glass beads, and from ﬁne specimens of dinosaur fossils to opals dug from the Australian Outback. View the following web page for speciﬁc dates, times, and locations of the Tucson gem and mineral shows:http://tucsongemandmineralshows. net/2012-tucson-gem-show.htm. January 28th through Febraury 12th, 2012.
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Israel attacking Iran a foolâ€™s move Andrew J. Conlogue
he Islamic Republic of Iran, perceived by Westerners as the worldâ€™s looniest state next to North Korea, may have finally pressed its luck too far. There is talk in Israel, Iranâ€™s most implacable foe, that the dramatic covert war theyâ€™ve waged with Iran will soon come out in the open. Military strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities are being seriously discussed. Israel fears that once the facilities are moved underground there will be no ordinance, barring nuclear weapons, that can take them out. Israel may have a point, but there are plenty of other, stronger points that make this type of intervention quite foolish. Israel can ill afford the conflict it is considering. The Israeli Defense Forces are superior to Iranâ€™s army, but in order to attack the Iranian facilities, Israeli planes would have to fly a great distance across unfriendly skies. A war of this sort would likely force at least some side taking, and given the history of Israelâ€™s neighbors, that prospect seems to favor Iran. Even Saudi Arabia, a powerful Sunni monarchy that is at odds with the Shiâ€™a theocracy in Iran, may choose what it perceives as the lesser of two evils if Israel flies military missions in its airspace. In addition, Iranâ€™s close ties to both Hezbollah and Hamas means that it essentially has an army, albeit a guerilla one, already deployed in Israel should it come to hostilities. Iran itself is weak right now, but the type of action Israel is discussing would actually serve to make its enemy stronger. Sanctions are squeezing the regime more than Iran would probably care to admit. The Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are not on good terms, and their dispute divides the rest of the leadership. Most importantly, Iran and its people are not aligned. The regime was able to quell dissent in 2009, but those same grievances have not evaporated. Iranâ€™s commitment to nuclear energy and the
countryâ€™s odd antics of late â€” an attempted attack on the Saudi embassy in the U.S. is perhaps the strangest â€” is actually a sign of the regimeâ€™s weakness. All that can change if Israel decides to go through with its attacks. The kind of weakness Iran is experiencing is best exploited through diplomacy. There are claims that the ultrareligious regime is little more than a suicide cult that refuses to listen to reason. But Khanmenei, a former president and leader in Iranâ€™s war with Iraq, is a cagier operator than that. He holds the real power in Iran and will make a good deal for himself if forced to do so. Israelâ€™s planned strike would actually give him and his regime far greater bargaining power. Iranâ€™s harsh governance would suddenly become justified now that its great enemy was attacking, and the people would likely line up with their own country sooner than aid Israel. For pragmatic reasons, diplomacy remains the best policy in dealing with Iran. Further diplomatic pressure stands a real chance of forcing Khanmeneiâ€™s regime to cooperate. But Israelâ€™s talk of striking them threatens to undermine all that. Western powers, especially the U.S., should rein in Israel at any cost. Not only would the chaos be politically horrific, but the Western economy canâ€™t afford that sort of conflict in the Middle East. Oil exports would naturally be endangered, especially given Iranâ€™s recent threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, the gateway out of the Persian Gulf through which a large amount of the worldâ€™s oil flows. It is in everyoneâ€™s interests to avoid using military violence against Iran at the moment. Let us hope Israel sees the reason in this before doing something dangerously foolish.
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MAILBAG Along with at least 500 other Tucsonans, I was disappointed to be turned away from yesterdayâ€™s lecture delivered by Noam Chomsky. When I arrived about half an hour before the lecture was to begin, the line already stretched from the North Ballroom, the very small venue where the lecture was scheduled, along the entire second floor of the Student Union. Although I understand that the organizers of this event probably wanted a full house for the sake of appearances, it seems as though they would be interested in allowing the public to attend. Apparently they were surprised that a few people might turn up to listen to the countryâ€™s most prominent public intellectual. This is just another excellent example of the poor planning and gross mismanagement for which our university is becoming justly famous. â€” Ben Harper, alumnus In response to the Feb. 7 column â€œFraternity hazing at colleges exemplifies bigger problemsâ€?: Hi Lauren, I just wanted to drop you a short note to tell you how well-written and well-done I thought your article in todayâ€™s paper was. â€œFraternity hazing at colleges exemplifies bigger problemsâ€? was wellresearched and really sends the message to UA students that hazing is a national problem and can be very damaging to studentâ€™s success. Thank you for writing this piece. â€” Johanne Ives, assistant dean of students In response to the Feb. 6 column â€œCollege men need to respect women for society to workâ€?: I now regret sending my prior email, not because I have necessarily changed my opinion regarding Mr. Davisâ€™ articleâ€™s consistency, structure, etc., but rather because I definitely had the wrong idea of what an op-ed piece should be. Further, it is rather audacious of me to call the article â€œawfulâ€? or claim that it requires an apology just because it is not as radical in its feminism as I would prefer. While the article is a bit juvenile in its analysis, it is wrong of me to want it removed or apologized for, because, all-in-all, it is still a more forward-thinking opinion than a plurality of the opinions of men in general. Hopefully more men can come around to at least Mr. Davisâ€™ level of insight, if not far past it, but, regardless, I take back my more polemic, destructive criticisms. â€” Morgan Shnier,
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‘Cats look to strike first against Colorado By Cameron Moon Daily Wildcat
The Arizona women’s basketball team will try to break free from a sixgame slide tonight when it faces Colorado in Boulder, Colo. In the teams’ first meeting as Pac12 opponents, the Wildcats were unable to pull out a close victory, falling 56-54, thanks in part to 20 turnovers and a poor shooting night from floor general Shanita Arnold and leading scorer Davellyn Whyte, who combined to score just 12 points and had 11 turnovers. “It’s always difficult when you lose games, but I think the way our team responded, especially over this last weekend shows that we still have fight in us,” head coach Niya Butts said. “We’re just looking forward to
another opportunity on the court on Thursday, one game at a time.” Tonight’s game marks the first time the Wildcats will travel to Colorado since its addition to the conference, and despite the previous loss still fresh in their minds, Butts says it will not affect them. “Anytime you get into conference play, anything can happen,” Butts said. “If you look at what’s going on in the conference right now, and what can be a positive weekend for us this upcoming weekend, two wins and we’re right back in the middle of the pack.” If Arizona (13-10, 2-9 Pac-12) is to pull out of the streak that has dragged ir to the bottom of the conference, it will need leadership from its most important player. Whyte has struggled as of late, even posting a goose egg in the scoring column against Stanford
on Saturday, with just one rebound to go along with four turnovers in a season-low 14 minutes of play. “We have been losing a lot lately, but we just know that these games count,” guard Candice Warthen said. “We just try to move ahead and stay positive. It’s going to be hard, being that it’s on the road, but we just stay positive and have confidence in ourselves.” If Arizona can sweep the competition this week, the team would be right back in the thick of things. But before anyone can talk about that, the Wildcats have to take down Colorado on the road. “Everyone is beating up on everyone,” Butts said. “It’s time for us to Gordon Bates / Daily Wildcat hit first, and get back into the mix, and I think that’s very doable. One Arizona guard Davellyn Whyte looks to pass against Stanford on Saturday. Arizona has lost its last six games, thanks in part to the struggles of the Wildcat guards. game at a time.”
Last time out Key Moment: Fogg’s missed FT With Arizona trailing 64-63, Kyle Fogg stepped to the line with 1:01 left on the clock and a chance to give the Wildcats the lead. Fogg missed the front end of the 1-and1, however, leaving two points on the board that theoretically would have won the Wildcats the game
Key Player: Carlon Brown The senior guard and Utah transfer scored 19 points – 12 in the second half – and drilled what proved to be the game winner as he knocked down a triple with 1:19 remaining.
Key Stat: 3-for-20 The Wildcats live and die by the 3-pointer, so it’s no coincidence that a 3-for-20 clip from distance resulted in a loss. Fogg and Solomon Hill hit UA’s only 3-pointers as Nick Johnson, Jordin Mayes, Brendon Lavender and Kevin Parrom shot a combined 0-for-11 from three.
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Arizona guard Kyle Fogg shoots against Colorado on Jan. 21 in Boulder, Colo. Fogg has been the catalyst for an Arizona team that has seen its chances in the Pac-12 increase thanks to a sweep in the Bay Area last weekend.
“One of the things that I don’t really like to say is that we just couldn’t make a shot because it almost sounds like a cop-out as a coach, but that is the case. I would say we had six to eight that I would consider the best shot in the gym for us. Wide open. Late in the game, individual players have to make free throws and individual players to win the game, and tonight we were 0-for.” — Sean Miller
mirror image Similarities between Arizona, Colorado more than a coincidence By Mike Scmitz Daily Wildcat
Arizona and Colorado are tied for the Pac-12 Conference lead in defensive field goal percentage. The Buffs and Wildcats also sit tied for second and third, respectively, in the conference standings, and only one point separated the two teams last time they collided in Boulder, Colo., on Jan. 21. But the likeness between the two schools at this point in the season is much more than a coincidence, and that should be evident when they meet tonight at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.
Sean Miller and CU head coach Tad Boyle have a longstanding relationship developed through the coaching circuit, and that friendship is evident in their similar philosophies and styles of play. “We tend to, in many ways, kind of mirror each other,” Miller said of Arizona and Colorado. The most striking similarity lies in how both teams defend, evidenced by the fact that they each allow opponents to shoot only 39.8 percent from the field. The Wildcats and Buffaloes also rank first and second in the conference, respectively, in defensive 3-point percentage. Those numbers are a direct result of the defensive principles predicated on disciplined pressure and pinpoint positioning that Miller and Boyle have
Free throws may sink hoops squad By Nicole Dimtsios Daily Wildcat Much has been made about the Arizona Wildcats basketball team’s free-throw shooting woes — and for good reason. The most recent example of Arizona’s poor free throw shooting was last weekend when Arizona attempted 54 combined shots from the foul line against California and Stanford and made only 30 of them — a dismal 55.6 percent from the charity stripe. This season there have even
been instances where the Wildcats have shot a higher percentage from the 3-point line than they did from the free throw line. “It’s … I don’t know,” freshman Nick Johnson said about the team’s free-throws struggles. “I think coach said something like we could have scored 90 points against Cal or 95 — something like that — if we would have made our free throws.” Instead, just two points decided the California game, and it came down to the final possessions, with Arizona (16-8, 7-4 Pac-12)
squeaking out a 78-74 victory. The free throw shooting got so bad against Stanford that junior Kevin Parrom, who did not make the trip to the Northern California schools because of a foot injury, even tweeted “we need to lock up and make free throws.” But there have been other games where free throws would have changed the outcome of the game. The last time the Wildcats took on tonight’s opponent, the Colorado Buffaloes (16-7, 8-3), two crucial late misses were the difference. With less than three
minutes left to play in the game, both veterans Solomon Hill and Kyle Fogg missed shots that would have given the Wildcats the lead. “It’s the biggest mismatch in Thursday’s game,” Arizona head coach Sean Miller said. “We’re shooting a lot of free throws per game, so as we get to the line more, it’s even more of a problem … When you get there a lot it decimates you on offense.” Although important in their own right, free throws will
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Man in net not cause of hockey setbacks Sisler has kept starting gig after Herman’s injury By Kyle Johnson Daily Wildcat
When goalkeeper David Herman went down with a concussion in early January, the No. 21 Arizona hockey team needed someone to fill his place. The Wildcats found their man in sophomore Steven Sisler. “I feel like Sisler answered the bell fantastically,” defender Shane Gleason said. “We all feel bad we haven’t gotten him some more wins in the past couple weeks. He definitely gives us a chance to win, and that’s all you can ask from a goalie.” Sisler has done more than enough in Herman’s place — earning himself the majority of game time even though Herman has returned from injury. Herman has been cleared to play since mid-January, but his slow return back to his pre-injury form has given Sisler the opportunity to take over the starting spot. “Sisler has simply been phenomenal this season,” Herman said. “He’s been a rock in net and everything we needed him to be and more.” When Herman suffered a concussion last season, Sisler filled in as a freshman, gaining valuable experience. With his time this season, he’s expanded on his good play and made enough of a statement to be the regular starter in any situation. “I’ve been doing what I can to give my team a chance to win the games,” Sisler said. The team has been unable to translate the strong goaltending into victories though, going just 3-8 since Herman’s injury. However, all but two of the losses have been by only a single goal. In the Wildcats’ lone blowout defeat, a 10-3 loss to No. 4 ASU, Sisler gave up three goals in the first period and was pulled for Herman to play in the second. But the Sun Devils showed that Sisler wasn’t the main issue for the Wildcats, as Herman gave up five more in the second period and Sisler returned to finish the game. “It’s a whole team effort, and we’ve all been struggling as a team,” assistant captain Geordy Weed said. “Sisler has definitely done a great job keeping us in the game these past games.” Last weekend against No. 8 Minot State, Sisler gave up only two goals in four periods of play. He was in net for the 3-1 loss on Saturday, but the final goal was on an empty net. He also came in for relief in the third period Friday with the team down 6-2, and shut down the Beavers in the final period. His effort wasn’t enough though, and the Wildcats fell 6-5. Head coach Sean Hogan said he was impressed with how his sophomore goalkeeper played this past weekend, despite the one soft goal he gave up at the end of the second period Saturday. With only four games left in the season and the Wildcats in the midst of a lengthy losing streak, solid play in net is a good first step toward turning things around. And thanks to the crucial experience that Sisler has gotten lately, he has been able to bring his game in net up to another level, Weed said. “(Sisler) has been given that time this year, and you can definitely see it in his play,” Weed said. “He’s been paying awesome, standing on his head for us in games.”
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After a long, painful summer following a rare loss in the Super Regional round of the NCAA playoffs, the Arizona softball team will travel to Tempe today to play McNeese State in the Kajikawa Classic. While teams like McNeese State and Cal State Northridge don’t pose a major threat to the Wildcats’ chance of winning the tournament, the No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies and No. 21 Nebraska Cornhuskers will pose a tough challenge to the experienced Arizona team. “It’s not so much a team competition, we just need to not battle ourselves, not put too much pressure on ourselves,” AllAmerican pitcher Kenzie Fowler said. “It’s the beginning of the weekend, so a lot can happen. It’s just a good start to get the juices going and hit the ball.” In the Nebraska game on Friday, Fowler will be facing a familiar opponent: her little sister. When the Fowlers face off, Kenzie Fowler as pitcher and Mattie Fowler at third base, they won’t be taking it easy on each other, Kenzie Fowler said. “She’s so competitive, I think, in all aspects, because she’s the younger sibling. She’s always had that fighting personality,” Kenzie Fowler said. “I know when the game starts, she’ll turn it on.” For the rest of the team, the first games of the season, while perhaps lacking sentimental value, will bring excitement and passion back to a hungry team, head coach Mike Candrea said. “This team has been pretty focused since this summer,” Candrea said. “We’ve got a lot of kids that have worked very hard
to make this a special year, and now the time is around the corner. The excitement is building and now it’s just time to go out and play the game.” Besides the team’s intangibles, Candrea said he is enthusiastic about the lineup he assembled. Arizona has experience like Kenzie Fowler, leadership from four seniors that have played in the College World Series before, and a fresh energy and willingness to give everything from his four freshmen, which will all contribute this season. “For the first time in a long time, this lineup is very deep,” Candrea said. “One through nine can hurt you. This team has that air of confidence from different personalities, different complexions that I think is much more favorable for going to battle.”
Arizona has two named to National Player of the Year Watchlist
The Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball released its annual Player of the Year Watch List last week, and the Wildcats have a pair of juniors mentioned. Second-team All-American third baseman Brigette Del Ponte and two-time firstteam All-American pitcher Kenzie Fowler were named to the list on Wednesday. Preseason honors are nothing new to Fowler, who has been a finalist for the award since stepping on campus two years ago. “It’s definitely an honor, but nothing I want to think about too much,” Fowler said. “It just reminds me that I need to work hard. It’s an honor because those are great players — players I’ll be playing against.”
Fowler, a Tucson native, is a power pitcher with a 1.67 ERA and 61-18 record after two seasons. She has also worked steadily since missing time from injuries in each of her first two years to place seventh on Arizona’s all-time strikeout list with 614, and ninth on the all time career wins list with 64. “I think I’ve been through it all, but you never know what’s going to happen,” she said. “The experiences I’ve been through will make me successful in the long run. It made me stronger mentally.” Del Ponte, albeit a team leader and very productive player both offensively and defensively, has never been considered for this award, but said she’s ready to prove why she deserves recognition. “It makes me nervous, but it also makes me want to work that much harder because I want to prove to everyone that I can do that and I can be that person,” Del Ponte said. Del Ponte, a career .724 slugger, set freshman records for RBIs and home runs and set the Arizona doubles record a year ago. However, she says those are abilities she stepped on campus with. Her growth as a player is attributed to the coaching of eighttime NCAA champion head coach Mike Candrea. “Coming here, I knew the fundamentals,” Del Ponte said. “He taught me the mental side, how to prepare.” Candrea often preaches leadership from seniors, but the leadership he gets from these two players will take his team a long way, he says. “You have to almost develop leaders in this day and age,” Candrea said. “Both of them are very competitive, like to play the game, and play the game hard. Those two are very capable of performing and being leaders for our team.”
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The 2011-12 season is winding down and NCAA Tournament talk is beginning to surface. ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi is the most popular man in Bristol, Conn., and college basketball fans across the country wait on pins and needles to see who’s on the bubble or the first four in. So with seven games and a Pac-12 Tournament remaining on the schedule, where does Arizona stand in the field of 68? Here’s a look at the conference’s top four teams and what each team has to do to get on the selection committee’s good side and land in the big dance: Washington:
Barring a meltdown, the Huskies should be among the conference’s top two seeds. With Tony Wroten, Terrence Ross and CJ Wilcox they’re top to bottom the most talented team in the conference, having won eight of their last nine games. The only thing that could keep UW out of the tournament would be its poor non-conference performance — losses to Saint Louis, Nevada and South Dakota State — and less than impressive list of wins in conference. But the Huskies have one of the most favorable schedules in the conference with Oregon, Oregon State, ASU, Arizona, Washington State, USC and UCLA remaining, making them more or less a lock to make the tournament. RPI: 75 Good wins: 69-67 at Arizona Bad losses: 77-64 at Saint Louis, 76-73 at Nevada and 92-73 vs. South Dakota State Productive losses: 79-77 vs. No. 11 Marquette and 86-80 vs. No. 5 Duke Lunardi’s current prediction: 11-seed DW final seed prediction: 10-seed
While Washington sits atop the conference and may very well win the regular season title, Cal has the best resume. Its RPI is head and shoulders above the rest of the Pac-12, having faced Missouri, San Diego State and UNLV in non-conference play. The Golden Bears are well coached, experienced, and feature three of the better guards in the conference in Allen Crabbe, Jorge Gutierrez and Justin Cobbs. Cal does have a few ugly losses in conference, but it should take care of its remaining seven games to earn the highest seed out of the conference. Even if Cal falters a bit down the stretch, it’s still virtually a lock for the big dance thanks to its RPI. RPI: 47 Good wins: 57-50 vs. Colorado, 69-66 at Washington and 77-60 at Oregon Bad losses: 92-85 at Oregon State, 77-75 at Washington State, 92-53 vs. No. 21 Missouri and 85-68 at No. 23 UNLV Productive losses: 64-63 at San Diego State Lunardi’s current prediction: 10-seed DW final seed prediction: 8-seed
CU is as much on the bubble as any team in the country. After being snubbed a season ago, the Buffs virtually control their own destiny as they play Arizona on Thursday and get Cal, which they’re tied with for second, at home in late February. Colorado has all the tools to sneak into the tournament, but its remaining schedule is brutal. Arizona could avenge its late-January loss tonight in McKale Center, which would push the Buffs further out of the picture. If Arizona gets the win, CU falls to Cal and splits the Oregon schools on the road, the Buffaloes will have to win the Pac-12 Tournament to make the field of 68. With that said, their chances are the worst among the conference’s top four teams. RPI: 73 Good wins: 87-69 vs. Washington, 64-63 vs. Arizona and 82-60 vs. Oregon State Bad losses: 67-58 vs. Wichita State, 65-54 at Colorado State and 65-64 at Wyoming Productive wins: 78-71 vs. Maryland Lunardi’s current prediction: Next Four Out DW final seed prediction: National Invitational Tournament
Arizona: If the Wildcats can defeat Colorado tonight and take care of Utah, Wazzu, USC, UCLA and ASU, they can afford a road loss to UW and still make the tournament. With that likely scenario in place, Arizona should go dancing in March. The Wildcats are the best defensive team in the conference and that will continue to carry them throughout the remainder of the season. Sean Miller knows the right time for his teams to peak, and coming off a road sweep of the Bay Area schools, that time appears to be now. Arizona features the secondbest RPI in the conference and will most likely be the third and final Pac-12 team to make the NCAA Tournament. RPI: 64 Good wins: 83-76 at New Mexico State, 78-74 at Cal and 81-72 at St. John’s Bad losses: 59-57 vs. Oregon, 65-58 at UCLA, and 61-57 vs. San Diego State Productive losses: 78-72 at Florida, 67-57 vs. Mississippi State and 71-60 at Gonzaga Lunardi’s current prediction: 12-seed/last four in DW final seed prediction: 12-seed
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Arizona shortstop Alex Mejia flips the ball against California on April 10, 2011. Mejia has missed the past few days of practice with a wrist injury, but head coach Andy Lopez said he should be ready to play when Arizona opens the season on Feb. 17.
Injured Mejia biding time as opener nears By Kyle Johnson Daily Wildcat
It’s a common practice for new members of a team to pick up bats and helmets carelessly littered around the field in order to earn their place on the squad through a little dirty work. But the last few days at the Arizona baseball practice, a strange sight can be seen — preseason All-American Alex Mejia is the one picking up the equipment. “I want to be a great teammate to these guys,” Mejia said. “Any way I can help, (any) which way I can help. I want to be there for them.” Mejia sprained his wrist diving for a ball during practice last Thursday, so he’s been unable to participate in any of the drills the last few days. Mejia said the itch to get back on the field has been killing him. “I just try to find something to do whether it’s picking up trash, picking up balls, do something,” Mejia said. “That way I feel like I’m con-
tributing to the team.” Head coach Andy Lopez said Mejia will be 100 percent by opening night, but if the Wildcats — ranked No. 20 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll — want to have the success they’re predicted to this season, they’ll need the 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior every game they can. Last season, Mejia started all 60 games at shortstop and batted .335, ranking him second among returning players. But Lopez said Mejia won’t pass the eye test — his intangibles are what separate him from the rest of the pack. “If you watch Mejia every day, he’s the real deal,” Lopez said. “His makeup, his intangibles, and he’s a very good baseball player too.” And while the honor of being named a second-team preseason AllAmerican by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association might seem like a lot of hype to live up to, Lopez said the team only needs Mejia to do exactly what he has in the past — be a strong defender who
delivers with clutch at-bats. But Lopez said Mejia brings much more to the table than just being a good player — he’s a great team leader. With all the talking Mejia does on the field, he’ll have to contribute a lot to live up to his expectations. Lopez said that that in every series he’s managed, an opposing coach has at least come up to him once and said, “Man that Mejia guy, does he ever shut up?” “That’s what you want at the shortstop position,” Lopez said. “It’s right in the middle and, other than the pitcher, I think it’s the most important position. And he’s does a marvelous job with it.” But with the season-opener just eight days away, Mejia isn’t concentrating on his injured wrist — he just wants to win. “I don’t think I’m too worried about that right now,” he said. “As long as I do what I’m supposed to do on the field that will help us win, I pretty much think everything will fall into place.”
instilled in their respective teams. “I’ve known Sean for a while now and I think he’s got a defensive philosophy that is very similar to ours,” Boyle said. “We feel like we try to do the same thing, philosophically. We don’t want to break down and give the opponent easy baskets. The thing about playing Arizona is that they don’t break down defensively and I think that’s half the battle of being a good defensive team.” Then there are the personnel similarities. Neither Arizona nor Colorado has a major superstar, and shooting guards Kyle Fogg and Carlon Brown are doing their part to fill that void. Miller called Brown, a former Utah transfer, “by far one of our conference’s best players,” but neither he nor Fogg would be confused with a superstar. Both Colorado and Arizona each start two freshmen and two seniors as well. Josiah Turner and Nick Johnson came to college with far more hype than CU freshmen Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker, but their production suggests otherwise. “They have some freshmen that
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be especially important this weekend for Arizona because the limited number of players Miller will use. With sophomore Jordin Mayes out of the lineup against Colorado and Utah, free points will be essential to securing two home wins. The Wildcats are shooting 69 percent from the foul line compared to Colorado’s 71 percent. And for Arizona, the free throw misses have come at times where the extra one or two points would have made all the difference in the game. “If you just do the math and stay with the same number of attempts and make it 72 percent you’d see our points per game and our margin of victory or close loss turning into a win,” Miller said. “We would really be in a good place right now.”
maybe didn’t enter Colorado on a McDonald’s All-American list but they’re playing as well as some of the best freshmen in the country,” Miller said. Overall both teams are fairly undersized and rely on balanced scoring, tough defense and team rebounding. Although the differences between school colors aren’t tough to distinguish, Arizona and Colorado’s play tonight in McKale Center might be. “We have a lot of similarities in our style of play and our personnel because we’re more forward and guard heavy than we are true post players,” Miller said. Despite their parallels, one team has to come out on top on Thursday in McKale Center and emerge as the big brother of the eerily similar squads. “They’re a good team. We just didn’t have some balls bounce our way, but overall we were in the game so we’re looking to get a win this time,” Johnson said. “Brown really had his way with our defense and so did Dinwiddie, so I know me and Fogg personally want to see them again. They had a great atmosphere up at their place so hopefully we can show them what the real atmosphere is like here.”
If Miller’s fantasy were true, Arizona would have made about 18 more free throws, which is more than the combined margin of loss for all the Wildcats’ conference losses. Miller also said the team has been working to make sure Arizona’s free chances don’t go unclaimed. He has used practice techniques such as stopping practice to simulate free throw situations. “We try to take breaks in practice when you’re breathing hard,” Miller said. “You get the feeling of coming on and off the line.” Johnson, who will have an increased role with Mayes out of the lineup, said the team has tried to get back to the mental aspect of thinking they can make free throws to put the game away. “I like to think I’m a good free throw shooter,” said Johnson, who has the fourth-highest free throw percentage on the team. “As of late, haven’t been so much but I’m looking to turn that around.”
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