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Turning blood cells into stem cells



BY AMANDA BAHE The Daily Wildcat

The approach is simple: Drop a sample of blood cells into an acid bath and you get back a sample of stem cells, according to a study led by Japanese scientist Haruko Obokata and published last month in Nature. To some, the results of the study sound too good to be true. The paper is currently being reviewed by a research institution in Japan due to some of the images used in the publication. Authors of the article have since submitted a correction to Nature saying the results of their study are still authentic. Should the results of the study pass the scrutiny of the review panel, they could be groundbreaking for stem cell researchers around the world, including those here at the UA. “Stem cells are sort of the mother of all cells,” said David T. Harris, an immunobiology professor who researches how stem cells can be used to engineer biological tissue. The two most common places to collect stem cells have been from umbilical cord blood, which contains embryonic stem cells, and adipose tissue, which contains adult stem cells, Harris said. By freezing these cells, they can be saved for later use in case the donor needs treatment that







BRITTNEY TAYLOR, a nutrition junior, gives Wilbur a back rub on the UA Mall as part of the Stressbusters program that Campus Health Service brought to campus. The student volunteers’ objective was to help students reduce stress.

Colleges looking to merge BY STEPHANIE CASANOVA The Daily Wildcat

Old discussions about a possible unification of two UA colleges will resurface at a retreat this weekend. Faculty members and administrators from the College of Humanities and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will gather this Saturday to discuss the possibilities of closer collaboration between the two colleges. Because these conversations have been ongoing for a few years, UA Provost Andrew Comrie decided to organize a retreat where faculty members’ ideas could be put on the table, saying he hopes a productive conversation will come out of the workshop-style meeting. Some of the possibilities include shared degree programs and research collaboration, Comrie said. Merging the colleges is also a possibility, but Comrie said that nothing is set in stone yet. “It’s a chance to get people talking,” Comrie said.


UA PROVOST ANDREW COMRIE will lead a retreat this weekend to discuss merging the College of Humanities and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Reaction to the potential merger has been mixed.

The retreat is invitationonly and is meant to serve as a brainstorming session for faculty members. Collaborative ideas may produce more interesting options

or new majors for students, Comrie said. John Paul Jones, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, said that he’s already heard divided feedback from

faculty members; some support the idea of unification while others are concerned about the potential aftermath. These conversations are happening again because some of the units and majors offered in one college are traditionally in the other college, Jones said. Philosophy, for example, is typically a program housed in the humanities. But when the UA reorganized its liberal arts about 30 years ago, it put programs such as philosophy in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Jones said there’s a tendency in academia to look at the organizational charts of colleges within a university and find the right organizational chart to preserve faculty’s interests and those of their students. “Thirty years ago, everybody said the best thing to do is to break everything up,” Jones said, “and now the pendulum has swung back.” While merging the colleges is still just one of many possibilities, Mary Wildner-Bassett, dean of the College of Humanities, said


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The Arizona Student Unions recently partnered with the local San Xavier Cooperative Farm to provide campus with fresh, sustainable produce. San Xavier is a certified farm that grows naturally and does not use herbicides or pesticides. The farm spans roughly 1,700 acres and is operated by the Tohono O’odham tribe, said Chet Phillips, an Associated Students of the University of Arizona graduate assistant for sustainability. Michael Omo, senior executive chef of the Arizona Student Unions, said it is ideal to import foods from under a 200 mile radius. The farm is located about 15 miles south of campus, which falls within the sustainability radius. “If you’re a little bit further out than that, it doesn’t stay within what we’re trying to do,” Omo said. “That’s what makes it a little more difficult for us … to get that ripe produce.” It’s often hard to get fruits and vegetables within that range in between seasons, but Omo said he has high hopes for the food sold at the student union. “Personally, I would think that we should be





CHET PHILLIPS, supervisor of the Compost Cats, holds up a compost sign displayed at various restaurants in the Arizona Student Unions.

able to get at least 20 to 30 percent [of produce] from within that range,” Omo said. “I can’t tell you where we’re at exactly right now, but I would assume more in the 5 to 8 percent range.” The partnership with the San Xavier Cooperative


A court date has been set for Sgt. John McGrath from the University of Arizona Police Department since he was arrested on a super-extreme DUI charge on Feb. 1. The Tucson City Court has set a date of March 24 for McGrath. McGrath was on duty heading west on Speedway Boulevard to Prince Farms, a university-owned property near Interstate 10 and Prince Road, when he collided with a 3-foot wall. The sergeant was driving at 76 mph on a 35 mph road when he tried to make a right turn northbound onto the freeway and was “cut off ” by a van, according to the report from the Tucson Police Department.



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Hart covers UA mission at town hall BY Adriana Espinosa The Daily Wildcat

UA President Ann Weaver Hart held a town hall meeting Wednesday afternoon at the James E. Rogers College of Law to address the proposed budget for the UA and the progress of the 100 percent enhancement plan. Earlier this year, Gov. Jan Brewer released the Executive Budget proposal for the 2015 fiscal year. This budget plan included a twopage summary of the allotted money for higher education, giving both Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University about $27.5 million. The UA received roughly $3.5 million for Cooperative Extension, which works to “engage with people through applied research and education to improve lives, families, communities, environments, and economies in Arizona and beyond” through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, according to its website. According to the budget proposal for the 2015 fiscal year, the Cooperative Extension program has seen a reduction in state support and contributions in the past few years. Due to its unique mission and funding model, the program does not receive the money it needs to keep pace with the university.

Wendy Miley, assistant director of institutional research at the Office of Institutional Research Planning and Support, asked how the UA works to better explain the university mission to the state Legislature. “The U of A is the premier land grant research university with a degree mix that costs more to provide,” Hart said. “We need to be thoughtful [about] how we address the best way to fund higher education in the state.” She added that a funding model that worked 40 years ago will have to adapt to the changing nature of the UA’s mission. “We aren’t arguing that the state shouldn’t appropriately fund, nor are we arguing that we don’t believe [in] fairness,” Hart said. “We believe that all three of Arizona’s public universities need proper funding, and we want and think that all three of our public universities need to succeed in order for our state to succeed.” Hart also discussed the progress of the “100% Engagement Initiative.” This initiative is a commitment by the UA to every undergraduate student to provide a structured experience for them to apply knowledge outside of a formal learning setting in a new situation. Formally titled an Undergraduate Research Opportunity, the experience would be more like an internship than running coffees and filling the printer with paper, Hart said.

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UA President Ann Weaver Hart holds a town hall meeting at the James E. Rogers College of Law on Wednesday. Hart answered questions from audience members, staff and faculty on various issues that affect the university, including the state budget, funding and hiring.

need to be able to apply their knowledge to different settings.”

It would be students applying their knowledge in a setting other than a normal classroom, in which each undergraduate student would have the opportunity to participate, Hart said. “Doing a [particular] job is so different than taking a test,” Hart said. “Students

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Former president of UA talks Fiesta Bowl, school funds BY Katya Mendoza The Daily Wildcat

Former UA president Robert Shelton is back in town. Recently resigned from his position as executive director of the Fiesta Bowl, Shelton has returned to Tucson after being selected as the Research Corporation for Science Advancement foundation’s new president. The Daily Wildcat caught up with him to see what life is like post-presidency. DW: What was it like transitioning from being in administration at a university to being the [executive] director [of the Fiesta Bowl]? Shelton: Well, it was actually stimulating. The Fiesta Bowl had a lot of issues that needed to be improved, and fortunately I had a very supportive board. What I brought to the Fiesta Bowl was very high ethical standards, high morals and a lot of contacts. I had been on the [bowl championship series] presidential oversight group representing the Pac-10. … I knew those presidents, I knew a lot of the commissioners, but I had to get to know more of them. I spent a lot of time … making clear that the scandal is past us, that you shouldn’t throw us out of the BCS. There was a question of whether the Fiesta Bowl would be able to stay in the BCS and so we kind of put that in order. … We just had a very good organization, so it was fun; it was stimulating; I felt like I was making a difference. In fact, that’s what I asked them when I first talked to them. I said, ‘Do you think I can bring added value?’ … They said, ‘Yes, and here’s why,’ and they convinced me. Were there any similarities or differences? Of course there are more dimensions to a university presidency job, but a lot of the challenges are similar. How do you bring

ethical leadership, how do you bring strong values, how do you bring an open and transparent approach to what’s happening and how do you relate to the people? How do you stand up and support the people that are important and sometimes make hard decisions to let people go if they aren’t of the right mindset? So there’s some similarities, namely dealing with people, and then there’s some differences of scale. The Chronicle of Higher Education had a story this week on how administrative jobs have grown by 28 percent in the last decade, but faculty salaries have remained flat. What are your thoughts on that? I think there are some important conclusions to be drawn from this. First of all, faculty salaries have not now, nor really in my lifetime, been the driving force behind the added expense of college. The growth in administration I think parallels the growth in regulatory responsibilities that come to universities and the growth in the need to raise funds through private donations. … Society, as complex as it is, has loaded a lot of overhead on, and some of it is very important, some of it may be not so important. … When you look and see that universities like the UA — I don’t know what the number is now — probably get 20 percent, maybe 15 percent of their funding of their budget from the state, where do you go to get the other 80-85 percent? That takes a whole set of administrators called fundraisers to go out, whether it’s for the university or for the department of history or the department of philosophy or the medical school. You can see how it’s important to examine the numbers, but there might be a lot of reasons for those numbers. And if you want to reverse that trend, just like if you want to reverse the trend of adjunct faculty growing faster than

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The sergeant had a blood alcohol content of .308, according to the first Breathalyzer test, and a .317 five minutes later. The report says McGrath refused to do two of the sobriety tests: the “walk and turn” and the “one leg stand.” McGrath then agreed to

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take the breath test. UAPD Lt. Rolf Averill arrived on scene and told TPD officers that UAPD would not prosecute for the vehicle damage. McGrath was driving a UAPD-owned 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe. An assessment of vehicle damages is still not available, according to Phil Barrera, UAPD public information officer. Sgt. Chris Widmer, a public information officer with TPD, said TPD’s investigation was done the night of the incident and that

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Robert Shelton was UA president from 2006 to 2011. Shelton recently resigned from the Fiesta Bowl in order to preside over the Tucson-based Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

tenure track faculty, then you have to look behind the numbers. What do you think of President [Ann Weaver] Hart being the first woman president of the UA? I think it’s great that there are more women in these roles, absolutely. I’ve met Ann. I certainly wish her well. I know she’s got a big job, but you know I’ve said this many, many times over the years: Why on earth would a society ignore half of the talent pool, i.e., women? Why would a society ignore talent from a diverse group? It’s a foolish approach. If you want to build a strong society, you want to grab that talent and enhance it and grow it any way you can.

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the case has been passed on to Tucson City Court. McGrath is currently on paid administrative suspension while UAPD conducts an administrative investigation.

that reorganizing the colleges is unnecessary as there is already a lot of collaboration between the College of Humanities and other colleges. Students who get a degree in global studies have to take courses from both colleges. Restructuring and possibly creating one college out of two could cause problems with funding as well, Wildner-Bassett said, due to the already different ways the two colleges distribute funding to their departments. Merging might also cause changes that could lead to administrators losing their jobs, she added. “I’m not worried about my position,” Wildner-Bassett said. “But I am very concerned about the way that administrative staff might have concerns about all sorts of things in a merger like that.” Karen Seat, director of the religious studies program, also said there is already a lot of interdisciplinary collaboration among colleges at the university, and barriers for working across colleges are pretty low. The humanities are valued throughout the university, Seat said. “It’s really important that we maintain and support administrative structures,” Seat said. “I think there are many disciplines that are currently thriving in the College of Humanities, and my hope is that those disciplines will continue to thrive.” Wildner-Bassett said she’s concerned that merging the colleges might also create tensions among faculty members, making it difficult for the colleges to collaborate. Merging would also bring to question the value of each of the colleges to the university, she added. “So I don’t know that structural unification or a merger is necessary for that, and it might even be a little detrimental,” Wildner-Bassett said. “If that were to happen, it would eliminate two colleges.” Comrie said that using the term “merger” this early in the conversation comes with a lot of connotations, which could make it more difficult to have a progressive conversation about collaboration between the colleges. “People will just assume the worst,” Comrie said. “It’d be much easier if we talk about reconfiguration or come up with creative new ideas.”

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KIEV, Ukraine — A deadly confrontation in the Ukrainian capital eased, at least temporarily, late Wednesday when the government announced that it had reached a truce with opposition protesters who continue to occupy a square in central Kiev. The truce announcement came after a tense day in which the government warned that it was launching an “anti-terrorist operation” and President Viktor Yanukovich replaced the armed forces chief, who reportedly had been reluctant to use the army against civilian protesters. Yanukovich and three opposition leaders agreed on a truce after a round of urgent talks in the presidential administration building in downtown Kiev, opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk told reporters. “The positive news is that the planned storming and the sweeping [of the Independence Square opposition camp] have been canceled,” Yatsenyuk said after emerging from the meeting. “A truce has been called which sets the beginning for negotiations to stabilize the situation.” The news, however, was not met with much enthusiasm in the square, where the sounds of stun grenades used by police continued from time to time even after the truce was called. Riot police units were not being withdrawn from the area near the square. At least one opposition leader said his group would not observe the truce. Earlier, busloads of police and Interior Ministry troops had poured into central Kiev, where thousands of protesters remained in the smoky expanse of Independence Square. World leaders, including President Barack Obama, urgently called on both sides to step back from the brink — words that may ultimately have

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A demonstrator throws cobblestones during violent clashes with riot police and soldiers in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday.

been heeded. Violence Tuesday and Wednesday claimed more than 25 lives and left hundreds injured in the worst clashes since protests began in November. Western-leaning opposition forces are furious with Yanukovich for spurning an economic pact with the European Union in favor of closer ties with neighboring Russia, which shares a common culture with Ukraine but also has a long history of dominating it. The West has pleaded with Ukraine to find a path to compromise, but Yanukovich appeared to take another tack Wednesday, when his security chief issued a strongly worded warning on his agency’s website. “What is happening today is a conscious use

of violence by way of arson, murder, hostagetaking and intimidation … for the sake of pursuing criminal goals,” Alexander Yakimenko said in a statement published on the Ukraine Security Service website. “All of that with the use of firearms. These are not just signs of terrorism but concrete terrorist acts. “By their actions, radical and extremist groups bear a real threat to lives of millions of Ukrainians,” his statement said. Hours later, Ukraine’s UNIAN news agency said Yanukovich had fired the armed forces chief, Vladimir Zamana, and replaced him with another commander, Yuri Ilyin. “The sudden switch can be explained by Yanukovich’s desire to use the army in combating

Condom Olympics causes internet backlash for UA with the event and didn’t think people should be upset with the professor. “[Simmons] is a good guy and A UA professor is facing backlash my specific Teaching Assistant is over his Condom Olympics event, really nice,” May said. which received negative attention May said he understands, from some corners of the Internet. however, why some people would William Simmons, an associate not agree with the professor professor in the department of having students hold the event. gender and women’s studies, “Some people think, ‘If you’re had students in his “Sex, Health, going to have sex, why think about and AIDS” class organize the using a condom? Because you Condom Olympics on the UA should be doing it to procreate,’” Mall during the SexTalk Week May said. Resource Fair on Feb. 12. Another issue raised was that Complaints were subsequently the blogs portrayed raised over the nature the class as being of the event, according easy, according to to Chris Sigurdson, The information in those [blogs] were Sigurdson. senior associate vice inaccurate. “The rigor of president for University — Chris Sigurdson, the course is Relations. senior associate vice president for University Relations quite extensive,” Several blogs picked Sigurdson said. up the Condom May said that the class hasn’t Olympics story late last week Sigurdson said participation in and comments were made on the the Condom Olympics was not, been too difficult so far. “We haven’t had many big posts regarding the UA and the in fact, required. The Condom professor. Olympics event comprised five assignments, we’ve just had a few “Are you a student who doesn’t points of the overall grade for the little things,” May said. “It seems like exams or papers?” wrote Alec class, and students could alternately like, based off of reading the syllabus, that it’s not going to be Torres of the National Review chose to get an STD test. Charles May, a history junior tough.” Online. “Well, if you attend the University of Arizona, take who is in Simmons’s class, said Professor William Simmons’ class Simmons addressed the fallout … and instead of tests you’ll be from the Condom Olympics in required to plan the Condom lecture on Monday. May was Olympics.” present for the Condom Olympics Campus Reform, University and worked the sports and games Herald and are table. — Follow Ethan McSweeney among other sites that commented May said he had no problems @ethanmcsweeney on Simmons’ event. “The information in those [blogs] were inaccurate,” Sigurdson said. “People got the idea that participation was required, [and] it was a nonrigorous course with no exams or papers and that this was a major part of the class — all of which was wrong.” Sigurdson said he personally received a total of three emails complaining about the event, the course and the professor. Simmons declined repeated requests for comment.

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the growing protests,” Vadim Karasyov, head of the Institute of Global Strategies, a Kiev-based think tank, said in an interview. “Zamana has recently hesitated … to get involved in helping to defuse the political crisis.” As dusk set over Independence Square, several thousand protesters armed with sticks, stones and Molotov cocktails faced hundreds of police equipped with tear gas and stun grenades, water cannons and shotguns firing rubber bullets. Firefighters continued efforts to extinguish a blaze consuming the Trade Unions building, which had served as the opposition headquarters until it caught fire during clashes Tuesday night. Police and the opposition blamed each other for the fire. The Ukraine Security Service statement about terrorists came on the heels of Yanukovich’s speech earlier in the day in which he laid responsibility for the violence and casualties on the opposition, which he accused of a coup attempt. Radical opposition activists, especially in western regions of Ukraine, have alarmed the government in recent days with such tactics as attacking military units and capturing a weapons storehouse in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, and taking the family of a governor hostage in the town of Lutsk. Moreover, though most casualties in Kiev have been among demonstrators, police have had significant losses. The Interior Ministry said the most recent violence had left 10 police officers dead and 350 hospitalized with injuries, 74 of them with gunshot wounds. The instability in Ukraine, a country of 45 million people that is roughly the size of France, has sent tremors through the international community and led to talk of sanctions.

new freshmen coming in are very aware of and very eager to participate in.” from page 1 The partnership between San Farm is expected to bring in beans, Xavier, and hopefully more farms squash, tomatoes, chili peppers in the future, will help create a and melons, Phillips said. more sustainable campus food Phillips said the partnership system, Phillips said. between the Arizona Student “We have food scraps that go Unions and the farm was started out to San Xavier instead of going because of the UA’s past affiliation to the landfill, where they create with San Xavier. methane emissions,” Phillips said. “It started by a partnership with “We turn them into something Compost Cats and San Xavier useful, fertilize San Xavier’s farm, where they gave us space crops, and then some of those to bring scraps out … and make crops come back for students on compost,” Phillips said. “In return, campus to eat. That’s awesome.” we actually give some of our Phillips and Students for compost to San Sustainability Xavier farm, and are currently they spread it on There’s more of trying to their fields to help a r r a n g e a buzz about fertilize [them].” a n o t h e r going local Jon Levengood, par tnership than the whole the retail dining with a organic thing a manager of the second local Student Unions, few years ago. farm called — Jon Levengood, and Omo worked Sleeping Frog retail dining manager of with Phillips Farms, which Student Unions and Students for is located Sustainability, an out in the ASUA program, Cascabel, toward an agreement with San Ariz., area. Xavier Cooperative Farm. Besides creating a healthier and Four years ago, the grass-fed more sustainable food system on beef program was introduced at campus, Phillips said he thinks the Cellar Bistro. The patties — that arrangements with farms made of free range, grass-fed beef would have other benefits. without the addition of hormones “The UA buys a lot of food to or antibiotics — were such a hit serve to the campus community, that all UA-specific restaurants, which means that the UA could such as Cactus Grill and Highland play a really powerful role in Market, integrated them into their relocalizing some of our food menu, Levengood said. systems,” Phillips said. “If the UA “I think the whole farm supports local farmers and local movement has really picked up ranchers, that would mean a lot the last few years,” Levengood for keeping them in business.” said. “I think there’s more of a buzz about going local than the whole organic thing a few years — Follow ago … so it is something that our Elizabeth Eaton

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Gus Kenworthy — You probably know

him as the cute U.S. silver-medal skier, but did you know he’s also a Sochi puppy savior? Kenworthy is basically Captain America.

Ellen Page’s coming out speech

Olympian sex — Don’t get us wrong: For the Olympians, the sex is probably mindblowing. But we just don’t care. People have sex. Sometimes they have sex in oppressive countries masquerading as happy-good-times zones. Whatever. Good for them.

— Page has a much more affecting and important message to convey than simply “be less horrible to each other.” Watch the video, don’t just glance at the GIFs.

Chris Pratt’s abs in “Guardians of the Galaxy” — Pratt has been due

for tight-clad stardom for some time, or any kind of stardom really. Apparently, crunches were the key. We’ll be awaiting “Bert Macklin, FBI: The President’s Rubies.”

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Self-tying shoes in 2015 —

It’s called Velcro. We’ve had it for a while. We don’t even have to go back to the future.

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Shia LaBeouf — Skywriting, paper bags,

plagiarism — if everyone shuts up about Shia LeBeouf for a while, we’ll consider the whole situation even-stevens.

“Knowing” Ellen Page was gay first — Coming out isn’t a competition, and, no, you can’t predict someone’s orientation based on their outfits. Let’s give Page her chosen moment without invalidating her existence as a gay woman.

Stephen Jin Woo Kim’s guilty verdict — As journalists,

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Michael Dunn mistrial apathy

— We should never stop being shocked at the preventable deaths of our young people, whatever race, whatever gender, whatever whatever. If we grow to expect that justice cannot be served, it won’t be, and the roots of our problems will remain firmly planted.


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laid back on the cold, plush chair covered in green vinyl and layers of cleaning solution and let my legs dangle off the sides, my skirt pulled up around my waist and my underwear balled up in my hand. A man with a spike through his lower lip stood to my right, snapped gloves onto his hands and said, “Try not to kick me in the face.” A cold metal chill, a pinch and bam: A pretty purple-jeweled piercing on my pussy. Body modification is an awesome way to express yourself, and genital piercings specifically combine pleasure and stimulation with stylish, badass accessorizing. I had my Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) piercing done for my 18th birthday. In a VCH, a 14 gauge curved barbell is inserted through the top of the clitoral hood, so that the bottom ball rests on top of the sensitive tip of the clitoris. Horizontal Clitoral Hood (HCH) piercings are hoops that go through the same spot, but they do not touch the clitoris directly. The inner and outer labia can also be pierced. Male piercings include a Prince Albert — a barbell that enters through the urethra and exits on the underside of the shaft — frenum piercings down the shaft of the penis, hoops or rings on the skin of the scrotum and ampallangs, which go through the head of the penis. Newer piercings called “Dukes” have been designed

thousand ways to use each one for female-bodied trans*men to your advantage. who have been on testosterone If you’ve been squirming in where two curved barbells your seat even thinking about are placed inside the hood on needles near your nether parts, either side of the small penis/ don’t worry. There are lessenlarged clitoris. intimate piercings that spice Genital piercings heal fairly up sex just as much— on the quickly because of the thin tongue, for instance. tissue “down there,” the same Kyle, an agriculture freshman, reason that most of them aren’t recently got head from a man as painful as cartilage piercings with a tongue piercing. on the ears and nose. Healing “As soon as his tongue hit the times range from four to 10 bottom of my dick I realized, weeks with proper after-care, ‘That’s what that’s for!’ … It except for ampallangs which added that extra stimulus,” he can take up to six months said. “During regular oral sex, to heal, depending on the someone’s tongue can just feel placement and the person. My like a glob of tissue slapped up VCH healed in six weeks, but against your genitalia. … The felt pleasurable two days after beads [of the piercing] brought I got it. it to the next Expect to pay level.” upwards of $70 Nipple for a piercing and Genital piercings jewelry, which piercings are another, may seem pricey combine ... slightly more in a town filled pleasure and painful, way with “2 for $20 to decorate Piercings!” signs, stimulation with your beautiful but trust me: The stylish badass body. They sex is worth it. accessorizing. can increase With my VCH, I sensitivity and can make myself are popular cum hands-free among Big Surf walking down the lifeguards and punk rockers street or sitting in class. Tilting alike. slightly as I move can rub the Different piercings offer seam of my jeans against my different ways to highlight piercing and ta-da! Orgasm on what you love about your body the go. There’s also almost no and to stimulate your favorite way for a person to miss your erogenous zones. As long as you clitoris when there’s a sparkling take care of your piercing and gem on it. learn how to work it, the two Flicking the barbell back and forth with the tongue and gentle seconds of pain getting pierced tugging with teeth are two tricks brings are worth the sparkle it can give your sex life. I’ve learned. My male-bodied sexual partners have told me that rubbing the ball of the piercing against the head or shaft feels great for them as — Kat Hermanson is a gender well. Every piercing and person and women’s studies freshman. is different, and there are a Follow her @queerwildkat.

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From “Controversy taints Woody Allen’s Oscar nominations” (by Taylor Armosino, Feb. 16) Allen faces renewed accusations, which legal authorities decided more than two decades ago did not justify a prosecution. In the case of Mia Farrow’s friend, Roman Polanski, there is full evidence of his guilt. Before fleeing to Europe, he admitted to drugging, raping and sodomizing a minor. On the one hand, no more than an accusation; on the other an admission of guilt. Is not Farrow aware of a double standard here? Is she not conscious of her own hypocrisy? — JBP Get your facts straight. “Legal authorities” did NOT decide that the accusations did not justify a prosecution at all — Dylan [Farrow]’s loving mother Mia decided that a high-profile trial was not in the best interest of her fragile daughter who had been traumatized by inept evaluators dragging her through exhausting, repetitive interviews about what happened. The DA was quite outspoken about his belief that there was “probable cause” to prosecute Allen for the crime, but he did not want to re-victimize Dylan with a circus of a criminal trial, which it would have been. The family court judge wrote a scathing opinion in ’92 denying Woody all access to his daughter (which is RARELY ever done), so there was plenty of evidence about his danger to Dylan that brought about that outcome. … Allen’s alleged assault on Dylan has absolutely nothing to do with who Mia may call a friend — that is a classic diversion technique to take the focus off of Dylan and Woody. Woody’s daughter Dylan is courageous as hell for speaking out about her abuse now that she is strong enough to do so — and she speaks for so many in her situation (1 in 5 girls in the U.S., as a matter

of fact). It is far past time that the crisis of child sexual abuse be discussed in this country. — Kathleen Russell (in response to JBP) From “Breaking the silence surrounding suicide” (by Brittny Mejia, Feb. 19) Great article, but one suggestion for future publications involving suicide prevention … try to steer clear of using the phrase “committed suicide.” The accepted verbiage these days is “completed suicide,” or “died by suicide.” :) Thanks for covering such an important topic! — Greg Project Lifeline Intern Campus Health HPPS From “Beantown brashness: Deal with it” (by Jazmine FosterHall, Feb. 19) Having been an accent anomaly myself, I was entertained by the experiences you shared. I am from the South, but don’t sound like it, so I am always asked by people, “No, where did you really grow up?” when I tell them where I’m from. However, the entertainment ended with your next to last paragraph, which shows not only the brashness (arrogance?) that you have assigned yourself, but is also grossly inaccurate. I believe you are completely discounting the First Nations populations, for which there is evidence of inhabitation 10-12,000 years ago in both Arizona and Massachusetts, although I am fairly certain that they “gave a shit” about both places. However, if you only “count” Europeans as being able to “give a shit” about a place, the first Europeans to arrive in Arizona were the Spanish, who documented being in Arizona in 1539, 81 years before the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts in 1620. So while it is true that Massachusetts was part of United States before Arizona, I don’t think that really equates to “giving a shit” about a particular area long before another when you consider the actual human history of both places. — Another Non-Native Arizonan

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A UA student was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant Feb. 11 around 3:45 a.m. The student and his friend were seen by a University of Arizona Police Department officer sneaking into the Delta Chi fraternity house courtyard. The two students hid their bikes behind a nearby dumpster and entered the courtyard through the unlocked gate. The officer then confronted the two students, who claimed they didn’t know that the courtyard was the private property of the fraternity. They said they just wanted to play basketball. After giving the students a verbal warning for trespassing, the officer performed a background check, which revealed that the first student had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest on charges of both shoplifting and failing to appear in court. The officer then proceeded to handcuff the student and arrest him. He was taken to Pima County Adult Detention Center and was booked according to his warrant.

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Arizona had a few things go right and a few things go wrong in its 67-63 win over Utah last night



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Right Get off the court Arizona head coach Sean Miller would never admit it, but he was frustrated with the way the final seconds of both the ASU and California games were handled by the officials. Both of those games ended with the student sections prematurely rushing the court and causing a delay in the game. Despite the delay, the referees called no technical foul for their interference. Wednesday night, even though it was once again a close game, the Wildcats didn’t have to deal with fans on the court and didn’t have to answer questions about it, either. One less distraction they have to deal with.

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Arizona actually can shoot Arizona’s offense was horrible against ASU. A low shooting percentage combined with plentiful turnovers caused the then-No. 2 Wildcats to be upset by their northern rivals. After the loss to the Sun Devils, Miller admitted something needed to be done and that having a sturdy defense wasn’t going to make up for the lack of offense they had ever since Brandon Ashley went out. Wednesday, Arizona finished the game shooting a respectable 43 percent from the field, but hovered around an impressive 50 percent for most of the night. The percentage dipped off in the second half. Miller will likely need to address the poor late-game shooting before the team plays Colorado on Saturday.

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Hey, you’re pretty good Sophomore shooting guard Gabe York made his second start of the season. He replaced forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who was inserted in the starting rotation after Ashley’s injury on Feb. 1. After Ashley’s injury, Hollis-Jefferson performed well in the starting lineup, as expected. However, York’s numbers fell and were even nonexistent against ASU on Friday. Miller switched things up in Utah. Instead of having a typical two-guard rotation, Miller added York, a third guard in the starting rotation. The change seemed to work, as York finished the game with 15 points, most coming in the first half. He was effective from the field and helped expand a depleted bench that was the talk of the town after the ASU loss.

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Wrong Aaron Groandon The Wildcats’ “supreme” freshman was held to just three points Wednesday night. He appeared frustrated and uncomfortable on the court. Gordon fouled out with eight minutes and 41 seconds left in the game. Out of his five fouls, three of them were while playing offense. Lately, his shot selection has been so-so, but Wednesday

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CENTER KALEB TARCZEWSKI lays the ball in against Utah on Wednesday. Tarczewski finished the game in Salt Lake City with eight points.

was even more questionable. As for free throws, Gordon didn’t have too many opportunities. The freshman was 1-3 from the line, but most Arizona fans are starting to get tired of hearing how great of a free-throw shooter Gordon is. Following last night’s game, Gordon was still shooting 41 percent from the free-throw line.

Can I get a rebound? Arizona reached its once-No. 1 standing by being the biggest and most physical team in the country. Last night, Arizona played small. A strong shooting percentage made up for the lack of size early, but when the shots weren’t falling at the end of regulation, its lack of physicality was exposed. In the second half, Utah constantly attacked Arizona’s poor low post defense. And when Gordon fouled out the low post, rebounding and size got even worse.

Arizona finished with 31 rebounds, 11 of which were offensive rebounds. For the first time in a while, the Wildcats lost the rebounding battle. The poor rebounding was reflected in secondchance points as well. Arizona only had four second-chance points, a category where it usually excels in.

Tarbooski Center Kaleb Tarczewski has played well as of late. Miller said the ASU game was his best ever. But Wednesday, he disappeared and wasn’t nearly as effective. He finished with eight points but only had five field goal attempts. His value to this team should not be in question. He’s one of the few Wildcats who can make late free throws, and that’s all he’s getting respect for.


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n only her 19th collegiate at-bat, Alexis “Mo” Mercado found her focus and “just let it rip.” Mo Mercado, Arizona softball’s freshman second baseman, cleared her mind then cleared the bases when she belted a grand slam in the bottom of the first against thenNo. 4 Alabama on Sunday. The four-run home run set the table for the now-No. 14 Wildcats to mercy-rule the Crimson Tide 8-0 in just five innings. It was the first time Alabama had been run-ruled since the 2011 Women’s College World Series, and it was its second loss to Arizona in as many days. Mo Mercado, a California native, might not have ever been a Wildcat if it wasn’t for her uncle Richard Mercado. “I used to come visit him when I was little and he was playing on the team,” Mo Mercado said. “My family would watch him, and we’d also go watch spring training games.” Richard Mercado, a UA alumnus, was a catcher under head coach Andy Lopez for the Wildcat baseball team from 200204. The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Richard Mercado in the 12th round of the 2004 MLB draft. Six months ago he became the head coach at Saddleback Valley Christian high school in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. “I guess I did kind of recruit her,” Richard Mercado said. Mo Mercado said her favorite part about visiting her uncle was when she and her older sister Danica Mercado got to hang out with some of the girls on the softball team, who were friends with Richard Mercado. “They were my idols,” Mo Mercado said. “Alicia Hollowell was my hero. Arizona quickly became my dream school after I first met them.”

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FRESHMAN SECOND BASEMAN Mo Mercado has performed well this season. Her uncle, Richard Mercado, played on the Arizona baseball team and graduated in 2004.

Danica Mercado, a sophomore infielder for Oregon, and Mo Mercado were inspired by the Arizona softball team but learned the game from their family. “When they were young, we were more hands-on,” Richard Mercado said, “but now Mo is so smart that she knows what she needs to do and how to change if there needs to be a quick fix.” The girls’ father, David Mercado, played slow and fast pitch softball at the national and world level. He was his daughters’ coach for most of their lives and became Mo Mercado’s high school coach in 2012. Though the game is played on a smaller field, Richard Mercado said the game is really no different than baseball. “It’s a little quicker, and there are small details that are different,” Richard Mercado said. “But at the

end of the day, it’s still putting the bat on the ball and overcoming the ups and downs that hitting brings.” Nine games into her freshman season, Mo Mercado has already experienced some of the challenging highs and lows. Mo Mercado said she was frustrated after her first game on Feb. 7, when she didn’t record a hit in Arizona’s 9-0 victory over Southern Mississippi. Following the win, there was a change of approach at the plate, which immediately saw a change in results for Mo Mercado. After not recording a hit in her first game, Mo Mercado has had eight hits over the team’s next eight games, including three doubles and her first college home run. “Mo has natural instincts,” said


After winning in five extra innings on Tuesday night, Arizona played an extra inning yesterday and was defeated by Utah Valley 5-2. “[Utah Valley] did a good job; they did outstanding,” head coach Andy Lopez said. “They scored all their runs with two outs. You have to give credit when credit is due. They did a marvelous job with two outs.” With two outs and one runner on in the 10th inning, the Wolverines put together three hits in a row to score three runs and eventually win the game. On Saturday, Arizona starting pitcher Tyler Crawford struggled in his first start of the season. Crawford pitched just a third of an inning on Saturday and gave up seven earned runs. However, Lopez let the junior have a redemption start yesterday. Crawford started the game and went 5.2 innings with eight strikeouts and gave up two runs on 73 pitches. Lopez was impressed by Crawford’s start and called it “a bright side” to yesterday’s game. For Crawford, he was just happy to get over Saturday’s fiasco, but pitching midweek games isn’t where he wants to be. “It’s kind of bittersweet,” Crawford said. “It feels good to come out here and have success, but at the same time it’s disappointing that I’m having to do this on a Wednesday and not on the weekend.” According to Lopez, Crawford did exactly what he needed to do in keeping the ball balanced. Lopez said Crawford was down on the


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Puerto Rican diver is making waves at UA diving coach Omar Ojeda. “There are a few technical details we need to improve on, but he is a good guy to work with.” or a diver like Rafael Quintero, Despite his relentless practice schedule, transitions are everything. Quintero still finds time to devote to his Starting from a standstill, he studies; as a mechanical engineering major, propels himself off of a platform, flipping his academics can prove stressful. And while and spinning with dizzying speed before diving provides a sanctuary from homework, entering the water 10 meters below, all while Quintero said that math still creeps in from exhibiting precise control of his body. time to time. Transitioning from air to water, though, is “I took physics last semester, and I saw a routine for Quintero, who has seen his share lot of things that could apply to diving,” he of changes. Two years ago, the UA diver left said. “Center of inertia, speed, acceleration his home on the island of Puerto Rico for the — all that.” sun-scorched desert of Southern Arizona. When he’s on the platform, though, he “It’s a big change,” he said. “You can’t go to said fluid mechanics are the last thing on the beach here, which I miss a lot.” his mind. The Tucson transplant has adapted well “I’m just focusing on putting the dive otherwise. As a diver for the down,” he said. UA, Quintero has steadily Quintero will improved during his first two compete in the If diving is what seasons as a Wildcat. After Pac-12 Conference allows me to earning multiple first-place championships win right now finishes in January, the beginning on Feb. and feel better, sophomore was named Pac26 and will likely I’m going to 12 Diver of the Month. qualify for the NCAA keep doing it. Despite his success in Championships in — Rafael Quintero, the pool, Quintero is still March. His goals for diver learning the art of diving, nationals are to earn a which was not his first sport. top-four spot in both the He began training as a gymnast at the 3-meter and platform events, he said. As for age of 5, but by 12, Quintero had grown his ultimate diving goal, Quintero said he tired of the sport. Because the skills were hopes to compete in the 2016 Olympics in easily transferable to diving, Quintero’s Brazil. father arranged for him to begin practicing Despite the constant change, the with the University of Puerto Rico diving incredible pressure and the torturous chill club team. Eight months later, Quintero of jumping into a pool at 8 a.m. in the dead competed in the Pan American Junior of winter, Rafa said that it’s his competitive Diving Championships held in San Juan, edge that keeps him motivated. Puerto Rico. “I like to win,” he said. “If diving is what Quintero, who often goes by his nickname allows me to win right now and feel better, “Rafa,” quickly gained recognition in the I’m going to keep doing it.” world of American collegiate diving. At the age of 18, he received a scholarship to compete for the UA. — Follow Mark Armao “Rafa is a very talented diver,” said head @MarkArmao BY Mark Armao

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Rafael Quintero left his home country of Puerto Rico to pursue a diving career at the UA. The sophomore was named the Pac-12 Diver of the Month in January.

from the No. 24-ranked school in the country to No. 14 in just a week. Her from page 6 grand blast against Alabama began a rally that carried the Wildcats to Arizona softball head coach Mike their first mercy victory over a topCandrea, “something I know her five school since 2009. But at this father and uncle taught and instilled point, she said she’s not thinking in [her].” about how far she could take the “She understands the game and team. how it works,” he added. “This And Candrea is fine with that. game can challenge you, and she Candrea said the most valuable just knows how to deal with those instinct a freshman can have is to challenges. She’s played at such a have a clear mind, because it helps high level her whole life, something them understand the process of an like playing Alabama isn’t too much entire 56-game season. So the more for her.” she doesn’t think Heading into and just reacts Alicia Arizona’s weekend on her natural Hollowell was tournament in instincts, the Palm Springs, Calif., my hero. better for her and — Mo Mercado, where the Wildcats the team. second baseman will face three “I just went up ranked opponents there looking to at the Mary Nutter put the bat on ball Collegiate Classic, Mo and drive it,” Mo Mercado is hitting .333. She is tied Mercado said about her grand slam. with Courtney Rodriguez for most “I just let it rip.” doubles on the team. “I don’t really try to think too much when I’m up there,” Mo Mercado said. — Follow Luke Della Her early season success at the @LukeDella plate helped Arizona make the jump


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zone and his pitches were consistent. Being a starter during the weekend is Crawford’s main goal after Wednesday’s performance. “I just have to keep going out there and do my job, and my chance will come,” Crawford said. This two-game series allowed Lopez to look more into the pitching rotation and make some changes this early in the season. “It’s early in the season, and for me it’s always been three basic things: have a plan, get them ready and then play the right guys,” Lopez said. “That’s the process we’re going through right now.” Offensively, Arizona had nine hits yesterday. In the ninth inning, trailing by one, freshman Bobby Dalbec hit his first home run of the season to

tie the game. Although Lopez thought the offense did its job, Dalbec gave credit to the defense, especially the pitching staff. “I thought Crawford came out really strong,” Dalbec said. “Our offense didn’t really execute. We needed to have better at bats.” Lopez said he’s been seeing good things offensively coming from Dalbec. Dalbec has had five hits during his last four games, including his home run. “It’s a good feeling to get it off my back and hopefully there’s more to come,” Dalbec said. Arizona will host Alcorn State this Friday for the first game of a three-game series. — Follow Rose Aly Valenzuela @RoseAlyVal

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The metal feet of a spacecraft touch down on the rust-colored soil of Mars. It is not the first machine that humans beings from Earth have sent to the red planet, but this time it’s different. Instead of a robotic rover unfolding neatly from the craft, out steps a living, breathing astronaut — the first person to ever set foot on Mars. There are a number of UA-led projects that are paving the way toward a human colony on Mars, which raises the question: What would it take to live on Mars? Food, water and oxygen are just some of the basic essentials. Funded by NASA, the Lunar Greenhouse was developed at the UA’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center. The collapsible 18-foot-long cylinder, though designed to grow vegetables on the moon, could easily be converted for use on Mars, said Gene Giacomelli, director of the UA-CEAC and principal investigator for the project. Along with providing food, the plants would also produce “freshwater to drink and use, as well as oxygen to breath from the CO2 that the astronaut puts into the air,” Giacomelli said. After five years of testing, Giacomelli said that each unit could produce all of the water and oxygen needs plus half of the food calorie needs for one astronaut on a daily basis. However, the Lunar Greenhouse project has been on hold since its two-year grant expired in August 2013. Giacomelli and his team are currently waiting to hear from NASA about whether the project will be selected for the next phase of research, he said. In addition to food, water and oxygen, prospective space colonists will need protection from the solar radiation that seeps through Mars’ thin atmosphere. The greenhouse, as well as the astronauts’ living quarters, would have to be buried under a layer of soil for protection from the harmful radiation, said Alfred McEwen, principal investigator for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment at the UA. HiRISE utilizes an orbiter to capture high resolution images of the planet’s surface. Other options for avoiding radiation include

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Gene Giacomelli, director of the UA’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, helped develop the Lunar Greenhouse. The greenhouse could someday be utilized to support a human colony on Mars.

building the habitat into a subterranean “lava tube” or making a heavily protected structure on the surface, McEwen said. McEwen added that, no matter where humans first settle on Mars, it will be a groundbreaking event in the history of scientific advance. “If you want to really understand something, you need to go there,” he said. “The rovers are great, but they take years to learn what a human being in the field could learn in a day.” Shaunna Morrison is a graduate student in the department of geosciences who works on the Curiosity mission, which operates a rover

on Mars. Like McEwen, she sees revolutionary potential in colonizing the red planet. Using advanced techniques, the colonists could analyze the Martian soil for the presence of water, organic compounds and even living organisms in the form of microbes, Morrison said. Aside from answering questions about life in the universe, Giacomelli said that a manned mission to Mars would fuel an explosion in technology, as did the Apollo missions more than 50 years ago. “It’s not just about people walking on Mars,” Giacomelli said. “It’s the things that would have

Conversation helps cancer patients cope

been developed to make that happen, which will obviously improve science and should improve our quality of life here on Earth.” Morrison said that she is compelled by the concept of colonizing Mars for a more idealistic reason. “Going to Mars [would show] that we are capable of anything,” she said. “I think that does a lot for us as a society and as a species.”

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Conversation within a relationship can help cancer patients, according to a study led by Matthias Mehl, an associate professor in the department of psychology. The study is currently under review to be published in the Journal of Family Psychology. “We know that the cancer diagnosis comes in a package of two if you live in a couple,” Mehl said. The goal of the study was to examine the daily communication between breast cancer patients and their partners, including how often the couples talked about cancer and how those conversations affected their mental state, Mehl said. The researchers studied the couples by using a listening device called an Electronically Activated Recorder, or EAR. The device records 50 seconds for every nine minutes of elapsed time, which constitutes approximately 10 percent of the day. According to Mehl, the results were surprising. “I went into it thinking cancer would be the absorbing experience in the couples’ life,” savannah douglas/The Daily Wildcat Mehl said. Matthias Mehl, an associate psychology professor at the UA, studied conversations Instead, their conversations between couples in which one partner has breast cancer using electronically activated were like those of “normal” recorders. couples. One of the research assistants said that he would not Breast cancer patients in “Partner behavior creates have known the conversations a norm where it’s okay to their first marriages reported were between cancer patients have cancer,” Mehl said. “This better health than those who reand their partners if had he not facilitates the coping process for married, according to Curran’s been told, Mehl said. study. the patient.” The recorded conversations “It’s the continuity of the first Psychological and physical consisted of many normal topics, ailments in breast cancer marriage that is so important for like what groceries they needed survivors and their partners women recovering from cancer, to buy or whose turn it was to take are interdependent, according and not having your marriage the kids to school. interrupted,” she “Occasionally, said. they would Another study, Partner behavior creates a norm talk about the led by professor where it’s okay to have cancer. chemotherapy, but of psychiatry — Matthias Mehl, UA assistant psychology professor the majority of the Dr. Karen conversations had Weihs, showed were not about that close, cancer,” Mehl said. to a study by Chris Segrin, a meaningful relationships — like Another focus of the study was UA professor and head of the those between marital partners how these conversations affected department of communication, — can help delay the progression the way the couples dealt with life and Terry Badger, a UA professor of breast cancer. stressors caused by one partner in the College of Nursing. Their “When you are in a having cancer. results show that distress in one relationship, you really cope with The researchers found that the partner increases distress in the cancer together,” Mehl said. more often the partner without other. cancer talked about the disease, Researcher and associate the better the breast cancer professor in the Norton School of patient was able to manage Family and Consumer Sciences stress and depression symptoms Melissa Curran warns breast because they felt more accepted, cancer patients to choose their — Follow Julie Huynh Mehl said. @DailyWildcat partners wisely.

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Kyle Weigand (left), a UA optical sciences doctoral student, Jordan Lancaster (center), a UA physiological sciences doctoral student, and Pablo Sanchez (right), a fourth-year UA medical student, conduct stem cell research at the Sarver Heart Center.

requires tissue regeneration, he added. The new study, however, introduces a relatively simple way to derive stem cells, not just collect them. The researchers of the study refer to these derived cells as stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency cells, or STAP cells for short. “It might be an easy way to make them, but it doesn’t solve the real problem of making pluripotent stem cells,” Harris said. “The real problem is it’s damn expensive because you can’t use those cells in patients directly.” As stem cell research transitions from being centered around cancer treatment and more into regenerative medicine, Harris said, researchers have focused on the “big three” disease types: cardiovascular, neurological and orthopedic — all areas of concern for UA researchers. Among these researchers is Dr. Zain Khalpey, director of Mechanical Circulatory Support, Health Transplant and Translational Research at the UA’s Sarver Heart Center and practicing cardiothoracic surgeon at the University of Arizona Medical Center. Khalpey’s stem cell research focuses on the metabolic makeup of stem cells and how their functional integrity changes when they are integrated into a patient’s body. “What really determines how they change into those differentiated cells is the environment,” Khalpey said. “The important thing is trying to manipulate their environment to push these cells into the kind of phenotype or end cell that you want.” Khalpey said that although he agrees the discovery of the STAP cells is groundbreaking, there still needs to be more research regarding what part of the blood cell gives rise to the phenomenon of regeneration. “From a clinical perspective, I have to ask — you put the cells in acid and they’re stem cells,” Khalpey said, “but what about when I’ve got a patient in the ICU who’s gotten very sick and they become acidotic?” Other researchers at Sarver Heart Center are also examining the therapeutic uses of stem cells.

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Heart patch ready for implantation. The heart patch is made of heart cells derived from stem cells and is being tested to treat heart failure. The patch beats spontaneously, similar to a piece of heart tissue.

“Therapeutically, there are really no options for individuals to maintain their cardiac function, and so we are really assessing cells as a therapeutic potential for these individuals,” said Jordan Lancaster, a physiological sciences graduate student in a tissue regeneration lab at Sarver Heart Center. Rather than taking existing cells and introducing them to damaged organs with volatile environments, Lancaster said the lab uses stem cells to create new patches of tissue. The functionality of these patches is then tested in a controlled environment, he added. Because of the large number of stem cells needed to carry out tissue regeneration research in the lab, Lancaster said the use of STAP cells could make the job more time-efficient than current methods. “It takes a long time for things to be translated from bench research to clinical trials,” said Pablo Sanchez, a fourth-year medical student who works in the same lab as Lancaster. “We want to make sure that the treatment is good and safe.” While researchers at the UA remain focused on patient care, only time will tell whether or not STAP cells will become a game changer in regenerative medicine. — Follow Amanda Bahe @DailyWildcat


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