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Liquor licenses expanded BY JORDAN FOWLER The Daily Wildcat
A night on the town could end up being a little closer to campus than before. The city of Tucson is seeking to establish an entertainment district that will allow businesses to apply for liquor licenses even if they are less than 300 feet from a school or church, according to an article in the Arizona Daily Star. The district, known as the Greater Downtown Entertainment District, would cover areas along
the streetcar route, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Four years ago the Arizona Legislature passed a law allowing for the creation of such entertainment districts. Managers of businesses near the UA campus, especially those on University Boulevard, said they are looking forward to the creation of the proposed district. Michael Owings, a manager at Frog & Firkin, said he thinks an entertainment district would bring more traffic to University and would be
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UA ALUMNAE Gretchen Anderson (right), Kara Piepmeyer, Shannon Pidd and Genevieve Gamboa eat lunch at Frog & Firkin on University Boulevard. The city of Tucson is looking to create a new entertainment district, which has some restaurant owners on University Boulevard concerned about business.
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Against the backdrop of the neon lights at Spring Fling on the UA Mall, the UA launched its largest-ever fundraising campaign on Friday evening. UA President Ann Weaver Hart took the stage near Old Main to publicly reveal the campaign, called Arizona Now, coinciding with the kickoff of Spring Fling taking place on the opposite end of the Mall. The campaign aims to fundraise $1.5 billion for the UA within the next four years under the direction of the University of Arizona Foundation. “This is part of our future and you are central to that future,” Hart said. “We believe that this campaign will have a huge impact, not just at the university but throughout Arizona and the world as the university’s reach extends.” The fundraising effort had already pulled in $859 million before the public announcement was made. Arizona Now is looking to support students, faculty, staff and research at the UA, Hart said. “Let’s show the world what the Wildcat family is made of and let’s do it
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DAVID MARK, a UA alumnus, plays a balloon-popping game with Albert Chiu, a biochemistry junior, on Friday at Spring Fling.
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University Information Technology Services is taking steps to prevent online theft of information by adding an additional layer of security to websites used by UA students and staff. NetID+, which requires a second step of authentication to gain access to UA sites, launched April 7. A NetID account is the credential used by UA students and staff to gain access to personal accounts on all the university’s online services, such as Desire2Learn, CatMail and UAccess. Before NetID went live in 2002, there was no centralized username and password system for web services on campus, according to Gary Windham, senior enterprise system architect of UITS. NetID+ is not a replacement,
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hris Wenner, former psychology professor and UA alumnus, fell in love with cycling at a young age. “I got my first bike when I was 5 years old,” Wenner said. “My euphemism with my mother to go out and play was, ‘I’m gonna go ride my bike.’ That’s what I did, I rode my bike.” A swimming accident 23 years ago that resulted in a broken neck, left Wenner a quadriplegic with 10 percent of his former arm strength and 5 percent of his hand strength. Wenner was resigned to a wheelchair and unable to ride a bicycle. “I used to joke that walking was overrated,” Wenner said. “So I wasn’t really torn up about not being able to walk, but I was torn up about not being able to ride.”
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HOROSCOPES Today’s Birthday (04/14/14). This year’s mantra could be: “Party for a good cause.” Improved communications and organization at home add ease and peace. Springtime renovations set the stage for joyful gatherings. Collaborations and partnerships foster compromise and diplomacy. Pluto, Saturn and Mars retrograde phases — now through July — encourage reflection, planning and revision. Fun with family lights up summertime. Autumn reveals new freedom and direction. Instigate love. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 7 — Pluto turns retrograde (until 9/23), and power struggles decrease. It’s still not a good time to argue. Pressure eases, and you can take time to look back. Secure the ground taken. Be cautious with long-distance travel, and take it slow. Watch conditions for changes. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — With Pluto retrograde for the next five months, political control issues ease. Careful financial review reveals future expenses, so keep it frugal and stick to the budget. Pay bills. Do the research to craft a plan that fulfills a brilliant idea. Share your dream.
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THE UNIVERSITY of Arizona Society of Automotive Engineers President Aaron Abril, a mechanical engineering senior, and other members show off their 2012 scale formula car at the UA Interactive Expo of Excellence on Friday on the UA Mall. The car was built in one year and can go from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds, it tops out at 210 MPH.
IN HISTORY TODAY
President Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C.
A lifeboat drill was scheduled for passengers of the RMS Titanic on April 14, the day the boat sank.
Officers on the bridge of the Titanic only had 37 seconds to respond after spotting the iceberg that the ship crashed into.
The Titanic had it’s own daily newspaper: The Atlantic Daily Bulletin.
Only two of nine dogs were rescued from the sinking ship: A Pomeranian and a Pekinese.
The luxurious RMS Titanic hit an iceberg and ruptured its hull, which resulted in the ship sinking and the deaths of more than 1,500 people.
Country singer Loretta Lynn was born.
Katharine Hepburn and Barbara Streisand tied for Best Actress at the 41st Academy Awards.
The third class had two bathtubs to share amongst 700 people.
What are you doing right now? I am going to get something to eat at [Park Student Union]. Did you go to Spring Fling? I went on Friday. Did you go on any rides? I only went on one on Friday … I went on the one that drops. What else did you do this weekend? I just watched Netflix. I watched all of
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Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 7 — Figure out how much you can afford to put away. Your intuition gets validated. With Pluto retrograde, authoritarian pressure eases, and you can relax and recharge. Express your emotions artistically. Settle into a pleasant routine at work. Make future plans. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 7 — Don’t gamble with your reserves or buy stuff you don’t need. Check on supplies. Over the next five months, strengthen relations with your community and partnerships. Take time to knit structures together for mutual support. Work for peace, beauty and freedom. Talk is cheap. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — Discover family secrets from the past over the next five months. Get into the research. Take time for personal discovery, and capture it in words and images. Indulge in creative chaos. Get outside and taste freedom. Schedule more time for rejuvenation and relaxation. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — Bossy overlords get distracted with Pluto’s retrograde. Savor creative freedom, and push your personal agenda. Consider possibilities, and make long-range plans. Budget carefully, and play by the rules. Listen to your intuition about the road ahead. Communicate your passionate commitments. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — Love and spirituality soothe like balm. Nostalgia can be profitable, with Pluto’s retrograde. Don’t bet the farm, though. Maintain frugal financial routines. Look back and gather insight on where you’ve been. Enjoy creative freedom, and invent. Look ahead and envision your desire realized. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Over the next five months, reassess your resources. Include talents, affinities, and connections. You have more than you think. Keep equipment in repair. Avoid wasting time indulging gossip. Communications could unveil surprises... make statements as if everything you say were public. Keep secrets to yourself.
Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 7 — Listen, but don’t argue. Intuitively, you know which path to take. Don’t gamble or spend on treats for the kids. Push yourself recreationally. For the next five months, re-affirm and revise partnerships. Wait to see what develops. Someone’s saying nice things about you.
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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — The intensity lets up with Pluto retrograde for the next five months. Use this break to review strategies. Write the roadmap to reach a future personal goal accomplished. Cultivate your leadership. Take it slow to avoid accidents. A new contraption isn’t reliable.
“Supernatural.” How did you like “Supernatural?” Do you have a favorite character? It was good, and I like them all.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — With Pluto retrograde for the next five months, take time to review and reflect. Prepare a retrospective, dig into family history, or write your memories. Study and explore. Communications could seem intense today... soothe emotions with something delicious.
Do you watch any other television shows? I used to watch “Dexter,” “Once Upon a Time” and “How I Met Your Mother.” What do you do with your free time? I like to read series, like “Harry Potter” and “Hunger Games.”
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 7 — Let love spur you to make or renew a commitment. New information could change options. A decision could get reversed. Listen to your senses. Take on new responsibility for greater independence. For five months (with Pluto retrograde) review and refine plans. Learn from the past.
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beneficial for the businesses there. “A lot of businesses on Fourth Avenue bring people here,” Owings said. “People are always walking down here. I don’t think it’s going to affect business negatively for the businesses already here.”
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Matt Serventi, a manager at Fuku Sushi, said an entertainment district would be helpful for business during the summer, when a majority of students leave. “I think it would help out business because during the summer most of these places down the street die out,” Serventi said. “All the students leave, so it would really help get some more locals in
here.” Richard Fifer, a general manager at Gentle Ben’s Brewing Co., also said he did not think the creation of an entertainment district would cause any problems for business. Fifer said many clubs downtown are doing very well, including Gentle Ben’s. The restaurant has not lost any business this year, Fifer said, and
now,” Hart said. The fundraising campaign is being co-chaired by Sarah Smallhouse and Jeff Stevens. “[We] really look forward to playing a part in Arizona Now and the campaign that will support so many fabulous things that you see today on campus,” Smallhouse said. A video accompanying the announcement, which focused on encouraging people to make contributions to the UA, concluded as fireworks were shot off the top of the Henry Koffler building. Crowds who had gathered to listen to the announcement were then led down the Mall to Spring Fling. In a statement on the Arizona Now campaign, Hart cited the need to fundraise to meet of the goals of the Never Settle strategic plan for the UA. “We must now persevere in the hard work of implementing the Never Settle plan, and the Arizona Now campaign is building a foundation to meet that goal,” the statement read. The UA is also facing less funding from the state than anticipated, with the state budget that was recently passed by the Arizona Legislature and signed by Gov. Jan Brewer. The UA held a similar fundraising effort, which concluded in 2005, from the UA Foundation. The fundraising campaign, called Campaign Arizona, pulled in nearly $1.2 billion. Hart called on supporters to help the UA reach its goal. “We are more than halfway there, but the hard work is still ahead,” Hart said. “I know the Wildcat family will rise to the challenge.” TAISHA FORD/THE DAILY WILDCAT
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Windham said, but rather an enhancement to the original, meant to solve problems regarding password protection. NetID+ requires a second step of verification in order to log in. Devices such as smartphones and cell phones can be registered to one’s NetID account. Passcodes used to authenticate the user are sent to these devices. Windham said many people use the same credentials on many different sites across the internet. A study conducted by Microsoft found that on average people have about 25 accounts, but only 6.5 passwords. Once a hacker has the credentials for one site, Windham said, they will likely try them on
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from my point of view, in a bad way,” Al Qaisi said. “Some people, they drink and they make a big mess. Especially with the age we have here at the university … it is not good.”
PRESIDENT ANN WEAVER Hart announces the UA’s fundraising goal to raise more than $1 billion to support the UA’s Never Settle strategic plan on Friday.
has actually had one of its best years ever, so he does not have any concerns about the district negatively impacting business. Some local businesses are not quite as optimistic. Amna Al Qaisi, the owner of Sinbad’s Restaurant, said she worries about the increased availability and access to alcohol. “Of course it will affect business,
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Wenner said cycling had been such a major part of his life before his injury that he began having a recurring dream in which he would visit a bike shop. In the dream, Wenner said he knew that if he selected just the right parts, he’d be able to build a bike that he could ride, but he always woke up just before building the bike. Now, Wenner has achieved his dream — with the help of friends, bike mechanics and Outrider USA, a company that builds high performance electric bikes, he has engineered a motorized recumbent tricycle that he calls Charlotte. Because of his limited hand function, Wenner designed the handlebar controls so that he could steer, accelerate and brake safely, and Outrider USA built the battery pack, which can last for about 120 miles. The tricycle, dubbed the Horizon, is set to be commercially available soon for around $8,000. The tricycle is designed to be used by a wide range of people, including paraplegics, quadriplegics like Wenner, amputees, people who are aging and people with diseases such as diabetes and arthritis. “It’s kind of beyond words, especially given that it was lost for so long,” Wenner said. “Being able to ride is absolutely thrilling.” Originally inspired by an overwhelming urge for outdoor adventure, Wenner said he has set out to traverse the continental United States on his bike. With the trip, which will span over 10,000 miles and five to six months, Wenner hopes to raise money and awareness for disability issues and to meet
other sites. High profile websites like Facebook encrypt their massive databases of passwords, Windham said, but hackers have an evergrowing amount of computing power on their side to crack that encryption. “You can get a graphics card for a PC for like $400 … that can do on the order of 8 billion password guesses a second,” Windham said. The additional layer of security is meant to bring NetID up to modern standards of an optional two-step verification mechanism, Windham said. This was accomplished by collaborating with Duo Security, a company that works with websites to provide better login security. Students and staff with a NetID can enroll in NetID+ and register devices online with a variety of devices and notification options,
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CHRIS WENNER, a UA alumnus and former psychology professor, is a quadriplegic cycler. Wenner said he plans to ride his motorized cycle across the continental U.S.
newly injured people along the road to show them what life still has to offer. “People with disabilities are capable of doing far more than what you typically would think, and that’s important for people to know,” Wenner said. “There are a lot of negative stereotypes about disabilities, and part of what excites me about this project is that it breaks these stereotypes.” Originally scheduled for this May, Wenner’s trip has been postponed until at least next year due to several setbacks, such as funding. “I need to regroup, I need to get my career in order,” Wenner said. “I hadn’t started actively fundraising, and that’s one of the reasons that I postponed the trip. … I recognized how incredibly time-intensive fundraising is, and I essentially
Windham said. “What we wanted to be able to do was to offer a solution that had the greatest potential for widespread use as possible on campus regardless of what technology people have access to,” Windham said. Zachary Naiman, principal analyst and developer for applications systems, said that a large organization is more visible to hackers and is a target for cyber crimes. However, he does not believe UA is any more on the radar of criminals than any other institution. The launch is going well, according to Naiman. He said on April 7, the first day NetID+ was available, 800 people looked at the site and 300 devices were registered. By Wednesday, 400 users had registered devices. Naiman said that so far UITS has not gotten a lot of feedback, positive or negative, which
ran out of time.” Wenner said the adventure will require a hefty amount of support from friends; he will have to travel with a support vehicle and travel companions to assist him with any difficulties arising from his disability. In spite of this, Wenner said that he tends to forget he has a disability, and that living life is more important than dwelling on losses or failures. “[You need to] pull yourself up by your bootstraps and don’t give up, because so much of life we have to create ourselves,” Wenner said. “We can’t just expect it to happen for us, and once you identify what you want, go for it.”
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here is something beautiful about the whole idea of “write what you know.” There’s a reason people find it healing to write in a journal, or write autobiographical stories. Art can create distance or it can be incredibly personal. It can even be so personal that it sends people to jail. In 2011, four years after the double homicide of Brian Dean, 20, and Christopher Horton, 16, the case was reassigned. The new detective stumbled across a YouTube video for a rap song by local rapper Antwain Steward, aka Twain Gotti. One particular song, “Ride Out,” mentions killing a man using phrases like, “smoked him” and “roped him, sharpened up the shank, then I poked him.” It ended up being evidence enough to convict the rapper, despite his word that he had nothing to do with the murder and despite the lack of evidence to convict him four years prior. His case isn’t the only one using lyrics as evidence that has cropped up over the past decade. Also in 2011, Gonzales Wardlaw was convicted of murder after his lyrics suggested shooting a man in front of an Olive Garden. The lyrics were found three weeks after an actual shooting took place at an Olive Garden, and in court the lyrics were considered a confession. The lyrics seem to make the convictions easy and quick — two words that should not be associated with sending people away to jail for years. A few of these cases are receiving doubt. Vonte Skinner in New Jersey was charged with attempted murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison after 13 pages of lyrics were discovered in his car. Although they were written before the shooting, the lyrics involve violence and possibly point to the idea that Skinner was involved. A new trial was ordered by an appellate court after it reversed the decision. The Supreme Court of New Jersey has heard the new arguments but has not reached a decision. Rap lyrics are basically being used as the basis for convictions, when they should be prompting law enforcement to search further. Sure, art often reflects the truth. Art is an emotional and mental break from life that often provides us with a new perspective. Yes, lyrics that include minute details like location do seem to prove that either the person who wrote them was there, or heard them from someone close to the defendant. But art should not be the reason these people are convicted. If lyrics are going to be admissible in court, they shouldn’t be the majority of the evidence. The majority opinion in the ruling of the appellate court in Skinner’s case said, “We have a significant doubt about whether the jurors would have found defendant guilty, if they had not been required to listen to the extended reading of these disturbing and highly prejudicial lyrics.” Apart from the lyrics, the only other evidence prosecutors had against Skinner were witness testimonies that kept changing. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey discovered that in 18 different cases in which rap lyrics were considered, the lyrics were allowed as evidence about 80 percent of the time. One of the major problems the New York Times brings up is a lack of understanding of the genre within the court system. Rap comes with a history. While some find the lyrics to be unpalatable, lyrics are not an objective piece of work that always contain facts. They are subjective. Lyrics are the outpouring of thoughts and feelings, not facts. Sure, they may be based on the truth and songs with particular details, should prompt further investigation, but a simple song shouldn’t be enough to lock someone away for years.
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Christ! Enough is enough I have absolutely nothing against being proud of one’s religion and trying to promote it to others. But in my experience, the people around campus take it too far. For starters, they’re purposefully vague in BY Brittany Rudolph order to draw you in — they don’t say “Can The Daily Wildcat I tell you a bit about my religion? Would you mind talking about the Bible?” ’ve noticed a disturbing epidemic on the Instead, they say they only want to ask you UA campus. I’ll be walking to class or a some questions. You have no idea what to library, perfectly content to mind my own expect. business and suddenly, a stranger will cross If you’re like me, you might feel my path. uncomfortable breaking the conversation “Hey, can I ask you a few questions?” once it begins. Society’s basic social code Their expressions are earnest, and I almost discourages us from simply ignoring people always assume they just need help with a or telling them to be quiet. If you generally try project for a statistics class. to be a polite, respectful person, turning away I’m wrong. Instead, I get asked a barrage of from people feels rude. leading questions, aimed to Are we technically able catch me off-guard and shock to disengage and quickly me into learning more. The questions keep walking? Sure, but “What do you think you are asked so when it’s dark outside need to do to get to heaven? quickly that it’s and few other people are Would it surprise you that around, escaping can be hard to even being a good person isn’t good difficult. The questions voice an excuse enough?” are asked so quickly that to leave. Then they ask for my name it’s hard to even voice an and contact information. The excuse to leave. As a result, location of these interactions some might feel awkward, changes, so it’s difficult to trapped and even slightly differentiate between people wanting to talk scared. about religion and normal students needing UA religious studies senior Dean Saxton’s responses for school projects. I’ve been antics are widely known and disliked around approached during the day and even after campus. But I think the quieter efforts of dark, when I don’t see the people wanting to people to pop-up behind bushes and ask talk to me until they are literally in front of my questions about religion can often be more face. harmful — or at least more off-putting. However, the script that these people Saxton yells at students outside the use never really seems to vary. They fire Student Union Memorial Center, but he questions at you and hardly pause to listen doesn’t typically ask for names and contact to what you’re saying. A peaceful, productive information. These religious questioners conversation is not the point; getting your do; they single people out and target them contact information is. individually. They make it difficult for us to say
Your Views From “PowerPoint-fueled profs need software update” (by Shelby Thomas, April 8)
I’ve wondered many times how professors managed to lecture before Powerpoint. It’s the main focus of most lectures that it seems almost impossible to lecture without slides. — fsfsf They did, with overhead projector outlines. Or they wrote everything on the chalkboard. Or they just talked for 70 min and students took notes from words. Wasn’t any better … was much worse actually. You youngsters are spoiled. — Original Student From “Pro: Marijuana studies smoke out confusion” (by Eric Klump, April 7) All the data you need can be found at the CDC web site. Which one is safer? — Prescription drugs KILL over 265,000 in the US annually + 1500 traffic deaths — Alcohol KILLS over 40,000
in the US annually + 16,000 traffic deaths — Tobacco KILLS over 390,000 in the US annually — Cannabis KILLS 0, none, nada, not a single overdose death in all medical history and no notable statistical history of traffic accidents So, which one is safer? All data quoted directly from the Center for Disease Control website. — A Freedom Fighter Whether cannabis is “harmless” or not isn’t the most important factor to consider when debating ending prohibition. By all measures & according to even a majority of the Prohibitionists, cannabis is less harmful than alcohol, but most importantly: “Prohibition cannot be enforced for the simple reason that the majority of the American people do not want it enforced and are resisting its enforcement. That being so, the orderly thing to do under our form of government is to abolish a law that cannot be enforced, a law which the people of the country do not want enforced.” – New York Mayor Fiorello La
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no without feeling like we’re deviating from societal expectations. Also, many of the people who use these methods on the UA Mall are likely not innocuous. Last year, after feeling unable to decline giving my phone number to a particularly impassioned girl, I searched for the church she mentioned — Faith Christian Church — online. I found an entire website dedicated to helping victims recover from the church’s cult-like practices. Of course, everyone promoting religion on campus is not part of a cult. Still, there should also be more transparency regarding the way these individuals approach students. I have nothing against religion or spirituality. I support free speech, and I understand that these people have the right to ask us whatever questions they want, at whatever time they see fit. However, we have rights too. As average people, simply wanting to walk around campus, we should not be afraid to decline speaking to strangers that approach us. The advice is rudimentary, but it’s true: If you feel uncomfortable, just say no. As for the people doing the questioning, I invite them to set up a booth on the UA Mall with their messages, rather than simply standing around the student union without any sort of notice. With a more formal, open booth, there would be more transparency about what was being said and done. That way, those interested in hearing the messages would be able to, and those who are not would have the opportunity to avoid them. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. — Brittany Rudolph is a sophomore studying English and art history. Follow her @DailyWildcat
Guardia — PatientPatient “Lack of a storage facility …” What, they don’t have any empty jars laying around?! X-P So asinine; like how they had to get a f-ing vault at UCSF Med to store the Epidolex for their pediatric epilepsy trial, even though it’s completely nonpsychoactive. — Miles Monroe The greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13 “Any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” — cali secret 420 from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new. 20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary … nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody … the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states … even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice … no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol … not one….the new
generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride… Deaths by Alcohol: Millions Deaths by Tobacco: Millions Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade Deaths by Guns: Millions Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions Deaths by Marijuana: zero, ever … they are killing my American family while denying freedom love and freedom forever AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33 — Immortal Illumined From “ASUA Senate approves funding for summer scholarship” (by Madison Brodsky, April 10) I love it when the Wildcat reports on something that the reporter has absolutely no prior knowledge about. Its extremely entertaining! — John Adams This article is the farthest thing from the truth and contains no accuracy to anything that went on during that senate meeting. … Who writes these? — concernedreader
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Police Beat BY Marissa Mezzatesta The Daily Wildcat
“I was just stupid”
A non-UA affiliate was cited for shoplifting from the UofA Bookstore on April 7 at 2:28 p.m. University of Arizona Police Department officers responded to the bookstore in reference to a report of shoplifting. The officers were told that two men were involved in stealing and that one had taken a black Lifeproof iPhone case and walked out of the bookstore with it. The man who stole the iPhone case was asked what happened and he replied, “I was just stupid.” When asked to explain his answer he said he went downstairs and took the case to put on his own phone. The man said he did not have enough money to pay and that he was just “fucking stupid.” He also let the officer know that he would pay for the case now, even double the amount. The officer proceeded to find a t-shirt and Apple Earpods, both with tags still on them, in the mans backpack. The officer asked where the items had come from and the man said he got the Earpods from someone on the street and did not say where the t-shirt came from. The officer told the man that the bookstore wanted to press charges and the man asked to speak with his lawyer. The officer then spoke with the second suspect. The second suspect said he had met the other man at Campus Athletic to give him back some items and never saw him steal anything. The two men were told they weren’t allowed back on campus. The first suspect was cited and both men were escorted off campus.
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A UA student was referred to the Dean of Students Office on Tuesday for possession of marijuana. UAPD officers were dispatched to Navajo-Pinal Residence Hall at 11:41 p.m. on April 7, after a report of the smell of marijuana coming from the third floor of the hall. A resident assistant escorted the two officers to the third floor and lead them to the room where the smell was coming from. The officers knocked on the door, and when the student opened it the officers explained why they were there and student said, “Sure, come on in.” When the officers entered the room the smell became stronger, so they asked the student if she had been smoking marijuana. The student said she had been smoking about 20 minutes before they arrived. She said there was no marijuana left in the room because she had smoked it all. When asked if there was any paraphernalia in the room the student replied saying no, that she had emptied out the cigars and used the paper to smoke the marijuana. A code of conduct referral was then completed and sent to the Dean of Students Office.
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MFA Thesis Art Exhibition UA Museum of Art 9-5. This show features the work of artists who have spent years exploring their artistic development and offers visitors the opportunity to see new cutting-edge art in a variety of mediums and styles.
‘Presidential Letters: A Selection from the Dennis DeConcini Papers’, 9AM-6PM, Special Collections- UA Main Library. This special exhibit highlights a small selection of presidential letters signed to Senator DeConcini regarding bills passed along with the pen used to sign the bill. It is a tradition for presidents to sign bills and then give the pen to members of Congress or other dignitaries who worked to get the legislation passed.
Nude on the Moon, 8PM, The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. One-Time Showing! What happens when a pair of swinging ‘60s scientist/ bachelors blast off into the cosmos and discover that the Moon is actually home to a groovy nudist colony ﬁlled with topless, telepathic women sporting pipe-cleaner antennae? Well, what would YOU do?
Basic Elements of MLA, APA, and Chicago Style Workshop, Noon-1PM, SUMC- Kiva Room. This workshop will focus on comparing and contrasting elements in three commonly used documentation styles: Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), and Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago or Turabian). ‘Mindfulness and Meditation’ Training, 1:30PM2:30PM, UAMC-Kiewit Auditorium. Free stressrelieving meditation training. Regular meditation has many preventative beneﬁts and helps to cultivate a peaceful mind. If you arrive after 1:30 p.m., please enter the room quietly and turn off cell phones and electronic devices. Gender Spectrum Support Group, 3PM-4PM, Admin Conference Room- CAPS, Campus Health. Gender non-conforming? Transgender? Transsexual? Genderqueer? Cross dressing? Gender bending? Gender blending? The Gender Spectrum Support Group is a support, therapy, and education group for UA students dealing with any aspect of gender identity. Cost: $5 each week, and can be billed to Bursar’s account. (Check in at CAPS).
Mars Madness: Sci-Fi, Popular Culture and Ray Bradbury’s Literary Journey to Outer Space, 9AM-6PM, Special Collections-Main Library, Free. Culled from Special Collections’ literary archives, items on display include original works written by Bradbury, works of others who inﬂuenced him, pulp sci-ﬁ magazines, photos of Mars, and movie memorabilia.
TUCSON EVENTS “DeGrazia’s Superstition Mountain” Exhibit, 7AM-4:30PM; Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail. An exhibition of DeGrazia’s paintings and drawings depicting Superstition Mountain legends & history will be on display at the Superstition Mountain Museum in Apache Junction, AZ .
The Golden Variations: The Theme is Light, 10AM-8PM, Kirk-Bear Canyon Library- 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. The Theme is Light showcases the stunning black and white photography of Ben Golden. “Sky Islands”, 9AM-5PM, Tohono Chul Park7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Cost: $10. The works by local artists who are inspired by the varied biotic communities of our sky islands. The mountainous regions of southeastern Arizona are among the most diverse ecosystems in the world. These artworks explore the ﬂora and fauna found in these locations, while creatively interpreting the experience of visiting these higher elevations and the unique perspective they offer us of the surrounding desert below.
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Fish shortage affects Passover menu MCCLATCHY TRIBUNE
CHICAGO — Fish markets typically spend this time of year preparing hundreds of pounds of whitefish for Jewish customers to mix with onions and carrots for gefilte fish recipes handed down by grandmothers and mothers. This year, however, Chicago-area fish suppliers are dealing with panicked cooks after a shortage of whitefish has left many scrambling to prepare the traditional, if not sometimes dreaded, menu item for Passover, which begins Monday evening. “Three elderly ladies yesterday, what a commotion this was for the ladies,” said Robert Schuffler, who at 97 has worked at Robert’s Fish Market on Devon Avenue for over half a century and owned for decades. “The amount of people that came in, they want eight whitefish, 10 whitefish. If they’re good customers through the year, we give them two white fish. … It’s never been like this. Never.” The shortage comes after ice on the Great Lakes has kept fishermen from sending their boats out for a catch usually available in abundance this time of year, said Mark Holey, a project leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “This doesn’t happen very often,” Holey said. “The commercial guys can’t get their boats out to catch the volume that they normally catch.” Although wholesalers have noticed the short supply since January, it became acute this week, when lines of customers began placing orders for whitefish in
Robert Schuffler, a Fish Marketworker, watches Luis Fernandez (left) and owner Arturo Venegas (right) prepare fish at the market on West Devon Avenue in Chicago on Friday. A shortage of whitefish in the Chicago area has left many cooks scrambling to prepare the traditional Passover menu item.
time for the Jewish holiday, said John Poulos, operations manager for Issacson & Stein Fish Company in Chicago. Poulos said his company has about 20 percent of the whitefish it usually has as Passover approaches. In Jewish tradition, gefilte (which translates “stuffed”) fish is eaten as one of the first courses in observance of
Passover. Prepared by grounding various varieties of fish — whitefish, pike and trout are among the most commonly used _ and then forming the meat into loaves, the dish is both loved and loathed at Passover tables. The dish satisfies two of the laws of the Sabbath and holidays, according to Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, an administrator for
the Chicago Rabbinical Council. One of those laws requires that people not work on the Sabbath; that includes the work required to pick meat off of fish bones. The other requires people to eat fish as part of their Sabbath meal, Fishbane said. During the week of Passover, a Jewish family might sit down for a holiday Seder, or dinner, five times in which gefilte fish is served, he said. For the past three weeks at Hungarian Kosher Foods in Skokie, Ill., owner Ira Kirsche has had a limited quantity of whitefish to offer. The store has been receiving daily shipments of 10 to 30 pounds of the fish instead of 200 to 300 pounds. Kirsche has been pointing customers instead to frozen and jarred gefilte fish varieties, but estimates he’s lost as much as $20,000 in sales of the fresh fish. “It’s difficult because you want to satisfy the customers and keep them happy,” Kirsche said. “Some people are good with it and they’re able to go with the flow. … Other people just get all disappointed and walk away.” Chicago resident Leon Goldwater is hoping conditions improve in the next couple days. He’s placed an order for whitefish to be picked up Sunday morning, with 29 guests expected for his Passover Seder on Monday and Tuesday, he said. “I wouldn’t have a holiday without it,” Goldwater said. “It’s part of my tradition.”
California bus crash hospitalizes 11 people MCCLATCHY TRIBUNE
ORLAND, Calif. — Jonathan Gutierrez, 17, was eager to sit at the front of the charter bus that was going to shuttle him and other high school students from Los Angeles to Humboldt county on Thursday. But another student convinced him to sit in the back row. His change of heart may have saved his life. Gutierrez, a student at Banning High School, was one of the survivors of the deadly crash in Orland that killed at least 10 people. The 12-hour bus ride was for Los Angeles-area students accepted to Humboldt State University. The school was Gutierrez’s first choice because he wants to study marine biology. During the ride, Gutierrez said, students watched movies like “Captain Phillips” and “Wolverine.” They made two stops, one in Bakersfield and another in Sacramento. As the bus continued north on Interstate 5, Gutierrez turned in his seat as he tried
to fall asleep. “I heard screaming,” he said. “That’s when I felt the impact of the truck.” Gutierrez hurtled forward, opening a gash over his right eyebrow by hitting the plastic tray in the back of the seat in front of him. He could see fire toward the front of the bus where some chaperones and students were sitting. The place where he almost sat had suffered the worst damage. “The people in the front, you couldn’t do anything about them,” Gutierrez said. He said it was hard to breathe from the smoke. “That’s when people started panicking,” Gutierrez said. Some students escaped through an emergency exit, but others smashed windows. He climbed out the window and fell to the pavement. Wearing only his socks — he had taken off his shoes while trying to fall asleep — he ran across the highway with other students.
“They were just yelling, ‘Oh my God, what just happened?’” Gutierrez said. “They were crying.” He was brought to the Veterans Memorial Hall in Orland with other survivors, then transported to Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Calif. A total of 11 passengers were brought to the hospital. Meanwhile, his father Javier Gutierrez was at work in Torrance, Calif., when he heard about the accident. “I just took off,” he said. Gutierrez’s father boarded a flight to Sacramento, where he was met by his cousin, who drove up from Stockton, Calif. Together they headed to Chico to meet Gutierrez at the hospital, where he was being discharged after receiving stitches around his eyebrow. Instead of spending the weekend at Humboldt, Gutierrez will be heading back to Torrance. “I just want to go home,” he said.
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Arizona’s offense beat the Wildcat defense 57-38 in the annual spring football game
SCORE CENTER PACERS NEAR NO. 1 SEED Pacers 102 Thunder 97
BLAZERS OUTLAST GOLDEN STATE Blazers 119 Warriors 117 (OT)
BY ROBERTO PAYNE The Daily Wildcat
rizona’s annual spring football game did not change what Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez has been saying all spring: No one has separated himself as the team’s starting quarterback. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few standouts among quarterbacks on Saturday. After B.J. Denker used the spring to help earn the starting spot last season; there’s no doubt that Rodriguez could use a bit of the same this spring. The quarterback who fits that bill the best is redshirt senior Jesse Scroggins. Coaches and players alike have said all spring that Scroggins looks like a different player compared to a year ago. They praise his arm strength and improved knowledge of the game. “Jesse Scroggins is a great quarterback,” redshirt sophomore wide receiver DaVonte’ Neal said. “He has a great arm and some speed. He has good vision and he takes on a leadership role very well.” On Saturday, Scroggins played four series on offense and showed fluidity in the pocket. He was accurate on some of the intermediate routes and Scroggins managed to scramble for positive yards when a play broke down. Three of his four drives resulted in scores, with the lone non-scoring possession ending in an interception on an overthrown ball in the back of the end zone. Scroggins wasn’t the only quarterback who impressed on Saturday. Both redshirt freshman Anu Solomon and redshirt sophomore Connor Brewer built on their solid performances throughout the spring. Solomon also played four series and led all six quarterbacks with 74 yards, to go along with two touchdown passes. A consistent theme among Solomon’s time was the ability to work outside the pocket. “Anu [Solomon] is always making plays on the run,” redshirt sophomore Cayleb Jones said. “He’s a good athlete and he’s very smart.” Having the ability to make something out of nothing is huge and
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WIDE RECEIVER and redshirt sophomore DaVonte’ Neal (19) runs into the end zone untouched for a 44-yard touchdown during the Wildcat’s annual spring football game in front of a crowd of 7,100 at Arizona Stadium on Saturday. Neal said he wants to help Arizona’s run game as well as its pass game.
In front of 7,100 people in the stands at Arizona Stadium and a national television audience, Arizona wrapped up spring football on Saturday afternoon with its annual spring game. The scrimmage, which was won by the offense 5738, gave Wildcat fans a glimpse of what they might see this fall.
sophomore receiver DaVonte’ Neal said of Scroggins. “He has good vision and he takes on a leadership role very well.” Behind Scroggins were redshirt freshman Anu Solomon, redshirt sophomore Connor Brewer and redshirt junior Jerrard Randall. All four of the quarterbacks appear to be in the mix for the starting position. Rodriguez said none of the signal callers have separated themselves enough to name a starter, and it is likely that one will not be named until August.
Receivers in the backfield
Redshirt senior quarterback Jesse Scroggins got the most reps on the first team offense Saturday. Head coach Rich Rodriguez said the quarterbacks showed a good command of the offense. In the scrimmage Scroggins went 3-for-8, with 57 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also had six carries for 37 yards. “He has a great arm and some speed,” redshirt
Former running back Ka’Deem Carey’s performance on the field is something Rodriguez might find hard to replace. Last season’s third-string running back, junior Jared Baker, missed the entire spring football season with a torn ACL that he sustained in November. But he
BY LUKE DELLA
The Daily Wildcat
Athletics at Angels 7 P.M. - ESPN
UPCOMING SCHEDULE BASEBALL Thursday: at USC
SOFTBALL Wednesday: vs. New Mexico
Saturday: at Pac-12 Invitational
TRACK & FIELD Thursday: at Mt. SAC Relays
WOMEN’S TENNIS Saturday: vs. ASU
Wildcats walk off with series win BY ROSE ALY VALENZUELA The Daily Wildcat
It took all nine innings for Arizona baseball to win its second Pac-12 conference series on Sunday against No. 22 UCLA. Arizona (17-20) defeated UCLA (19-15) in walk-off fashion, 6-5, after sophomore Kevin Newman singled to third base, driving sophomore outfielder Zach Gibbons home to win the game and series. “It was a good win for us and definitely a good weekend going two out of three,” head coach Andy Lopez said. The Wildcats have won five of their last six games and the last two Pac-12 series. Gibbons and Newman led Arizona offensively. Gibbons finished with four hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Newman finished with three hits and two RBIs. “I was really confident about my last at-bat,” Newman said. “I got two strikes; I tried to make contact; I did that and it all worked out.” Sunday’s game wasn’t all positive for Arizona, as Scott Kingery injured himself while running to first base in the fourth inning and had to leave the game. The sophomore centerfielder was second in the Pac-12 in batting going into Sunday’s games. Lopez said Kingery has a bruised bone in his foot and Gibbons will stay in the lead-off spot for now. Gibbons had two doubles.
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ARIZONA BEAT UCLA 6-5 after Kevin Newman’s ninth inning single to bring in Zach Gibbons’ winning run at Hi Corbett Field on Sunday. The Wildcats have now won five of their last six games and their last two Pac-12 series.
The Wildcats rebounded to win the series after a slow start. Arizona lost the first game 8-0 on Friday, before winning 3-2 on Saturday. Newman said he thinks the team played well this weekend, considering the fact that the series was against UCLA.
“Being able to get together as a team and win the last game of the series was huge for us,” Newman said. “We’re definitely getting there.” Sophomore Tyger Talley started for Arizona, pitching three innings and allowing seven hits and four
runs. In the top of the fourth inning, freshman Morgan Earman relieved Talley. Sophomore Cody Moffett was the third pitcher Arizona to appear and the probable cause of Arizona’s win, according to Lopez. Moffett pitched 3.2 innings, allowing two hits and no runs. “I thought Moffett did a great job,” Lopez said. “He was outstanding tonight, and he’s probably the reason we won.” Moffett said he felt good about his performance on the mound. “I hit my spots and I gave my team a chance to win,” Moffet said. “My only goal was to keep the team in the game, and it worked out.” Arizona won the series against Utah, beat ASU and won the series against UCLA, and Lopez has noticed changes in his players’ performances. “They’ve been playing well for about the last five or six games,” Lopez said. “We’re going in the right direction. … I’m thankful for the energy level and the competitiveness.” Lopez said there are still things that aren’t going the right way, but that the team will work on that and get better for the rest of the season. The plan for Arizona now is to take a day off Monday and work hard until Thursday before traveling to Los Angeles to play USC.
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Wildcats shine at home BY james kelley The Daily Wildcat
The No. 11 Arizona women’s and No. 17 men’s track and field teams earned a bevy of records over the weekend at the Jim Click Shootout at home. Washington State finished first for the women, with a score of 158 points, followed by Arizona in second with 150, then Kansas State in third and then New Mexico State and Air Force tied for fourth. Washington State also finished first in the men’s competition, with 193. Arizona was second with 125, followed by Air Force, Kansas State and New Mexico. However, Arizona’s women’s 4x100-meter relay team earned a school record. Senior Tamara Pridgett, senior Shapri Romero, sophomore Traci-Lynn Hicks and senior Germe Poston won the 4x100 with a time of 44.52. The school record time is the eighth-best in the west region and seventeenth in the country this year. Romero also won the 200 meters in 23.10 and the 400 meters in 52.69. Her 200-meter time was the second best in school history, the fifth in the west region and sixth in the country. Her 400-meter time was a season best, No. 1 in the west and tops in the Pac-12. Hicks took second in the long jump with a personal record 19-4.25 (5.90m, 1.6 wind). She also ran her a 13.72 (4.0 wind) in the 100-meter hurdles, the second-fastest time of her career. Freshman Gerhard De Beer burned his red shirt and started competing for the Wildcats. He won the men’s discus with a throw of 180-1 (54.90m), the 20th best in the west region.
Senior Nick Ross won the men’s high jump, leaping 7-4.5 (2.25m). Ross’ jump was the second-best in the country this year and best in the region. Arizona’s 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Nnenya Hailey, freshman Jasper Gray, Pridgett and sophomore Morgan Struble finished second in the women’s race with a time of 3:42.66. Hailey won the 400-meter hurdles with a personal record time, 58.26. Her mark is the best in the Pac-12, No. 4 in the west and 13th best in the country. Struble finished second with a personal record time of 60.07. Senior Julie Labonté won the women’s shot put with a throw of 57-1 (17.40m), the best in college this year. Labonté also won the discus with a 55.09 meter throw. Arizona’s 4x100-meter relay team finished third in the men’s competition. Sophomore Harry Zimmerman, junior Mohammad Alhasan, freshman John Kane and freshman Bryce Houston clocked a time of 41.20. Alhasan finished third in the 100 meters in 10.45 (2.3 wind), a personal best. Zimmerman ran a personal-best time of 10.99 (1.3 wind). In the men’s hammer throw, freshman Jordan Young tallied a personal-best toss of 211-7 (64.50m). His toss was No. 19 in the country this year, eighth best in the west region, second best in the Pac-12 and the fifth best in school history. Junior Daniel Whitham finished fourth in the hammer throw with a personal best of 1748 (53.24m). In the men’s shot put, redshirt freshman Aaron Castle finished third, with a toss of 58-8.5 (17.89m), the 15th best in the west region.
BY luke della
The Daily Wildcat
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Freshman Bryce Houston had a time of 41.20 with his relay team during the 4x100-meter relay on Saturday at the Jim Click Shootout.
Freshman Miles Parish won the men’s 400 meters with a personal best time of 46.58. That time is the 10th best in school history, No. 13 in the country, second-best in the west and tops in the Pac-12. Senior Germe Poston won the 100 meters in a wind-aided time of 11.44 (4.4 mph wind), the fastest all-conditions time of her career. — Follow James Kelley @jameskelley520
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isn’t a shoe-in to get a majority of carries in 2014. So Rodriguez is looking to find other ways to get production out of the position and starting receivers — sophomore Samajie Grant, freshman T.J. Johnson and Neal in the backfield could be a serious option. On Saturday, Grant was the only one of the three to get a carry. Grant lined up in the backfield for one series and had one carry for 3 yards. Johnson missed the spring game. Rodriguez said the freshman, who enrolled early, stepped on something getting out of bed and injured his ankle on Friday. The injury isn’t serious but held him out for the game. As for Neal, a transfer from Notre Dame, he only had one catch but it was for a 44-yard touchdown. Neal said after the game that big gains on receptions are one of the best things he adds to the Wildcats, but he’d like to help out in other ways too. “I want to get better on my blocking this year so that we can spring big plays for our running backs,” Neal said. The 5-foot-10 Neal said he expects to also be in the mix for punt and kick-off returning.
The Wildcats’ defensive line and linebackers will likely look the most different from last season. The most notable losses are nose tackle Tevin Hood and linebackers Jake Fischer and Marquis Flowers. All three have no eligibility remaining. On Saturday, sophomore Dwight Melvin started at nose tackle and linebackers Keoni Bush-Loo, a junior, and DeAndre’ Miller, a sophomore, started on the firstteam defense. Bush-Loo and Miller played outside linebackers while former outside linebacker Scooby Wright moved inside.
Safety first Staying healthy was maybe the biggest success for the Wildcats this spring. Last year Arizona was stricken with injuries and struggled just to find bodies. But this year the defense especially was able to stay on the field and out of the trainer’s room. “One of the main things about spring ball is coming out alive,” junior safety William Parks said. “We have a whole lot more depth [on defense]. Last year we were a little thin.” — Follow Luke Della @LukeDella
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The No. 9 Arizona softball team won its first Pac-12 Conference road series as the Wildcats took two out of three from California this weekend in Berkeley, Calif. In its first two conference road series against ASU and UCLA, Arizona (34-9, 9-6 Pac-12) combined to score just 12 runs in all six games. It won just one of those six games. “I think it’s no secret we’ve been struggling on the road,” Arizona head softball coach Mike Candrea said. However, this weekend in their three-game series against the Golden Bears (21-17, 4-6) the Wildcats found success at the plate and scored 23 runs. After defeating California 15-5 on Friday, the UA slipped and lost to Cal 9-1 on Saturday, but fought back for a 7-2 Sunday victory that secured its first Pac-12 road series win. “I felt going into this series we were certainly good enough to win all three,” Candrea said. “We let one go on Saturday, but we came back to win the series. If we hadn’t won [Sunday], I think it would have been detrimental going forward.” Freshman third baseman Katiyana Mauga
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Arizona men’s tennis went 0-2 over the weekend at home, dropping its record to 11-14 on the year. During the first match on Friday, No. 2 USC beat the Wildcats 4-0. “USC is a good team and has a shot to win the national championship,” head coach Tad Berkowitz said. Then on Sunday, Arizona had another tough opponent as it hosted No. 3 UCLA. Arizona kept the matches close, but lost 4-0 to the Bruins. “We came after them a little bit better [Sunday], even though UCLA got the best of us, I felt we played a little more loose, a little more relaxed today,” Berkowitz said. “We went out there and saw what we got, against obviously one of the best teams in the country.” Arizona sophomore Naoki Takeda and junior Sumeet Shinde lost to Marcos Giron and Karue Sell 8-3, giving the Bruins the doubles point. Arizona senior Kieren Thompson lost to Clay Thompson, 6-4, 6-1, clinching the win for UCLA. “It’s a good character check for our guys,” Berkowitz said. “Hopefully we came out of this weekend tougher than before the weekend started. We have a big match coming up against Utah, and we have to rest up and get back to work this coming week.” The Wildcats return to action at home on Friday against Utah. Arizona women’s tennis also went 0-2 this weekend to two tough Southern California schools. The No. 25 Wildcats lost 7-0 to No. 2 UCLA on Friday. “[Friday’s] match up was a tall order,” head coach Vicky Maes said in a press release. “UCLA is a tennis powerhouse, and they didn’t give us an inch. At the same time, I really felt we were in the match and had some opportunities.” Freshman Lauren Marker and senior Kim Stubbe lost 8-4 to the NCAA’s No. 1 doubles team of Robin Anderson and Jennifer Brady. “In doubles, we played them close and a few points just didn’t
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continued her success from last weekend and seems to have started to find her stride. Friday the freshman right fielder went 3-5 and had three RBIs. “When I recruited her, one thing I always noticed is she was always clutch,” Candrea said of Mauga. “We have a lot of girls on this team who bring a good approach to the plate and I think it represents what kind of team we are.” The one blemish on the Wildcats’ weekend was Saturday’s 9-1 loss in six innings. Arizona has 20 run-rule victories. Saturday was its first run-rule loss of the season.
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Wildcats put the game away in the sixth inning with a four-run top-half inning. Piñon was back in the circle Sunday and went the distance. The senior pitched all seven innings and gave up two earned runs on three hits. She did, however, walk five batters in the process. Arizona has a week off but returns home on April 23 to play a two-game midweek non-conference series against New Mexico State (26-16, 8-1 WAC). “We’re a real good team,” Candrea said. “We can beat anyone in the country and lose to anyone, but the encouraging thing is we still have a lot of room for improvement. And it starts in the circle.”
Arizona sand volleyball’s record dropped to below .500 for the first time this season after the team lost all three matches at the USA Volleyball Invitational Tournament in Los Angeles over the weekend. Arizona (6-8) has lost eight of its last nine matches after starting the season 5-0. The team was short-handed as freshman Penina Snuka, junior Jane Croson and freshman Laura Larson were all playing with the indoor team. Despite the three losses, Arizona head coach Steve Walker said playing in a setting different from previous matches was beneficial to the players. “The sand is much deeper, and the wind is more prominent coming off the ocean,” Walker said about Hermosa Beach. “Both those conditions made it more difficult to move as it took us a while to get adjusted in the matches. It was great exposure and experience in the deepest sand you can play on worldwide.” The Wildcats lost 5-0 to No. 2 Pepperdine (13-1) in the first match on Saturday. Walker said the Waves’ placement and velocity on their serving gave Arizona trouble setting up its offense. “The tough serving was moving our players around a lot,” Walker said, “and that never really allowed us to get comfortable. The players were constantly on their heels and guessing too much where the placement of the serves would be.” Arizona lost 5-0 to No. 3 Hawaii (15-3) in the second match. Walker said the players performed and competed much better than in their previous defeat to the Rainbow Wahine last month. “Our level of concentration was very good,” Walker said. “Adjusting to their style of serve did not hurt us compared to the Pepperdine game; it was more they executed the entire game — while we did not — in different parts of the match.” Instead of finishing the day with a win against a team with a losing record, Arizona lost 3-2 to Cal State Bakersfield (6-8) in the final match. “I felt we were not ready to play as I much as I would have liked,” Walker said. “Being the last match of the day, there was certainly some fatigue starting to show after playing two high level programs.” Walker said his players were not down entering the Bakersfield contest, but felt they did not bring that same consistent style of play they demonstrated earlier in the day. “We made far too many errors,” Walker said. “We are just not at a point yet where we can kind of ride that roller coaster of emotion in going up and down.” The lone bright spot of the weekend came in the Pairs Tournament on Sunday as juniors Madi Kingdon and Ronni Lewis of Arizona won their match 21-16, 21-16 in the Silver consolation bracket. “We need to come out every single time and be prepared to play,” Walker said, “and it was very disappointing that we came away not on top.”
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Freshman Will Kneale plays against USC on Friday. Arizona fell 4-0 to the Trojans, and Kneale lost to USC’s Eric Johnson on 6-2, 6-1 at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center on Friday.
go our way,” Maes said. “In singles, we fought and created good momentum, but just couldn’t convert on the big points.” No. 13 USC beat Arizona 4-0 on Saturday in Los Angeles. “I am disappointed with [Saturday’s] results,” Maes said. “I really felt we had a good chance to win, but we didn’t step up as a team.” Maes said losing the doubles point put the Wildcats in a tough position. “The last four competitors did put up a fight, but it was simply too late,” Maes said. “We must recover from this performance and bring better tennis to the courts next week.” This weekend puts the Wildcats at 3-5 on the road. They return home next weekend to take on No. 19 ASU in the last home match of the season. — Follow Zoe Wolkowitz @zowolko
Saturday’s game got out of hand fast for the Wildcats as starting pitcher senior Kenzie Fowler gave up five earned runs and recorded just one out before being pulled for senior pitcher Estela Piñon. California went on to score seven runs in the first inning. On Saturday, Fowler, Piñon and later senior Shelby Babcock combined for seven walks. As for the entire weekend, the Arizona pitchers walked a combined 21 California batters. Following Sunday’s win, Candrea wasn’t too concerned about the walks because of how the team has continued to compete through the adversity, but he does believe it needs to be fixed. After getting run-ruled Arizona showed that competitive nature as it had 10 hits on Sunday and scored seven runs. The
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A home for life-sized puppets House’s hospitality. As a mother of suburban Tucson, McConnell never saw herself ever making giant puppets. She now assists with the production of multiple puppet projects, some of which are incorporated into the All Souls Procession. Since its unveiling in October 2013, Maker House has been a playground for creative collaboration. Inviting all sorts of local talent to use its 10,000-square foot residence as an open drawing board, the house counteracts the isolationism of a private art studio. Vanessa Ford, the executive director of Maker House, said she takes pride in establishing an arts-focused making space. In addition to having giant puppets built in the backyard, Ford allows everyone from robotics engineers to a knitting group named the “Fiber Fondlers” to use the house for whatever suits their creativity. Maker House will be hosting a series of camps for children starting this summer. One course will focus specifically on puppet design, while another will introduce kids to concepts of musical design, teahings the complexity of where sounds originate. “We’ll evolve as the community evolves,” Ford said. “We’d like to see people to take our concept and take it to other places.”
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ith its aroma of organic coffee beans and plethora of vintage arcade games, Maker House is a haven for creativity. This hipster paradise hosts people such as Jhon Sanders and Jana McConnell who use the property as a workshop for their giant life-size puppets. Meeting regularly every Saturday in the courtyard of Maker House, the puppet masters invite people from off the street to come help them construct one of their 20-foot papier mâché works of art. “I can never predict what the end product will be,” said Sanders, who is associated with Many Mouths One Stomach, the organization responsible for hosting the annual All Souls Procession parade in November. Sanders said that he enjoys the impromptu process of puppet building and that he doesn’t like to begin his projects with a concrete idea. Sanders’ latest endeavor is a 22-foot-long snake puppet that he said he envisions as being enshrouded with patchwork fabric and glued-on shards of broken CDs, which give the impression of scales. Sanders and McConnell began building the interior of the snake this past Saturday with chicken wire and rubber tubing. The snake is meant to symbolize the start of springtime in the desert, as the all the reptiles
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Jhon Sanders (left) from the Many Mouths One Stomach organization constructs a giant snake with volunteer assistant Jana McConnell (right) at Maker House on Saturday. Since it opened in October of last year, Maker House has invited all kinds of artists to use its 10,000-square foot space for their creations.
begin to creep from the depths of hibernation and return to the Tucson landscape. Sanders also said that the snake contrasts with the morbid skull-puppets he constructs for the All Souls Procession, as the start of spring represents the dawn of new life. Sanders added she anticipates the snake to make its debut at The Return of Spring Circus event on April 26. The day of music, dancing and acrobats will be staged at the Valley of the
Moon. “I have an interest with perpetuating festal culture,” said Sanders, echoing the mission statement of the Many Mouths One Stomach organization. By constructing these puppets openly at Maker House, Sanders said that it invites opportunities for people to freely express themselves. “There’s such a creative vibe here,” said McConnell when commenting on Maker
‘Draft Day’ too commercial Newest NFL film focuses on the league, not on substance BY taylor Armosino The Daily Wildcat
he NFL draft is a drama-laden event tailor-made for brave filmmakers. You have 32 bigmoney franchises led by decision makers navigating a cutthroat business under considerable pressure, trying to improve their teams while simultaneously undercutting the competition. There are narratives to hit on among potential draftees, such as the monetary impact being drafted, or not being drafted, has on a prospect from a less than ideal socioeconomic background. “Draft Day” is a drama-comedy that hits on some of these themes, but is afraid to go the whole 10 yards. Unlike “Moneyball,” the last great sports movie, “Draft Day” doesn’t stay true to the story it should be telling. It attempts to tell the story of fictitious Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner). “Draft Day” chronicles the 24 hours leading up to the start of the
draft. It tries to do more than just show procedure. Beyond dealing with his embattled head coach and publicity hungry owner, Sonny also has to handle a secret relationship with his salary cap analyst Ali (Jennifer Garner) and the drama surrounding the recent death of his father. Sonny has a lot on his plate, and it proves to be too much for the movie. “Draft Day” is at its best when dealing with the draft itself, and everything that goes into it. The movie gets off to a good start and builds early momentum, before veering off-course with nonsense. It’s inconsistent; parts of it work and parts of it drag. Late in the movie, it finally hones in on just the draft and the decisions Sonny has to make. The movie-goer wishes it had done that the entire time. Its biggest burden is the relationship between Costner and Garner. It’s predictable and cliché and completely unnecessary. There are other, better ways to explore the romantic psychology of a character. For instance, “Moneyball” brilliantly navigated the romantic side of Billy
Beane (Brad Pitt) through not only his love of the game, but also his relationships with his ex-wife and daughter. By contrast, “Draft Day” forces the romance between its two biggest stars, but would’ve been better without it. At one point, just as it seems to settle into its main storyline, Costner pulls Garner into a storage closet for the second time. “Again?” she asks with a sigh. The viewer probably feels the same way. “Draft Day” was created in conjunction with the NFL, which works both for and against the film. On the positive side, the on-site scenes at the NFL draft look amazing. The filmmaker actually shot scenes at last year’s draft, so the atmosphere there is incredibly realistic. “Draft Day” also features real-life football analysts and talking heads, such as Chris Berman, Jon Gruden and Mel Kiper Jr. Even the most casual of football fans recognize these figures, which gives the movie some muchneeded credibility. Director Ivan Reitman, known for
“Ghostbusters,” has said he wouldn’t have done the movie had they been unable to use the NFL’s branding and logos. “It was a remarkable opportunity, and frankly, this movie wouldn’t have been made without it,” Reitman said. “There was no way to tell the story with a made-up group of teams and league. It just wasn’t going to happen — I wasn’t interested in it as a filmmaker, and the studio wouldn’t have made it.” However, working with the NFL does have its negatives. For one, “Draft Day” feels like one big advertisement for the league, its sponsors and ESPN. The studio and Reitman also had to run the script by the league for approval. It’s unknown how much was changed — Reitman said “not much” — but it’s unlikely the league would’ve allowed Reitman much room to create. It’s in the league’s best interest that this be a feel-good commercialized film, something “Moneyball” was not. But the movie is not terrible, thanks mainly to its star. Costner is quite possibly the most prolific sports movie actor of all time, racking up stellar performances in “Bull Durham,” “Field of Dreams” and “Tin Cup.” Add “Draft Day” to that list. His innate ability to look cool under pressure fits this role perfectly, as he spends much of the movie on the phone making big decisions. As always, he strikes a near-
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