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WEATHER Today’s High: 79 Low: 49

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Today at 5 p.m., check out Tucson Writes Night at the UA Poetry Center. The evening is an innovative community event that invites local high school writing students to read their work to peers, family and high school and college writing teachers.

Contain yourself

Today at noon in BIO5 conference room 103, you can learn about container gardening. Spice up your meals and add variety to your salads by learning the simple steps to starting your own edible garden in pots.


Congrats, grads!

The Graduate Spring Commencement Ceremony will take place Friday at 7:30 p.m. in McKale Center. The undergraduate ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

ON THE SPOT Wise words from a new graduate


Do you plan on attending a summer music festival?

Yes (27 votes)


No (34 votes) Lets get past finals before we start worrying about summer (46 votes) New question: What are you most looking forward to this summer?

News Tips

Katie Casanova

Nutritional sciences senior So you’re graduating this year. I am. What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you’re done with finals? I’m going shoe shopping. Now, is that therapeutic for you or is it something you need to do? It’s something I need to do for my graduation outfit, but it’ll definitely be therapeutic. Are you wearing a fancy outfit underneath your cap and gown? Oh yeah. It was a big shopping trip for the outfit last weekend, this week it’s the shoes. What kind of graduation celebrations are you planning? I’m going out to drinking and karaoke tomorrow. At the same time … Drinking before the karaoke, you’ve got to drink to lead up to the karaoke. Since you mention karaoke, what is the first song you would sing? My friend and I are planning to sing“Total Eclipse of the Heart.”(Laughter.) Nice. Have you seen the literal music video of that song? No. Oh my gosh. Someone just takes the original video and instead of putting subtitles of the lyrics, they’re describing the entire video, everything that’s actually happening in it. Yeah, you know, that’s a good one. Would you sing the literal version of the song? Probably. After like three drinks, I’ll probably do anything. (Laughs.) That’s … good to know! So, uh, what are you planning to do after graduation? I’m starting an internship in Alaska this August. It’s a dietetic internship. I am hoping to do a lot of work with rural communities and native peoples. So I’m really excited for that. Why Alaska? I’ve been there a couple times before, and I absolutely love it up there. Have you been there in winter? I have not been there during winter so it’s going to be a little different, but I am ready to go. I’ve been there once, it was during summer — very weird. The sun almost never sets. Yeah, the sun sets at like 11:30. It’s like living in a different country, well, some of it, and I’m really excited to go. So what’s one major lesson you’re taking away from your time here at the U of A? Get involved doing stuff. Just try and do as much as you can while you’re here. What was the best thing you did? I was in the Nutrition Club and I really liked that. I also was a preceptor for classes and that was a lot of fun. Any advice for next year’s graduates? Work hard, but enjoy your remaining semesters. Just try to do as many fun things as you can. — Steven Kwan

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Arizona Daily Wildcat Vol. 103, Issue 150


The alumni fountains outside of the south entrance of the Administration Building, which are dedicated to those who have graduated from the UA, have recently been turned back on for commencement festivities.

Did Neanderthals and modern humans mate? WASHINGTON — We have met Neanderthal and he is us — at least a little. The most detailed look yet at the Neanderthal genome helps answer one of the most debated questions in anthropology: Did Neanderthals and modern humans mate? The answer is yes; there is at least some cave man biology in most of us. Between 1 and 4 percent of genes in people from Europe and Asia trace back to Neanderthals. “They live on, a little bit,”says Svante Paabo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Researchers led by Paabo, Richard E. Green

of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and David Reich of Harvard Medical School compared the genetic material collected from the bones of three Neanderthals with that from five modern humans. Their findings, reported in Friday’s edition of the journal Science, show a relationship between Neanderthals and modern people outside Africa, Paabo said. That suggests that interbreeding occurred in the Middle East, where both modern humans and Neanderthals lived thousands of years ago, he said. “People are interested in the question:

‘By what route did I get here?’And the idea that there is a faint echo of Neanderthals” is interesting, reflected Richard Potts, director of the Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. “I’m really impressed by the nuance they’ve been able to pick up,” said Potts, who was not part of the research group. “The papers are a really good antidote to the all-or-nothing findings of previous studies.” — The Associated Press


Jazz singer Lena Horne dies at 92

“We wanted to get the cat drunk but we didn’t know how much tequila a cat can handle.” — The Cellar Bistro

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degrees; more than 465,000 master’s degrees; and approximately 45,000 doctorates.

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NEW YORK — Lena Horne, the enchanting jazz singer and actress known for her plaintive, signature song “Stormy Weather” and for her triumph over the bigotry that allowed her to entertain white audiences but not socialize with them, has died. She was 92. Horne died Sunday at New YorkPresbyterian Hospital, said hospital Lena Horne spokeswoman Gloria Chin, who would not release details. “Her timeless legacy will forever be celebrated as part of the fabric of American popular music, and our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends, and fans worldwide as we all mourn the loss of one of music’s signature voices,”said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, in a statement Monday. Horne, whose striking beauty often overshadowed her talent and artistry, was remarkably candid about the underlying reason for her success: “I was unique in that I was a kind of black that white people could accept,” she once said. “I was their daydream. I had the worst kind of acceptance because it was never for how great I was or what I contributed. It was because of the way I looked.” “I knew her from the time I was born, and whenever I needed anything she was there. She was funny, sophisticated and truly one of a kind. We lost an original. Thank you Lena,”Liza Minnelli said Monday. Her father, director Vincente Minnelli, brought Horne to Hollywood to star in“Cabin in the Sky,”in 1943. In the 1940s, Horne was one of the first black performers hired to sing with a major white band, to play the Copacabana nightclub in New York City and when she signed with MGM, she was among a handful of black actors to have a contract with a major Hollywood studio. In 1943, MGM Studios loaned her to 20th Century-Fox to play the role of Selina Rogers in the all-black movie musical “Stormy Weather.”Her rendition of the title song became a major hit and her most famous tune. In her first big Broadway success, as the star of“Jamaica”in 1957, reviewer Richard Watts Jr. called her “one of the incomparable performers of our time.” Songwriter Buddy de Sylva dubbed her “the best female singer of songs.” “It’s just a great loss,”said Janet Jackson Monday.“She brought much joy into everyone’s lives — even the younger generations, younger than myself. She was such a great talent. She opened up such doors for artists like myself.” Early in her career, Horne cultivated an aloof style out of selfpreservation. Later, she embraced activism, breaking loose as a voice for civil rights and as an artist. In the last decades of her life, she rode a new wave of popularity as a revered icon of American popular music. Her 1981 one-woman Broadway show,“Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music,” won a special Tony Award and two Grammy Awards. (Horne won another Grammy, in 1995 for “An Evening With Lena Horne.”) In it, the 64-year-old singer used two renditions — one straight and the other gut-wrenching — of “Stormy Weather” to give audiences a glimpse of the spiritual odyssey of her five-decade career. — The Associated Press

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herman Miller, an Arizona Daily running as fast as I could to keep up on the Wildcat adviser in the 1960s, said it bumpy hills of Del Urich Golf Course during a best: “What a gang. What people. What cross country event. a job I’ve got.” I’ve played H-O-R-S-E with former UA As I thumb through the proverbial yearbook of hoopers Fendi Onobun and David Bagga and I’ve the last four years, I realize all the special people spent a day on the golf course with NBA stars I’ve been fortunate enough to Luke Walton, Andre Iguodala, meet during my time with the Channing Frye and Richard Daily Wildcat. Jefferson, the last of whom With graduation just days offered me a beer after the 18th away, I recall the eight academic hole. For the record, I turned it semesters and two summers I’ve down because I wasn’t yet 21. He spent on the Daily Wildcat staff appropriately called me a girl. as a sports reporter, sports editor, Pre-peephole incident, I had news reporter (very briefly) a 20-minute, one-on-one phone and editor in chief. I’ve racked conversation with ESPN goddess COMMENTARY BY Erin Andrews. While covering a up more than 400 bylines and probably as many hate letters. UCLA men’s basketball game, I Lance Madden But I’d like to think those letters discovered that Jaleel White, aka Editor in chief were written with ink composed Steve Urkel, isn’t dead. of dark, free-flowing jealousy. At one point or another, After all, I’ve experienced a lot of cool things. I have talked with an ESPY winner, a I covered the UA men’s basketball team for Globetrotter, Brandon Jennings and his mother two-and-a-half seasons, which encompassed and Wilbur the Wildcat’s creator, John Paquette. Lute Olson’s awkward retirement and three I’ve been singled out during a press conference head coaches after that. I’ve covered the by a UA coach a la Mike Gundy, and I once had NCAA Softball World Series, Suns training another coach return a phone call of mine in the camp and the NBA Draft in New York City. middle of the night. Last year, I covered the NCAA Sweet 16 and I’ve seen retired professional athletes and saw Magic Johnson and Larry Bird in person future pros — all grown men — cry. I’ve been in — all on the same day. locker rooms and have seen things that would When I was 20, Shaq told me I looked make a sorority girl cry. like I was 15. Grant Hill said I looked 14. And in the Daily Wildcat newsroom, I’ve Alando Tucker believed me, if only for a laughed so hard I wanted to cry. moment, when I told him the promo spot he I want to thank all of the inspirational and had just filmed for UATV was actually for a hardworking individuals who have made this local porn channel. four-year journey so memorable. My job has put me in the back seat of a I am the Daily Wildcat. You are the Daily silver Cadillac CTS-V (0 to 60 in five seconds) Wildcat. We are the Daily Wildcat. going at speeds upward of 90 mph on a curvy Sherman Miller would be proud. racetrack in Phoenix. It also put me behind Robert Cheseret, the Kenyan brother of — Lance Madden is a journalism senior. He can U.S. Olympic gold medalist Bernard Lagat, be reached at

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Senior a musical ‘jack of all trades’


By Emily Moore Arizona Daily Wildcat Tom Burrish isn’t your average senior. When he walks down the aisle to “Pomp and Circumstance,”seizing his diploma, he won’t be settling down and starting just any career. He plans on starting a band. This“jack of all trades”psychology major and music minor came to Tucson from South Dakota. “I’ve always joked that the U of A was the closest I could get to (California) on a scholarship,”said Burrish, a National Merit Scholar. Growing up in a musical family, Burrish was surrounded by musicians and music teachers on his mother’s side. Naturally, he became immersed in the music. For the past 13 years he’s been playing the cello in addition to 11 years on the guitar. Burrish said he loved the diversity of sounds that could be created with the guitar and discovered the electric cello, which enabled him to produce an entirely different palette of sounds. In high school, Burrish started playing in bands and went on tour. Throughout this experience, his tastes in music diversified to what is now his eclectic love of electronic, rock, hiphop and classical. Burrish uses all of the elements — the beats from hip-hop and electronica, the intensity of rock and the phrasing and melodic lines of classical — to produce his music. “I know it sounds corny, but I really do believe that music is the universal language that we can use to tap into emotions,”Burrish said.

Grub to grab before graduation Graduation is fast approaching and that means many students are prepping for their final farewell to Tucson. Before packing up and heading out of town, there are a few local eateries that any food lover must hit up. Bumsted’s — Massive portions. That is all you need to know. Well, that and wedgies. Bumsted’s offers a ton of amazing food at low prices. Their interesting dishes are pure greasy goodness. From the interesting names — like wedgies for French fries — to the friendly staff and bingo games twice a month, Bumsted’s is a Tucson favorite that cannot be missed. The deep red walls and giant fish tank make the ambiance one to remember. This place is worth a visit or two before leaving town.

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Tom Burrish, a psychology major and music minor, sits in his room with his electric cello. Burrish describes his music as a “dichotomy between fixed and improvisational” because he uses both his computer and various musical instruments to compose his music.

Recently he performed an electroacoustic concert with his cello, showcasing his unique music. Burrish has also played with the philharmonic orchestra for eight semesters. His other music-related endeavors include disc jockeying at a South Dakota college radio station, performing, booking shows with bands and doing live sound and studio recording. Burrish is someone people in the music industry

would consider well-rounded. “I love being involved in every part of the process,”Burrish said. He places high importance on every aspect of music, knowing that he can learn from any facet of it, whether his own or someone else’s. “To me listening to and experiencing live music is the most important thing — I try to get out to every concert I can because it’s

such a great learning experience and live music is fundamental to music evolution.” After graduation he’s planning on moving to Colorado with a few other musicians where they all plan to start a new project — aka a band. “If there’s a point in my life where I can make it in music, this would be it,” Burrish said.“We want to try something new and see what happens.”

Creating worlds on stage By Kim Kotel Arizona Daily Wildcat Growing up, theatre arts senior Katelin Ashcraft ran the gamut of childhood dream jobs. She wanted to be a veterinarian — or maybe a dolphin trainer — better yet, a journalist. But then high school happened, and coming from a musically inclined background —“We’re the family at Christmas that sings songs around the piano,”Ashcraft said — she picked up scenic design for the high school’s musicals and plays, but just for fun. “I had done 10 musicals and a couple of other plays before I had come to college,”Ashcraft said.“It wasn’t until I got (to the UA) that I believed it (could be) a real major.” Ashcraft’s high school drama teacher encouraged her to pursue a degree in scenic design. He went a step further by helping her acquire an internship with the UA’s theatre department, one of the top 10 programs in the country, the summer before her freshman year. “I was the only freshman that knew from the start that I wanted to do (scenic design).”Ashcraft said. Despite the 40- to 100-hour work weeks, four-hour labs, classes from nine a.m. to noon all four years and working on sets right after lab until 10 or 11 p.m., Ashcraft still gets goosebumps doing what she does. “It was the first night we brought the lights up on the set (of “The Diary of Anne Frank”), and chills literally went down my spine and down the spines of the costume and lighting designer. (The scene) started taking on the whole feel we were working towards — trapped and claustrophobic, the whole (feel of the) annex. That was amazing to me because it wasn’t

even all together. We didn’t have all the elements. We just brought out the lights, and you could see the texture of the floor and everything.”Ashcraft said, reminiscing on her first main stage job. Despite her success with“Anne Frank,”serving as a resident by supervising lab — a responsibility normally assigned to a graduate student — Ashcraft keeps her head ducked under the clouds.“Being (in this major), you know right out of the gate you are not going to be a scenic designer — unless you’re doing really small community theater,”Ashcraft said. “Unlike being a doctor, where you (have a designated set of steps), in the arts you kind of have to pick your own path. Just take a leap here, a jump there … and you might end up doing (something) random before you get back to doing what you really, really love.” Ashcraft plans on pursuing a position as prop master for the Arizona Theatre Company as well as applying for an internship with Disney, ideally working in set dressing or props. Though she visited Chicago and went through a rigorous interview process with numerous colleges for graduate school, Ashcraft decided to wait a year or two before pursuing further education.“A lot of people think you should do real world work for a couple years and then go back (to school)” Ashcraft said. And amid the chaos and uncertainty surrounding graduation, Ashcraft received some encouraging words to keep her steady on her feet and firm in her resolve as she enters“the real world.” “My one professor, Peter Beudert … kept looking at me and saying, ‘I’m not worried about you. Something’s going to happen and pop up and you’ll get your break, and it’ll just go from there.’”

For Monique Dias, the future isn’t as unclear as you’d think. An avid film lover, the 21-year-old media arts senior is headed to one of the most prestigious film schools in the country after graduation to study production design: the American Film Institute. You would never know of Dias’ accomplishments by speaking to her, though. She has a humble attitude and an optimistic disposition toward her schooling. “I’m very thankful for the education I’ve gotten here at the UA,”Dias said.“I mean, how could I not be? It got me into film for the love of it and now I’m headed to the best film school one can get into to get anywhere in this industry. I’m grateful for the opportunity.” Dias has excelled both in the

classroom and outside it. Dias is a J. Michael Gillette Media Arts Production Scholarship recipient, given to fine arts undergraduates with a 3.0 GPA or higher who want to work in film or television production. Dias has also made movies simply because she can. “A friend and I made ‘Kindle’ just for fun,”said Dias, referring to their 10-minute short film.“We got the opportunity to build a model cityscape and used perspective to make it look three-dimensional, but we actually carved the set out of a two-dimensional object: cardboard. I’m very proud of the final result.” But what about her best experience here? In the end, it comes down to the academics and the people. “Being a part of the BFA Media Arts program has been great. It’s a really tightknit community and I’m proud to have done it,”Dias said.

Zinburger — This Fox Concept Restaurant is another Tucson favorite. Their juicy burgers and fantastic milkshakes are simple American fare worth digging into. The zucchini fries and sweet potato chips are unmatched. There is a fun and low-key feel to Zinburger that makes it great for the college crowd. Although the prices may be a bit higher than what the average college student is used to shelling out for a burger, it is worth it. Zinburger 1865 E. River Rd. 299-7799 Mi Nidito Restaurant — This place is the be-all and end-all of Tucson’s Mexican food. Boasting great portions and flavorful dishes, there is nothing like Mi Nidito. Famed for visits from former President Bill Clinton and other celebrities, the restaurant is clearly a local joint worth hitting up. If Sonoran-style fare is something you might miss once you leave Tucson, this is the best place in town to get your last fix. Expect a wait. But don’t worry — it’s well worth your time. Mi Nidito Restaurant 1813 South Fourth Ave. 622-5081 Caruso’s Restaurant — An established Tucson classic, Caruso’s has been serving up inexpensive Italian fare for decades. This small restaurant has a lovely family-friendly feel and the patio is perfect for Tucson nights. The simple menu features Italian classics, and the antipasto is the perfect start to any meal. Caruso’s zesty marinara sauce has been made in the same large copper pot since the restaurant’s beginnings, and the pot itself can be seen sitting in the kitchen from the main dining room. And don’t forget to get garlic bread — it’s so good it’s easy to fill up on. Caruso’s Restaurant 434 N. Fourth Ave. 624-5765

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Katelin Ashcraft, a senior graduating with a bachelor of fine arts in design technology with an emphasis in scene design and props, stands in the prop shop located in the Tornabene Theatre. Ashcraft has created many of the props used in UA plays while working as prop master and set designer for numerous UA productions.

Monique Dias: Living in fast forward By Joe Dusbabek Arizona Daily Wildcat

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However, it was not all about school for Dias. Her work now and in the future is a main priority. “I have a lot of influences, but the commonality in my work is the bittersweet story. I’m very interested in people in a general way. I like to explore their complexities,”Dias said. Don’t be surprised if you hear her name behind big-screen blockbusters one day. “I’d like to eventually direct feature films,”Dias said.“The movie that got me into film was‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?’with Johnny Depp. It pretty much showed me what I like. I’d like to do things like that.” In 10 years, Dias hopes for success, like other seniors. She may have bigger dreams than others, but in the end she’s happy with simple happiness. “Of course, with the ego I’ll have by then, I’ll expect multiple awards from directing films,”she said, laughing, over

Lindy’s Diner — This burger joint’s latest claim to fame is an episode on the Travel Channel’s “Man Vs. Food,” where host Adam Richman took on the OMFG Burger. Offering huge, juicy burgers and late-night grub, Lindy’s has become a Tucson staple. They offer food for all appetites — choose how many patties you want on your burger and enjoy. Lindy’s is a Tucson favorite and caters to the late-night college crowd. It’s worth hitting up before shipping out. Lindy’s Diner 431 N. Fourth Ave. 207-2384 Brooklyn Pizza Company — While it may seem odd to find great New York-style pizza in the Sonoran Desert, that is just what Brooklyn’s offers. Their pizza is perfection. It offers a delicious blend of savory crust, sweet sauce and a medley of cheeses. Offered by the slice or as one giant pie, it’s perfect for feeding the masses and it’s a classic college student’s meal. Doughy, delicious garlic knots are another Brooklyn favorite. Simple, easy food is what Brooklyn offers. Don’t leave town without grabbing a slice.

Photo courtesy of Monique Dias

the phone.“But honestly, I’d just be happy working in the industry at all because it’s what I love.” Going forward, there’s no telling what Dias will do. “I’m up for anything,”Dias said.

Brooklyn Pizza Company 534 N. Fourth Ave. 622-6868 — Ali Freedman

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Four years and the fall of art


hen I started college four years ago, what others see. They are self-portraits in binary. Twitter was a mere two months old, YouTube is the same thing. It’s synthetic — we “SexyBack”was the premier club anthem can reduce red-eye or overdub something we said and Lindsay Lohan had a viable career. improperly — and completely staged. It’s photography How things have changed. in realtime or a staged manifesto with crosscuts. We are living in an age when U.S. senators All three are the newest forms of modern art. tweet during presidential addresses and only After all, what is art besides a physical three movies that are not remakes or adaptations manifestation of our sentiments? Edvard Munch’s have reached the number-one spot this year in “The Scream”and Geoffrey Chaucer’s“The the nationwide box office. Canterbury Tales”are each man’s Fall Out Boy, one of the most thoughts laid out on a disposable popular music groups of the past four medium. Their abstract nature or years, is on an indefinite hiatus. The fictional narrative does little to change most successful country duo of all their purpose: They are born of their time, Brooks & Dunn, hung up their creator’s mind to represent their spurs this spring. Michael Jackson COMMENTARY BY potential and given to the world to has been dead for nearly a year. examine. Zachary Smith In only four years, the world of What if Munch could have tweeted Arts writer popular art has changed so much that “Srsly having existential crisis rite we don’t know how we got here. Four years ago, Judd now”? Or if Chaucer’s vlog followed him around Apatow was a name few registered. Now he basically as he criticized British society alongside a cast of owns mainstream comedy. pilgrims? What would have come of such creations? In the past four years, we’ve elected our first black Simple answer: They wouldn’t be discussed president and allowed Tucker Max to make a movie. today. I wouldn’t be name-dropping them in this We are capable of anything. It’s been a roller coaster for column or studying them in a classroom. the past four years and the only thing that’s stayed the So what does our art say about us? Frankly, same is that we need art. We can’t survive without it. it says we’re simple. In our age of instant Our art sure looks different, though. information, we’ve created insta-art. With We are becoming a culture that expresses itself in the snap of our fingers, we create complete 140 characters or through a list of our favorite activities representations of ourselves. Our thoughts and on a mini feed. We can vlog an entire day-in-the-life creations flood the Internet, as we seek a sense of and upload it onto the Internet where others can actualization through our unique admissions. subscribe to our channel and watch our day. But unlike Vincent Van Gogh’s self-portrait, According to Alexa Internet, the Internet’s our Facebook page will never be the topic of primary trafficking engine, Facebook is the number discussion. Ever. two most visited website after Google.YouTube is Our art is nothing more than howls for attention. number three. Twitter is 12. We just don’t paint frescoes anymore and let These are our museums. These are our gallerias. others search our work for deep answers. We’d And we are all exhibits. rather fill our time with Facebook hyperlinks and Facebook and Twitter are not about broadcasting Tweetathons. We fit our personality into“Likes ourselves. They are not about being social, because and Interests.”We think that somehow creates a we have a hundred other ways to interact with composite sketch of our time on this planet. others. They are about creating the idealized We think people actually give a damn. snapshot of our lives, one where we control exactly It took Michelangelo four years of lying on his

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Graduation is a special time in the life of a student. It marks a grand transition to either a higher level of education seldom attained or a realm past academia. Such a grand occasion calls for a delicious adult beverage. Contrary to popular culture’s assertions that champagne is the go-to flagship of alcohol-fueled celebrations, beer remains the preferred alternative. With a larger variety of available flavors, lower alcohol content and greatly lower price, a frosty mug of bub is how you want to celebrate your graduation. The following are not the best beers on the market; they are just a sampling of really good beers available at Plaza Liquors, 2642 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson’s homegrown premier liquor store. Buy locally, drink responsibly and celebrate accordingly.

Red Chair NWPA

Brewery: Deschutes Style: Northwest Pale Ale Price at Plaza: $1.35 per 12 oz. This is one of the easiest pale ales to use as a session beer, despite its 6.4 percent alcohol by volume. An incredibly balanced beer, Red Chair starts with a noticeable hop flavor. However, its hop characteristics are not alarmingly bitter and have a gentle flavor of pine. The initial notes give way to a caramel smoothness; Red Chair gets better with each sip. It’s relatively light for a pale ale. It also serves as a great gateway beer to sharper pale ales.

90 Shilling

Brewery: Odell Style: Amber Ale Price at Plaza: $1.50 per 12 oz. This is the most effortlessly drinkable amber on the market and one of the most enjoyable. A heavy malt flavor with coffee overtones rule the palette, followed by very mellow bitterness from a muted hop jolt. The malt coats your mouth for a few seconds before giving way to a dry, roasted taste. While it carries a somewhat midrange body, 90 Shilling is still not difficult to enjoy as a session beer, especially given its low 5.3 percent alcohol content.

Two-Hearted Ale

Brewery: Bell’s Style: IPA Price at Plaza: $1.81 per 12 oz. Marketed as a straight-up ale, Two-Hearted

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is definitely a hop-steady IPA. However, don’t let the hops frighten you — Two-Hearted brings a rich hop flavor and mellow bitterness. Unlike many IPAs, Two-Hearted excels from its relatively small bite. Sure, the hops are still more evident than other flavors, but they don’t overpower your taste buds. A light body with a splash of citrus flavor makes Two-Hearted deceptively smooth at 7 percent. It’s the best session IPA on the market, but with its moderate alcohol percentage, it might rip your heart out.

Oatmeal Stout

Brewery: Samuel Smith Style: Oatmeal Stout Price at Plaza: $2.22 per 12 oz. Samuel Smith is proclaimed by many to be the best oatmeal stout in the world, and I’m not about to argue. Sam Smith has something special, as his beer greets your mouth with rich oatmeal and caramel flavors, as well as a bountiful helping of roasted malt. The sweetness hits you from all sides and is reminiscent of cookie flavor. With a medium, silky body, this is a well-balanced stout at only 5 percent. I’m not sure you could make a night exclusively out of this beer, but it should be a part of any celebration.


Brewery: Ayinger Style: Doppelbock Price at Plaza: $3.25 per 11.2 oz. German beer is most often associated with hefeweizen and rightly so. German weissbeer is the best in the world. However, you are a scholar of the world. You push boundaries! Take your taste buds on a journey with a doppelbock, a malty lager with a thick head. Creamy malt and sweet cocoa flavors carry this beer to a satisfying finish despite its dense weight. At 6.7 percent, Celebrator will help you get the party going. Just don’t expect it to still love you in the morning.

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Julie Swarstad: Posh poet extraordinaire By Kathleen Roosa Arizona Daily Wildcat

She didn’t waste her four years here. In fact, Swarstad is quite the overachiever. She’s not the annoying type who flaunts it, Everything about Julie Swarstad screams but the type who you envy. And then you artistic. From the slightly retro crimson wonder how she has time to pursue not skirt to an elegant necklace, it’s clear she only a major in creative writing, but one in has a flair for examining how things work anthropology as well. Oh, and add a music together. But even on first meeting, what’s minor on top of that. fascinating is a certain intensity in her look, Even more impressive is Swarstad’s her eyes constantly open to inspiration. work in the English honors program. The A Peoria native, Swarstad is a testament department selects between eight and to the impact of a great 12 students a year. These teacher. Her love of poetry students then participate in I feel like it stemmed from a sixth grade a series of intense seminars poetry assignment, in which was what I and independent study. After her teacher let her continue submitting a portfolio at the was meant to writing when other students end of her junior year, the be doing. moved on because “it was department decided Swarstad’s something I enjoyed a lot.” work was of thesis-calibur. — Julie Swarstad Writing quickly became a While enjoying a community habit for Swarstad and a of fellow writers was an means of passing the time throughout amazing experience for Swarstad, creating high school. a collection of poetry for her honors thesis When entering college, the decision to was not a simple process. be a creative writing major was completely “It doesn’t sound that hard to complete natural. “I just knew it was something I 22 poems, but it’s a lot of writing and a lot wanted to do, and here I am doing it,” of time spent on your own,” Swarstad said. Swarstad said. “I feel like it was what I was “I kept playing around with the idea of meant to be doing.” distance between ideas and things and


people,” she said. “For me, the collection is distance and nearness.” While her poems have this overarching theme, they cover a wide range of subject matter, varying from life in Tucson, to escapades in Europe and regular life. Swarstad is by no means the hermit poet. Though influenced by the likes of Ann Carson and John Donne, much of her inspiration comes from everyday events and interaction with people. For her thesis, Swarstad set aside time twice a week to write at Café Passé, because for her “the best writing comes out of experience, so having noise and people walking by the street helps me to write.” Swarstad plans to maintain her ties to the UA by working part-time with the Poetry Center and the Honors College next year. As of now, she’s keeping her fingers crossed for the prestigious MFA program at the University of Texas at Austin. What words of wisdom does this posh poet have for the rest of us? “If you’re going to pursue art,” Swarstad said, “make sure you’re doing it for the Lisa Beth Earle/Arizona Daily Wildcat right reasons. Do it because it’s powerful Julie Swarstad, a senior graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in creative writing, and changes things. Art and language and holds her handmade book of poetry, ‘An Unacceptable Nearness,’ which she created for her thesis. She enjoys writing lyrical poetry with strong narrative elements and writing really impact the world.” also played the trombone in the UA marching band, Pride of Arizona.

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Rafael Valenzuela

Arizona senior first baseman Rafael Valenzuela is the definition of a utility man, and has endured the good, the bad and the ugly in his time at Arizona. He went through what head coach Andy Lopez called a nightmare of a season last year, only to help lead the youngest team in the Pacific 10 Conference to 15 straight wins this season. The senior, better known as “Failo,” has played virtually every position since donning the Cardinal and Navy, and even serves as the team’s emergency catcher. His numbers are never staggering, but rarely do you watch an Arizona baseball game without seeing his name in the lineup. He’s been a father figure of sorts, and his versatility, leadership and personality will undoubtedly be missed. — Mike Schmitz

Men’s basketball Nic Wise

He didn’t have a choice. Nobody survived the previous regimes. Nobody withstood the uncertainties. Nic Wise, the lone senior on Arizona’s fourth identity in as many years, bridged the gap from Lute Olson to Kevin O’Neill to Russ Pennell to Sean Miller. Filled with potholes and U-turns, the road was unprecedented in college basketball. “There isn’t another college player in history that’s been through what I’ve been through,” Wise said. Miller’s message remained consistent: No single player means more to his team than Nic Wise does to Arizona. And who could’ve asked for a better ending to his well-documented career than a buzzer-beater on senior night in McKale Center? — Bryan Roy

Women’s basketball Ashley Frazier

In her short two-year stint with the Arizona women’s basketball team, senior guard Ashley Frazier has managed to become a leader both on and off the court. With her drive and passion for the game, she pushed for a 14-17 record, one of the best the Arizona women have attained in years. Frazier never tallied high in the points-pergame column, but if you looked at the rest of her statistics, it was evident that her forte was in assists

and the tenacious defense she always brought to the table. In coming years, the Wildcats will have a difficult time replacing the emotional and vocal spirit that Frazier brought to every contest. — Dan Kohler

played over five events, she compiled a scoring average of 77.38. Career highlights include the low round at the 2007 NCAA Central Region and a career-best tie for 18th at the Wildcat Invitational as a junior. — Alex Williams

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After transferring from Scottsdale Community College after his sophomore year, he recorded one top-10 and two top-20 finishes as a junior, with a scoring average of 73.66 over 28 rounds played, and a low tournament of 2-under-par. Saferian was honorable-mention All Pacific 10 Conference as a junior. As a senior, he had one of Arizona’s two individual victories, when he won the Arizona Invitational at 13-under-par. Saferian was UA’s thirdleading scorer as a senior with a 72.53 average. As a senior, Mason compiled an 85.5 scoring average in two rounds over only one event. Mason ranked fifth on the team in scoring her sophomore year, as she compiled an average of 80.23. Her career highlight was tying for 21st at the Mountain Shootout her junior year.

Brittany Benvenuto

Benvenuto found herself on the outside looking in during her senior year with the influx of youth into the Arizona lineup. In 13 rounds,

Bradley Nicholson

A transfer from Brigham Young University after his sophomore year, Nicholson posted a 75.97 scoring average over 10 events played, with seven rounds at or below par. He tied for 22nd at the Braveheart Classic, his best finish of the season. As a senior, he played 17 rounds over six events, cumulating a 75.41 scoring average and one top-10 finish. His best finish at UA came at the Braveheart Classic as a senior, where he finished in a tie for 16th. ­— Alex Williams


Sarah Tomczyk

Five years of dedication. That is what Sarah Tomczyk gave the Arizona gymnastics team. After a medical redshirt her freshman year, Tomczyk grew into a leadership role for the Gymcats. In Tomczyk’s final year as a Gymcat she helped lead the team to a finish in the nation’s top 20. Tomczyk was the sole leader on a young Gymcat team and often had the most responsibility on her shoulders. Tomczyk, who epitomizes the student in studentathlete, has already begun student teaching. As Tomczyk ends her career as a gymnast at the UA she will no doubt take with her the ideals she so often signified during her career. — Kevin Nadakal


Cam Nelson

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Point guard Ashley Frazier goes for the pass block against Oregon State on Jan. 14 in McKale Center. Frazier spent two years at the helm of the Arizona offense after transferring from South Plains College in Levelland, Texas.

Cam Nelson was a productive, versatile player during his four seasons as a Wildcat, but most importantly he was a leader and the type of player that Mike Stoops needed to turn a once-down program around. Nelson was a three-year starter

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in the secondary, coming in as a cornerback before switching to strong safety and eventually ending up at free safety. Nelson appeared in 50 games throughout his career and was a co-captain in 2009. He signed on with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent.

Like Nelson, Mitchell also epitomized the versatile, team-first type player that Stoops needed. Mitchell came to Arizona as a running back, moved to H-back and eventually ended up as a starting defensive tackle. He finished his impressive 2009 season with 44 total tackles and six sacks. The Houston Texans selected the cocaptain in the third round of the NFL Draft. — Tim Kosch

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Wildcats in 2009, spouting a 22-8 record and leading Arizona back to the College World Series. She held the then-No. 1 Florida Gators to just three hits in five shutout innings in relief of former Arizona pitcher Lindsey Sisk. — Nicole Dimtsios

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Shortstop K’Lee Arredondo has started all four years of her colligate career at Arizona. Although she began in the outfield, starting 58 games in left field, the Tempe native eventually moved to shortstop, where she has become the vocal and emotional leader of the infield. In 2009, Arredondo was named a second team All-Pacific 10 Conference selection in addition to being named to the All-Pac-10 second team in 2008 and an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention her freshman year. She has also earned honors in the classroom, being named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team since 2008 and to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII honors in 2009.


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The Arizona soccer team had very little to feel good about in the 2009-10 season, the losses came in bunches and head coach Dan Tobias bailed midway through the season. But through it all fifth-year senior Devon Wharf found a way to create a feelgood story for the Wildcats. Wharf finally stepped into the starting goalkeeper position after a plethora of injuries that allowed her to play 75 minutes total before this past season. Wharf finished her career strong despite injuries, playing in 18 of 20 in this past season. Wharf’s most memorable game came against ASU when she registered seven saves and led the Wildcats to a thriller over the Sun Devils. Wharf’s career will always be marked by injuries, but she will also be remembered by the way she continued to fight to the end. — Vincent Balistreri

To our wonderful graduating seniors, our heartfelt

Since the day he stepped on campus, Basson has been one of the best swimmers on the team. A four-year All-American, he has also been both a team national champion and an individual champion in the 500y freestyle. Besides his domination at the NCAA level he has also performed at the highest level, having swam for his native South Africa in the 2008 Olympics. Now that his UA career is over he will move his attention to preparing for the 2012 Olympics. — Derek Lawrence

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CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES! Undergrads: Melanie C. Alvarez, Blase E. Evancho, Brittany L. Choate, Nathan Q. Gloyd, Alicia D. Hamby, Alexander R. Hawman, Erinn L. Hogan, Brian V. Horwich, Amelia D. James, Jessica M. Jones, Britni L. Krebs, John D. Kwon, Leslie M. Marasco, Daniel T. Mayfield, Eric G. Moll, Jazelle E. Mondeau, Erin Peterson, & Jason R. Silvertooth M.S.: Angelina Angelova, Justin Berkompas, Jonathon Burnett, Pamela Gallo, Matt D. Kluvo, & Scott Murray Ph. D.: Sarah M. Hayes, Cesar Hernandez, Luisa A. Ikner, Rafael Martinez-Garcia, Syreeta L. Miles, Laura Y. Sifuentes, & Kyle R. VanderLugt

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Senior Andres Arango sets up for a front hand shot on March 5 in a match against Santa Clara at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. Arango spent two years on the Wildcats’ men’s tennis team and became part of the Los Dos Andres doubles team.


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Seniors who impact the game

Women’s swim Ana Agy

abilities didn’t go unnoticed in the nation’s toughest conference. The doubles team that was later dubbed Los Dos Andres, named for Arango and his partner Andres Carrasco, was well known throughout the conference as a deadly combination of tenacity and brute force that led to some of Arizona’s key victories over the past two seasons. — Dan Kohler

Women’s track and field Liz Patterson

She hasn’t grabbed all the headlines during her time at the UA, but Agy has been a consistent performer over the last four years. She has performed so well that she is a three-time All-American. She was a key contributer on the 2008 national championship team and also played a huge part in the UA’s dominance in the 400y medley relay — for the third time in a row she was a national champion in the event. — Derek Lawrence

Men’s tennis Andres Arango

Despite spending the 2007-08 season as a member of the Arizona State men’s tennis team, senior Andres Arango proved throughout his two years at Arizona that the colors he represents will always be Cardinal and Navy. Picking up Pacific 10 All-Conference honors this season, Arango was able to prove that his

After four years at Arizona, Liz Patterson has compiled an impressive list of achievements. In her freshman year she came to Arizona as the USA Track and Field National Junior High Jump Champion. By the end of the year she earned All-Conference honors with a fourth-place finish at the Pacific 10 Conference Championships. In her sophomore year she was the lone individual national champion of SENIORS, page B16

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Bachelor’s (con’t) Andrew Smock James Stevenson Brittni Storrs Cassandra Stout Rachel Tasky Natalia Temboni Ashley Thalmann Caitlin Warzecha Barret Weidner Andrea Wheeler Stephen Whitney Carmen Willcox Chris Wittoesch David Wohlleban Shira Wolf Alexandra Wright Zeke Zager

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ASUA leader Chris Nagata discusses ups and downs of 2009-10 By Laura E. Donovan ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT For the commencement issue, the Arizona Daily Wildcat interviewed 2009-10 Associated Students of the University of Arizona President Chris Nagata on his term in office. DW: Was the job of being president harder, easier or as much work as you expected? CN: It was nothing like I expected. I think we all have this naïve sense of what the job entails and psych ourselves up for what the responsibilities will be. But I think it’s always really hard to get a true grasp of what your responsibilities, day-to-day schedule and duties will be until you’re physically in those shoes. Was it anything like I imagined? It was everything plus more. It was truly a wonderful experience that I will always be grateful and thankful for. How many hours a week on average would you say that you put in during this time? I worked mornings, afternoons, nights consistently, as well as holidays, weekends, you name it. There was really no downtime within the realm of the office or the roles there. I can’t give an accurate hour amount, but I would say that we were in the office by 8 a.m. at the latest every morning, and it would be a real reward if we could get out of the office by 10:30 at night. That doesn’t take into consideration or account for the phone calls you make outside of the office, the travel, the planning, the correspondence outside of the office, it goes on and on. There are things that you do that are not visible to everyone else, but your body definitely recognizes what you’re putting it through, but that’s what makes the job unique and special.You have to be passionate about what you do in order to put in those crazy hours and to have that much intensity

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for what you do, so it shows the heart and investment and dedication that you have for your position.You wouldn’t be getting up at crazy hours, going to bed at crazy hours or getting no sleep to do the best you could at your job. Was it difficult to balance academics and ASUA? Sure, without a doubt. You are the student body president, so in some sense, you have to remain responsible for your duties as a student, such as performing well and going to class. But you also have to expect that the amount of time delegated to being a student is probably not the same amount that you prioritized it in the first few years at UA. You take a reduced class schedule, you probably take classes that are easier in a sense than in a normal course load, and you try to prepare as much as you can for your year as president. Was being ASUA president something you’d thought about doing long before you ran for president? No, I wish I could say that. I

actually didn’t even think about being president until mid- to late-fall semester of my junior year, and that’s about the time you have to start campaigning. I talked to my parents over Thanksgiving break and asked them if this was something that I could accomplish and could my school life take a pause while I did this. Through thoughtful consideration with my parents and close family and friends, we decided this was something I really wanted to tackle. I’m staying here an extra semester, but I wouldn’t take back the experience of being ASUA president if it meant I could have graduated in four years or three and a half years. The opportunity was there and I would rather kick myself for having done it and have regrets than kick myself for not having done it and knowing that the opportunity was there. What would you say to a student who criticizes ASUA for not doing anything, or not being representative enough? I am really pleased with anyone who has an opinion of

ASUA, whether it be positive or negative, because it shows that they care and are aware and knowledgeable about their surroundings. For our critics who suggest that ASUA isn’t doing its faithful duties of representing their interests, I would say that in order for us to adopt their concerns and viewpoints into our agenda, if they’re passionate about what they say, we’re right there taking the same classes, so pay us a visit, send us an e-mail, talk to us in class. We’re excited to hear the feedback of our students. At the heart of everything we do, we strive to be that representation and be advocates. If we’re not doing a good job, we need to be reminded so we can be in check. I appreciate the critics out there to keep us in line, because if we don’t have that, we’re probably not doing our job. I invite criticism because I’d like to hear feedback to improve as a student organization. NAGATA, page B13

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populations like ours is not often recognized. This celebration offers a sense of community amongst  our population and showcases the amazing contribution of APA students.” Xayaphanh noted that unlike many of the other cultural centers on campus, Asian-Pacific American Student Affairs focuses not only on their uniqueness within the community as a whole but also the diversity within the Asian and Pacific Islander population, noting “each student brings a very distinct culture and identity.” Native American Student Affairs also had its convocation in early May. Sharing the same building, the centers worked to provide their students with a specialized ceremony. This week, two of the centers will hold their own, smaller convocations. A special convocation held today from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in Centennial Hall is important to acknowledge the students’ special achievements, said Socorro Carrizosa, program director of the Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs. “This year is the first year that it’s entirely university supported,” Carrizosa said. Previous years have been funded by local businesses, but this year the university, despite budget cuts, funded the entire commencement ceremony. CULTURAL, page B14

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Advice to future ASUA: ‘Remember who you serve’

Is there anything you wanted to accomplish during your time in office that you didn’t get around to doing? There are a lot of projects that were halted mid-way through. You work so hard to accomplish all that you can and you know that in a year’s time, there’s a lot that cannot be accomplished. There are a lot of outstanding projects that I am hoping the future administrations will potentially pick up if they’re interested. But that’s the thing, student leadership at ASUA is only for a year and then you transition into a whole new team of leaders. Some of that institutional memory gets carried on, but often, it doesn’t. I am hoping that within each student leader, we transition the next leaders so they don’t have to come in at ground zero. If we don’t pass that torch symbolically, all that groundwork we’ve made has to be recovered and re-done and lessons have to be re-learned. It’s our duty as outgoing leaders at ASUA to make sure that the incoming leaders are equipped with all the knowledge that we had so they can further what they would like to do. It’s that institutional memory that we need to do a good job in transitioning. What are some of the things you’re most proud of? There are three things that I’m most proud of, that I can think of at the top of my head. We balanced an extraordinarily difficult budget coming into the school year and I think we did it professionally, responsibly and to a large degree, with as much transparency as we could. I think we were the first year to publish our budget from month to month online. It was a six-figure dollar amount that we had to balance without cutting too deeply into programs and services that students critically needed. I think that was testament to our treasurer and his leadership and the spirit of the organization to rally behind this new initiative that we had to be more fiscally sound. I was pleased that we were able to incorporate those budget challenges but do so without ill effect to the students. Secondly, I believe it’s been the first time that the Board of Regents have accepted a student proposal for tuition and fees. It was through thoughtful consideration with regents, students, university units and university administrators to get to a comprehensive, thorough proposal. Despite the increases that have occurred, it was the first time that the regents had ever really responded to a student proposal in the fashion

that they did, and it ultimately ended up being approved. It makes a big statement that students are here to create policy on behalf of students that’s as worthy as anybody else’s proposal. If we can set the tone for how the university should budget, we should be able to stake our claim and priorities just as much as anyone else. I was pleased to see the regents respond that way, and I think it really empowered the students. The third is the State of Student address, which had never happened before. I would like to see that, as something traditional, each ASUA president gives this address, especially in these times of higher education, it’s important to articulate what it’s like to be a student. Administrators will try to make that claim, regents will try to say how it’s like to be a student, but only a student will know what it’s like to walk to class, learn in this environment, and in that fashion, so it’s our responsibility to be able to voice out the challenges, opportunities and what is at stake so all higher education stakeholders understand from a student’s perspective the realities of what being a student is like and how they should be making decisions based on providing opportunities to students. What sort of qualities do you think it takes for someone to be ASUA president? I think there’s been one common denominator for all the ASUA presidents. If you don’t have a sincere and honest passion for the job, and you have to reflect on the positives and negatives of the job, and if you’re not sincerely passionate about what all that entails, you won’t be able to fight through the long hours, naysayers or critics to be able to push forth to success. History will say which student presidents are better at that than others, but it all comes down to passion. It all starts off with fundamentally being in love with what you’re doing. What would be your advice for President Emily Fritze? The biggest thing that any ASUA president has to do is remember whom they serve. We serve the students, and it gets so easy to just get wrapped up in the priorities of administrators, regents and the state that oftentimes, our very job gets lost in that mix. At the core, you have to look out for the genuine interest of the students. The most important role and piece of advice is to remember who you serve, because, especially during these times, the student body needs an active, vocal, responsive student leader who is truly out there fighting for what the students deem is important.



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The convocation will have a mariachi band and the ceremony will be presented in both English and Spanish. “People are always coming up saying, ‘My grandma was there and it was in Spanish and it really spoke to her,’” she said. Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs isn’t the only office honoring its students with special cultural features. The African American Student Affairs convocation will feature African dance. “One of the remarkable things and the process of budget cuts is that we tried to preserve some of these things that are really valuable to students,” said Maria Moore, program director of African American Student Affairs. “This convocation is one of those things.” Moore said the convocation of around 40 graduates and 200 participants is a great way to show the students African American Student Affairs’ appreciation. In fact, she said their families’ reaction is one of the reasons they continue to host the event. “I think it’s really celebrating that moment with the students when their name is called, they step up on the stage and the picture and the celebration of those folks in the rows when they see their son or daughter graduate,” Moore said. “Those are the parts of the celebration that I really enjoy the most.” Moore said the convocation stands apart because of the personal messages and pictures each graduate can place in the ceremony, where they will receive either green, blue or black Kente stoles depending on whether they are graduate or undergraduate students. Green stoles symbolize growth; blue represents harmony, peace and love; and black stoles, for the graduate students, represent spiritual potency and maturity. Despite the turmoil of programs getting cut, Moore said events like a specific center’s graduation ceremony help provide a sense of community. “These smaller ceremonies allow us to share a uniqueness and affirm cultural identities,” Moore said. “(Graduation) is both an individual achievement and the achievement for the community.”

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Luis Rivera-Morales came to UA from Central Arizona Community College with only two years of eligibility. He took advantage of those two years and earned numerous honors. Rivera-Morales set an indoor

stadium record in his first meet as a Wildcat at the Blue and Orange Classic in Idaho. He also earned All-Conference honors in both the long and triple jump events in his first year. He was the indoor and outdoor conference champion in both the long and triple jumps. Rivera-Morales set the fourth longest jump in UA history and was the first UA long jumper to score on the national level since 1984. The decorated jumper also set the UA’s third-biggest triple jump mark at 52 feet, 4 3/4 inches at the Mt. Sac Relays. Aside from 1964 Olympian Gayle Hopkins, Rivera-Morales is the only other UA athlete to hold top-10 school marks in both long jump events. In his last year of eligibility, Rivera-Morales came in sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championship in Arkansas with a long jump of 25 feet and 9 1/4 inches. He also set the Mexican National Record for the indoor long jump with a jump of 26 feet, 2 3/4 inches. — Galo Mejia


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Jacy Norton led the Arizona volleyball team in blocking during the 2009 season and recorded a total 172 kills on the season. At the position of middle blocker for the Wildcats, Norton earned Pacific 10 All-Freshman Team honorable mention in 2006. The Louisville, Ky., native averaged nearly one block per set in 2009 and helped the Wildcats return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.

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