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Students face dorm shortage By Lance Madden Arizona Daily Wildcat Nearly 300 students who moved into residence halls on campus this weekend will likely experience another move before the fall semester is over. All of the UA’s 22 residence halls have created temporary housing in order to provide students a place to live until space clears up in the dorms, said Jim Van Arsdel, director of Residence
Life and University Housing. The university expects to begin moving students out of temporary living spaces as early as next weekend, but it may take up to a semester to relocate students into their permanent dorm rooms, he said. “Will we move all of them by the first weekend? Probably not, but we’ll have a good number (moved),” he said. Students who applied last for campus housing, before Residence Life started
to waitlist applicants, were placed in temporary housing. Currently, these students are being charged the lowest on-campus housing rate of $2,904 for the whole semester. If and when they move to permanent housing, their rent will be adjusted based on their new hall assignment. A handful of residence hall guest apartments, usually reserved for visitors to the university, have been temporarily assigned to some of the displaced stu-
dents. Aerospace engineering freshman John Inman is living in one of these apartments in Coronado Residence Hall. Inman said that while the room is large and well-furnished, its location on the ground floor of the hall, where there are no other rooms, has made it difficult for him to meet new people. However, Inman added, “I have my own kitchen, so I have a massive HOUSING, page A3
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Members of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority run north on Mountain Avenue leading new members to their house on the corner of First Street and Mountain Avenue on Sunday, Aug. 23.
By Michelle Monroe Arizona Daily Wildcat As women took their seats yesterday in the Grand Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center, the room filled with excitement and nervous energy. Sorority recruitment counselors stood on chairs above a crowd of around 1,100 potential new members. They began a 15-second countdown to the final moment of rush week, Bid Day. Liz Hudson, a psychology freshman and Alpha Delta Pi new member, could hardly contain her excitement.
“This whole week has been crazy and it’s nice to know it’s coming to an end,” she said. When the countdown reached zero, envelopes ripped open and screams filled the hall as the women discovered which house they received a bid from. Taylor Hall , an accounting freshman, let out a yell as she climbed over chairs to reach friends’ rows ahead of her after finding out which sorority she had been accepted into. “I got in Pi Phi!,” Hall said. During rush week, women formally meet all the houses and use a process known as mutual selection — prospective members and sororities submit
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electronic lists of preferences and are matched by a computer — to find their ideal house. On Bid Day, houses get to welcome and celebrate with their new members. Hall and her eager peers quickly rushed outside and began the run to their new houses while active sorority members lead them through the streets of the UA. Fortunately, the University of Arizona Police Department was on hand to prevent any running-ofthe-bulls-style chaos. BID DAY, page A12
The new Fourth Avenue underpass is open, though not totally finished, and despite criticism of the structure’s aesthetic appeal, it has succeeded in uniting two neighborhoods. Students are traveling downtown with greater ease, while downtowners are arriving at the UA less sweaty and with fewer pedal pumps. Business owners on both sides are already feeling the economic benefits, while artists and community leaders are thinking of new ways to use the link to unite downtown, Fourth Avenue and Main Gate Square. Thousands of people flooded the wide pedestrian paths of the new Fourth Avenue underpass on Thursday, Aug. 20, to see the ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by Mayor Bob Walkup. The mayor thanked the organizations and people who struggled through the more than two-year construction process but admitted the battle wasn’t over. Then, with the mayor at the controls, the electric trolley connecting the two construction-bludgeoned neighborhoods started rolling. Hundreds of cameras flashed as the trolley burst through the blue ribbon, destroying the last barrier between downtown and Fourth Avenue. Then the trolley stalled and rolled backwards a few yards. After two more jerky starts and about a minute of awkwardness and doubt, the trolley emerged in downtown. It was a moment of jubilation: the crowd cheered as prominent business leaders, city council members and UA President Robert Shelton waved from the trolley as it finally arrived downtown. But whether the underpass opening was a total success still remains in doubt for some.The concrete and steel blandness of the $46 million structure brought criticism from people at the ceremony, though most were careful to mention that functionally it’s great. UNDERPASS, page A19
A word from the editor in chief “I hate newspapermen … if I killed them all there would be news from hell before breakfast.” – Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
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I hated journalists too. I first made it into the newspaper when my friends and I wrote a three-act comedy in high school,“Don’t Correct The Boss!” If it ever hits YouTube I’ll never be elected to anything — ever. Even though we were a bunch of acne-faced drama kids, our hometown newspaper, The Glendale Star, sent a reporter. We were excited. We’d hit the big time. Then the article came out. I guess publicist-types would say I went off message. You see, during the interview I mentioned this other student who’d written and produced his own musical a year earlier — Kevin Frei. I’d been an extra in his play.
When I mentioned Kevin Frei, the reporter’s eyes caught fire. She’d done a story on this guy before. Thinking back on it, I can see the lead forming in her reporter’s brain as she scratched away at her notepad. “Oh, Kevin,” she said.“He’s brilliant.” “Yeah, he is,” I said.“Anyway, we’ve been working on this play for about—” “No, no, you don’t understand,” she said. “Nothing is good enough for Kevin Frei. He is a genius.” And then we talked about Kevin Frei for something like 10 minutes. You can see where this is going. When the article hit the newsstands, the story I thought was going to be about our play turned out to be a Kevin Frei lovefest. “Don’t Correct the Boss!” we read, was inspired, fueled and nourished by the incandescent spirit of Kevin Frei.
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I never even clipped out the article. We would joke for years that if I were ever horribly killed the obituary would read something like this: “Alex Dalenberg, who had a chorus role in Kevin Frei’s groundbreaking musical, ‘Final Vinyl,’ was among the victims in Sunday’s explosion.” We also used to sing this song called,“What if God was Kevin Frei?” Man, we were pissed. We even wrote in another villain, the smarmy newspaper reporter Madeline Hitchcock. Things really went south for our heroes after she showed up. So if you’ve ever felt burned by the media, trust me, I’ve been there. I felt like my whole life got boiled down to Kevin Frei by a journalist, a damned journalist. And now here I am, editor of your Arizona Daily Wildcat. What a life. EDITOR, page A4
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Naish Malisetty, a pre-business freshman from Boston, is greeted by a Graham Greenlee RA before being escorted to his temporary room on Thursday, Aug. 29.
she would either be living in a study area, with a resident assistant, or even in a hotel as a last resort. “And they didn’t know for how long,” Flynn said. “It could be for a few days, a few months or a whole semester.” Pre-business freshman Naish Malisetty faces a similar situation in Graham-Greenlee Residence Hall, although his temporary housing is in an actual dorm room. Until vacancies open up — either through late cancellations, noshows or students who decide to move out of the residence halls — Malisetty is staying with a resident assistant, one of about 130 of approximately 200 campus-wide RAs who currently have a temporary roommate, Van Arsdel said. Malisetty, like Flynn, applied for campus housing late, as he chose the UA from seven other schools the Boston native was accepted into.
“It’s a big school,” Malisetty said. “But it’s partially my fault because I applied so late.” An estimated 38,800 students begin classes today, including about 7,000 freshmen. The UA houses approximately 6,350 students, made up mostly of freshmen. “We just live in an unpredictable world,” Van Arsdel said. “Some years are up and some years are down. We started out thinking this year might very well be a down year (as far as freshmen attendance goes) because the economy was so unpredictable.” Van Arsdel added that this unpredictability is a primary factor in the space crunch, because it can be difficult to know until very late how many students will actually need rooms. Some help is on the way in the form of two new residence halls currently being built near Sixth Street. These halls will
Parker Hall, formerly sorority house Alpha Chi Omega, opened as a new residence hall on Thursday, Aug. 19. The dorm houses about 50 female residents.
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Women’s dorm opens By Michelle Cohen Arizona Daily Wildcat
Parker House, previously home to Alpha Chi Omega sorority, has opened its doors as a dorm this semester. The house, located at 1775 E. First St., is a single-sex undergraduate dorm which houses about 50 women. The sorority moved out of the house after its charter was revoked in February by the Alpha Chi Omega national council due to low enrollment. JimVan Arsdel, director of Residence Life and University Housing, said the transition from greek house to dormitory has been smooth. “Typically we have to do a lot of work to privately-owned facilities that are not maintained as well as university-owned facilities,” Van Arsdel said. “With a sorority house that has been maintained well over time, it’s a really easy thing for us to do and a really affordable thing for us to do.”
Students say that because the dorm is a house it provides a unique atmosphere. “There’s more of a sense of community,”said undecided freshman Carolyn Ehat. “We can all leave our doors open and get to know each other.” Pre-business and marketing freshman Cammie Budde agreed. “It’s more homey definitely,” she said. “All the girls are really sweet and you can really get to know each other.” The location of the house is ideal for students interested in Greek Life, she added. “I love it. It’s really convenient because I’m rushing and it’s right on greek row,”Budde said. The house has also recently been updated with wireless Internet, according to family studies and human development senior Andrea Wheeler, undergraduate community director for Parker House. “I would definitely recommend living here,” Wheeler said. “It’s a nice place, the rooms are pretty big, and the friendly atmosphere makes it nice.”
house 1,088 students when they open in the fall of 2011. In the meantime, Residence Life has leased the former Alpha Chi Omega sorority house to serve as a permanent residence hall for the next three years, providing muchneeded housing while the new dorms are built. Fortyeight students are assigned to that living space for the year, Van Arsdel said. This isn’t the first time temporary housing has been used for residence life students. In 2001, computer labs were converted into temporary living areas. “The university is trying to make the best of the situation, and tries to use spaces that won’t have a negative impact on residents,” Van Arsdel said. “It is actually having a significantly positive impact on those 290 people who otherwise wouldn’t be living on campus.”
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along the center shoulder while he Fourth Avenue underpass is hailed as an the musicians take a water break. The trolley follows shortly after, and incredible achievement the speakers clamor out in suits, by more than one onlooker, all well-to-do all sweating and important conspicuJames members of the ously now, Carpenter Tucson commubecause the nity (including air is stifling columnist UA President from so Robert Shelton many bodand Mayor Bob ies packed Walkup) and the trolley driver, who together. Ideally, it won’t be actually gets the biggest reaction the case at future events, I’m from the crowd after his speech. told, because the east-facing The problem is that the acouswalkway was deliberately tics in the big new underpass designed speciously wide, actually suck, and unless you’re apparently to accommodate one of the fortunate few jammed street fairs ad infinitum. The into plastic patio chairs right actual unveiling of the underin front of the speaker system, pass is symbolically eclectic, most of the speeches sound like but what’s being symbolized isn’t all that clear. On one hand magnified indistinctiveness. I definitely caught “achievement,” we’re all gathered to celebrate “testament,”“good things don’t a finished roadway and the come to those who wait, they vast commercial benefits a come to those who struggle” new and direct thoroughfare to downtown Tucson will pro- and, from the same speaker, “a vide. On the other hand, we’re great city is one that admits it’s wrong.” I also joined in singing basically honoring the idea of “Happy Birthday” to Tucson. the underpass, and what said Fruits of the Tucson Portrait idea actually is, is nebulous Project are there, too, in a small and weirdly exemplified. A troupe of bagpipers leads the parade, playing in regimented unison with what look like Scottish “Great Highland”bagpipes and one guy thumping a huge bass drum. Everyone around me says they’re here because some official founder of Tucson was Irish, but no one knows his name. Five or six models for some designer whose business is going to get way better now that there’s easy access walk behind the bagpipers, all dressed and smiling prettily
space on the northwestern side of the walkway. The most distinctive part of the display are the red dots taped to certain tiles, justified by a disclaimer to the right saying that they are either the incorrect image or are damaged, and will be replaced immediately. Weird little exclamatory stuff like this is pervasive in the underpass right now, since a lot of things — like the Portrait Project — aren’t quite finished, but that’s not to say they aren’t finished enough, at least, to be celebrated as
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Pipe-major William Don Carlos, Tanner Wolverton and Ricky Price lead the Seven Pipers Band down Fourth Avenue during the opening ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 19.
a citywide, communal achievement. Then again, if it’s the building of a“historic bridge”or“communal walkway”being celebrated here, rather than just the completion of an underpass, maybe they should have taken the extra time to get things 100 percent finished. To be fair though, we’re all told multiple times to “support local businesses”throughout the speeches, and I was handed a couple of fliers for events happening downtown the very same evening. So at least the powers that be understand the actual reasons why the underpass is important — again, connecting the massive Fourth Avenue and UA crowd with revitalized downtown businesses. But the extent of emphasis placed on the underpass itself, rather than the function it provides, is still odd. The symbolism here is meant to
imply that the underpass is a bridge between past and present Tucson, just as much as it connects the older part of the city with the new. In truth, anyone who has taken a walk or even just driven through the Sixth Street underpass, or pretty much any underpass in an urban area like Tucson, might wonder just how long symbolic ornamentation can be maintained.Yes, we have graffiti-proof finish now and better lighting and space, but whether that, and the initial sense of communal victory, was worth the extra time deterring businesses which needed easy access to downtown, and whether it will retain its polish or effect remains unclear. — James Carpenter is a senior majoring in creative writing. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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UA goes country Randy Travis sings newer material, old favorites at Centennial Hall
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Five-time Grammy winner Randy Travis performs at Centennial Hall in front of an audience of more than 1,800 people on Saturday, Aug. 22.
By Shain Bergan ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT UApresents’ first-ever country music show drew a crowd of just over 1,800 Saturday night at Centennial Hall. Grammy winner Randy Travis’ stop on the UA campus had garnered about 1,700 ticket sales going into Saturday, the show’s final day of sales. Centennial Hall has a capacity of about 2,500. The almost-packed house of mostly middleto-older-aged spectators gathered in groups just outside the venue 30 minutes before the doors opened, many dressed in cowboy hats and shirts depicting Travis. Travis sang some of his newer material from his most recent album, Around the Bend, along with some old favorites that span more than 20 years. Having toured consistently over the past 24 years, the 50-year-old artist’s higher notes were noticeably harsh at times, but Travis transitioned seamlessly into the lower baritone voice his fans have become accustomed to. Travis ended the night on a note of juxtaposition, singing two number-one singles whose releases were separated by 16 years. “Three Wooden Crosses,” released in 2003, reflects the artist’s gospel-sounding recent work. Travis’ last song of the night, “Forever and Ever, Amen,” debuted in 1987 and utilizes the quicker rhythm that launched Travis into stardom in the 1980s. “For our first country show, I think it went great,” said Mario Di Vetta, UApresents marketing associate. “We always want to appeal to a large variety of people with our shows.” Having lost 75 percent of its state funding over the last year, UApresents turned to an e-mail and
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Randy Travis UA set list: •Better Class of Losers •Look Heart, No Hands •Before You Kill Us All •He Walked On Water •Deeper and Deeper •Whisper My Name •Diggin’ Up Bones •On the Other Hand •Don’t Think Twice •If I Didn’t Have You •Horse Called Music •King of the Road •Peace in the Valley •Rise and Shine •Heroes and Friends •1982 •Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart •It’s Just a Matter of Time •Deeper Than the Holler •I Told You So •Three Wooden Crosses •Forever and Ever, Amen
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Thousands flee raging wildfires in Greece The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece — A partial drop in gale-force winds early Monday offered hard-pressed Greek firefighters a brief respite after wildfires raged unchecked for two days north of Athens, burning houses and swathes of forest while forcing thousands to flee their homes. But fire brigade officials cautioned that the fires still threatened inhabited areas on the capital’s northern fringes, the eastern coastal town of Nea Makri and nearby Marathon — site of one of history’s most famous battlegrounds. “There are fewer hazardous points,”fire brigade spokesman Yiannis Kappakis said. “But the blaze is still developing.” Several houses were gutted but there were no reports of deaths or injuries. There was huge damage to the countryside, however, with thousands of hectares of the area’s rapidly dwindling forests gone. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said the fire — one of more than 90 that broke out across Greece over the weekend — was hard to tame. “The situation remains very difficult,” he said after a fire brigade briefing. “The enormous (firefighting) effort will continue on all fronts throughout the night.” In Nea Makri, south of Marathon, local authorities said blaze stretching for 2.5-miles (four-kilometers) was tearing down a hillside towards some houses, and a dozen nuns were evacuated from a nearby Christian Orthodox convent. “The situation is tragic right now, there’s a huge fire coming our way” Nea Makri mayor Iordanis Loizos said. “There is nothing we can do … but wait for the (water-dropping) planes at dawn.” Water-dropping aircrafts were to resume operations at first light Monday, assisted by aircrafts from France, Italy and Cyprus. More than 2,000 firefighters, soldiers and volunteers are fighting the blaze on the ground. Officials have not said what started the fire. Hundreds of forest blazes plague Greece every summer and many are set intentionally — often by unscrupulous land developers or animal farmers seeking to expand their grazing land. In many afflicted areas, despairing residents pleaded for firefighters and equipment that were nowhere to be seen. On Sunday, thousands of residents of Athens’ northern outskirts evacuated their homes, fleeing in cars or on foot. The fire destroyed several houses as it advanced across an area more than 30 miles in circumference. Six major fires were burning early Monday across Greece. The Athens blaze started north of the plain of Marathon, and spread over Mount Penteli — on the city’s limit to the north — threatening outlying suburbs.
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A firefighter tries to extinguish a burning olive tree during a fire in the village of Dombrena about 120 km north of Athens on Aug. 17. Authorities in Greece say wildfires are threatening homes in southern and central Greece where strong winds are hindering firefighters.
Driven by gale-force winds, the blaze grew fastest near Marathon, from which the long-distance foot race takes its name, born from a legendary run after the 490 B.C. Athenian victory over an invading Persian army. A guard at the nearby Museum of Marathon said the fire at one point came within 50 yards of the building, which includes exhibitsof weapons and skeletons from the battle. However, its main front was moving south toward Nea Makri. The fire also threatened the ancient fortress town of Rhamnus, home to two 2,500-yearold temples. The mayor of Marathon said he had been “begging the government to send over planes and helicopters” to no avail. “There are only two fire engines here; three houses are already on fire and we are just watching helplessly,”mayor Spyros Zagaris told Greek TV. Zagaris was among several local leaders who
accused the government of having no plan to fight the fire. Finance Minister Yiannis Papathanassiou responded: “This is not the time for criticism under these tragic conditions. We are fighting a difficult fight.” Another official said emergency workers were exhausted. “The firefighters, soldiers and volunteers fighting the fire are tired and their equipment is being used constantly and there is fatigue there too,” said Deputy Interior Minister Christos Markoyiannakis. Opposition politicians have been restrained in their criticism so far. But both Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga and Giorgos Karatzaferis, head of populist right-wing Popular Orthodox Rally, said the government had learned nothing from the catastrophic summer fires of 2007, when 76 people
died and several villages were totally destroyed in southern Greece. A shift in wind helped halt the flames in the town of Agios Stefanos, a township on the fringes of Athens on the opposite side of Mount Penteli from Marathon. Most of its 10,000 inhabitants had evacuated Sunday afternoon. By nightfall, the town was empty, authorities said. About 58 square miles of forest, brush and olive groves have burned, according to Athens Prefect Yiannis Sgouros. The highly flammable pine forests around Athens’ northern suburbs helped the fire spread. Sgouros said the full extent of the damage would take days to estimate. Authorities evacuated two large children’s hospitals, as well as campsites and homes in villages and outlying suburbs threatened by blazes that scattered ash across Athens. The flames also threatened a large monastery on Mount Penteli.
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policebeat By Courtney Collen Arizona Daily Wildcat
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A woman was transported to a mental facility on Aug. 11 for attempting to harm herself. At approximately noon, the University of Arizona Police Department responded to 1541 E. University Blvd. in reference to two women fighting. Upon the officer’s arrival, another officer had already restrained one of the women after a short chase on foot. The women had taken the fight west down the UA Mall. Both women were soon detained near the benches at the intersection of University Boulevard and Cherry Avenue. One woman stated that she and her friend were walking down the Mall when her friend said she wanted to cut herself with a razor. In an effort to prevent this, the friend tackled the woman to the ground and threw the razor off into the grass. She told the officer she was “just trying to keep her friend from harming herself.” “I’m going to kick your ass and stop you from doing this,” the friend reportedly said. The woman complained of a swollen elbow and said she was under copious amounts of stress, wanting to cut herself in order to “deal with it.” No charges were filed. According to reports, the friends have known each other for almost 19 years and the woman later saw her friend as just wanting to help. The woman was transported to CODAC Behavioral Health, 127 S. 5th Ave. Her backpack with the razor and property were kept as evidence.
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A UAPD officer observed a male driver littering at the intersection of Drachman Street and Mountain Avenue on Aug. 19 around 2:30 a.m. An alternate officer responded to the man’s residence on Mountain Avenue to conduct a DUI investigation. The man had bloodshot, watery eyes with a moderate odor of intoxicants. The man was driving home from Subway and said he felt “perfectly normal.” During the routine test for DUI cases, the man was unable to count the way the officer had instructed prior to the test. Instructions were to count upwards from 1,000 — the man counted to 1,019 and skipped to 2,000. The man was notified that he had violated the UA Code of Conduct, and was cited and released.
Pornography and a pipe earn man a trip to jail
The Tucson Police Department arrested a man for two warrants of possession of drug paraphernalia. Police responded to the UA Main Library on Aug. 18 in reference to a man viewing pornography in the public computer area around 3 p.m. The man noticed police when they arrived and quickly exited the site. After making contact with the man, an officer escorted him out of the library. The man already had two warrants out for shoplifting and criminal trespass to the third degree. While the officer waited for warrant confirmation, he noticed an object hanging outside the man’s pocket: a marijuana pipe. When the officer asked what he uses the pipe for, the man replied,“to smoke weed.” The man was taken to Pima County Jail where he was booked for his warrants.
Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department reports. A complete list of UAPD activity can be found at www.uapd.arizona.edu.
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Leading Dem wavers on health care reform THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — An independent senator counted on by Democrats in the health care debate showed signs of wavering Sunday when he urged President Barack Obama to postpone many of his initiatives because of the economic downturn. “I’m afraid we’ve got to think about putting a lot of that off until the economy’s out of recession,” said Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. “There’s no reason we have to do it all now, but we do have to get started. And I think the place to start is cost health delivery reform and insurance market reforms.” The Senate requires 60 votes to overcome a filibuster and advance a measure to an up-or-down vote. Senators from both parties said that Democrats might use a voting tactic to overcome GOP opposition, abandoning the White House’s goal of bipartisan support for its chief domestic priority. Democrats control 60 votes, including those of two independents, but illness has sidelined Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. The party’s leaders also cannot be assured that their moderate members will support every health care proposal. “I think it’s a real mistake to try to jam through the total health insurance reform, health care reform plan that the public is either opposed to or of very, very passionate mixed minds about,” Lieberman said. Talk about resorting to this maneuver comes as Republicans dig in against the idea of a government-run insurance program as an option for consumers and a requirement that employers provide health insurance to their workers. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans would like to start over “with a genuine bipartisan approach.”
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(before coming here) but I didn’t know they were going to be free.” Adam Weiner, a physiology freshman, said he As the first few drops of rain pelted the Cat- was going to look for hats, clothes and shoes. Tran windows, a handful of freshmen darted What kind of groceries are the class of 2012 glances out at the gray Tucson afternoon. By stocking up on? local standards, it was a pleasant day, but it “Turkey sandwiches,”Weiner said. offered a somewhat grim landscape for these “Ramen noodles, and PB & J,” Cothard newcomers as they rolled out on what, for some chimed in. of them, may well have been their first crossDeena Markind, a psychology freshman, said town bus trip. she just wanted to walk around the mall. For the past 11 years, the UA has offered free Morina Pierce, a veterinary sciences freshshuttle transportation to local stores — this man, hopped on the bus around noon for a trip year, Fry’s and Tucson Mall — as a way to help to the mall and Fry’s, then missed her stop and out newcomers who might feel stranded in found herself on a second go-round. Under her their new homes. arm was a set of twin sheets she’d picked up at “The intent is to give new students a way to Macy’s that afternoon for $100. get some shopping done,” said Jim Van Arsdel, “I way overpacked for groceries,” she said. “I director of Residence Life and University stocked up on a bunch of lunch meat and bread, Housing. and it’s gonna go bad before I can eat it.” The CatTran drivers chatted with the passenJuliette Moore, co-chair of Wildcat Welcome gers, pointing out local sights and tossing free and director of Campus Recreation, likes to hop bottles of water to newcomers. Sal Aguilar, a on the first shuttle every year just to make sure shuttle driver, said he’d mostly seen freshmen things are running smoothly. Moore started the on the trips. program in 1999. Becky Cothard, a nutritional sciences freshman, “We were looking at ways to allow students said she was on the hunt for new gym shoes. to have access to the mall, especially incoming “I think it’s really nice that they’re offer- freshmen,” Moore said.“Possibly even to go see ing this,” she said. “I knew about the shuttles a movie if they wanted to.” Moore said Wildcat Welcome approached the different businesses involved and got support from them in order to finance the shuttle trips. The first shuttles on Friday morning drew handfuls of students every half-hour. As the afternoon came, the rush came and went. By late Friday, the crowd had dwindled to a handful of graduate students in search of groceries. The next day, shuttle traffic was up considerably. “It ebbs and flows,” Moore said, adding that Saturday was usually the biggest draw for the shuttle. “By that time, they’ve had a chance to settle into their apartment and see what the need is.” Driver Lu Donahue said she’s seen several parents come along for the ride. “The parents sometimes take the ride too so they don’t have to park!” Moore said, laughing. “Save some gas.” The trips aren’t over. Moore said two more shuttles will be available next Saturday, Aug. 29, from noon to 6 p.m. As her final stop approached on Saturday, Pierce seemed worn out from her afternoon’s travels. Rita Lichamer/Arizona Daily Wildcat “I’m probably just gonna go back to my dorm Morina Pierce, a veterinary sciences freshman, prepares to get off the CatTran with her goods at the end of a long and take a nap before the whole block party afternoon’s travels. thing tonight,” she said.
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FIGhTInG CySTIC FIBRoSIS Cystic fibrosis, a chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of thousands of Americans each year, could be better diagnosed and treated as a result of research by Dr. Eric Snyder. Snyder is an assistant professor of pharmacy practice and science in the UA College of Pharmacy. He received small grant funding to study the amount of exhaled condensate in Cystic fibrosis patients and has plans for non-invasive assessment and treatment methods.
IMAGE MAPPInG MIGRAInES Migraines affect millions of Americans each year. The cause of these debilitating headaches is still a mystery to researchers and physicians, and treatment is hit-or-miss at best. That’s why Dr. Greg Dussor, an assistant professor in the pharmacology department at the UA, plans to use his small grant funding to study a migraine’s effect on specific areas of the brain. “With this funding, we hope to be able to make significant progress in finding causes of and treatment for migraine headaches,” Dussor said. Dr. Greg Dussor and Xiaomei Wei
SELF-DRIVInG VEhICLES If Dr. Ricardo Sanfelice gets his way, robotic and autonomous vehicles will be a huge part of the future of defense and security. Sanfelice, an assistant professor in the UA department of aerospace and mechanical engineering, is using his small research grant to focus on developing a systematic platform to produce reliable control of groups of autonomous vehicles. He hopes for his research to be applied to future defense systems. “This grant has enabled me to purchase additional equipment and support two students to build a testbed for indoor automatic control of autonomous vehicles and robotics,” Sanfelice said. “The grants program promotes quality and cutting-edge research within the University.” Dr. Ricardo Sanfelice and Ryan Jones, a senior in Mechanical Engineering
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he program funds faculty and student projects ranging from pilot research and community workshops to valuable equipment and staff time. Over a two-year period, $300,000 in UAF grant funding resulted in more than $5 million in external support for UA researchers. That’s a 15:1 return on investment. Research funding accounts for about 25 percent of the UA’s annual $1.5 billion budget. Since 1986, the UA Foundation has used the grants program to advance the innovations and discoveries of UA faculty, staff and students.
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Sharon Megdal Director, Water Resources Research Center Organizing an international symposium and workshop on water policy in semi-arid regions
Matt Goode Research Scientist, School of Natural Resources Analyzing isotopes in rattlesnake rattles to reveal environmental changes in the rattlesnakes’ habitat
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Mary Alt Assistant Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Studying the factors that influence word learning in bilingual children using computer games and analysis
Erik Berg Program Coordinator, College of Medicine Creating a cultural competency program for the care of HIV patients along the Arizona-Mexico border and Native American reservations
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Corey Knox Researcher, SW Institute for Research on Women Conducting workshops on women and poverty in Tucson
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Ana Maria Lopez Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Medical Director of Telemedicine Program Working to create alternative medicine programs that enhance the quality of life at the end of life for cancer hospice patients
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UAPD began working with the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership and the Fraternity & Sorority Programs a few years ago to make the event safer for the women, said Jenny French Nirh , senior coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Programs , the branch of CSIL that oversees Greek Life. “Both Parking and Transportation and UAPD have a process for closing the streets that involves notifying the area residents or office buildings, creating safe plans and staffing structures,” she said. Nevertheless, for pre-physiology freshman and new member of Pi Beta Phi Jessie Oliver , the event was hardly a walk in the park. “I was afraid I was going to fall,” she said. “All the boys started throwing water balloons and we were dodging them while running.” But a few balloons weren’t enough to dampen Oliver’s excitement. “I’m so stoked for meeting all the new girls, living there for the next four years and having a new family,” she said. Each sorority house plans a T:7 in
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for-all. As with any other greek registered event, there are rules for Bid Day. “Some specific rules are that Bid Day activities are not to involve men or alcohol because they are celebrating getting to know their new sorority sisters,” Nirh said. A recent addition to rush process policy is an educational session on the first day of rush week for every potential new member, on the use and abuse of alcohol and the policies and laws concerning both alcohol and hazing. This education session is unique to the UA campus. Also, there are set hours for the event to ensure that the new women attend Freshman Convocation, residence hall meetings and get rest before the first day of classes. But despite anxiety, hectic antics, and rigid rules, Bid Day is still a celebration for most women. “I remember my Bid Day,” said Gina Cesare a member of Alpha Phi and a communication senior. “It was overwhelming and I was anxious but excited.”
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A look back at the news on money, classes, rental cars and everything in between By Michelle Monroe ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT
Actions by the state legislature in early June put the UA in serious danger of losing its federal stimulus money. The state legislature passed, but Gov. Jan Brewer has not yet approved, a budget that included $50 million in funds sweeps from the universities. If enacted, these funds sweeps could disqualify the universities from receiving federal stimulus dollars. However, the balanced budget required to move ahead with these sweeps remains in limbo at the state capitol. The Arizona Board of Regents said it would sue the state if such a budget went into effect. “These sweeps are, in fact, illegal,” said Student Regent David Martinez . “The regents are willing to take that to court if necessary.”
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Centennial Hall will open as a classroom for the first time. The hall holds up to 1,200 students per class and will combine technical innovations and peer mentor programs to help deal with the increased student presence. Gail Burd, vice provost for academic affairs, told the Summer Wildcat on June 18, 2009, that the courses were needed in order to alleviate the UA’s budget problems and to advance its educational mission.
The UA looked to combine the many cultural centers on campus into one overarching Unity Center. The move could have saved the university up to $1 million. However, the plan was met with so much opposition that university officials announced that the centers would remain separate.
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Freshman composition English courses will incorporate a trial online writing component this year. The onecredit course is designed to promote information literacy and to introduce students to the new research lab in the Manuel T. Pacheco Integrated Learning Center. The program will diagnose students’ individual strengths and weaknesses and work to improve problem areas. A student’s performance on an information literacy test, taken prior to the course, will determine how much time and engagement the course will require. The program should be fully up and running by the spring semester, during which between 5,000 and 6,000
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The Honors College will introduce two new non-traditional general education classes that are “hybrid classes” — a combination of online and traditional lecture classes. Students enrolled in these classes will solve mysteries based on this year’s theme: memory. They will use traditional methods such as texts, homework and exams and also flash mobs, hidden Web sites and Twitter.
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The UA Bookstore is remodeling its lower level to make more information technology resources available to students and to optimize space. The bookstore knocked down one wall to provide more space and will have
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Trash poses forest hazard THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOENIX — Trash is piling up in forests around Arizona as officials say sloppy hikers, campers and other people are using the land as a dumping ground and workers don’t have the time or the staff to keep up with it. “Frankly, there are areas out there that are pigsties,” said Paige Rockett, spokeswoman for the Tonto National Forest, which covers nearly 3 million acres of desert, mountains, lakes and other terrain northeast of Phoenix. In July, the Coconino National Forest posted a plea on Twitter for people to pick up after themselves. Brienne Magee, a spokeswoman for the northern Arizona forest, said some people deliberately don’t pick up their garbage. Then there are those that put it in big garbage bags and leave them next to forest roads as though there’s a scheduled service to pick them up. And when people leave human waste in their bags, forest employees with hazardous-materials training have to be called to handle it. Magee said that takes workers away from their main duties, such things as responding to fires and building and maintaining trails. “There isn’t a trash crew on the forest,”she said.
“Any trash you create has to go out with you.” Officials say there are more people using the forests, so there’s more trash. Rockett called the Tonto an “urban forest” since it’s so close to the Phoenix metropolitan area and gets an estimated 5 million to 6 million visitors a year. Since people pay a fee for certain access, they might see the forest like a sports stadium or a movie theater where they believe someone will come in and clean up after them, Rockett said. Rob Mannhard of Goodyear camps, hunts and fishes in the state’s forests and other public lands. He agrees that there’s too much trash out there. “It’s really sad,” Mannhard said. “Every time I stop to go through a gate, I stop to pick some up. . . . There’s a lot out there, and the stuff I’m picking up is old.” Mannhard thinks that the people who camp and hunt and fish often aren’t the problem. Instead, he said it’s the weekend party crowd that is throwing around the most stuff. The trash isn’t just bad to look at. It can hurt wildlife. Some of it takes years to decompose if it does at all. Aluminum cans don’t break down and some plastics take decades to do so, according to environmentalists.
Will antitrust probe keep Microsoft, Yahoo apart? THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. hope that by joining forces, they can tilt the balance of power in Internet search away from Google Inc. First, however, Yahoo and Microsoft have to convince regulators that their plan won’t hurt online advertisers and consumers. As the U.S. Justice Department reviews the proposed partnership, approval figures to hinge on this question: Will the online ad market be healthier if Google’s dominance is challenged by a single, more muscular rival instead of two scrawnier foes? The first step toward getting an
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a showdown with the government, which had concluded that Google was already too powerful in the lucrative market for selling ads alongside search results. Google had hoped to extend its reach even further by selling ads next to some of Yahoo’s search results, and in the process, keep Yahoo out of Microsoft’s clutches. Microsoft aggressively lobbied against the partnership. With the Google-Yahoo inquiry behind them, U.S. antitrust regulators are likely to enter this examination with a clearer definition of the Internet search landscape and a better understanding of how it affects the steadily growing online advertising market.
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Egyptians who overpowered pirates return home The Associated Press SUEZ, Egypt â€” A group of Egyptian fishermen who were kidnapped by pirates off the Somali coast four months ago and managed to overpower their captors sailed home to a heroâ€™s welcome Sunday, but some details of their dramatic escape remained a mystery. Wearing brand new tracksuits, the nearly three dozen fishermen disembarked in the port city of Suez into the waiting arms of hundreds of relatives and friends, as traditional Egyptian drummers and dancers performed in the background. One mother fainted from the joy of seeing her son return. â€œWe were very sad, and I was crying for the past months,â€? said 21-yearold Nagwa Ibrahim, who was at the port with her young son to welcome home her husband. â€œNow we are so excited, and I just canâ€™t believe that he will be back with us.â€? The fishermen, whose two vessels
were hijacked in the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden, spoke freely of how harrowing the experience had been, but were cagey about exactly how they managed to overpower their captors and seize eight of them, who they brought back to Egypt to stand trial. â€œThere were days we didnâ€™t think weâ€™d survive,â€? said Syed Sobhi, a 20-year-old fisherman from Kafr el-Sheik, 110 miles (180 kilometers) north of Cairo. â€œWe were so humiliated and went to sleep hungry every day.â€? The pirates initially demanded millions of dollars to free the captives but eventually lowered their ransom demand to $800,000. When pressed on how they managed to escape, Sobhi he said they were aided by Somali gunmen who boarded the ship and helped attack the pirates â€” corroborating the version of events provided by the owner of one of the boats, Mohammad Nasr, who said the owner of the second vessel, Hassan
Khalil, hired the Somalis. But Khalil, who was present at Sundayâ€™s homecoming, denied he hired the gunmen. He refused to comment on Nasrâ€™s claim that he paid the pirates a down payment of $200,000 in order to board his boat, Momtaz 1, and set in motion the rescue plan. Khalil said any ransom paid was a â€œsecret matter.â€? Nasr has said that once on the boat, Khalil signaled to the captive fishermen to distract the pirates while the Somali gunmen clambered on board. They succeeded in killing two of the pirates and taking eight others hostage, he said. Osama Watan, a 34-year-old fisherman who is also from Kafr elSheik, also denied that Somali gunmen helped the captives, saying they waited for a moment when the pirates were resting to stage their attack. â€œOne of us who delivered their lunch signaled to us when they had laid down their weapons,â€? said Watan. â€œThatâ€™s when we knew it was time to
either attack or be killed. The rest was taken care of by God.â€? It was unclear why the fishermen were reluctant to talk about their escape and provided conflicting stories. But some suspect possible pressure from the Egyptian government, which has been criticized by some newspapers and politicians as having done nothing to help the fishermen. â€œItâ€™s not fair for the government to come now and claim glory for this rescue,â€? said Mohammad Essawy, a member of parliament who was in Suez because six of the fishermen were from his province of Dakahliya, 75 miles (120 kilometers) northeast of Cairo. Essawy became frustrated when the fisherman were kept at sea until all the dignitaries had arrived at the port â€” including a final governor who emerged from his black Mercedes well-perfumed and in a tailored suit. â€œEveryone in the government now
wants to make it seem like they are the saviors,â€? said Mohammad Matar, whose cousin was working on the Momtaz 1. â€œThese people saved themselves by themselves. Matar said he had been in touch with his cousin, Sami, and the captain of the boat since they were kidnapped, and they both told him that â€œKhalil hired 11 Somalis who helped the Egyptians ambush the Somali pirates.â€? Sobhi, the fisherman, said officials took the captured pirates off the boat before they reached Suez. Salahuddin Ghoneim, secretary general of the ruling National Democratic Party in Damietta, some 110 miles (175 kilometers) northeast of Cairo, said the pirates would be interrogated and tried in Egypt. Pirate attacks worldwide more than doubled in the first half of 2009 amid a surge in the Gulf of Aden and the east coast of Somalia, according to an international maritime watchdog.
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Obama facing hard choices on Afghanistan war plans The Associated Press WASHINGTON — As public support for the war in Afghanistan erodes, President Barack Obama soon may face two equally unattractive choices: increase U.S. troops levels to beat back a resilient enemy, or stick with the 68,000 already committed and risk the political fallout if that’s not enough. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is completing an assessment of what he needs to win the fight there. That review, however, won’t specifically address force levels, according to Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. But military officials privately believe McChrystal may ask for as many as 20,000 additional forces to get an increasingly difficult security situation in Afghanistan under control. And one leading Republican is already saying McChrystal will be pressured to ask for fewer troops than he requires. “I think there are great pressures on General McChrystal to reduce those estimates,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in an interview broadcast Sunday. “I don’t think it’s necessarily from the president. I think it’s from the people around him and others that I think don’t want to see a significant increase in our troops’ presence there.” Mullen on Sunday described the situation in Afghanistan as “serious and deteriorating,” but refused to say whether additional forces would be needed. “Afghanistan is very vulnerable in terms of (the) Taliban and extremists taking over again, and I don’t think that threat’s going to go away,” he said. Mullen also expressed concern about diminishing support among a warweary American public as the U.S. and NATO enter their ninth year of combat and reconstruction operations.
In joint TV interviews, Mullen and U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry said last week’s presidential election in Afghanistan was historic, given the threats of intimidation voters faced as they headed to polling stations. It could be several weeks, however, before it’s known whether incumbent Hamid Karzai or one of his challengers won. “We’re not sure exactly what the level of voter turnout was,” said Eikenberry, a retired three-star Army general. “Taliban intimidation, especially in southern Afghanistan, certainly limited those numbers.” Charges of fraud in the election are extensive enough to possibly sway the final result, and the number of allegations is likely to grow, according to the commission investigating the complaints. The independent Electoral Complaints Commission has received 225 complaints since the start of Thursday’s vote, including 35 allegations that are “material to the election results,” said Grant Kippen, the head of the U.N.-backed body. President Obama’s strategy for defeating the Taliban and al-Qaida is a work in progress as more U.S. troops are sent there, Mullen said. Three years ago, the U.S. had about 20,000 forces in the country. Today, it has triple that, on the way to 68,000 by year’s end when all the extra 17,000 troops that Obama announced in March are to be in place. An additional 4,000 troops are arriving to help train Afghan forces. More civilian workers are going as well to help rebuild Afghanistan’s economy and government. Mullen said the security situation in Afghanistan needs to be reversed in the next 12 to 18 months. “I think it is serious and it is deteriorating, and I’ve said that over the last couple of years, that the Taliban insurgency has gotten better, more sophisticated,” he said. Just over 50 percent of respon-
dents to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released this past week said the war in Afghanistan is not worth fighting. Mullen, a Vietnam veteran, said he’s aware that public support for the war is critical. “Certainly the numbers are of concern,” he said. But, he added, “this is the war we’re in.” “I recognize that we’ve been there over eight years,” he said. “But this is the first time we’ve really resourced a strategy on both the civilian and military sides. So in certain ways, we’re starting anew.” “We’re just getting the pieces in place from the president’s new strategy on the ground now,” he said. “I don’t see this as a mission of endless drift. I think we know what to do.” McChrystal’s orders from Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates was “to go out, assess where you are, and then tell us what you need,” Mullen said. “And we’ll get to that point. And I want to, I guess, assure you or reassure you that he hasn’t asked for any additional troops up until this point in time.” McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said McChrystal should say exactly how many troops he needs, let the Congress debate it and Obama would make the ultimate decision. McChrystal and other military leaders in Afghanistan should use the same aggressive “clear and hold” approach that Gen. David Petraeus used successfully in Iraq, McCain added. That will create a secure environment for people so that economic and political progress can be made, he said. On the question of what it will take to turn the tide in Afghanistan, McCain echoed Mullen’s projection: “I think within a year to 18 months you could start to see progress.” McCain acknowledged that public opinion on Afghanistan is slipping. But he said that opinion could
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be reversed. “I think you need to see a reversal of these very alarming and disturbing trends on attacks, casualties, areas of the country that the Taliban has increased control of.” Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Obama’s leadership on Afghanistan is key to bolstering public support.
“He really can’t just leave this to the Congress, to General McChrystal, and say, “Folks, sort of, discuss this,’ after the report comes in,” Lugar said. Mullen and Eikenberry appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CNN’s “State of the Union.” Lugar was on CNN. McCain’s interview Friday with ABC’s “This Week” was aired Sunday.
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Benjamin Poletta, a mathematics gradu- weekends. The modern streetcar, which will ate student, lives on the north side of the run seven days a week, isn’t scheduled to be underpass and often rides his bike to the completed until 2011. bars and restaurants downtown. Harold Garland doesn’t mind the unfinished While handing out information on health- details. He travels from his home in Armory care reform along the western pedestrian Park and work at Hotel Congress, to his internpath, just hours after the ceremony, Poletta ship at UA at least four days per week and is said he likes the new underpass because it happy to have the underpass open, with bike will make his ride downtown much easier, lanes, to make his trip safe and easy. but has mixed feelings about the look of the “More bike lanes are great,” he said. “It long-awaited structure. gives you that extra couple feet of safety “I like it, it’s beautiful, it’s huge,”he said.“I when you’re riding with traffic. It makes all guess … Yeah, no, it’s nice.” the difference in the world if I’m going to Poletta added, “I guess I’m not really sure ride my bike down the major street.” that they needed to shut it down so long, He used to ride down Broadway Boulevard that it was worth it. I’m not saying it wasn’t to get to UA, and avoided the Sixth Avenue unworth it, I just don’t know what the new fea- derpass, which has no bike lanes, at all costs. tures are that made it worthwhile.” Another biker, Dustin Chaber, described “I think it’s ridiculous,” he concluded, as riding through the Sixth Avenue underpass, the trolley honked in the background, fin- the major connecting thoroughfare from the ishing its one-block loop around the Rialto university area to downtown while the Fourth Theatre downtown. “It’s just not worth the Avenue underpass was closed, as “dark and amount of time that it was closed for.” hazardous”and“crowded and often filled with David Aguirre, a longtime Tucson gal- excrement.” He too, will be riding the Fourth lery operator and arts advocate, isn’t look- Avenue underpass from now on. ing back on the lost time with regret — he’s thinking ahead. The trolley extends downtown all the way to Main Gate, he says, and it’s his job to capture that market. He prefers to talk about the function of the underpass and the opportunities it creates for downtown, and, for an artist, he didn’t have much to say about the aesthetics. “It’s really clean right now,” he said. “It’s got that kind of minimalist look.” Amber Plantz saw it differently. The anthropology senior thought it “doesn’t look very Tucson-like.” The ride is fun, she said, and structurally, the underpass is awesome — but she called the look bland and said it’s, “missing that graffiti, kind of dingy, kick-ass Tucson feel” which she hopes will come with time. Graffiti and kick-ass Tucson feel aren’t the only things missing from the underpass. The Tucson Portrait Project, made from roughly 6,000 photographs of Tucsonans taken at different places, times and public events (including the Fourth Avenue Street Fair), had only one of four planned panels displayed. And even that panel wasn’t actually complete. Many of the faces on the square tiles were marked with red dots, meaning they would be replaced. Project designer Gary Patch said the holdup came from the tile printer, who was having a hard time printing in a consistent sepia tone. The other three panels, he said, would probably be up in September. Landscaping on several plots around the underpass was still ongoing, adding to the unfinished, bare-bones look of the longawaited project, and the courtyard fountain doesn’t yet have any water. The trolley, which is operated by volun4C-Half Wildcat Anatomy 08.pdf 8/17/09 4:28:54 PM teers at Old Pueblo Trolley, only runs on
With nostalgia in his voice, Aguirre mentioned the old underpass — a historic structure built in 1916 — but added,“In sort of an ironic twist, it helps more people access the historic buildings on Congress Street.” Aguirre said he sees the underpass as not only a safe way to travel between the two neighborhoods, but as a missing link and an opportunity to extend downtown all the way to Main Gate. He said he sees an untapped market for Tooley’s Café on Congress Street, which he manages along with Dinnerware Artspace and other galleries. He sees a chance to bring back Downtown Saturday Nights, an arts and entertainment block party, and bring new faces to the galleries on Congress Street. And he sees the future of both neighborhoods improved because events can stretch along the entire trolley route. “We feel like the summer is over,” he said. “Like,‘oh my God, we made it.’We made the marathon through the summer — it’s over. (With) the underpass opening, we made it to the finish line and to a new beginning.”
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