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really exciting,” Watson said. “I was really happy that I could do that for the UA.” The senior knew what she needed to do in preparation for her last race as a Wildcat, and focused on being mentally and physically prepared. “I prepared just like I would for any big championship meet,” Watson said. “Just making sure I was mentally ready and had a lot of good practice sessions, and understanding that if I did what I did all season that I would have a good shot at winning. So just making sure I kept my nerves intact and stayed focus on the game plan.” Watson came to the NCAA

The UA has helped provide a license to Desert Saber, a company geared toward commercializing and distributing a new mining simulation program called Harry’s Hard Choices. The technology’s priority is improving safety training for miners. Currently, training includes 40 hours of classroom instruction detailing safety measures and the correct course of action in the event of a mining emergency, as required by the federal government. However, according to Lowell Institute of Mineral Resources research scientist Leonard Brown, a principal inventor of the program and a founder of Desert Saber, this may not be the most effective way to prepare miners for the field. “Current training approaches tend to be very non-interactive and are largely delivered through lectures using PowerPoint presentations and videos,” Brown said. “A large body of evidence on active learning tells us that this is just not a very effective way to teach safety or reinforce skills.” Brown is also the principal researcher for “serious games,” which are software programs like Harry’s Hard Choices meant to improve safety and health training. The project is a direct result of Brown’s Ph.D. dissertation in computer science. Michael Peltier, safety training games programmer for the Lowell Institute’s Center for Mine Health and Safety, serves as the chief programmer. Serious games created a new type of learning environment that Brown and his team believe will be beneficial to safety education. Similar to games played for entertainment, serious games hold the attention of participants and require them to make choices that could fundamentally change the outcome of programmed scenarios. “As drivers of learning, serious games can immerse users, create suspense, and encourage competition, while they teach and evaluate skills at the same time,” Brown said. This is Desert Saber’s first commercial product, one that Tech Launch Arizona, the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources







SENIOR SAGE WATSON COMPETES in 400-meter hurdles at the Track and Field NCAA tournament on June 10. Watson won the NCAA Championships with a personal best time of 54.52, No. 8 in the world.

No hurdles in Watson’s way BY SYRENA TRACY @Syrena_tracy

Arizona’s track and field star Sage Watson left her mark on the UA after winning the NCAA Championship in women’s 400-meter hurdles Saturday, June 10. She posted a personal best time of 54.52 seconds. Watson is the first Wildcat to win an NCAA Championship in the event since Robin Marks in 1981. “It feels amazing being a national champion because this was my final race of being a collegiate athlete, so to win my final race and come away as a national champion is an honor and




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Stewarding the land, cultivating community Iskashitaa Refugee Network helps refugees integrate into American society by helping them harvest and distribute otherwise wasted produce from around the city BY MARISSA HEFFERNAN @_mheffernan

For seventeen years, the Iskashitaa Refugee Network has been harvesting, distributing and preparing food from the yards of local businesses and homeowners. Micah Hadley, harvesting coordinator, said the program has three main focuses; the primary goal regards community, and the other two focus on food-related issues. “First and foremost, it’s about reintegration, reintegrating people into a new life here,” Hadley said. “It’s also reducing food waste and increasing food security.” The name itself points to those goals. Iskashitaa is a Somali and Maay Maay word meaning “working cooperatively together.” Maay Maay is the language of the Somali Bantu ethnic minority. The program started in 2003, when Barbara Eiswerth, founder and director, recruited refugee students to help identify areas of local produce waste. They then harvested and redistributed the otherwisewasted foods. Eventually, the program received a grant from United Way of Tucson and is now operating under the fiscal umbrella of St. Francis in the Foothills University Medical Center, a federal 501c3 organization. Since then it has grown in both range and creativity,


JACK SPEELMAN, CENTER, HELPS load harvested fruit into trucks to be shipped back to headquarters on June 9. Trees and plants that produce edible fruit are more common than one may think; Iskashitaa utilizes both a network of homeowners and their knowledge of the area to establish harvesting locations.

Hadley said. “We’ve not only expanded the diversity of harvests we’re doing, but the sheer amount of harvests,” Hadley said. “We’re swimming in citrus. Yesterday

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we harvested 1,500 pounds of grapefruit and it’s not like you can just use all that. There’s stuff left over.” That excess is where the creativity comes in. Hadley said

when he first started working at Iskashitaa three years ago as an intern, they candied and jarred citrus rinds. Now, that initial project has expanded to produce a variety of goods.

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Showing him the law A University of Arizona Police Department officer noticed a man walking around Stone Avenue carrying an open can of beer around 11:15 a.m. May 10. The officer told the man to make sure he didn’t drink the beer in public and the man asked, “Where does it say that?” The officer informed the man Arizona law says it’s a criminal offense to consume liquor in public and that he could be arrested for doing it. The man asked the officer to show him the law. The officer said he would read it to the man but was not able to show him as it was on his phone. While looking up the statute, the man began lifting up the can of beer to his mouth and began to drink it. The officer had the man place the can of beer on the sidewalk and put him in handcuffs. When police questioned the man as to why he drank the beer after being told not to, he responded, “Because you didn’t show me the law.” The man was intoxicated and did not understand why he was being arrested. He continued to say he had done nothing wrong. A UAPD officer asked the man where he was from and he responded, “Everywhere.” When the man was placed in a UAPD patrol vehicle, an officer showed the statute to him so he could read it. The man said he still believed he did nothing wrong. He was transported to Pima County Jail where he was booked for consuming alcohol in public. Astronomical passion A UAPD officer responded to the Steward Observatory in reference to a disruptive woman around noon May 10. A program coordinator told police the woman was making her and her assistant uncomfortable by talking loudly on her cell phone during lectures. The woman has attend all the Thursday lectures since April 20. The woman would call the office phone numerous times to ask for information about global warming and supernovas, yelling into the phone demanding the information. According to the program coordinator, the woman had shown up to the office and banged on the window demanding information on a number of topics within astronomy. After calling one astronomy professor a “piece of shit,” the program coordinator called UAPD to report she and her colleagues felt threatened by the woman. Police called the woman and informed her that her behavior made the Steward Observatory staff uncomfortable. She was still allowed to attend lectures, but if she proceeded to be disruptive in the future, UAPD would be called to speak with her. The woman told police she was not aware of this and she would not be disruptive again.

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value-added goods that we’ve been able to sell at different markets in Tucson.” Amelia Natoli, a lead

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A VOLUNTEER PICKS GRAPEFRUIT at a local donor’s home during an Iskashitaa harvest. Iskashitaa serves the community by eliminating food waste and helping integrate refugees into the Tucson area.

refugees and help them integrate into the community, and it’s a way for people to feel like they’re helping,” Natoli said. “You don’t have to be an expert; you don’t have to be a social worker.” Reducing food waste and increasing access to healthy food is an aspect of the organization that, according to Natoli, is very important. “It’s food that is immediately accessible, that otherwise people wouldn’t be using,” Natoli said. “It’s connecting it with people who need food, especially fruit and vegetables, because if you’re on food stamps, you’re not going to necessarily be using them for fruit, but you need healthier options.” While the volunteers try to reach three or four locations each harvest day, Natoli said some days, they are limited simply by van space. “Sometimes we’ve had lemon or grapefruit trees that fill up the entire van, we just get so many,” Natoli said. “We haven’t even scratched the surface of how many fruit trees are out there, and we’re limited by the process of redistributing the food.” The food is distributed amongst apartment complexes and food banks, according to Natoli. Hadley said capacity and flexibility are the organization’s two biggest challenges. “Being a really small nonprofit, we have a really small capacity, which results in really tight time frames, so flexibility is a challenge,”


FRUIT HARVESTED FROM A biweekly Iskashitaa harvest. Iskashitaa aids and empowers local refugees while eliminating food waste.

Hadley said. “I’m really happy we’ve got people in the office who are 110 percent enthused about what we’re doing. It’s so necessary.” Connie Grinnell, a homeowner who had Iskashitaa harvest loquats and grapefruits from her trees, said Hadley knocked on her door and asked if the organization could harvest the fruits. “We have so much fruit, I’d rather have them pick them and give to a good cause, rather than the birds get them,” Grinnell said. “I’d do this again if we have the fruit and it they come back and ask. We just have so much.” Natoli said volunteering has taught her about different types of fruits she might not have known about otherwise. “I was more familiar with native Tucson trees, but I didn’t know much about some of the things that have been cultivated

here,” Natoli said. “I’m still learning about date harvesting, which is an interesting process.” Hadley said food preparation workshops will start again in June, allowing different people to share their knowledge and recipes. “People bring a million different recipes to the table and you learn a bunch of different uses you never knew about, or how to use a part of a plant you didn’t think could be used,” Hadley said. Hadley said that he’s met people from at least 17 different countries, and while that can be a challenge, it is also what makes the job worth it. “It’s just the nature of the beast that you deal with people coming from a million different cultures,” Hadley said. “It’s a really cool diversity that makes our jobs really dynamic, and that’s a good challenge to have. It brings a plethora of benefits.”

15,000-acre fire burns in Southern Arizona BY CARMEN DUARTE, ARIZONA DAILY STAR (TNS)

The Lizard Fire in the Dragoon Mountains continues to grow, which was sized at 15,131 acres as of Monday, while thousands of wildland firefighters — including crews from Western states — battle fires in Arizona. Nearly 30 wildfires burned in Arizona on Monday — accounting for the state having the most blazes in the nation, according to the Associated Press. The lightning-caused Lizard Fire began June 7 and is 40 percent contained with more than 600 firefighters assigned to it, according to Coronado National Forest officials. The fire is primarily fueled by tall grass and brush.

Crews scouted the fire’s western and southern sides Monday, searching for geographic features and roads firefighters could tie together to create breaks that would help contain the blaze’s progression and keep it away from populated areas and private lands, authorities said. Meanwhile, officials lifted evacuation orders for some residents near the Lizard Fire, which is burning about two miles southeast of the community of Dragoon, home to about 200 residents. However, by Monday afternoon, an evacuation of residences in the Cochise Stronghold area remained in effect at the intersection of North Cochise Stronghold and West Ironwood Road as well as everything south and west from

that point, said Carol Capas, a Cochise County Sheriff ’s spokeswoman. Capas said firefighters were doing structure protection in that area and fighting the southern edge of the fire, which would make it difficult to allow residents back to their homes. A pre-evacuation order remains in place for the Sunsites and Pearce areas east of the Dragoon Mountains, Capas said. Residents in other areas that were evacuated were allowed to return to their homes. Three helicopters assisted ground crews with water drops to protect structures near the Stronghold area. Dozens of engines, a hotshot crew and water tankers were assigned to the fire. Crews continue to work in two

operational shifts for 24-hour coverage. Efforts to protect a Baptist church camp, a power line corridor and other structures in the area on Saturday and overnight into Sunday were successful. The Lizard Fire is one of several active wildfires in Cochise County, including the Bowie Fire and Rucker Fire. The Bowie Fire is more than 3,000 acres and is 90 percent contained. The Rucker Fire is 1,100 acres and is 61 percent contained. Tiffany Davila, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Forestry and Fire Management, told the AP that at least 80 square miles are burning across Arizona. Crews from seven other states are helping control the fires.

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Future of Arizona energy unclear

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While solar and wind energy continue to make up a large percent of energy production around the world, Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Accord may lead to fewer renewable energy options here in the U.S. Pledged countries are permitted to initiate as little or as much as they desire toward the effort, and still remain a party. “It baffles me,” said UA Professor and dendrochronology researcher Valerie Trouet. “Most people who don’t believe in climate change don’t know that this was a voluntary agreement.” She worries that other countries may follow the U.S., one of the world’s main polluters, and pull out. Trouet, who attended the Paris Climate Change Conference back in 2015, analyzes tree rings to evaluate historical climate changes. She said increased temperatures in the arid Southwest will trigger regular, high-intensity wildfires. “The Southwest is the most vulnerable area when it comes to climate change,” Trouet said. “Every extra degree we get is one too much.” Despite Trump’s claim that renewable energy developments are harmful to the economy, the U.S. Department of Energy released its annual report early this year, stating solar power alone employed 21 percent more people than the coal, gas and oil industry in 2016. Arizona was ranked the seventh solar-leading state last year at 7,310 employees, according to the Solar Foundation’s 2016 National Solar Jobs Census. Tucson has unique potential for implementing and applying solar power. Russell Lowes, energy subcomittee chair of the Sierra Club Rincon Group, said many people are deterred from renewable energy when utility companies, like Tucson Electric Power, propose and eventually implement higher rates. If approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission, TEP’s proposal will provide affordable solar options, reduce consumer expenses and direct additional renewable energy to cost-effective systems, according to the TEP website.


BROOKLYN PIZZA COMPANY IS powered completely by solar panels located on the restaurant’s roof and in the parking lot. Decisions made by the Arizona Corporation Commission and Tucson Electric Power stand to decrease the incentives to install solar panels.

However, Lowes, who has a background in power plant economics, said TEP’s “Time-ofUse distributed generation” plan could actually add hundreds of dollars to solar users energy bill. “The capacity [customers] are having to pay for and what distribution is having to pay for is going to increase costs dramatically,” Lowes said. He worries that as people pull out of the Tucson grid, utility companies will experience an “unutilized transmission grid.” As a solar rooftop owner, Lowes prefers to stay in the grid and recycle his excess solar energy “to keep other people from burning coal power.” Yet, he too feels discouraged by TEP’s ever-rising solar fees. He said this probable solar grid defection will surge the burning of fossil fuels, obstructing what could have been a smooth renewable energy transition. “Energy is the biggest component of the Paris Climate Accord and its biggest solution, but right now old energy is the biggest emitter of CO2,” Lowes said. “With this reversal from Trump, the U.S. has become a [renewable energy] ‘lagger,’ unless the cities, counties and states take the lead away from the federal government and go for the more appropriate energy options.” Trump’s widely-criticized

decision spurred debate over the potential national and local repercussions. Diego Martinez-Lugo, an incoming geography graduate student and former Green Fund vice chair, fears that as the heat intensifies, polarization based on Tucson residents’ socio-economic status will too. With a passion for sustainability and environmentalism, he works to represent underprivileged Tucsonans. “Rates that homeowners pay are going to go up,” MartinezLugo said. “It’s going to be even more difficult for low-income communities and communities of color to afford their energy bills.” He said the energy burned to produce air-conditioning ultimately contributes to higher temperatures, which residents “solve” by using more airconditioning and thus burning mostly fossil fuels, further justifying the need to use green energy within the city. Although Martinez-Lugo believes the Paris Climate Accord acts as a foundation to advance constructive, universal transformation, it arguably lacks specific stipulations, such as fossil fuel reduction. “It is important to take away that climate action is up to individuals to pressure one another and their states to act,”

Martinez-Lugo said. Based on the contract, Trump’s retraction from the Paris deal will only kick in after a mandatory four-year process, which means the U.S. will remain a participant for most of his presidential term. Trouet, Lowes and MartinezLugo, among others, agree that the withdrawal created a symbolic counter movement, baiting dedicated citizens into reclaiming environmental advocacy close to home. Regardless of Trump’s decision to leave, 279 leaders from across the nation have pledged to uphold the Paris accord as of June 9. On June 1, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild publicized his alliance with the “Climate Mayors,” whose objectives align with the global agreement’s by “reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting federal and international policymaking.” “The City has taken many steps to reduce our carbon footprint— currently, about 12 percent of our energy comes from solar—but we can do more,” Rothschild said in a written statement. “We can lead by example, as a city government. We can encourage others to do the same, through incentives. I’m working with staff on a number of ways to come at this challenge, setting goals for energy efficiency and renewable energy and looking at incentives.”


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THE ARIZONA BOARD OF Regents await comments from the public at their meeting on April 6 in the Grand Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center. The regents met at Northern Arizona University during their June meeting to approve budgets and strategic plans.

Regents approve repairs, Phoenix land purchase BY SHAQ DAVIS @ShaqDavis1

The Arizona Board of Regents approved multiple UA movements, including deferred maintenance repairs, a copyright lawsuit and several land acquisitions at their latest board meeting at Northern Arizona University June 8. The first deferred maintenance project the university will focus on is the Veterinary Science and Microbiology Building located at 1117 E. Lowell St. The more than 50-year-old building has been in need of repair, with some occupants having cited respiratory problems. As of January 2017, UA has a deferred maintenance cost of $131 million. This project is part of the university’s $307.5 million capital development plan for the fiscal year 2018, partially funded by the new university bond program approved by the Gov. Doug Ducey earlier this year. The 59,914 square-foot structure built in 1966 will receive $18 million for renovations. The building’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning units and plumbing are among the nine areas of concern that will be upgraded. The renovation will begin in July and is scheduled for completion by June 2018. The Board also approved enacting emergency litigation targeting trademark infringement of the university logo. UA alleges an Arizona company called Scumdevils LLC is using the UA logo in apparel sold online. It filed litigation against the company in U.S. District Court on April 28. Laura Todd Johnson, senior vice president for legal affairs and general counsel at UA, spoke about the case against Scumdevils, LLC during the meeting. “The university could not allow this to go unchallenged,” Johnson said. “This would

put at risk the university’s ownership and protection of its trademarks, so we also consider the reputational risks and issues here.” UA also received multiple approvals for the acquisition of land and the ability to sell unused land. The university will acquire all five parcels of land for which it asked. The university acquired 67,476 square feet of land for $8.775 million north of the UA Cancer Center in Phoenix. The land provided a unique opportunity for the university as cited in the agenda material. “Ownership of this block will allow for the UA to strategically plan for significant growth of UA Phoenix, including space for office, educational and other university uses that are distinctive from the medical and research missions of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus,” according to board documents. The UA will also be able to sell 582 acres of unused land, on which there were no plans to develop. Some of that land will go to Sierrita Gas Pipeline, LCC, which will purchase 11.5 acres for a compressor station on a natural gas pipeline. The UA negotiated a price of $110,000 for the land. Earlier this year, the state legislature passed a law providing in-state tuition to veterans. The board approved a policy revision regarding the tuition change. “Such an individual shall be granted immediate classification as an in-state student and, while continuously enrolled, does not lose in-state student classification if the individual has demonstrated objective evidence of intent to be a resident of Arizona,” the board’s new policy reads. In 2016, federal law was modified to increase the number of categories within the policy so that more student veterans would be covered by it.

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Politics of discussion on campus BY ALEC SCOTT @DailyWildcat


he politicization of free speech on college campuses around the country threatens the integrity of our First Amendment rights. At universities across America, a clash of ideologies is underway in an attempt to define what free speech really is; from the violent protests following the cancellation of a divisive speaker at Berkeley to the continued discussions across the nation regarding an increasingly political college atmosphere, the straightforward exchange of ideas is not itself a straightforward idea. American universities have long been the vanguard of intellectual and political movements that may sometimes flow against mainstream cultural currents. A long and well-recorded history of protest and idealism is ironically the same force that has driven its inheritors into the armed camps which threaten peaceful discourse today. The University of California Berkeley was the site of a protest in the wake of divisive conservative commentator Ann Coulter, who was un-invited to speak on campus following walkouts, opposition and threats of violence. Among the clashing protestors, a cultural microcosm can be seen that may indicate what has changed in our society. On one side, the progressive’s protest against Ann Coulter make sense. Her opponents recognize that


TURNING POINT USA CLUB members hold signs showing their opposition to “big government”. Members of the club participated in a free speech panel.

what she is saying is within her rights but is not something they wish to encourage. On the other side, the argument for her appearance is just as easily justified. In the wake of the controversy, the university decided they would rather avoid uncomfortable discussion than encourage debate on campus. Looking at the way this controversy unfurled, it can be easy to dismiss one side as supporters of racism or the other side as the opponents of free speech. But to accept either is to fall victim to the same trap that has caught universities unaware and created volatile powder kegs on our campuses. The environment of opposition born from the chaos of the 60s and 70s has become an enemy of discussion. No longer does liberty come from a desire to discuss opinions with colleagues who might disagree with you, but from a wish to find people who would never disagree with you. When your entire environment aligns with your political perspective, you may find your worldview being constantly confirmed and rarely questioned. So when trying to

understand just how someone you have never met might disagree with you so fundamentally, try to imagine them thinking the same about you. Modern liberalism is just as tainted as modern conservatism by this positive feedback loop in which you isolate yourself along party lines. Once your ideology becomes an intrinsic part of your personality, then finding speech that disagrees with you becomes alien and even hostile. On April 19, the Ayn Rand Institute hosted a panel discussion about free speech on campus, and invited representatives from Skeptic Magazine and Turning Point USA to get their input. Both the Ayn Rand Institute and Turning Point USA are rightleaning organizations, while Skeptic Magazine is more leftleaning, allowing an element of open-mindedness at a time when such discussions are often plagued by protests and dysfunction. The session focused on opposing the limiting of free speech — especially unpopular speech — and encouraged students to rise above the status quo of discussion. However, overtly ideological

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events such as these run the risk of politicizing freedom of speech at a time when even the whiff of politics can turn off potential listeners or those who may be on the fence. Rather than approaching the contemporary obsession with controlling speech as a left-right problem, it must instead be addressed as an inclusivity problem. It isn’t that liberals hate freedom and conservatives hate equality; it’s that both sides find themselves surrounded only by others like them and can no longer hear those who disagree with them. Modern liberalism places a strong emphasis on making sure that what people are saying is actually good for a public debate — namely that it avoids blatantly insulting or attempting to silence others. The flaw is that once the initial step toward regulating unpopular opinions is made, it becomes a slippery slope of further limitations until only the culturally acceptable is allowed. On the other side, “small government” conservatives want to ensure that all speech is free and open, without realizing their opponent in the discussion may also be coming from somewhere justifiable and reasonable. In other words, while those in favor of fewer restrictions on speech may open the debate to more people, they’re also incapable of recognizing the opposing side, who fear the return of equally restrictive, racist and authoritarian discourse silencing others. The tragedy of the modern campus is that both sides have taken up the mantle “defender of free speech,” without realizing that the greatest defender of liberty is the practice of philosophical and intellectual empathy.


Boos and Bravos highlights the best and worst happening around the UA and Tucson communities and is brought to you by the Daily Wildcat Opinions Board. This is the first of a recurring series which we aim to publish weekly. We welcome Boos and Bravos from our readers, tell us yours by sending an email to This week was an eventful one, with those of us in Tucson searching for shade in the heat while the Arizona Board of Regents met in the cooler climate of Flagstaff and determined our budget. While there’s a lot to comment on, at least we have some Wildcats to celebrate.

Bravo to Worlds of Words for adding a world

language section. The research center received donations of 1,000 books from students, faculty and other supporters within the community.

Boo to the temperature hitting 100 and beyond

already. We knew the heat wave was coming, we just worked really hard to forget that fact.

Bravo to the Arizona Board of Regents for

approving the UA's plan to spend $18 million on renovations and repairs to the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences.

Boo to the millions of dollars in deferred

maintenance that still remain an issue, which totals more than $300 million.

Bravo to Tucker Dunn, UA English as a second

language professor, who lived out a lifelong dream of appearing on the TV game show Jeopardy. As of Tuesday, his two-day earnings were $27,600.

Boo to Arizona Wildcat sports ending. We were

looking forward to watching Arizona softball and baseball throughout June. We wish you the best of luck preparing for next year, Bear Down!

Bravo to UA Alumni Steve Kerr, Andre Iguodala and Bruce Fraser of the Golden State Warriors for winning the NBA finals.

The Daily Wildcat Opinions Board is comprised of Opinions Editor Jamie Verwys, Editor-in-chief Chastity Laskey, Managing Editor Courtney Talak and Arts Editor Kathleen Kunz.

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Loss can’t be bound to classic stages of grief BY JAMIE VERWYS @JamieVerwys


t was three days after my birthday last year that I stood in the hospice room again, holding my grandmother’s hand. It was my turn alone with her, to say a final goodbye, her small hand had already lost all the warmth that had gotten me through countless adventures and heartbreaks in my life. She was gone, her long, hard battle with dementia over. The last words I would say to her, before one last ‘I love you’ were, ‘I’m sorry. I never meant to break that promise. I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you, like you were there for me. I hope you’re on that hot air balloon ride now, somehow, waving down.’ We are programmed to believe that our grief must be packaged into the widely-accepted seven stages of grief: denial, pain and guilt, anger and bargaining, depression, the upward turn, reconstruction and acceptance and hope. I’m here to tell you that grief isn’t some standard procedure you must follow. You may feel some of those seven symptoms, or all, or none, but you are allowed to feel and process your grief on your terms. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you aren’t grieving enough or the right way. There is no right or wrong way. A heart doesn’t break in a predesigned, socially accepted pattern — it just breaks. For years, ever since I was a little girl, my oma made me promise I would take her on a hot air balloon ride for her 100th birthday. There were years that it went unspoken, but when she received her diagnosis of dementia a few years back, it was all I could think about. She forgot many things — that’s how the disease operates — but she never forgot our promise. On her last birthday she would turn to me and smile, suggesting we push that trip up sooner. I kept telling myself I had to do this soon, or I would regret it for the rest of my life. There were many things I had planned to do for her; record as much of her life story as she could remember, make her an audiobook of classic Disney

stories we used to love, and call her once a day just to talk. I didn’t do any of those things, and it is only after some time that I can move past those regrets. Somehow I had convinced myself that if I could get her in that hot air balloon, maybe I could save her somehow. But neither I, nor you, can fight dementia or the aging process. What was wrong with me that I couldn’t follow the guidelines of loss? Why, after losing so many people already, was this not easier? My personal steps of grief were different than the steps of my family, though we all felt many of the classic stages. But, this “roadmap” that we have heard in school and psychology all of our lives didn’t help me. I felt guilt and depression long before oma died. There aren’t any infographics telling you how to get through the pre-stages of the stages of grief. I struggled hardest just trying to “stay strong” and “keep on swimming.” We are told to recover from the loss of a loved one in a set time. In some states, employers must give an employee up to three days for a death in the family. In Arizona, employers aren’t required by law to give bereavement time at all. It has now been one year since oma died. I woke up in the middle of the night recently, crying as I realized that. Three days hardly seems enough, but that is what’s expected of us. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a SwissAmerican psychiatrist, who wrote the original five stages of grief, would later write that she regretted the way she wrote these stages. People took them literally, and she has only meant them as some common stages, not standard ones. Later in life, she would write about grief again in “On Grief and Grieving.” “I now know that the purpose of my life is more than these stages,” she wrote. “I have loved and lost, and I am so much more than five stages. And so are you.” I’m sorry, because you most likely will experience the loss of losing a loved one, but you aren’t alone. It’s OK if you feel every single one of those feelings, or none. It’s OK if it takes you three days to move on or three years. Those stages of grief are not mandatory and no one can tell



ARDITH VERWYS HOLDS HER granddaughter Jamie Verwys a few days after she was born on June 1, 1988.


ARDITH VERWYS READS A book to her granddaughter Jamie Verwys, pictured at about age 6. Reading was one of the pair’s favorite activities together.

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The ‘major’ struggle with finding your dream path pressure of having to make a choice early on sometimes results in students picking a major in which they have little interest. Some students choose according to program difficulty, while others decide based on family expectations. For much of my own life, I was certain I wanted to study dentistry. After an accident at age 7, I wanted to pursue a career in this field. While growing up children and teens are often influenced by such personal experiences, leading them to sway from one career aspiration to another. Although I thought I was set on this dream job, I had a change of heart when I visited the Hong Kong Jockey Club Equine Veterinary Clinic. This visit opened my eyes to a completely different career possibility, and my infinite love for horses made me realize that I wanted to become an equine veterinarian. As high school




our major is a crucial consideration when applying to college. Although you may apply as undeclared, eventually you have to select something from the list of hundreds of different majors, ranging from art history to physiology. Some students seem to have been born knowing what they want to do in life, while others struggle to determine which path they’d like to follow. Choosing a major can feel like such a life-defining choice that it seems you have little room for error. The


sciences got harder, though, I became more realistic, realizing that any medicine-related path would not work for me. So, I needed to rethink my choice again. Law was the next option that seemed perfect. Lawyers, after all, often have sophisticated jobs that come with a high standard of living. When considering different universities and attending college fairs at my high school, all my questions were directed toward law. However, when the time came to actually apply to college, I realized that my true passion lies in writing. After writing several race reports for my sailing club’s magazine, I found journalism to be a perfect match. Choosing a major based on your academic strengths instead of your personal interests sometimes results in regret. After my first semester of journalism at the UA, I wasn’t as

own way to heal. I try to think about her when I’m sad or scared. I try to close my eyes and imagine lifting off the ground. I’m 5 again, or 10, or even 29, and I’m holding oma’s hand in that hot air balloon, waving down to the world below


you how to cope. I’m still grieving, and trying to find my


thrilled with it as I expected to be. During my second semester, I started training with the UA Equestrian Team, where I met many people studying animal science and veterinary science. Some people feel that if they don’t at least try to pursue their dreams, they end up living in regret. That’s something I didn’t want, so I decided to change my major. Next semester, I’m giving veterinary science a try, returning to an earlier passion. When discussing the process of choosing a major with Taylor McCoskey, a sophomore in political science at UA, it became clear that many students go through the process of changing majors. “I always thought I wanted to do something in the medical field because a lot of the women in my family were in it,” she said. McCoskey chose her major based on her family’s careers instead of her

me. It’s the grand adventure she told me it would be all those years, and I can find no sadness in that. Please, give yourself the time you need. Talk about it. Be angry, sad and confused but don’t hold onto it.

own personal interests. After realizing that her heart wasn’t in medicine, she changed her major to political science last semester. “I decided that medical school wasn’t the path I wanted to take and I had always been really interested in politics, and that’s why I decided to study poli-sci,” she said. McCoskey is now content with her decision and is pursuing a second major in French. Regardless of the major initially chosen when applying to college, students still have the opportunity to change to something else if they feel it’s better fit. Those who might feel ambivalent about their current path might benefit from experimenting with areas of study that play to their interests and strengths. Contrary to what many might believe, your first major is not a set-instone life choice.

Forgive yourself, because it’s not your fault and your loved one knew that too. Don’t worry if you don’t know what’s ahead in this process. Love is way more important than any seven-tiered process could ever be.


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From climate change to mind cameras

BY MALIK SHELP @malikshelp

Recently the world has seen a number of scientific breakthroughs, and some policy news as well; here are some of the highlights. Paris Climate Agreement Hawaii signed legislation that aims to achieve some of the goals established by the Paris Climate Agreement, independent from the U.S. which is diverging as a whole. This came shortly after a trio of democrats — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and California Gov. Jerry Brown — began the United States Climate Alliance on June 1. Since then, around 10 more states have joined the coalition, including Republican-led Massachusetts and Vermont. The goal of this new coalition is to reduce harmful emissions equivalent to what former U.S. President Obama had proposed in his Clean Power Plan, since President Trump recently promised to dismantle the legislation. How safe are our drugs? The world around us is shifting and changing in many ways, and in the universe of science, the development of more powerful drugs has meant the birth of more resilient pathogens. In fact, the FDA banned 19 different chemicals from antibacterial soaps in September 2016, stating that the long-term effect they could have on increasing bacterial drug resistance outweighs the potential benefits. The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine recently developed a new way to determine the exact benefits and risks of introducing new drugs as well as those popular in the market. The mechanism for the new study relies on measuring trends in outcomes for multiple populations exposed to the study drug at different rates. This new method will allow scientists using clinical trials to identify how

WORLD LEADERS CELEBRATE AFTER representatives of 196 countries approved an environmental agreement during a multinational meeting at LeBourget Airport in Paris.

drugs affect different groups of people at different levels of usage. The Neural Photo Album Technology has made it easier than ever to remember certain moments and events in our lives through pictures, videos and text. Our minds, on the other hand, are a little less precise than the computers we have available today.



and the Eller College of Management’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship were all involved in bringing to the market. Harry’s Hard Choices is meant to immerse participants in real life mining emergencies — requiring action to be taken in real time. Some trainees will emerge as leaders as competition is encouraged. “Teams of people, named after your actual coworkers, are confronted with a pending emergency, like a fire. The team members talk and plan together for the evacuation of themselves and others that are now separated from the main group,” said Kevin McLaughlin, engineering and physical sciences senior mentor with Tech Launch Arizona who

However, sometimes the human brain recalls a random memory based on a trigger, such as a specific smell or sound. Researchers in Japan are expanding knowledge of how the hippocampus region of the brain collects, stores and sorts information based on a collection of stimuli. The study was conducted with rats in a series of tests that combined odors and sounds to determine event

assisted with the formation of the company. “It’s really quite compelling.” Decisions made by workers directly affect the outcome, paralleling what would occur in an actual mine. Game physics are designed to work as realistically as possible. The game tests teamwork, leadership and logic as well as knowledge of mining and safety procedures, resulting in a wellrounded educational experience. While there is freedom to make choices, Harry’s Hard Choices is still a teaching tool, and structure is an important component. “There’s a set of things that we want people to know and know how to do, and we map the decisions that they make in the game to that set of competencies,” said Mary Poulton, principal researcher on the grants used to fund the project, as well as a retired University Distinguished Professor in several fields and a previous director of the Lowell Institute.

sequences based on past, present and future stimuli. The researchers observed how neurons fired when the rats were exposed to the stimuli to determine how the hippocampus stored and cataloged the information. The team now believes the hippocampus may aid in producing and storing memories by serving as a sort of organizer for events and locations.

From there, the program can produce a “report card” for safety managers, indicating the strengths and weakness of the team as demonstrated in the game. Afterward, workers can improve their knowledge and play the game again to obtain a better score. “We think that it really changes the whole paradigm for safety training,” Poulton said. Poulton believes that the game is a good way to both engage workers and include all of the content required by the federal government. It fosters competition so that workers will strive to make the best decisions possible in the simulation. “We think that this can go beyond mining to any industry where safety is an issue,” Poulton said, citing transportation, health care, and manufacturing as examples. Positive feedback and interest in the game has come from all over the world, indicating a bright future for serious games.

ARTS & LIFE Students fight back in Krav Maga class

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UA students from various backgrounds discover a common interest in this selfdefense class offered bi-weekly at the UA Rec Center BY SAVANAH MODESITT @DailyWildcat

At the nationally-recognized UA Campus Recreational Center, the Krav Maga fitness course is a popular choice among the many other interesting and enjoyable fitness classes offered during the school year and summer sessions. Krav Maga is a form of martial arts that has been practiced since the early 1950’s by the Israeli army. It is now commonly used and taught for self-defense around the world. The fighting class provides its students with effective ways to practice selfdefense in dangerous situations while getting a total body workout. The class starts off with warm-up drills, and then students join in pairs to practice what they’ve learned. Alicia Engelstad, the class instructor, has been working with the UA Rec Center for the past five years teaching beginner and advanced level Krav Maga. She plans on expanding the program and hopefully puting together more Krav Maga classes at UA. “We have people who come to class every time and it really has become a community,” Engelstad said. “Anytime we have class, I encourage any type of feedback because it helps me lead a better class.” Throughout her years of teaching at the UA Rec Center, Engelstad discovered her love for martial arts and defense classes. “The program is my life and my students have become my friends and family,” Engelstad said.


“I wait all weekend to see my students again on Monday. It’s my students who motivate me to become a better instructor for them and myself.” Kaleigh Chabra, a new graduate in veterinary science, attends the class weekly. “The hardest part about the class is pushing yourself even when you’re exhausted, but the best part is being able to flip over someone who is twice your size,” Chabra said. Global studies and Spanish literature major Valeria Quijada developed personal goals for the class. “One of my goals is to build more muscle, become stronger and make every move count if I’m ever faced with a bad situation.” Courtney Niegocki, a political science and Russian major, feels that krav maga is particularly important to her as a woman.

“As a woman, it’s important to make sure you can defend yourself effectively,” Niegocki said. “I didn’t like not feeling safe in the dark or when I was walking alone in an area, so I started to take the class and now I feel so much more comfortable and safe going where I want.” Graduate student in molecular and cellular biology Nichole Eshleman also believes the class allows her to be more comfortable and confident. “I’ve kept up with this class because it makes me feel more confident and safe,” Eshleman said. “Now I would know what to do if I was attacked and it makes me feel safer knowing I can take care of myself.” Chavoosh Ghasemi, a first-year Ph.D. student in computer science, has learned the key components to the art. “Making quick decisions about a move in a short amount of time is difficult, but syncing the body and mind is the most important part in Krav Maga,” Ghasemi said.

Former UA elementary education student Cary Reis feels that Krav Maga benefits him in his career field. “I’m a school teacher and school massacres have unfortunately become more common,” Reis said. “So, being able to protect my students is a skill set I’d want to have for my future career.” As a fitness regimen and self-defense form, Krav Maga is beneficial for many different people with a variety of personal goals. It’s a physical way to release stress and build strength all while learning confidence and discipline. The classes held at the UA Rec Center do not require any prior experience, and are open to all students during fall, spring and summer semesters. Engelstad described her fitness class best when she said, “We are not here to have fights, we are here to be superheroes.” For more information about Krav Maga classes, visit the UA Rec Center’s website.

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Who is UA instructor and alumni Tucker Dunn? Center for English as a Second Language instructor Tucker Dunn describes his one-of-a-kind experience of participating on “Jeopardy!” one of America’s most popular game shows BY MELISSA VASQUEZ @DailyWildcat

Educated and employed by the UA, Tucker Dunn earned an incredible opportunity to participate as a contestant on “Jeopardy!,” a popular game show known for its blue category screens and catchy theme song. Dunn graduated with a B.A. in Germanic Studies and Linguistics, then pursued an M.A. in English Language and Linguistics. He now uses his strength in linguistics to teach English here at UA. As an instructor at the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), Dunn assists students who are not native English speakers improve their understanding of the language and prepare them for a universitylevel education. As a show based in knowing facts, “Jeopardy!” was rooted in Dunn’s childhood and stayed with him well into adulthood. He and his family would regularly come together and watch “Jeopardy!.” Like many other families, they would all try to come up with answers to the questions asked on the TV show in hopes of being the first one to answer. “I’ve always loved the show and I’ve always loved trivia and games where you have to know answers about random facts,” Dunn said. During one of those family gettogethers, Dunn was encouraged to try to make the jump from his living room to the actual “Jeopardy!” show. As a quick reader, he would have an answer ready even before Alex Trebek — the host of “Jeopardy!” — finished reading the question. “It got to the point where I would be doing this a lot at our house and my family would be giving me a dirty look and telling me, ‘Why don’t you just go on the show if you’re so smart?’” Dunn recalled. He did exactly that: Dunn underwent an online test in December, an in-person mock “Jeopardy!” show audition in January and then waited for a phone call . Awaiting a response, Dunn remembers feeling that he didn’t do well during the mock game show audition due to a couple of mistakes he made. However, this


ALEX TREBEK, LEFT, WITH Tucker Dunn, right, an instructor at the UA Center for English as a Second Language (CESL). Dunn was chosen as a contestant in an episode of “Jeopardy!” that aired on Friday, June 9.

did not prevent him from earning his very own spot on “Jeopardy!.” “I had fun with it and that’s one of the things that they told you— that they’re looking for people who look like they’re having a good time,” Dunn said. Dunn believed that his eagerness towards the game worked for him, because he received his call to come on the show only a week after his audition. Most of the applicants typically wait up to a year for a response . “I could hardly believe it; it was a very fast turnaround. So, I must have done something right because they apparently wanted me on the show right away,” Dunn said with a laugh. When the day came for Dunn to be a contestant on “Jeopardy!,”he said that while being nervous, he was also excited to be accomplishing a lifelong dream. According to Dunn, only 400 of the 70,000 people who apply become contestants on “Jeopardy!.” “Just by making it on the show,

you’ve already won,” Dunn said. His mother and wife accompanied him on his big day for moral support. Dunn said that before the show taping they bought champagne to celebrate, no matter what the outcome would be. “Either way we were celebrating — celebrating that I won or celebrating that I made it that far,” Dunn said. “It’s something that I can talk about for the rest of my life ... something that nobody can take away from me.” Although Dunn could not discuss the outcome of the show, he shared some of the valuable insight that he gained from the experience. “Enjoy it; I guess that was probably the biggest thing that I’ve learned. Like anything in life, sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses,” Dunn said. More trivia game shows may be in Dunn’s future, perhaps one where he could include his family. “I think it would be really cool to do ‘Family Feud’ and bring my family with [me] because they are


TUCKER DUNN, LEFT, CELEBRATES during the airing of an episode of Jeopardy in which he made his third appearance on Sunday, June 13. Dunn is an instructor at the UA Center for English as a Second Language (CESL).

all how I got into all of this trivia stuff,” Dunn said. “I think that we have a bunch of big personalities in my family too, so I think that they would like us..”

As of Tuesday, Dunn’s two-day earnings were $27,600. Friends and family watched the episode with him on Tuesday at No Anchovies.

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A Poetic Partnership between Loft Cinema and UA BY DAVID PUJOL @deathlydavid

What better way to beat the heat and build your cinematic repertoire than to attend a summer poetry film screening, courtesy of the Loft Cinema and UA Poetry Center. These two organizations have united once again to create a fun experience for all different kinds of Tucsonans. The Loft will use their inflatable screen at the Poetry Center for the first couple of screenings, and after their renovations are completed, the Loft will be hosting the remaining screenings at their newly-remodeled theater. The UA Poetry Center holds summer socials every year. This year, they wanted to do something fun and budget-friendly for those who wanted to participate. Sarah Gzemski, the Poetry Center’s publicity and publications coordinator, believes this is a great summer activity for people who want to familiarize themselves with the center. “We’re excited to be able to offer these four screenings that we are partnering with the Loft on ... we have worked with the Loft in the past so we

thought it would be a wonderful fit to work together again,” said Gzemski. The screenings are free of charge and open to the general public and include complimentary water and popcorn. The first screening begins on Wednesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. with the film “Paterson.” This movie centers around the mundane life of an average bus driver who happens to loves poetry. The last screening will take place two days after the UA’s fall semester begins on Wednesday, August 23, at the brand new Loft Cinema. Jeff Yanc, the Loft’s program director, said that he and Gzemski chose to show Paterson first because they wanted to show a narrative film about poetry. This film is supposed to tell a great story about poetry in real life. Gzemski said that she is very proud of the recurring summer partnership. “I love that this series’ events are free,” Gzemski said. “So, we can have any number of people show up, because movies as you know, are not always free so it’s great to be able to give people access to something that they might not otherwise see.” Yanc said that this collaboration with the Poetry Center gives their

business an opportunity to show off their solar-powered cinema set up. This mobile cinema is used for summer outdoor screenings and saves a significant amount of energy. “We take the unit around to various venues, and it’s a solar-powered van that has solar panels, solar-powered batteries and it charges during the day,” Yanc said. “We use it to run the projector and the inflatable screen and the sound equipment we have.” The second screening will take place on Wednesday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. with a family-friendly screening of “Head Over Heels,” which was nominated for best animated short at the Oscars. This stop-motion feature delves into the lives of a husband and wife in their later years of marriage. The third installment in the summer screening series is “Welcome to this House,” which will be held at the Loft auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9. This film directed by Barbara Hammer is a documentary that focuses on the work and life of poet Elizabeth Bishop. The final film in the series is “A Late Style of Fire.” This documentary captures the life of California poet Larry Levis through his relationships,


THE LOFT CINEMA, A long-time Tucson favorite, is located at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. This non-profit movie theatre specializes in providing special movie events to the public, such as their free screenings of films outdoors.

friendships and childhood. In addition to this film featuring multiple interviews, it also has an original score. The screening of this film, directed by Michele Poulos, will take place at the Loft on Wednesday, August 23 at 5:30 p.m. This summer film series is a great opportunity for both the Loft and the Poetry Center to branch out to new members of the community and offer a fresh approach for individuals to

explore poetry and enjoy a cinematic experience. “I think in general working with the Poetry Center is great,” said Yanc. “When you can combine different forms of art it’s wonderful, and there are these really interesting connections between cinema and poetry, and you can create cinema that is very poetic, and poetry can really enrich our lives even if we don’t think it can.”

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ARIZONA GUARD JALEA BENNETT (33) jumps back while shooting over a USC player in McKale Center on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.


the recruiting trail. Of course one way the course of next season can change is if one of her current players steps up and takes on a leadership role, ideally Jalea Bennett. Bennett has been an enigma of sorts during her time at UA. A player that has all the athletic ability to compete with the best but hasn’t put it all together in the intangible department to thrive as a top level athlete. Bennett averaged 6.9 points per game to go along with 2.6 rebounds per game. Hardly earth shattering figures, but she is one of two seniors entering this season, Charise Holloway being the other, that will be relied on heavily at the start of the year.

Holloway has been as inconsistent as they come in three seasons with Arizona. After a solid freshman campaign, the Senior to be sat out her sophomore year before returning to the team this past season. She rode the bench for a majority of the year despite the Wildcats lack of quality depth. Her re-emergence, could be key moving forward for a team that will limited in terms of experience. The non-conference schedule hasn’t been solidified yet, but it is expected to be by the end of the month. In years prior the schedule was loaded with schools from smaller conferences. It will be interesting to see if a couple bigger schools will be added to the mix this season.

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SENIOR SAGE WATSON COMPETES in 400-meter hurdles at the Track and Field NCAA tournament on June 10. Watson throws her hands up after winning NCAA Championship.


Championships, held at the historic Hayward Field in Eugene, OR, with a personal best of 55.01 in the event. It was also the best time in the country — until she beat it in the semifinals with a time of 54.88, advancing her to the final. Watson ran even faster in the final, finishing with a time of 54.52 seconds, the eight fastest time in the world. “During the race, coming home in the home stretch, I was just thinking to just go for it, and I was just racing away and when I crossed the finish line I think that is when I realized that I am a national champion and I saw my time,” Watson said. As Watson crossed the finish line, she threw her arms up in victory, ending her collegiate career in epic fashion: becoming an NCAA Champion. The native Canadian, from Medicine Hat, Alberta, wasn’t always a Wildcat. She competed for Florida State from 2012 to 2015 before transferring to Arizona. As a Wildcat, Watson was able to accomplish her goals of being undefeated and shaping history in Arizona Athletics. “It is a huge honor to leave my mark at the UA,” Watson said. “Every student athlete who comes here wants to leave their mark, and I believe everybody does in some way, but it is just a huge honor to win a national championship for the UA and give back all they’ve given to me as a student athlete.”

Watson’s success hasn’t been limited to Arizona. She ran for her native country of Canada in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Watson competed in two events, including the 400-meter hurdles, where she placed 11th overall, and the 4x400meter relay, where she finished just off the medal podium at fourth overall. “I think the Olympics helped me for sure because going to the Olympics is the highest level of competition that you can compete at,” she said. “So, having that experience, I was able to take that with me to the national championship — having that pressure on me and understanding what I had to do to win and run a good race.” Watson plans to turn professional and will use her major in marketing to promote herself as an athlete. Down the road, Watson says she considers having a career in sports marketing. “In July I am going back to the Canadian trials and those are for the World Championships, which are in London at the 2012 Olympic stadium,” Watson said. “So, we have the World Championships this summer that hopefully I will be representing Team Canada in.” Next year, Watson hopes to represent Canada in the Commonwealth Games, followed by the World Championships once again. As for her next appearance in the Olympics, Watson is hoping to rejoin the Canadian team in the 2020 Olympics Games.

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New blood looking to infuse Wildcats success for 2018 Adia Barnes is revamping Arizona basketball, dead set on changing the culture of women’s basketball BY SAUL BOOKMAN @Saul_Bookman

It may not be dungeons and dragons a la Game of Thrones, but heads are going to roll if Arizona women’s basketball coach Adia Barnes has to sit through another season like this past one. Barnes’ first season as head coach can best be described in one word: frustrating. This isn’t as much due to Barnes’ coaching as it is the hand she was dealt coming into the season. Barnes was handed a team that featured five seniors who won a combined seven conference games in the previous three seasons. The Wildcats went 14-16 this year, but were faced with a Pac-12 Conference that had a lot of talent. In most cases a seniorladen team would likely give you a great jumping-off point for a head coaching career, and perhaps the five conference wins this past season is a testament to that. However, talent was not in abundance at McKale Center this season and Barnes has been on a warpath to change the roster since the final game against Oregon in the Pac-12 Tournament. The Wildcats have added several players in the past few weeks, including two transfers and a 2018 commit. Kat Wright, a transfer from Florida Atlantic University, sat out last season due to injury. Prior to that, the six-foot forward was considered a threat from the outside, hitting 11 threes in a game against UNCCharlotte her junior season. Wright hit the second most threes in FAU history her junior season and was the team’s secondleading scorer averaging just under 12 points per game. In TeeTee Starks, another transfer, the Wildcats add a much-needed presence at guard from a Power Five conference school, Iowa State. Starks is considered a combo-guard. In fact, in her senior year of high school, Starks played power forward despite her five-footnine frame. She is physical, athletic and smart, having been named to the 2017 Big


ARIZONA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH Adia Barnes gives a pep talk to her team before media day on Oct. 10, 2016. Women’s basektball went 14-16 overall in the 2016-2017 season.

12 All-Academic team last season. Starks isn’t expected to contribute this season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining starting 2018-19. Perhaps the biggest feather in the cap thus far in the Barnes era came this past week when Catherine Reese, the nation’s No. 12 recruit, committed to Arizona despite offers from other big schools, including her homestate University of Texas. Reese is a six-foot-three forward/center and the highest-ranked commit in Arizona program history. She joins guard Bryce Nixon from Phoenix and wing Shalyse Smith from Tacoma, Washington for the 2018 season, with another commit or two expected to solidify the class. Reese joins Arizona guard

Bryce Nixon and Washington wing Shalyse Smith for 2018 with another commit or two expected to solidify the class. Barnes signed her first recruiting class back in November to get ready for the 2017-18 season. That class featured forwards Kiana Chew and Sam Thomas, guards Sam Fatkin and Marlee Kyles and wing Mallory Vaughn. Though the class isn’t heavy on star power, it is solid with a theme that appears to be evident with every recruit so far Barnes has sought out, hard work, academics and players that love the game of basketball. It is a focus of Barnes in her attempt to change the culture of a basketball program that has been below average since 2005,

the last time Arizona made an NCAA Tournament appearance. Women’s basketball has only seen the tournament seven times, its deepest run coming when Barnes was a player and led the team to the Sweet 16 in 1998. Those seven appearances came between 1997 and 2005, nothing before and nothing after. Couple that with the shadow that is cast from a national men’s program and it makes the challenge of turning a mediocre program elite just that much more difficult. Barnes not only recruited quality prospects for the upcoming seasons, she also put in work to gain the services of Morgan Valley, a three-time national champion with the UCONN Huskies and fellow assistant with Barnes during

the Washington Huskies run to the Final Four in 2016. Valley brings credentials in player development and recruiting that Barnes, on surface, has already been able to take advantage of. Valley replaces former assistant Kelly Rae Finley, who left after just one season to take a similar position at Florida. The Pac-12 is riddled with talent, featuring seven teams which made the NCAA Tournament a season ago, five of which made it to the Sweet 16. Barnes will have her work cut out to completely revamp a downtrodden program, but much like she was as a player, her work ethic and persistence are beginning to payoff, at least on



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