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Immunobiology Ph.D. student Megan Molina talks about her work on bone marrow transplants and drugs used to fight cancer. She is the current Courtney Page Zillman Fellow, an award that funds her research BY IRELAND STEVENSON @irelandjsteve

Megan Molina is a Ph.D. student at the University of Arizona studying immunobiology. Her research emphasis is on the best ways to use anti-cancer drugs to prepare a patient’s immune system for bone marrow transplants. Courtney’s Courage donated $40,000 to the UA Steele Children’s Research Center to support Molina’s research. Daily Wildcat reporter Ireland Stevenson talked with Molina; the interview has been edited for clarity.

Daily Wildcat: What made you want to pursue immunobiology? Megan Molina: I find the immune system is very fascinating, and it’s one of the least studied systems in the body, and it’s very complex. The more we learn about it, the more we realize we need to learn about it. There’s a need to study immunobiology to help discover diseases and find better therapeutics for those disorders and diseases.

DW: Where did you do your undergraduate work, and what made you continue your education in this program? MM: I attended the University of Arizona, studying physiology with my minor in

psychology. I realized I really wanted to do research, and the UA has a very good immunobiology program and the collaboration with the hospital is really good. So there are a lot of translational pieces that you can get here that you can’t always get at other institutions.

DW: What kind of impact would you like your research to make? MM: I want to contribute to how we treat certain diseases and finding better means of treatment is a huge part of medicine. For what we study, which is bone marrow transplants, there hasn’t been many huge advancements as far as therapeutics go in decades, and there’s still a need for those large advancements. GVHD, which stands for Graft Versus Host Disease, is a condition that occurs when donor bone marrow or stem cells attack the recipient, and is extremely prevalent, affecting almost half of bone marrow transplant recipients. It is the second leading cause of death in these recipients right after malignant relapse. There is a huge need, and we need to find a better way to prevent GVHD. That’s what we’re doing here.

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program? MM: Well, it’s a pediatric oncology research fellowship, and there are very few Ph.D. students that study this specifically, so that narrowed it down. Then I just presented my research and I was chosen.

DW: Who has been your biggest mentor in your educational career? MM: There have been quite a few people that have played key roles in getting me here. I had my adviser at my master’s program, and he was very influential and encouraging when I first started research because it’s really hard to deal with failure

DW: What did you do to qualify for the $40,000 from Courtney’s Courage and the research

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all the time, and that’s a lot of what we do and still kind of stay motivated to keep doing research. He really helped me realize that it’s OK to fail as long as you always learn something from it and move on.

DW: What is your plan following graduation? MM: Well, I do want to stay in academia, and I think I will pursue a post-doctorate, which essentially is an apprenticeship that you do after you finish your Ph.D. to continue doing research. And then after that, I eventually want to have my own lab to do my own research where I get to be the boss man.

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Gov. Ducey taking action against opioid usage Adolescent prescriptions for opiates have doubled in the past decade. What has blindsided the federal government and health departments in states where the crisis is raging is just how quickly opioid addiction spiraled out of control. Between 1999 and 2008, deaths by overdose more than quadrupled, matching the growth of opioid prescriptions signed across the country. But pill addiction does not end there, as the American Society of Addiction Medicine reported that “94 percent of respondents in a 2014 survey of people in treatment for opioid addiction said they chose to use heroin because prescription opioids were ‘far more expensive and harder to obtain,’” once addiction began to kick in. This means that those over-prescribed patients who find themselves addicted to their medication branch out and expand their abuse of drugs into harder and cheaper opiates that can be found outside of the pharmacy. The ASAM also reported that there are approximately 259 million prescriptions for a variety of opioid drugs, “which is more than enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills.” In Mohave County alone, there are 127.5 prescriptions per 100 residents, a figure that is almost unimaginably large. Arizona is particularly hard-hit by the opioid addiction crisis, with its prescription rates at 70.2 per 100 residents compared to the 66.5 per 100 national average. In Phoenix, a woman received a 20-year prison sentence for the wrongful death of her daughter, who had gotten into her open supply of methadone and was then forced to consume methamphetamine. In Golden Valley, a doctor was arrested and forced to pay $683,000 in restitution for vastly over-prescribing opiates to his patients. In response to the statewide crisis, Governor Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency after Arizona opioid related deaths increased by three quarters to almost 800, and called





ew health crises have exploded as quickly as that of the opioid crisis. Beginning in earnest during the 1990s, this epidemic has continued to wreak havoc all across the U.S. for over 25 years. But even more shocking than addictions Americans have faced in the past, the general state of opiate addiction is almost entirely a product of overzealous doctors, and is unique for its primarily white and middle class user base. What is an opiate, and why are so many people falling victim to it? Opioids are a class of drugs, both prescribed and unregulated that includes pain killers, methadone, morphine and even heroin. According to the National Health Service, use of opiates can result in a sense of euphoria, calm and pain relief, but with abuse comes addiction, nausea, depression, mood swings and the possibility of overdosing. In the U.S., around 52,400 people die each year from drug overdoses, with about 20,100 deaths coming from prescription painkillers, and an additional 13,000 from heroin, the most common non-prescribed opiate. This means that almost half of all drug overdoses are the consequence of prescribed medicine, signed off by a medical expert. Women and adolescents have been the most common victims of this crisis, with female drug deaths jumping almost 400 percent as compared to men’s 237 percent increase.

on state lawmakers to pass new and stricter laws to crack down on the over-prescription of these powerful drugs. Local news reported that the package voted upon by the Arizona Legislature includes laws that forbid “doctors from prescribing more than five days of opiates for people who are not already taking the drug” as well as “limiting the dosages of opiates that doctors can prescribe,” cracking down on forged prescriptions, and ending the process known as “doctor shopping,” which involves patients attempting to find a doctor who would be willing to over-prescribe them sedatives and painkillers once their primary physician cuts them off. Going even further than stopping more people from being drawn into a world of drug abuse, Ducey is also interested in enacting a “Good Samaritan” law, which would allow people to call for medical assistance if they witnessed someone suffering an overdose and not be in danger of legal prosecution if they are also participating in drug use. This sort of law is in effect in 40 other states, and protects the lives of those who can still be saved but who would otherwise be left to die rather than risk the arrival of the police. Arizona and the entire U.S. needs to make sure that overprescription is curbed and the malfeasance of crooked doctors can be punished. In the past, the medical community has been given far too much leeway to play the role of drug dealer to patients who are biting off far more than they can chew. If nothing is done about this health crisis, thousands more Americans will be lost to addiction, and countless families will be torn apart by a man-made disaster that, up until recent years, has been a perfectly legal form of murder.

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BSU holds protest, honors Trayvon Martin BY JASMINE DEMERS @JasmineADemers

Students from the University of Arizona Black Student Union held a silent protest in front of the Administration building on Feb. 5 — what would have been Trayvon Martin’s 23rd birthday. Standing in solidarity with Martin, whose story unfolded in national view after being fatally shot, BSU members stood silently with signs that read “hear us, see us” and “black lives matter.” The annual protest has become somewhat of a tradition for BSU, representing the importance of challenging police brutality and honoring the lives lost because of it. After protesting for over an hour, the group formed a circle and chanted, “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” The students then marched in three lines through campus until they arrived at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center. “Today we hold remembrance for Trayvon Martin, along with all the other black individuals who have been killed as a result of police brutality,” said Zeina Cabrera-Peterson, graduate assistant of African American Student Affairs (AASA). “We created this silent demonstration as a way for us to be together, hold silence and give space for those who have been killed.” According to BSU President Hassan Farah, the protest was also an opportunity for students to exercise their free speech and make their purpose known on campus. “BSU will always be present at the U of A. Its mission is more or less to promote identity, our identity, and to be able to make a mark on this campus,” Farah said. “We want to address systematic issues in the administration and the institution here at the university, and make sure that we’re holding the administration accountable to serving all of its students.” After holding a meeting on Jan. 24 with UA President Dr. Robert Robbins and other members of the UA administration and providing a list of demands, students of the BSU said they appreciate that there have been actions taken to support their needs, including funding for AASA. While the BSU recognized the effort made by Robbins to support black students, they said there are other administrators, faculty, staff and students who they would also like to see take action. “Most black students can point to a time on campus where they felt singled


ON FEB. 5, BSU MEMBERS gather on the UA Mall to participate in a silent protest organized by the AASA.


BSU MEMBERS GATHER IN FRONT of the Education building to support the Black Lives Matter movement and challenge police brutality Monday, Feb. 5.

out,” Farah said. “It goes to cultural competency for faculty and staff to be able to know what microagressions are, to know that certain students are feeling pressure that other students may not experience.” As a UA student, Cabrera-Peterson said she had experienced these things first-hand. She wants other students, faculty and staff to not only listen to the BSU’s message, but also take action to fix the issues. “Ignorance and microagressions do not just stop. I’ve always known the pigmentation of my skin because people make note of it,” Cabrera-Peterson said. “More than that is the constant feeling of needing to be perfect in class because

I don’t want anyone to look down on me based on the color of my skin.” Farah explained that everyone within the university has to recognize their own power and their own privilege in order to create this type of institutional change. Along with marginalization in the classroom, he said many black students also hear racial slurs and derogatory messages in the residence halls. “If they are the ones in charge of creating an environment of learning, they are also in charge of creating a welcoming environment for all students, whether that be trans students, black students, students of color, gay students or any other marginalized students,” Farah said.

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For some people in the LGBTQ community, Diva La Paz can go far beyond the glitz, glam, gorgeous divas and drag queens expected to perform at Colonial de La Paz residence hall. Last Friday night, the spotlight shone on the members of the LGBTQ and drag communities who took center-stage. The pre-show festivities featured a tour of the new Pride Room, a studentcreated museum that showcased the LGBTQ community. The walls held displays to celebrate “game-changing” icons, provide LGBTQ resources, and address the myths and misconceptions in the community. Attendees were also encouraged to write messages on slips of paper and attach them as a chain hanging down from a tree display called “Growing Courage.” Outside the Pride Room door, attendees also stuck paper lips on a wall. Each pair featured words that resonated with them. Colonial de La Paz’s RA Nikolas Rodriguez, who played a lead role in bringing the room come together, said the Pride Room was more interactive than last year. “The room is never what they expect,” he said. “They don’t expect to see what it’s turned into and how it evolved within just a couple of nights.” Rodriguez says that Diva La Paz and the Pride room itself are “a beautiful expression of that individuality and that identity that they fight to have the right to express without fear of discrimination.” He hopes that the Pride Room will continue to advance advocacy and show that “people aren’t alone in the struggle and have resources to turn to.” Rodriguez was surprised at how much

bigger the event was than last year’s. Seats filled up fast, with the line snaking outside the resident hall, and that was just in anticipation of the pre-show. The construction of the Pride Room started on the day of the event and took hours for the residence hall and hall council volunteers to design. They will be taking it down on Tuesday. Kimberley Chong, a former intern at ASUA Pride Alliance, and member of the Eller Sexual Orientation and Identity Club, attended drag shows in the past. However, this was her first time attending Diva La Paz. Chong said she wanted to see the Pride Room go more in depth in showing “marginalized people who have contributed to LGBTQ history and rights” and those of color. However, she was still satisfied and thought it was a great introduction, even for first time attendees. “It was a great opportunity for young LGBTQ people to feel that (they) were not only included and visible, but celebrated. Especially since it was the first drag show for many attendees (and some may not be 21+ to got to IBTs),” she said. “I was very happy that there were so many students which were supporting LGBTQ and wanted more visibility in the U of A.” The performance element of the event included appearances by Black N’ Blue dance crew, UA Dance, CatCall A Cappella and Ajia Simone and her team. During the Q&A with the divas after the show, many answered how they got into drag and why they do it. With the crowd making noise and throwing its hands up for the performers under the string lights and stunning jungle-themed décor, everyone was welcome to open up and express themselves.

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Performers take to the stage at the 22nd annual Diva la Paz, aiming to educate the community on LGBTQ issues, highlight drag queen culture and create an inclusive atmosphere BY BRIANNON WILFONG @DailyWildcat

With glittery thigh-high boots and makeup applied so precisely that it could kill, local drag queens strutted their stuff on the runway at Colonia de la Paz Residence Hall’s annual Diva La Paz event. Featuring drag queens from all over the Tucson area, Diva La Paz brings awareness to the LGBTQ community, educating attendees with vibrant posters, activities and a drag show, exposing students and faculty that drag is all about individuality and selfexpression. Celebrating its 22nd year, Diva La Paz is one of the longest-running student and faculty drag programs the University of Arizona has seen. Drag queen Ajia Simone, known as “The Black Cat of Tucson,” has been a main performer since the beginning. Simone has long been active in the Tucson community, and when she heard about this UA event 22 years ago, knew she wanted to be a part of it. “[This event] wanted to bring something to the freshman; [it] wanted to bring something that most of them haven’t seen before,” Simone said. The show’s first run did not go over too well with some students, with hateful signs displayed in the windows of the dorms. “People didn’t understand the LGBTQ community,” Justine Sleator, a volunteer for Diva La Paz, said. The event persevered, and now draws many UA students every year to attend. Diva La Paz showcases many elements of drag, including flamboyant costumes and makeup. “My most favorite part of drag is the end result. The getting ready part is the drag for me,” Simone said. “At the end, I look at myself like ‘I look good.’” In the show, every drag queen sings along to hit songs, prompting the crowd to sing or clap along with them. They perform at least three numbers on stage, each with a different outfit and props, to result in one entertaining night. At this year’s event, Jenna May’s “Short Dick Man” performance, where she used carrots and ranch dressing, enticed the audience members into laughter and screams of enjoyment. “There was food thrown and the ranch dressing was poured down Jenna May’s chest, definitely making it a memorable performance,” Alessandra Flores, a Care, Health and Society sophomore at the UA, said. The message behind the event is that being yourself is something that rings loud and clear, according to Diva La Paz officials. The performers said with each show they hope students will always remember the event as a fun place where anyone can express themselves as they like.


TOP: Morgana performs “Freak Like Me” at Diva La Paz on Feb. 2. BOTTOM RIGHT: Ajia Simone, Tucson’s “black cat,” performs at the start of Diva La Paz at Colonia De La Paz dorm on Feb. 2. UPPER AND LOWER LEFT: UA dance performs at the beginning of the “Diva La Paz” event at Colonia De La Paz dorm on Feb. 2.

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minds to these events and learn about the impacts these moments have on others. The whitewashing and romanticizing of history should be confronted and critiqued in order to grow beyond past injustices. If we choose to instead cast a blind eye to the crimes perpetrated by past governments, companies and individuals, we will never be able to grow and come together as a people. The divisions that make nearly all conversations fraught with anxiety will only continue to fester and expand. Black History Month, or any other time when we offer special acknowledgement to a marginalized group, is not meant to divide us; it is an opportunity to learn from the experiences of others and understand our role in dealing with these difficult issues. The onus lies with those who occupy these positions of inherited privilege, whether it is skin color or socioeconomic status, to recognize these positions and work to make things equal for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation or identity. The UA must continue to work to diversify the administration and professors on campus. Only when those in positions of power and authority recognize the ways instutitions marginalize certain individuals and groups can society work to correct these issues. The first step is expanding our understanding of these groups and what problems they face, both historically and now, and continuing to tear down these walls that seperate us. — Andrew Paxton believes voices that have been silenced for too long must be heard.

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Middle Eastern Studies Center reels in spring films BY VICTORIA PEREIRA @vguardie917

The arts are an expressive way to share and communicate culture, especially the art of cinema. It is this kind of education that the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies aims to provide with its Spring 2018 Film Series. Each semester, the center creates a program of films that exemplify Middle Eastern cinema. They have featured countless documentaries and fiction features created by and starring people from the Middle East. The free screenings take place on the first Wednesday of each month and are open to the public. This semester, the screenings will be hosted in room 111 at the Cesar Chavez building, beginning at 7 p.m. Before each film, a graduate student in the program will briefly share some details about the filmmaker and background information to set up the film. The students also stay after the film to answer any questions viewers might have about the film or Middle Eastern cinema and culture. The concept of “the artist” is the theme of this semester’s film selection. Each movie focuses on some sort of Middle Eastern artist,

whether they are a musician, painter or tent maker. “Going Up the Stairs: Portrait of an Unlikely Iranian Artist” will kick off the spring 2018 series with an Iranian feature documentary from 2012. Directed by Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, the film follows the story of Akram, a 50-year-old painter who is trying to find a way to get to Paris after being invited to host an exhibition of her work. “She’s trying to get permission to go there because in Iran she needs permission from her husband to leave,” said Megan Young, the program coordinator for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. “The film shows her painting, talking about her life, the journey to try to get to Paris. She’s a very interesting person, and her images are quite unique.” The Center for Middle Eastern Studies website dubs it “an inspiring resource for courses on contemporary Muslim and Islamic studies, women’s studies, art and more.” The documentary is about an Iranian woman and the struggles she faces in trying to be an independent person and pursue art. The theme of this film supports the Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ mission of educating the public about Middle Eastern culture through telling real stories from those who understand what it’s like to be from the Middle East. “The Iranian film scene is active inside and


PHOTO FROM “GOING UP the Stairs: Portrait of an Unlikely Iranian Artist,” one of the featured films in the Middle Eastern Studies Center’s spring 2018 film series.

outside of Iran,” said Julie Ellison-Speight, the assistant director for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. “As far as documentaries go, a far number have been made about Iran by Iranians to share Iranian culture with the world.”

The other films this semester include “The Tentmakers of Cairo” on March 7, “Sonita” on April 4 and “The Play (Oyun)” on May 2. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about Middle Eastern culture, there are now plenty of free, fun and educational ways to do it.

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The lone star leader Camila Wesbrooks is no longer the rising star of UA tennis, but instead the proven leader and role model BY DAVID SKINNER @daveyskins_


ransitions can be one of the scariest parts of life — a trek through the unknown. The unknowns are sometimes within yourself, the true potential you might be able to unlock. Other times, the unknowns are challenges the world may confront you with, which you cannot control. Being able to balance these two things, and move forward, is what Camila Wesbrooks has done. She has transitioned from being an underclassman with upperclassmen advisory that looked after her, to being one of the rocks the young Arizona women’s tennis team is going to lean on this season. “It’s completely different because I have been so used to looking up to Devin [Chypyha] and Lauren [Marker], who were on the team last year. Now I’m kind of in their shoes, trying to set a good example for the younger girls,” Wesbrooks said. As Wesbrooks settles into the new season, her responsibilities and the role she

now assumes as an experienced veteran are going to be crucial for the Wildcats going forward. Wesbrooks isn’t all too worried about the pressure, though. “I feel like I know what to expect now, since I’m a junior,” Wesbrooks said. “It’s kind of fun seeing the freshman start their first matches because you know what they are going through; you know they are feeling the nerves. I mean, I get nervous, but it’s more of an excitement. . .I am just really excited to continue to go out there this season and kill it. I’ve never had as much fun playing tennis.” Even though her individual performances have stood out, like the clutch, gameclinching singles match that locked up the team win against the University of San Diego, Wesbrooks takes every match personally because she is playing for things much greater than herself. “You aren’t playing for yourself at all; you’re playing for the team. It gives me much more motivation to win … which is just natural when you are playing for 10 girls on the team and the school. That’s way more important to me,” Wesbrooks said.

While the McKinney, Texas native’s surprise undefeated start to the season has propelled the Wildcats to an overall 5-0 early on, her tennis story is one that many could have predicted decades ago. “Both of my parents played at [Louisiana State University]. Both sides of my family, everyone plays, so I would like to say I didn’t have a choice, but of course I had a choice. I just grew up playing; ever since I could walk, I was playing with them,” Wesbrooks said. Choosing to play competitive tennis was an early and relatively easy choice for Wesbrooks as she started competing seriously at the age of 7. With her personal coach also happening to be her mother, there were always tennis lessons. The tough lessons and intense coaching Wesbrooks received throughout her childhood paid major dividends. She excelled throughout her high school career. “There was some tough times, but most of the time it was a lot of fun,” Wesbrooks said. “I feel like I really didn’t appreciate it until I was a junior or senior in high school. Before that, I was still maturing.”

Ranking as high as the 33rd best prospect in the nation and establishing herself as a five-star recruit, Wesbrooks naturally had offers from all over the country, including Ole Miss, Illinois and Texas Tech. Eventually picking the University of Arizona, Wesbrooks instantly became one of the most heralded recruits Wildcat tennis has landed this decade, and she has handled all of the pressure and limelight with ease. Through the tough times, and the eventual breakthroughs, through all of the transitions life has served her, Wesbrooks has never once looked back. “I’m so grateful I play tennis. I have met some of the most amazing people through it; my best friends are all from tennis, and I have gotten to travel the world because of tennis. I wouldn’t change it for the world,” Wesbrooks said. As Camila Wesbrooks anchors what appears to be a promising year for the Wildcats, her already impressive start is just a glimpse of what’s yet to come.

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Laxcats set up for 2018 season BY RACHEL HUSTON @mirachelonice

For the 58th year, Arizona men’s lacrosse will take to the field for another season, looking for a turnaround year after a rough 2017 campaign. Standouts for Laxcats In the 2017 season, Colton Lloyd and Jerome Rigor were tied for the team lead in points with 26. Rigor graduated, but Lloyd will be returning for his junior season. As for goaltending, the only returning goalie is sophomore Justin Pierce, who served as a back-up and third-string the previous season. In that season, he surrendered only three goals in nine games, but had zero saves, putting his save percentage at a low 0 percent. Two standouts from practice were senior Alec Moen, and junior Barry Baker. Moen, who plays midfield, was a sharp shooter in an afternoon practice. He cut through his fellow Wildcats during a drill and shot one straight to the back of the net, eliciting cheers from his teammates. It was a shot that spoke volumes in what he could have in store, but also proved why he was fourth in points on the team last season with 19 (15 goals, four assists). Baker, on the other hand, plays defense and stood out because of his size. At 6-foot4, he made his D-pole (a 6-foot lacrosse stick, exclusively used by defencemen) look more like a small tree branch. At 180 pounds, he was also fast on his feet, making for a deadly combo in lacrosse. He didn’t register any points last season, but the amount of goals he’ll be able to prevent will make up for that if he repeats his stats. Staff Matt Blamey is entering his first year as head coach of the program after the departure of Spencer Fuqua, who only coached for the 2017 season. Blamey has


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coached with two other teams in the MCLA — Sierra Nevada University and Dominican University — and claimed two National Championships with SNU during his time there. While Blamey is new to the program, 2018 marks the fourth year for both Dustyn Lyons and Will Lawlor. Lyons will continue serving as assistant coach after working as a defensive coordinator in Oregon and winning an NCAA title in 2014 with Limestone College. The final member of the staff is offensive coordinator Lawlor. Hailing from Philadelphia, he has a storied career in lacrosse. He was a standout on attack in high school, and then moved on to impress in NCAA Division III. He played in the Philadelphia Box League following his collegiate career but has spent time coaching on the high school level, and recruiting on the collegiate level. Schedule Last year the Laxcats went 5-8, which was a step back after posting winning records every year since 2011. Naturally, the team looks to change that.

This year, the Wildcats play 11 total games, seven of which will be at home. Based on last year’s records of its opponents, Arizona will be facing a mix of opponents in terms of difficulty. Some key opponents are Sonoma State, Grand Canyon and Arizona State. Arizona did not face Sonoma State last year. Last season the Seawolves went 10-5, and played in one tournament game but lost. Two of its top leading scorers for 2017, Angelo Lagomarsino and Brett Tovrea, are returning to the 2018 squad. Sonoma also has junior goalie Tim Belisle returning. He posted a 0.600 goals against average and a 0.357 save percentage in 2017 through 15 games. The toughest opponent of the year will be in-state neighbor Grand Canyon University. Last year, the ‘Lopes lost only one game, going 10-1 on the season. Based on that record, they also claimed the title of National Champions in the summer. With that, they were also named No. 1 in a preseason coaches’ poll going into this year. Cam Wengreniuk, a returning player who was second in scoring last season for the ‘Lopes, nearly tripled Arizona’s Colton Lloyd’s team leading point totals. Wengreniuk had 60 goals and 13 assists in 17 games. Finally, there’s rival Arizona State, which had a record of 8-5 last year, as well as four tournament games. When Arizona faced off against them last season, it lost 14-6. Leading scorer Tommy Carasso will be returning for his senior year for ASU after recording 48 points (30 goals, 18 assists) in 16 games.



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Who’s rocking Wildcat hockey? The 2017–18 season is almost over and the standouts for each position have made their case BY RACHEL HUSTON @mirachelonice


The Arizona hockey season is nearly over with only three more games left in the regular season — one away and two home. The best forward, defenseman and goaltender on the team have proved themselves through the season with different styles of play. Here are the top players of each category for the 2017–18 hockey team, based on their stats and quality of play: Forward: Anthony Cusanelli When picking a standout, it’s not always about who has the most points. Still, Cusanelli’s points are hard to ignore. Through 26 games, he’s registered 49 points (31 goals, 18 assists). That’s good for 1.8 points per game, with a majority of those points coming from goals. And while it’s great that he can score a large amount of goals, the types of goals he scores demonstrate a high level of skill at his position. He scores most of his goals when the Wildcats are tied in the game, meaning his game is the go-ahead goal. Even more, he’s tied for first in the American Collegiate Hockey Association with five game-winning goals. Not only is he scoring, but he’s scoring in some of the most pressure-packed times, which gives him the edge as the team’s top forward right now.



TOP: Sean Ozment (5) is a defender for Arizona’s hockey team. MIDDLE: Anthony Cusanelli (15) is a forward for Arizona’s hockey team. BOTTOM: Anthony Ciurro (30) is a goalie for Arizona’s hockey team.

Defenseman: Sean Ozment Ozment isn’t leading defensemen in points — with 21 he’s behind Manny Rowe by one point — but his point totals are a lot more shocking for him than they are for Rowe. Ozment is a textbook definition of a “stay-at-home defenseman.” He doesn’t take too many chances offensively, hardly pinches, is always the first one back and plays on the penalty kill line. Something that separates him from the bunch is that he also plays on the power play, where he’s been a major factor. A large fault on Arizona’s power play is the lack of a heavy slapshot from the point. Orion Olsen could provide this, but leans mostly on his wrister, as does Rowe. But then there’s Ozment. He’s a player that, on paper, wouldn’t be anywhere near the power play, but he owns it. The forwards crash the net and pick up the rebounds or tip the initial slapper from the point — and it’s gone in plenty of times. It’s his versatility that makes him the No. 1 defenseman of the season. His point totals are showing it, but it’s his ability to be a shutdown defender and also be a staple on the power play that stands out most. Goaltender: Anthony Ciurro UA head coach Chad Berman spoke volumes about the quality of his freshman goaltending between Anthony Ciurro and Nolan Bivolcic. Ciurro has gotten more starts than Bivolcic this season, so he claims the spot as the standout goaltender. Ciurro’s stats are not only the best out of the two freshman, but better than senior Austin Wilson’s. As it stands, his record is 8-2, goals against average of 2.82 and a save percentage of .908. He’s also the only one to register a shutout on the season — and he has not one, but two of those. Ciurro’s wins and stats haven’t come against easy opponents. At the start of the season, Wilson was leaned on in larger contests, but as the season rolled along it became apparent the coaching staff no longer had to do that. Ciurro was good enough to earn the start against top teams, and he has been up to the task.

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Adaptive Athletics puts skills on display BY JAHNAVI AKELLA @jahnavi_akella

University of Arizona Campus Recreation hosted “Consider Yourself Challenged,” a fundraising event for the Disability Resource Center, the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Campus Recreation. The event included a silent auction, dynamic demonstrations by adaptive athletes and opportunities to mingle with team members, coaches and representatives of the beneficiaries. In addition to raising funds for the programs, team leaders expressed hope that the event would increase awareness of what these athletes do. “Athletes here at the University of Arizona, all of them train five days a week,” said head women’s wheelchair basketball coach Peter Hughes. “They follow the same rules and goals as NCAA athletes. We’re that dedicated to getting better, representing Team USA; we have a lot of Paralympians in our program, stuff like that.” Hughes said one of the obstacles wheelchair athletes face is public perception. “I think a lot of people, when they first think of disabled sport, they think immediately, ‘Oh, it’s a ribbon affair for everybody that plays; everybody gets a ribbon,’” he said. “That’s not what we’re about.” Jennifer Poist, who will be replacing Hughes as the future women’s wheelchair basketball coach, doubled down on the competitive aspect of adaptive athletics. “Just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you can’t be active and competitive and train at a really high level,” Poist said. “We travel all across the country and play sports. We’re all really competitive, and we push ourselves to the limit.” Event chair Barry Baker hoped the day would spread awareness

about adaptive athletics and described how he hoped more people would tune in to watch adaptive matches. “It’s so rare that in the general public people come to watch adaptive sports,” he said. “These athletes are amazing. Just think of how hard it is for most people to get up off the couch and participate in a sport. Now you’ve got a huge physical limitation, and you’re not going to let it stop you no matter what.” Event attendees were indeed captivated by the fast-paced scrimmages put on by the adaptive rugby and basketball teams. Many who had not watched challenged athletes play before expressed appreciation for the sports. Steve Dean, an Alliance Bank employee, found himself surprised at the pace of the action. “I didn’t know what to expect with the rugby. It’s really brutal; it’s fun to watch,” he said. TriCats athlete and learning, literacy and leadership major Rosie Makinen echoed Dean’s sentiments. “It’s just so cool how much talent there is despite the adversity these people face. I’ve never seen anything like this,” she said. Fundraising events like these are especially important for the UA’s adaptive athletics programs, Hughes explained. Without the work of organizations like CAF, equipment and training would cost thousands of dollars. “Without CAF, we’d be in serious trouble, fundraising all the time instead of coaching, instead of getting ready for the Paralympics,” Hughes said. Baker concurred. “When you’re physically challenged, most sports equipment is not covered by your insurance,” he said. “It could cost $15,000 or more. CAF helps those athletes get grants for equipment and also helps fund the coaching and counseling and the resources that are here at the university.”


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Josh Walls, of the adaptive rugby team, described why adaptive sports are an important part of many individuals’ lives. “This is the kind of stuff that is gonna make you have no choice but to not feel sorry for yourself,” he said. “Because these people are in the same boat you are, and they’re out there working twice as hard as you. That’s why I joined, because it doesn’t allow you to be ‘oh, poor me.’” Troy Davis, also of the rugby squad, summed it up a little different. “Every day, there’s nothing better,” he said.

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ARIZONA INFIELDER JESSIE HARPER (19) hits the ball during the Arizona South Carolina softball game on May 21 at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Four Wildcats in USA Softball top 50 BY MAX COHEN @MaxCohen_DW

USA Softball released its watch list of the top-50 players in collegiate softball on Wednesday afternoon. The list features four Wildcats: Aleah Craighton, Jessie Harper, Taylor McQuillin and Dejah Mulipola. The addition of Harper and McQuillin on the list isn’t surprising given their success last season. Harper was a first team All-American last season after hitting .333 with 19 home runs and starting every game for Arizona last season. McQuillin finished the 2017 campaign with an ERA under 2.00. McQuillin spent last season learning under Arizona ace Danielle O’Toole, but after O’Toole’s graduation, McQuillin will look to make the most of the spotlight. However, Craighton and Mulipola’s national attention may come as a surprise to Arizona fans. Craighton transferred to Arizona from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette just last month. While with the Ragin’ Cajuns, Craighton hit .365 over three seasons and has 48 career home runs to her name. The power-hitting center-fielder also has a career fielding percentage of .966.

Mulipola is another story. The sophomore had a sneaky good freshman season, when she hit .335 with 12 home runs. Her success might have flown under the radar due to the amount of star power Arizona possessed last season. Additionally, Mulipola is headed to the Japan All-Star Series with Team USA, alongside fellow Wildcats O’Toole and infielder Mo Mercado. Arizona isn’t the only team wellrepresented on the top-50 list. Washington, Oregon, Utah and UCLA also have at least one player listed. Oregon is tied with Arizona to lead the Pac-12 with four players listed, followed by Washington and UCLA, who both have two. Utah brings up the rear of the Pac-12 with only one. This news comes on the heels of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association preseason top-25 release, with Arizona starting the season at No. 7. It trails Oregon, Washington and UCLA, who are ranked No. 3, 4 and 5, respectively. Additionally, Utah is ranked at No. 15, and ASU made the top 25 at No. 23, to give the Pac-12 six teams in the poll. This is also Arizona’s 20th season in the top 10 of the NFCA preseason poll, the most of any program in the country.


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