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Conversation on HIV/AIDS reveals gaps Presenters at Censored Series talk discuss need for increased awareness and understanding of available resources and treatment BY DAVID PUJOL @deathlydavid

The history of HIV/AIDS, PrEP, viral loads, the stigma behind the start of it all and where we need to go from here were some of the talking points touched upon in the last Censored Series of the Spring 2017 semester. The talk was hosted in the Women’s Resource Center, where taboo topics are destigmatized and students can better educate themselves on often controvertial topics. The event was hosted by Feminists Organized to Resist Create and Empower. The invited community experts were Miss Jai, Michael Lopez and Taylor Ducklow from the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. “We just try to teach folks it’s more about safety and being able to have an honest conversation, because the reality is people living with HIV do not want to transmit HIV to other people,” Lopez said. “When transmission happens, it is usually when people don’t know, so testing yourself and knowing your status is so important.” The discussion was led by Lili Steffen, who is the community outreach coordinator with FORCE, and the first question was “Where and how did you first hear about HIV/AIDS?” Students and community members went on to discuss

their stories of how they came to hear about the diseases, from first hearing it from a friend whose family member had been infected with the virus at the rise of the HIV/AIDS epidemic to learning about it in documentaries, social media, school or dramatic depictions in film and television. “I’ve heard [HIV was] government-manufactured, [from] chimpanzees—both eating them and fucking them—, the flight attendant myth or patient zero in some country or even evolutionary theories. Really, there is no way for us to track how far back HIV goes,” Jai said. Much of the stigma around HIV/AIDS also creates the problem of not being able to discuss it, and there is a large portion of marginalized communities affected by HIV/ AIDS, most prominently LQBT and minority groups. “I think we wouldn’t do this discussion justice if we didn’t mention marginalized [people] in our society who are greatly affected by HIV—people of color and trans people and how they are much more affected by HIV compared to cis-gendered people and white people,” Jai said. “They often have less access to health care, and there is more of a stigma.” Research continues daily, and there is an array of ways to protect yourself and others. Some of the biomedical interventions include

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STUDENTS TALK ABOUT THEIR first time hearing about HIV/AIDS on Tuesday, April 18. Many people tend to not be very informed, making the need to talk about the conditions essential.

pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, which both work to keep you as healthy as possible. “PrEP, in a nutshell, is a daily pill someone would take to prevent themselves from acquiring HIV, and it’s pretty amazing stuff,” Lopez said. “This daily pill, done effectively, has about 92-98 percent [chance that patients]

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will not acquire HIV.” Lopez also discussed treatment as prevention concerning those already infected with HIV. With the proper medication and treatment, individuals who are positive can find themselves being very health and having a nearly nonexistent viral load, which means the risk of transferring the virus is very low.

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Popular study drug comes with side effects BY JESSICA CARPENTER ARIZONA SONORA NEWS SERVICE

Lilly has a morning routine that is a little different than many college students. She wakes up. She eats breakfast. But with her breakfast, she takes a small pill that helps her feel more focused and relaxed as she starts her day. Vyvanse, Lilly’s morning prescription drug choice, is used to stimulate the central nervous system and affect the chemicals in the brain often used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, with which patients find it extremely difficult to concentrate. Although Vyvanse helps Lilly stay focused, it only does so for a short time. That’s why around 3 p.m. Lilly switches to another drug, one that usually keeps her alert, focused and motivated until she goes to bed. A drug that 1 in 5 college students regularly abuse, according to a survey released by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Adderall. Some of the more common side effects of Adderall include loss of appetite, dry mouth, blood pressure elevations, insomnia, headache and abdominal pain. Many people are aware of these common, short-term side effects, but few are aware of the longterm consequences of abusing Adderall, such as disturbances in sexual function, slowing of growth rate, faster heart rate, nervousness, hearing voices, paranoia, mania and even death. “The bad side effects of it are that it sometimes makes me less social, and sometimes I get easily annoyed if someone interrupts me when I am in the middle

of something,” said Lilly, a UA student who has requested not to use her last name. Released in 1996, Adderall, a drug very similar to Vyvanse in helping those with ADHD, has quickly become a popular “study drug” among college students. Adderall use and abuse has substantially risen over the years, especially among college students. Lilly is one of few students who takes it because of her ADHD, unlike others who use it to stay ahead and focused in school without actually having the disorder. She takes around 10mg of Adderall daily about four to five times a week, along with her 40mg dose of Vyvanse in the morning. This dosage of Adderall is normal, according to health experts. But the other college students who are popping these tiny pills daily like Skittles, may have something to worry about in the long-run. Of the 16 million prescriptions written nationwide for Adderall in 2012, 60 percent were among 18to 25-year-olds, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Here’s the problem. Adderall works by creating unnaturally high levels of dopamine in the brain. Without it, people feel tired and muggy and crave the alertness the drug gives them. But a nationwide study shows that only 2 percent of students believe Adderall has the potential to be dangerous, while 81 percent said that it’s only slightly dangerous or not dangerous at all. Health experts say differently. According to the Addiction Center, 116 thousand people were

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admitted to rehab for addiction in 2012, and full-time students are twice as likely to abuse Adderall as people who are not in college. Over six years, non-medical use of Adderall has risen 67 percent and emergency visits due to abuse of the drug have increased by 156 percent. Even worse, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, people who use Adderall are more likely to abuse alcohol, three times more likely to use marijuana, five times more likely

to have misused prescription pain killers and eight times more likely to recreationally use cocaine. Although many students combine alcohol and Adderall, health experts say that they should never be mixed together. Adderall is a stimulant, while alcohol is a depressant. Combining the two could lead students to be unaware of how much they are drinking, leading to potential alcohol poisoning. Many of these students who abuse Adderall, aren’t even

getting a prescription from a doctor. Rather, 74 percent of all college non-medical users get their Adderall from a friend or family member who has a prescription, according to a 2012 study published in the Journal of American College Health. Adderall continues to sweep the nation among college students desperate to enhance their studies, but the long-term side effects have many asking: Is it really worth it?

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VeloVets provides cycling groups for all Non-profit organization led by former UA professor introduces participants to “forced excercise” and its many associated benefits BY SHAQ DAVIS @ShaqDavis1

Veterans from the Tucson community are improving their lives through VeloVets, a non-profit, all-inclusive cycling organization. It started over four years ago when director and former UA professor Giuliana Donnelly asked her friends for help on an idea she had. Now on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. veterans, their families and people from the community can be found enjoying bike rides at Tucson Veterans Affairs Campus. Donnelly found detailed studies about ”forced exercise” and its benefits to the mind and body, something that would help veterans in their lives. One benefit, Donnelly said, is that with tandem bike rides, the rider specifically on the back cannot choose how fast they go, leading to more brain activity. “They decided that 90 rpms is the ideal speed and people on the back of the tandem who are forced to pedal at this rate, which they probably would not otherwise, experience a great relief from symptoms.” To go the 90 rpms the rider must be at attention. “If we can find something that can have them reduce their symptoms without taking a bunch of drugs, which increases their overall health, why not do that?” This will ultimately reduce the load that is put on their families, Donnelly said. This data led Donnelly to the VA Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center to discuss what she wanted to do regarding getting able and disabled veterans alike to participate with the organization. James Arnold, recreational specialist with the VA Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center, said that because Donnelly always seeks to do more, the group has grown in the three years he’s been involved. “The program at that time was nothing like it is right now,” Arnold said. “When she took over the program, she started building websites, she’s finding more donors and getting more bikes and it’s really growing now.” “We serve all disabled veterans, differently abled; whatever it is, it doesn’t matter,” Donnelly said. “It could be missing a limb, bad back, PTSD, depression, addiction, blind,

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VELOVETS PARTICIPANT JEFF SMITH prepares for a recent cycling event. The group works to make sure all veterans can get excercise and support through the use of special bikes and other resources.

you name it, recovering from a stroke … we just get every one of these guys or girls on bicycles.” VeloVets operates solely on donations and has acquired adaptive bikes that can be tailored to all of the vets that desire to ride. Donnelly said there hasn’t been one person who’s appeared that they haven’t been able to get on a bike. “I’m very interested in the ability for veterans to transition after active duty; I see a lot of veterans for one reason or another stay in that world and never really connect to the civilian world,” Donnelly said. “So I’m doing everything I can to help that transition be easier. It can be very difficult to transition,

and so the idea of having some help at your university or a social activity you can bring your family to, anything to help.” Some of the veterans with disabilities that participate haven’t experienced a bike ride in a long time. “A lot of these guys and girls, for whatever their reasons, especially some of the older vets that come to us, … have not moved through the air faster than 1 mile an hour in 30 years,” Donnelly said. “All of a sudden, they’re on a bike and they’re whipping along and they’re sweating and they’re laughing and they’re talking and they come back a whole different person.” Kitty Griffin said that for two

months the organization worked with her son Matthew Murren to get him adapted to riding; it has now been two years. “They have gone above and beyond to make him comfortable, to make him part of the family, socially, emotionally, physically, in every aspect.” Now Murren, who at first couldn’t support his frame when riding, is getting ready to participate in a tandem bike race. Donnelly said they want more vets involved, especially students. “I really want student vets to come out and ride with us. I want them to think that they will get a good workout, that any level of ability or not is welcome and supported,” she said. “I want them to know

that their significant others and family members are welcome— all ages including dogs. I want them to know that internships are possible with us in all sorts of areas for credit.” “This is so many facets for me,” she said. “From website design, to fundraising, to bike maintenance, it keeps me busy, and every single person that works with us has some kind of skill.” The goal for VeloVets is to meet the vets and their supporting family and help them move forward. “We’re here, and my motto is we meet the veteran where he or she is and we help them get to where they want to go and we’re here every week,” Donnelly said.


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POLICE BEAT BY JESSICA BLACKBURN @hotbread33

Suspicious male in need of girlfriend A University of Arizona Police Department officer responded to the UA Mall in reference to a suspicious male at 9 a.m. on April 11. An officer found a man walking on the south side of the Student Union Memorial Center and made contact, asking for the man’s ID. The man responded that an unknown person stole his ID. The officer advised the man UAPD was called to the area due to the man asking about girls on campus. The man said, “Well, I’m looking for a girlfriend, so I wanted to know where to find them.” The officer responded that most people would think that is an odd question, but the man didn’t seem to agree. The man went on to tell police he played guitar and was trying to start a rock band. He added that Tucson was the best town he had ever seen and was going to stay. The officer asked the man if he was on any medication. The man told police he ran out of his anxiety medication but that he was fine. The man was advised that he needed a legitimate reason to be on UA property and that asking about girls was not a legitimate reason to be on campus. Police had no legal reason to detain the man and allowed him to leave campus. Ex-roommate drama Officers were dispatched to the UAPD main station lobby at 7 p.m. on April 11 in reference to a threats report. Police met with a UA student who received threatening textsm, which she suspected were from her ex-roommate. She told police that her ex-roommate constantly spread negative rumors about her to other residents in their apartment complex. The woman’s ex-roommate accused her of being “dirty” and “slutty,” and the woman told officers she could no longer take the bullying. Earlier the same day, the woman received a text message from an unknown number. The unknown sender called the woman a “bitch” and said they had nude pictures of her. UAPD officers visited the woman’s ex-roommate, who denied any involvement in the bullying but said living with the woman who reported the threat was a negative experience. She told police she wanted to move on and did not want any further contact with the woman. Police advised both women to cease any further contact with each other and to contact UAPD if there was any further information to report.

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esire2Learn, or D2L, is essential to a UA student’s success and needs to be properly maintained. Lately, the UA’s D2L system has been crashing multiple times a week. It’ll sometimes be a login issue or some sort of server error, but whatever the reason, it’s an inconvenient problem, especially with the amount of work required in college. How can students use this online tool to complete homework when it continues to have a server problem? Almost all college students, myself included, use D2L to check what assignments are due, turn in assignments in the dropbox and communicate with classmates in the discussions tab. Pima Community College uses D2L, as well. When I attended PCC, I became familiar with D2L as I took multiple online courses. For the two years I used Pima’s D2L system, I hardly ever experienced server issues. The only time that the site was down was during its required monthly maintenance time, which was usually one late Saturday night to early Sunday morning during the time people sleep. I really enjoyed using D2L, and I wish that I could go back to the simplicity.

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ENGLISH FRESHMAN JENNY ARANDA peruses through her class’ D2L page on May 20, 2016. D2L is an essential to completing work for classes, despite many server errors.

I’ve only been here at the UA for two semesters, and I have learned D2L is an essential to complete almost every assignment. Professors post lectures, homework, grades and feedback on assignments online. Students and professors log onto D2L multiple times a day. It has become a daily routine for us at the UA. When it crashes, it not only causes a wave of panic; it also frustrates faculty and students. I get frustrated when I’m trying to complete a quiz. When I click the “submit” button, I expect to read my quiz has been submitted, not a “server error” message.

I’m thankful D2L has a “save changes” button. It reassures me, when a server error happens, my answers and work will still be there and I can re-submit my work. Let’s face it, though: Who wants to have to re-submit their work twice? If you don’t save your work, then you’re back at square one with re-doing the whole assignment. That’s never any fun. As college students, we rely heavily on the internet and technology. Every day we Google different topics that we need to learn. We log onto our Gmail accounts to communicate with

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professors and colleagues. We even have educational mobile apps so we can access what we need on our phones. We have grown accustomed to accessing things at a rapid speed and in turn get impatient when things (like D2L crashes) take forever to load. The internet and technology are a must-have for us. There have been rumors the reason the D2L bugs aren’t being fixed right away is because the system will be updated in 2019. This is unconfirmed talk, but still, it’s not a valid reason to allow the system to fail so

Dear Editor, Please find below a response to the recent Op Ed by Toni Marcheva. I am writing in response to the column written by Toni Marcheva about the new Honors College complex planned for the north edge of campus. We certainly welcome any and all input as we move forward to re-envision our program. Rather than separating ourselves from the rest of campus, we will continue to leverage the world-class UA resources, and connect students with the best minds on campus to provide an exceptional educational experience. The new building is meant to further enhance the current Honors College and not to mimic the Barrett Honors College at ASU. While the new structure will include dining, housing, classrooms and office space, these features will not cloister our students from the rest of campus. For example, the planned classrooms will have a total of approximately 120 seats, enough for us to provide unique and customized learning environments for some students, but the majority of residents will still spend most of their classroom time away from the Honors College. They should have a very similar experience as students living in our current Honors dorms, with the added convenience of integrated dining and nearby recreation facilities. I also believe that these facilities, which will be open to all UA students, will attract students from Eller and the law school. With regards to the location, the new

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honors building will be situated on the northern edge of campus. While we would prefer for the new facility to be located closer to the center of campus, this is just not feasible. The new building is approximately a half mile from Old Main, the same distance as our current Honors dorm, Arbol de la Vida, and an eight-minute walk. Also, it is located along Fremont Avenue, which funnels into one of the underpasses traversing Speedway Boulevard, providing a relatively convenient corridor onto main campus. I certainly agree with your writer that one of the strengths of the current Honors College is its ability to fully integrate honors students into the UA campus, and we will ensure that this continues to be the case. The article, “Honors college bolsters programs to help students succeed,” in your April 14, 2017 edition describes our vision for the Honors College, and illustrates how the honors experience will serve to further strengthen the connection between Honors students and their academic colleges. We have been soliciting student input throughout this process, through surveys, focus groups and student participation on the relevant committees. We will continue to involve students in any and all decisions, and I hope that students will contact me directly with their concerns or stop by during the Honors Dean time on Mondays and Fridays. Best regards, Elliott Cheu, Ph.D. Interim Dean, Honors College

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much. We are nowhere near 2019, and I would appreciate if these problems were a priority rather than just letting it continuously lag on everyone. Yes, at times it might be a win because we have an extra day to turn in our homework assignments we forgot to do, but it’s definitely not a win when you’re in the middle of a lecture and you have to access an in-class assignment right away, especially when it’s a timed assignment. D2L isn’t exclusive to just the UA or PCC. Many other colleges and universities have their own D2L database. It’s very important that UA’s D2L system is maintained properly so students can complete required assignments before the designated deadline. It doesn’t only take time away from the students; it takes away from the faculty, as well. D2L is an efficient and effective system here at the UA, that is when it is working. Without it, college would be one big chaotic mess, which is usually what happens when it crashes.

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Five tips for staying safe at summer festivals BY CHANDLER DONALD @chandlerjdonald

This past month, Arizona hosted two music festivals of epic proportions. It seems that Arizona is becoming a new hub for incredibly populus music festivals. While desert raves have been in the state for decades, only in recent years have they expanded from the underground music scene and become huge commercial enterprises. This lends a certain air of approachability for those not necessarily inclined to headbang for an entire weekend. However, the more cautious of us—watching from our Snapchat stories—are still left wondering “how can I feel safe and comfortable in such a massive crowd?” In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracked illness and death at an electronic dance music festival in New York. Over the three-day weekend, 22 people experienced “adverse events,” two of which were fatal. This should be a concern for prospective patrons and organizers alike. Adverse events aren’t fun for anyone, so here are five tips to stay safe and comfortable at music festivals. SYDNEY RICHARDSON/THE DAILY WILDCAT

1. Cover up In Florence earier this month, temperatures at Country Thunder reached well over 90 degrees. Dancing in this kind of weather alone holds a certain amount of risk. However, with several thousand people in every direction, the heat is pushed to an even further extreme. So how does one stay cool under such conditions? “Cover up from the sun,” said Lee Ann Hamilton, assistant director of Health PromotionPreventative Services at Campus Health. “Using an umbrella, using a wide-brimmed hat, using your clothing, using anything to avoid direct sun exposure will help protect you.” So whether it’s for Country Thunder or even Coachella, don’t forget to bring your cowboy hat. 2. Stay hydrated Dehydration is the main health

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concern for music festivals in Arizona. In fact, concerts can be a culmination of dangerous dehydrating factors. “Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic drinks,” Hamilton said. Alcohol, caffeine and nicotine are all diuretics, meaning they cause your body to get rid of water. So how does one know if they’re drinking enough water? The answer may reside in an unexpected place. “The real gauge is that your urine should be clear,” Hamilton said. “If your urine is yellow or dark yellow, you’re way past dehydrated.” While it may be difficult to get a good look into the Porta Potty, urine color is the only real way to know if you’re staying well hydrated. So next time it may be a smart idea to bring the gallon jug rather than your 20 oz. Hydro Flask.

3. Know the signs In order for music festivals to legally operate, organizers must abide by sets of restrictions from city or county governments. While each has its own restrictions, nearly all of them require a medical tent or service area. The issue is that attendees often don’t realize they need medical attention before it’s too late. So how does one know when they need to find help? “The usual early symptoms for heat reactions are if people are cold, clammy, pale or experiencing stomach cramps,” Hamilton said. People with these symptoms need to rehydrate and get to a cool place. “The serious stuff is pending heat stroke,” Hamilton said. “People get dry, red and hot to the touch. If that’s happening, then they need immediate care.”

Hundreds of people are hospitalized for heat-related illnesses in Arizona every year. Recognizing symptoms early could make the difference between life and death. 4. Party responsibly In the New York CDC case study, 95 percent of those hospitalized were intoxicated in some sort or another. However, intoxication and music festivals will always go hand in hand. So how do you stay safe if you aren’t quite straight edge? “If you are going to drink, you should alternate. For every alcoholic drink, have a nonalcoholic drink,” Hamilton said. She also emphasized staying in the “sweet spot.” Chemically, the sweet spot is a blood alcohol content of about 0.05. For the average male, this means about two standard drinks every hour.

For females, one drink every hour. Also don’t fool yourself, a 40 is not a standard drink. 5. Have a plan For some, just the thought of losing your friends, getting heat stroke or experiencing alcohol poisoning can cause anxiety. For others, it’s the thought of waking up for school on the morning after a molly-induced hula hooping marathon that causes their apprehension. So how does one get through it all? “It’s all about having a plan and sticking to it,” Hamilton said. “You can have fun, just stay in the sweet spot.” By planning out where you’re going to go, what you’re going to do and how you’re going to stay comfortable, you can have a truly memorable experience. And most importantly, know your limits and enjoy in moderation.


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In the midst of spring holidays and preparation for finals, it may be interesting to note that there were amazing discoveries in science over the past week, ranging from ways to protect unborn babies against whooping cough to an eel’s “sixth sense.” Coral bleaching continues to affect Great Barrier Reef Aerial surveys performed by researchers at Australia’s James Cook University have revealed that the Great Barrier Reef is undergoing a second mass bleaching event. This is the second mass coral bleaching in the area within the last 12 months; scientists were not expecting another event of this nature to occur within such a short timespan. While the coral is capable of healing, it needs more than a year to do so. Consequently, the second event could signal trouble for the reef. Coral bleaching occurs when the algae that lives with and feeds coral is forced to migrate elsewhere due to unfavorable conditions. The bleached coral isn’t dead, and it is possible for it to revive itself if conditions become tolerable for the algae. However, continued bleaching can lead to

coral starvation. El Niño and the warmer water it brings caused the first bleaching event. The scientists at James Cook University suspect the second event was a direct result of global warming and warn that the Great Barrier Reef is in danger if steps aren’t taken to curb greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Eel migration aided by Earth’s magnetic field A century-long mystery has been solved thanks to the discovery that eels are capable of sensing the Earth’s magnetic field and using it for navigation. When a European eel reaches maturity, it migrates from the North Atlantic Sargasso Sea to European rivers, switching habitat from salt water to freshwater. The eels’ mode of navigation had baffled researchers, especially because the stretch of sea was found to have no distinguishing features that young eels could use as landmarks. Researchers from University of Miami in Florida and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill discovered that the eels completed this journey using the Earth’s magnetic field as a guide. Like sea turtles, the eels were able to use the magnetic field to orient and

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Dance ‘Spring Collection’ highlights motions of life The UA School of Dance will explore love, anger and struggles through beat poetry, jazz, tap and even a little Prince starting this Friday BY VICTORIA PEREIRA @vguardie917

The school of dance at the UA is one of the top in the nation and has been developing an international name for itself thanks to the talent of both its students and faculty. This year’s “Spring Collection” showcase will close out the 2016-17 season with a variety of performances, displaying what the UA School of Dance is all about. The program begins with “Ear to Stone,” a piece choreographed by James Clouser. Clouser is currently a visiting professor at the school and is reviving his piece to be performed 30 years after its debut. “Ear to Stone” has a timeless message that allows it to be just as poignant as it was when it was first performed in 1987: “It’s a duet about a young couple at the beginning of their marriage,” Clouser said. “It’s a story about conflict and resolution and it takes the proposition that love is not an emotion but it is an activity; you have to be active in love in order to bring the emotion.” The dancers adopt this view on love as the piece goes on. In the beginning, they are in conflict because they don’t understand one cannot simply say they love someone and must show their love through their actions. As they come to understand and compromise with each other, a resolution is found and their relationship is made stronger. Beat poetry from John Giorno and an opera from Giacomo Puccini are the two music selections used in the piece, the title of which originates from a particularly poignant part of Giorno’s angry, passionate poem. “In the middle of that anger there’s a quiet moment where he says, ‘I want you to put your ear to stone and open your heart to the sky,’ ” Clouser said. “Then the second half is the tenor aria from Puccini’s opera, ‘La bohème,’ the moment in the opera at the beginning when the hero meets the heroine.” Clouser has four pairs of dancers performing “Ear to Stone” on various nights during the “Spring Collection” run, with the

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dancers ranging from freshmen to graduate students. Following “Ear to Stone” is “The Artist: Celebrating PRINCE,” choreographed by Michael Williams. The piece pays tribute to the late, great musician with dancers performing to a medley of his music. Williams collaborated with Lauren Truby on the tap piece to honor jazz singer Brenda Boykin’s “Step Back,” which follows the medley. Two ensemble pieces are after that. The first, “Dead in the Shell,” is a new piece by choreographer Tamara Dyke-Compton that features 11 female dancers struggling with the feeling of being stuck. “Moments Caught” by Elizabeth George-Fesch comes

after, exploring the idea of memory through the performance of five male dancers. Guest artist Miguel Perez will present his autobiographical piece “Before Reality Sets In.” In the second week of performances, Perez will be followed by a number celebrating Afro-funk created by Barbea Williams. “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel will be the backdrop for a solo dance from the mind of Amy Ernst. The penultimate performance of the night, like Clouser’s “Ear to Stone,” has been around for some time and is also celebrating the 30-year anniversary of first being performed. Sam Watson, an artist of residence at the UA School of Dance, co-choreographed “Wired” with fellow dancer Kenneth Comstock

for a program in the city of Chicago in 1987, and the piece has stood the test of time. “ ‘Wired’ is an excess of stimulus,” Watson said. “It’s about a modernday life where people are having to multitask, take in all different types of stimulus in a fast-paced world.” Watson mainly focuses on the idea of western culture functioning so quickly and explores this through jazz and a homemade sound collage. “My specialty is jazz-based work that has some humor to it,” Watson said. “Humor and kind of quirky are what my trademarks are.” Watson also choreographed the new closing selection to feature the 10 dancers in the Masters of Fine Arts program. The piece, titled “Amuse Bouche—Ten Tasty Treats,”

plays off the culinary practice of the same name. When a chef presents his dinners with small samplings of his specialty, it is referred to as an amuse bouche, so each MFA student will be featured in their own short amuse bouche. “ ‘Spring Collection’ is always a large mixture of ballet, modern, jazz; some are very flashy numbers and some are very intimate,” Watson said. “The program is a sampler series of several different styles of dance.” “Spring Collection” begins Friday, April 21, and concludes the following Sunday, April 30. Tickets can be purchased at the College of Fine Arts box office or online at tickets.arizona.edu for $32 for adults, $28 for seniors, military and UA employees and $15 for students.


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‘Mother of Exiles’ explores gun violence and fear Award-winning playwright and assistant professor Elaine Romero finds a safe space for dialogues on social justice in the theatre BY MELISSA VASQUEZ @vxmel

The play “Mother of Exiles,” opening April 20, will give people the chance to watch a play about a Latina woman who teaches on the Arizona-Mexican border. It is the second installment in a trilogy about the border and social justice ideas written by Elaine Romero, an award-winning playwright and assistant professor in the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television. The themes, according to Romero, are gun violence, ideas and their effects and fear. Romero’s beginnings in playwriting began thanks to an assignment in a creative writing class when she was a freshman in college. She discovered she was able to more eloquently tell a story through the format of a play. It is something that’s stuck with her since. Romero said that for the assignment she “could only think in dialogue,” so once her professor suggested that she write a play, she knew it was for her. “I wrote a play and I have beautifully done so ever since,” Romero said. “I’ve written plays since I was 18, and I continued to work on one after the next, and you know, it has taken me all over the world.” As a result of her traveling, Romero found inspiration to tell more stories by being exposed to different places and people with different ideas. “As a U.S. playwright, I have the honor of getting to know this country that I live in and being invited to see all the nooks and crannies of this country, and these places reveal themselves to me and then I have the responsibility to reflect back what I see,” she said. This is important to Romero’s art because by observing and instilling traces of the real world, she gives life and meaning to her plays. She said that it is her way of showing how she sees and experiences the world in which we live. This infusion of ideas is something that was present with her process in writing “Mother of Exiles.” She said that one of the main factors that caused her to write this play was the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting and discussions in Arizona legislature to arm teachers in order to protect students against the horrors of a sometimes harsh world. “I was living in Chicago at the time, and I became interested in a play that would investigate a question of ‘What if we did arm teachers?’ and ‘What

would that look like?’ and ‘What could happen?’ ” Romero said. This question is fundamental to the play and her way of taking these real life events and creating something that is artistic and revelatory of her ways of viewing the world and showing what it looks like to her. “I think that stories look at the world that we’re in, and they help us ask questions about the world that we’re in and help us negotiate the moment that we’re living in. And I think that this play is very much of this moment,” she said. The themes Romero said are in the play are a result of what she has seen. It’s a mix of fear, which feeds a need for control, the clash between ideas and the “need of the state to control things” and “thoughts and ideas overall.” What Romero said she hopes audience members gain from the play is the urge to create conversation about the reality that the play presents. “I want them to be involved in this story that we are telling together, and I want them to have their own experience in their own reactions,” Romero said. She also anticipated that people will attend with “open hearts and receive the play.” “We can tell what the audience to think and feel,” she said. But Romero said that she also thinks conversation will come out of it, and it excites her. Romero not only said she sees the theatre as a way for people to learn about the world through the art presented, she believes it’s also a good way for people to heal, especially when the world is in a tumultuous state. “You’re always welcome at the theater. No matter who you are, what city you’re in, no matter what country you’re in, even though you might think you need an invitation, you have an invitation. You’re always welcome at the theater,” Romero said. According to Romero, accepting the invitation will heal your soul in ways you could never expect. The guest director, John Muszynski, who works in Chicago, has collaborated with UA theatre before and said he believes in the importance of the play showing what goes on in the world. “It’s extremely timely and it’s very thought-provoking,” he said. “It’s going to make discussion.” While some of the events are controversial, Muszynski said that it’s not anti-gun or takes any stances. It shows a perception of the world, ideas and how

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decisions bring about changes in the environment. With all the issues of what’s going on, he said that the play is set “tomorrow,” in the very near future, which gives the viewer insight into what could happen. “[It shows] the potential of where we could be, if we allow it to happen,”

Muszynski said. “Mother of Exiles” will run from April 20-22 in the Harold Dixon Directing Studio, Drama Building, Room 116. Show times are at 8 p.m. with a matinee showing on April 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7.


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A18 • The Daily Wildcat

Sports • Wednesday, April 19-Thursday, April 20, 2017

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ARIZONA’S TAMARA STATMAN BATS during the UA-Utah game on Thursday, April 13. The Wildcats won 5-1.

Softball looks ahead after dropping first series BY CHRISTOPHER DEAK @ChrisDeakDW

Arizona softball lost its chance at history last weekend. The Utah Utes finally got to the seemingly unbeatable Wildcats and made a race out of the Pac-12 Conference. The Utes took two out of three from the Wildcats and now trail them by just two games in the conference. Both teams have tough schedules down the stretch, and after heading into the weekend with a commanding lead, Arizona now finds itself in a position where it doesn’t own a tiebreaker and the No. 6 Oregon Ducks are coming in to town. The Wildcats struggled to come through in the clutch while in Salt Lake City, going just 4-16 combined with runners in scoring position over the final two games of the series. They were 3-7 with runners in scoring position in game two, a modest number, but starter Taylor McQuillin gave up six earned runs in her start after having only given up seven runs combined in her first 16 appearances (14 starts). Game two was the first time a team had scored more than four runs against Arizona all season and they trailed 6-0 after five innings. It happens to any team: a game where you just don’t have “it” for a night. It happened to the Wildcats earlier in the season against then-No. 1 Florida State, but they went on to win 26 games in a row. Turns out the Utes were a little different than the 15 teams who Arizona beat during their streak. The Wildcats were just 1-9 with runners in scoring position in their 3-2 loss to the Utes in the series-deciding game last Saturday. They loaded the bases with two outs in the

final frame for senior Mo Mercado, but she grounded out and the Wildcats dropped their first series of the season. With the Ducks on the horizon and No. 23 Arizona State University coming to Tucson the following weekend, the Wildcats could sure use a couple of home sweeps to keep the Utes at bay in second place. In the national polls, Arizona fell from No. 2 all the way to … No. 3. The Utes jumped up to No. 10 in the USA Today/NFCA poll on Tuesday and even received one first place vote following their performance against the Wildcats. The week got started on the right foot as the Wildcats swept the New Mexico State Lobos winning 8-0 and 11-1. McQuillin got back on track after her six earned run performance on Friday by tossing a onehitter against the Lobos. McQuillin struck out 12 during her dominant performance. Danielle O’Toole went five innings in game one giving up just two hits and struck out three. It was her 23rd win of the season and the offense was able to make it an eight run ballgame in the sixth and the Wildcats run ruled the Lobos. The offense looks to be back on track as well and clubbed six home runs in the second game of the doubleheader. Katiyana Mauga inched closer to UA history hitting three home runs during the doubleheader and now has 86 for her career, good for fourth all-time on the NCAA home run list. She is just a homer shy of Stacie Chambers’ Arizona record. With just three series left in the regular season, all of which are against ranked opponents, the Wildcats will either run away with the Pac-12, or watch their lead crumble away in the final weeks. Stay tuned.


The Daily Wildcat • A19

Sports • Wednesday, April 19-Thursday, April 20, 2017

Roadrunners finish 2017 with strong road trip BY TANNER HARRIS @DailyWildcat

The Tucson Roadrunners ice hockey team finished its first season with a three-game road winning streak. In what has been a roller coaster of a season, the Roadrunners can leave the desert with their heads held high. Tucson lost its chances of making it into the playoffs after dropping two games against the Manitoba Moose last week. During those two games, the Stockton Heat clinched the last playoff spot in the Pacific Division on Thursday with a winning streak of their own. The Roadrunners traveled to San Jose on Tuesday to play the best team in the AHL Pacific Division: the Barracuda. The Roadrunners picked up a tough 2-1 victory in a game where they were outshot 33-19. Tucson picked up plenty of penalty minutes but killed off all seven attempts the Barracuda had on the power play. The Roadrunners received both goals from rookie standouts Christian Fischer and Kyle Wood. Fischer scored his 20th goal of the season early in the first period. Wood added a power play goal later in the period for his 14th of the year. Chris Mueller continued his outstanding season with two assists in the game. Tucson returned to the ice in San Jose on Thursday to play the Barracuda for the last time in the 2016-17 season. The Roadrunners trailed the game 3-1 late in the third period, until Jeremy Morin scored his 14th of the year with 3:59 left in the period. Jamie McBain tied the game with 40 seconds remaining. After 60 minutes, the game was tied 3-3, forcing overtime. It did not take the Roadrunners’ alternate captain Mueller long to score the game-winner when he put one past the Barracuda goaltender just 50 seconds into overtime. It was Mueller’s 19th of the year, McBain collected an assist on the goal, giving him a 2-point night. The Roadrunners remained in California but traveled to Stockton to play the final game of the season against the Heat. Goal scoring was not an issue in the game, where both teams scored a total of 10 goals before a forced overtime period. Tucson lead the game 4-1 at the end of the second period; Morin had 2 goals, giving him 16 on the year. Jalen Smereck scored his first career AHL goal for the Roadrunners; the defensemen played

his first AHL game in Manitoba the week before. Tucson could not shut down the offense of the Heat in the third period when Stockton exploded for four goals. Conor Garland put up a goal for the Roadrunner, keeping the game tied 5-5. Roadrunner forward Tyler Gaudet scored the game-winner 2:34 into overtime. Gaudet finished the year with six goals, the last one putting a cap on the first year for the Roadrunners. The Tucson Roadrunners finished its first year with a record of 28-31-8-0, which placed them sixth in the Pacific Division. For a period of time earlier this year, the Roadrunners sat atop the league with an offense that scored early and often. Tucson Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham was the biggest story of the season when he collapsed on the ice on Nov. 19, 2016. Cunningham returned in March to drop the puck and give a thank you to all the fans who supported him and the team. Tucson saw Mueller have the greatest season of his career with 67 points, third most in the AHL. Mueller also finished second in the league in assists with 48 on the year. Two players went to the AHL all-star game for the Roadrunners, defensemen Kyle Wood and forward Christian Fischer. Wood took home the title of the AHL’s hardest shot champion. The Roadrunners’ first season at the Tucson Convention Center started off fast but came to a halt late in the season. Although the season is over, the work never stops for the front office or the players. Players will return to the gym and practice, preparing for the Roadrunners second season, which will begin in October.

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I AM THE

W i ldcat y l i a D Name: Marissa Heffernan Hometown: Biddeford, ME Major: Journalism and Environmental Science What I do at The Daily Wildcat: Science and News Reporter

Why I work here: This job allows me to meet a huge variety of people and learn about many incredible things, which is why I love it. It is great to be a such a central part of campus life. This is my third semester writing for the Daily Wildcat, and I cannot wait to continue!

28-31-8-0

PTS. LEADER: C. Mueller

67 points (19 G, 48 A)

TOP GOALIE: Adin Hill

16-14, 3.16 GAA

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Zak Said found himself in Tucson thanks to soccer BY MATT WALL @mwall20

As a young boy, Zak Said walked out into the streets of Tripoli, Libya carrying a soccer ball. Cleats in hand and a jersey on his back, he grew to love the game so many take for granted. “I played basketball for a while, but it wasn’t for me,” Said said. “I jammed my finger once and I decided to move to soccer.” Said grew up idolizing Italian center forward Christian Vieri of Inter Milan, which would be the first jersey his father ever bought him. “It was the first team I was in love with,” Said said. “I just wanted to be like him.” In 2007, Said’s mother had an opportunity to earn her Ph.D. at the UA, eventually becoming a professor of geography. The entire family packed their belongings and headed to Tucson. “I kid you not, I didn’t speak any English,” Said said. “I knew how to count from one to 10 and ‘my name is.’ Coming from a different country, you try to make friends. The only thing that I knew was to play soccer.” The sport would be the easiest way to communicate. He could show off his skills with no words. By sophomore year of high school, he was playing soccer behind the cafeteria during lunch period. He eventually rose to the high school varsity soccer team. “I scored the game-winning goal in my first game,” Said said. As time moved on, all his family moved back to Libya, while Said stayed to attend school at the UA. “I was sponsored by my government to pay for my school and education,” Said said. “The war affected that. At one point, I was no longer enrolled in school.” The war Said is referring to is the Libyan Civil War, an ongoing conflict in the country since 2011. With so many events around the region, Said has had a difficult time without his family to support him. “I don’t watch the news,” Said

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ZAK SAID APPROACHES THE net looking to score in an Arizona men’s soccer game on Oct. 6, 2014.

said. “I just call my parents and that’s about it. I do not follow the news.” The sport of soccer wound up connecting him with what he calls his second family: the UA men’s soccer team. “My soccer team, they are my brothers,” Said said. “If something happens to me, they are the first people to know what is going on. Here, I have 22 brothers to count on.” The UA men’s soccer team embraced Said’s story and never let him feel alone. “When you come from a different country, everything

back home affects you here,” Said said. “It’s messy out there. When your family goes through a lot from not having electricity or gas to fleeing our house at one point, that affects you. Once you are on the soccer field, it’s like magic. All those problems go away.” Despite the everyday challenges of living in a country without his family to rely on, Said has found his release through soccer. “If I take off my shoes and start playing soccer, I’m a better player,” Said said. “That’s how we grew up. You go out with your neighborhood buddies and go at

it after school.” At first, Said was nervous to share his story. He said it took him a while to open up to his teammates and professors. “It’s been really tough on him being separated from his family for so long,” said senior Mac Merchant. “He’s always worried about their safety due to the state of their country right now. His parents have been really supportive of him getting his degree at the UA and have made unbelievable sacrifices to keep him enrolled.” While Said graduated from the UA in December with an

Information Science degree, he owes much of his success to his professors. “Once you tell the professors about your story, they understand where you are coming from,” Said said. “They are the reason behind me graduating and being successful.” While Said continues to interview for full-time jobs, he always knows he has a place on the UA campus and with the men’s soccer team. “Sometimes when people ask me where I’m from, I say Tucson,” Said said. “Arizona is my second home.”

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