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There are fewer than 20 applicants left in the UA presidential search and they will begin interviewing this month, according to Bill Ridenour, chair of the UA Presidential Search Committee. Ridenour added that the committee intends to begin interviews within the next week. These interviews mark the beginning of the end for the presidential search. After these meetings, Ridenour hopes to put forward a finalist to the Arizona Board of Regents. According to Ridenour the search committee could hire a new president as soon as next month. “It depends on whether the committee, and more importantly the board of regents is satisfied that we have the proper person to lead the UA,” Ridenour said. “I feel the prospect pool is strong enough that we can make a decision by early March.” Ridenour also mentioned that the finalist may not arrive at the UA immediately due to any preoccupation they might have. The board has made no decision whether to have a campus visit before choosing
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New York Times lawyer talks Trump, media BY DAVID PUJOL @deathlydavid
David McCraw, the vice president and deputy general counsel for The New York Times, told a story about his encounter with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump involving a certain article about Trump inappropriately touching women. Before the story even ran, McCraw and his colleauges heard word from the potential president that if the New York Times ran the story he would sue. In response to that claim McCraw wrote and then sent out a letter that went viral. “I read his letter back in October when he published it,” said Erik Kolsrud a journalism junior. “I was on the fence about law, but I think that letter ... convinced me that it’s something I want to do.” Journalism and law students, as well as community members and faculty, gathered for McCraw’s lecture on Monday, Feb. 13, at the James E. Rogers College of Law. The lecture, “Make Media Law Great Again,” revolved around the ideas and laws surrounding free speech under our new president. McCraw taught media law at New York University. He said the laws they’re teaching and the cases they’re reviewing come from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. “Donald Trump was talking about my laws, about my cases, about the things I cared about, and it was really quite extraordinary,” McCraw said. McCraw’s talked about the way Trump and those around him talk about press freedom. “The headline here is that much of the discussion happening is a lot like teenage boys talking about sex, there is a lot of talk
and not so much action,” McCraw said. To this day, media law remains strong and no serious challenge has changed the way we interpret the first amendment. However, there is one exception that worries McCraw. “What is under attack is the democratic norms about press-government interaction and the beliefs of the role that they play in society, about the acceptance that truth matters, about valuing a press freedom and freedom of expression, and all of those things are under attack,” McCraw said. McCraw displayed screenshots of Trump’s tweets in regards to the article and the letter McCraw wrote. He read aloud what he had told the Washington Post about Trump wanting to open up our libel laws. McCraw explained the simple answer to this debacle is Supreme Court case New York Times v. Sullivan, which has been law since 1964. If a publication writes about public figures, only reckless disregard for the truth can keep them from defending a libel suit. How and if Trump wants to go about changing those laws is unclear. “I’ve worked in network television, and from this lecture I learned the law on specific regulations and cases, which pertains to the controversial nature of information coming out from the government and how it’s a hot-button issue right now,” said Sarah Farid a thirdyear law student. Fake news has become Trump’s mantra that he recites in his tweets, McCraw said—from the president claiming that he never owned a bathrobe to insisting any negative polls are fake news. The real concern with fake news are those who intentionally create and propagate it on the internet, knowing it’s not true.
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McCraw said whether you are a conservative or liberal or wherever you are on the spectrum, the concern should be on how the internet has changed things and how some of the things going on are in the name of free expression, whether that is fake news or hate speech. He said these are serious problems: hate speech, fake news, cyberbullying, a government that is too secretive. McCraw said we should be having a national discussion on how are we supposed to draw the lines in regards to fake news, free speech, the internet and government transparency in today’s world. “I don’t think Trump is going to be able to go up against 50 years of jurist prudence that have helped create robust press freedoms in this country,” said Isaac
Rounseville, a journalism and philosophy, politics, economics and law junior. “I think that journalists and the press are going to play a very strong role in the next four years of Trump’s presidency.” McCraw didn’t have an answer to all those questions but what he is certain about is that it has to be a discussion that can’t be had in 140 characters or less. He did, however, have advice for future journalists going into today’s environment of media law: “Do what they’ve always done, which is pursue stories fearlessly, check the facts, be fair but not be intimidated,” he said. “I still believe in old-fashioned reporting, and no matter how much criticism you get, in the end the readers and viewers really care about the truth and they’ll find it.”
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UA academics, a handful of UA administrators and FROM PAGE 1 some regents. The committee also hired an the next president. executive search firm, R. William “I would say it’s unlikely,” Funk and Associates, to help with Ridenour said. “I am not closing the process. Among other tasks the door on that. We’ve got eight these firms are employed for, they regents and they will make help the committee create a large that decision.” group of applicants. Although the It is not unusual committee is for these sort of I feel the nearing the end prospect pool is searches to have of their search, hundreds of no information strong enough prospects in the has been made that we can make beginning of the the public about a decision by early process. However, the applicants. March.” many of these The UA people never know presidential their names are in search has been —Bill Ridenour, the pool. on-going since chair of the UA The firm and last year. In June Presidential Search comomittee then President Ann Committee narrow down Weaver Hart the number of announced her applicants to a plan to leave small group of the office by the end of the 2018 hopefuls. Once they have a academic year. The regents workable number, the committee then set up a search committee begins interviewing to select one to find a new president. The or more finalists. committee had their first meeting Ultimately the finalists will be last October and and consists voted on by the board and the of 27 members, many with university will have its business backgrounds. There next president. are two students, three current
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Festival of Books seeks volunteers
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It takes 2,000 volunteers to stage the Tucson Festival of Books, including festival-withinthe-festival Science City. About 350 presenting authors and hundreds of panel discussions and presentations, stages, booths, food vendors and entertainers will fill the UA Mall and adjacent buildings March 11 and 12. And behind the scenes the 2,000 volunteers are climbing ladders, hanging signs, schlepping boxes, greeting and escorting authors, answering questions, managing lines, selling books, welcoming festivalgoers at the food court and counting signs. About 75-80 percent of book festival volunteers return each year, said Lindy Mullinax, one of the co-chairs of the festival’s volunteer committee. And there are still plenty of spots to fill. “What we hear from volunteers is the Festival of Books is the best community event in Tucson,” Mullinax said. “Volunteers love the chance to see and maybe meet their favorite author or two,” she said. “There’s a wide variety of jobs and shifts
to support a satisfying volunteer experience, as well as the time to attend an author event at the third-largest literary event in the country.” If you’re interested in meeting an author, Mullinax suggested volunteering in the author transportation, book signing or author escort areas or in the author pavilion where you might see next big literary star. In addition, venue monitors observe author presentations, festival guides help the crowds get to the right place and info-booth volunteers are the festival experts, she said. Food court hosts and entertainment volunteers help maintain the festival environment and are great jobs for people persons, Mullinax said. To volunteer go to tucsonfestivalofbooks.org and click on “Volunteer with us!” on the left side of the page. There you’ll find the list volunteer jobs, the number of slots available, the time frames and the volunteer registration form. “I can tell you it’s a good feeling when you walk out on the mall and look at the festival happening all around you and know you’ve made a contribution, not only to the event but in support of literacy programs in our community,” Mullinax said.
It can be easy to feel overwhelmed, lost in the sea of authors, presentations, panels, vendors and people at the Tucson Festival of Books. The festival takes over the UA Mall and adjacent buildings March 11-12. The third-largest book event in the nation, it attracts about 350 presenting authors and an expected attendance of 130,000 to 140,000. A panel discussion-“Navigating the Tucson Festival of Books”-to help you make the most of the festival is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Tucson Medical Center Marshall Auditorium. During the hour-long session, panelists directly involved in the book festival’s development and operation will explain and explore: • The layout of the festival, where to park, where to find what you are
looking for. • How to use the website, mobile apps and other electronic tools as a guide to the festival. • How to use the special section that will be published in the Star on Sunday, March 5. • How use these tools to plan your days. (Hint: You can make a personal schedule on the festival website.) • How the free ticketing process for some of the popular authors works. There will be time for questions and answers, too. The session is free, but registration is required as seating is limited. Register at tucson.com/workshop The Marshall Auditorium is on the east side of the TMC building, facing Craycroft Road. Free parking is available in the Catalina Parking Garage, which is north of the TMC building. The Star is a named sponsor of the festival and TMC is the presenting sponsor.
State funding decrease leads to student debt BY PEARL DIXON @pearl_dixon_
The UA’s state funding rose steadily until 2008, but has been declining for the past eight years. While state funding decreased, tuition has risen sharply. “Families and students are focusing more and more on the cost of attendance,” said Kasey Urquidez, dean of undergraduate admissions at the UA. Funding from the state of Arizona grew from nearly $328 million in 2001 to about $431 million in 2008, according to the UA Fact Book. As of 2016, however, funding has dropped to just below $250 million—far below 2001 funding. Since 2009, tuition for in-state students has almost doubled while out-of-state students have seen an increase of more than $10,000 per year. “This happened around the country, but Arizona universities definitely felt the cuts and had to increase tuition at all three state universities,” Urquidez said. Rebekah Salcedo, director of UA’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, said tuition “can sometimes affect the decision to enroll, and at times it can cause students leave.” Although overall enrollment is on the rise, it is clear that enrollment of student minority groups has not increased at the same rate. Enrollment of black students has risen by less than 1 percent since 2009, and Hispanic student
enrollment has risen by 7 percent compared to the more than 12 percent rise in overall undergraduate enrollment, according to the UA Fact Book. The rise in tuition has affected some student groups more than others and has led to an increase in undergraduate debt. According to the Institute of Educational Sciences, 45 percent of college students in Arizona graduated with debt in 2008. This year, a total of 56 percent of resident UA students have loans. “I don’t think I would have been able to come here without taking out loans,” said Ben Schroeder, an electrical and computer engineering freshman. Salcedo said that sometimes financial struggles can be a reason for students to leave. The UA’s first-year persistence rate is 80.4 percent, which is on par with the national average according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. As students accumulate more debt over their undergraduate career, it can also be difficult for them to make the decision to continue postsecondary education, which can require taking out more loans. The average amount of debt for non-resident graduate students at the UA is nearly $50,000 while resident graduate students leave the UA with an average of roughly $67,000. “The salary is pretty high for a career in ECE
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compared to a lot of other jobs,” Schroeder said. “Paying back my loans probably won’t be too hard.” Schroeder said that it was not just the cost of tuition that required him to take out loans. “I used all my loans to pay for tuition but also for books and supplies and extra expenses,” he said.
When he applied to college, Schroeder knew finances was going to be one of the biggest factors in his decision-making process, but even with the assurance of a high-paying job at graduation, he has his doubts. “Having debt is a constant stress on my shoulders,” he said.
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$7,000 in damage after UA garden vandalized BY MARISSA HEFFERNAN @_mheffernan
Over the weekend of Feb. 10, the UA Community Garden was vandalized. Jackie Mendelson, UA Community Garden manager and plant sciences senior, said there was more than $7,000 worth of damage. The garden, located at 1400 E. Mabel St., was fine when Mendelson left it Friday evening but a mess when she returned Sunday afternoon. “They destroyed everything breakable in the garden,” Mendelsen said. “The lamps were kicked off and shattered; they kicked a birdhouse against the tree and broke it; they ripped up an agave plant and broke some chairs and a table that’s been here forever.” Additionally, the UA Community Garden’s solar pump was destroyed, the solar panel punctured, their irrigation control box ripped off the wall and all the irrigation tubes pulled out of the ground. Holes were also punched into the wall of their shed, a strings of lights used to decorate the ramada were pulled down, and their metal folding tables dented. Mendelsen said the destruction must have taken place sometime between Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, as she was at the garden Friday afternoon and everything was fine. It was not until she
returned late in the day Sunday to prepare for the Stories in the Garden event that the damage was discovered. “I’m really sad about it,” Mendelsen said. “We can’t even water our crops now.” Cole Pihl, co-director of Students for Sustainability and a environmental science senior, called the damage extensive, and said it would be difficult to find the people responsible. “It was very disheartening to hear that our community garden had been vandalized over the weekend,” Pihl said. “So many of us on campus and around the community use it. A police report has been filed, but it’s hard to say who would have done such a thing.” Pihl said a donation page has been set up to help fund the garden repairs. Pihl said for the funds to go to the UA Community Garden, it’s important to write that the donation is for the “UA Community Garden repair fund” in the comment section. Otherwise, it will just be a general donation to the school. Earlier in the week, a GoFundMe page was set up that received over $1,700 in two days. That page, which Mendelsen and the UA Community Garden community set up immediately after discovering the vandalism, has since been shut down in favor of the official UA donation page.
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A BROKEN PLANT POT at the UA Community Garden on Highland Avenue and Mabel Street. The garden was vandalized between Friday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 12.
“We’re lucky to have such a supportive community,” Mendelsen said. Mendelsen said she was pleased that the scheduled Stories in the Garden event could still occur that Sunday evening, despite the
destruction of the garden space. “All the beautiful people here make the space beautiful no matter what horrible things happened,” Mendelsen said.
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Stripped-down degree program divides students BY LEAH GILCHRIST @leahcgilchrist
ecently Sen. Sylvia Allen proposed a “Stripped-down” degree program for students who can’t afford as many classes as a regular degree. The idea is that students would only take courses in their major area of study and cut out all the courses that don’t directly relate. While the concept is in theory, a good idea, creating a so-called stripped-down degree in order to push students through university programs establishes an unnecessary divide between students. Universities are institutions of learning and higher education.
Students come together to learn in a walk away with a degree, why would community that fosters their growth anyone need to complete the extra and helps guide them to the careers courses the university requires? they’re looking for. The reasoning behind general The classroom education courses is is a place where to give students the There opportunity to try regardless of race, would be an out something that sex, social status or socioeconomic unnecessary might not be in their status, we can be divide among major area of study. equal. We all pay students find a students completing Many the same amount new area of interest the stripped down through general to take the same version and the full education courses courses and at the end of the day, to optional version of or find an area of earn the the degree program." study they may want same degree. to minor in. The There would point of having extra be an unnecessary courses in a degree divide among students completing program has the goal of creating the stripped down version and the well-rounded individuals. full optional version of the degree Part of the problem with creating program. If students can complete a stripped-down degree is that the stripped-down version and still it puts a price tag on education.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Jude Udeozor President, GPSC
Editor’s note: The following letter to the editor is in response to a story titled “Collins accuses Sears of ‘backdoor impeachment,’” published Feb. 13, 2017 in this printed newspaper. During the initial reporting process for this story, The Daily Wildcat erred in not seeking comment from Graduate and Professional Student Council president Jude Udeozor in response to allegations made against him by a fellow GPSC executive board member. The Wildcat apologizes, and has offered Udeozor the opportunity have the following published in print and online as a response. On Feb. 12, the Daily Wildcat published an online article titled “GPSC treasurer Jim Collins accuses AVP Jasmine Sears of ‘backdoor impeachment,’” and published a print version the following day. In the article, Jim Collins, a member of the Graduate and Professional Student Council, hereafter called GPSC, falsely accused me of harassment and bullying spanning almost TWO years while citing parts of an email
University programs are expensive and it’s already unfair to many students who have to shell out their pockets in order to receive an education. There’s already a conversation about students who can afford education over others, but adding a fast-track degree would only fuel the disagreements over tuition prices. Since we’re going with the U.S. model of higher education where students pay thousands of dollars to get a degree, it is unfortunate that tuition increases make affording college difficult for some students and families. It creates a divide that could result in certain students receiving a more wellrounded education, simply because the student could afford it. It puts a value on students who can’t afford as much education as others
and not a good one at that. The plan basically writes off the courses many college students feel are unnecessary already and gives students less opportunity because they can’t afford to take the full program. Institutions of higher education should be about equality in the programs they create for their students. If the cost of a program is too high, isn’t there another solution? Passing students through a program faster because they can’t afford the full program promotes the division between the haves and the have-nots. If the hope is that it will draw in students who might not have been able to go to college, it still ends up systematizing privilege. In a public university, all students should have the equal opportunity to learn and explore their interests without unnecessary divisions from financial issues.
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I sent to Mariia Khorosheva on Feb. 3 and copied GPSC advisors. The cited email was in reference to several complaints I received from GPSC representatives regarding the misguided information Khorosheva had sent to them and falsely claiming that she had received permission to cast proxy votes for them when they expressly told her otherwise. My email was intended to persuade Khorosheva against such actions moving forward. In an act of what I perceive as retaliation, Collins falsely accused me of harassments and bullying. I take accusations of harassment and bullying very seriously. To provide some context, I joined GPSC for the first time in April 2016 and was sworn into my current role as President in September 2016. I have only been involved in GPSC a little over 9 MONTHS. I have NEVER had any interaction whatsoever with Mariia Khorosheva before joining GPSC, and all communication and interactions with Mariia Khorosheva have been within the context of GPSC business and within GPSC records. There is NO record or complaint of harassment
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or bullying against me. Yet, the Daily Wildcat and Jim Collins publicly, falsely accused me of harassment and bullying spanning almost two years, inaccurately and without evidence. I have only spent a little over a year at the UA, yet I am accused of two years of harassment. I am very disappointed that this false statement, and in fact the entire article, made it through the editorial process of the Daily Wildcat. I am appalled by the lack of professionalism of the Daily Wildcat reporter, Randall Eck, who included this false statement without offering me the opportunity to respond to the accusation. It is immature to raise false accusations against someone when they speak against an unethical behavior. GPSC is organization meant to serve students and not a place for individuals to pursue personal vendettas and destructive gains. I will not be distracted by this publicity stunt by Collins, and I will continue to speak out against selfish actions of any individual within GPSC that is aimed at impairing our ability to represent and serve the students who elected us. Graduate and professional students deserve better, accountable leadership. I strongly believe that our leadership
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We need to invest in border tech, not wall BY CLAUDIA DRACE @claudiadrace
In the past year talk about border patrol has been a hot-button topic, and Arizona is on the front line of this conversation with its high-tech border security. The wall will not work because there are ways to get around the wall, whether that is via tunnels, ladders or any other innovative methods of crossing. Luckily there are already strategic projects and plans being formulated on a government level to up the border security. Arizona has implemented IFTs—Integrated Fixed Towers—that detect illegal activity at the border. These IFTs are put up on hills around southern Arizona and are components of the Remote Video Surveillance System. The tower detects the people trying to cross the border by sensing their body heat. These cameras are so precise that they are able to differentiate the different activities of people on the border. This technology gives the border patrol agents the opportunity to assess the situation before they arrive. This system is also more efficient because they are able to tell how many agents they need to send for support. Of course there are gaps in the technology that the cameras cannot reach to, but it also works in complicated places that border patrol never had effective patrolling before. The IFTs are environmentally friendly, as they are powered by solar panels. Using this technology is a superior alternative to Trump’s wall because the wall will not stop everyone, as it is intended to do, and this technology allows border patrol to see who is crossing before they put themselves in harm’s way. In Arizona, Congresswoman Martha McSally and Senator John McCain have ensured that these technologies will be cost efficient and effective through legislation. This legislation includes the Border Security Technology Accountability Act, which passed unanimously in the House. The wall is an outdated way to stop illegal immigration. We already have a wall and fences across the border and they still did not stop people from coming across. We should use technology, like the IFTs, that will make the jobs of the border patrol agents safer and more productive.
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Oâ€™Toole, Cloney headline rosters capable of making it all the way to the College World Series
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ABILENE CHRISTIAN Feb. 17 | 5:00 p.m. Tucson, Ariz.
BOSTON COLLEGE Feb. 18 | 3:00 p.m. Tucson, Ariz.
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NORTH DAKOTA Feb. 19 | 1:00 p.m. Tucson, Ariz.
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Arizona seeks breakthrough season and return to glory
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BY NOAH SONNET @texaslad32
Heading into the 2017 season, expectations for the Arizona Wildcats are the highest they have been since 2010, when the Wildcats last made it to the Women’s College World Series. The Wildcats reached the NCAA Tournament for the 30th consecutive year last season, tying Fresno State for the all-time record. Arizona enters 2017 as the No. 10 ranked team in the USA Today/ NFCA Division I Softball Coaches Preseason Poll. They came up one game short of making the world series in their super regional matchup with the Auburn Tigers. The Wildcats were able to force the Tigers to a third and deciding game but fell just short of the win. This season, Arizona has one goal in mind: Return to Oklahoma City and compete for a national championship. The Wildcats lost just one player from 2016 and are fully loaded to start 2017. Arizona is bringing back the core of last year’s team with
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ARIZONA’S ALYSSA PALOMINO BATS during the softball game against Northwestern on Feb. 11. Palomino is among a group of players participating in their first season of Arizona softball.
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eight returning seniors. The returning players are receiving a much-needed boost from the freshmen recruiting class that was rated No. 3 in the nation, according to FloSoftball. Arizona head coach Mike Candrea said that the recruiting class provides him with a weapon that he did not have last year: depth. “I like our roster,” Candrea said. “I think our roster probably has the most quality depth I’ve had ... It’s a very competitive group. This group likes to compete.” After spending night after night with the same holes in his 2016 lineup, Candrea will have the luxury of mixing and matching this season. With the added depth on the roster, senior Katiyana Mauga said this could be the team that can put the Wildcats back in the national championship hunt. “As a team, I expect to go all the way and win a national championship,” Mauga said. Mauga, one of the eight seniors on the team, is chasing history herself. Mauga is the only player in NCAA history to hit 20 or more home runs
in each of her first three season. Mauga sits at 67 home runs, the only active player within the top 10 alltime, and she is only 20 home runs away from tying the Arizona school record at the start of the season. In 2011, Arizona’s Stacie Chambers set the Arizona record with her 87th home run. She’s in third place on the all-time list behind Lauren Chamberlain, who owns the record with 95. Mauga’s chase began this weekend when she belted four home runs, putting her at 71. With focus on Mauga and her chase, it’s easy to forget that the Arizona lineup is dangerous outside the San Diego native. Mauga said the versatility the freshmen bring to Wildcats is crucial to their success this season. “We’re very versatile,” Mauga said. “We have lots of lefties, righties and power hitters. I think a lot more depth makes us more competitive. Having the depth will definitely help me reach that goal. Last year I felt cheated; they made me walk a lot.
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THE ARIZONA BASEBALL TEAM stands on the first base line for the national anthem during their June 18, 2016, matchup against Miami in the 2016 College World Series. Arizona won the game 5-1.
New pieces, new season as Wildcats look to finish the job BY ROSS OLSON @rossolson95
The Arizona baseball team came within one game of winning a national title last season, falling to Coastal Carolina in three games. It was a remarkable run under firstyear head coach Jay Johnson who had the difficult task of returning the team to relevancy and taking over for legendary coach Andy Lopez . Expectations were not high for last year’s club. A poll by Pac-12 coaches before the season projected the UA to finish ninth in the conference. The pitching staff was a question mark and the team lost their two best players from the year before, Kevin Newman and Scott Kingery, who were both early picks in the 2015 MLB Draft. The team responded to the low expectations by coming in third in the Pac-12 and making it to the College World Series behind the efforts of seniors Cody Ramer, Zach Gibbons, Nathan Bannister and Ryan Aguilar. Six Wildcats went on to get selected in last year’s MLB Draft.
This time around, the world has begun to take notice of the program’s direction despite losing major contributors from last year’s team. The site D1Baseball has the Wildcats ranked No. 19 in the preseason rankings while Baseball America has them at No. 22. The same Pac-12 coaches poll that once wrote off the Wildcats now have them finishing third this season. In addition to the winning culture and mindset Johnson has instilled in the program, another reason for the team’s recent hype is this year’s recruiting class, which was ranked No. 10 by Baseball America and No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball. The class brings depth on both sides of the ball that the team desperately needed after the departures of several key pitchers and position players from last season. The team also brought back a few players with star-studded potential and ability. In fact, Johnson likes the depth of this year’s team better than last year’s, and it’s just a matter of finding the best way to mix and match the lineup to give the team the best
chance to win. “I think we’re a little farther along in terms of the number of good players,” Johnson said. “We are replacing a lot of really talented dudes that had special years. I think if there’s one thing that I’m excited about it’s the number of guys that can make a positive contribution. So now we have to go figure out what the right combination looks like.” One player with one of the highest ceilings on the team, outfielder Jared Oliva, acknowledged the heightened expectations for this team but didn’t read too much into it. “Obviously this year we have more of a target on our back,” Oliva said. “I wouldn’t say it’s more pressure. If we play our game, I think we can beat anybody in the country. This is a different group of guys, but I’m excited with what this group could do.” Johnson didn’t pay too much attention to the scrutiny and speculation, but instead emphasized the importance of playing for each other and building a positive environment for players to thrive in.
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T h e roa d s ta rt s h e r e #34 Katiyana Mauga Position: 3B Year: Senior
Mauga-watch has begun as the senior has belted four home runs in the first five games of the season and sits 16 shy of the all-time Arizona home run record and 24 shy of the NCAA record. Mauga was the fastest player in UA history to eclipse the 60 home run mark.
#55 Mandie Perez Position: OF Year: RS Senior
Perez is a versatile lead-off hitter with power and speed. She is fearless on the base path and is a vital part of the Arizona offense. Her ability to get on base sets the table for power hitters Katiyana Mauga, Mo Mercado and Alyssa Palomino.
Mike Candrea HEAD COACH Coach Candrea is in his 32nd season and is the winningest division I coach in NCAA history. Candrea is looking for his ninth NCAA title and 22nd visit to the WCWS.
#3 Danielle O’Toole Position: P Year: RS Senior
O’Toole is as fierce a competitor as they come. Her pitching ability is the key to a deep run for the Wildcats this season. She will need sophomore Taylor McQuillin to match her pace from a season ago if Arizona wants to get back to Oklahoma City.
#32 Alyssa Palomino Position: OF Year: RS Freshman
Palomino has tremendous power and hitting ability at the plate. Her freshman season came to an end due to an ACL injury, but Palomino is back and gives the Wildcats another valuable bat in the lineup.
#27 JC Cloney Position: P Year: Senior
Cloney, Wildcats pitching staff anchor, posted an 8-4 record with a 2.45 ERA while walking 22 and holding opposing batters to a .242 average. He was named to the College World Series AllTournament Team after allowing no runs in 16 innings while striking out eight.
Jay Johnson HEAD COACH Johnson led the Wildcats to the College World Series and a No. 2 finish in the final polls along with being named the ABCA West Region Coach of the Year in his first season with Arizona.
#24 JJ Matijevic Position: IF Year: Junior
Matijevic is primed to wreak havoc upon the Pac-12 Conference after coming off an impressive sophomore campaign and an even more impressive stint in the highly-competitive Cape Cod league last summer.
#13 Nicholas Quintana Position: IF Year: Freshman
#42 Jared Oliva Position: OF Year: Junior
Quintana, who played shortstop in high school but is expected to play third this season, brings a slick glove and powerful right-handed swing to the team. Baseball America predicted Quintana to win Freshman of the Year in the Pac-12 Conference this season.
The position player with one of the highest ceilings on the team is Jared Oliva. The senior has shown potential of being a five-tool player. He has exceptional speed on the base paths, plays above-average defense in center field and has shown ability to hit for power and average.
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This year, the pitchers are going to have to pitch to me.” While the Wildcats enter the season with sky-high expectations, they are playing in an extremely competitive Pac-12 Conference. Oregon (10), Washington (9), UCLA (13) and Utah (23) all come into the season nationally ranked and capable of winning the conference title. Besides what should be a difficult conference schedule, the Wildcats will face some of the top teams from around the country. Non-conference matchups against defending champion and No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 3 Florida State and No. 23 Baylor, highlight the non-conference schedule that should challenge the Arizona Wildcats. On top of a roster that is stacked all across the board with talent, Arizona will be returning two of the Pac-12s most dominant pitchers, senior Danielle O’Toole and sophomore Taylor McQuillin. This elite duo combined for 38 wins last season and were both recognized as top performers in the Pac-12. O’Toole was a first team All-Pac-12 performer, and McQuillin was part of the All Pac-12 freshmen squad. After a stellar freshman campaign, McQuillin has her sights set on surpassing last season’s success, as the sophomore now has a full collegiate season under her belt. McQuillin said this year’s version of the Wildcats has the potential to go the distance, and it’s because they believe in themselves. “I think we’re going to come out stronger than we did last year. I don’t think people knew who we were last season, there wasn’t much film on the two of us. We’re much more confident than when we came out last year.” McQuillin said. After a breakout debut season, O’Toole is suiting up for her final season in a Wildcats uniform. After a year where she led the Pac12 in wins with 26, O’Toole
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ARIZONA SOFTBALL PITCHER DANIELLE O’Toole pitches against BYU on March 4, 2016. O’Toole was named to the U.S. Women’s National Team.
attracted the attention of the United State Women’s National Team, finding herself a spot on that coveted roster. Many comparisons have been made about O’Toole and former Arizona softball legend Jenny Finch. Entering her last season, O’Toole spoke about creating a legacy of her own. “I hope when I leave they can talk about me in a positive way,” O’Toole said, “that I left a good mark on the freshmen,
sophomores and juniors, that I’m remembered as a good person who kept the tradition going.” O’Toole, who is not only considered one of the Pac12s top pitchers but one of the best aces in the nation, figures to be leading the charge for the Wildcats in 2017. With All-American players inside and out of the circle, the No. 10-ranked Wildcats are poised to go as far as their star seniors can take them, and they’ll have plenty
of help along the way. Mauga hopes that the success the senior class has had during their time at Arizona rubs off on the younger players, who can continue to carry on the Arizona softball legacy. “Us seniors left our mark here,” Mauga said. Mauga knows the senior class was able to leave their mark, but it will take the entire Wildcats roster to return Arizona to softball supremacy.
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“We do address it in terms of controlling what we can control, and really what matters is what they think of each other,” Johnson said. “How we address it is there’s a lot of positives in terms of building a program and a culture and foundation that we can really benefit from. There’s no pitch, no at-bat, no inning from last year that will help us win this year.” Oliva is a five-tool player who can affect the game in a number of ways. The senior outfielder was ranked No. 87 on D1Baseball’s list of top 150 outfielders. This past offseason, Oliva worked on putting it all together and maximizing his skill set. “Coach Johnson and I talk a lot about closing the gap between talent and usable skill,” Oliva said. “I think there [could] still be a little more consistency, but it was definitely a big step this fall and I look forward to carrying it into this season.” The Wildcats boast another highly talented outfielder to pair with Oliva in Cal Stevenson, a junior college transfer who played for Johnson at Nevada Reno two years ago and followed him to the UA because of his coaching style. Stevenson was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 36th round of last year’s MLB Draft and was ranked No. 39 on D1Baseball’s top outfielders list. “My season at Nevada was awesome because Coach Johnson made it easier for me,” Stevenson said. “He allowed me to play the way I wanted to play, and I think it made me feel comfortable going from high school to a fouryear school, and I think that’s why I wanted to follow him here because he made the game fun for me.” The pitching staff has gone through turnover after losing Bannister, Bobby Dalbec and Kevin Ginkel. But the team is excited about two juco transfers, right-handers Landon Faulkner and Tylor Megill, who are both
begins March 17 at UCLA. Here is a look at the team’s projected starting lineup and rotation: Projected lineup: 1. Jared Oliva CF, Sr. 2. Cal Stevenson LF, Jr. 3. Alfonso Rivas 1B, So. 4. JJ Matijevic DH, Jr. 5. Cesar Salazar C, So. 6. Nick Quintana 3B, Fr. 7. Matt Frazier RF, Fr. 8. Louis Boyd SS, Sr. 9. Cameron Cannon 2B, Fr. Projected Rotation: JC Cloney LHP Landon Faulkner RHP Tylor Megill RHP Cameron Ming LHP
change from outfield to first base while JJ Matijevic is also expected to factor in at first and second. A few freshmen are expected to start right away, including Nick Quintana at third and Cameron Cannon at second. Quintana, a highlytouted recruit who was drafted in the 14th round out of high school, is a slick-fielding infielder with big-time hitting potential. Baseball America predicted Quintana to win freshman of the year in the Pac-12. The Wildcats will open up the season on Feb. 17 against Eastern Kentucky for a four-game set at HiCorbett Field. Pac-12 play
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expected to slot into the rotation. Also, the return of lefties JC Cloney and Cameron Ming add balance and depth to the staff. “I like that they throw strikes; I like that they have multiple pitches,” Johnson said. “This is a very pitcher-friendly park if you can execute to both sides of the plate and keep hitters off-balance, which I think several of them can. Coach [Dave] Lawn has done a great job of helping guys develop changeups.” The team’s infield also went through a bit of a makeover after losing Dalbec, Aguilar and Ramer. Sophomore slugger Alfonso Rivas made the
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ARIZONA’S CESAR SALAZAR CELEBRATES his game-winning base hit against Mississippi State during the eleventh inning of their NCAA super regional baseball championship tournament game at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, June 11, 2016. (James Pugh/The Laurel Chronicle, via AP)
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Drought impacts measured by grad student As California faces a continuing drought, one UA graduate student aims to learn what the crisis is doing to rural Central Valley towns BY MICHAELA WEBB @DailyWildcat
Christina Greene, a Ph.D. student in UA’s School of Geography and Development, has just been awarded a $95,000 fellowship by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study the impacts of drought on rural communities in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Greene has been doing similar research in the area as a graduate fellow with the Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry and CLIMAS (Climate Assessment for the Southwest) at the UA for the past two years. With funding from the new grant, Greene will focus on understanding the impacts of drought on rural communities in the area with the goal of improving drought monitoring, planning, management and relief. “A lot of drought monitoring policies so far have been really focused on the physical dimensions of drought,” Greene said. “There are a lot of different definitions for drought and it’s often involved, not just there’s been a lack of rain but also is someone missing that rain? How is that impacting people?” For the research funded by the grant, Greene will conduct in-depth interviews and household surveys with residents of rural communities in the San Joaquin Valley. Greene will also research existing documents, including census data, drought policy documents and school enrollment data. She plans to use this, in addition to her findings from interviews and household surveys, to develop a drought vulnerability assessment of the region that she will share with local government, social service providers and community organizations. Greene said that she has focused her research on the San Joaquin Valley partly because it is vital to our national food system. “What happens there is also very important for what happens for the whole country and our food system,” Greene said. California produces the most food of any state in the nation, and Tulare County, one of the counties in the San Joaquin Valley that Greene has focused previous research on, was the leading agricultural producer of any county in
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SAGUARO CACTI, OCOTILLO AND mesquite trees dot a ridgeline in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness near Tucson, Ariz. on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The drought in California’s Central Valley has resulted in profound economic effects.
the country in 2015, according to the Tulare County Farm Bureau. Farms in California are irrigated with a mixture of surface water and ground water. According to the USDA Economic Research Service, over half of all water used to irrigate California farms in 2013 was off-farm surface water, meaning that it was transported through canals and aqueducts to reach the farm. In 2014, the State Water Project and the Federal Central Valley Project, the two largest entities in charge of delivering surface water in California’s Central Valley, were only able to deliver between 0 and 5 percent of contracted water to agricultural users, according to the USDA Economic Research Service. This meant that farmers had to resort to pumping groundwater to irrigate their crops.
“There has been a decrease in production, but there’s also a huge increase in pumping from the groundwater that no one really wants to be doing,” Greene said. Groundwater pumping can cause land subsidence, which is a compaction of underground aquifers once the water has been removed. Often that compaction affects the long-term ability of the ground to store water. “Once that goes down, you often can’t fully recharge it,” Greene said. Irrigation water isn’t the only thing impacted by the drought. Household water has also become much more expensive for some communities in the San Joaquin Valley. “I spoke to a lot of community members who were complaining that
they couldn’t afford their water bills, that they had to choose between doctor bills and water bills,” Greene said. Some communities whose wells have gone dry now rely on bottled water to drink and can’t shower at home. Greene described one family whose kids didn’t want to go to school because they didn’t have access to a shower at home. “We often focus on the physical factors of climate impacts and the impacts on communities is often not as distinct or clear, so it’s a bit of a messy area to be researching,” Greene said. “I find it fascinating because it often brings in human values and narratives and how we perceive climate, so I think it’s a very rich and interesting area to be researching.”
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UA, Harvard psychologist attempts to learn strategies of teen learning and exploration BY NICOLE MORIN @nm_dailywildcat
A partnership between a UA psychologist and a Harvard professor has yielded some unexpected insights and discoveries about teenage exploration. UA assistant professor of psychology and cognitive science Robert Wilson met his research partner Leah Somerville, an associate professor of psychology at Harvard, during an interview on the Harvard campus. Their research interests instantly lined up and inspired the project. Their goal was to learn more about reinforcement learning and the “explore-exploit” decision making method. “It crops up again and again in daily life,” Wilson said. “Do you explore and try to find something new or exploit what you already know?” An example of this would be going to eat at a restaurant and deciding whether you should order a familiar meal or taste the newest addition to the menu. There are two different strategies theorized to occur when an individual is making a
decision. One is called “direct exploration,” where an individual goes out of their way to seek information, while the other is “random exploration,” where there is no goal in mind and a person randomly tries new experiences. Wilson decided to look at subgroups of people, namely teenagers, partly due to the popular concept of the teenage years as a time of exploration. “Our hypothesis going in was that teens would be way more exploratory than young adults,” Wilson said. To test this, Wilson used a computer version of a “One-Armed Bandit,” a popular type of slot machine. Participants had the choice between two machines; they were told the average payoff of one of the machines. From there, they were able to choose between the “exploit” option, where they would use the machine that they were more familiar with, or the “explore” option, where the participant would decide to try the new machine. “The key manipulation in this task is we change how many times you’re going to get to play,” Wilson said. An individual’s behavior would change depending on how many trials they were given.
If a person was only able to play once, then they were much more likely to use the machine for which they already know the odds. More trials meant a participant was more likely to explore and try a new option. This is known as the “time horizon.” Looking at how behavior would change between horizons allowed Wilson and his team to measure changes in exploration in a more explicit manner. If choices became more random during a longer time horizon, then that was random exploration. The pool of participants was comprised of both college students and teenagers from a summer program at Harvard. Once the researchers gathered their data, they looked for trends that suggested exploration varied with age. While both sets of participants chose the machine they had more knowledge of when they had a low time horizon, it was the college students and not the teens who were more likely to try the new machine when they were given more trials. This evidence disproved Wilson and Somerville’s original hypothesis; teenagers do not utilize directed exploration at a higher rate
than people in their early 20s. In fact, directed exploration seemingly develops as a consequence of age. “As you grow older, you develop the ability to explicitly seek information,” Wilson said. “Teenagers aren’t actually more exploratory than young adults.” Random exploration, on the other hand, was unaffected by age and remained constant, allowing teenagers to still explore in a less structured fashion. There are several theories that Wilson is considering. One theory is that directed exploration is related to the level of dopamine in the brain; teenagers have more dopamine than adults and may feel less of a need to engage in direct exploration as a result. Another theory is that changes in the pre-frontal cortex, particularly the frontal pole, are related to direct exploration, partly because this part of the brain continues to develop into the late 20s and early 30s. Wilson hopes to continue this research and expand it to study how exploration develops further into adulthood. He is applying for the Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center Pilot Grant to fund the research and is currently looking for more undergraduate students to join his lab.
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Peaks” DVD rentals for those who preferred binge-watching the series. Those attending the showings sit at the Film Bar and provide good business. The Daily Wildcat observed many customers eating pizza and drinking leisurely, enjoying a relaxing Sunday night with friends and family, watching a beloved show. “ ‘Twin Peaks’ is amazing,” said Dominique Giesler, a UA scientist. “I’m revisiting memories. I used to watch it with my friends. This bar is awesome, the events are great, the people that visit are amazing and it’s a fun, interesting, eclectic group.” “Twin Peaks” is shown on three screens in the bar, offering everyone, regardless of the seating arrangement, a good view. Subtitles are also provided onscreen to allow everyone to follow the episode, even if they miss a few words. Varied seating, such as the bar, tables or comfortable chairs in the corner, provide different settings for each individual’s
In the mood for a friendly game of Cards Against Humanity, ping pong or MarioParty 10? The Games Room, located on the bottom floor of the Student Union Memorial Center, houses entertainment for everyone. From a classic game of Monopoly to a customized virtual reality experience, the Games Room is the place to take a break in between classes, spend leisure time in or host an event. Open weekdays, from 10 a.m. to midnight, and weekends, noon to midnight, the Games Room can also be a place to meet new people. The recreational area for students offers five billiards tables, three table tennis tables, multiple gaming computers and consoles, foosball, air-hockey, arcade games, board games and card games. The fun is offered free, or close to it, for UA students, and CatCash can be used to pay. Board games and cards are available at no charge and video game consoles cost $3 an hour. Billiards, table tennis and poker rentals are priced depending on the amount of players. Students are required to submit their CatCards as collateral, in case of equipment damage. Marcus Revels, a new hire in the Games Room, said the room “manages itself” because those who use it are coming to hang out, relax, enjoy the good company of others and the entertainment of a good game. “Everyone who comes in is pretty understanding of the rules,” he said. “The biggest problem we have is when we have to ask people to take their drinks off the billiards tables.” According to games room employee Lucas Grijalva, the area is busiest on weekdays around lunchtime. “Students will come in between classes, and hang out for an hour or so,” he said. Grijalva is tasked with overseeing the game equipment, including storage, distribution and cleaning, as well as
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PATRONS WATCH THE OPENING credits during a showing of a “Twin Peaks” episode in the Casa Film Bar in Casa Video on Sunday, Feb. 12. After a 26-year hiatus, the television series is making its much-anticipated return on May 21.
Casa Video hosts ‘Twin Peaks’ events BY KACIE LILLEJORD @DailyWildcat
“Twin Peaks,” a psychological, supernatural drama, has had a cult following since it premiered on ABC on April 8, 1990. It’s one of creator David Lynch’s and Mark Frost’s greatest successes. For over two decades since the finale of season two, fans have been waiting for more episodes. Now, after much anticipation, the third season is set to premiere May 21 on Showtime, nearly 26 years after the series’ end. To help promote the new season, as well as reminisce and introduce the series to fans old and new, local business Casa Video, 2905 E Speedway Blvd., is hosting “Twin Peaks” nights every Sunday until the premiere. Breanna Dixon, the Casa Film Bar events coordinator, said the series seemed like a perfect fit for Casa video. “ ‘Twin Peaks’ used to air on Sunday nights; the second season did originally,” she said.
Dixon called these showings a countdown to the season three premiere. The episodes are being shown chronologically. As of Feb. 12, they had just finished the season two premiere episode, “May the Giant Be With You.” Next Sunday, Feb. 19, they will continue with the next episodes. “It’s been pretty successful so far,” Dixon said. “Sunday night can be hit or miss. The Superbowl affected attendance, but we had people here for ‘Twin Peaks.’ It’s gotten a very positive response and people ask about it on a day-to-day basis.” Not only does the countdown serve as a catchup opportunity for Twin Peaks fanatics, but it also helps newbies that have recently discovered the series, Dixon added. “A wide variety of people show up, original and new generation, people in their 40s to early 20s,” she said. “Twin Peaks” nights have served customers well and have also benefited Casa Video. Dixon noted an increase in “Twin
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viewing pleasure. Drinks and food are also available for purchase. “People are really excited,” Dixon said. “[We’re] just creating that space to talk about ‘Twin Peaks’ and the different theories and histories, introducing people to it. The first night we showed the pilot, a ‘Twin Peaks’ fan with tattoos showed up.” For Dixon, the show has always been near and dear to her own heart. She and her family used to watch it together since its original premiere. In the not-so-far future, Casa Video will host a “Twin Peaks” trivia night the last Tuesday in April with “Twin Peaks” related prizes, which will remain a secret until then. Dixon believes that there will be more “Twin Peaks” nights in the future. “Once the new season starts, we’re going to want to know more about the history and background,” Dixon said. To get the word out on the screenings, Dixon makes flyers and uses Casa Film Bar’s
Arts & Life • Wednesday, February 15-Thursday, February 16, 2017 Instagram account, as well as the Casa Video Facebook page and Twitter. The nights always receive a good deal of word of mouth as well. “Twin Peaks” nights offer rediscovery of an old treasure for some, while introducing a new gem to others. Friends Derek Kowalczyk and Christian Huskey, a returning UA undergraduate student and a server, happened upon “Twin Peaks” nights accidentally. “I used to watch ‘Twin Peaks,’” Huskey said. Huskey has been trying to convince Kowalczyk to watch the series for some time. The two went to Casa Video on Saturday for some movies when they discovered the film bar and ended up staying longer than planned. They were back on Sunday night to watch “Twin Peaks.” On March 3, Casa Video is bringing “Twin Peaks” down to Fourth Avenue with a “Twin Peaks” themed party at the Flycatcher, on 340 E. Sixth St. The venue will transform into a surreal Lynchian world complete with performances, a costume contest and drink specials.
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CASA FILM BAR MANAGING bartender Damien Hart is immersed in a showing of an episode of “Twin Peaks” in the Casa Film Bar in Casa Video on Sunday, Feb. 12. Casa Video hosts a showing of “Twin Peaks” on Sundays.
Tickets will cost $5 online and $10 at the door for those 21 and up. The “Twin Peaks” showings offer a diverse environment
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gaming lounge. In addition to the brand-new computers, FROM PAGE 21 virtual reality comes to the Games Room on the first and third Thursdays of every month. attending to customer care. Revels explained that the virtual reality The Games Room hosts tournaments experience was built from scratch by throughout the week with students at the UA, and $5 buy-ins. Poker nights the customized coding take place on Tuesdays This virtual and animation varies the at 6 p.m., and Magic: the reality different stages and maps Gathering, a card game, experience is in the games. The first happen on Saturdays at different than the stage of the game is set in noon. The Billiards club with the objective Playstation 4 or atoforest, meets there every Thursday dodge and defeat from 7-10 p.m. Xbox. It’s not like just surrounding enemies. Pre-business students holding your phone “This virtual reality Huajian Zeng, a sophomore, experience is different than up to your face, it’s and Zhexian Xiong, a the real thing.” the Playstation 4 or Xbox,” freshman, go to the Games Revels said. Room multiple times a week Grijalva is also excited after classes. They came —Lucas Grijalva, about the new virtual across the Games Room Games Room reality games. while exploring campus employee, on new “It’s not like just holding and enjoy the relaxing virtual reality games your phone up to you face, it’s atmosphere while they play the real thing,” he said. their usual game of billiards. These new additions, as The newest additions to well as the already existing the room are expected to games, construct the novelty and community draw even more attention. offered in the Games Room. Grijalva said the word hasn’t gotten out to The Games Room can be reserved for the student body that they recently installed private parties, club meetings and other events new gaming computers. Online games, such with either a student manager in the Games as Dota 2, League of Legends, Team Fortress Room or event planning on the third floor of 2, Minecraft and Heroes of the Storm, that the Student Union Memorial Center. require a PC can now be played in the
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Climate change poetry series comes to an end BY KIRSHANA GUY @DailyWildcat
Climate change is a well-discussed topic today. Many individuals, such as politicians, scientists and the public, have different opinions on the importance of climate change. Starting in October 2016, the UA Poetry Center has featured eight poets, such as Camille Dungy, Joy Harjo and Ross Gay, who have addressed the many issues related to climate change in the “Climate Change & Poetry” series. The last event in the series will be on Thursday, Feb. 16. These events are part readings and part discussions. These events are supported by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, the College of Science, the Africana Studies Program and the Confluencenter of the Environment. Hannah Ensor, the Poetry Center’s reading and lecture series coordinator, shared that an earlier series, “Spectacular Poetics, or the Poetry of Spectacle,” was a compact series in February 2016. The four poets featured in the series addressed a variety of topics such as pop culture, spectacle and media representation and how these topics overlapped with their poetry. According to the UA Poetry Center’s webpage, the “Climate Change & Poetry” series is the second installment of readings centered on a common questions. This installment focuses on two central questions: What role does poetry have in articulating the ecological present, and what role does poetry have in shaping the future? Eric Magrane, research associate for the Institute of the Environment, said
that politics, specifically in relationship to policies on climate change, plays an important role in how the people deal with the issues surrounding climate change. “I think the current political situation has forced many people to think about the connections between climate change and social justice,” Magrane said. Magrane said the series at the Poetry Center is a great way to share awareness of climate change with the community. “The climate change and poetry series brings a new way of thinking about how we address some of the key environmental issues we face today,” Magrane said. Julie Johnson, a library assistant at the Poetry Center, said she cannot speak for anyone else, but she believes “each writer has brought different perspectives about the topic to the audience.” Magrane said poetry and art speak to people’s emotion and encourage action. “Bringing poetry and the arts to environmental issues is crucial in the moment to help galvanize support for the actions we need to take moving forward to make the Earth a good place for us all to live and for the future,” Magrane said. Ensor said that Tucson is rich with people who work with art and environment overlaps, so there will more than likely be similar series on climate change in the future. The last event in the series will be on Thursday, Feb. 16 and will feature Alison Hawthorne Deming at 7 p.m. at the Poetry Center at 1508 E. Helen St. For more information, stop by the Poetry Center or visit their website at www.poetry. arizona.edu.
Okay, stop me if you’ve heard this one. A reporter was interviewing a 104 yearold woman: “And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?” the reporter asked. She simply replied, “No peer pressure.” The desire to belong and conform to one’s peer group is very powerful and does not stop after high school. In college, when students experience a time of transition and social freedom, peers continue to play a strong role. Peer pressure is frequently cited as a cause for excessive drinking among college students. It comes as no surprise that students entering college show marked increases in alcohol and drug use compared to those who continue to live at home or get jobs following graduation from high school. Regarding alcohol, research describes peer pressure as a combination of three distinct influences: overt offer of alcohol, modeling, and social norms. Overt offers of alcohol range from polite gestures to intense goading or commands to drink, like during drinking games. Modeling occurs from direct imitation of another
student’s concurrent drinking behavior. Perceived social norms serve to make excessive drinking appear common to student expectations. Many view college as a place to drink excessively, in a time-limited fashion, before assuming responsibilities of adulthood. Combining all this with easily accessible alcohol-based social opportunities can make navigating around peer pressure challenging. However, there is good news about being a college student embracing adulthood. You have arrived at an age, time, and place where you can demonstrate greater ego strength as you try on new identities and behaviors safely. You can differentiate yourself from others and not get wasted in order to party or have fun. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who party in moderation and create your own positive peer pressure circle of friends. Okay, stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A reporter was interviewing a 19 year-old woman: “And what do you think is the best thing about being a self-assured 19?” the reporter asked. She simply replied, “No beer pressure.”
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New kids on the block Freshmen come into 2017 season with high praise, but can they make up the ground from key departures from a year ago? BY SYRENA TRACY @syrena_tracy
Arizona baseball freshmen Nick Quintana, Matt Frazier, Cameron Cannon and Shane Martinez will most likely make a debut in the starting lineup and show significant action for the Wildcats during their first game of the season on Feb. 17. The four players were picked out of high school into the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft, but every player turned down the professional offers to attend the UA.
#13 Nick Quintana: The infielder out of Las Vegas is expected to make a huge impact in the infield for Arizona. The Boston Red Sox, who had previously selected former Arizona third baseman Bobby Dalbec, selected Quintana in the 11th round of the 2016 MLB Draft, but Quintana decided to take the path of college. “Coming here [the UA] has molded me into a more mature person and player,” Quintana said. Since being at the UA, Quintana has had to transition from his high school position of short stop to becoming a third baseman. “Third base is where I want to be as a player,” Quintana said. “My best tool is defense, my arm and my bat, so projecting out into the future I think third base is the best for me.” Quintana is most likely going to make an appearance in the infield due to the departures of former second baseman Cody Ramer and Dalbec.
#35 Cameron Cannon: Arizona is expecting Cannon to contribute to the infield at second this season as being the No. 5 prospect in Arizona, according to Perfectgame.org, having batted .412 with 26 RBI. The Arizona Diamondbacks picked cannon in the 21st round the 2016 MLB Draft but turned to Arizona to further his baseball career under the coaching of Johnson.
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#10 Shane Martinez: Martinez is expected to see some play time at second base this season for the Wildcats. Martinez was selected in the 39th round by the Oakland Athletics in the 2016 MLB Draft but chose Arizona instead to grow as a player. Martinez is ranked as the No. 22 prospect in California, according to Perfectgame. org, as he came out of high school batting .404 with six doubles, 25 RBI and post a .993 fielding percentage as a senior.
#22 Matt Frazier: Frazier comes from Fresno, Calif. with high potential to be in the starting line-up to play in the outfield for the Cats. Frazier batted .392 as a senior in high school with six doubles, four triples, seven stolen bases and 12 RBI’s. Frazier was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 38th round of the 2016 MLB draft but always knew he wanted to go to college. “I had planned that I wanted to go to college,” Frazier said. “My family and I felt like I needed to mature a little more before going out and playing pro ball.” Being under the wing of coach Johnson has mentally helped Frazier adjust and grow before starting the season. “All around as a player you know you’re going to struggle,” Frazier said, “but having him [Johnson], I know I can come back the next day and have a positive attitude and flush everything from the day before.”
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CAL STEVENSON ROUNDS SECOND base during a scrimmage on Saturday, Jan. 28. Stevenson followed Arizona head coach Jay Johnson to Tucson to resume his baseball career.
Stevenson and Johnson together again BY IVAN LEONARD @Ivan14Bro
While there may be some new faces for the Wildcats, expectations are still sky-high after making it all the way to the College World Series last season. Arizona brought in a talented recruiting class that looks to contribute right away on the baseball diamond. One of which is a player Arizona head coach Jay Johnson had already coached at a prior destination. Junior outfielder Cal Stevenson transferred from Nevada after only one season and gets the opportunity to suit up for Johnson again. When Johnson left the Nevada Wolfpack for Arizona, he might have thought he had seen the last of his Wolfpack players. Stevenson, however, decided to follow suit and left from Nevada to Arizona after the 2015 season. “My season at Nevada was awesome, not just as an athlete, but as a student and I loved playing for coach
Johnson,” Stevenson said. “Coach Johnson made it easier for me and allowed me to play the way I wanted to play, and I think that is why I wanted to follow him here, he made the game fun for me and it got harder but also more competitive.” The leftfielder from Fremont transferred to Arizona after winning Mountain West Co-Freshmen of the Year in 2015. That year, he batted .356 with 54 runs, 25 runs batted in and 13 doubles. Despite the numbers he put up at Nevada, Stevenson is still focusing on improving his offensive game for the Arizona Wildcats. “They have worked a lot with me on hitting, I am here all the time working and I am trying to improve,” Stevenson said. After transferring from Nevada in 2015, Stevenson spent last season at Chabot College, Stevenson batted .287 with 26 RBIs and 57 runs in 42 games. He also earned a spot on the First-Team for the California Community College Athletics Association.
While at Chabot, Stevenson was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 36th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. While changing schools can be difficult for some, Stevenson has made a flawless transition to Arizona and fits right in with his teammates. “It’s been pretty easy, you have a lot of guys that accept you pretty quick and allow you to be a part of the team,” Stevenson said. “The returning players made everyone new fit right in when they got here, especially the freshmen. [Johnson] is a great coach, he loves to compete and he has that mindset that nobody wants to win more than him. I think the players around him buy into him and that helped him get to where he was last year. It is a new year and we need to be together if we want to get to where we were last year.” Arizona baseball starts the season this Friday in hopes to make another run to the College World Series as the Wildcats take on Eastern Kentucky at Hi-Corbet Field. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
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Mauga crushes her way to historic season In her final year, Katiyana Mauga is on the verge of becoming Arizona’s All-Time leader in home runs; by season’s end may she top the NCAA’s All-Time home run list BY CHRISTOPHER DEAK @ChrisDeakDW
Among the many storylines attached with the Arizona softball season heading in to 2017, Katiyana Mauga’s home run chase ranks as the most intriguing and amusing. Mauga finished her junior season with 67 home runs and put herself in the reach of two different home run records. The Arizona school record is 87, set by Stacie Chambers during her career from 2007-2011; the national record stands at 95. “We’ve talked a lot about [the records],” said Arizona head coach Mike Candrea. “The first thing you do is you don’t want her to be thinking about that home run thing. The big thing with her, and I’ve talked to her about it, is that it’s not about her physical ability it’s just about keeping the six inches between your ears clear.” Mauga won’t have to worry about her teammates talking to her about the chase. Senior pitcher Danielle O’Toole said while Mauga’s teammates are excited for her, they won’t be mentioning any of the milestones to her. “We don’t talk about it,” O’Toole said. “That’s like going to a pitcher who’s throwing a no-hitter; don’t do that.” The chase began this weekend when the Wildcats played the first five games of their season hosting the Hillenbrand Invitational. Mauga likely wasn’t thinking about getting her first home run of the season out of the way, but she wasted no time getting it done. In her second at-bat of the season on Thursday night against Fordham, Mauga led the inning with a solo shot on an off-speed pitch that almost fooled her. “No,” Mauga said when asked if she got all of her first home run. “That was definitely a onearmed swing way out in front, but it went over.” Mauga finished the weekend batting .429 (6-14) with four home runs, eight RBIs and a staggering OPS of 1,828. When Arizona’s Stacie Chambers set the alltime Arizona home run record in 2011, the mark stood for 13 years. In 1995, Arizona great Laura Espinoza hit 37 home runs during her senior year, still the Arizona single-season record, and shot all the way to No. 1 on the all-time list. Leah Braatz got to 85 home runs in 1998, tying Espinoza, and they ‘ve remained at the top since. For all the power Chambers had, Mauga is still the only player in NCAA history to hit at least 20 home runs in each of her first three seasons. Her consistency and all-around game has Candrea preferring his current slugger. “[Stacie] Chambers used to hit some bombs, but I always felt that she had a little bit of a hole in her swing,” Candrea said. “One thing about Kati is, she will hit the ball to all fields. And she will hit the ball to all fields with power. That’s
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ARIZONA WILDCATS THIRD BASEMAN Katiyana Mauga hits a homerun on Saturday, Feb. 11. Mauga is now 16 home runs shy of tying the UA record for career home runs (87).
the difference.” As the San Diego native continues to establish her place amongst the great players at Arizona, the chase to all-time home run leader Lauren Chamberlain continues. Chamberlain played at Oklahoma and ended her career in 2015 with 95 career home runs. Mauga knew about Chamberlain long before her career with the Sooners; they played against each other before playing in college. “She’s a great player,” Mauga said. “I actually played against her in [club softball] when we were younger; she’s definitely a great player who is striving to be great at the pro level. I think she left her mark at Oklahoma and the NCAA record too, so hopefully I can get up there and beat her.” When asked how he thought Chamberlain and Mauga matched up with each other, Candrea noted that as different as the two were, they have similar traits. “They’re different types of hitters but, obviously, they have great power,” Candrea said. “The thing I liked about Chamberlain that I like
about Katiyana is that she’s not just a home run hitter. When [Mauga’s] really good she’s going to take what they give her, she’s going to have patience at the plate and she’s going to swing at good pitches. That’s what Lauren was.” There’s nothing like home run chases. Whether it be in baseball watching Barry Bonds chase single-season and career home run records in 2001 and 2007 respectively, or recently in softball watching Chamberlain take out multiple Wildcats on her way up the list. “It’s fun to watch someone that has that type of skill and to be able to do what she does the way she does it,” Candrea said. “You don’t see too many of those.” For as much fun as followers of the Wildcats will have following Mauga’s climb up the all-time list, she continues to do whatever is required for her team, even if it means sacrificing an at-bat to lay down a bunt. In Mauga’s first plate appearance on Sunday against Tulsa, she squared up to bunt early in her at-bat and fouled off a pitch. It’s early in the
season, a sensible time for Candrea to make such a call, but it’s safe to assume there won’t be too many Mauga bunt attempts come May. “I thought [Candrea] was going to make her bunt and I was like ‘good for her,’” O’Toole said. “She’s going to do that and give up an at-bat in the chase and she’s not even looking at it. That’s awesome for us.” Mauga is sitting at 71 career home runs with 51 games to play; the top of the all-time NCAA home run list is well in her sights. She is tied for fifth on the all-time Arizona list with Chelsea Goodacre, and with five more home runs she will tie Jenny Dalton for fourth. “The great thing about Kati is her No. 1 goal is to help this team win and get back to the college world series,” Candrea said. Candrea’s job will be easier with Mauga on his side; according to Candrea there’s no easy way to face someone who is challenging the records Mauga is chasing this season. “It’s hard to pitch to someone like that,” Candrea said. “Unless you just walk them.”