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Dorm living can help students raise GPA, create lasting bonds BY Meghan Fernandez The Daily Wildcat

To some students, living on campus may mean the luxury of waking up five minutes before class starts, and to others may mean a close-knit community. With more than 20 residence halls to choose from, there are several benefits to living on campus at the UA. Many students who lived on campus agreed that residence life at the university provides opportunities to meet many people and establish a niche on campus. Tyler Heckart, a biomedical engineering freshman, said he met his group of friends while living in Babcock Residence Hall. One of his friends lived in his dorm, but they did not start talking to each other until after they shared a class and recognized each other. “It’s nice that everyone at this school is for the most part accepting and tolerant of so many viewpoints and cultures,” Heckart said. “They seem to be pretty mellow and down to earth.” The residence halls have a good environment of people to live with, he added. Heckart’s roommate Mike Lopez, an agricultural business freshman, enjoyed the proximity of all his classes to his residence hall. “If I woke up late, I wasn’t late to class,” Lopez said. Lopez also liked the game room and swimming pool at Babcock. Lopez said the residence hall was also a great place to study. Often times, students will choose to live on campus their second year of college. Alyssa Smith, a nursing sophomore, lived in the Posada San Pedro Residence Hall her second year on campus. She, like Lopez, said the best part about living on campus is being able to wake up right before class starts because of the proximity to all of her classes. Several residence halls host popular campus-wide events, such as Diva La Paz and Carnivida. Diva La Paz is a drag show hosted by Colonia de la Paz Residence Hall in November and is an event to raise social awareness about the LGBTQ community. Carnivida, a carnival that takes place during the spring semester, is hosted by Arból de la Vida Residence Hall. While Diva La Paz and Carnivida are the more popular residence hall events, other residence halls still host events for their residents. Charlie Abrams, a marketing

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Ibrahim Buaysha, an international student studying business management, does his laundry Monday in Colonia de la Paz residence hall. Dorm life offers independent living while still providing structure to students.

sophomore who lived in the Coronado Residence Hall, said one day they had free Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue for the residents. Nick Sweeton, senior director of residential education, has worked at the UA for 14 months and has worked in residence life for 14 years. Sweeton said he has worked at several housing programs at institutions across the country and that the UA has a top notch program. “I also really appreciate that Tucson has embraced being the home of [the] UA,” Sweeton said. Sweeton said there are many positive outcomes for students who live on campus. The UA has data going back 15 years that shows students who live on campus at the UA are 60 percent more likely to graduate in 4 years than students who do not, he said.

Sweeton said living on campus increases social adjustment and the rate of retention from year to year. Students who live on campus also tend to have a higher grade point average than their peers who live off campus, he said. Residence halls put on events throughout the year in order to maintain a positive bond between students, Sweeton said. There is a Think Tank tutoring center in Manzanita-Mohave Residence Hall, and another opening in Coronado this coming year, he said. “I think of our environments as semistructured,” Sweeton said. “It’s a good place to learn how to live independently while still having a safety net in place.” Babcock resident assistant Brittany Rudolph, a sophomore studying art history and English, said that as an RA, she met

several new people. RAs are assigned to a specific hall and are there as a support for the residents. Rudolph said there is more support living on campus compared to students who live off campus. As an RA, Rudolph said she makes herself available to her residents, sends encouraging emails throughout the semester and always reminds them that she is here to help. “I think it’s the best way to meet people and consistently stay on campus,” Rudolph said. Editor’s note: Brittany Rudolph is an opinions columnist at the Daily Wildcat.

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Jobs on campus put money in your pockets is attended by campus departments and local businesses. There are also career fairs held later in the year for students looking for internships or For UA students looking to work full-time positions. while in school, on-campus jobs are “The career fairs that we hold are … a great opportunity to do so. fine-tuned to accommodate students There are plenty of advantages at the University of Arizona, to working on campus, what they potentially have according to Susan Millerto offer and what recruiters Pinhey, the marketing and It’s an opportunity something are looking for,” Millerspecial events manager for on campus that fits with your field of Pinhey said. Career Services. It allows study. Richard Gonzales, an students to take advantage -Susan Miller-Pinhey electrical and computer of free time between classes marketing and special events manager, Career Services engineering junior, took by earning money, connects advantage of the career students more closely to fairs held on campus and campus and might be able to provide experience in students’ Outside of Career Services, career was able to find an internship with chosen fields, she said. fairs are available for students to Microsoft for two summers in a row. “It’s an opportunity to maybe do attend. The first fair of the year, the After applying and being turned something on campus that fits with Wildcat Student Employment Fair, is down his freshman year, he went back during his sophomore year and your field of study,” Miller-Pinhey held during the first week of classes. said. “You can get some experience The fair provides part-time job found that the recruiter remembered right here on campus.” opportunities for students hoping JOBS, 11 Career Services, she said, can to work during the school year and BY JORDAN FOWLER The Daily Wildcat


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Greek life is about more than parties BY Lauren Niday

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While the stereotypes surrounding greek life focus on the non-stop party lifestyle, many chapters on the UA campus have accomplished great things this year. Chi Omega had philanthropic success this year. Chi O Kickoff, an event raising money for the MakeA-Wish Foundation, consisted of 59 teams participating in a flag football tournament. The event raised $13,425, according to Nicole Cousins, chapter president of Chi Omega. The sorority also hosted Chi O Casino last semester to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and raised $12,000. “Chi O Casino received Greek Event of the Year, which was a really big deal for us,” Cousins said. Libby Stropko, a Spanish and finance graduating senior, was chosen as a national consultant for Chi Omega for the upcoming year. Alexis Del Castillo, an active member of Chi Omega, has been Wilma Wildcat for the past two years.

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Greek members perform their dance routines during the beginning of Up ‘til Dawn in Centennial Hall on April 4. Greek organizations put on philanthropic events throughout the year.

Del Castillo made appearances at practically every UA sporting event, as well as at Diamond Children’s. “Getting to see her flourish and cheer her on was amazing,” Cousins

said. “She put her social life on the back burner, but made a huge impact in the community.” Theta Chi fraternity also immersed itself in philanthropic activities this

year. The fraternity held its first annual G.I. Theta Chi event, which raised over $6,000 for Rally Point, an organization that helps veterans assimilate back into civilian life after

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Parking on campus takes preparation Students can apply for permits online, over the phone or by walking into the Parking and Transportation Office. Although there appear to be many George Eppley, a University of Arizona available parking lots, parking on campus Police Department officer, said if students can get pretty tricky. obtain a parking permit for a lot or garage, Several of the lots require permits or they will have to park in that area, and that paying at nearby stations, or are drop-off spaces are lot specific, but not assigned by only. Andres Sanchez, a computer science space. freshman and an employee at Parking and PTS is responsible for citing any cars that Transportation Services, said students are parked illegally or are in the wrong lot, looking into getting a parking permit for Eppley said. “[PTS] will place a next year should apply early in the summer, since citation on their window,” Get on the parking can get filled up Eppley said. “If for some wait list [for a reason they forgo the pretty fast. Sanchez added this also paying of the parking parking spot] as ticket, it goes on their applies to students who early as possible want to renew previous student record until they — Andres Sanchez computer science freshman parking permits, as there graduate.” Eppley said students are dates for renewals, and if students miss those, then will have to pay the tickets before receiving they can get wait-listed. their diplomas, and there “Get on the wait list as early as possible,” Sanchez said. will be late fees. Nancy Urias, a parking appeals officer in “Sometimes you won’t get a spot for the Parking and Transportation, said students entire year.” Parking lot permits, such as the lot South should remember to fully read the signs of Sixth Street, are around $390, garages are near where they are parking, because not up to $600 and lot specific passes, which PARKING, 11 are harder to get, are $500, Sanchez said. BY KATYA MENDOZA The Daily Wildcat


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ROTC gives students experience, careers BY Ethan McSweeney The Daily Wildcat

While many college graduates struggle to find a job in their field after graduation, students in one of the UA’s ROTC programs are nearly guaranteed a job in their field, and starting pay can be as high $48,000. UA students in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps get the chance to refine their leadership skills and grow their personal development, said Lt. Shane Beener, UA Navy ROTC admissions liaison officer and an assistant professor. “The misperception is that you can have crummy grades and walk right in and get picked up and that’s not true,” Beener said. “It’s very competitive. You’re not coming into the military to chip paint; you’re coming into the military to lead.” The UA offers ROTC programs for the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, all based in South Hall in the middle of campus. Students don’t have to sign up for one of the programs right when they start college, as they have their freshman and sophomore years to decide if they want to join. In addition to stipends, ROTC also offers scholarships that students in the programs can apply for. Many of the students in ROTC also graduate from the UA with no debt, said Master Sgt. Montgomery Leija, a UA Army ROTC senior military instructor. Beener is also the freshman adviser and said ROTC advisers help their students out in all aspects of their lives, not just with academics. “We don’t believe in office hours,” Beener said. “Our doors are always open.” The advising offered by ROTC is more focused and involved than the academic advising offered to regular UA students, said Christian Robles, a physiology sophomore who just finished his first year in Navy ROTC. “With my [academic] adviser, I have to schedule an appointment to see him and he has to deal with an entire college,” Robles said. “With my officers at South

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UA Marine Corps cadets, who are part of the Navy ROTC program, practice saluting as part of their weekly training on the UA Mall on Sept. 25. UA’s ROTC programs helps give students direction and career goals.

Hall, they are there every day and I see [them] on a daily basis and I know them on a personal level.” Robles was going to enlist in the Marine Corps right out of high school, but he was awarded some scholarships and decided to go to school instead. At the UA, he signed up for ROTC and ultimately decided to choose the Navy so he could go into the medical field. Students in ROTC get different opportunities during their college careers. This includes physical training activities in the mornings, free

tutoring and additional military classes during the week, Beener said. In addition to the support offered by ROTC advisers, the program also gives students direction and a support system during their college years, Leija said. “They can link up with someone in the same degree as they’re doing in ROTC,” Leija said, “and they can get help from seniors as far as guiding them where to go and telling them what classes to take.” Erin Scanlon, a family studies and human development senior and an Army


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Ortega, new ASUA president, talks about his future in office

in here, I’m honestly excited to see what comes up. I think a lot of times the most special things that happen to the students in an academic year come up as a surprise. That’s kind of what happened with Morgan [Abraham] — guaranteed tuition was awesome. I’m just excited to see what that next big thing is, and working with ASUA and working with the Daily Wildcat and everybody on campus together — like a whole effort to make it happen, so it works out for everybody.

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Issac Ortega has a big job to do as the newly inaugurated president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona. He met with the Daily Wildcat to talk about his biggest fears and goals for the upcoming year. DW: What is the biggest problem that students face on campus today, and what is your plan to fix it? Ortega: I think the biggest problem that students face today, probably, is this reoccurring problem that we always have in Arizona, and that’s access to affordable education. It always is and always will be the biggest issue that students face on a day-to-day basis. I want to start on campus, making things more visible and transparent, working with administration and the Arizona Board of Regents, because that’s something that ABOR has called into action — to make fees more transparent, letting people know where they go, how they’re collected. I want to be able to work alongside everyone and go along that path, and then as soon as the next session for tuition starts to come up, I’ll really work with partners across the state, and with [UA President Ann Weaver Hart], who’s done an amazing job with listening to students and working with us with guaranteed tuition. So, hopefully we’ll all be able to work together like we did this past year. What do you think is the most important job of the ASUA president, and how do you plan to accomplish that? My job is to listen and react to what students want. I want to make one promise: to make sure that before I go to sleep every night, I’ll know that I did everything I could that day to do that. We’re taking a new approach to listening to

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Issac Ortega is inaugurated as President of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona on May 1 in the Student Union Memorial Center Kiva Room. Ortega will be responsible for representing the UA’s student body in the upcoming school year.

ways students think about issues, that’s why we created the University Affairs Department, and they’re going to be in charge of getting that opinion and really putting it into action. We’re going to poll a lot of people on a lot of different issues. We already have a report from last year to base the foundation numbers off of, and we’re going to be able to take that and say, “OK, students are frustrated about this, or they love this and they wish it was more marketed.”

probably adjusting to everything that Morgan [Abraham] went through this past year, and he’s been slowly handing me the baton. Within two or three weeks, there’s just so much to learn; it’s kind of like drinking from a fire hose. But once I get over that hurdle, as soon as everybody gets settled in here at ASUA, like these amazing leaders that we’ve recruited, I’m pretty confident and excited to see the amazing things that we’ll be able to accomplish.

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Food truck adds variety on campus

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Erin Tucker (left), a physiology junior, and Allie Ivar (right), a family studies and human development junior, eat lunch at Bear Down Kitchen on Dec. 9. The addition of a food truck and new meal plans add to the UA’s food options in the upcoming school year.

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A food truck and new meal plan options are some of the changes coming to on-campus eating this fall. Todd Millay, assistant director of the Arizona Student Unions, cannot 100 percent guarantee that the rumored food truck will be ready in the fall, but it is currently under development. The possible food truck will not focus on a specific cuisine, but options could change from Mexican food to ice cream, and the menu will be “interchangeable,” Millay said. The truck won’t have one specific location, but will move around campus based on traffic flow. “One day, it could be located by the Eller College of Management, and the next day it may be on the [UA] Mall,” Millay said. “We are going to experiment.” The Student Union Memorial Center is also currently working on the development of an app so that students have the ability to check the location of the food truck. Three new meal plans will also be available to students in the fall, according to Millay. The plans — copper, silver and gold — reflect the number of meals a student plans to eat each day. The copper plan, for example, is perfect for a student who would likely only eat one meal per day on campus. Silver will be the equivalent of two meals per day and gold will equal three. All three of these plans will receive a 5 percent discount, in addition to the sales tax discount, according to Millay. The student union is also working to encourage and provide healthy eating options to all students and faculty. The new program,

Smart Moves, an initiative developed in conjunction with Campus Health Service and the Arizona Student Unions, is focusing on the food component of the program. Signs will be located throughout campus encouraging healthy moves and “understanding what’s healthy and what isn’t,” Millay said. Many restaurants in the student union went through a hurdle system, according to Millay, where the menus as a whole and each food component were closely examined. Local, sustainable, low-fat and low-sugar are a few of the key factors that were examined during this hurdle system, and the food component was then given a point score. If a food component received a score of positive two points or more, it was determined a smart food, and will have an icon next to it on the menu to alert students of this healthier choice. Cellar Bistro, On Deck Deli, Sabor, Core, Core Plus at Park Student Union and Cactus Grill are a few of the restaurants where students and faculty will experience Smart Moves in the fall. “For example, if a student is eating at Sabor and wants to have a burrito, a Smart Moves suggestion may be to have a burrito bowl, eliminating the tortilla,” Millay said. Red icons will appear on menus, easily drawing attention to the healthier options. The student union is also making small menu changes based on what was popular this year and what wasn’t. “[There are] no huge changes,” Millay said, “just giving students more of what’s popular.”

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him from the previous year, Gonzales said. He then resubmitted his resume and made it through each round of interviews and got the internship. He will be returning for a second internship with Microsoft this summer. Gonzales said he found out about the career fair through the emails Career Services send out to

Dining at the Park Student Union. After seeing a flyer, he said, he filled out an application and got the job. Brenske said it is nice working on campus because he is working alongside other students. It’s also very convenient going between work and class because everything is right here on campus, he said.

students who elect to be a part of it. He also found out about an information session Microsoft was holding before the career fair through Career Services, which proved to be very helpful. “I got the chance to get a little bit more one-on-one time with the recruiter, as opposed to hundreds of people at the career fair,” Gonzales said. Scott Brenske, a political science sophomore, recently found a job on campus working at Park Avenue

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from all over the globe flew into Tucson to join in the festivities, Rafal said. Jared Litroff, a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, won Greek Man of the Year for his involvement with the fraternity. Ashley Lovich, a member of Sigma Kappa, won Greek Woman of the Year, and serves as the vice president of membership for the sorority. Sigma Kappa raised over $7,500 at its annual event, Sigma Sliders. The event benefitted Hilarity for Charity, Seth Rogen’s charity for the Alzheimer’s Association. The UA chapter of Sigma Kappa was the third highest donor for the charity, chapter president Jordan Stancil said. The UA has 47 different sororities and fraternities, according to the Greek Life website. Sororities and fraternities will begin formal recruitment in the fall.

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in the Army as a career or choose a different route. “I don’t know yet [if it will be a career],” she said. “I’ll see how my first few years go.” Students who complete ROTC and serve their committed time in the military also get additional opportunities if they decide to enter the workforce, Beener said. He said businesses are always looking to hire people who have served. “When your commitment time is up that you owe, you’re coveted by just about every business in the country,” Beener said.

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Avoid the classic college rookie mistakes occasionally raising your hand gets you easy points and you’ll be able to stress a little less. Take these “easy” classes seriously. They actually have a big effect on your grade point average.

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Rookie mistake 1: Ditching class

One of the magical things you may anticipate is that in college there’s no real reason to show up for lectures. Unfortunately, and especially in general education classes, attendance is usually taken. Granted, in some classes the chance of getting caught is very minor. Some teachers even post entire lecture videos on the website D2L so attendance seems even less important. But really, just planting your ass in a seat and signing your name, pushing a button or

The UA touts itself as a dry campus, but I’m probably not blowing any minds by revealing that that’s slightly less than true. For some students, alcohol is a really important part of their college experience; for others, it plays no role. The cool thing about the UA is that, socially, either choice is fine. What’s not fine is thinking that you’re invincible. All you have to do is take a look at the Police Beat in the Daily Wildcat to come to the realization that our campus takes alcohol and drugs seriously, even if the crimes are silly. Dorm rules, too,

are pretty strict. Having a hangover is not a legitimate excuse for academic mistakes. The consequences for taking partying too far can range from something seemingly minor, like letting down your group for that project in Spanish or getting a B in that easy gen-ed class you should have aced, to something enormous, like a serious injury or death. That whole range of things could and do happen here. For some very rare few of you supermen and women, the negative side of binge drinking may just be something that happens to other people. But for most of you, even if you think you’re supermen and women, it won’t be.

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If all you do during your tenure in Tucson is shuttle between Fourth Avenue, Congress Street and The Seasons, it’s kind of like you visited Paris and only went to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre — you’re a tourist. There are so many wacky and wonderful things to do elsewhere here, and little traditions of your own that you


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many years of schooling themselves. The first time you have an honest conversation with a professor, you’ll likely figure out they care about more than just your name. You’d do well to give them the respect they give you. So speak up. Go into office hours and let your professors help you. Secretly, they really like it. Deep down, they all got into education because they wanted to help, not because they wanted to suck your soul out.

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Take freshman year one step at a time BY MACKENZIE BROWN The Daily Wildcat

Lately it seems like I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting: Teachers want their course evaluations filled out, friends want to reminisce about the year and I love to journal sappy things about personal growth and the fantastic freshman year I’ve had here at the UA. I just wish someone had told me how fast it all goes by, because it seems like a week ago that I was crying in my dorm room during my first night away from home. Thankfully, the crying lasted all of one night and the rest of my transition into college life was smooth sailing. Yes, it was overwhelming to go to all of my classes on the first day of school. Yes, I stayed up most of the night worrying about what I was going to wear and how stupid I was going to feel. But I didn’t get lost — even

for the first time, I had no friends to with a notoriously terrible sense of fall back on if things got awkward. direction — and I didn’t feel stupid. What made it such a great People always ask me what I wish experience was the personal I would have known as a freshman satisfaction I got from putting myself going into college, but I’m actually in an uncomfortable social situation more thankful that I didn’t know and gaining new friends and an everything. College really is about excellent story. growth, and one of the main things I’m also glad I didn’t I’ve learned this year know everything about is that the only way classes and how they to grow is to figure There will work. You can read as things out for yourself. be ups and many RateMyProfessors The best advice I downs, but the reviews as you want could possibly give to main point and ask around about incoming freshmen easy classes, but you is to go to college is that you’ll just can’t anticipate the ready to learn, not figure it out. classroom environment only academically but until you’re actually personally, too. sitting there. I was If I had known shocked when I everything at the realized how similar college was to beginning of the year, I wouldn’t high school classrooms. There’s no have needed the realization that it’s magical reformation of the standard actually a lot of fun to join a club classroom set-up once you get to where you don’t know anyone and college. The equation: students plus where you have to force yourself to professor plus desks plus whiteboard, meet people and make friends. When I went out with the rock-climbing club is pretty standard.

You just have to be a little more careful about the prefix you use to address your professor. Even though it really doesn’t change much from the student-teacher one, there’s certainly something unique about the student-professor relationship. No one ever told me how amazing it is to have professors who are not only interesting to listen to, but who are also interested in you as an individual. I keep telling people the same thing when I talk to them about my freshman year: I wouldn’t trade it for the world, and if I had to do it again, I certainly wouldn’t change a thing. There will be ups and downs, but the main point is that you’ll figure it out even if it takes you all four years or even longer.

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Bread and Butter

Opinions columnists get back to basics with Q&A on essential Tucson knowledge Best on campus restaurant? Mackenzie Brown If you’re looking for something that actually resembles a real meal, I’d say the Cellar Bistro is the best restaurant on campus. They have a ton of options and you can get real vegetables as a side dish, which I never thought I would miss until I had to go without them this year.

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Core, hands-down. Definitely the healthiest, and it actually tastes really good.

Sabor, because it’s more like a real restaurant than any of the others.

Best munchie (aka 2 a.m. snacks)?

Best thing to do on the weekend?

right if it’s not eaten at 2 a.m.

MB: Take advantage of the house party scene. There aren’t many places where you can show up to random houses no questions asked and have a good time.

EF: I’m probably not the best person to quote on this one! But… microwave popcorn maybe?

EF: Going out and trying new foods in the Tucson area (Ethiopian, Bosnian, etc.).

BR: Ice cream cookie sandwiches at the Park Avenue Market.

BR: Go to the movies. I’m boring.

MB: A Highland Market burrito is something that just doesn’t taste

Best/most productive place to study?

Best place downtown or Fourth Avenue?

Best place anywhere but downtown?

I can sit for a few hours and crank out a paper or two. There’s a reason the baristas know me by name.

ever been to. The space is beautiful and intimate, and if you’re into smaller or lesser-known bands, it’s the perfect place to spend a few bucks for a really good time.

MB: The Pima Air and Space Museum sounds like a nerd-fest, but their collection of planes and helicopters from all eras is absolutely unrivaled. Plus I got to see the fastest plane in existence, so that was pretty cool.

MB: The Starbucks on University Blvd. is really the only place

EF: Dorm room if possible; if not, one of the top floors of the Main Library (apparently they were delivering Starbucks there the other day, too!) BR: I like the Poetry Center, because it’s quiet and picturesque.

MB: Hotel Congress puts on some of the most fun concerts I’ve

EF: HUB Restaurant and Creamery, especially for its chicken and pasta in butter sauce. The B Line restaurant on Fourth Avenue is great too — big burritos and to-die-for dessert. BR: I think the Rialto Theatre is pretty great and attracts a lot of

EF: Vero Amore has excellent pizza and a darrn good pizookie. BR: I think the Poetry Center is fantastic, because it advocates for the arts in new and interesting ways.

interesting bands.

Most Tucson thing you have to do?

MB: You have to go to Lindy’s on Fourth, even if you’re not a burger person. The atmosphere is fun, the food is great and it’s just one of those things you have to do if you live in Tucson.

EF: Go to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. BR: You definitely have to eat at Eegee’s, particularly the ranch fries in addition to the drinks themselves.

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can create. Maybe you didn’t pick the UA because of its surroundings, but why leave Tucson just an anonymous town that you could have easily replaced with a different city? Take in some of the local color and figure out what makes this city interesting. And I promise, going to South Tucson won’t kill you, unless you’ve got a serious problem with overzealous Sonoran hot dog consumption.

Rookie mistake 5:

Buying all the listed books at the UofA Bookstore

You’ll find that, in most cases, some of the books that professors list as required on the UofA Bookstore are actually completely unnecessary. Go to your first day of class and get your syllabus before you buy anything. It also helps to talk to people who’ve taken the class before, not only because they might be willing to lend you their old books, but because they’ll let you know which you actually need. And for the love of God, don’t go straight to the bookstore; treat it as a last

Best extracurriculars/clubs to join?

MB: The UA’s rock climbing club, Cliffhangers, is non-exclusive, welcoming and a fantastic community to become a part of. We went out to Mt. Lemmon for a day and just did what we love to do: climb. EF: UA Student Alumni Ambassadors — lots of networking opportunities, free T-shirts and tons of fun. BR: I’m partial to Persona, the annual undergraduate magazine of literature and art. It gives students the opportunity to read each other’s writing and turn it into a published magazine.

resort. Besides bumming off of friends, check Bookmans Entertainment Exchange (at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Grant Road just a few miles north of campus) or sites like Chegg or even Facebook and Craigslist. It’s a little extra effort, but you’ll save a lot of money.

Rookie mistake 6:

Worrying about missing out

Don’t worry, not every moment of your college experience has to make you feel infinite. Sometimes, you’ll even be disappointed by college life. You’re not best

friends with your roommate. You eat and study alone. College living comes with a lot of downtime. Most of us would burn out pretty quickly without it. The truth is, lots of expectations about college have been given to you, lots of advice has been handed down (even by us), but in the end, it’s okay to ignore all of it. There is no “ideal” college experience, there’s only the one you’re going through. You just have to make sure it’s one you’re proud of. — Follow Katelyn Kennon @DailyWildcat

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Hidden gems around campus BY Cali Nash

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With its faded red brick, lush green grass and collection of palm trees that are off-set by purple mountains and a brilliant blue sky, our campus is a strikingly beautiful homage to the Arizona landscape. Over the next few years, as you become familiar with the UA’s layout, you’ll undoubtedly stumble upon some of its secret treasures and learn about its unique features. In the spirit of discovery, here are a couple hidden gems to get you started on your college adventure.

Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory This “landscape laboratory” is as diverse as the Sonoran Desert, representing all five of its habitats. This small but lush pond, with its continuously flowing pipe waterfall, amphibian presence and abundant water pad vegetation, evokes the atmosphere of a Zen garden. Here, nature coexists with industry, as the garden “lives off the waste” of the Architecture building. Its environmental friendliness is no coincidence: a few of the guiding principles in its construction include water sustainability, reconnection with nature and creation of an interpretive oasis. This peaceful pond is the perfect place to study or simply relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of flowing water.

right on campus at the Steward Observatory, which was the first observatory in Southern Arizona. You can sign up to stargaze inside the main building. Observation is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Two students operate the telescopes for the public, usually from 7:30-10:30 p.m. MondayThursday. Double check the schedule (it can vary) and the weather conditions to ensure you go at a non-crowded time on a clear night. Enjoy the view!

Koi and turtle pond Animal lovers can make a visit to the Koi Pond part of their daily routine on campus. Located conveniently between Park Avenue and the Arizona State Museum, this freshwater pool is filled with brightly colored koi fish and more than a dozen turtles. You can watch the turtles lap around the pool and do adorable turtle things, but don’t interrupt on the fun and try to pick them up.

Orange tree path by the Women’s Plaza of Honor The name can be a bit misleading because the orange trees don’t produce fruit the entire year. Still, tucked away between the Gila and Maricopa Residence Halls, this tree-lined walking path offers a quick escape into shade, a necessity in the summer months. When the trees are ripe with oranges, the quaint walkway is reminiscent of an orchard — or Tucson’s version of one, anyway.

The Raymond E. White Jr. Reflector telescope at Steward Bryant Bannister Tree Ring Observatory Take advantage of our nationally ranked Building lobby astronomy program (even if you’re not an astronomy major) by observing the night sky through one of our scientific telescopes set up

Though the building is very new (it was finished in the beginning of 2013) and located in a popular area of campus — right by the

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The Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory, located behind the Center for Creative Photography, is a landscape garden that was designed to serve as a model for the arid climate of the Southwest. Water sustainablity, reduction of the urban heat island effect, reduction of urban flooding, reconnection with nature and creation of an interpretive oasis are the five guiding principles of the design.

Highland Bowl near all of the dorms on Highland Avenue — many students don’t recognize its uniqueness. Dendrochronology, or the study and dating of annual rings in trees, was a branch of science created here at the UA. The laboratory is recognized worldwide as being on the cutting edge of research. Looking beyond its tree-house inspired exterior, its lobby functions as an exhibit that displays an extensive linear timeline of trees rings that are accompanied with historical markers to give perspective to the relative ages of the rings. The lobby’s centerpiece is a slice of a giant sequoia that comes with a written explanation about its dating. The sheer size of the trunk slice is

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Orientation gives a chance to explore BY CAMILLE CARLIN

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New Student Orientation is the time for parents and their future Wildcats to explore Tucson. However, it flies by before you know it, and it’s often difficult to cram all the sightseeing into one weekend. Here are some tips on how to optimize your short time in Tucson and help navigate your way through New Student Orientation. First and foremost, explore campus. The UA is deceivingly spread out, and it can be beneficial

for both incoming students and parents to get a full layout of the campus. The orientation will answer any and all questions one may have regarding classes, adjustment, dorms and the like, but walking around campus will help get a true feel of what it will be like to be a Wildcat. “Spend as much time exploring campus as possible,” said Chris Segrin, head of the department of communication. “There is a lot to see and a lot going on if you take a close look.” Segrin also suggested exploring areas around campus, like taking a drive out to “A” Mountain,

just west of campus. There is so much to explore in Tucson, and it’s not likely that you’ll fit it all into one orientation experience. But exploring areas around campus like Fourth Avenue and taking a little drive outside the city should certainly be on the to-do list. New Student Orientation lasts for a majority of the day and will tire you out with all of the exciting information and activities. The best way to re-energize and rejuvenate from the long day is to feast on some of the best food Tucson has to offer. From the newly developed downtown area surrounding Congress Street, to the hipster and eccentric Fourth Avenue, all the way out to the shopping center La Encantada in the Foothills the options are endless. Segrin suggested trying the modern eatery Pastiche, located off of Campbell Avenue, which offers American food with a touch of quirky art. Some other options are the newly opened Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails in downtown that

has everything from burgers to homemadestyle mac ’n’ cheese. For a more fine dining experience, head straight down Campbell Avenue out into the Foothills and dine at one of the few restaurants at La Encantada, like RA Sushi or Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. “Students and parents coming to the university for the first time have such an amazing opportunity to experience some of the rich culture that the Tucson community has to offer,” said Issac Ortega, president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona. Even though the time spent at New Student Orientation is short, there is just enough time to take in the best things about Tucson: the food, the scenery and, of course, the campus.

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Tucson offers many hiking opportunities entices people with cool water at the end of a difficult trek. According to Nault, the best time to hike to With Tucson temperatures climbing, the the pools would be after the monsoon season search for summer activities is in full swing and in September when the weather is cooler and there is no local destination that offers more the pools are full. This makes for safer cliff outdoor diversity than Catalina State Park. jumping and the most crisp, clean water, Nestled in the Santa Catalina Mountains Nault said. just north of Tucson, Catalina State Park is one “We do classify it as a fairly strenuous trail of Southern Arizona’s most because hikers will gain well-known areas for hiking over 1,000 feet in elevation,” This park is trails and spotting desert Nault said. one of Tucson’s wildlife. The rangers of Catalina most unique The most popular trail, State Park also caution (parks). Romero Canyon Trail, is a hikers to pack more —William Wynstra seven-mile hike that leads water than they believe is trail manager guests on a slightly strenuous necessary. venture to Romero Pools, one “We don’t want people of the rare natural water oases passing out on the trail found in the desert. because rescuing hikers in the middle of “There’s water year-round considering the the mountain range is very difficult,” said pools are spring-fed, so even in the summer trail manager William Wynstra. Even hikers you can cool off,” said Catalina park ranger with experience tend to underestimate the Courtney Nault. dehydration caused by the desert heat. Hiking has always been a favorite outdoor “Seasoned hikers can handle the elevation, activity of Tucson and most park rangers but the problem is that you’re cookin’ the find that the trails that lead to water are more hiking, 23 desirable hikes. The hike to Romero Pools BY Kianna Gardner The Daily Wildcat

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Many chances to find your way at UA BY CHELSEY WADE The Daily Wildcat

Being one out of more than 39,000 undergraduates at the UA promises to be a paradoxical journey of developing personal interests and exploring one’s place in the greater whole. Whether that particular whole means a classroom, hiking club, coffee shop, workplace or anything in between, the choice is yours. At times, incoming freshman and experienced juniors alike will wonder how to make these four defining years endure past impassioned professors and student loans. Two graduating seniors gave the Daily Wildcat advice about things to look forward to from their own time spent at UA.

Embracing Changes There are 287 degrees offered by the UA. In these four years, when life will inevitably throw out uncontrollable changes, it can be assuring to have say in the more subjective choices. With that being said, don’t be afraid to explore interests and know when to pursue classes that pique your interest. Jorge Marin, a senior studying art and Spanish literature, explored degree paths of

pre-nursing, architecture and 3-D art before deciding which best suited his interests. “Don’t let money be your number one motive in choosing a career,” Marin said. “You should go for something you’re good at and makes you happy, and play to your strengths. I’m really glad I pursued what is a passion for me. I’m really satisfied with my college experience, and I think it’s because I had to go through that process of searching and trying to find what worked for me.”

Picking Up New Hobbies The UA offers clubs ranging in areas of academia, politics, religion, social justice, greek life and sports. Trying something you’ve never done before can be scary but fulfilling. “Any spare time you have, don’t think of it as a loss, think of it as an opportunity you have to pick up a hobby,” said Jack Podczerwinski, a political science senior. “Develop your time, challenge yourself, see if you can do it. Go to the gym, go to different coffee shops besides Starbucks or try to learn a new language, because this is the only time you can do it without having consequences of failing.”


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whole way up,” Nault said. Hydration is crucial as well as considering the time of day one ventures out on their hike. “Leave early in the morning because the trails are all open desert and you won’t run into much shade along the way,” said Tucson local Alyssa Dormer. Early mornings or late afternoons are recommended for any of the trails, regardless of difficulty. There are eight trails, ranging from the easy one-mile Birding Trail loop to the Sutherland Trail, which features a 10.8 mile hike, one-way. The variety of trail lengths makes Catalina State Park attractive to people of all ages. The Birding Trail, along with the Canyon Loop Trail, a two-mile sandy circle, are two of the easier trails. Romero Canyon Trail is the only trail that carves a path to water, but the other trails offer park guests scenic views of the Oro Valley and the Coronado National Forest. “I enjoy the pools, but I would have done the hike regardless of the water,” said park guest Nicolas Martino. “The view was incredible.” After rounding the bend of the Sutherland Trail two miles into the hike, there is a stunning view of the stretch of the majestic Cargondera Canyon. Hikers can look down on the 700 feet of elevation they just trekked. Catalina State Park is also a main hub for mountain bikers and equestrian riding. “Some of our longer trails, like the 50-Year

Trail, is constantly populated with mountain bikers,” Nault said. “They enjoy all the hills.” The 50-Year Trail is one of the two trails at the park that allow for horseback riding and mountain biking. The path is lengthy and winds through the open desert. The other trails are closed to mountain bikers, equestrian riders and dogs for the sake of all the wildlife. “Lots of people travel to this particular park for bird watching,” Nault said. According to park guides, Catalina State Park is home to dozens of different birds every season. Some that can be spotted include the brown-spotted Cactus Wren, the Mourning Dove, small hummingbirds, the blue-breasted Gambel’s Quail and even the vibrant red Northern Cardinal. Different species can be seen as people journey into higher elevations. Depending on the time of day and the noise level of the hiking crew, much larger wildlife can be spotted. Animals such as bighorn sheep, bald eagles, bats, bobcats, Gila monsters, coati, javelinas, rattlesnakes and mule deer all call Catalina State Park home. The larger wildlife tend to gravitate towards the Romero Pools, making the park stand out for its wide range of animal sightings. “There is no such thing as too much variety,” Wynstra said. “This park is one of Tucson’s most unique.”

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ranges and growing downtown, has undeniable character. “Explore Tucson outside of the U of A community,” Marin said. “I know a lot of students that come to U of A are not Tucson or even Arizona natives, and I feel that they fall into this bubble of university life: They only know the U of A and its surrounding areas, but they don’t really see Tucson as a whole.”

Ever seen those flags hung from the ceiling sky mural of the UofA Bookstore? There’s an eclectic group of countries represented, because each year, the bookstore updates its flag display with every nation accounted for in the UA student body.

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CAMPUS TOURING Prospective students and their parents get a chance to see what the University of Arizona is all about All photos by Rebecca Marie Sasnett/The Daily Wildcat

Above: Randy Yazzie, recruitment and outreach coordinator, talks about the majors offered at the UA to families and students in the UofA Bookstore on Friday. The UA has added a new search program called Degree Search to help incoming freshmen find a major. Left: Hanna Keogh, a marketing senior, talks to families and prospective students about the UA Mall during a campus tour on Friday. Many events take place on the UA Mall, such as internship booths, Spring Fling and concerts.


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Above: Hanna Keogh, a marketing senior, sings the UA’s fight song “Bear Down, Arizona” to families and prospective students in front of Bear Down Gymnasium during a campus tour on Friday. The saying “Bear Down” came from UA quarterback John “Button” Salmon when he was unable to attend a game due to injuries from a car accident and told his teammates to “bear down.”

Left: Hanna Keogh, a marketing senior, talks to families and prospective students about the UA’s Blue Light Emergency Phones during a campus tour on Friday. The Blue Light Emergency Phones allow students to call the University of Arizona Police Department in case of an emergency.

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ABOVE: HANNA KEOGH, a marketing senior, along with families and prospective students, walk into the UA’s Student Recreation Center during a campus tour on Friday. The Rec Center offers students a facility where they can play sports and work out between classes. RIGHT: HANNA KEOGH, a marketing senior, talks to families and prospective students about the UA’s Main Library and what it has to offer to students during a campus tour on Friday. In addition to books, the library offers students access to computers, references and printing services.

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On Feb. 1, Brandon Ashley suffered a heart-breaking foot injury against California that ended his stellar sophomore campaign. A fixture in Arizona’s starting five last season, Ashley averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, leaving many to wonder what could have happened in March if he had been healthy.

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In 1926, UA quarterback, catcher and student body president John “Button” Salmon suffered a fatal car accident and said to former Arizona head football coach J.F. “Pop” McKale: “Tell them … tell the team to bear down” before his death. “Bear Down” has developed into more than just a mere battle cry. Many UA students and alumni own something with the slogan on it.


2014 marked Mike Candrea’s 29th season as Arizona head softball coach. Candrea has led the team to a 41-13 record thus far. The team was undefeated at home this season until No. 1 Oregon won two out of three against the No. 11 Wildcats at Hillenbrand Stadium to end the regular season. Arizona hosted a first round Regional in the NCAA Tournament.

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In Arizona, everyone chooses a side. Either you’re a Wildcat or a Sun Devil and you don’t associate with the enemy. The rivalry between the UA and ASU is one of the biggest rivalries in the Pac-12. Every year, the two schools battle for the Territorial Cup.




Coming off the 2014 Pac-12 Vault Co-Champion title, junior gymnast Shelby Edwards is one of the Gymcat leaders and will be looking to reclaim her title. She was also named second team all-conference for beam. Edwards and the Gymcats will be looking to return to the postseason regionals for the 29th consecutive year.

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Zach Gibbons, a sophomore outfielder, played in 52 of 55 games as a freshman, and through the beginning of May, started every game this year. In 2014, Gibbons was among the best in the Pac-12 Conference in batting average and total hits.

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Arizona women’s soccer sophomore Jaden DeGracie is known for her signature flip throw-in, a rare talent that she learned from her gymnastics experience. Just like a normal soccer throw-in, she runs up to the line, but then dips her head down and flips, throwing the ball farther and shocking opponents.

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In 2013-14, Arizona hockey became the first team in school history to beat two No. 1 ranked opponents: Minot State and ASU. The Wildcats also ended their 37-game losing streak against ASU and went to the national tournament for the first time since 2006. The UA also won 17 games, the most since 2007-2008.



The UA has an abundance of international student-athletes. The campus’ unique coaches and comfortable environment has attracted athletes from countries all around the world, like men’s basketball player Dusan Ristic, who is from Serbia, and women’s tennis player Laura Oldham, who is from England.

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Junior indoor and sand volleyball player Madi Kingdon finished the indoor season after being named to the All-Pac-12 team and earned AVCA AllRegion honors. She led the Pac12 in points. Her 508 kills were the sixth-most in Arizona history for a single season. Additionally, she helped lead Arizona in its inaugural sand volleyball season. The Wildcats won their first five sand volleyball matches.


Stanley Johnson will make an immediate impact on Arizona’s men’s basketball team when he arrives next year. Arguably the best player in the competitive Southern California region, Johnson, a five-star recruit, was ranked as the best forward in the state and pegged as the No. 7 overall in the class of 2014.

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One of the most unrecognized Wildcat stars, Lawi Lalang has won seven national championships in both on-the-track and cross country going into the summer of 2014. He is also a NCAA All-American for both track and cross country. To add to his accolades, Lalang is also an Academic All-American.


Arizona men’s basketball head coach Sean Miller has quickly restored the luster to the program after the UA’s leadership crisis when the Wildcats had to use interim head coaches for two seasons in a row. Miller led the Wildcats to two Elite Eights and a Sweet Sixteen and with another top-10 recruiting class, they are ranked in the preseason top-five for 2014-15.

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Legendary men’s basketball coach Lute Olson won 587 games at Arizona and brought the school its only NCAA Division I men’s basketball championship in 1997. From the many NBA players he produced to the program records he established to the prestige he continues to bring to the program, one thing is clear: Lute Olson is Arizona basketball.

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Arizona football head coach Rich Rodriguez has often said he likes to collect quarterbacks. Six signal callers will compete for the starting job vacated by B.J. Denker’s graduation. The Wildcats lost their first, second and third string 2013 QBs. The 2014 quarterback corps includes transfers from LSU, USC and Texas.



Mike Bibby, Damon Stoudamire, Miles Simon, Gilbert Arenas, Steve Kerr and Jason Terry. These names are synonymous with on the court success at Arizona. Not to mention they are just a handful of the guards that got their start at Arizona and helped dub it “Point Guard U.”


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Despite the departure of head coach Eric Hansen early in the season, the UA swimming and diving team regrouped under the leadership of Rick “Rocket” DeMont. The team collected four individual national titles at the NCAA Championships, including two by breaststroke specialist, Kevin Cordes.



Arizona football head coach Rich Rodriguez may not have been a “Michigan Man,” but he has been welcomed in Tucson. The Michigan football program got better every year he was there and has gotten worse every year since he was fired. He’s won two bowl games in two seasons at the UA, while the Wolverines have won one in three seasons post-Rich Rod.


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Known simply as “Zeus,” the 7-foot sophomore was a big part of the men’s basketball team’s tournament run in 2014. In his sophomore season, Kaleb Tarczewski averaged 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds while leading the Pac-12 Conference with a .581 fieldgoal percentage in league games. Zeus will be joined underneath the basket by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley next season.

Students who attended the Arizona men’s home basketball games this season never left with a bitter taste in their mouths, as the Wildcats remained undefeated in McKale Center. The Wildcats could go undefeated again at home in 2014-15, as they are projected to be a top-five team for next season.

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Arizona’s athletic teams are called the Wildcats, and fans often call them the “Cats.” The nickname came in 1914 after a football game where the Los Angeles Times wrote, “The Arizona men showed the fight of wildcats.” The UA has male (Wilbur) and female (Wilma) mascots who were married in 1986.


The Arizona sand volleyball team finished its inaugural season 8-12 after starting the year 5-0 in 2014. Next year should deliver even better results, as the team featured no seniors in 2014. The indoor team went 21-13, including a win over No. 1 USC, and made it to the NCAA Tournament in 2013.

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An X factor for the upcoming 2014-15 Arizona basketball season could be sophomore Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. During his debut season, Hollis-Jefferson played as a reserve and occasional starter. However, as the season continued, the freshman proved to be more pivotal than initially foreseen by averaging 9.1 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game and over a block per game. He is now expected to start after passing on the NBA.

Point guard Gabe York was an important role player for the Arizona men’s basketball team this year, especially after Brandon Ashley’s seasonending injury. He could play a major part in the team’s success for 2014-15 with several of the 2013-14 team’s high-profile players declaring for the NBA draft.

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Recently named the top student section in the Pac-12 Conference by ESPN, the ZonaZoo is one of the wildest places to be on game day for any Wildcat fan. Nicknamed the “Sea of Red,” the ZonaZoo has grown to almost 12,000 members since being implemented in 2003. The ZonaZoo offers two different kinds of memberships: the Blue for $110 and the Red for $150. The Blue Membership comes with admission to more than 11 sports, including football, baseball, softball and volleyball. The Red Membership receives admission to all sports, including men’s basketball and priority purchase for postseason tickets. Also, you can join the Student Wildcats Club to get advance reservation tickets for basketball games and exclusive seating. Here are some tips to a successful time in the Zoo.

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245 E. Congress, Suite*(cash 101 | NW of Congress & 5th$5, Ave.intro2yoga= $7) onlycorner please, yogahour= *(cash only please, yogahour= $5, intro2yoga= $7)

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4:15 5:30- 5:15 - 6:30 yogahour yogahour 5:30 - 6:30 7:00 - 8:00 yogahour intro 2 yoga

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• Individual Leases

• Garage Parking Available

• Computer Lab

• Modern Fitness Center

• Controlled Access

• Outdoor Grilling Areas

• Free Tanning

• Study Room

• Game Room

• Swimming Pool w/ Cabanas

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The Daily Wildcat - UA Orientation Guide 2014  

This annual guide is produced with incoming UA freshmen and parents in mind!

The Daily Wildcat - UA Orientation Guide 2014  

This annual guide is produced with incoming UA freshmen and parents in mind!