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FIJI fraternity house being converted into residence hall

The FIJI fraternity house located on First Street previously occupied by the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity is being converted into a residence hall that will be known as Rawls/Eller Lodge, and will house 64 UA students beginning the upcoming fall semester.

Jennifer Hiatt, executive director of UA Residence Life, said that Residence Life has been in talks with FIJI for the past few weeks about converting the house into residence hall after the fraternity was placed under interim suspension. Hiatt said the on-going investigation is related to the fraternity’s choice to leave campus.

Though there was no available on-campus housing, Residence Life did reach out to the members of FIJI and offered them help finding a place to live, Hiatt said. The members of FIJI who were living in the house have had no trouble quickly finding off-campus housing, she said.

Residence Life has sent out an email to all students waiting on on-campus housing, informing them of the new space, Hiatt said. All students have an equal opportunity to apply to live in the space, she said.

UA officials placed FIJI under interim suspension following allegations from the University of Arizona Police Department’s investigation into the death of Michael Anderson, 19, fell to his death in April while intoxicated.

Following his death, UAPD investigated the fraternity to see if Anderson was in attendance of an unregistered party at the house the night before his death. During this investigation, UAPD found evidence of alcohol being served to minors, drug use in the house and attempts to interfere with the police investigation. The Dean of Students Office determined that FIJI posed a “substantial risk to the university community.”

Kendal Washington White, associate vice president of student affairs and dean of students, previously said she expects DOS to make a decision on the status of FIJI’s recognition before the beginning of the fall semester.

Check back for more updates.

Hallie Wilson named to preseason POY watch list

Junior softball first baseman/outfielder Hallie Wilson was named to the preseason USA Softball Player of the Year watch list.

Wilson is one of 50 softball players on the list and one of 11
Pac-12 players.

In her first two season’s as a Wildcat, Wilson has led the team each year in batting average. She has a compiled a career average of .359.

The list will be narrowed to 25 on April 9.

Arizona softball opens the season at home on Feb. 7 against Southern Mississippi, for a three game series.

College GameDay will be at Arizona vs. Colorado game

Arizona men’s basketball’s trip to Colorado was selected by ESPN for College GameDay Covered by State Farm.

The No. 1 Wildcats will face the Buffaloes on Saturday Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.(MST) on ESPN. GameDay begins at 8 a.m. on ESPNU, then continues at 9 a.m. on ESPN with a pregame show at 6 p.m.
It is GameDay’s first trip to Boulder, Colo. It will not visit Arizona.

Arizona will live stream National Signing Day

Arizona football announced Tuesday that they will host a live recruiting show on National Signing Day, Wednesday, Feb. 5.

The show will be streamed on the Wildcats’ athletic website from 7-11 a.m. MST. Arizona plans to feature each signee and have live interviews.

Along with the live broadcast, the team will be announcing the signees on social media accounts. There also will be a National Signing Day page on the athletic website where viewers can keep track and learn more about each signee.

Later that day at 2 p.m. head coach Rich Rodriguez will have a National Signing Day press conference.

As of Tuesday, the Wildcats had 21 verbal commits and 8 recruits who have already signed with Arizona. Tucson’s Salpointe high school own Cameron Denson is one of the highest rated and most anticipated recruits for the Wildcats.

Arizona high jumper receives national award

Arizona high jumper Nick Ross was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Men’s National Athlete of the Week.

The senior broke his own school record on Jan. 24, clearing 7-7 (2.31m) and earning a first-place finish at the New Mexico Cherry & Silver Invitational.

Ross’ previous best was 7-6.5 (2.30m), which he set on Jan. 17 in Flagstaff, Ariz.

His new mark is No. 1 in the country and is tied for No. 5 in the world for this year.

The Wildcats men’s track and field team is currently ranked No. 17 in the NCAA. Its next meet is Friday at the University of Washington Invitational in Seattle.

What’s going on in film and television: November 11-15

- Comedy Central has cancelled “The Jeselnik Offensive” after two seasons. The late-night show, which was co-created and hosted by acerbic stand-up comedian Anthony Jeselnik, focused on Jeselnik’s twisted takes on different timely topics. For a cable audience, this was some seriously dark humor.

- Fans rejoice, “Downtown Abbey” has been renewed for a fifth season, which doesn’t come as a surprise, since the finale for Season 4 hit a ratings high by drawing 9.8 million viewers.

- “Thor: The Dark World” made $85.7 million this weekend, blowing the competition away and assertively assuming the number one spot at the box office. That is a more than 30% improvement on the first “Thor” film’s $65.7 million. Unless by some divine act of the cinema gods, “The Dark World” will remain number one for its second weekend, November 15-17. It will run into a buzz saw on November 22, though, when “Catching Fire” drops.

- This is the weekend to get caught up on whatever movies you haven’t seen in theaters. Only one new film, “The Best Man Holiday,” is being released at Century 20 at El Con. The Loft will begin to show “Blue is the Warmest Color,” a French film that took home the top honor, the Palme d’Or, at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. However, the mature and graphic content of the film will not be for everyone. If you haven’t checked out “Captain Phillips” or “Gravity” yet, this is the perfect weekend to do so!

Loft hosts film fest

“Willow Creek”

Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, who takes a departure from his usual style of dark comedy, “Willow Creek” follows Jim and his girlfriend Kelly as they hunt for Bigfoot. Jim truly believes in the existence of the beast known as Sasquatch, while Kelly is much more of a skeptic. They descend into the deep woods of California, where they encounter much more than they had expected. This film looks like a spiritual, and stylistic, successor to The Blair Witch Project.
Friday, November 8, 7:15 PM

“The Congress”

An aging Hollywood actress, facing a decline in her career in the age-obsessed film industry, agrees to have her image digitized. A virtual performer will control her, and the actress can never act again. In the virtual world, the digital avatar for the actress takes on a life all her own. The film is a mixture of live-action and psychedelic animation with an interestingly intriguing plot. Big names co-star, like Paul Giamatti, Harvey Keitel, and Jon Hamm.
Saturday, November 9, 4 PM

“Winter in the Blood”

This film is presented by Arizona State Museum as part of their Native Eyes Film Showcase, and is co-sponsored by the UA School of Theatre, Film and TV. The film follows a young Blackfoot Indian, Virgil First Raise, who wakes up in a ditch. In his hungover-induced state he sees his long-dead father frozen at his feet. This is just the beginning of the increasingly bizarre journey to find his wife, whom he discovers has left the house, taking his rifle with her. Writer/ Director Alex Smith and lead actor Chaske Spencer (The Twilight Saga) will be present at screening.
Saturday, November 9, 7 PM

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” with Visual Effects Artist Pete Kozachik

No, this is not a new movie (in fact, if you can wrap your head around this, this is the 20th anniversary of the movie!), but this is a personal favorite of mine. If you haven’t witnessed the musical tale of Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie, Sandy Claws Lock, Shock, and Barrel, and the rest of the cast of Halloweentown, the fall is the best time to watch! The reason I include the film on this list is that visual effects artist Pete Kozachik, who received an Academy Award nomination for being on the film’s visual effects team, will be present.
Sunday, November 10, 2:00 PM

Cheesy goodness

I never thought I would fall in love with Mac & Cheese the way I did this weekend.

On Saturday, I went to The Hub, and I finally tried the Mac & Cheese that everyone rants and raves about.

This isn’t your typical college meal – this isn’t a cold bowl of Kraft topped with a chopped up hot-dog, if you’re feeling extra gourmet.

When I usually go to The Hub, I stroll in after a concert at The Rialto and order ice cream, another staple of the dim-lit restaurant.

When I walked in this time, however, I was a woman with a mission and I knew I wouldn’t walk out of the restaurant without satisfying my ever-growing cravings for their delectable Mac & Cheese.

It was the most delightful and delicious meal I have ever consumed, and I was very sad when it was over.

The Hub sells three different types of Mac & Cheese, including classic, bacon, and lobster flavored. The prices range from $7 to $16.

I’m writing this blog to do you a favor- if you haven’t tried this creamy bowl of cheesy noodles, cooked to perfection, you need to. This meal deserves a place on your bucket list, among other things like “sky-diving” and “riding a bull.”

Replace a guilty conscious with a full stomach

Typically my Monday afternoon commute to class is a vapid one. I don’t hear or see much bustle during this commute considering it’s the late afternoon. But this past week, I couldn’t help but overhear the conversations of two females, presumably freshmen, walking towards the Student Union.

Coming in at no more than five-foot and 115 pounds, this thinly framed freshman was recapping to her friend what she had eaten that day. “I’ve only had like, a granola bar and yogurt all day.”

Mind you, this was 5 o’ clock in the evening.

“Yogurt totally fills me up,” she continued. “It’s like, 250 calories. That’s basically a whole meal. If I want to maintain the weight I’m at now I need to watch what I eat.”

Being a fashion writer for the Daily Wildcat, I’ve heard countlessly the adage of “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” We live in a world were skinny is preferred over pudgy. But being a food writer as well, I can’t support this.

Sure, the Freshmen Fifteen can actually become reality to some, but don’t try to avoid it by counting calories and skipping meals [read: practicing in borderline anorexia].

If anything, you should be bypassing low carb or low sugar in place of a Highland burrito or a specialty burger from Lindys on 4th. Because the fact of the matter is, you’re in college. And let it be known that you will never have a metabolism like you do now, and you sure as hell won’t be able to eat like you do now either.

As a food writer, I’ve sunk my teeth into full size, carne asada burritos and barbecue sandwiches with extra onions, mustard and chipotle sauce all for the sake of the story. I don’t count calories when I do this, nor do I give a shit as to whether the silhouette of my body frame might be a little more filled out the next time I see my parents.

The best advice I could give any freshmen would be to stuff your face now and worry about calories later. College is about shedding your skin in place of new experiences, but if you’re stuck in a bubble of only yogurt and granola, you’ll never live up college to the fullest.

Films to watch out for in November

As October draws to a close, November draws near and brings with it a good amount of movies to watch out for.

“Thor: The Dark World” (November 8)
Minus the first “Iron Man,” the first “Thor” movie was my favorite of the Marvel movies. The colorful world of Asgard dazzled with visual spectacle.

This time around, a new group of foes, the Dark Elves, are led by Malekith (Christopher Eccleston, the ninth Doctor of Dr. Who) who seeks the Aether to become all-powerful. Adding an intriguing dynamic to the movie, Thor must team up with his brother and Avengers villain Loki, played by tumblr-favorite Tom Hiddleston.

“Nebraska” (November 15)
Sure to create buzz during awards season is “Nebraska”, directed by Alexander Payne (“Sideways,” “The Descendants”). Shot in black-and-white, the film is the tale of old man Woody Grant and his son, David, as they travel across country to claim prize money that Woody is convinced he’s won.

The trailer for the movie registered a tad underwhelming with me, but with the talented Payne at the helm coupled with the fact that Bruce Dern, who plays Woody, received Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, this is not to get lost in the buzz of the upcoming awards season.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (November 22)
Although no one on this planet needs to be reminded that there is a new “Hunger Games” movie coming out soon, this series of films can at least pretend to warrant the hype, unlike “Twilight” series.

Despite some minor problems with the original, like a shaky cam that was too spastic, the film was solid, anchored by Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of Katniss Everdeen. Adding to the already talented cast is Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who joins for the sequel.