“Most of our predominantly white organizations had exclusionary clauses, so you had to be white in order to join, and that wasn’t really lifted until the late 70s, early 80s,” said Marcos Guzman, senior coordinator for UA Fraternity & Sorority Programs. “Students of color couldn’t join, so a lot of culturally- and multiculturally-based organizations started to pop up to meet the needs of students of color who wanted to join fraternal organizations.”
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At 4:30 a.m. on a morning last August, Brian Seastone received a life-changing phone call. The voice on the other end of the line informed the University of Arizona chief of police that Woman-Ochre, a painting stolen from the UA Museum of Art over 30 years ago, had been recovered at a location just three hours away.
The University of Arizona Bookstore has spent months preparing for the fall semester, and it is finally here. The Bookstore is an ever-active system of moving parts. To put on any event means weeks to months of effective collaboration and preparation, and there is a lot of ground to cover, according to the marketing team. “Everything has to be prepped for student orientation,” said Hannah Rapp, a third year student studying marketing and entrepreneurship at the UA and student lead at the Bookstore. “We want to make sure all of the merchandise and our pop-up shops are ready for back-to-school."
If there’s anything college kids love more than no homework, it’s a discount. Every student at the University of Arizona gets a CatCard. It’s your university ID, your ticket to residence halls and recreation facilities all over campus, and it can make charges to your bursar account. The CatCard can get you into many on-campus recreation facilities for free or a discounted price, but there are other places around town and on the internet where your student ID can get you discounts.
Between classes, homework, extracurricular and jobs, college life is hectic. Everyone needs a little rest and relaxation once in a while, lest they go insane. Not everybody can make the trek halfway across town every weekend, but, luckily for students at the University of Arizona, there is plenty of fun stuff to do near campus. This is your personal guide to the world around campus.
The University of Arizona Police Department is in the middle of developing an organized self-defense class to teach students to protect themselves from violent encounters like sexual assault. Until that class is available, there are alternatives to be found on and around campus. The first six weeks of the fall semester tend to have a higher rate of sexual assault on campus, making this an especially vulnerable time for college freshmen, according to UAPD Chief of Police Brian Seastone. This period is called the “Red Zone.” “It is something real on this campus, and it is something we try to mitigate as much as possible,” Seastone said.
The monsoon rains are rolling in with all their tempestuous glory, and the desert is sure to bloom lush and green in the coming weeks, inviting life from the deepest trenches of the Sonoran Desert to celebrate. Tucsonans know this season well. The monsoons bring about a dynamic time of year that illustrates the duality of nature and life’s relationship with it.
Before science could explain the natural phenomenon, the summer solstice was commemorated all across the globe. Even now, many Tucsonans and cultures around the world mark the day in honor of the sun and the life it has made possible. The summer solstice, which occurs roughly around June 21, is the longest day of the year—more than six hours longer than the winter solstice in December.
Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia was an everyman’s Jack of all trades—an impressionist painter and sculptor, a composer, an architect, a director and a lithographer, among other titles. His work was all created in and inspired by the world of the Sonoran desert and the melting-pot culture it provided. The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun has 15,000 original DeGrazia pieces in the vault but there are more than twice scattered around the world, according to the DeGrazia website.
According to program director Jeff Yanc, the Loft Cinema strives to offer Tucsonans something conventional theatres and laptop screens can’t offer—a film experience. The Loft is always competing with television and online streaming, but tries to create an experience that will attract the public to the theatre. “Films lose a lot when you watch them on laptops and phones,” Yanc said. "What we’re trying to do is do film justice, the way it’s supposed to be seen.” Yanc has been hosting the all-nite Scream-O-Rama for ten years, since he began working at the Loft Cinema.
By day, Miranda Schubert is an almost 34-year-old academic advisor in the physiology department at the University of Arizona. But by night, she is a roller derby superstar known as Pariah Carey, a substitute DJ for KXCI and the iconic host of the feminist variety/talk show, Ladytowne. Downtown Tucson is home to rich art, music and comic scenes. The only thing it seemed to lack, according to Schubert, was more women.