SAACA celebrates Mexican food, fun and flavor

The Southern Arizona Arts and Culture Alliance (SAACA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, preservation and advancement of the arts, hosts several events throughout the year that highlight Tucson culture, from music to food. It held the third annual Tucson 23 Miles of Mexican Food festival at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa on June 16 which featured food, live music, art and drinks. This event celebrates the best 23 miles of Mexican food, which is one of Visit Tucson’s main campaigns for the tourism industry according to Shelby Scheer, the operations manager of SAACA. Visit Tucson partnered with SAACA to help represent Mexican culture in an interdisciplinary format. Read more

TV comedy writing lab at UA

While in college pursuing higher learning, students are given opportunities to prepare for the professional world. In class, they discover how to program computers, direct movies and interpret an Impressionist painting, yet the University of Arizona provides further resources for students to network and gain the skills they need to pursue their career goals.  The Hanson Film Institute provided one such resource with a golden opportunity for some film and creative writing students in the form of a TV comedy writing lab. Read more

Food truck brings 'super fruit' to UA campus

A big, bright-purple, solar-powered truck stands alone on a plain slab of concrete on the corner of North Park Avenue and East South Campus Drive. A line of college students waits at the window, each leaving with a colorful bowl of fruits and granola. This is the Purple Tree Organic Açai Blends food truck. Co-owner of the truck André Newman, known campus-wide as the “Açai Man,” is just as popular as the product he sells. His warm personality makes students at the University of Arizona feel welcome. Read more

CESL celebrates 50 years of 'international culture'

The University of Arizona’s Center for English as Second Language (CESL) is celebrating 50 years on campus. In 1968, the center was formed when then-president of the university, Richard Harvill, asked Frank Pialorsi, a teacher and graduate student at the time, to run a summer program to teach English for international students.  Read more

UA department of East Asian Studies expands with new Korean minor

The University of Arizona’s Department of East Asian Studies offers a variety of focuses for their majors and minors, including Chinese and Japanese language or culture, and is now expanding to include a minor in Korean. Korean classes have been available at the UA, but the department has not offered any higher-level courses until now, giving Korea the attention in East Asian Studies it needed, according to Albert Welter, head of the Department of East Asian Studies. Read more

Not Your Regular Tuesday Night

Borrowing bayou staples of tradition and the ‘fun of Mardi Gras’, Hotel Congress continues with their tradition of bringing a little piece of Louisiana to the desert.   On Fat Tuesday, Hotel Congress, 311 East Congress Street, brought a Mardi Gras party to downtown Tucson. Bringing culture from the bayou and giving locals and travelers an excuse to dress up and have a good time. Read more

Dancing off the field

Tamara Statman, a political science junior and designated hitter for the UA softball team, has been playing softball her entire life and her passion shows in her performance. Over the past two seasons, Statman has batted in 46 runs, hit 6 home runs and in the 2016 season secured a .289 batting average.  Read more

UA's Rodeo Team rides into its 79th year

 The first Celebration of the Cowboys, held in 1925, was three days of events and competitions. Today, the event has grown to a nine-day celebration centered on the Tucson Rodeo, one of the top 25 professional rodeos in North America according to  Read more

Two 'Hip' Eateries in Tucson

Time Market, a ‘hip’ grocery store that serves a wide variety of food ranging from wood fired pizza, fresh sandwiches, espresso, beer and wine, is a hotspot for students and local community members according to TucsonWeekly. “With a friendly staff and reasonable prices, Time Market is a longtime Tucson favorite,” TucsonWeekly said. Read more

United Sorority and Fraternity Council's presence on campus

The United Sorority and Fraternity Council is a form of Greek life on campus that is based on identity and culture.  USFC, like other Greek councils on campus, caters to students who want to join an organization with others who share their ideals and values. The USFC on campus has six fraternities and eleven sororities, the cultures and identities ranging from African American to LGBTQ.  Read more

Loft panel examines mental illness on screen and in life

The Loft Cinema and the University of Arizona’s Care, Health and Society Program co-presented the timeless classic "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" (1975) Feb. 7. Following the film, Dr. Francisco Moreno, associate vice president of Diversity and Inclusion, and Dr. H. Clarke Romans, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Arizona, held a panel discussion on mental illness. Read more

One of many smaller scale Gem shows held at Westward Look Resort

The Gem and Mineral Show is renowned and attracts collectors and admirers from all over the world. Lasting from the end of the January to the middle of February, the city sparkles with rare gems and minerals from across the globe.  One of these shows was hosted by Westward Look Resort and was the show’s 17 annual event.  Read more