At "The Scoop" in the Student Union Memorial Center student workers serve their peers coffee, ice cream and pastries. The students take on multiple tasks and share the weight of taking orders, making coffee, scooping ice cream, making the waffle cones and preparing other food for the customers.
Al Jisr - The Bridge - is a collaboration among students and faculty from four public universities in Yemen and faculty and students at The University of Arizona. Students from Aden University, Hadramout University, the UA, Taiz University and University of Saba Region are participating in this nine-month cultural exchange project that includes talking about media practices in Yemen and the U.S.
Photos without credits are from students in Yemen who are part of this project. Their work is under the Al Jisr collective name for their security and safety.
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block 36th Annual Fall Artisans Market: Portraying local artists and artisans
Outside the Tucson Museum of Art, the 36th Annual Fall Artisans Market took place on Nov. 19 - 21. The 36th Annual Fall Artisans Market was a space where local artists and artisans got together to showcase their creations.
In the Historic streets of El Presidio Neighborhood, people gathered to walk, look and even buy the different kinds of art displayed at the artisans' market as well as gift items in an outdoor street fair setting, free of charge.
Charles Thomas, an Arizona oil painter for vocation, started painting in his late twenties. However, he has been drawing since he was a kid. Thomas mentioned painting was something that had always captivated him. Thomas’ major inspiration to paint came from the beauty that surrounded him. “Landscapes are a recreational form of painting but I’m not beholden to them,” Thomas said.
For 30 years, Thomas has painted thousands of paintings. “I lost track a long time ago” for him it is more about the experience than anything else. For Thomas, painting is a rewarding and fulfilling job that he has had the pleasure of doing because he gets to do what he likes to do. “That’s something as you get older you see not everybody has the luxury of doing,” said Thomas. “So, if you’re blessed to the point where you can do what you like to do then that is immensely rewarding.”
A couple of booths away from Thomas’ there was the Desert Sky Gourds, owned by Annette and Larry Madzelan. Gourds are the art medium used by Annette and Larry. According to Annette, getting the gourds ready is a long process. First, the gourds come dirty. Larry is in charge of cleaning, scrubbing and carving the gourds. He then hands them to Annette who is in charge of painting the gourds.
Annette started painting when she was in high school, but it wasn't until they moved to Tucson 25 years ago that she started painting gourds as a hobby while taking care of her children. Now, the children are gone and Larry is retired. “It keeps us busy,” Annette said. They both collaborate in the creation of gourds. Designing gourds has given Annette and Larry something to do. They have their studio at home.
On the other side of the outdoor fair, there was The Vintage Jewel owned by Lori Kirsch, who made button jewelry out of vintage bottoms. Kirsch was in the retail housewares business in Anchorage, Alaska for 23 years until she decided she wanted to do something else. She then started taking jewelry classes. In the beginning, she was only using beads and stones to create jewelry. Then she started collecting bottoms and wondered what the bottoms would look like as jewelry. She knew she was into something when she sold her first bottom creations right away.
Kirsch believes that most artists get inspiration from anything. Kirsch is influenced by vibrant colors. She mentioned that her art is a reflection of her personality. “My jewelry reflects the way I dress,” Kirsch said. For over 10 years, Kirsch has been coming to the Fall Artisans Market to display her jewelry to the Tucson community which she said is very fond of colors.
This event launched Downtown Tucson into the holiday season. It won't be until next year when the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block will bring its Annual Fall Artisans Market back.
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There are hundreds of different species of bugs that live in Tucson and many of these little invertebrates find their way onto the University of Arizona campus. While this may be offputting to some, these creatures add another layer to our campus's biological beauty. Due to the increased rainfall this year, more bugs than usual came out and Daily Wildcat Photographer Eli Rahamim set out to capture a snapshot of this insect diversity on campus.
From Nov. 7 to Nov. 21, the University of Arizona's Acting and Musical Theater students performed "Three Sisters" at the Tornabene Theatre. UA Theatre students performed a modern adaptation of the script originally written by Anton Chekhov.
The Arizona women's basketball team defeated Texas Southern University, 93-38, on Nov. 15, in McKale Center. The Wildcats remain undefeated with this victory.
On Nov. 15, the Wildcats women's basketball played Texas Southern University on Monday, Nov. 15 at McKale Center. By the end of the game, the UA team defeated TSU 93-38.
Arizona men's basketball team took on the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Nov.12, in McKale Center. The Wildcats won the game against UTRGV 104 to 50.
On Saturday, Nov. 13, the Arizona football team played the University of Utah team at Arizona Stadium. Arizona lost to Utah 29-38.
On Oct. 9, the the Arizona men's basketball team played NAU in McKale Center. The Wildcats defeated the Lumberjacks with a final score of 81-52.
The Dia de los Muertos "All Souls Procession" was held Sunday, Nov. 7, in downtown Tucson honoring the community and those who passed. The event had hundreds gather downtown to celebrate and take part in the festivities. This is the first year back after having to take a hold for the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Oct. 8, the "were-:Nenetech Forms" exhibition Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art opened to the public. The exhibition was created with help from students at the University of Arizona's College of Fine Art.
In an exploration of the themes and materials that bind and inform the desert southwest, lead artists Rafa Esparza and Timo Fahler have endeavored to bring about a creative commentary — in conjunction with student artists from the UA — culminating in the current "were-:Nenetech Forms" exhibition at the MOCA.
Esparza and Fahler acted as artist and instructor, leading a cohort of fine art students in the formation and execution of this exhibit. Traditional craft skills — such as the formation of adobe bricks utilized in the construction of a “solar oven” — are taught to students during live workshop opportunities in addition to exploration of themes that take place in the traditional classroom setting.
The exhibition utilizes space at the MOCA as well as the UA school of art Joseph Gross Gallery. The joint venture between the two is in some way indicative of the project as a whole — representing the interdependent nature of life, and the ability to thrive in the typically unforgiving Sonoran Desert.
Currently the exhibition at MOCA Tucson is open to the public until Feb. 27, 2022, while the extension at the Joseph Gross Gallery is set to be unveiled later in December.
The annual Divas in the Desert drag show was held Nov. 3 inside the Social Sciences building. The fundraising event for the Delta Lambda Phi fraternity featured both experienced and inexperienced drag artists within the UA community in an evening of performances.
The University of Arizona's Think Tank provides a free service to students where they can have one-on-one sessions with certified tutors. The writing tutors, who are student workers, offer content-based tutoring as well as help with grammar and structure. These tutors work with students who make appointments and students who are in the graduate writing lab and are beginning to sit in on classes to provide specific tutoring.
On Oct. 20, the Think Tank Writing Center held a "Global Write Nite" where tutors helped students, especially international ones, with their writing needs. Daily Wildcat photographer Sam Potter attended the event and got a close-up look at the experience of working as a Think Tank writing tutor.
On the afternoon of Oct. 17, the University of Arizona's volleyball team played a home game against USC. The Wildcats lost the game 3-1, marking the second loss of the weekend for the team.
The annual Tucson Meet Yourself folklife festival was back this year with a bang after a nontraditional virtual & socially distanced festival last year due to Covid-19. The festival took place around the Pima County Public Library on Oct. 8-10 and was a celebration of the vibrant multi-culturalism within the Tucson community. Here, cultures were celebrated through live performances, art, food and artisan shops.
The University of Arizona's football team played the University of California Los Angeles on Oct. 9 in a home game at Arizona Stadium. Though the UA crowds were full of enthusiasm at the Parents Weekend game, the Wildcats lost to UCLA with a final score of 16-34.
The Wildcat's Woman's Volleyball team played Washington at McKale Center on Oct. 8. The UA lost the game three sets to one.
Every year on Oct. 1, college radio stations across the globe participate in World College Radio Day. This past year, more than 600 colleges in over 40 different countries participated. KAMP, the University of Arizona’s student-run radio station, participated by planning shows for every hour of the day. Students had a 60-minute time slot during the 24 hour day where they broadcasted their show.