Tucson’s annual Tucson Meet Yourself, a three-day folk-life and food festival, was held downtown this weekend. Bringing out Tucsonans, the event is to interpret and present the communities art and research the Arizona regions.
Making its way through downtown and scaring plenty of onlookers, Tucson Zombie Walk was held this past Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Featuring activities such as costume contests, dance parties and a free concert, Tucson Zombie Walk is an annual event that benefits the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
Club Crawl brought Tucson residents and Arizona natives downtown to bring in some night life. The event featured numerous bands playing on four different stages.
The Pride of Arizona marching band hosted its 59th Annual U of A Band Day on Oct. 6, 2012. High school bands from across the country competed at the event for individual rankings. The POA marches an exhibition performance for the students and parents. This year’s show was titled Radiohead 2.0.
Arizona fell to No. 18 Oregon State 38-35 on Saturday at Arizona Stadium. Coming back from behind to take the lead at halftime, UA would eventually be overtaken in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
The space shuttle Endeavour flew over the UA Mall Thursday, during its flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Tucson leg of Endeavour’s flight honored former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, the astronaut who commanded Endeavour’s final mission in May 2011. The shuttle, mounted to a 747, descended to 1,500 feet and flew directly over the Mall, where spectators cheered as it appeared.
The Arizona Insect Festival was hosted this weekend in the SUMC. The festival showcased several booths, most of which had live insects for the public to interact with.
UA shut out SCSU 56 – 0 at Arizona Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Currently ranked No. 24 in the nation, UA will play Oregon State next week.
Every week, Arizona Daily Wildcat football beat reporters Zack Rosenblatt, Cameron Moon and Kyle Johnson will vote on the top 10 players on Arizona’s roster. The rankings will take into account the full-season performance, with fluctuations based on week-to-week performance.
Rufus Arizona, a live bobcat, was introduced to UA in 1915, after the UA President Rufus Bernard Von KleinSmid. Decades later, in 1959, Wilbur the Wildcat was created and made his debut at a football game against Texas Tech. Today, the UA mascot walks alongside Wilma the Wildcat, and is portrayed by two UA students.
In a 59-38 victory, the UA football team upset No. 18 OSU at Arizona Stadium on Sept. 8, 2012. With the win, UA is now 2-0 for the season.
The Arizona basketball team held a “big man” practice at Richard Jefferson Gymnasium on Wednesday. Angelo Chol, Grant Jerrett, Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski were all coached up by head coach Sean Miller.
In their first regular season game, UA football beat Toledo 24-17 in overtime.
The UA volleyball team practices in McKale Center on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.
Tucson experienced monsoon rains and flooding as UA Convocation let out on Sunday night. With many students heading inside to avoid the weather, some embraced the change and played in the rain. As much as 1.35 inches fell on several areas of Tucson.
Anxious parents, carloads of personal belongings and congested parking garages were hard to avoid on campus during the final days of summer as thousands of new Wildcats moved into their residence halls.
Students were able to move in early Wednesday. The regular move-in process started early Thursday morning and will continue Friday. Residence Life is offering newcomers a number of resources to help with the transition, according to Dana Robbins-Murray, assistant director of marketing for Residence Life. The department has also posted on its website several maps and guides, and a section of frequently asked questions to make sure everyone gets to where they’re going.
Robbins-Murray also encouraged many incoming freshmen to attend Wildcat Welcome. The nine-day series of events runs through the first week of school, and is meant to help freshmen prepare for and settle into college life.
Alana Sorge, a resident assistant in Coronado Residence Hall and an early childhood education senior, said that she and other RAs plan to coordinate a welcome program the Sunday before classes to allow residents throughout the hall to meet one another.
For some newcomers, Residence Life’s preparations paid off. Cassi Parsons, a biology freshman moving in to Hopi Lodge Residence Hall, said the move-in process was easy and that she was most looking forward to meeting new people.
For others, getting moved in wasn’t so simple, as biology freshman Paige Doyle described her move into Graham-Greenlee Residence Hall as “hectic.”
The UA’s official move-in process will end Friday at 4 p.m.
By Stephanie Casanova, photos by Robert Alcaraz
Seven-year-old Melina Gomez lay in a hospital bed on Sunday eating chocolate ice cream from HUB and singing a song about macaroni. Before Sunday, Melina hadn’t eaten or said much since her brain surgery on July 31.
“There’s a lot of things that she did today that she has not done and we didn’t think she was going to do,” said Erica Maciel, Gomez’s mother.
Melina was at the top of her class and read above her grade level according to Maciel. What Maciel thought would be a simple visit to an eye, nose and throat doctor led to an unusual discovery, she said. Apart from having to use glasses and being 100 percent deaf in her left ear, Melina, who never showed signs of having cancer, also had a tumor on the right side of her brain.
Since she got to the hospital on July 31, Melina has had two brain surgeries after facing complications on the first one. Maciel said until Sunday, Melina seemed depressed because she couldn’t do everything she used to do. Things like reading and drawing remind her of home in Oracle and make her sad, her mother added.
On Sunday, Kade Mislinski, owner of HUB restaurant and ice creamery, his girlfriend Jenny Rice and two of his employees visited UAMC’s Diamond Children’s Medical Center to give kids, their families and the staff ice cream on the house.
“As soon as she heard ice-cream her eyes lit up,” Maciel said. “She was trying to get out of the bed by herself already.”
Mislinski has made it a tradition to take the kids at the hospital ice cream the first Sunday of every month. August was Mislinski’s sixth month cheering up not only the kids at the hospital but also the nurses, who look forward to working on Sundays.
“Sometimes we have kids that never get up for anything and they come out (for ice-cream) and … the therapists and the nurses really appreciate that,” Mislinski said.
Kids are given the choice between chocolate or vanilla ice-cream and a selection of toppings like whipped cream, sprinkles, nuts and caramel, strawberry or chocolate.
Aimee Brown, a manager at HUB, volunteered at the hospital for the first time Sunday. Brown said she’d wanted to for a while but usually worked at the restaurant on Sundays. She enjoyed doing something different with the end of her weekend, she added.
“It’s nice to give back to the community because Tucson’s been so great to us,” Brown said. “It’s so good to give them something simple to make them happy.”
Javonte Palmer went to the hospital Saturday when he fell off a bike and ruptured his spleen. The 9-year-old boy enjoyed a cup of vanilla ice cream with strawberries on Sunday. Palmer had just been moved down from the sixth floor, where kids with more serious illnesses are kept.
Lori Mitts, a part-time child-life specialist who has worked at UAMC for two years, said she appreciates Mislinski, his girlfriend and his staff for volunteering their time once a month. Mitts’ job is to help kids cope with their illness, and works on psychosocial issues with the children with the goal of lowering their stress level to avoid complications and trauma.
“We try to help normalize their stay so bringing ice-cream to the hospital is a treat,” Mitts said. “Everybody that I told that the HUB was bringing ice-cream today had huge smiles on their face.”
While the ice cream comes at no charge, Mislinski said the hospital has repaid him in the past.
“It’s just two parents that make ice-cream,” Mislinski said. “It’s really about us parents giving back to them. It just makes me feel good doing it.”
The International Cat Association celebrated the region’s winners at the Southwest Regional Awards Banquet last week. TICA recognizes over 60 breeds of cats who competed for both International and Regional Awards and the competition was judged by 18 different officials. Doubletree Reid Park hosted the three day event, along with Coatimondi Cat Club and Desperado Cat Fanciers.
A crowd of people dressed in red and blue amassed under the trees in Alumni Plaza in front of the Administration building on Monday morning to celebrate the arrival of President Ann Weaver Hart for her fist public appearance as president.
Following an introduction by the Pride of Arizona marching band and several speeches from Provost and Chief of Staff Jacqueline Mok, Associated Students of the University of Arizona Vice President Krystina Nguyen and Graduate and Professional Student Council President Zachary Brooks, Hart made a speech of her own, where she expressed excitement to address various “challenges” as president.
“This is the kind of institution where we’re going to win a gold buckle,” Hart said, referring to a comparison she had made between leading the university and rodeo achievements. “I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and to joining together to help the future of this great institution be great in the way it was in the past, but even better as we look to becoming and staying one of the finest universities in the world and filling that incredibly important role
in our broader society.” After the presentations, Hart met and spoke with people who filed up
the steps of the Administration building.
Hart officially took office as president at the start of the month, but did not arrive in Tucson until Monday.
By Kyle Mittan