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
The Arizona baseball team celebrated its national championship Tuesday in front of about 5,000 fans in McKale Center.
The Arizona Wildcats took on the Bucknell Bison from Mckale Center in a first round NIT Tournament matchup on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. The Wildcats we edged by the Bison 65-54 in regulation ending Arizona’s 2011-2012 basketball season.
The Arizona Wildcats took on the Oregon State Beavers in the 2012 Pac-12 Tournament semifinal match from Staples Center on Friday, March 9, 2012. After going into the half down seven, the Wildcats went on to win it 72-61 advancing them to the championship round.
The Arizona Wildcats took on the ASU Sun Devils in Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday, March 4, 2012. The Wildcats lost to the Devils 87-80.
The Arizona Wildcats took on the UCLA Bruins on senior day from McKale Center on Saturday, February 25, 2012. The Wildcats edged out the Bruins 65-63 in regulation.
The Arizona Wildcats took on the USC Trojans in McKale Center on Thursday, February 22, 2012. The Wildcats went on to win 70-54 over the struggling Southern Calif. squad.