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Q&A with Lori Wiest, new director of the UA Fred Fox School of Music

From her childhood years into adulthood, Lori Wiest has been surrounded by music. Now, she has been appointed the new director of the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music starting on July 1. Part of Wiest's personal music education occurred at the UA. Thirty years ago, Wiest received her doctorate in choral conducting from the UA. In addition, Wiest also has a master's degree in choral music from Arizona State University and a bachelor's in music education and piano performance from North Dakota State University. Read more

UA COVID-19 Test Tracker

Daily (10/22)
1,074 8 0.7%
Total (8/4)
54,122 2,441 4.5%
Includes tests since August 4, 2020
Data from https://covid19.arizona.edu/updates
Updated October 22, 2020

Election 2020: Your guide to 2020 Ballot Propositions

Arizonans across the state will go to the polls this November for the 2020 General Election. Along with the political candidates that citizens will elect, voters will also have the opportunity to vote on several propositions to become law. Here’s a guide to major propositions that Pima County residents will be asked to vote on.  Read more

Election 2020: Is Arizona finally going blue?

Traditionally, Arizona has had great consistency in being red: the red rocks, the red sunsets, and being a red state. Rooted in it’s Western heritage, Arizonans tend to consider their individual liberties and ideas of small government to be of great importance to them.  If you’ve lived in Arizona for a long time, you don’t think twice when you see something like supermarket shoppers and movie theater goers wearing firearms. As the 2020 elections draw closer, it is becoming increasingly clear that Arizona’s long perceived stance as a red, or Republican, state could shift to change the entire election. Read more

Old Tucson: Closed but not forgotten

White text dominates the homepage of Old Tucson Studio’s website, notifying visitors that it, too, has been a victim of the pandemic. The “Hollywood in the Desert” saw the production of more than 400 film and television projects over 75 years. But with COVID-19 still as a disruptive force, the future of its shuttered doors remains uncertain.   Read more

Monuments to the confederacy stand in Arizona

 People all over the world have been marching, protesting, and petitioning for change in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many other innocent Black Americans who were killed by law enforcement officers. This shift in political priorities has also brought with it a wave of support for removing Confederate monuments all across the United States. Despite a small role in the Civil War and less than a year in the Confederacy, Arizona has a handful of Confederate monuments and its own conversation about whether or not they need to be removed.  Read more

Two salon owners' views on running businesses during a pandemic

The new normal amidst the COVID-19 pandemic for hair salons and barbershops in Tucson may not be as far away as many might think. The number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona is 74,533 cases as of today, June 30, according to Arizona Department of Health Services website. Hair salons, barber shops, cosmetology, nail and aesthetic salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, spas and massage therapist services have been in operation since May 8.  Read more

Q&A with Lori Wiest, new director of the UA Fred Fox School of Music

From her childhood years into adulthood, Lori Wiest has been surrounded by music. Now, she has been appointed the new director of the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music starting on July 1. Part of Wiest's personal music education occurred at the UA. Thirty years ago, Wiest received her doctorate in choral conducting from the UA. In addition, Wiest also has a master's degree in choral music from Arizona State University and a bachelor's in music education and piano performance from North Dakota State University. Read more