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Arts & Life

Tucson Zine Fest returns with 2021 summer exhibition

The Tucson Zine Fest kicked off its virtual summer exhibition on Sunday, May 9, after the event was canceled last year because of the pandemic. With over 30 artists participating in the event, there was enough artwork and entertainment to keep patrons scrolling for a while.  Read more

UA COVID-19 Test Tracker

Daily (5/15)
429 3 0.7%
Total (8/4)
269,958 4,356 1.6%
Includes tests since August 4, 2020
Data from
Updated May 15, 2021

A Celebration of Black Lives on the UA Mall

Thousands of people at the Black Lives Matter Tucson: Celebration of Black Lives event at the University of Arizona Mall were encompassed in heat, music, speeches and occasional sounds from a police helicopter circling overhead. Read more

Student grocery workers on jobs reopening in Arizona

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many parts of Wildcat life, but what hasn’t changed is that University of Arizona students are still working hard to support themselves and make the best of a strange situation.  Many students work at grocery stores, which were one of a few categories of businesses allowed to stay open and keep fairly regular hours while the rest of the state and country went into various forms of lockdown.  Read more

Working a reopening on Main Gate Square

Taking a stroll through Main Gate Square has taken on a new meaning in the past couple months and so has the topic of reopening. Places of gathering such as bars and restaurants have grappled with reopening since Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order expired Friday, May 15 — the same day as the University of Arizona’s commencement ceremony. Read more

Q&A with a doctor who graduated early

As undergraduate seniors prepare to graduate and move to a new stage of life, around 40 medical students at the Tucson and Phoenix campuses have already taken that step due to the COVID-19 crisis, according to the Arizona Daily Star.  The Daily Wildcat sat down with one of the doctors who opted to graduate early — Ricardo Ayala, who was preparing to practice medicine in Detroit, Michigan. Read more

An editor’s timeline of COVID-19

Thucydides attempted to record a history of the plague of Athens and, in fewer words and with more reputable sources, I attempt to do that here. I started a journal in my isolation. Read more

Grace Faerber is the College of Humanities outstanding senior

Grace Faerber is this year’s outstanding senior in the College of Humanities. It is no surprise considering all of her achievements in her three years spent at the UA. Faerber is an honors student double majoring in East Asian studies and global studies and minoring in pre-law. She has been speaking and studying Mandarin since she was in the fifth grade.  Read more

Science fiction of the plague and why we need it

In the past month, there has been a resurgence in the consumption of plague stories and apocalyptic fiction. Pandemic films like “Contagion” and Netflix’s “Outbreak” have risen to particular prominence according to Business Insider, as well as Emily St. John Mandel’s novel “Station Eleven.” Being older works, the revival of these stories during the time of COVID-19 begs the question of why people turn to such stories now. What can these stories teach us? Read more

Outstanding senior Savarese accepted into teaching assistant position for her musical passion

The Fred Fox School of Music 2020 outstanding senior was chosen not just for her talent, for for her passion, said assistant professor of music Theodore Buchholz. Maria Savarese, hailing from Gilbert, Arizona, is graduating in the coming days with a Bachelors of Music degree in cello performance (with a high-brow GPA of 3.93), under the guidance of Buchholz, but cello is just her base instrument. Savarese plays about 10 different kinds of instruments, but has played cello for 13 years. Read more

Students share thoughts on commencement amidst pandemic

The University of Arizona's graduation ceremony was canceled on March 20 after President C. Robbins shut down campus events in wake of COVID-19. One of the most memorable moments for a college student was taken away, so how are seniors feeling? How are they dealing with the situation? Read more