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Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students
June 18 / 18 de junio 2008
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Center for cerebral
palsy photo story
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UA summer programs offer variety
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Day at the UA
student photos
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Mars Lander news and photos on Page 7
Photo by Alex Sobel
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Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students
The Chronicle
Top row clockwise from left: Alex Sobel, Heather
Patterson, Aminata Sumareh, Alisa S. Charles,
Aeric Koerner, Tiffany Turkenkopf, Kirsten Jackson-Price, Lily Becerra, Amanda Cosmé, Carina
Dominguez, Sarahi Rodriguez, Eric Zamarripa,
Razanne Chatila
Photo by A.E. Araiza
The Chronicle 2008
Razanne Chatila: Tucson High Magnet School
Aeric Koerner: Sabino High School
Koerner’s most vivid childhood memory is waking up on Saturday morning
and hurrying to the television with a bowl of Lucky Charms cereal to catch the
cartoon Inspector Gadget and then impatiently waiting for Power Rangers to
come on.
After watching the movie "Silence of The Lambs" at age 11, Koerner became sure that solving heinous crimes was what he wanted to do. He was
inspired to pursue a major in criminal justice, hoping to one day work for the
“They were the ultimate secret agents and crime fighters,” Koerner said. “ I
was and still am drawn to the spontaneity of the job – which is perfect because
I’m definitely not an office person.”
Lily Becerra: Agua Fria High School
At a very young age, Becerra had already made front-page news.
When she was a baby, her aunt, who was a reporter at the time for a newspaper in Mexico, took a picture of her and put it on the front page for “El
Día de los Niños.”
When she was a little older she would tag along with her aunt to interviews and became interested in the field. She now runs a Spanish page for her
school newspaper and writes English stories too.
As a flyer for Agua Frías varsity cheer team, Becerra practices long and
hard so her team can make it to Nationals in California.
“When I did my lib, I was up for a minute – I was so happy,” she said
about one of her many accomplished stunts.
Kirsten Jackson-Price: Home School
Being homeschooled is a recent change for 16-year-old Jackson-Price, but
that doesn’t stop her from doing what she loves most.
Her goal is to publish a poetry book, and later, an autobiography. To achieve
her goals, she plans to take more classes to sharpen her writing skills.
When Jackson-Price was younger, she wrote letters to her mother expressing her emotions, but as she grew older, her interest in poetry expanded largely
in part due to listening to music lyrics.
“When I hear them I think, I can do that too, ” Jackson-Price said.
She said she strives to improve by writing frequently.
“I write a lot – each time I write, I get better,” Jackson-Price said. “You’ll
be seeing more of me."
Amanda Cosmé: Saguaro High School
It was during fifth grade that Cosmé found her passion for writing.
She won an award for having the best essay on D.A.R.E. of the entire fifth
grade. Cosmé continued to pursue her interest in writing throughout middle
school by writing poetry and stories in her free time.
In high school, Cosmé expanded her interests by taking Honors English,
public speech, media, journalism and yearbook classes in order to improve her
writing and speaking skills.
“I gained a lot of experience in interviewing from classes like yearbook and
journalism,” Cosmé said. “Writing keeps me motivated and it’s the only thing
I have a passion for.”
Chatila was born on Dec. 16, 1992, in Tucson, but her parents were born in
Lebanon in the Middle East. She first started writing when her middle school
teacher Jinny Howser asked her to join her journalism class and she’s enjoyed
it ever since. She would love to share her stories or writings with someone
who has a strong connection with her or someone who would understand her
writings on a deeper level.
Should she consider a career in journalism she would like to work on important topics in magazines. She would also like to go behind the scenes of
important issues like Anderson Cooper.
"I feel like he sheds lights on things people wouldn’t even know about,"
Chatila said.
Aminata Sumareh: Tolleson Union High School
Sumareh, a 17-year-old photojournalist, became involved in journalism
while attending Tolleson Union High School. She writes spotlight articles
about teachers and students for her school newspaper.
Sumareh likes to write stories that are not covered in mainstream news. Last
year, she wrote an article about teenage pregnancy. She has also written articles
about applying to college.
Inspired by Maya Angelou, Sumareh has taken to heart Angelou’s poem,
“Phenomenal Woman.” She has also read Angelou’s book, “I Know Why the
Caged Bird Sings.”
Sumareh likes to take real-world photographs, believing them to have more
value than posed pictures.
Alisa S. Charles: Tolleson Union High School
Charles never imagined how much she would like journalism until her
freshman year in high school. Her counselor forced her to go into her school’s
journalism course because she needed another class and she fell in love with
the program.
Next year as a senior, she will be the editor-in-chief of her school’s newspaper. She now plans to become a journalist as a career.
“I never knew how much I would enjoy journalism,” Charles said.
Born in Portland, Ore., Alisa moved to Arizona while in second grade.
She plans on majoring in journalism and minoring in advertisement when
she attends Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Her goal is to start her own magazine for African American girls.
Heather Patterson: Tucson High Magnet School
“Seeing my name in print was like, the coolest thing ever,” Patterson said,
referring to getting one of her poems published in seventh grade.
Patterson, 17, said she works late into the night meeting deadlines for Tucson High Magnet School’s The Cactus Chronicle, where she works as a features editor.
“I don’t really like to cover hard news stories – they’re boring,” she said.
Instead, Patterson found herself immersed in her role as editor.
Working from 4-9 p.m. and then having to meet deadlines is hard, she said.
Whether it be through journalism or not, Patterson said she wants to give
people a voice.
Eric Zamarripa: Tucson High Magnet School
Zamarripa, 16, was born in El Paso, Texas.
Journalism is his number one priority when it comes school activities. Being
involved with journalism helped him discover how he felt about writing.
He likes to write opinion articles and plans to continue journalism his senior
“I was interested in journalism as a sophomore because I thought it would
be fun,” Zamarripa said.
His biggest inspiration was a well-known journalist, Patrick O’Dell. He
feels O’Dell’s writing and photography made an impact on him.
He defines journalism in three words: learning, discovery and creativity.
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John Z. de Dios
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Tyler Smith
Design: Emily Adams
Nyssa Baca
Editing: Renee Pepe
Alex Dalenberg
Matt Lewis
Online: Mike McKisson
Pam Marinshaw
Photos: Tyler Smith
Translators: Heather Raftery, Heather Raftery
Lorena Barazza
Mike Ritter
Katie Ryan
Hank Stephenson
Kristina Stevens
Ashley Villarreal
Editor in Chief
Razanne Chatila
Managing Editors
Aeric Koerner
Carina Dominguez
Photo Editor
Aminata Sumareh
Spanish Editor
Lily Becerra
Alisa Shanara Charles
Amanda Cosmé
Kirsten Jackson-Price
Heather Patterson
Sarahi Rodriguez
Tiffany Turkenkopf
Eric Zamarripa
Alex Sobel
Carina Dominguez: Tucson High Magnet School
Dominguez commonly gets the saying “I thought you were mean” for a first
impression but she knows that once people know her, it’s the opposite feeling.
First impressions can be misleading.
For Dominguez, journalism wasn’t love at first sight. It wasn’t until she
took beginning journalism her freshman year of high school that she saw a
different light.
“I was never interested,” she said. “It would hurt my hand but in high school
my journalism class got me into it.”
Dominguez wants to write for a sports magazine – preferably “Sports Illustrated” or “ESPN”.
“It’s hard to do, but it’s not impossible,” she said.
Alex Sobel: Sonoran Science Academy
Sobel, 17, is a senior at Sonoran Science Academy in Tucson. He was born
in Burlington,Vt.
Sobel moved from Raymond, N.H., to Tucson because his father was offered a job at Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista.
When he attended Raymond High School, he was photo editor and staff
writer of the student newspaper.
His interest in journalism sparked from reading books as a child. His favorite books are J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Sobel’s interest in journalism include editorials because he enjoys sharing
his opinion with others.
He plans to attend the University of Arizona and major in creative writing.
Sarahi Rodriguez: Catalina High School
Born in Sonora, Mexico, 17-year-old Rodriguez moved to Tucson when she
was only 2 years old.
She is a senior at Catalina High School in Tucson. As the new editor-inchief for her school newspaper, The Tromp, Rodriguez said the UA summer
journalism workshop will help her in leading the class next year.
“This has been the most challenging thing I have ever done,” she said.
Rodriguez has been interested in journalism since she first started writing.
“I want to speak up for those who can’t,”she said.
Juan Carbajal, Rodriguez’s teacher and an Arizona Daily Star employee,
has been her biggest inspiration. “He was one of the people that pushed me into
doing journalism,” she said. “ He opened a lot of doors for me.”
Tiffany Turkenkopf: Agua Fria High School
Turkenkopf, a 15-year-old Phoenix native, enjoys fine arts and talking to
“I’m extremely loud and I’m pretty straight forward,” Turkenkopf said.
She got her start in writing when she signed up for her high school journalism class to fill an elective. Despite having challenges like ADHD and asthma,
she fell in love with journalism.
“I love to write and we get to talk and learn new things,” Turkenkopf said.
“I like how everyone works together.”
In her short time in journalism, she has served as a co-editor on an entertainment page, full-page editor for an opinions page and was even named managing editor next year for her high school’s newspaper, The Desert Howl.
The workshop administration and participants thank the
Dow-Jones Newspaper Fund, Gannett Foundation, Tucson Citizen, UA Office of Communications for their sponsorship and continued support for the University of Arizona Department of Journalism and The Chronicle 2008.
The Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High
School Students is an annual program and welcomes high
school students from all over Arizona to participate in a
12-day intensive program in journalism. For more information please contact William F. Greer at [email protected]
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June 18 / 18 de junio 2008 3
Everyone equal at Bicas
By Eric Zamarripa
The Chronicle
Bicas – Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage – is one of
the best-known non-profit bicycle
shops in Tucson.
Imagine being a little short on
money, but in need of a bike. The
solution? Going to Bicas and becoming a part of the work-trade
The work-trade program allows anyone to come into the
shop and work for store credit,
said volunteer coordinator Amelia Frank-Vitale. Each hour of
work is worth $8 of store credit,
she said.
After 10 hours of work, a volunteer will have earned not only
a bike from the store, but also get
unlimited shop space and tool use
in case of a sudden urge to assem-
There is no
one owner or
manager, and
everyone is
~ Amelia Frank-Vitale
ble or fix up a bike from recycled
parts in the shop. Work includes
cleaning up the shop, taking bikes
apart, putting them together or
helping out with an array of other
tasks necessary to keep the place
organized and orderly.
Another thing about Bicas that
sets it apart from other bike shops
is that it is a collective.
“Nobody has more power than
anyone else at Bicas,” FrankVitale said. “There is no one
owner or manager, and everyone
is equal.”
In the words of employee Kyle
McKinley, “There is no hierarchy.” All volunteers and workers
at Bicas are treated equally and
fairly as members of the collective despite one’s level of knowledge or experience with bikes.
All workers at Bicas also have
equal say in all decision making.
If there is any opposition at all in a
vote – even if it’s just one person
– the Bicas collective will decline
the proposition and work toward
reaching a consensus, according
to McKinley.
Bicas was created out of a different program called Bootstraps
For Share, that worked to help
homeless people by not just giving them bikes like some other organizations do, but teaching them
to fix and maintain their bike.
The program gave homeless
people a sense of self-empowerment and self-sufficiency through
the same work-trade program still
in use. Bicas was established in
the mid-90s as a bike shop, since
the majority of their work at the
time was dealing with bikes,
McKinley said, adding that Bicas
is not a charity.
Bicas also hosts many art
projects through classes for the
community, ranging from making bike racks that can be seen
on Fourth Avenue to teaching
elementary-aged children to build
mobiles – all of which involve using recycled bike parts.
Art classes are held almost every Friday at Bicas, but even on
days when there is no class, the art
area is open for anyone to come in
Bicas/see Page 4
Photo by Eric Zamarripa
Customer Adam Holm goes into Bicas to repair his bike. Bicas offers a
work-to-own program for anyone interested in earning a free bike.
Small program
provides help
for palsy youth
By Aminata Sumareh
The Chronicle
At the age of 2, Marcia
DeMoss was diagnosed with
cerebral palsy.
While in preschool she
was left alone in a corner by
teachers who did not understand her condition – a motor disorder that develops
at an early age and affects
muscle tone, movement and
motor skills.
DeMoss learned to walk late
in her life, which left her unable
to retain balance. She could not
walk straight and she had difficulty with her posture.
DeMoss, who is now 18,
cannot talk but communicates
with others through some sign
When she was 13, her
mother, Karen Sisson, put
her in a conductive education
class that helped advance her
motor skills.
Since then, DeMoss has
learned to sit up straight and
walk properly with confidence.
The Individual Achievements Association in Tucson
offers a place for children
with cerebral palsy and other
motor disabilities to learn at
their own pace and have fun.
DeMoss has been in the
Photo by Aminata Sumareh
Marcia DeMoss helps AJ, 8, play a guitar at the Individual Achievements Association center in Tucson, Ariz. DeMoss, who used to be a
patient at the center, returned to be a helper.
program five years and
looks forward to going back
each day.
“I was looking for a summer camp that would be
meaningful because the summer programs she went to,
they just played all day,” Sisson said. “She wasn’t gaining
– I wanted her to get some
sort of skill.”
The organization is a small
program for children who can
benefit from conductive edu-
cational lessons.
Mary Hare, the program
director, explained conductive education as a method of
teaching children with motor
disorders how to learn and
become more independent.
“Parents want their children to have the maximum
Hare said. “(The program)
provides them with a social
Palsy/ see page 8
Grupo aboga por la seguridad
Snakebites season
endangers your dogs
Por Sarahi Rodriguez
Traducido por Lorena
By Aeric Koerner
The Chronicle
Cindy Rielly and her children watched helplessly as their beloved 10-year-old dog Reno took
his last breath after he was euthanized.
Only less than an hour earlier, the family and
Reno spent the afternoon hours playing in the
Every summer Arizona is plagued by snakebites.
People know to watch out for snakes on trails and
in backyards but pets are often oblivious.
April marked the start of the snakebite season
and Arizona dogs are in danger again.
Since April, Dr. Michael Samuels of the Central Animal Hospital, 3113 E. First St., said he has
treated two dogs so far and is expecting more before the summer is over.
Samuels said if a dog gets bit, treatment must be
administered within the hour for the best chance
of survival. After an hour, the venom starts to take
effect and can cause swelling and severe tissue
In October, the Rielly’s dog ran into a rattlesnake in their backyard and was struck on the
snout. Despite rushing the animal to the hospital,
it was too late for treatment and all they could do
was put him down.
Many pet owners often find out too late that not
all clinics carry snake antivenin. Fortunately for
Tucson residents, the Tucson Animal Emergency
Service, 4832 E. Speedway Blvd., is fully stocked
with the antivenin because of the frequency of pets
with snakebites.
“We have them come in daily,” said Melisa
Gaska, an employee at the clinic. “We keep the
dogs for one to two days and give at least one
Bites/see page 4
Cada dos minutos y medio
alguien está asaltado sexualmente, según un reportaje de la
National Crime Victimization
Survey en 2005.
“La violación es uno de los
más frecuentes crímenes no denunciados,” dijo Audrey Ching,
directora de educación comunitaria y alcance.
Ching forma parte del Southern Arizona Center Against
Sexual Assault, un lugar en
donde víctimas de la violación,
el abuso sexual, y el asalto sexual pueden pedir la ayuda para
reducir el trauma del abuso. La
organización ofrece un programa bilingüe via telefónica para
las víctimas. Este programa es
accesible 24 horas, siete días a
la semana.
El centro también ofrece un
programa especial para gente
con problemas auditivos.
En vez de usar máquinas de
escribir, los abogares de las víctimas usan blackberries.
“Blackberries son más eficientes porque toda la gente
conoce el sistema de mensajes
telefónicos y eso es mas conveniente para ellos - se pueden
usar en todas partes,” dijo Elia
Guzmán-Rodríguez, abogada
de víctimas en el centro de abuso sexual.
Blackberries reciben mensajes de texto de emergencia y
los consejeros responden para
ayudar. Los abogados tienen
su blackberry consigo todo el
tiempo para ofrecer ayuda a las
Abogados de victimas sexuales nunca piden detalles, sin
embargo están dispuestos a escuchar y platicar con las victimas.
“Algunas llamadas duran una
hora - las víctimas tardan en platicar,” dijo Guzmán-Rodríguez.
“En cuanto piensas que lo has
visto todo, te encuentras con
algo completamente diferente."
El centro ofrece muchos programas de ayuda para apoyar a
las víctimas, como la terapia, la
educación de prevención y programas de alcance.
Esta organización sin fines
de lucro recluta voluntarios para
abogar contra el abuso sexual.
Estos voluntarios deben de ser
mayores de 18 años para meter
una solicitud, deben de presentar
huellas dactilares y una revisión
de antecedentes.
“El departamento de policía
Sexual/vea página 6
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Bus fares may rise
alongside gas costs
City Council
will decide on
proposal in July
By Amanda Cosmé
The Chronicle
Photo by Amanda Cosmé
Tyler Gattis, 23, a bike mechanic, fixes a customer's bicycle at Fairwheel Bikes on Sixth Street. Sales
for bicycles, motorcycles and other modes of alternate transportation have gone up since gas prices
have increased in the last year.
Sales up for gas savers
By Amanda Cosmé
The Chronicle
As gas prices reach all time record high, sales for
alternative modes of transportation have gone up.
In Tucson alone, some motorcycle retailers have
seen a 30 percent increase in sales in one month.
“Street bikes have done very well. People come
in complaining because of the gas prices and are
interested in looking at motorcycles and scooters,”
said Mark Kingsley, the owner of Musselman
Honda Center, 2302 N. Stone Ave.
Kingsley said his customers range between
young adults to older people.
“When buying a car, it takes up to hours to finalize the purchase,” Kingsley said. “When buying a motorcycle it takes up to one hour.”
Kingsley gives a 10 percent discount for a motorcycle or scooter purchase, which he said also
boosts sales.
The most popular bikes at his business are
the Rebel and the 250 Nighthawk, both smaller
more comfortable motorcycles that run between
$3,500-$3,900, he said. Both models are currently
sold out.
“I’ve had my bikes for a long time and my wife
is the only one who uses our car,” said Dean Branson, a parts salesman.
Branson saves between $20-$80 on gas for his
motorcycles compared to gasoline prices for his
car. His cost to fill up is usually about $20 and he
only has to have his oil changed every 6,000 miles,
he said.
James Birkett, a Tucson motorcycle owner,
said he does not plan on trading in his bike anytime soon.
“I filled my bike up today with $9 and that
will last me two weeks to and from work,” Birkett said.
Many other Tucson residents have turned to a
different variety of bikes to get around town.
Dan Gabalski, a manager at Fair Wheel Bikes,
1110 E. Sixth St., said his sales have also spiked in
the past year. Last spring was the best the store has
ever had with sales, he said.
“A lot of University of Arizona students purchase their bikes here,” Gabalski said.
He added that UA students tend to gravitate
toward mountain bikes because of their price and
People who have to travel long distances and
do not want to bare the heat while on a motorcycle
can turn to bus systems.
“Gas prices are over $4 now and that’s a pain
for drivers,” Billie Hitchcock said.
Hitchcock, 30, said she is a regular on the bus
and considers it better transportation than any car.
She doesn’t have a car and said she is in no rush
to get one.
Marty Buchman, 40, a sales manager at Gary
Smith Honda, said, “Honda four and six cylinder
sales are going through the roof because of the
gas mileage per gallon, but we’re basically giving
away eight cylinders because of the gas prices going up.”
Even though cars are becoming more expensive, people are starting to discover Hybrids as a
smarter option, Buchman said, because they’re
more convenient on gas mileage.
“There’s a three to four month waiting period
on Hybrids,” Buchman said, adding that the prices
of hybrids are going to become more expensive
because of the increasing number of people purchasing them.
“You’ll start to see additional dealer market on
the hybrids which means the price has gone up on
that vehicle,” he said.
This dealer market will make it less convenient
for people to purchase a hybrid and when it is
marked on the hybrid’s price sticker, people will
know the dealership raised the price of the vehicle,
he said.
Buchman added that considering the hybrid is
becoming quite expensive, the cost of travel on
buses as well as motorcycle and bicycle sales will
be even higher.
Bite treatment could cost $2,000
Bites from page 3
However, the price of antivenin has scared away some
pet owners, Samuels said. The
wholesale price of one dose of
antivenin is about $500.
“You could expect at least a
$2,000 bill,” Samuels said. The
price tag for the treatment accumulates because of the holding
costs, painkillers and IV fluids,
he added.
Because of the high costs for
treatment, many local businesses
are trying to help by providing
safety training classes for own-
ers and their pets.
One of those businesses is
Karyn Garvin and Associates.
Garvin offers monthly snakebite prevention classes. The
monthly classes use live snakes
that have been defanged for the
animals’ safety, said Pam Day, a
worker at Garvin.
Dogs are given a jolt of electricity through shock collars if
they show any interest in the
snake. As a result, some dogs
will even stay away from garden hoses in the backyard because of this training.
For those who do encounter
dangerous snakes, Dave Purwin,
who owns Desert Wildlife Services, 5405 W. Sunset Road, frequently responds to snake removal
“Pima County calls for the
most snake removals,” Dave
Purwin said. “Some days I get
half a dozen to a dozen calls.”
The most common snakes
that attacks are the Western Diamondback and the Mojave Rattler. Because he cannot identify
the snake over the phone, Dave
advises that no one try and move
the snake except the expert.
When it comes to snakes just
“keep a safe distance away,”
Purwin said.
Bus fares may be going up
for Tucson riders if a proposal
before the Tucson City Council is approved.
A meeting is set for July 17
for the council to decide on the
rise in fares. If the proposal
does not pass at this upcoming
meeting, proponents for the
increase said they would press
on until the proposal gets approved.
Currently the price of a onetime trip is $1, a day pass is
$2 and a monthly pass is $28,
according to the Sun Tran
Web site. If the proposal is
approved, fares will be set at
$1.25 for a one-time trip, $3
for a day pass and $35 for a
monthly pass.
Kandi Young, 37, the communications manager at Sun
Tran, said bus fares will possibly end up increasing because
the City of Tucson is requiring
it to and fuel costs are rising.
Young said it’s been eight
years since the last increase and
added that increases will become
more frequent in the future.
“With this increase, there is going to be another proposal to have
in 2012 and 2016,” she said.
Young said the revenue
from increased bus fare costs
do not go to bus drivers because they have a separate pay
roll, but said that the prices are
going up due to fuel more than
anything else.
David Nunez, 18, and Sarah
Cota, 18, ride the bus on a regular basis. They both question
why bus fare costs are raising.
“Why should I have to pay
a dollar to get to my grandma’s
house that is a little less than 10
minutes away,” Nunez said. “It’s
bad enough that it takes double
the time to get there because of
all the stops the driver makes.”
Sarah Cota agreed with
Nunez that the bus fare should
not be set at a higher amount.
“I don’t think they should
raise them because for some
people, it’s their only way of
transportation,” Cota said.
Other frequent bus patrons,
including Richard Jones, 67, and
John Williams, 50, said they did
not mind the increase because
they understood why the bus
fares need to be raised.
“I like the buses in Tucson
because they prepare you with
a guide and the prices are fair,”
Jones said.
Williams, a passenger waiting at a bus stop on Speedway
Boulevard and Park Avenue,
had a few minor complaints
on Sun Tran’s organization for
the buses but still favored the
increase in bus fares.
“I agree with the costs going up because they have no
choice with the fuel prices being raised,” Williams said.
Young said day and month
passes are currently the two most
commonly purchased passes.
Sun Tran sales have increased
by 8.8 percent in the past year,
Young said, but added that sales
would end up decreasing if the
proposal does pass.
The different bus fare passes are viewable at the Sun Tran
Web site,
The Web site includes 15 different passes and information
on whether or not people are
eligible for special discounts.
Senior citizens can receive a
discount through the Economy
Pass Program, available to
passengers 65 years and older.
University of Arizona students can also get deals with
discounts up to 50 percent off
a full semester’s pass. They are
posted on the Sun Tran Web
site under fares and passes and
are available only for university students.
Sun Tran can be contacted to
purchase passes at 792-9222.
Their hours of operation
are weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7
p.m., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and closed on New Year’s
Day and Christmas Day.
Link Highway could cause Bicas closure
Bicas from page 3
and work on art projects of their
Bicas is a part of the Dunbar/
Spring historical neighborhood
district -– an artistic and alternative business district surrounded
by locally owned businesses that
sell everything from scrap art to
greenhousing materials.
This community is also in
danger of destruction, as the city
plans to build an underground
highway only feet away from the
Bicas entrance.
This will create problems in
figuring out a new entrance to
Bicas, but the main issue at hand
is that many of the businesses
surrounding Bicas will be demolished in order to make room for
the new highway, as well as some
room for developers to build new
homes, according to Bicas collective member James Roark.
This project is something
Roark calls an “unnecessary”
plan. “There are so many other
options the city could choose,”
Roark said. “But we think this is
the worst one.”
Roark sees the Link Highway
as harmful to Bicas and the surrounding community because it
will cut off business prospects
with all of the anticipated traffic.
It will also cut off much of the
bike traffic that Bicas relies on for
Photo by Eric Zamarripa
Bicas mechanics help anyone
who is willing to work on a
Anyone interested in learning
more about the Link Highway
project can visit
Summer Snake Facts
Karyn Garvin and Associates is hosting a snakebite prevention class on Saturday,
July 26. The first class starts at 5 p.m.
For more information, call Karyn Garvin and Associates at 790-3647 and
reserve a spot. The training fee for the class is $75.
The most common type of snakes that attack pets are the Western Diamondback
and the Mojave Rattler.
Experts advise to “not harass the snake” and “keep a safe distance” while
waiting for removal.
Costs of a snake removal depend on the distance traveled by the remover, the
type and the size of the snake.
Call Desert Wildlife Services at 743-1411 for more information on removal
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Bio boot camp draws students
By Alisa Shanara Charles
The Chronicle
Photo by Alex Sobel
University officials, staff and students have begun a movement on
sustainability to promote the green movement to help the planet.
UA saves H2O
during dry times
in thirsty Ariz.
By Kirsten Jackson-Price
The Chronicle
Campus sustainability is
becoming more of a priority
at the University of Arizona
every day.
Through various projects and
a campus-wide dedication to
living in harmony with the desert environment, the UA is helping to make the community and
the planet a cleaner and better
environment to live in.
David Shawler, who works at
the Office of Conservation and
Sustainable Development, 201
N. Stone Ave., said their sustainability project is two years
old and continues to produce
different projects that extend to
the larger community.
“We’re just trying to get back
in balance in the environment
we live in,” Shawler said.
Even though the staff is only
comprised of six people, they
manage to make presentations
for more than a 1,000 visitors
a year.
The UA Visitor Center installed cistern tanks that collect
and hold water in August 2007
to help the plants outside the
center stay alive during cases of
severe water shortage.
The water from the monsoon
storms can fill up at least half of
the cisterns that will be used for
the building later.
“We collect the natural water
for free to help save energy,”
said Heather Lukah, director
at the visitor center’s Office of
Community Relations.
The water-harvesting project
was a partnership between students and staff.
“It was the perfect place
because we could also educate
people at the same time,” Lukah said.
Lukah added that they use the
water to supplement irrigation
on the east side of the center.
The recently created EZrise
Institute wishes to further educate people about solar energy.
We're just
trying to get
back in balance in the
we live in.
~ David Shawler,
project leader
Paul Allvin, the associate vice
president of communications at
the UA, said last year the UA
students and staff organized
various sustainability projects
on campus. He said he wants
to inform people that everyone
needs to build a culture of conservation.
“People would be relieved to
know that we’re already down
the road,” Allvin said.
He added that it is a central
challenge to what they are doing with the researching and
Each day people continue to
come up with more ways to help
make the campus sustainable.
Jim Riley, a professor at the
Water Harvesting Institute, said
20-30 students are currently
being taught about water harvesting. They learn more about
water harvesting and then carry
out projects that help preserve
water, he said.
“We are trying to use rainwater for a positive purpose,” Riley
said. “I think the involvement of
the university’s management,
faculty and facility, students and
the staff are what make the projects successful.”
A lot is going on with sustainability on the physical, academic and scientific levels at the
university, said Grant McCormick, who works at the Campus Sustainability and Planning
“Things can always be done
and in the future people will
only be building on where we
started,” Mccormick said.
Recent high school graduate
Oluchukwu Okonkwo became
interested in pharmacy and biotechnology at the young age of 9.
After the death of a grandfather to cancer, she has immersed herself in every high
school and college opportunity
to become better educated with
the medical field.
When a biotechnology
teacher at Tucson High Magnet
School informed her about the
Keys (K-12 Engaging Youth in
Science) Research Internships
for high school students at the
University of Arizona, Okonko
said she was very excited.
“I want to major in pharmacy,” she said. “This program
uses the same technology and
research that I would in the work
field so I thought I could use the
experience to my advantage.”
The Keys program sets a rigorous six-week research boot
camp to give students a chance
at hands-on lab experience.
The program was designed for
students, much like Okonkwo,
who are interested in pursuing
education in the bioscience or
biomedical fields.
“The goal of the program
is to give high school students
the opportunity to do hands-on
research in a laboratory,” said
Kevin Hall, the Keys program
director. “It's very different to
do research here than in a high
returned this year to mentor.
Tiffany Lee-Chan, a recent
high school graduate, is now a
pre-pharmacy major at the university. She is acting as a mentor this summer.
“I wanted to mentor so that
I get to talk to the students and
help answer their questions,”
Lee-Chan said. “In labs a lot
of the times they are worried
because the material can get a
bit difficult.”
Mon-Ning Fung, a microbiPhoto by Aminata Sumareh ology major, chose to become
Students with the Keys program participate in a six-week boot camp
a mentor because she rememthat allow them to learn how to manage themselves in a research labo- bered how difficult it was at
ratory. At the end of the program, the students receive $800.
times during her internship.
“I was often confused with
gram, which began June 9,
school classroom.”
With the guidance of a UA was instructional. Students the procedures and task,” she
researcher, 28 local high school had training classes in basic said. “It was a lot easier to
students and recent high school lab skills, lab safety, keeping a ask a peer because it was less
graduates were selected to be lab notebook and reading sci- intimidating.”
At the end of the program, the
interns at the UA research labo- ence papers.
“My favorite part of the students receive an $800 stipend.
ratory out of the 54 applicants.
Many of the students said
The program, heading into program so far is the lectures,”
its second year, has tripled in Kasaya said. “I expected that they are excited about the stisize since its inception in 2007. the scientist giving the lectures pend because they were not
Students showed tenacity would be scientific and logical. expecting it.
“When I found out about the
and a knack for the program But in actuality they are just
through 30-hour weeks in both normal people trying to figure $800, I was happy because I
thought I had to work all sumthings out like the rest of us.”
lectures and laboratory work.
For the remainder of the mer,” Kasaya said. “It’s a relief
“We have very long days
sometimes,” participant Juliet program, students will work ­– now I don’t have to work as
Kasaya said. “But as long as you independently with the help of much.”
To apply for the 2009 Keys
focus during the lectures, the pro- a mentor to produce their own
gram becomes easier and worth research and findings. These Internship for High School stufindings will be presented at the dents, visit http://www.keys.
the nine hours a day.”
ProKasaya, an 18-year-old re- end of the program.
Many of the mentors helping spective students can find the
cent graduate of Palo Verde
High School, wants to eventu- the participants are former pro- requirements and download a
gram graduates. Six students copy of the application forms.
ally become a physician.
The first week of the pro- from last summer’s program
Forensics program provides fun, lessons
By Alisa S. Charles
The Chronicle
Popular television series like
University of Arizona alumnus
Jerry Bruckheimer’s CSI: Crime
Scene Investigators, NBC’s Law
and Order, and Fox Network’s
Bones have glamorized forensic
science, sparking an increased
interest in the forensics field.
Last year, the UA began accommodating this curiosity
among high school students and
started the Science Detectives
Summer Camp program.
“There has definitely been a
big increase in students interested in forensics because of television shows and movies – however everything that’s shown on
CSI isn’t always factual,” said
detective Martin J. Ramirez. “It
doesn’t happen that easily.”
Selected high school students are getting intense
hands-on experience in forensics while being immersed in a
college atmosphere.
High school sophomores,
juniors and seniors spend eight
hours a day for 17 days participating in hands-on labs and attending lectures on everything
from chemistry, physics and
math to scientific writing, imaging technology and forensic
“This is a unique program that
exposes you to forensic science
Photo by Alisa S. Charles
Jessica Kersey, left, and Sangeetha Dugazhendhi participate in a mock crime scene processing in the Marvel
building on Wednesday, June 11.
– a fun way to understand possibilities for careers,” said program
director Al Agellon. “Forensics
is a possibility you can take.”
Labs include latent prints
(finger printing) and off-site
field training at a mock crime
scene, followed by a mock
court hearing. The students
will get to exercise what they
learned while testifying as
forensic scientists in front of
their teachers, who will act as
lawyers and prosecutors.
“The classes are difficult but
they keep you thinking, which
is really good,” said Jessica
Kersey, a program participant.
“Especially over the summer
when you don’t have school.”
Jessica Kersey, a high school
junior from Guam, said she is
most excited about the anthropology field assignment that
is part of the program. Kersey,
originally from Arizona, heard
about the program through her
aunt who works with the UA.
“I have always been interested in bones and I want to see if
(studying) them is anything like
the television show,” she said. “I
am very excited.”
Students also get a chance to
use this experience as an introduction to college life. Over half
the students are staying in UA
residence halls and are responsible for their own transportation,
food expenses and other such
accommodations – essentially
creating the feel of being an independent college student.
“I was excited to find out that
we were staying in dorms at a
college campus,” said Emily
Baking, a participant in the program. “I like the sense of being
on my own.”
Interested students can apply to the program next year
through the online application
The cost of the program is
$535 for regular registration and
is open to high school juniors
and seniors, as well as advanced
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By Eric Zamarripa
The Chronicle
Nothing tops off the first day of
summer quite like a celebration.
Tucson will celebrate the
summer solstice – the longest
day of the year and the first day
of summer – through a green energy multicultural event in front
of the Arizona State Museum on
the University of Arizona campus on Saturday, June 21.
The Eighth Annual Summer
Solstice celebration includes
multicultural events for all ages,
including storytelling, a hiphop workshop, Henna tattoo
art, vendors, a film and artifacts
on display. Admission into the
event is free.
“The Summer Solstice celebration has grown since it began
both in audience size and the
number of acts,” said Lisa Falk,
director of the solstice event.
The number of event visitors
has multiplied by seven since
2002 when 500 showed up. A
record 3,500 showed up at last
year’s celebration.
Performances including Aztec and Spanish song and dance,
American hip-hop, African and
Japanese drumming and European Gypsy dance will occur
every 30-45 minutes on the
front steps of the museum between 4:30-9:30 p.m.
“There’s something for everyone here,” Falk said.
The grand finale includes
the Flam Chen group working
alongside seven pipers in a presentation of acrobatics, fire and
dance. Falk said this is her favorite part of the celebration.
The Human Project, a local
dance group led by Anton Smith
and Charlie Luna, will perform
and teach the audience some of
their dance moves. The group
performs many different styles
of dance, including modern,
salsa, hip-hop, capoeira, jazz
and ballet.
Francis Delgado will tell
stories about Yacqui heritage,
which teach self-respect and
positive thinking.
Program coordinator Aidinha
Gaxiola is especially excited
about the diversity of the performances. “The whole thing
is unique in that everyone has
something to offer,” she said.
Participants will also be able
to look at the sun and stars
through professional telescopes.
Crafts and hands-on festivities include making ice cream,
masks, pottery and friendship
bracelets. Other event activities
will include learning about minerals, plants and fire.
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Featured Performances:
Trader Joe’s will be giving
out free water and watermelon
to keep everyone hydrated. Corporate vendors will have booths,
and Mexican and Native American vendors will be there to represent local cultures.
The purpose of the event
looks at a green lifestyle through
demonstrations and interactive
activities. All booths this year
will be run on solar power provided by The Solar Store and
GeoInnovations. GeoInnovations will also be performing a
demonstration with their solar
electric car alongside the UA’s
solar race car.
Falk said the message being
promoted by this celebration is
that Tucson is a multicultural
society with many expressions
in nature. “It’s nice to get out
and enjoy the longest day of the
year together.”
• Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc (Aztec),
• The Human Project (American Hip Hop)
• Flamenco Sonora (Spanish)
• Sankosa (African drumming and Caribbean
• Molehill Orkestrah (European Gypsy combined
with multiple world influences)
• Fushicho Daiko (Japanese drumming)
• Flam Chen with Seven Pipers Scottish
Society (mystical fire performance with bag pipes
and drums)
Featured Storytelling:
• Tohono O'Odham Ha:san (Saguaro) Stories (Regina Siquieros)
• Yaqui Lifeways Stories (Frances Delgado)
• Children's book readings (Roni Capin RiveraAshford)
Where: In front of the Arizona State Museum
located at 1013 E. University Blvd.
Price: Free Admission
When: Saturday June 21
City 'adopt' program sweeps the streets
By Sarahi Rodriguez
The Chronicle
Sick of all the trash on her
street, one community member
was inspired to make her community a cleaner place.
Pat Hamilton has been cleaning the Dodge/Flower neighborhood for about three years
with the help of Adopt-A-Park
and Public Areas Program.
The program first began in
1984 with a major cleanup at
“A” Mountain. Eventually the
program evolved into volunteers picking up litter at parks,
bridges, streets and any public
It is a diverse volunteer program open to anyone and participants hail from churches,
schools, businesses and even
Davis-Monthan Air Force
Base. Groups can be as big as
100 people or as few as five.
Last year, 8,000 hours of
volunteer work was put in
and groups that sign on to the
program are expected to make
cleaning their site a regular
Parks usually need a twice-
Photos courtesy of B.J. Cordova
Different groups and organizations around Tucson have signed-on and volunteered to remove large debris and other trash from various public
areas that they have adopted.
a-month cleanup while streets
and washes only have to be
picked up about once a month.
Although Hamilton lives on
Baxter Avenue, she helps clean
Dodge Boulevard and Flower
Street where there is more
heavy traffic.
“We clean once a month
– from Glenn Street to Grant
Road,” said Pat Hamilton, an
Adopt-A-Park and Public Areas program participant.
Hamilton and her group
recruit students from Doolen
Middle School and Catalina
Magnet High School to help.
Sometimes they clean graffiti
off of walls and ask businesses
to clean bottles around their
Tucson Clean and Beautiful,
a non-profit organization created in 1984, provides litterbags for the groups but would
also like for participants to try
and get rid of bigger debris that
cannot fit in the bags.
“You’ll be amazed at what
they find,” said B.J. Cordova,
director for the Adopt-A-Street
& Public Areas Program.
When a new group decides
to join, they go through a threemonth evaluation period, during which they have to show
their interest in the program by
maintaining their commitment
to cleaning their adopted area.
The group has to devote a
large amount of time to cleaning in order to form a partnership with Parks & Recreation,
one of the major sponsors.
Along with displaying they
are a good team, a potential
group must assure this is not
too big of a commitment.
If necessary, adjustments
can be made to make the job
successful – including getting
another group to clean an area
during the meantime in instances when military groups are deployed or school groups are not
in session. As long as the group
has a legitimate reason for not
being able to continue, the program will understand.
Reports on the site’s work
are important to turn in because
they not only log the hours put
in by the group but also tell
the director about the work
they have done. In the report,
groups should also include
problems encountered on, near
or around their site – like graffiti, potholes and fallen signs.
While some groups pass the
evaluation, others do not.
“Groups start enthusiastic
but later lose interest or they
simply can’t keep the commitment,” Cordova said.
The groups get recognition
for their work, including Tshirts, a commemorative sign at
their site and a brief ceremony.
“When we host the Adopt-aPark & Public Areas volunteer
recognition ceremony, we will
have a representative from the
partnering government agency,
a political representative with
Tucson Clean & Beautiful staff
and the group’s members and
leaders,” Cordova said.
“It’s not just picking up
stuff,” Hamilton said about
what the program means to her.
“It’s taking back your neighborhood.”
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toma huellas dactilares de los
voluntarios, las huellas después
se envían al Arizona Department
of Public Safety,” dijo Ching.
“Si las huellas regresan limpias,
el voluntario recibe una carta
diciendo que sus huellas fueron
aprobadas por el sistema.”
Los delincuentes de abuso
sexual son frecuentes en todas las ciudades. Empleadores
públicos deben de tomar precauciones antes de contratar a
cualquier persona. Negocios en
Tucson, que tratan con el publico llevan a cabo un minucioso
registro de los antecedentes.
El proceso de contratar empleados en Sun Tran, nombrado
America’s Best Transit System
en 2005 , es muy estricto. La
compañía meticulosamente revisa los antecedentes penales de
sus empleados.
Si quejas de un conductor se
presenten, Sun Tran investiga la
situación y evalúa las acciones
de los conductores.
Hay cámaras de video en
cada autobús, y son revisadas
después de una queja. La acción
disciplinaria puede ser una carta
de advertencia o despedida del
Sólo 38.3 por
ciento de los asaltos sexuales fueron denunciados
a las autoridades
en 2005.
~Según el National Crime
Victimization Survey
“En casos en donde nuestros conductores se comporten
en una manera poca apropiada,
aplicaremos una acción disci-
plinaria - hasta e incluyendo la
terminación del empleo,” dijo
Jeff Cardella, gerente de entrenamiento para la compañía Sun
El asalto sexual es más frecuente entre niños y jóvenes. El
Boys & Girls Club ofrece una
comunidad y ambiente seguro
para los niños y jóvenes.
El Boys & Girls Club lleva
50 años en existencia, con seis
ubicaciones en Tucson.
La mayoría de las actividades
son adentro del club por la seguridad. Una regla muy importante de la organización es que a
sus miembros no se les permite
estar afuera durante el horario
del club.
Los empleados del club toman
muchas precauciones y cuidan a
los niños cuando participan en
una actividad en el aire libre.
“Llevo más de deiz años
trabajado para el Boys & Girls
Club y nunca hemos tenido
problemas del abuso sexual,”
dijo Daniel Miranda, director
del Boys & Girls Club ubicado
en Edith Boulevard en Tucson.
A pesar del esfuerzo de negocios en Tucson que se dedican
a formar un ambiente seguro,
sólo 38.3 por ciento de los asaltos sexuales fueron denunciados a las autoridades en 2005,
comparado con el porcentaje de
2003 de 38.5, según el National
Crime Victimization Survey.
El Southern Arizona Against
Sexual Assault, en la página de
Internet, expresa su dedicación
a “cultivar relaciones con los
medios de comunicación para
incrementar la conciencia publica de la violencia sexual en la
comunidad. Junto con nuestros
compañeros estamos quebrando
el silencio de esta epidemia. “
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Photos by Alex Sobel
Top left: Joseph Carsten, a member of the robotic arm team, films the robotic arm during a diagnostics test. This is one of the first times the robotic arm diagnostics test is photographed by a member of the
media. Top right: Peter Smith jokes with the staff before the daily meeting to alleviate any tension for the coming testing days.
UA handles Mars program
Mars lander
research expedition well
underway for
By Razanne Chatila
The Chronicle
The University of Arizona,
in partnership with NASA,
leaped into record books when
university scientists assisted in
the first successful soft landing
on Mars since 1976.
The Phoenix Lander’s
groundbreaking feat made UA
the first public university to
send a mission to Mars, while
also exciting the Tucson community and shaping the possibility of future exploration on
the planet.
“The University of Arizona
is honored to be the first public
university to lead a mission to
Mars,” said Sara Hammond,
media relations manager for
the mission.
For Hammond, this was an
achievement years in the making.
“It stems from the university’s five decades of successful
planetary exploration and missions,” she said.
‘Phoenix’ began three
months of exploration on May
Photos from top to above: Vicky Hipkin and Ray Arvidson discuss the
mission, while other members of the team prep for the coming conference. William Bayton ponders his next move in the control room,
waiting for the down link meeting to begin.
Photo on right: The department heads gather for a daily meeting and
provide updates on progress of the Mars lander science mission.
The Phoenix
lander mission is
a scout mission,
which means its
findings will pave
the way for future
~ Sara Hammond
media relations manager
25 with plans to test an area
where possible water and ice
might be found. The mission is
led by a UA team under principal investigator Peter Smith in
partnership with NASA.
“It’s a great opportunity,”
said Robert Furfaro, an assistant research professor for
aerospace and mechanical engineering at UA.
He described the mission
as bringing the university
“huge visibility” and said it
would be a “huge boost” to
local aerospace.
Besides bringing the UA
national recognition, the mission has sparked interest and
excitement in the Tucson community about space travel.
Carol DePriest, who was
touring the mission’s Science
Operations Center during a
Wednesday open house and
also attended celebrations
on campus when ‘Phoenix’
landed, said she felt the mission brings prestige to the
“I’m very happy,” she said.
“I’m surprised from all the
universities we got picked.”
Gloria McMillan, another
visitor to the center, said the
mission was “drawing the
public behind it.”
McMillan said rather than
being something remote,
this mission belonged to the
“Enthusiasm gets injected
into the community,” she said.
But what’s next for space
exploration on Mars?
“This is a stepping stone,” said
Rick McCloskey, an engineer on
the ‘Phoenix’ team. “You take
a step and then you figure out
what’s your next step.”
Jacob Egan, who does public outreach for the mission,
said the next logical step might
be humans reaching Mars but
will take time.
Egan said this step might
seem like “science fiction” but
that with progress it could become “science fact.”
Hammond agreed with Egan
that this event would only be
the first step in possibly a series of explorations.
“The Phoenix lander mission is a scout mission, which
means its findings will pave
the way for future missions,”
Hammond said. “First ro-
botically, then perhaps with
a sample return, and eventually with humans traveling to
the planet.”
Christi Simila, another visitor to the center, didn’t find the
idea of humans reaching Mars
to be science fiction but rather
an eventual reality.
“We’ll get there at some
point but we are way behind
schedule,” Simila said.
According to McCloskey,
scientists are already working
on the next Mars Mission – the
Mars Science Lab – which will
be launched in 2009.
McCloskey said the Mars
Science Lab lander would be
different but still retain similarities to ‘Phoenix.’ He added
that the next mission would be
more ambitious, with a larger
suite of instruments.
Egan said he believes that
the mission goes deeper than
just getting to Mars.
“It fosters interest in space for
further generations,” he said.
Members of the public interested in learning more about
the ‘Phoenix’ mission can visit
the Science Operations Center
to take a tour and see a replica
of the Mars lander.
The center holds an open
house every Wednesday and
reservations can be made on
the ‘Phoenix’ mission Web
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group with their peers. It helps
them develop confidence and
Hare founded the program
in 1998 when her granddaughter was diagnosed with
cerebral palsy. She is a registered nurse who earned a master’s degree in nursing at the
University of Colorado.
This is the first special
needs program she has ever
worked for.
Hare said she started the
program with the help of nonprofit organizations and funding from the State of Arizona
because there were not enough
programs for people with cerebral palsy.
“It’s so overwhelming when
you have a child and you think
everything is fine when they’re
not,” Sisson said.
Sisson has struggled to have
DeMoss in a class that is selfcontained because she does
not learn at the same pace as
everyone else. A self-contained class is where someone
is one-on-one with a student
the entire time so they can understand the criteria they need
to know better.
Unlike other programs, the
staff does not set goals for their
members, according to Hare.
Any improvement the children
Three other programs work on
keeping Tucson
streets safe
By Sarahi Rodriguez
The Chronicle
Photo by Aminata Sumareh
Helpers at the center provide aid for 19 cerebral palsy patients through physical therapy and other training
in hopes to provide a better future for the patients.
make is an achievement.
The only thing expected of
the children is for them to be
active and out of their wheelchair if they have one, said
Eszter Domokos, a class conductor. Her job is to instruct
the other aids on what activities the children should do.
Domokos said she was
trained in Budapest, Hungary
for conductive education.
Staff members have to be
licensed in CPR, first aid, and
must be fingerprinted and subject to a background check,
according to Hare. Volunteers
must be 18 years old and be
capable to work with disabled
An average day at the program includes working on a
support rail to improve balance,
practicing posture and learning
how to hold objects.
One of the most important
learning activities for the members is something most people
do everyday – eating lunch.
Eating lunch helps the members
learn how to use the muscles in
their hands and works on their
hand and eye coordination.
Hare said 19 children are at-
tending the summer program
this year, ranging between the
ages of 2 and 22.
They also have preschool
and other programs to accommodate children at other times
of the year.
The students take field trips
to local malls and parks to
work on their interactive skills
and for fun, Hare said.
“Most of them are comfortable being around other people.
They like to have new experiences,” Hare said. “Their needs
and desires are the same as
other children their age.”
Empieza la estación de serpientes
Por Aeric Koerner
Traducido por Lily Becerra
Sin pudieron hacer nada,
Cindy Rielly y sus hijos miraban a Reno, su amado perro,
tomar su ultimo suspiro.
Solamente una hora anterior
la familia y Reno pasaban la
tarde jugando en el jardín.
Cada verano en Arizona hay
epidemias de mordedura de
serpientes. Personas saben que
deben de tener cuidado por los
caminos y por los patios, pero
las mascotas a veces son inconscientes.
Abril marcó el comienzo de
de la estacióin de mordeduras
de las serpientes y los perros
de Arizona están en peligro
una vez más.
Desde abril, el Dr. Michael
Samuels, de Central Animal
Hospital, 3113 E. First St., dijo
que ha curado a dos perros y
que espera curar a mas antes
de que termine el verano.
Samuels dijo que si una
serpiente muerda a un perro,
el tratamiento debe de ser administrado dentro de una hora
para que pueda sobrevivir.
Después de una hora el veneno empieza hacer efecto y
puede causar hinchazón y grave daño.
En octubre, el perro de los
Rielly se atravezó a una serpiente de cascabel en el patio
y fue mordido en el hocico.
Aunque el animal fue apresurado al hospital, fue demasia-
a los perros
por uno o dos
días y les
damos un
~ Melissa Gaska
empleada en la clínica
do tarde para darle tratamiento
y tuvieron que ponerlo a dormir.
Varios dueños de mascotas a
veces descubren demasiado tarde que no todas las clínicas tienen antiveneno de serpiente.
los residentes de Tuscon, el
Tucson Animal Emergency
Services en Tucson, 4832 E.
Speedway Blvd., está surtido
completamente con el antiveneno debido a la frecuencia de
las mascotas con mordeduras
de serpientes.
“Los tenemos entrar diariamente,” dijo Melisa Gaska,
una empleada en la clínica.
“Mantenemos a los perros por
uno o dos días y les damos al
menos uno antiveneno.”
Pero, el precio de antiveneno ha asustado a dueños de
mascotas, dice Samuels. El
precio mayoreo de una dosis
de antiveneno cuesta $500.
"Puedes esperar una cuenta al menos de $2,000,” dijo
Samuels. El precio para el tra-
tamiento acumula por el costo
de alojamiento, anestesia, y
líquidos, él agrego.
Porque el precio para el tratamiento es caro, muchos de
los negocios locales tratan de
ayudar por dar clases de entrenamiento de seguridad para
dueños de mascotas y sus mascotas. Uno de esos negocios es
Karyn Garvin and Associates.
Cada mes, Garvin and Associates ofrece clases para
prevenir mordidas de serpiente. Se usan serpientes vivos sin
colmillos, dijo Pam Day, una
trabajador de Garvin.
A los perros les ponen un
collar de choque y si ellos
muestren interés en la serpiente el collar les da choque.
Algunos perros ni se acercan a la manguera del jardín
como resultado de este entrenamiento.
Para aquellos que encuentran serpientes peligroso, a
Dave Purwin, a quien le pertenece Desert Wild Life Services, 5405 W. Sunset Road,
frecuentemente responde a
peticiones para retirar los serpientes.
“Pima County hace la mayoría de las llamadas para el
retiro de serpientes,” dijo Dave
Purwin. “Algunos días recibé
media docena a una docena de
La serpiente mas común de
atacar es el Western Diamondback y el Mojave Rattler.
Porque es difícil de identificar
por el teléfono, Dave avisa que
nadie trate de mover la serpiente si no sea un experto.
Cuando se trata de serpientes, “mantengan una segura
distancia,” dijo Purwin.
Factos de serpientes
• Karyn Garvin and Asso•
ciates está dando una clase
para prevenir mordidas de
serpientes el sábado, 26 de
Julio. Las clases empieza a
las 5 de la tarde.
• Las clases se llenaran rápidamente, entonces llamen a
Karyn Garyin and Associates a 790-3647 para reservar
un lugar.
• El entrenamiento para la
clase cuesta $75.
• No es recomendado attemptar retirar la serpiente
porque el veneno que contiene no es reconocido. Expertos avisan “no acosar la
serpiente,” y “guardar una
segura distancia,” mientras
esperan el retiro.
• El precio del retiro de
serpiente depende de la
distancia del lugar, el tipo
y el tamaño de la serpiente. Llame a Desert Wildlife
Services a 743-1411 para
mas información sobre los
procedimientos de retiro.
Every two and a half minutes someone is sexually assaulted, according to a report
released by the National Crime
Victimization Survey in 2005.
“(Rape) is one of the most
unreported crimes,” said
Audrey Ching, director of
community education and
Ching is part of the Southern Arizona Center Against
Sexual Assault, a place where
rape and sexual assault survivors can go for help to reduce
the trauma and incidence of
sexual assault. The organization offers a bilingual crisis
line open 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
The center also has a teletypewriter crisis hotline for the
deaf community and for people with difficulties hearing.
However, instead of using the
old fashioned teletypewriters,
crisis advocators have recently
started using blackberries.
“Blackberries are more efficient because everyone is familiar with text messaging and
it’s more convenient for them
– it can be used everywhere,”
said Elia Guzman-Rodriguez,
crisis advocate for the sexual
assault center.
Blackberries can receive
emergency text messages and
the counselors will reply with
helpful advice. The advocators
have the blackberry with them
at all times to provide help to
Crisis advocators never ask
for details but are more than
willing to listen and talk with
assault survivors.
“Some crisis calls last an
hour – it takes them a while to
talk,” said Guzman-Rodriguez.
“Just when you think you’ve
seen it all, you get something
completely different then you
like to think.”
The center offers many
helpful programs to aid survivors, like continuing mental
health therapy for survivors,
prevention education and outreach services.
The non-profit organization
recruits volunteers to advocate
against sexual assault, but theses volunteers must be 18 years
or older to apply – in addition to
being fingerprinted and going
through background checks.
“The police department fingerprints the volunteers and
then the prints are sent to the
State of Arizona Department
of Public Safety,” Ching said.
“When the prints clear the volunteer gets a card back stating
that their prints cleared the
system and then they can vol-
unteer with us.”
Since sexual assault offenders are prevalent in every city,
public employers must take
precautions before hiring any
person. Businesses in Tucson
that deal largely with the public are very thorough with their
background checks.
The hiring process at Sun
Tran, which was named America’s Best Transit System in
2005 and made close to 18
million passenger trips last
year, is meticulous with applicants undergoing criminal
background checks in all city,
state and federal courts.
If complaints about a bus
driver ever arise, Sun Tran
performs a detailed investigation and evaluates the operator’s actions.
Video recordings are installed inside the buses and
reviewed after a complaint.
Disciplinary action can vary
anywhere from a warning letter to termination.
“In cases where our operator has behaved inappropriately, we will apply progressive
disciplinary action – up to and
including termination of the
operators employment,” said
Jeff Cardella, training manager for Sun Tran.
Since sexual assault mostly
targets teens and children, the
Boys & Girls Club has made
sure to create a safe environment and community for its
The Boys & Girls Club has
been around for 50 years, with
six locations in Tucson alone.
Most activities take place
inside the clubhouse for safety,
and a very important rule enforced at the clubhouse is that
members are not permitted
outside during club hours.
Clubhouse staff keep an
extra eye on youths when participating in outdoor activities.
If an event takes place outside,
there are plenty of staff members nearby to watch out for
the youth.
“I have been working for the
Boys & Girls Club for over 10
years and we have never had
any (sex offender) problems
of that kind,” Daniel Miranda
said, the director at the Boys &
Girls Club at the Edith Boulevard location in Tucson.
Despite the efforts of Tucson
businesses who are dedicated
to creating a safe environment,
only 38.3 percent of sexual
assaults were reported to authorities in 2005, compared
with 38.5 percent in 2003 according to the National Crime
Victimization Survey.
However, the Southern Arizona Against Sexual Assault
Web site expresses their dedication to “cultivating relationships with our media partners
to increase public awareness
about sexual violence in our
communities. These partners
are helping us break the silence of this silent epidemic.”
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Above: Aides help students with some of the most
basic physical acts including tying their shoe laces to standing. Right: Program Director Mary Hare is
often times found amidst students and helpers helping
students with their physical therapy.
Left: Jessica Jauck, an aid, helps Candace, a student at
the center, with her physical therapy training. Above:
Wendy Ramirez, another aide, helps Shelby with her
balance using balance rails. Shelby is Mary Hare's granddaughter.
Conductive Classes Offer Hope to Palsy Families
Physical therapy and lunch provides promising future
for cerebral palsy patients
Photos and story by Aminata Sumareh
At the Individual Achievements Association people with cerebral palsy can
have fun and advance their motor skills.
This program is during the summer and it educates people from the ages of
2-22. The students there are taught through an education system called conductive education. Conductive education is a teaching method that focuses on improving motor disabilities.
The students learn from the activities they do throughout the day like using a
rail to walk. Some of the children have wheelchairs they use for mobility. At the
program it is required that every student is out of their wheel chairs for the time
they are there.
The aids help the students do everyday things like tie their shoes and eat lunch.
Even when the students play it is a way of advancing their eye and hand coordination. They also help the students with their posture and how to stand up straight.
They encourage and motivate the students to build their self-esteem as well.
Top: Zana Smith, left, helps Antonio, while another aide Robert Frontz readies to help with the physical
training. Above: Karella McKay helps Mary Hare's granddaughter Shelby tie her shoes.
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UA professors LGBT groups offer support
contributing to
climate change
research report
By Heather Patterson
The Chronicle
By Alex Sobel
The Chronicle
Seven years ago, the Climate
Change Science Program was
commissioned by Congress to
write a series of 21 reports about
topics relating to climate change.
As of May 27, the only report
of its kind was released, detailing
the impacts of climate change on
society. University of Arizona
researchers participated in this
report and wrote the Arid Lands
section of the Land Resources
Professor Steven Archer and
associate professor Travis Huxman are the two lead scientists
for the UA who wrote the report,
which detailed possible outcomes
of what the future will hold.
“By allowing the university to
write this report shows that we’re
recognized in the field of ecology,” Archer said. “It’s great for
the reputation of the school.”
In an interview with the www., Travis Huxman
said their focus in writing the
article was to look at the components of global change that have
an impact on arid lands.
Archer said the UA was chosen to write this section of the
report because of its background
with the climate they were studying. The staff’s expertise and
ability to organize this information also was a key factor in their
The published report has a list
of all the resources and technical publications the professors
used in the resource-based assessment, including those of the
International Biome Project and
the National Ecological Observatory Network.
Archer and Huxman compiled the data and analyzed it for
trends regarding possible effects
of climate change.
Huxman said they tracked
how changes in carbon dioxide
concentration, temperature and
precipitation affect the way deserts behave and look.
When Congress first commissioned the reports, the original
plan was that an account would
come out every four years.
Now seven years overdue, the
report was the result of a federal court order issued in August
2007, stating that an assessment
needed to be produced by May
31 of the following year.
According to the report, temperature increases would lead to
major drought, killing all vegetation in the region. The resulting
lack of plant cover, air and liquid
erosion would increase, causing
an impact on downwind ecosystems that would affect entire
As a result of increased temperatures, grain and oilseed
crops would mature quickly, but
as a side effect there would
The focus in
writing the article was to look
at the components of global
~ Travis E. Huxman,
associate professor
be increased probability for
crop failure.
“I’d say in 30-50 years we’ll
be looking at problems that
would be much more difficult to
deal with,” Archer said.
One section of the report
stated that the creation of deserts
was partially because of extensive cattle grazing. Overgrazing
peaked in 1920, after which it
fell into decline.
According to the report, a
main cause for this was the low
carrying capacity of the soil because of erosion and a lack of edible plant species.
Crops including tomatoes,
fruits and onions would respond
negatively to these conditions,
as these types of crops do not
react well to fast change and are
extremely susceptible to rapid
increases in temperature.
In an interview with the UA
News Organization, professor
Huxman stated that buffel grass
acts as a major fire starter in
areas with little plant cover. It
holds a flame for an exceptionally long time and its growth
spreads rapidly.
However, Archer has a few
ideas about how to start correcting the problem before it becomes too late,
“We need to start finding
ways of better resource management, as well as land use practices,” he said.
According to professor Archer, the technical publications
used as reference material in the
report are also known as referee
peer review papers. They are repeatedly reviewed to ensure accuracy before being used in these
types of reports.
The findings were reviewed by
David Breshears, a professor of
natural resources at the UA, who
then gave Archer and Huxman
the green light to publish these
findings in the official report.
“It’s gratifying to know that I’ve
made a contribution to the scientific community,” Archer said.
Even though homosexuality is becoming more acceptable in today’s society, the gay
community still faces violence,
homophobia and harassment,
but Tucson homosexuals are
uniting to combat violence and
discrimination with education
and organization.
Wingspan, Southern Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender community center,
has created an anti-violence
program that helps people in
the LGBT community fight
against violence and cope with
discrimination while also educating community members on
hate crimes.
“Education is the most accessible way to end violence because it changes attitudes,” said
Minko Jenamie, the rural out-
reach specialist for Wingspan.
Wingspan, a non-profit organization, offers a 24-hour crisis
line and other outlets for education such as transgender awareness week, which includes self
defense classes, transgender
question and answer sessions,
and gender identity courses
that clarify what it means to be
transgender, according to information posted by
“When you have something
that people aren’t familiar with,
it’s easier for them to attack it,”
Jenamie said.
Violence can happen at many
levels and according to Jenamie,
systemic violence – homophobia – is one of the most common forms the gay community
is subjected to.
Sexual violence is also an issue the LGBT community faces.
According to a study published
in 2008, The Gender, Violence
and Resource Access Survey,
50 percent of transgender individuals reported being raped
or assaulted by a sexual partner, whereas only 30 percent
of non-transgender individuals
reported being sexually abused
or raped by their partners.
Wingspan statistics also show
that 64 percent of homosexual
youth report felt unsafe at school
because of their sexuality.­
“The community needs to
step up and be more vocal about
opposing homophobia,” Jenamie said.
The University of Arizona’s
Office of LGBT Affairs works
to build and maintain a safe
and open environment for all
genders and sexual orientations.
Some popular groups on campus
include the OUTreach program,
the official voice of LGBT employees and students on cam-
pus, Pride Alliance, a student
resource center that has chapters
in the colleges of Medicine and
Law, and the Delta Lambda Phi
fraternity, which is reserved for
gay and bisexual men.
“The university is a microcosm of the larger society,” said
Cathy Busha, the director of
LGBT Affairs. “Unfortunately
homophobia and transphobia
still exist.”
There are also off-campus
safe places for LGBT to
hang out as a community.
While Wingspan offers a library and a tech center for
the LGBT community, Eon
Lounge is a hangout spot for
LGBT youth ages 13-23. Eon
Lounge is located downtown
across the street from the
Rondstat Transit Center.
Programa ofrece experiencia médica
Por Alisa S. Charles
Traducido por Heather
Oluchukwu Okonkwo, graduada reciente de la escuela secundaria, se hizo interesada en la farmacia y la biotecnología a la edad
de nueve.
Después de la muerte de su
abuelo al cáncer, se ha sumergido
en cada oportunidad de la escuela
secundaria y del colegio para
hacerse mejor educada en la especialidad medica.
Cuando una profesora de biotecnología en Tucson High Magnet School le informó a ella sobre
los puestos de investigación de
Keys (K-12 Engaging Youth in
Science), para estudiantes de la
escuela secundaria en la Universidad de Arizona, ella estaba muy
emocionada, dijo Okonko.
“Quiero estudiar la farmacia,”
ella dijo. “Este programa usa la
misma tecnología e investigación
que haré en el campo. Entonces
pensé que yo podría usar la experiencia a mi ventaja.
El programa de Keys pone un
“boot camp” de investigación
rigorosa de seis semanas, dando
los estudiantes la oportunidad de
experimentar en el laboratorio
practico de medico. El programa
fue diseñando para estudiantes,
como Okonkwo, quiénes están
interesados en ejercer una educación en las especialidades de la
biociencia o biomédica.
“El objetivo del programa es
dar los estudiantes de la escuela
secundaria la oportunidad para
hacer investigación práctica en un
laboratorio,” dijo Kevin Hall, el
director del programa para Keys.
“Es muy diferente hacer investigaciones aquí que en una clase de
la escuela secundaria.”
Con la dirección de un investigador de la UA, 28 estudiantes y
graduados recientes de la escuela
secundara estuvieron seleccionado, de 54 candidatos, para ser
internos en el laboratorio de investigación de la UA.
En su segundo año de op-
eración, Keys ha triplicado en
tamaño desde que su comienza en
2007, dijo Hall.
Los estudiantes mostraron la
tenacidad y una facilidad para el
programa durante semanas de 30
horas en ambos conferencias y
trabajos laboratorios.
“Tenemos días muy largos a
veces,” dijo participante Juliet
Masaya. “Pero con tal de que se
concentra durante las conferencias,
el programa se hace más fácil y
merece los nueve horas cada día.”
Kasaya, graduada reciente de
Palo Verde High School que tiene
18 años, quiere eventualmente
hacerse médica.
La primera semana del programa, que empezó el 9 de junio, era
de instrucción. Los estudiantes
estaban entrenados en las habilidades básicas y precauciones del
laboratorio, en el cuidado de un
cuaderno de laboratorio, y en el
leer de los artículos científicos.
“Mi parte favorita del programa hasta ahora es las conferencias, “ Kasaya dijo. “Pensé que el
científico que da las conferencias
fuera científico y lógico. Pero en
la realidad son solamente gente
normales que tratan de entender
cosas, como el resto de nosotros.”
Para el resto del programa, los
estudiantes trabajarán independientemente con la ayuda de un
mentor para producir sus propias
investigaciones y conclusiones.
Estas conclusiones serán presentadas al final del programa.
Muchos de los mentores que
ayudan los participantes son antiguos graduados del programa.
Seis estudiantes del programa del
verano anterior regresaron este
año para ser mentor.
Tiffany Lee-Chan, graduada
reciente de la escuela secundaria,
ahora está estudiando la prefarmacia en la universidad. Ella actúa
como una mentor este verano.
“Quería ser mentor para que
pueda hablar con los estudiantes
y les ayuda contestar sus preguntas,” dijo Lee-Chan. “En los
laboratorios muchas veces están
preocupados porque el material
puede ser un poco difícil.”
Photos by Aminata Sumareh
Estudiantes trabajan en el laboritorio como parte del "bootcamp" de
Keys en la Universidad de Arizona.
Mon-Ning Fung, estudiante
de la microbiología, decidió hacerse una mentor porque recordó
como difícil era a veces durante
su puesto de interno.
"A menudo yo estaba desconcertada con los procedimientos
y la tarea,” ella dijo. “Era mucho más fácil preguntar a un par
porque me lo intimida menos.”
Al final del programa, los estudiantes recibe un estipendio de
Muchos de los estudiantes
dijeron que están emocionados
sobre el estipendio porque no lo
“Cuando averigüé de los $800,
estuve feliz porque pensé que tenía
que trabajar todo el verano,” dijo
Kasaya. “Es un alivio – ahora no
tengo que trabajar tanto.”
Para aplicar al 2009 Keys
Internship for High School Students, visite Pueden encontrar las
exigencias y descargar una copia
de la forma de aplicación allí.
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Pho tops
menu at
new Viet.
Scooped up! Cool off for the summer
blends East
and West
By Razanne Chatila
The Chronicle
Sultan Palace’s home-cooked
Afghani food is a different eating
experience with lots of spice.
Sultan Palace opened about
four years ago at Drachman and
Main Street, and recently moved
near the University of Arizona
for a better location.
Food varies from basmati
rice and kabbabs to vegetables.
One of the restaurant’s popular
specialties is Qabli – brown rice
with lamb shanks.
Diba Kushkaki the owner
who hails from Afghanistan,
opened the restaurant after
friends kept telling her that her
cultural food was tasty.
“I always wanted a restaurant,
but something small,” she said.
The restaurant is one of the
few that offer Hallah Zabiha,
which is the traditional way to
slaughter meat according to the
Islamic rule.
“It’s unique – only diner in
the area and we have buffet and
dinner,” Kushkaki’s son Hassib
Kushkaki said. “Our food is different.”
The seating is different than
typical restaurants since customers have the choice to either
sit on chairs or on the floor seats,
under tent-shaped draperies.
“It’s an Americanized twist
on traditional Afghanistan culture,” Hassib said.
For patron Linda Sorg, it is the
fact that they are one of the few
restaurants to offer “tasty” lamb.
“I was impressed,” Sorg said.
“It’s lamb, but well-cook lamb.”
Portions are another topic
customers remark on.
“It was nice because it’s
small amounts,” said Betsy
Bogen, remarking after her first
visit to Sultan Palace. “Spicy,
but good spicy.”
Bogan and her husband
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By Alex Sobel
The Chronicle
Brothers bring taste of Italy to Tucson
By Heather Patterson
The Chronicle
Delicious gelato has made its
way from Italy to Tucson with
the help of two young men.
Brothers Trevor, 28, and Seth
Zamar, 23, Tucson residents
originally from Douglas, Ariz.,
have introduced authentic Italian
gelato by opening Fratelli’s last
Gelato became a reality for local residents when Seth returned
from studying Italian through the
University of Arizona’s study
abroad program in Orvieto, Italy
in the summer of 2005.
“It’s obviously one of the best
gelatos I’ve had,” said Seth, referring to the gelato stores in Orvieto. “There were always lines
of people outside.”
Seth and Trevor said they were
inspired to open their own gelato
lounge by experiencing Italy’s
famous gelato and also because
of their Italian family heritage.
After meeting frozen Italian
dessert expert Luciano Ferrari,
the brothers decided to study
under him before opening their
own gelato lounge.
Ferrari, originally from Modena, Italy, flew to New York to
teach the brothers the finer art of
making gelato. According to the
World Pastry Forum, Ferrari has
Photos by Alex Sobel
Top: Trevor Zamar works behind the counter serving gelato to customers. The lounge is completely family-run from servers to managers.
Above: Brothers Trevor and Seth stand in front of the mission statement that emphasize the family environment of the lounge.
We simply wanted to offer something that represented us.
studied frozen desserts and gelato for more than 25 years.
“Our grandma has always
cooked desserts,” Trevor said.
“We wanted to open a store that
represented what we stood for.”
According to
com, gelato is made with milk,
sugar and flavoring – thus it
is healthier than ice cream because it is made with milk rather
than cream. The ingredients are
stirred while frozen so ice crys-
~ Seth Zamar
tals do not form. Gelato usually
has 35 percent less air, so flavors
are bolder.
The brothers also tried to
make the atmosphere of their
lounge look and feel as authentically Italian as possible. All of
the equipment, from the forged
freezer to the espresso machine,
is imported from Italy.
Trevor said most of their ingredients are imported, including the
Italian pistachios they use to make
pistachio gelato – one of the most
popular flavors at Fratelli’s.
Seth also said he and Trevor
work one-on-one with their staff
to make customers feel welcome
and a part of the family.
“It’s a nice atmosphere, and I
don’t feel like a number,” retiree
Adrienne O’Hare said. “Other
places are so impersonal.”
All of the staff members at
Fratelli’s are related to the brothers and according to Seth, their
mother, Gail Zamar, occasionally drives in from Douglas, to
scoop gelato for customers.
“They are always very patient and friendly. You can try as
many flavors as you want and
they won’t get annoyed,” Nichole Hellman, 21, said. “It’s just
great – it tastes Italian.”
The gelato flavors are unique,
and the brothers said they often
test out new tastes. The Rice
Pudding gelato is based on their
great grandmother’s recipe, and
other original flavors include
Birthday Cake, S’mores, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and Chocolate Jalapeño.
Trevor said that there are
usually 27 different flavors
“We simply wanted to offer
something that represented us,”
Seth said. “It’s something we
love to do.”
More and more people are
discovering Saigon Pho, a new
restaurant on University Boulevard specializing in South Vietnamese food.
Since it opened in May, Saigon
Pho has attracted a number of
customers for its mix of French
and Vietnamese offerings.
Pho is a traditional rice noodle soup dish from Vietnam
with thin cuts of beef laced
throughout the entree. According to Son Tran, Saigon Pho
manager, the restaurant’s best
dish would be the seafood soup
or Hu Tiu Saigon Dac Biet, a
rice noodle soup with shrimp,
tripe and squid.
“We wanted to bring our style
of food to the people of the community and share it with them,”
Tran said.
Although originally from
the city of Saigon, the food has
strong roots in both China and
“Our noodles are from China,
but with a Vietnamese twist,”
Tran said.
The noodles are flavored with
SEE Pho on page 12
Photo by Alex Sobel
Customers at Saigon Pho often
find themselves indecisive over
the good food and cheap prices
offered at the restaurant.
Biosphere 2 continues research
By Lily Becerra
The Chronicle
Photo by Lily Becerra
Biosphere 2, a multimillion dollar project, now houses University of
Arizona research on Climate Change and the different effects on different types of vegetation.
Once wrapped in controversy and intrigue, Biosphere 2 – a 3.14-acre glassenclosed environment – now serves as a
research stronghold for climate change and
an educational tool for thousands of tourists
every year.
The facility is leased by University of Arizona for an annual fee of $100 as part of an
agreement with the experiment’s benefactor,
billionaire Edward Bass. Bass also gave the
UA a gift of $30 million to fund future research.
Researchers are currently studying the
Pinyon Pine, a tree kept in different climates
to experiment the effects of climate change,
said Bettina Silverman, a Biosphere 2 tour
In its original inception, Biosphere 2 was
used to test human habitation.
Silverman said the goal of the biosphere
was to understand the earth, its living systems and the future.
The first mission was an experimental laboratory to research a possible Mars
habitation system, with eight people being
locked inside the biosphere for two years
and 20 minutes, she said.
To try and recreate an earth-like environment for the inhabitants, Biosphere 2 replicated different habitats – including a desert,
a marshland, a savannah, a tropical rainforest with 1800 plants some stretching up to
80 feet tall and a 25-foot deep, 900,000-gal-
lon ocean with a living coral system.
Silverman said these habitats were to act
as a natural and organic biome around the
human habitat where the researchers lived.
The goal was for the researchers to live off
the agricultural resources while they stayed
inside the structure.
“The public and media thought of the
biosphere as being a doomsday cult,” Silverman said.
During the second mission, the seven
people locked inside the biosphere were to
remain there for 10 and a half months.
The mission was aborted shortly after the
sixth month when trouble ensued among the
controlling factions outside of the biosphere
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Disabilities center provides access
By Lily Becerra
The Chronicle
Photo by Lily Becerra
Derek Brown works in his office at the Disabilities Resources Center.
Brown, who is wheelchair bound, serves as the men's and women's
wheelchair basketball coach.
The University of Arizona accommodates people with disabilities to make sure all students have
equal access.
One way the university accomplishes this goal is through
the Disability Resource Center on
campus, which provides accommodations for people with both
physical and mental disabilities.
The center began in 1970 to provide services to people with physical disabilities. It was originally
called Special Services before it
was changed to the Disability Resource Center in 2000, said Carol
Funckes, the associate director of
the center.
This resource center was started
at the university before the Americans with Disabilities Act was
passed in 1990, Funckes said. The
act was passed to give people with
disabilities equal access to such
things as transportation, learning
access and accommodations.
“When the resource center was
first started, it served about 11
people but now serves more than
1,500 people,” said Tom Murray,
the access consultant at the center.
The Disabilities Resource Center has 34 total staff positions – 10
staff members in student services,
seven in athletics, three in the technology lab, seven in American
Sign Language, two in testing, one
in employee services and four in
administration, Murray said.
“The center provides several
programs that are helpful resources for people with learning disabilities,” Murray said.
One of the resources provided
is the technology lab, which has
25 computers available to students
with disabilities. The computers
have adjustable heights so they
can be adjusted for students, Murray said.
The technology lab also has
a brail system for the blind and
is a quiet place where students
can go and work, said Amanda
Goede, the lab monitor at the
technology lab.
“UA clearly values inclusion
and values access,” Murray said.
'Pho' blends East and West
Movie Review
Pho from page 11
Vietnamese spices such as cardamom, ginger, anise, cinnamon,
onion and a fragrant and spicy
herb – syzygium coriander.
“The baguettes we make are
from France,” Tran said. “When
the baguettes were made by
bakers, they went stale soon after so people began finding all
sorts of ways to use them. The
sandwiches we make were one
of the recipes created.”
These baguettes are served
with every meal.
Tran said there is a strong
vegetarian demand on campus,
and in response to it they are
adding 15 new vegetarian items
to the menu by next month.
Saigon Pho is hoping that this
change will attract new students
and will be another option besides the everyday burger and
Tucked away behind a convenience store on the corner
of Park Avenue and University
Boulevard, the restaurant may
be slightly difficult to find but
Tucson resident Bira Vankolck
stumbled upon it one day and
has loved it ever since.
“The atmosphere of this
Photo by Alex Sobel
place is very good especially for
a Vietnamese restaurant – they
usually aren’t this modern,”
Vankolck said.
Two large flat screen TVs
hanging from the ceiling in the
restaurant play foreign films
with subtitles. Paper lanterns on
metal poles give a soft glow to
the room and large hand fans
placed over the front windows
provide shade from the hot Tucson sun.
A painting of men working in
a rice paddy adorns the far wall,
reminding the customers of the
restaurant’s Asian roots.
Vankolck travels often and
has sampled many types of
Vietnamese food.
“Comparatively, this place
ranks among the best that I’ve
had,” Vankolck said. “The food
is very flavorful and I’m looking forward to trying the sugar
cane juice – it’s hard to find.”
First-timer customers Frank
and Sonya Barscewski discovered Saigon Pho by accident
and were glad they did.
“The food was good, the egg
rolls were very good and the
Vietnamese coffee was especially good,” Frank said. “The
coffee was strong but sweet.”
The portions served were so
large that the couple decided to
split an entrée.
“We’re definitely coming
here again,” Sonya said.
with disabilities come here over
other universities, Murray said.
Brown’s basketball team last
year consisted of 12 men and 15
women, with the women’s wheelchair team finishing in third place
nationally and the men’s wheelchair finishing fourth.
Physical training includes five
days of practice for two and a half
hours, Brown said. There is also
a gym available at the disabilities
center for athletes to stay in shape
and get the workout necessary for
body strength.
“This sport requires a lot of upper body strength,” Brown said.
“The athletes do exercises to prevent injuries.”
Murray said the campus is excellent. “Everything is very positive and everyone makes sure students have equal access,” he said.
The campus buildings have accessible ramps, doors and elevators for people who have a physical disability, Funckes said.
“It is a very welcoming campus
because of the Arizona climate,”
Funckes said.
The Happening, ain't so happenin'
By Carina Dominguez
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Sarah Tyler, left, enjoys a meal at the new restaurant with her friend
Sherry Legend over lunch.
“Students are taught how to use
tools so they can access them on
their own.”
Along with the technology lab
there is also a testing room where
students can take a test without any
disruptions or distractions.
This room is helpful for students with ADHD, along with others, said Murray. Students can also
be given headphones if necessary
to keep from being distracted by
small noises.
The university also has an athletics program for students with
This program includes men and
women’s wheel chair basketball,
quad rugby, tennis, track and road
racing, weight training and conditioning, juniors active in wheelchair sports and goal ball. Like other UA athletics programs, disabled athletes are
recruited from all across the
country, said Derek Brown,
the coach for men and women’s wheelchair basketball.
The sports program offered at
the UA is one reason why students
M. Night Shyamalan’s “The
Happening” was the worst horror film since 2006’s flop, “Lady
in the Water.”
It begins with high school science teacher, Elliot Moore (Mark
Wahlberg), questioning his class
about the disappearance of thousands of bees, which seemed
to be the first sign of what was
Soon Philadelphia gets word
of suspicious suicides due to
toxins released in the air by an
unknown source all over Manhattan, N.Y. Quickly, Elliot his
wife, Alma (Zooey Deschanel),
fellow teacher and friend, Julian
(John Leguizamo), and Julian’s
daughter Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez)
find themselves on a train to Harrisberg, Pa.
While onboard, the conductors lose contact with the rest
of society, leaving a train full of
frightened people stranded in
a small town. Passengers and
townspeople come up with a plan
to head west out of their current
location, which leads them in the
dead center of the attacks along
the East Coast.
More people join in the journey out of the blue. Elliot listens
to a local resident, who mentions his theory that the plants
are communicating – causing
the tragedies. Elliot never turns
down the idea and keeps an
open mind.
The people divide into two
large groups, but Elliot decides to
go ahead of everyone with a few
others in a much smaller group.
The toxins catch up with the
larger groups, and as Elliot can
hear everyone behind him die,
he comes up with a solution! He
divides his small group into even
smaller groups, which seems
like it would save them. Sounds
good so far, right? Wrong.
Everyone dies with the exception of Elliot, Alma and Jess.
Their luck doesn’t end there –
they then find a place to stay the
night, and eat dinner.
After surviving the second
plant attack, three months later
they are home with Julian’s
daughter and new addition to the
family, Jess, when Alma finds
out she’s pregnant.
It might be a tad bit hard to believe but Elliot was correct and
the plants were causing all the
chaos. But why did all the suicides stop? Did the human population grow immune to the toxins? Did scientists make a new
chemical to overpower them?
Not quite. The explanation?
Nature is unpredictable.
As the happy family settles
back into their home, a news reporter interviews a scientist who
believes the attacks were warnings and compares them to a
rash. He explains the toxin attack
was the first sign of a rash, and
like a rash, it could spread.
I appreciate Shyamalan trying to tie in global warming with
the whole ‘plants will fight back
if we don’t take care of them’
thing, but he just went about it
the wrong way.
The moral of the story is don’t
disrespect our earth, because like
“The Happening,” bad things
spread in unwanted places.
This was Mark Wahlberg’s
worst performance, the cherry
on top of the terrible script. I
will say Shyamalan’s final scene
terrified me…the possibility of
a sequel.
Restaurant brings authentic, homecooked Afghani dishes to the West
Sultan from page 11
Hank Bogan decided to try the
restaurant because of their past
experiences with Afghani food
before they moved to Tucson.
Bogan’s husband ate the
cauliflower, okra and yogurt
salad and thought it was delicious. “It was inexpensive
tapas (spanish name for a variety of small appetizers),"
Hank said.
Jonathan Watt, a second-time
visitor to Sultan Palace, is fas-
cinated by Afghanistan – one
of the main reasons he eats at
Kushkaki’s restaurant.
“I love the food – flavored
basmati rice and Bolanee,”
Watt said. “It was all good, it
was all flavorful.”
Lunch rates range from $2
to $7 and dinner ranges from
$7 to $12, with one exception –
the Sultan Super Combo Plate
that includes flavored rice,
three skewers of kabob, three
pieces of Mantu (steamed beef
dumplings with onions and
spices), two side dishes and
salad at $30.
The restaurant is a familyowned business, which to Kushkaki, is a lot better. The only
problem Kushkaki runs into is
the fact she couldn’t get mad
with her workers, who are also
her relatives.
One of the few things customers aren’t aware of is that
Sultan Palace offers catering –
something the family hopes to
improve on after relocation.
Kushkaki said she wants to
expand her business sometime
in the future.
“If I can succeed, the next
step is food in front with a
banquet hall in the back,”
Kushkaki said.
Sultan Palace is open daily
from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with
a daily lunch buffet from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. and an all-youcan-fit-on-your-plate Saturday
lunch for $8.
Photo by Razanne Chatila
Sultan Palace owner Diba Kushkaki prepares Qabli, a traditional
Afghani dish for awaiting customers. The restaurant has been open for
5 weeks.
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Children from the YMCA in Tucson, Ariz., visit the University of Arizona campus on DAY OF THE WEEK, June DATE to spend the day learning
and enjoying the exhibits at the Flandrau Mineral Museum. The museum is open for the public from Thursday to Sunday for varying hours. The
center recently opened a new Mars exhibit to coincide with the Mars Lander expedition partnered between NASA and the UA.
University museum offers fun,
education for community
By Alex Sobel
The Chronicle
On Wednesday, June 11, a group of children from the YMCA
took a field trip to the Flandrau Mineral Museum at the U of A.
While they were there they saw a number of exhibits that taught
them about light, gravity, and force and allowed them to perform
hands on experiments.
One of the stations taught the students about centrifugal force by
having a rotating platform on a fixed position. The students would
stand on the platform and spin it experiencing the pulling effect as
they were forced off.
At another station the children were taught about orbits. By putting a plastic ring on the outer edge of a rotating disc and spinning
the disk, they watched as the rings moved around the outer edge of
the disc and spun themselves as they did so. At another station they
opened a slide that allowed a shaft of light to fall on a crystal prism,
reflecting it into a rainbow on the wall.
The children created short movies by using stop motion photography; they would set up a series of small toys in front of a camera
and press a button that took a photo of the scene. Then the children
moved the toys into another position and took another photo. When
they were finished, the photos were strung together and a small
movie was created. At another station, the students placed a series
of photos into a rotating cylinder that had tiny slots in it, when they
spun the cylinder the children could look through the slots and they
were able to see the photos on the other side, they appeared to move
as the images flashed before the children’s eyes.
Liga de básquetbol se muda a nuevo gimnasio
By Carina Dominguez
Traducido por Heather
The Chronicle
El Tucson Summer Pro League
volvió con nuevas caras y una
nueva ubicación.
La liga comenzó el 15 de junio
en el Northwest Center, 2160 N.
Sixth Ave., con 10 equipos que
competen para las seis posiciones
en los finales. Fundador Corey
Williams, antiguo jugador estrella
de básquetbol para los Wildcats
de la Universidad de Arizona,
decidió mover la ubicación para
acomodar los jugadores.
“Yo quería cambiarlo – quería
que sea fresco e interesante,” Williams dijo. “También muchos de
los jugadores juegan en Northwest.”
Más importante, Williams
dijo que el objetivo de la liga es
para dar un ambiente divertido de
conocimiento para los jugadores
a entrenarse y mejorarse sus habilidades.
“Me encanta sólo sentarme
cerca de la pista de básquetbol,
bebiendo Powerade y mirando a
los niños desarrollándose,” Williams dijo.
Williams también dijo que a
alguien pueda registrarse para
las pruebas con tal de que tenga
bastante talento de mantenerse
con jugadores que son en su temprano a mediados de los años 20.
Es una buena oportunidad para
aprender de unos modelos a imitar en el baloncesto de colegio y
en la escena profesional.
“Corey unió una buena programa," dijo Alex Davis. “Es la
mejor competición en Tucson.”
Davis, de edad 25, juega para
Texas Roadhouse, que proveyó
comida para el Kick-Off Banquet
el 9 de junio.
La liga da los jugadores algo
para hacer en el verano y algo
para esperar con ilusión a lo largo
del año, él dijo.
“Mi padre va a unos partidos,”
dijo Davis. “Mi madre y mi abuelo también cuando están aquí.”
El año pasado, el programa extendió a Phoenix, para el Phoenix
Summer Pro League, con la ayuda de Padrig O'Brian, operador de
la liga en Phoenix y ayudante de
Como un regalo a los jugadores
y aficionados de la liga, alumnos
de la UA que juegan o jugaron
para los Phoenix Suns a menudo
se presentan en los partidos. En
cada caso, ellos juegan con uno
de los equipos patrocinados.
Dos años pasados, Steve Kerr,
antiguo jugador para el Chicago
Bulls y copropietario actual de los
Phoenix Suns, vino para jugar durante el torneo. Este año, Marcus
McGee, un nuevo supervisor en
la liga de Phoenix, ha garantizado
que el “center” para los Phoenix
Suns, Amare Stoudemire, hará
una aparición.
“Con aquella gente usted
nunca sabe (con que frecuencia
vendrán),” dijo Williams. “Tienen
horarios tan ocupados – cosas se
puedan cambiar todo el tiempo.”
Soudemire no tiene seguridad
especial, pero habrá unos restricciones a autografías y fotos cuando él visita.
“Forward” Jordan Hill y
“guard” Nic Wise, estudiantes en
su segundo año en la UA, también se podrán ser encontrados
jugando en la liga otra vez.
“Sólo haciéndolo para los
aficionados y para ponerme allí
jugando diferentes tipos de jugadores,” dijo Wise sobre su parte
favorita de la liga.
A Wise, jugando en la liga
del verano es más que ayudar un
amigo. Él dijo que es un “ambiente divertido” y le gusta jugando
para los que no tienen capaces de
venir normalmente para mirarle
jugar en la persona.
Pero el obtener de jugadores de
NBA y la UA es la parte más fácil
del trabajo de Williams.
La evaluación del nivel del talento y el hacer igual cada equipo
es lo que demuestra la parte más
difícil y más agotador de sus responsabilidades. Parte de la evaluación es para encontrar los jugadores que tienen la pasión para el
deporte y que están físicamente
adecuados para mantenerse con
los rigores del deporte.
Williams busca personas, como
Masi Dean – el jugador más valioso del año pasado – quienes sólo
les encanta el deporte. Estos tipos
de jugadores hacen interesantes
los partidos y son los claves para
hacer un programa exitoso que
los aficionados le gustan venir y
disfrutar, dijo Williams.
“Me encanta el básquetbol,”
dijo Dean. “Juego para que puedo
quedarme en forma y sólo me encanta la competición.”
La presión para satisfacer los
espectadores no es con Williams.
Según él, es el trabajo del jugador.
“La presión actualmente es con
los jugadores para venir cada año
y dar los aficionados algo para lo
que miran,” dijo Williams.
Williams no sólo confía en los
jugadores, pero también en la comunidad para hacer todo sobre el
torneo unir e fluir sin problemas.
“(El programa) se ejecuta debido a la gente buena de la comunidad,” él dijo. “Gente que sólo le
encanta el básquetbol.”
Para contratarse para el programa, cada jugador paga entradas
de $50 y se debe ser parte de un
equipo patrocinado.
Cada jugador aceptado está
entonces asignado a un equipo
patrocinado que competirá en 10
partidos. Cada equipo lucha para
quedarse en el torneo y finalmente
hacerse el campeón.
Los partidos estarán los viernes, sabádos y domingos hasta
el 27 de julio.
Professor-student relationship guidelines a must
By Tiffany Turkenkopf
The Chronicle
Professors and students share
a special connection at the University of Arizona, and it is not
uncommon to find them grabbing a drink together or going
out to see a movie.
As long as a professor does
not announce to their department
that they are going to participate
in heavy drinking or other questionable activities, the university
deems this relationship acceptable and there is no conflict of
interest, UA attorney Josh Estavillo said.
Ties between professors and
students have their limitations
though. Policies, such as the
university’s Conflict of Interest
policy, help keep the integrity
of staff and students, as well as
preserve academic objectivity,
Estavillo said.
Estavillo also said that all cases are fact specific and if managed right, will not usually present a conflict of interest. As long
as objectivity is upheld and an
image of impropriety is avoided
between the student and instructor, a conflict of interest rarely
Students and professors are
adults, so they can socialize with
whomever they want, said Ryan
Windows, a program coordinator
who has worked at the UA Dean
of Students office for 15 years.
But every so often, a serious case arises where there is a
conflict of interest in a studentprofessor relationship.
In a recent case, Andria
Ziegler, 19, was found dead at
her Phoenix community college
professor’s house.
It was alleged that Zielger
went to Paradise Valley Community College instructor Michael
Todd’s apartment for counseling
on April 20, and after passing out
on the couch and not waking up,
an ambulance was called.
Ziegler’s cause of death was
pronounced to be an accidental
drug overdose, and Todd was
found innocent and cleared of
all charges – although Ziegler’s
parents said they plan to continue
pursuing legal action.
Many other cases not only
deal with a conflictive situation,
but also the actual nature of the
“I think what really looks bad is
romantic relations,” Estavillo said.
If a student and professor do
engage in a romantic relationship, the student must not be
taught by the professor or be in
the same department as the professor, Estavillo explained.
He added that it all depends on
the nature of the relationship.
For example, if a science
student and a science professor
became romantically involved,
there would be a problem because the professor has control
over grades or other supervisory
instances, Windows said.
If that same science student
and science professor were to
grab a drink together, that would
be fine because no boundaries
would be crossed, both Estavillo
and Windows explained.
“It’s more likely that students
who feel connected to the institution will finish their degrees, and
it’s good for employees to see students holistically,” Windows said.
Other university authorities
had different opinions about close
student-professor relationships.
Laura Berry, associate dean at
the Honors College, said she does
not support one-on-one relationships between students and professors. However, Berry does support
group meetings between them.
“I think it is helpful for large
groups of students to meet with
their professors,” Berry said.
The key is making sure both
the students and professor know
where to draw the line.
“You want people to be connected in the institution,” Windows said. “It’s maintaining
those appropriate boundaries.”
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Summer basketball league moves to new gym
Former UA
Wildcats and
pro players join
with Tucsonans
By Carina Dominguez
The Chronicle
The Tucson Summer Pro
League returned this summer
with fresh new faces and a new
The league started June 15 at
the Northwest Center, 2160 N.
Sixth Avenue, with 10 teams playing for six seeds going into the
final. Founder Corey Williams,
a former University of Arizona
Wildcat star basketball player,
decided to move the location to
accommodate the players.
“I wanted to change it up – I
wanted it to be fresh and interesting,” Williams said. “Plus a lot of
players play at Northwest.”
Most importantly, Williams
said the goal of the league is to
provide a fun learning environment for the players to train and
improve on their skills.
“I love just sitting by a basketball court drinking Powerade
and watching the kids develop,”
Williams said.
Williams also said anyone one
can register for tryouts as long as
they have enough talent to keep
up with players mostly in their
early to mid 20’s. It’s a good opportunity to learn from role models in the college basketball and
the professional scene.
“Corey put a great program
together,” Alex Davis said. “It’s
the best competition in Tucson.”
Davis, 25, plays for Texas
Roadhouse, who catered the
Kick-Off Banquet on June 9.
The league gives players something to do in the summer and
something to look forward to
throughout the year, he said.
“My dad goes to a few games,”
Davis said. “My mom and grand-
I wanted to
change it up –
I wanted it to
be fresh and
~ Corey Williams,
pa do too when they’re here.”
Last year the program expanded to Phoenix for a Phoenix
Summer Pro League with the
help of Phoenix’s league operator Padrig O’Brian, who is
William’s assistant.
As a treat to the league players and fans, UA alumni who
made it into the Phoenix Suns
often make appearances at the
games. In each case, they play a
game or two on one of the sponsored teams.
Two years ago, former Chicago Bulls player and current
Phoenix Suns co-owner Steve
Kerr came down to play a few
games during the tournament.
This year, Marcus McGee, a new
supervisor at the Phoenix league,
has guaranteed Phoenix Suns
center Amare Stoudemire will be
making an appearance at a game
or two in Tucson.
“With those guys you never
know (how often they’ll come),”
Williams said. “They have such
busy schedules – things change
all the time.”
Stoudemire doesn’t have special security but there will be
restrictions to autographs and
pictures when he does visit.
UA sophomores forward
Jordan Hill and guard Nic Wise
can also be found playing at the
league again.
“Just doing it for the fans and
getting out there and playing
different types of ball players,”
Wise said about his favorite part
of the league.
Playing summer ball is more
Students benefit from
on-campus employment
By Tiffany Turkenkopf
The Chronicle
University of Arizona students are finding out the Student Union Memorial Center
is not just for food anymore.
More than 800 students
working for the Arizona Student Unions are enjoying
cheap meal plans, relaxed
hours, free two-credit training
programs and the convenience
of working on campus.
“I get experience in stuff
I haven’t done – I get good
references and contacts with
smarter people,” said Andy
Kislek, who plans to use his
experience as a computer support technician in the world
of management informative
Because Kislek is a part of
the union, he enjoys free break
drinks when in uniform as part
of the student employee discounts.
Students can find a hair salon, bank, copy center, post
office, movie theater, travel
agency and a food court with
well-known fast food and
university-run restaurants in
the campus student union. Students who work at any of these
places are eligible for certain
The 50/50 meal plan allows
student employees to get halfoff their meals – up to $7 – on
the days the student works.
Another perk of working
for the student union is the
relaxed hours. Students are
allowed to work a maximum
of 30 hours a week while taking classes and up to 40 hours
during the summer.
Employers and managers
understand that the workers
are students first, employees
second, said Stephanie Cunningham, full-time media coordinator in the Student Union
Cunningham also explained
that if a student needs time off
for schoolwork, as much time
as needed is allotted. When the
student returns to work, he or
she still has a job.
Besides these perks, there
are also advancement benefits
to being a student employee,
including training programs.
The Professional Internship
Program is a training program
for student workers, which
helps students succeed in management positions and won
“The Excellence in Student
Training Progam Award” this
year. Students can complete a
two-credit class to receive an
increase of pay to $10.
The “Get a Job” campaign
is an online campaign that has
applications, a job availability
list and benefits information.
The campaign started in the
summer of 2007.
“It’s letting (freshmen)
know that a job their first semester is okay,” said Jessica
Stoelting, the coordinator
and head of the “Get a Job”
Stoelting, who authored the
pamphlet and is the student
human resources board director, also heads all of the www. advertising and
leads the creative meetings.
“I’m there for them, not to
direct them,” Stoelting said.
Stoelting took a job in the
student union for extra money
and after graduating the Professional Internship Program
as a sophomore, she continued
on to the Student Human Resources department.
Stoelting, who has been at
the department for two years
now, is using this job for experience. “I think this is more
of a starting-off point,” she
said of her plans of going into
child care.
Other than the training, pay
and location, student employees enjoy working together.
“I work in the Student Union
because I get a chance to work
with other students and do my
homework,” said Colleen Runyan, the student union information desk lead.
than helping out a friend for Wise.
He said it is a “fun atmosphere”
and he enjoys playing for those
who are not normally able to
come watch him play in person.
But getting NBA and UA
players to play is the easiest part
of Williams’ job.
It is evaluating the level of talent and making each team equal
that proves the hardest and most
grueling part of his responsibilities. Part of the evaluation is to
find the players who have the
right passion for the game and
are physically fit to keep up with
the rigors of the fast-paced sport.
Williams is on the lookout for
people, like Masi Dean – last
year’s most valuable player –
who just love the game. Those
type of players keep the games
interesting and are the key to
having a successful program that
fans love to come out and enjoy,
Williams said.
“I love basketball. I play so I
can stay in shape and I just love
the competition,” Dean said.
The pressure is not on Williams
to keep the fans satisfied. According to him, it’s the player’s job.
“The pressure’s really on the
players to come every year and
give the fans something to look
at,” Williams said.
Williams relies not just on the
players, but also on the community to make everything about
the tournament come together
and flow seamlessly.
“(The program) runs because
of good people in the community,” he said. “People that just
love basketball.”
To sign up for the program, each
player pays a $50 fee and must be
a part of a sponsored team.
Each player accepted is then
assigned to a sponsored team
that will compete in 10 games.
Each team fights to remain on the
schedule to become the crowned
Games will be held FridaySunday through July 27.
Editor's Note...
Every year, we at The
Chronicle strive for the
best in reporting and in
representing the voices
of our community.
Last year, we were
honored by having one
of the fathers of the
Hopi Language be a
part of our professional
Emory Sekaquaptewa spoke to our students about the importance of the American Indian language and the skill of true
storytelling. Mr. Sekaquaptewa also worked
with our students and translated our stories.
Sadly, Mr. Sekaquaptewa died on Dec.
14, 2007.
He was a strong voice for diversity. He
was believed to have been born in 1928.
In his honor, we the usually trilingual
Chronicle will publish only as a bilingual
newspaper this year.
Climate change is new focus
Biosphere from p. 11
and the inhabitants, she said.
According to Silverman, reasons for failure of the biosphere
experiment included drama between biosphere technicians,
altitude sickness caused by
depletion of oxygen and the
failure of the scientific farm to
produce food the way it was
expected to.
After the human habitation
experiment failed, Columbia
University managed the facility from 1996-2003. When they
abandoned it, Bass sold the
facility to CDO Ranching and
Development, according to Sil-
Original construction of the
biosphere began in 1987 and
was completed in 1991. It took
about 500 people to build and
was known to be the most airtight facility on the planet during the two missions, Silverman said.
The biosphere is open to
visitors interested in knowing
about the famous experiment
and tours are offered daily, said
Susan Neevel, a Biosphere 2
Tucson residents Miranda
and Nathan Futrell said it was
their first time visiting the facility. Nathan said what he found
most interesting was “the lungs,
to keep the pressure steel substructure equal.”
“It seemed like it was a good
idea in theory, I don’t knows as
the real world execution of it,”
Nathan said. “It seems like they
maybe tried to do too much at
one time, too many different
Miranda said she was intrigued with the fact that people
were locked in the biosphere for
so long.
The Futrell’s said the tour of
the biosphere was more than
what they expected.
Photo by Lily Becerra
Bettina Silverman, a tour guide at Biosphere 2, lectures visitors about the environment of the biosphere
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Author fights against border poverty
By Aminata Sumareh
The Chronicle
Not many people know of
the small communities along
the U.S.-Mexico border where
resources are low, government officials ignore impoverished people and children
play around hepatitis-infected
Angela J. Donelson is the author of “Colonias in Arizona and
New Mexico: Border Poverty
and Community Development
The book was written because
Donelson wanted people to
know about the living conditions
Hispanic people were dealing
with around border cities in New
Mexico and Arizona. There are
also ‘colonias’ in Arizona, California and Texas.
Colonias means neighbor in
Spanish, Donelson said, but the
U.S. government uses the term
to describe theses impoverished
areas Hispanic people live in.
“The U.S. government came
up with the term colonias to describe the settlement’s living conditions,” Donelson said. “They
don’t describe the people – they
describe the community.”
At the age of 18, Donelson
moved to Venezuela with her
missionary parents, where she
learned to speak fluent Spanish.
She later went to the University of Arizona and earned a
bachelor’s degree in journalism
They don't
describe the
people, they
describe the
~ Angela J. Donelson
and political science. It was
there that she also met the future
co-author of her book, Adrian X.
Esparaza, who was also her dissertation professor and mentor.
After Donelson graduated
from the UA, she went on to earn
a master’s degree in city planning
at Kansas State University.
In between school, she worked
on the border with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development for five years.
During 1997-1999, Donelson
was employed by the city government in Cochise County and
tried to assist the people that
lived in the colonias.
Most people do not know
about the colonias she wrote
about because the communities
are so small and poverty has become a taboo subject in today’s
society. These colonias make up
the largest percentage of impoverished areas in America, Donelson said.
Donelson discovered the
hidden colonias during her
work near one with raw sew-
age in the backyard.
Many people in the colonias
live in small trailors that are fire
hazards because the small septic
tanks causes residents to resort to
putting their raw sewage in the
Donelson returned to the UA
and started her book as part of
dissertation work for her Ph.D in
geography. The author said she
spent two years researching for
her dissertation.
“As a city we provided infrastructure to take care of the raw
sewage problem and housing to
replace mobile homes that are
dangerous,” Donelson said.
She said the solution to the
rough living problems is finding more money and getting
the people of the community
to get in contact with their
elected officials.
“People that live in the community need more training on
how to go to the elected officials to get help,” she said “The
people need to be trained to help
themselves get organized and to
get more resources.”
“Sometimes it’s because people don’t have documentation,
but they need to learn how to talk
to their elected officials,” Donelson said.
Donelson is also working on
an upcoming book that takes
a broader look at the colonias
while focusing on their needs and
the geographics. She expects the
book to be published in 2010.
Fuel prices: hhhh
By Kirsten Jackson-Price
The Chronicle
It’s summertime – a time of
year where most people can
drive to the beach or just drive
to meet up with some friends.
Some are refraining from taking road trips, leaving for vacations or just going to the grocery
store in response to higher gas
Gas prices are increasing daily, making most people wonder
if they can afford getting in their
cars to drive places they could
easily drive before without
stretching their budget.
“Eventually I will cut down
on things if the prices keeps rising,” said Terry Thompson, a
Yuma resident who visits Tucson frequently. “I don’t think we
should be paying that much.”
Thompson compared today’s gas costs to what happened in the 1970s while
Richard Nixon was in office,
when the gas prices rose to an
unbelievable amount.
Thompson, however, said he
believes the prices will go down
some time soon.
I can’t take any
other transportation because
the buses don’t
run that far from
where I live.
~ Harlyn Justin
Tucson communter
“It’s going to burst like a
bubble when they go down,”
he said.
Thompson, who is near retirement, said if things don’t
get better he’ll make a decision
to quit his job to save on driving costs.
Even with the gas prices rising, Tucson residents Shirluy
Marlow and Amber Harczak
said it would be impossible to
consider taking other forms of
“I work in inventory and it
takes me to places (in Arizona)
like Yuma, Page and Flagstaff,” Marlow said. “The bus
isn’t an option.”
Harczak said her job requires
her to have a car and she fills up
her tank twice a week – usually
spending $120 each time.
Harczak said she would keep
driving if the prices continue
rising but her coworker, Ali
Ormsby, said she’d stop taking her car.
“I would definitely take the
bus,” Ormsby said.
Ormsby fills up her tank
twice a week and it costs her
$70. She thinks what’s happening with the gas prices is unfair
and suggested drilling Alaska’s
oil to get cheaper gas.
Car salesman Edward Janices, an employee from Tucson
Chevrolet dealership, said business has stayed the same despite
the continued rise in gas prices.
He added that he has surprisingly seen a slight increase in
sales of cars requiring high gas
Janices said working at a
dealership doesn’t really require
him to have a car, but it can help
a lot. He fills up his tank once a
week but if the prices keep rising he would definitely change
his patterns.
Since gas first began to go up,
Janices said he has already been
“If we don’t see a change in
philosophy, gas prices will be
close to $10 a gallon by next
year,” Janices said.
To combat the rise in fuel
prices, several gas stations in
Tucson are offering loyalty
membership cards to drivers
who can use them for discounts
on gas.
Harlyn Justin, a Catalina,
Ariz. resident, said his Sam’s
Club membership card has
helped him out frequently and
it’s worth it.
“It helps to buy gas and it’s
reasonable – not too bad,” Justin said.
Justin said even with his
membership card he has had
to cut down on visiting time
with his sister and the rest of
his family, who live on a local
“I can’t take any other transportation because the buses
don’t run that far from where I
live,” Justin said.
Justin said he used to go and
visit his family whenever possible but since the dramatic
change in gas prices, his vis-
Photo by Renee Pepe
Harlyn Justin, a Catalina resident, uses his Sam's Club membership
card for a discount on the accelerating gas prices.
its are few and far between.
Economist James McBrearty
said he thinks people don’t fully
understand the situation.
“People think there will
be oil in Alaska, deeper in
the Gulf of Mexico or in the
southern part of New Orleans,” McBrearty said. “No
one knows how much oil there
is down there and it’s not going to appear overnight – we’re
not coming up with new oil.”
Biospere 2 ofrece educación, diversión para toda la familia
Por Lily Becerra
Biosphere 2, un ambiente de
3.14- acres que está encerado en
vidrio, ahora sirve para investigaciones sobre el cambio de la clima
y es educativo para los miles de
turistas que visitan cada año.
El recurso está arrendada por
la Universidad de Arizona por un
honorario de $100 como parte de
un acuerdo de Edward Bass, el
benefactor de este experimento.
Bass también le dio a UA un regalo de $30 millones para el fondo
de las investigaciones del futuro.
Investigadores actualmente
están estudiando el Pinyon Pine,
un árbol que se mantiene en diferentes climas, para experimentar
los efectos del cambio de la clima,
dijo Bettina Silverman, un guía de
turismo del Biosphere 2.
Silverman dijo que la meta para
el biosphere era para comprender
la tierra, los sistemas vivos, y el
La primera misión fue un
laboratorio experimental para investigar las posibilidades de un
sistema para habitación en Marte,
por enserar a ocho personas en
el biosphere por dos anos y 20
minutos, ella dijo.
Para intentar de recrear un ambiente como el de la Tierra para
habitantes- incluyendo un desierto, un pantanal, una sabana, un
bosque tropical con 1800 plantas
algunas estirándose a 80 pies de
altura, y un océano de 900,000
galones con su propio sistema
Silverman dijo que estas
habitaciones debían actuar como
biomios naturales y orgánicos alrededor de la habitación humana
donde vivían los investigadores.
La meta era para que los investigadores vivieran de los recursos
Photo by Kristina Stevens
Bettina Silverman, guía de turismo del Biosphere 2, educa los visitantes de todas partes del país sobre el trabajo que se hace al centro de
agricultores mientras se quedaban
en la estructura.
“El público y los medios pensaban que el biosphere fue un fracaso,” dijo Silverman.
Durante la segunda misión,
las siete personas enserados en el
biosphere tenían que quedarse por
dies meses y medio.
La misión fue abortada rápidamente después del sexto cuando
problemas resultaron entre las
facciones controlando fuera del
biosphere y los habitantes, ella
Según a Silverman, las razones
por el fracaso del biosphere incluyen problemas entre técnicos
del biosphere, enfermedad de altitud, causado por agotamiento de
oxigeno y fracaso de granja para
producir comida como fue esperado.
Después de que el experimento
de la habitación humana fue un
fracaso, Columbia University
manejo el recurso de 1996-2003.
Cuando lo abandonaron, Bass
vendió el recurso a CDO Ranching and Development, acuerdo a
Construcción del biosphere
empezó en 1987 y fue terminado
en 1991. Tomó 500 personas para
construir y fue reconocido como
el recurso mas hermético en el
planeta durante las dos misiones.
El biosphere está abierto para
visitantes interesados en saber
sobre el famoso experimento
y visitas se ofrecen diario, dijo
Susan Neevel, una empleada en
Biosphere 2.
Residentes de Tucson Miranda
y Nathan Futrell dijeron que fue
su primera vez visitando el recurso. Nathan dijo que lo mas
interesante fueron “los pulmones,
que mantienen la presión de la
estructura del acero igual.”
“Parecía ser una buena idea en
teoría, no se si la excusión de la
vida real,”dijo Nathan.
“Parece ser que intentaron demasiado a la vez, muchos diferentes ecosistemas.”
Miranda dijo que ella fue intrigada que personas de verdad
se quedaron en el biosphere por
tanto tiempo.
Los Futrell’s dijeron que la
visita al biosphere fue más de lo
que esperaban.
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Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students
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Campus Life
Campus Life
Arizona high school diversity workshop students captured a taste of university life
during the 12-day workshop.
Alfredo E. Araiza of the Arizona Daily Star served as the students’ photojournalism
instructor Sunday, June 7.
Photos by The Staff of The Chronicle
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Alisa S. Charles
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Amanda Cosmé
Carina Dominguez
Kirsten Jackson-Price
Aeric Koerner
Heather Patterson
Sarahi Rodriguez
Alex Sobel
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