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Connecting the Dots
By Rachael Worthington
By Samantha Neville
A 40-year-old Tucson post office
mail processing and distribution center is one of the 140 across the nation
that will not be in service by next
February, a money-saving decision
causing community concern.
The Cherrybell Stravenue processing and distribution center serves
1.5 million people, said Richard
Fimbres, a Tucson City Council
member of Ward 5.
The center handles three million
pieces of mail per day, according to
Robert Soler, customer relations coordinator for the Arizona District for
USPS, and now all of that mail will
go to Phoenix to be processed before
being sent to its destination.
This consolidation will affect
more than 100 jobs in Tucson, Soler
said. However, it is necessary because
mail volume decreased by 25 percent
in the past six years, he said.
The nationwide trend of consolidation will reduce the U.S. Postal
Service’s annual costs by $1.2 billion
a year. The consolidation of the
Tucson branch alone will save the
Postal Service $14 million each year,
“To your average customer, the
change will be transparent,” he said.
“They won’t see a difference at all.”
His reason is that all of the “customer facing” parts of the post office
will not be closed. Others contend that there will
in fact be an affect on the average
One person that did not have the
same opinion was Fimbres. “There’s other methods that they
can consolidate,” Fimbres said.
He said that instead of being in
service six days a week, the postal
service could be in service five days
a week, or they could raise postage
Fimbres also pointed out that
once the consolidation process is
finished, Arizona will have fewer
Post Office/ Page 4
At the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Leon McNeil and Jake Hunnicutt recreated the Sol LeWitt wall
piece no. 815. The directions for replicating it said to to use nails and string to connect 30 points together.
Check out the website to listen to the radio story and video by Kathryn Burney. Photograph by Kathryn Burney
Artists recreate LeWitt
By Kathryn Burney
alking into the
University of Arizona
Museum of Art, the
scratch of graphite on plaster whispered across the gallery, soon to be
overpowered by the slam of hammer
Ladders, scattered throughout the
rooms, jutted out like aluminum stalagmites. Artists, balanced precariously, work away on masterpieces.
In the exhibit, Sol LeWitt Days,
local artists are getting the opportunity to work in teams as they follow
the instructions made by the famous
Lauren Rabb, art curator, seemed
to be pleased.
“I’m so happy with it,” said Rabb.
“It’s perfect, it’s fantastic, it’s exactly,
you know, what Sol LeWitt would
When LeWitt started, he made
all of his own work. As he grew in
popularity and his pieces grew in
complexity, he began to take young
artists under his wing. Following his
instructions, they would then make
the pieces, which led to LeWitt leaving directions to his work.
Jake Hunnicutt, a portrait artist,
said he felt getting to explore his
creativity through restrictions helps
him to see LeWitt’s perspective.
“The steps that he’s laid out for
creating the art does give you the
ability to maybe see the world a little
bit through his lens and understand
how he viewed art and how he
viewed the world,” Hunnicutt said.
The visitors experienced art in an
new way, by watching the artists as
“It allows [people] to see working
art, living art. It allows them to come
down and participate and ask questions and become more involved,
which is really a unique experience,”
Carolyn Sotelo, another artist, said.
Sotelo and her group the Magnificent Five are creating pieces No.
103 and No. 869C. Both are done in
graphite pencil and express LeWitt’s
penchant for imperfect abstract art.
Another group called Construction Crew, made up of Hunnicutt
and Leon McNeil, towered above
others in the room as they hammered nails into painted patches
on the wall. They used string to
connect the various posts. Paint cans,
brushes, nails and tape litter the plastic tarp protecting the floor beneath
them as the sound of their work fills
After already completing two
of LeWitt’s pieces, No. 815 and No.
1097, the pair decided to write their
own LeWitt inspired directions.
Made out of four squares of
varying colors, which combine to
create one large square, nails are then
placed at random spots throughout
the sections. The last step is to connect the nails by repeatedly tying
black and white string from one
point to another, as the piece displays
influence from an earlier LeWitt
Rabb said she hoped the project
will expose the community to art in a
way that can involve everyone.
“Sol LeWitt’s premise is that art is
for anybody and that you shouldn’t
be afraid to do a project, it really is
accessible to anybody,” Rabb said.
As well as benefiting Tucson, the
exhibit attempts to improve the lives
of local artists.
“I feel like it could give artists
a chance to realize that you don’t
have to be famous to do stuff in a
museum,” McNeil said. “I mean that’s
a big deal for somebody on my level
who’s never done anything to this
caliber, and so now I feel like I can go
anywhere. I can do anything. I can be
a famous artist.”
Poaching exotic animals is a huge
enterprise around the globe, and Arizona is a hot spot for rare reptiles.
Animal poaching is the second
largest illegal trade in the world, second only to the drug trade, said Dr.
Cecil Schwalbe, a herpetologist with
the U.S. Geological Survey.
Even though this market is so
large, only limited statistics and
information exist about poaching
because it is difficult to tell what trafficking is legal and which is illegal.
“It’s probably more common than
we know,” said Officer Diane Tilton,
a wildlife manager for Arizona Game
and Fish who tracks down poachers.
Many reptiles in Arizona, such as
the Gila monster, rosy boa and the
twin-spotted rattlesnake, are protected by state law, but the problem
of reptile poaching still continues.
Laws that are not consistent
from state to state are the cracks that
Poaching affects scientists out in
the field of study.
“I won’t even do studies on
rattlesnake dens anymore on public
lands because of the hide hunters,”
The people he refers to as “hide
hunters” are poachers who search for
reptiles in order to use or sell their
skins. Schwalbe has stopped going
to the snakes’ dens in order to keep
from giving away their hiding places.
Though Arizona reptiles bred in
captivity from other states are available for purchase, poaching is still a
common way to obtain rare snakes
In order to capture and keep
these reptiles, poachers have to find
loopholes in the law.
With a hunting license it is legal
to take reptiles that are not protected
by state law and federal law, but it is
illegal to sell any Arizona wildlife.
With this license, a hunter may only
collect or possess a certain number
of reptiles, with the exception of a
select few species that are unlimited.
For example, if the limit is 10 of
a species, and a hunter already owns
six, he or she may only collect four
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Refugees experience shock
The overall percentage of refugees immigrating to America has grown significantly
in recent years. With nearly 5,000 refugees
arriving in Arizona in 2009, many of them
have experienced culture shock. So far this
year, natives of Bhutan, Burma, Congo Iraq and
Somalia have arrived in Tucson. Page 5
Students who excell in high school are only
getting 25% of their tuition covered.
Gonzalez de Bustamante speaks of border issues
Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante speaks
about the upcoming book and issues surrounding the Mexican-American border.
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With high school students from around
Arizona coming to the University of Arizona
to take part of the annual Journalism Diversity
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Venus makes a visit
Snakes on the brain
Cecil Schwalbe, a herpetologist with the
U.S. Geological Survey, spent time on the University of Arizona campus to showcase how to
safely handle rattlesnakes.
Twice a century, Venus travels between the
Earth and the sun, causing people to be able
to see the planet move past the star. At the
University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center,
hundreds of people gathered to witness the
transit of Venus.
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Summer program helps promote healthcare field
By Sierra Schulze
High school students from across
Arizona have the chance to experience what it’s like to work in the
healthcare field through a hands-on
health and science summer program
at the University of Arizona.
The six-week long program,
which kicked off June 3, helps high
school students entering their senior
year enhance their skills and desire
to be in the medical field. Students
explore different UA health programs
such as medicine, pharmacy, public
health, and nursing. The program is
also offered in Phoenix.
Med-Start gives students a
chance to explore their interests, said
program coordinator Alma AguirreCruz.
“The students have an interest in
the healthcare field, but they get to
learn what they want to be,” she said.
The program started in 1969 to
train minority students from rural
and economically disadvantaged
areas who will be the first in their
families to attend college.
Jacquel Rivers, a senior at Baboquivari High School in Sells, Ariz.,
discovered the program early.
“I heard about the program when
I was a freshman and I was really interested in it,” Rivers said. “I couldn’t
wait to get started as a junior.”
Steve LaTurco, a Med-Start alumnus, talked to the students during the career chat. LaTurco is now the assistant principal of Roskruge Middle School. Photograph by Varun Bajaj
Participants might have a particular career in mind, but might find a
new interest through the program.
Nadia Jose, another student from
Baboquivari High School, said she
wanted to be a pediatrician, however
she is aware of other possibilities.
“I know there’s other things I can
go into,” Jose said. “This will give me
more [information] about it.”
Med-Start participants are pro-
vided with college-level coursework
in chemistry and English and can
earn college credit.
A typical week consists of presentations on health careers, paired with
college workshops, homework and
Off-campus activities include
tours of healthcare and research facilities, including the health center at
Northern Arizona University, which
help prepare the students for work in
the medical field.
“You get a taste of what you’re going to do for your career and the rest
of your life,” said Alexandra Rivera, a
student from North High School in
Joi Nipales, also from Baboquivari High School, expects to make the
best of her time at UA.
“It’s very fun because you get to
meet new people and actually experience college life,” Nipales said.
The students are required to
stay in residence halls on campus to
get the full experience of a college
This is the first time Rivera has
ever been away from her mother for
a long period of time.
A few days into the program she
was a bit homesick.
“Friends help out a lot,” Rivera
said. “They take your mind off of
After completing the program
most of the participants continue on
to study in the healthcare field, even
Rivers hopes to be one of those
“I hope to pursue my dreams of
being a cardiovascular surgeon and
to get the credits,” Rivers said. “Also
to be recognized at U of A because
this is where I want to go.”
“Although much of the six weeks
is full of hard work and extensive
training, many participants build
lasting friendships,” Aguirre-Cruz
“The most exciting part of this
program has been meeting all of
these people of different ethnicities
and just hanging out,” Rivers said.
“Being a student in college, even
though I’m not in college yet, having
this experience has been awesome.”
College comes with stress, finding ways to cope
By Maria Urquidez
Every semester thousands of
students stress over midterms, finals,
assignments and studying, making
stress the No. 1 health problem at the
University of Arizona, said Debra
Cox-Howard, a licensed professional
counselor at Counseling and Psych
Every student shows stress at one
point during the semester, according
to Cox-Howard. Symptoms of stress
include headaches, body aches and
oversleeping. Students with these
symptoms should seek help for their
“Stress is different for each
person. For some of them it’s due to
a sense of (being) overwhelm(ed),”
Cox-Howard said. These students
may stress in college because they
are entering a new environment and
leaving home for the first time.
“Managing your time, that’s a big
one,” she said.
Some students take on a workload that’s too much for them to
handle, which can lead to problems
with time management. The best
way to alleviate this type of stress is
to organize schedules and engage
in activities such as yoga and other
types of exercise.
Glenn Matchett-Morris, a psychologist at CAPS, said for newer
students stress is “often related to
adjustment,” like transitioning from
high school to college, relationship problems or financial stress.
He said older students stress over
things like graduation finding a job
According to Matchett-Morris,
stress can create both physical and
mental problems, such as depression
Sequoia Fischer, a 19-year-old
incoming UA freshman, said she has
had a lot on her mind lately.
“I think there’s too much for me
to handle right now, so I don’t really
feel anything. I’m sure it’s just stress,
though,” she said.
Tony Juarez, a semi-professional
dancer at ConDanza.
Photograph by Maria Urquidez
Fischer said she feels her years
at the university will certainly be
“I am in engineering, and it’s a lot
of math, but hopefully I’ll be fine,”
UA sophomore Tera Babb, 19,
said she experienced a lot of stress
her first year, but to offset the stress,
she prioritized her time.
“I cut back on relationships I had
with people and friendships,” Babb
said. “I had to sacrifice, but sacrifices
have to be made in order to succeed
with no stress.”
Babb said school was her most
important priority, and in the future,
her friends would understand her
Babb also joined the Filipino
American Student Association to get
her mind off stress. She found talking
with other members beneficial. She
said the older students in the club
were especially empathetic.
“They have gone through this
new beginning, and they gave me
a lot of good advice that I utilized
and still use when I have stress,”
Unlike the other students, Jose
Salinas, 18, is not as stressed as some.
“I am only stressed for the lastminute things, like buying books
and stuff I need,” Salinas said.
Ever since beginning high
school, he found a way to relieve
“Working out gets my mind off
of everything,” Salinas said. “I am
very energetic, I like to be motivated.”
Salinas is sure that if he continues to work out while at the
university, he will stick to the same
routine he had in high school.
“I’m going to be working out to
be mentally and physically prepared
to become successful,” he said.
Tony Juarez, a jazz instructor at
the ConDanza Company in Tucson,
recommends that students join a
dance class as a stress reliever.
“It is a great activity to get your
mind off of homework, work and life
in general,” he said.
Activities like this keep students
distracted from stress. They are able
to interact with different people and
talk with each other about stress.
UA offers resources to aid transition into college
By Celene Arvizu
Transitioning from high school
to college can bring new experiences and challenges to students,
but the University of Arizona offers
several resources to help students
navigate through the changes.
The day before freshman orientation at the UA, Stephanie Greller,
18, and her mother Linda walked
around campus and talked about
the transition to college.
Although confident and excited
about the new experience, Stephanie Greller said she is still unsure
about what she wants to study.
“As of right now, I think I’m
going to do undeclared and figure
it out, see what I want to do,” she
Linda Greller is confident her
daughter will overcome the uncer-
Roxie Catts, Director of the Advising Resource Center at the UA, aids
students in Academics and adjusting to life at the University of Arizona.
Photograph by Nicholas Trujillo.
“She’s done a good job of carrying
herself, working hard in school, and
making good choices at the end of
her senior year,” she said.
However, they both agreed that
the changes can be overwhelming.
“It’s a big rush,” Linda Grel-
ler said. “Nerve-racking and scary
because it’s the unknown but very
Academic advisers can help ease
some of the anxieties new college
“That’s one of the things that
we advisers can help students with,
putting the students on a path to do
those explorations and utilize some
of the other resources that we have
here at the university,” said Judy Roman, an academic adviser.
Deciding on a major and picking
a career are only a few of the concerns students have.
“I’m kind of nervous about moving away, but then I try and remember that everyone else will be away
from home,” said Charlie Franco, a
Tucson High Magnet School graduate who will be attending Menlo
College in Atherton, Calif.
Advisers are available at several
places on the UA campus to answer
any questions students may have.
“There’s not one building you
point to and say that’s where the
academic advisers are, hit five for
business,” said Roxie Catts, director
of the Advising Resource Center.
Franco, who wants to major in
psychology, knows first hand the
importance of seeking help from
He received support and encouragement from his high school teachers who helped him prepare for the
transition to college, he said.
Paige Thornhill, a 34-year-old
UA graduate and assistant director
of nursing at the Cherrydale Health
and Rehabilitation Center in Arlington, Va., knows what it’s like to have
worries about starting college.
“I had an overwhelming pressure since I was the first person to
attend college in my family,” Thornhill said.
She thinks most newcomers to
university life feel some anxiety, but
that can be overcome.
“I kept to myself until junior
year. That’s when I became socially
involved and a whole different me,”
Thornhill said. “I pushed through.
You can achieve success and get there
if you do.”
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By Lexie Alvarez
Bartender Erik Hegland prepares a drink at Wilko, a restaurant on University
Boulevard. Photograph by Carolyn Corcoran
buildings hope to
get liquor licenses
By Carolyn Corcoran
The University of Arizona will sell
alcohol at special events held in several
buildings, pending the approval of
liquor license applications.
With alcohol sales being restricted
to seven UA buildings, university officials do not believe that the licenses
will have repercussions on campus.
“It really doesn’t affect the campus
at all,” said Joel Hauff, interim director
for the Arizona Student Unions. “At
the end of the day, it’s just procedural
change for us.”
The seven buildings include the
Student Union Memorial Center, Centennial Hall, Arizona State Museum,
College of Fine Arts, Arizona Stadium,
McClelland Hall and Biosphere 2. All
have hosted events with alcohol before.
From fundraisers to skyboxes at
the stadium, alcohol has previously
been available if the establishment had
obtained the necessary permit for the
“We tend to have events fairly often
in those buildings,” Hauff said.
The license will give UA the ability
to sell alcohol at the buildings for special events without having to apply for
By having a license, the application,
wait time and permit fee are eliminated.
Though chatter about the licenses
began last year, some community
members have yet to be informed.
Jordi Carvalho, general manager of
Wilko, a locally owned restaurant on
University Boulevard, knew nothing
about the pending licenses.
She predicts that the licenses will
affect their pool of customers.
“They won’t pre-party here,” Carvalho
said. “I think it will hurt the university
strip as far as pre-party and post-party,
but it’ll keep (the students) safe.”
Green signs informing the public of
the pending licenses were posted around
campus on May 17.
“I saw the huge signs,” said Analia
Cuevas, a recent graduate from the
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
“I think it’s something that everyone
wants, especially at games. I think it’s
just common sense. People need to be
Any complaints about the licenses
were to be submitted in writing to the
City Clerk’s office by June 6.
The City Clerk’s office did not
receive any written complaints, said
Thelma Sanchez, who is in charge of
However, the pending licenses have
caused mixed feelings among parents.
“I don’t think as a parent I would be
for it,” said Laura Driver, who brought
her son, Cole, to campus to explore the
Jack Gardiner, an associate research
scientist with the School of Plant
Sciences, entertains the idea of the
“I think allowing alcohol on campus
is pretty contemporary,” Gardiner said.
“Its time has come if they supervise it
However, as a parent of a 19-yearold, Gardiner is cognizant of the potential effect on younger students.
“I’m a little bit concerned about fake
IDs,” he said. “I just don’t want young
Sgt. Juan Alvarez, a public information officer for the UA Police Department, does not believe the presence of
fake IDs on campus will increase.
He said the events containing
alcohol held within the seven buildings are “more tightly controlled” and
“really specific in invitation,” as opposed
to open-invitation parties hosted in
“(The) less control, (the) more offenses,” Alvarez said.
A hearing will be held on June 26 at
5:30 p.m. before Tucson’s mayor and city
council to review the license applications. The hearing will take place at the
Mayor and Council Chambers. Once the
applications are reviewed, they will go to
the state for final approval.
With the ongoing construction
of the Tucson modern streetcar,
some businesses are seeing a decrease in sales and daily store visits
downtown and on campus. Other
stores, however, are using the construction to their advantage.
At first, Mark Levkowitz, the
manager of the Chicago Music
Store, was wary of the construction. His feelings changed, however, once construction started.
“Now it makes us relatively easy
to get to,” he said.
The Chicago Music Store will
receive a $90,000 grant from the
Downtown Tucson Partnership to
restore its historical façade.
The construction, however, is
hurting other businesses just as
much as it is helping them.
“I think it’s… an unnecessary
evil. It’s dirty and noisy. I just hope
when they’re finished, it will bring
more people to the area,” said
Tom Cassidy, store owner of Ooo!
Outside of Ordinary.
Inconveniences, noises, parking
limitations and timing are many
factors that contribute to the demise of many businesses down the
modern streetcar route.
“Any road construction typically barricades and slows down
traffic,” said Steve Taylor, a Tucson
business consultant. “People tend
to avoid the area, take different
routes and park other places,
sometimes spontaneously. It’s their
own perception that’s a big deal.”
The modern streetcar promises
to bring in a new crowd of people
to the downtown area and the
University of Arizona campus.
East University Boulevard and North Park Avenue marks the starting point of University Boulevard construction.
Photograph by Lexie Alvarez
Businesses hope for increased
“We’ll get people from all
parts of Tucson to add on to the
college crowd we already have,”
said Prince Ampong, the owner
of Finally Made on University
The main goal of the construction is to create a more urbanized
area, whether it be retail, office or
“Along that route, it’s going to
increase people in the area and
have a lot more business development,” Taylor said.
With progress in mind, the City
of Tucson is focusing on the final
“The goal is to build and operate a modern streetcar,” said Carlos
Deleon, director of Transit Services. “We’ll install railings, new
amenities and pavement, and also
an overhead power system.”
Driving will be restricted on
Broadway Boulevard, Congress
Street, a section of Fourth Avenue,
University Boulevard and Second
Street through the UA campus.
Construction is expected to last
until summer 2013, but the streetcar needs an additional six-month
testing period until it opens to the
Even with completion a year
away, some businesses are already
renovating and even moving.
Other businesses are moving Posner’s Art Supply, currently
located on North Park Avenue, will
be relocating to University Boulevard between American Apparel
and Espresso Art.
Until construction is over,
small businesses must tough it out.
“If progress is going to be
made, you gotta go through it,”
Exceeding AIMS tests
won’t cover full tuition
By Varun Bajaj
In an effort to decrease spending, the Arizona Board of Regents
decided to reduce the ABOR High
Honors Tuition Scholarship in
Starting in 2013, Arizona
students will not be offered fulltuition waivers by achieving an exceeding score on all three Arizona
Instruments to Measure Standards
To combat the cut, high school
counselors like Jill Ronsman of
Tucson High Magnet School, have
provided students with career and
college centers to help them find
financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
“The more you look, the more
you research [scholarships], the
money is there,” she said. “And
you can probably earn more
money by spending your time
looking for scholarships and applying than you can working at,
you know, at a fast food on the
Though she feels like a student can still find scholarships,
Ronsman went on to discuss her
fears with the AIMS scholarship
“I do feel that a lot of our stu-
Tucson High Magnet School provides scholarship and financial aid
information in the counseling department’s Career and College
Center. THMS counselor Jill Ronsman says that with the reduction
in the AIMS Tuition Waivers, students must spend time looking for
private scholarships to pay for higher education. Visit us online for
the radio story. Photograph by Keith Perfetti.
dents won’t be able to go, or at least
start, at the university,” she said.
Kasey Urquidez, University of
Arizona dean of admissions, said
that the AIMS reductions won’t
affect future enrollment.
“I don’t feel like it’s going to
decrease the amount of students
that have the opportunity to come
to school because the AIMS award
isn’t there,” Ronsman said. “We
will continue to reach out to the
students broadly and make sure
they have a good understanding
of what merit and need-based aids
The UA spends 17 percent of
tuition income on financial aid and
“No money [of the 17 percent]
is being removed and used other
places or to fund other things,”
Urquidez said. “It’s still going to go
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Post office succumbs to nationwide consolidation by USPS
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mail processing centers than states
with smaller populations such as
Wisconsin or Iowa.
Cherrybell is the 15th largest
processing center in the U.S. Postal
Service system, of more than 480,
Mangala Ghandi, a USPS area
manager of human resources for
Washington D.C. said that the Postal
Service considered distance, transportation, volume of mail, and the
type of equipment available to process the mail when deciding which
mail processing centers to close.
Fimbres said that there would
be several impacts if the processing
center is closed.
“Arizona’s considered a retirement
community,” Fimbres said. “There
are lots of seniors in our community
and they’re not computer savvy. They
still want to get their mail in their
mailbox, they still want to read their
newspaper, the hardcopy, and the
other thing is a lot of them are on
prescription drugs by mail.”
Geraldine Perez, a local mail
carrier, said that the service the post
office provides is vital.
“People rely on us daily, waiting
for their checks or their medicine,
birthday cards,” Perez said.
“This consolidation is going to
slow down mail-in voter ballots,”
Fimbres said. “That’s going to deter
folks (from voting).”
Non-profit organizations will also
lose their postage discounts. For one
non-profit, the Community Food
Bank of Southern Arizona, mailing
costs will go up 40 percent because
of the loss of their mailing discount,
said Jessica Castillo, Marketing/
Direct Mail Specialist for the Community Food Bank. She said that the
organization depends on direct mail
for 28 percent of its revenue, or $2.5
It will be more difficult, Fimbres
said, to get people to come to Tucson
and spend money in small businesses if there is no mail processing
and distribution center.
Students at the University of
Arizona with family living in different states are also affected by the
consolidation. “I’m from Oregon, so it would
take longer for simple things to get
back home.” Lisha Smith, a student at
Sunnyside grad recalls unusual career path
By Samantha Neville
Franc Contreras, a freelance correspondent for Al Jazeera English,
never liked reading or writing when
in high school.
Growing up in Tucson, Ariz.,
Contreras found comfort in playing
the electric bass and watching films.
After graduating high school, he
went on to attend the University of
Arizona where he gained an interest
“As I became more and more
educated at the university level, I
learned about something called National Public Radio,” Contreras said.
“So I started listening to it, and that
really changed the way I thought
about storytelling. I became very
interested in hearing human stories
told with a human voice.”
After flunking out of the UA,
Contreras moved to Iowa and
enrolled at St. Ambrose University
to pursue a career in radio. Initially
getting a job as a jazz DJ on KALAFM, he realized that he could see
radio as a profession.
“It had nothing to do with
journalism. After a while I started
thinking, “I do like storytelling,” he
said. “I started reading newspapers
more and more, and got very interested in daily news.”
Contreras went on to work in
Keokuk, Iowa, as a reporter for the
Daily Gate City, where he found
success. His first story, on an annual mushroom hunting contest,
was placed on the front page of the
newspaper. Yet even with his success, Contreras was not satisfied.
So Contreras went to the University of Iowa to earn a master’s
degree in journalism. During this
time, Contreras became what he
described as a “fanatic”, of the radio
the UA said. “(It would take longer)
to give cards and whatever I need to,
to my parents.”
The main problem people see
with the consolidation is the delay
that it will cause in mail arrival.
Soler, however, does not see this
as a problem. “Transporting mail over long
distances doesn’t slow it,” Soler said.
He said that the speed of the
machines that process the mail
determines how long it takes for
mail to arrive, and that the available
equipment are capable of processing
the mail at a fast enough rate to not
slow the arrival of mail.
Fimbres, however, said he thinks
that the post office can’t assure delivery at the same rate partially because
of the 150-mile journey the mail
must make before being processed.
He said that a whole number
of things could delay the mail as it
travels to Phoenix and back, such as
technical problems with the vehicle,
dust storms, and traffic.
Family, friends mourn
McKale center fixture
By Nick Trujillo
Freelance reporter Franc Contreras displays the petardo, an object used
as a weapon, during a Skype conversation. Photograph by Samantha Neville
program “All Things Considered”
“I would actually listen to the
full hour and a half every day. I
would record the program on a
cassette and then stay up all night
and just transcribe the whole thing,”
he added. “It showed me how they
built the program. I could see the
words they would use, the actual
nuts and bolts of the way they structured sentences.”
When offered a job at KUNMFM, an NPR member station, Contreras abruptly dropped out of UI,
hoping to chase his interest. Shortly
after joining the station, he was
offered another job working strictly
for NPR for a month.
“I gambled everything, drove
across the country in a U-Haul
loaded down with all my stuff to
Washington for a one-month long
promise for a job,” said Contreras.
After the month of promised
work was completed, Contreras was
offered his dream job: a producer on
All Things Considered.
“You get a chance to work at
your dream location, you know,
with the dream team,” he said. “It’s a
lot of adrenaline.”
Contreras worked on All Things
Considered for three years and
currently works in Mexico for an
international television broadcaster,
One person who has admired
Contreras’ leap in journalism is
Celeste González de Bustamante,
a former broadcast journalist an
assistant professor at the UA who
teaches broadcast journalism
“I personally think that he does
a really good job, given, you know,
the constraints he’s probably working under,” said Bustamante. “I am
working on bringing him back to
In 2006, Contreras was the first
journalist to broadcast live for Al
Jazeera, from Oaxaca.
“I felt this very strong personal
tie to the country, like something
about Mexico was going to produce
fundamental changes inside the
United States eventually,” Contreras
As for journalism suggestions,
Contreras says to report on subjects
one is passionate about because “in
the end, what I think we’re telling as
journalists are human stories.”
The Mckale ticket salesman, the
“brother in faith,” the man with
the white cane. Jeff Arnold had
many names but the one that stuck
to most is “the man with all the
enthusiasm in the world.”
At the June 2 memorial service
at the Mckale Memorial Center
held for Arnold, friends described
him as the kind of person you
always wanted to hang out with.
“I came across meeting Jeff in
the McKale center ticket office,”
said Victor Yates, a defensive back
for the University of Arizona. “I
walked in and he heard someone
say my name and he was like ‘Oh
Victor Yates’ and I was like ‘yeah
it’s me.’ Then I realized he was
Yates also described Arnold as
a “brother in faith.” Arnold would
attend the Fellowship of Christian
Athletes meeting to study the Bible
and shared how God related to
At the age of 2, Arnold developed a brain tumor, known as Optic Nerve Glioma, which distorted
his vision. As the years went on it
only got worse, by the time he died,
at 36 on May 9, he was almost fully
Arnold was a part of many
things, working as a radio DJ for
the Disney Cruise Line, and for the
Texas Ranger baseball club in Dallas. He also led the ticket sales department at McKale center for the
past six years. Arnold also served
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The community demonstrated
its overwhelming opposition to the
decision when 600 people showed up
to a public hearing at the end of last
year, Fimbres said.
“There are a couple bills, one in
the Senate and one in the House that
they’re working on, Fimbres said.
“We’ve also created an email petition,
online petition and we’ve got over
1,200 folks and small businesses to
respond to the governing board of
the Postal Service.”
Fimbres also mentioned that
Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez is filing a complaint with the
Department of Justice as well.
Soler, on the other hand, said that
the consolidation might be a positive
change for the post office, because
they won’t need to use as many
trucks and the facilities won’t have to
operate all night.
“The postal service is making the
changes we proposed in order to preserve the service for our customers
long term,” Soler said.
as board president of Southern Arizona Association for the Visually
Impaired for the last three years.
At the memorial there were
rows of people sitting and waiting
for their turn to share what they
remember the most about Arnold.
Among the last people to speak
was Dana Cooper, a sponsorshipmarketing consultant.
Friends recounted the time
Arnold went paragliding and how,
a few weeks later, he had one of his
most memorable moments when
he visited the Stanley Cup.
“Who in their right mind would
walk up to the Stanley Cup and
hoist it above their head just for the
fun of it?” Cooper asked the audience at the memorial. “Jeff would.”
After Cooper shared his
memory the crowd all went silent,
praying for Arnold or remembering who he was and what he did.
Anchorman Bud Foster also
shared a memory he had with Arnold, going to UA men’s basketball
“ I would sit with Jeff and he
would be our run-on commentator.
Although he was blind he would
use a radio piece, in his ear, and
keep us posted on what was happening,” Foster told the audience.
“If the commentators down below
ever made a mistake, Jeff would be
there to correct them, for us.”
“Also Jeff would go to games
with his white cane and yell and
scream when the refs made a mistake,” Foster said. “He would stand
up and yell ‘I’m blind and I can
make a better call than that’.”
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Refugee arrivals in Tucson decrease, but their hopes do not
the refugees who arrived in Tucson
this year are Bhutan, Burma, Congo,
Iraq and Somalia, according to
the Tucson branch of the Refugee
Bhutanese refugee Damodar
Khatiwada, 23, experienced culture
“There will be different waves
shock when he came face to face
[of refugees coming in],” said Marge
with the American value of consumPellegrino, director of the Owl and
Panther Project, a local refugee sup“Back then (in Nepal) we didn’t
port group. “Right now there seems
know any brands,” Khatiwada said.
to be a lot of Nepalis coming.”
“We only had one brand, that is
Keshavi said that while she was
whatever (donation) comes in.”
living in a bamboo shelter in a disDamodar’s experience is not
placement camp with her family in
unique among the refugee commuNepal, they depended on donations
nity. After living in camps around
the world, coming to the United
“We didn’t have anything for
States was a rocky transition, said
ourselves,” Keshavi said. “We didn’t
refugees who now live in Tucson,
own a house. If we were hungry we
had to thank (the donors) as a god.”
In 2011, 499 refugees reThe family became
settled in Tucson, according
refugees during a civil war
to Georgia Eddy, a program
between the residents of the
and project specialist for
south and the monarchy,
the Refugee Resettlement
said her brother Damodar.
Program in Tucson.
The people in southern
Of the 4,740 refugees
Bhutan of Nepali descent
that arrived in Arizona in
originally immigrated there
2009, nearly 20 percent were
in the 17th century to work
Bhutanese people of Nepali
as skilled laborers.
descent. After 2009, the perThe Nepali people in Bhucent of Bhutanese refugees
tan had kept practicing their
began to decrease, parallel
Hindu religion and speaking
to the 46 percent decrease of
the Nepali language, and
refugee arrivals in Arizona,
were viewed as a menace by
according to the Refugee
the monarchy in the 1990s,
said Natalie Brown, resource
Damodar and his 19-yearcoordinator for Iskashitaa.
old sister were two of the refuShe said that because this
gees that came to the U.S. in
population could not prove
2009, after spending 16 years
that they were descendants
in a refugee camp in Nepal.
of Nepalis, they were not acThey form part of the
cepted back into their native
1,300-strong community of
Bhutanese refugees in Tucson,
Damodar said that celsaid Natalie Brown, resource
ebrating traditions is more
coordinator for Iskashitaa, a
difficult in the U.S. than it
local organization dedicated
had been in Nepal.
to helping resettle refugees.
In Nepal, Diwali is an
“It was in 2007 that the
outdoor celebration involvInternational Organization
ing the whole community.
for Migration … set out in
In the U.S., this is more
Nepal and started accepting
difficult, because neighbors
applications and was willing to bring
might not be aware of the festival,
refugees to a few different countries,”
and family members aren’t always
able to get time off work to celebrate
“The U.S. was willing to bring
together, said Damodar.
60,000 (refugees) and we applied
Keshavi misses the decorating
without knowing which country
opportunities that her home in
would accept us, and we were acNepal offered.
cepted by the U.S.,” Damodar said.
“My house was made of bamboo
“It took us about a year to finish
and mud and I used to decorate my
all the paperwork. We didn’t get a
house with different rainbow colchance to choose where to go, or
ors,” she said. “Because (the walls)
which country. They decided for us.”
were made of bamboo, we had to
As crises shift around the world,
cover the bamboo with newspaper
the homeland of new refugees shifts
or paper so the wind didn’t come
through the holes. So I miss decoThe native countries of most of
rating my walls, I miss plastering
By Samantha Neville
Along with moving to the other
side of the world, refugees face the
challenge of learning English. Usually, children master English faster
than their parents, and they end up
translating for the family, said the
“It’s kind of hard and sometimes
easy, and sometimes I don’t even
like it,” said Isho Muktar, a 14-yearold Kenyan refugee. “But I still have
to do it. I have no choice, my family
doesn’t know the language.”
Refugee children also must work
to fit in at school. Some Tucson
educators lament that students are
not more welcoming to refugee
As Grace Lena, an English
language development teacher at
Doolen Middle School, pointed
out, misconceptions about refugees
“If they really understood why
these kids are coming here, and why
these families are happy to be here,
maybe they would have more of an
open mind about accepting them,”
Though the Khatiwadas have had
many challenges while becoming
accustomed to the United States, the
siblings said the use of technology
is one of their favorite parts of being
in the U.S.
“I feel like the world is in my
hands right now,” Keshavi said.
Using technology like the Internet, the Khatiwada siblings can
communicate with extended family
Top: Binyam Gezayi, Owais Kamtekar, and Rachana Kamtekar, at the
Transit of Venus. Photograph by Hayleigh Daugherty
Above from left to right: Isho Muktar, 14, Milina Suvva, 13, teacher
Grace Lena and Binyam Gezayi, 14. Photograph by Samantha Neville
members in Bhutan, something they
weren’t able to do in Nepal.
Damodar said that the relationships among himself, his siblings
and his parents have improved since
their arrival in the U.S.
“In Nepal, we were very limited,”
said Damodar. “It was a very small
house, and we didn’t even have a
sitting room… But here, just having
a sitting room gives us so much time
and so much room to sit down and
talk about our feelings and everything we want to talk about.”
The Khatiwadas also revealed
that they felt independent and free
in the U.S., as opposed to the resentment aimed toward the refugees by
“I like it here because everyone
is equal here, and everyone respects
each other,” Keshavi said.
The Khatiwada siblings plan to
continue their higher education.
Damodar wants to pursue an associate’s degree at Pima, while his sister
wants to study medicine in the hope
of becoming a pharmacist.
“I want to use my skills that I’ve
learned here...to help [in Nepal],”
Local woman, author leads life of altruistic service
By Kathryn Burney
As a writer, Marge Pellegrino
expresses herself by taking what she
knows about a situation and looking
at it from a different point of view.
After the death of her brother,
Pellegrino wrote a story about the
experience that was published in a
“That story just kept echoing. I
kept thinking about it, so I rewrote
it as though my son had said it in his
voice, and so that became my first
children’s book,” Pellegrino said.
The finished product, “I Don’t
Have an Uncle Phil Anymore,”
published in 1999, explored grief
and how children process loss in
As a child, Pellegrino’s parents
stressed to her the importance of
public service, which inspired her
Marge Pellegrino gives a talk about her passion for helping others. Photograph by Hayleigh Daugherty
next book, “My Grandma’s the
“We were always doing something to help out the community,”
she said. “I knew how good that
felt, but now that I was a parent
and I was going to my son’s school I
realized there were only a couple of
parents that got involved. I thought
‘Wow, kids are not getting this
model. I could write a story about
that,’ so I did.”
Pellegrino is also the director
of The Owl and Panther Project,
an organization that helps refugees
through expressive arts.
Pellegrino volunteers more than
20 hours a week with The Owl and
Panther Project. She uses art, such as
poems and stories, to help refugees
express themselves in a safe place.
Her goal is to set that model of
service for the refugees so that one
day a former client can take over her
Affected by her work with refugees from Guatemala and her realization of how little she knew about
the events happening there, she felt
the need to learn more, she said.
“I was thinking, ‘What’s gonna
happen when all these cool stories
that they’re telling are lost?’”
Pellegrino said. “So I did a lot of
research, I did interviews, I read two
boxes of books, I watched videos, I
read poetry that my students wrote
and read poetry of other poets. It
was really helpful to me.”
Pellegrino felt that the public
needed to be aware of what was happening in Guatemala, so she set out
to write a story about it.
In the hopes of reaching
more people, the process eventually became the award-winning
novel “Journey of Dreams,” a story of
Guatemalan refugees told from the
perspective of a displaced child.
“I understood that I could weave
three threads: weave folk tales, I
could weave her dreams, and I could
weave her narrative,” Pellegrino said.
Though Pellegrino has published
four novels, she didn’t begin writing
until much later in her life.
“I didn’t realize [writing] was
something that I could do, that read
people did,” she said. “I thought you
had to be magic.”
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Poachers sell, breed Arizona reptiles
as the Sonoran mountain king snake,
that is illegal to capture in Arizona.
Law enforcement has no way to
determine the origin of the reptiles.
The poachers are committing a
federal crime under the Lacey Act
by crossing interstate lines with an
illegally obtained animal.
Continued from page 1
The first venomous reptile protected in North America was the Gila
monster in 1952.
Many people believe that more
species should be protected under
Collette Adkins Giese, a herpetofauna staff attorney at the Center
for Biological Diversity, said that it
would be easier to prosecute poachers if species were protected across
the nation rather than in specific
If the laws were consistent across
the U.S., there would be fewer
loopholes for smugglers to discover.
Animals are not protected under
federal law unless their species are in
peril, according to Adkins Giese.
Courts can impose large fines or
prison time for poachers who take
Whether poaching of reptiles
such as the Gila monster will lead
to imbalances in the environment
remains a question. But some captive
breeders in other states, such as Mark
Seward of Colorado, don’t believe it
will cause a large impact.
“Habitat loss is a much more significant impact on the wild Gila population than any level of poaching,” he
said. If a Gila monster or rattlesnake
is relocated, studies suggest that the
animal will do poorly in its new surroundings—and possibly die.
Other breeders don’t believe
poaching has a large effect on the
“Gila monsters have been captively produced for over 30 years,”
said Robbie Keszey, a partner of
Glades Herps and star of Discovery
Channel’s show “Swamp Brothers.”
Poachers typically “herp” (search
for reptiles) at night following the
monsoon season in the Southwest.
The people who remove these
creatures from their natural habitats
often come up with creative ways to
hide the animals within their homes.
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Schwalbe recalls an instance while
working with the Arizona Game and
Fish Department where one man
harboring a venomous viper cut a
hole in the wall of his house, and
the snake stayed slithering around
inside the walls. Schwalbe and his
former employers had to confiscate
the snake. They had quite a “humorous time” attempting to remove the
illegal non-native snake from the
Reptiles that are removed from
their environment for more than
24 hours cannot be returned to the
wild, Tilton said. This is because the
animals may have come into contact
with other reptiles and species with
Once the reptiles are removed
from their natural habitat for this
amount of time, they must be kept
as captive animals for life, and are
prohibited from reproducing with
the rest of the population. Some of
these displaced reptiles are donated
to museums, such as the ArizonaSonora Desert Museum in Tucson.
Others are given to citizens who have
applied for a special permit to possess them.
To acquire a captive breeding
permit, applicants must pay a $200
fee. They must list all the species to
be bred, their experience taking care
of that species, a description of the
breeding facilities and the supplier
of their breeding pair. These permits,
which are not available in Arizona,
are distributed by the U.S. Fish and
Some species, such as the Gila
monster, also are difficult to breed,
especially in captivity. Captive breeders might start off with an illegally
obtained breeding pair. It can be
fairly difficult to find a pair of the
reptiles to own legally, so some take
advantage of the loopholes.
Reptile enthusiasts who decide to
obtain the reptiles illegally for their
new breeding businesses often collect
the creatures with an Arizona Game
and Fish hunting license, Schwalbe
said. They then take the reptiles out
of state to the location where they
hold their breeding permits. When
filling out their applications for
permits, the poachers claim that they
found their reptiles outside of Arizona. One common location includes
the New Mexico border, where it is
legal to capture certain wildlife, such
Exotic reptiles, including Gila
monsters, top, and the banded
rock rattlesnakes, are popular
targets for reptile poachers.
Breeding pairs can often fetch
thousands of dollars, said Cecil
Photographs by Hayleigh Daugherty
Vatican Research Observatory: Where science, faith collide
By Hayleigh Daugherty
The average person visiting the
University of Arizona probably would
not guess that Jesuit priests, under the
authority of the Vatican, have their
observatory offices on campus. Those
who have heard of the astronomers hold
many misconceptions concerning the
men of God studying the skies, according to Father Christopher Corbally.
“We are here to do good science
for the church, not that the church has
an agenda,” Corbally said. “We’re not
looking for the aliens before anyone
else so we can baptize them, despite
headlines you will see.”
Corbally, a Jesuit priest with his doctorate in astronomy, has been working
in Arizona with the Vatican Observatory Research Group since 1984, just
three years after it opened in Tucson.
Not all claims against the Holy See’s
astronomy team seem so far-fetched,
With the popular stories in history
textbooks focusing on the church’s
opposition to Galileo, it’s easy to
wonder if the Vatican’s astronomers
allow Catholic dogma to interfere with
research. Corbally insists this is as
true as the search for extraterrestrial
“Science and theology go their
own ways with their own methods,”
At the same time, faith is not
“We’re not looking for the aliens before anyone
else so we can baptize them,
despite headlines you will see.”
completely abandoned from the Jesuit
astronomers’ view of science. Science
“doesn’t answer all the questions, the
questions of the whole and the part,”
he said. “We are very matter based, but
not completely matter based, and that
is what can’t be answered by chemistry
The Jesuits working at the university believe Christianity and astronomy
work hand in hand. “A scientist who
has faith finds joy not just in the discoveries but also finds joy that in sharing that discovery is sharing God’s own
joy. The religious scientist also joins in
the joy of creation,” Corbally said.
Professor Chris Impey, deputy head
of the Department of Astronomy at
the UA, has worked with the priests
since 1986 and agrees that the notions
of doctrine affecting research are
“I think people who jump to
conclusions don’t know enough about
what (the priests) do,” Impey said. “The
Vatican has supported astronomy since
the changing of the calendar.”
Impey also commented on sharing
research with the on-campus Jesuits.
“They’re an interesting group
with two hats on each,” Impey said.
“They find science and theology very
Commonplace assumptions are not
the only thing clouding the truth about
the Vatican Observatory. When the
Jesuits and the University of Arizona
built the Vatican Advanced Technology
Telescope for the Mount Graham International Observatory in 1993, controversy over the location sparked a bitter
dispute between the Apache Nation and
environmentalists against the Vatican’s
scientists. One of the men who opposed
them is Robin Silver, co-founder of the
Center for Biological Diversity.
Silver, along with many supporters, argues that the observatory is on
sacred Apache land, and is damaging
the Mount Graham red squirrel population. In 2010 he endorsed a lawsuit
filed against the U.S. Forest Service
over the location of the building.
Similar to his writings in previous years, Silver insisted in a recent
interview that the Vatican Observatory
researchers “lack respect and integrity
when it comes to Native American
culture,” and the “disregard for the
Apache” is really meant to negatively
affect the opposing belief system because it contradicts Catholicism.
The Jesuits responded to the many
accusations similar to these in an open
statement published in 1992 on their
official website, vaticanobservatory.org.
Fr. Chris Corbally, the vice director of the Vatican Observatory Research
group, explains the work they do at Mt. Graham and the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope. Photograph by Hayleigh Daugherty
“The Vatican Observatory offers
no opposition to the continuance
of Apache religious practices or the
preservation of traditional Apache
religious sites on Mt. Graham. It, too,
has a profound respect for the integrity
of the mountain and its environs.
Contrary to erroneous information
that has been supplied to the press, the
Vatican Observatory finds no conflict
whatsoever between the construction
of the Vatican Advanced Technology
Telescope and Apache religious practices or site preservation,” it states.
Astronomy professor George Rieke,
the deputy director of the Steward Observatory, has worked with members
of the research group for more than 40
years and disagrees with Silver.
“It would be completely out of
character to denigrate another religion.
That’s not where they are,” Rieke said
of his colleagues. “The problem has to
do with disputes within the Apache
that overflows into the observatory
In spite of the many controversies
and misapprehensions surrounding
the Vatican Observatory Research
Group, the Jesuits continue on with
their scientific inquiries, and are willing to share their perspective.
“It’s a good question: Why does the
church have an observatory?” Corbally
said. “Part of it is to show science in
its own right is a part of the Christian
activity. Doing science well is a part of
what it means to be a good Christian.”
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They are called javelinas for their sharp
teeth. Javelina is the Spanish word for spear.
When people think of a javelina, they think
of a pig. They are not pigs! Their scientific
name is Tayassu Tajacu.
Two babies are born per litter.
At birth, a baby weighs only a pound. When
javelinas are full grown, they weigh around
The life span of a javelina is 7 years.
Natural predators are mountain lions and
Hunting javelina is popular in Arizona.
Javelinas eat cactuses, insects and fruits.
Javelinas breed year round.
Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department
A week-old javelina walks near the visitor
center at Saguaro National Park. Photograph
From the visitor center window,
the McRees were excited to see a herd
of six adult javelinas and three babies.
aguaro National Park is trying to
A young boy standing nearby didn’t
attract more visitors by renovatseem to be as enthusiastic about the
ing the visitor center, exhibits
and appealing to families.
The park is building a new visiOfficials at Saguaro National Park
tor center funded by park fees and
East, which is named after the towering
donations from Friends of Saguaro
vibrant green cactus, are struggling to
National Park, a non-profit organizaattract new visitors to explore the desert
tion that provides additional funding
for upkeep. Renovation is costing
“The number of visitors (to the park)
$250,000; Friends of Saguaro Nahas plateaued in the past few years,” said
tional Park are donating $80,000 and
Andy Fisher, the park’s branch chief of
$170,000 is coming from park fees.
The visitor center will be finished
Park rangers are trying to increase
by the end of summer, according to
the number of visitors by creating famPark Superintendent Darla Sidles.
ily-friendly activities. Attendance drops
Exhibit renovation will be completed
when it gets into the hotter summer
months and increases during the cooler
Park rangers have created activities
months of January through April.
to attract younger visitors. Rangers go
The park doesn’t have a marketing
to multiple schools over the acabudget and relies on word of mouth
demic year and teach students how to
Saguaro cactuses can be seen from the visitor
recommendations and social media to
for camping and hiking. In the
attract new visitors, said Fisher. Between center at Saguaro National Park. The saguaro summer, rangers host three-day-long
600,000 and 700,000 people visit the park
camps for second- and third-graders.
Photograph by Kenzie Hawley
Young campers hike, learn about desThe only tangible advertising used by
ert communities, ecology and history of the park.
the park is “the old-fashioned brown board,” Fisher said referThroughout June, Sabino High School students will moniring to the highway signs that direct visitors to the park. “Most
tor cactus life at the park. Later in the summer the students will
of the visitors we get are of the older generation.”
harvest saguaro fruit. Saguaro fruit is harvested using a long
Virginia and Wayne McRee, retirees from Georgia, said that
pole to reach the fruit. The fruit is then made into jams and fruit
Saguaro National Park was on their bucket list.
bars. According to Sidles, visitors are able to buy the jams and
“ I am interested in the West because when I was younger I
fruit bars at the Saguaro National Park visitor center.
would watch all of the Western movies,” Wayne McRee said. “We
love the West.”
By Kenzie Hawley
Pet owners stay cool as they rely on
animal care center during rise in temps
By Jose Rivera
When the temperature
rises in Pima County, animalaffiliated programs stay on
All over Tucson, animal
organizations are giving
advice about proper guidelines for pet owners dealing
with the rise in heat. Despite
these helpful guidelines, the
number of animals suffering
from heat stress is increasing
at Pima Animal Care Center
“We get more calls during
this time of the year. Most of
them consist of stray animals,”
said Jayne Cundy, representative of PACC. “We had 423
calls last month (May) that
consisted of welfare calls.”
Welfare calls report animals without water, wandering the streets and being
injured. So far this year, 3,399
calls have come into the PACC
regarding animal welfare.
The longer the time that
animals spend outside in the
sun, the greater their stress
level. As the weather hits
record highs, animals need to
“All animals can get
stressed in the heat – people,
dogs, cats, etc.,” said Dr.
Nobel Jackson, a lecturer
in veterinary science and
microbiology at the University
of Arizona. “Pets need shade
just as (much as) humans (do)
to get cool. Heat strokes are
certainly a risk when anyone
is out in the sun for a long
amount of time.”
However, with 100-degree
weather hitting the area earlier
in the year, local pet owners
have their own ideas of beating the heat.
National parks try to attract visitors
From top left to bottom: Dot Com, a 9-year-old Dalmatian, sits down to enjoy the shade as the sun sets on the
UA campus. Nibbler, a 3-year-old pug, enjoys his evening
walk. Jamie Schelble and his dog, Puppy, rest on the grass
near Park Avenue. Photographs by Noelle Haro-Gomez and
“I carry a gallon of water
with me when I’m walking
my pet just in case there’s no
water around,” said Catlin
Swartz, a UA student and
owner of a 15-month-old pug
named Nibbler. “Pugs and
other different breeds of dogs
have to live in weather that’s
under 90 degrees, so part of
carrying a gallon of water is
to pour some on my pet so he
However, the average rate
of pets falling victim to heat
strokes and other weatherrelated health issues are low,
according to the PACC.
“The rate of animals
getting severely affected by
heat is low,” said Edward
Taczanowsky, business officer
of the PACC. “Usually when
an animal’s tongue is purple,
that’s a sign that the animal is
dehydrated. Give them water
as soon as possible.”
The PACC has 28 officers
on staff for calls usually
pertaining to stray animals in
need of water or injured. The
officers are required to give
them water, as well as make
contact with the owner.
“During warm weather
like this, take precautions.
Walk your pet at night, give
them cool water through the
whole day,” Taczanowsky said.
A criminal report can
be filed for leaving a pet in
an area with little air, such
as inside a car with closed
“In one case we had to
break the windows of a car to
get a pet out,” said Bethany
Wilson, a crime prevention
officer at the UA Police Department.
The Arizona Revised
Statute 13-2910 A7 allows
police and animal control officers to use reasonable means
to remove an animal from a
vehicle, including breaking
windows, if necessary.
“On the UA campus,
animal abuse has only been
reported three times in the
last ten years,” Wilson said.
Records were not available regarding the number of
animal abuse cases in the City
of Tucson at press time.
Pets that are abused are
often taken away from their
owner, but because of the high
number of pets at the PACC,
owners are sometimes given
the opportunity to keep them.
To beat the heat, owners
must be aware of their pets’
“Just giving pets water and
walking them in the shade is a
good way to ease the stress on
the pet. On the really hot days
it’s just best to stay inside,”
said Leigh Moyer, a UA graduate and owner of Dot Com, a
“He’s mostly a couch dog,
and whenever we go walking,
he always tries to go in the
shade. So Dot Com is finding
his own ways to stay cool.”
Hundreds gathered to view the transit of Venus
Tuesday, June 5.
Transit of Venus
By Marissa Alejandre
Hundreds of people gathered outside the Flandrau
Science Center at the University of Arizona Tuesday,
June 5, to view the transit of Venus, which occurs only
twice a century.
“It’s a once in a lifetime event and we’ve known
about it for a couple months now so we decided to
come out,” said Eric Sahr, a geology major and president of the UA’s chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.
Michael Magee, the technical director of the transit
event said that the transit of Venus occurs when Venus
passes between Earth and the sun. He said it is much
more difficult to see than a solar eclipse because Venus
is “a tiny, little, black dot moving across (the sun).”
Viewing the transit unaided can damage the eye,
so event officials sold safe solar viewing glasses. Local amateur astronomers even brought solar-filtered
telescopes so the public could safely catch a glimpse of
the “Morning Star.”
Flandrau observers also watched a video of the
transit from the sky center on Mount Lemmon, as well
as observatories around the world.
Dr. Larry Lebofsky also gave a lecture series about
the history and significance of the Venus transit, said
David Acklam, a docent from the UA’s Lunar and
All of the exhibit areas in Flandrau were also open
to the public for free.
View the video online at
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por Samantha Neville
Traducido por Lexie Alvarez
Foto por Rachael Worthingtonw
Traficantes venden reptiles de Arizona
por Rachael Worthington
Traducido por Jose Rivera
La caza furtiva de animales exóticos es una empresa
enorme en todo el globo, y
Arizona es un punto caluroso
para los reptiles raros.
La caza furtiva de animales
es el comercio ilegal de segundo más grande del mundo,
sólo superado por el tráfico
de drogas, dijo doctor Cecil
Schwalbe, un herpetólogo
con el Servicio Geológico de
A pesar de que este mercado es tan grande, tan sólo
pocas estadísticas e información existe sobre la caza
furtiva, ya que es difícil saber
lo que el tráfico es legal y que
“Es probablemente más
común de lo que sabemos,”
dijo agente Diane Tilton, un
encargado de vida silvestre de
Arizona caza juego’s y pescados, que sigue la pista de los
Muchos reptiles en Arizona, como el monstruo Gila,
una boa rosa y la serpiente de
cascabel manchada de dos,
están protegidos por la ley
estatal, pero el problema de
la caza furtiva de reptiles aún
continúa. Las leyes que no sean
coherentes de un estado a otro
son las grietas que los cazadores furtivos aprovechan.
Afecta a los científicos en el
campo de estudio.
“Ni siquiera voy a hacer
estudios sobre las casas de
serpiente de cascabel más en
las tierras públicas a causa de
los cazadores de ocultar,” dijo
La gente se refiere como
“cazadores de ocultar”, son los
cazadores furtivos que buscan
para los reptiles con el fin de
utilizar o vender sus pieles.
Schwalbe ha dejado de ir a las
casas de las serpientes con el
fin de evitar que regalar sus
A pesar de reptiles criados
en cautividad de Arizona de
otros estados están a la venta,
la caza furtiva sigue siendo una
forma común de obtener las
serpientes y los lagartos raros.
Con el fin de capturar y
mantener a estos reptiles, los
cazadores furtivos que encontrar lagunas en la ley.
Con una licencia de caza
en la noche después de la
es legal tomar reptiles que no
estación de los monzones en el
gidas por la
de hábitat es
y la ley fedun impacto
es ilegal la
nivel de la
dijo. Si un
o la serpiente
de cascabel se
traslada, los esposeer
~Robbie Keszey, tudios sugieren
Discovery Channel que
va a hacer mal
en su nuevo
excepción de algunas especies
selectas que son ilimitadas. Por
Otros criadores no creen
ejemplo, si el límite es diez de
que la caza furtiva tiene un
una especie, y un cazador ya
gran efecto sobre las especies
tiene seis años, él o ella sólo
podrán recoger cuatro más.
“Monstruos Gila han sido
El primer reptil venenoso
producidos en cautiverio
protegidas en América del
durante más de 30 años,” dijo
Norte fue el monstruo Gila en
Robbie Keszey, un socio de
Glades Herpetofauna y estrella
Mucha gente cree que más
del programa de Discovery
especies deben ser protegidas
Channel “hermanos del panbajo la ley federal. Collette
Adkins Giese, un abogado de
Las personas que eliminar
la herpetofauna en el Centro
a estas criaturas en su hábitat
de la Diversidad Biológica, dijo natural a menudo vienen con
que sería más fácil de procesar
formas creativas para ocultar
a los cazadores furtivos si las
a los animales dentro de sus
especies están protegidas en
hogares. Schwalbe recuerda un
todo el país y no en estados
ejemplo al trabajar con el Ariespecíficos.
zona Game and Fish DepartaSi las leyes fueron consismento, donde un hombre que
tentes en los EE.UU., habría
alberga una víbora venenosa
menos resquicios para los
cortar un agujero en la pared
contrabandistas de descude su casa, y la serpiente se
brir. Los animales no están
quedó deslizándose dentro de
protegidos bajo la ley federal a
las paredes. Schwalbe y sus ex
menos que sus especies están
empleadores tuvieron que conen peligro, según Adkins Giese. fiscar la serpiente. Tenían un
Los tribunales pueden imponer buen “tiempo de buen humor”
multas o el tiempo de prisión
de intentar retirar el ilegal no
por los cazadores furtivos que
nativo de serpiente de la casa.
toman las especies en peligro
Los reptiles que se retiran
de su medio ambiente por más
Ya sea que la caza furtiva de de 24 horas no pueden ser
reptiles como el monstruo Gila
devueltos a su hábitat natural,
dará lugar a desequilibrios en
dijo Tilton. Esto es porque los
el medio ambiente sigue siendo animales pueden haber entrado
una pregunta. Sin embargo,
en contacto con otros reptiles y
algunos criadores en cautiespecies con las enfermedades.
verio en otros estados, como
Una vez que los reptiles son
Mark Seward, de Colorado, no
retirados de su hábitat natural
creo que va a causar un gran
para este período de tiempo,
deben ser lo más animales en
Los cazadores furtivos
cautiverio para la vida, y se les
por lo general “de reptiles”
prohíbe la reproducción con el
(búsqueda de los reptiles)
resto de la población. Algunos
Gila han sido
de 30 años,
de estos reptiles y se donan a
los museos, como el Arizona
Sonora Desert Museum, en
Tucson. Otros se dan a los ciudadanos que han solicitado un
permiso especial para poseer.
Para obtener un permiso de
cría en cautividad, los solicitantes deben pagar una cuota
de $ 200. Se debe incluir a
todas las especies que se crían,
su experiencia en el cuidado
de esa especie, una descripción
de las instalaciones de cría
y el proveedor de su pareja
reproductora. Estos permisos,
que no están disponibles en
Arizona, se distribuyen por
los EE.UU. Fish and Wildlife
Algunas especies, como el
monstruo Gila, también son
difíciles de criar, especialmente
en cautiverio. Criadores en
cautividad podría comenzar
con una pareja reproductora
obtenido ilegalmente. Puede
ser bastante difícil encontrar
un par de los reptiles a la
propiedad legal, por lo que
algunos toman ventaja de las
Entusiastas de los reptiles que deciden obtener los
reptiles ilegalmente para sus
empresas de cría nuevos a
menudo se acumulan las criaturas con un juego de Arizona
y licencia de caza de pez, dijo
Schwalbe. Toman los reptiles
fuera del estado a la ubicación
donde se celebran los permisos
de reproducción. Al llenar sus
solicitudes de permisos, los
cazadores furtivos afirman que
se encontraron con sus reptiles
fuera de Arizona. Un lugar
común incluye la frontera de
Nuevo México, donde es legal
para capturar cierta fauna,
como el de Sonora montaña
rey serpiente, que es ilegal para
capturar en Arizona.
La policía no tiene manera
de determinar el origen de los
reptiles. Los cazadores furtivos
están cometiendo un delito
federal bajo la Ley Lacey, cruzando las líneas de un estado
a otro con un animal obtenido
Los consumidores pueden
comprobar el Arizona Game
and Fish folleto para obtener
más información acerca de los
reptiles y los anfibios los reglamentos de caza: http://www.
A Franc Contreras, el
de Al Jazeera English, nunca
le gustaba leer ni escribir
cuando estaba en el escuela
Contreras, que se crió
en Tucson, Ariz., encontró
tranquilidad tocando el bajo
eléctrico y viendo películas.
Después de graduarse de la
escuela secundaria, se fue a
la Universidad de Arizona
donde empezó a interesarse
en la radio.
“A medida que me
educaba más y más a nivel
universitario, fue conocí una
cosa que se llamabaRadio
National Pública,” Contreras
dijo. “Empecé a escucharlo
y eso cambió mi manera de
pensar sobre la narración
de historias. Me interesé
mucho en escuchar historias
humanas narradas con una
Después de reprobar la
universidad, Contreras se
mudó a Iowa y se inscribió
en la Universidad de St.
Ambrose para seguir una
carrera relacionada con la
radio. El primer trabajo que
consiguió fue el de un DJ de
jazz en KALA-FM. Entonces
se dio cuenta de que la radio
podía ser una profesión
“No tenía nada que ver
con periodismo. Después de
un rato, empecé a pensar ‘Sí
me gusta contar historias,’”
dijo. “Empecé a leer periódicos más y más y me interesé
en las noticias diarias.”
Contreras se fue a trabajar en Keokuk, Iowa como
un periodista para el Daily
Gate City, donde tuvo éxito.
Su primera historia, sobre
un concurso anual de buscar
hongos, se publicó en la
primera plana del periódico.
Sin embargo, él no estaba
satisfecho con su éxito.
Entonces obtuvo su
maestría en la Universidad
de Iowa en periodismo.
Durante este tiempo, se
convirtió en lo que describió
como un “fanático” del programa de radio, All Things
Considered en NPR.
«Yo escuchaba la hora y
media completa todos los
días. Grababa el programa
en un cassette y yo quedaba
despierto todo la noche para
transcribir la cosa entera,”
añadió. “Me enseñó cómo
se construía el programa.
Podía ver las palabras que
usaban, y la forma básica
en que se estructuraban las
Cuando recibió una
oferta para trabajar en
KUNM-FM, una estación
de miembro de la NPR,
de repente se retiró de la
universidad con la esperanza
de seguir sus intereses. Un
poco después de unirse a la
estación, le ofrecieron otro
puesto, trabajando para NPR
durante un mes.
“Tomé un riesgo, manejé
por todo el país con un
U-HAUL lleno de todas mis
posesiones a Washington
por solo un trabajo de un
mes,” dijo Contreras.
Después de que se
completara mes de trabajo
prometido, le ofrecieron el
trabajo de su sueño: ser un
productor de All Things
Considered en NPR.
“Te dan la oportunidad a trabajar en la área de
tus sueños, tú sabes, con
el equipo de tus seños,”
Contreras dijo. “Es mucho
Contreras trabajó en All
Things Considered durante
tres años. Ahora trabaja en
Mexico para una cadena
de televisión internacional,
Al-Jazeera English, de que
acuerdo con Contreras,
“recibe sus recursos,” por un
rico país del Medio Oriente
que se llama Qatar.
Una persona que admira
a Contreras por su periodismo es Celeste González de
Bustamante, un ex periodista de televisión y profesora
asistente en la Universidad
de Arizona, quien enseña
clases de periodismo televisivo.
que hace muy buen trabajo
dando los limites en que esta
trabajando,” dijo Bustamante. “Estoy tratando de
hacerlo volver a la universidad.”
En 2006, Contreras
fue el primer periodista a
transmitir en vivo para Al
Jazeera, desde Oaxaca.
“Yo sentí una conexión
fuerte con este país, como
que algo sobre México iba
producir cambios fundamentales adentro de los
Estados Unidos,” Contreras
Contreras dice a reportar
los sujetos de que somos
apasionados sobre porque
“en fin, lo que yo creo
que somos diciendo a las
periodistas son cuentos de
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Foto por Noelle Haro-Gomez y Carolyn Corcoran
Varios edificios universitarios solicitan licencia para vender alcohol
por Carolyn Corcoran
Traducido por Maria Urquidez
La Universidad de Arizona va a
vender bebidas alcoholicas en eventos
especiales ubicados en algunos edificios, dependiendo de la aprobación de
las solicitudes de licencia para vender
Con las ventas de bebidas de alcohol siendo limitadas a siete edificios
en la Universidad de Arizona, los oficiales de la universidad no creen que
las licencias tendrán repercusiones en
“Realmente no nos afecta para
nada,” dijo Joel Hauff, el director
interino para Arizona State Unions.
“Al final del día, es sólo un cambio de
procedimiento para nosotros.”
Los siete edificios incluyen el
Student Union Memorial Center,
Cenntenial Hall, Arizona State Museum, College of Fine Arts, Arizona
Stadium, McClelland Hall y Biosphere
2. Todos han llevado a cabo eventos
con venta de alcohol.
Tanto en los eventos para la Recaudación de Fondos, como en los palcos
privados en el estadio de futbol, la
venta de alcohol ha estado previamente disponible si el establecimiento
había obtenido el permiso necesario
para el evento especial.
“Solemos tener eventos con
bastante frecuencia en los edificios,”
La licencia le dará a la Universidad de Arizona la habilidad de
poder vender alcohol en los edificios
para eventos especiales sin tener que
solicitar permisos individuales. Con
la obtención de la licencia, la solicitud
de permiso, la espera, y la tarifa se
Aunque la plática de la licencia
comenzó desde el año pasado, algunos
miembros de la comunidad aún no
han sido informados.
Jordi Carvalho, gerente general de
Wilkos, un restaurante de propiedad
local ubicado en University Boulevard
, no sabia nada de la licencia pendiente.
Ella predice que la licencia le
afectará la cantidad de clientes.
“Ellos ya no tendrán su pre-fiesta
aquí,” dijo Carvalho. “ Creo que le va
afectar a la calle principal de la Universidad con las pre-y-pos fiestas, pero
mantendrán a los estudiantes a salvo.”
El pasado 17 de mayo se puso
un aviso público en cartels verdes
alrededor del campus, para informar
sobre la licencia pendiente.
“Vi señales gigantes,” dijo Analia
Cuevas, una recién graduada del
College of Social Behavioral Services.
“Creo que es algo que todos quieren, especialmente en los juegos de
deportes. Yo pienso que es sentido
común. La gente nada más debe ser
Cualquier queja sobre la licencia
de La Universidad de Arizona va a
vender bebidas alcoholicas en eventos
especiales ubicados en algunos edificios, dependiendo de la aprobación de
las solicitudes de licencia para vender
La oficina de el secretario de la
Ciudad no recibió ninguna queja escrita,” dijo Thelma Sánchez, que esta
encargada de os permisos de alcohol.
Sin Embargo, como padre de
un joven de 19 anos, Gardiner es
consiente de el efecto potencial en
“ Estoy un poco preocupada de
las identificaciones falsas,” Gardiner dijo.” Nomas no quiero que los
jóvenes se expongan.”
Sgt. Juan Álvarez, un
oficial de información publica para
a Universidad de Arizona Departamento de Policía, no cree que la
presencia de identificaciones falsas
en el campus se aumentaran.
Dijo que eventos conteniendo alcohol obtenidos dentro
de los siete edificios son “mas
controlados”, y “muy específicos
en invitación”, oponiendo a fiestas
de invitación abierta obtenidos en
“El menos control, las mas ofensas,” dijo Álvarez.
Una audiencia será obtenida el
26 de Junio a las 5:30 p.m. antes el
alcalde y consejo de ciudad de Tucson para revisar las aplicaciones de
licencia. La Audiencia será obtenida
en Alcalde y Consejo de Chambres.
Ya cuando las aplicaciones sean
revisadas, se llevaran al estado para
Dueños de mascotas dependen de PACC durante el calor
por Jose Rivera
Traducido por Maria Urquidez
Cuando las temperaturas suben
en Pima County, grupos afiliados con
animales están en alerta.
Sobre toda la ciudad de Tucson,
organizaciones afiliadas con animales
dan consejos en directrices adecuadas para los dueños de mascotas.
“Recibimos más llamadas durante
esta época del ano (que durante
cualquier otra). La mayoría de las
llamadas son para animales de la
calle,” dijo Jayne Cundy, representante de PACC. “Hemos recibido
423 llamadas durante el mes pasado
(Mayo) que consisten de llamadas de
Llamadas de bienestar reportan
animales que no tienen agua, que
viven en la calle, y que están heridos.
Hasta ahora en este ano, nos han
llegado 3,399 llamadas al PACC, y
tienen que ver con el bienestar de los
Mientras más tiempo pasan los
animales afuera en el sol, más que
se les sube el nivel de estrés. Cuando
suben las temperaturas suben, los
animales tienen que refrescarse.
“Todos los animales se estresan
en el calor -- gente, perros, gatos,
etc.,” dijo Dr. Nobel Jackson, un
profesor en ciencias veterinarias y
microbiología en la Universidad de
Arizona.“Las mascotas necesitan
sombra tanto como los humanos
para refrescarse, corre el riesgo de
Foto por Noelle Haro-Gomez
hypotermia quien sea que esté afuera
por mucho tiempo. ”
Sin embargo, 100-grados de
temperatura a principios del año, los
dueños de mascota tienen sus propias ideas para combatir el calor.
“Yo llevo un gallón de agua
conmigo cuando llevo a mi mascota a caminar, por si al caso no hay
agua alrededor,” dijo Catlin Swartz,
estudiante de la Universidad de Arizona, y dueña de un pug de 15 meses
llamado Nibbler. “Pugs y otros tipos
de perros deben vivir en un clima de
menos de 90 grados, parte de llevar
un gallón de agua es para echarle
poca para que no se hidrate.”
El promedio de mascotas cayendo
victimas de hypertermia y otras
condiciones , son bajas según PACC.
“El promedio de animales recibiendo gravemente afectados por el
clima son bajos,” dijo Edward Taczanowsky, oficial de negocio del PACC.
“Normalmente cuando la lengua de
un animal esta morada, es una señal
que el animal esta deshidratado.
Dales agua cuanto antes.”
El PACC tiene 28 oficiales en el
personal, para responder llamadas
pertenecidas a animales de la calle
que necesitan agua, o que están heridos. Los oficiales son requeridos a
darles agua y contactar su dueño.
“Durante que el clima esté
caliente , toma precauciones, camina
su mascota en la noche, dales agua
helada durante todo el día,” dijo
Una denuncia penal se puede
presentar por dejar a una mascota en
un área con poco aire, por ejemplo
adentro de un carro con las ventanas
“En un caso tuvimos que quebrar
la ventana de un carro para sacar
la mascota,” dijo Bethany Wilson,
oficial de prevención del delito en la
UA Departamento De Policía.
El Estatuto Revisado de Arizona
13-2910 A7 deja que la policía y labores de control de animal contralan
a oficiales que usen medios razonables para remover un animal de
un vehículo, incluyendo quebrando
ventanas si es necesario.
“En la Universidad de Arizona,
abuso de animales nomas ha sido
reportado tres veces en los últimos
diez anos.” Dijo Wilson.
Archivos de la cantidad de casos
de abuso de animal en la ciudad de
Tucson no son los disponibles.
Las mascotas que son reportadas
por abuso son tomadas fuera de la
presencia de los dueños, pero por
la alta cantidad de mascotas en el
PACC, a veces los dueños tienen otra
oportunidad para quedarse con ellos.
Para vencer lo caliente, dueños
tienen que estar en pendiente de las
necesidades de su mascota.
“Darles agua helada, y caminarlas
por la sombrita, son buenas maneras
para aliviar el estrés en una mascota.
En los días mas calientes lo mejor es
que estén adentro,” dijo Leigh Moyer,
una graduada de la Universidad de
Arizona, y dueña de Dot Com, un
dálmata de 9 anos. “Es sobre todo
un perro de sofá, y cuando vamos a
caminar, el siempre trata de irse por
la sombra. Dot Com busca su propia
manera de mantenerse frio.”
10 June 2012
A Dow Jones News Fund Diversity Project
Photograph by John de Dios/ Workshop Director
Top row: Melissa Guz, radio journalism lead; Second Row: Kathryn Burney, left, Varun Bajaj, Noelle HaroGomez, photo lead and dorm counselor, Rachael Worthington and Marissa
Alejandre. Third Row: Yetzabell Rojas, left, Hayleigh Daugherty, Nicholas Trujillo, Sierra
Schulze, Carolyn Corcoran and Lexie Alvarez. Fourth row: Kenzie Hawley, left, Jose Rivera,
Robert Alcaraz, print lead, Celene Arvizu and Maria Urquidez. Fifth row: Samantha Neville. Front: Keith
Perfetti, web and multimedia lead.
Carolyn Corcoran, Co-Chief Editor
Carolyn Corcoran, 16, will have a busy senior year at Sunrise
Mountain High School in Peoria, Ariz.
Along with being managing editor of the school’s paper, the
Mustang Express, Corcoran is involved in several
extracurricular activities including tennis, National Honor
Society, the Career and Technical Student Organization, the
Christian Club on Campus and she’s also a peer mentor.
“I don’t like being bored,” Corcoran said.
After high school, Corcoran hopes to double major in
journalism and political science at an out-of-state college and
eventually become a political speechwriter.
Written by Lexie Alvarez
Sierra Schulze, Photo Editor
Sierra Schulze, 16, is a senior at Youngker High School in
Buckeye, Ariz. Her goal is to become a news broadcaster, but
she also has an interest in being an ultrasound technician.
She is a varsity cheerleader, a member of newspaper club,
National Honor Society, Health Occcupation Students of
America and a participant for the Relay for Life.
Schulze helped establish her school newspaper during her
sophomore year and has been the only editor-in-chief.
“My motivation came from my freshman year journalism
teacher, Joesph Kinney. My parents (also) have been encouraging and very supportive even when I get frustrated. Writing is
my passion,” Schulze said. Written by Kenzie Hawley
Marissa Alejandre, Copy Editor
Of all the ways Marissa Alejandre, a 14-year-old attending
Tucson High Magnet School, expected to find a career worthy
interest, a mistake in her class schedule was the last thing she
“I signed up for yearbook, and they placed me in beginners
journalism,” Alejandre said.
However, this accident led her to a new passion in journalism. Alejandre, who is not embarrased to call herself a nerd,
revels in the idea of science fiction and technology.
Alejandre considers herself a rising multimedia journalist
and an avid fandom follower, but her favorite motto says it all:
Written by Hayleigh Daugherty
Celene Arvizu, Staff Writer
Celene Arvizu, a 16-year-old junior from Douglas, Ariz., said
she her love of writing began in the third grade with poetry.
“Journalism just evolved from my love of writing,” Arvizu said.
She is interested in literature, human behavior, philosophy
and helping people for a greater good.
She comes from an artistic family and loves anything that allows her to express creativity.
Through this course and her future endeavors, she hopes to
meet people and gain experience to refine her journalism skills,
she said. Written by Rachael Worthington
Samantha Neville, Staff Writer
Samantha Neville, 16, a Tucson High Magnet School junior,
wants the world to be a better place.
“I want a more peaceful world, a world that’s more interested
in the benefit of everyone and working toward a more environmentally friendly planet,” Neville said. “A place where everyone’s accepting of differences: A place we’re proud of.”
She was the Spanish editor of her school newspaper, the
Cactus Chronicle, which helped develop her love for journalism.
She said she hoped to turn that into a career.
Her ultimate goal: to be a writer for The New Yorker.
Written by Kathryn Burney
Fourteen current high school students and one recent
high school graduate from the Grand Canyon State gathered for the Dow Jones News Fund Journalism Diversity
Workshop at the University of Arizona held June 1 - 10.
The young journalists worked with college mentors
and professionals to learn how to improve
their skills in photo,
multimedia, radio and print journalism.
Four lead mentors, for web, copy, radio and photo, supervised the students throughout the 10 days to produce a
daily online website and the final
The short biographies give just a little feel
of the journalists and their diverse
backgrounds coming into the program.
Jose Rivera, Co-Chief Editor
Jose Rivera, 17, a Tucson native, has been an avid sports fan
all his life.
“When I scored my first touchdown the feeling was amazing,” Rivera said. Despite his passion to play, Rivera’s interest was
starting to point in a different direction — journalism.
“I always thought journalism would stand in my way of being
a football player, but I never knew it would stop me from playing
the game all together,” Rivera said.
Since discovering journalism, Rivera hasn’t regretted leaving
football, and looks forward to being the editor in chief of Tucson
High Magnet School’s newspaper, the Cactus Chronicle.
Written by Nicholas Trujillo
Rachael Worthington, Design Editor
When Rachael Worthington was given the opportunity to
participate in the program, she accepted the new challenge.
“My mom always encourages me to take on any opportunities, and when the diversity workshop came up, I took advantage
of it,” Worthington said.
One of the things she looked forward to in the program was
how to make her interviewing more effective. In one day’s worth
of class, she more clearly understood the importance of accuracy.
“You have to reach out and find your sources,” she said.
After high school in Prescott, Ariz., she plans to incorporate
both of her interests of culinary arts and journalism into her
career. Written by Celene Arvizu
Lexie Alvarez, Copy Editor
Lexie Alvarez is a 16-year-old junior at Tucson High Magnet
It was after attending a football game with her father when
Alvarez discovered her passion for sports.
She had her first story published in the Cactus Chronicle last
school year when she was part of the beginning journalism class.
“After skimming through the paper about four of five times,
I thought it wasn’t there until I found it the next time,” Alvarez
said after having her first article published.
“That was when I felt accomplished and satisfied,” she said.
After high school, Alvarez hopes to attend the University of
California, Berkeley to major in journalism.
Written by Yetzabell Rojas
Hayleigh Daugherty, Staff Writer
Hayleigh Daugherty is an accomplished Girl Scout with
many different honors.
Daugherty also is a multi-time award-winning blue belt in
karate. She said she takes pride in her faith as a Wiccan and
being welcomed into the Navajo family.
The BASIS Scottsdale junior wants to go into a profession
that can make a difference in teenagers’ lives. “I want teenagers
to know that they have more power than they think,” Daugherty
said. “You may never be able to change others but to some extent
you can always change yourself.” Written by Marissa Alejandre
Yetzabell Rojas, Staff Writer
Douglas High School senior Yetzabell “Rhino” Rojas, 17, is
no stranger to the community.
Whether on the sidelines with pom-poms or a digital camera, Rojas’ multi-faceted character was recognized by her media
teacher freshman year.
“Rhino is one of the most passionate and energetic students I’ve
had since I began teaching,” said Mark Silverstein, her media teacher.
Rojas sees herself in the future with a business degree from
an in-state university. She hopes the diversity of this degree may
lead her to photography, public relations and interior design.
Written by Carolyn Corcoran
~ Jose Rivera
Varun Bajaj, Radio Producer
A 17-year-old senior at Gilbert High School in Gilbert, Ariz.,
Varun Bajaj has been improving his writing by contributing to
his school newspaper since the seventh grade.
“I like asking questions and telling stories,” he said.
Along with Matt Lewis, a University of Arizona graduate
student, Varun has created The Gilbert Gumption, an online
newspaper that he hopes will one day be the main news source in
Gilbert. He is a nationally ranked chess player, who also teaches chess
at charter schools, and a National Honor Society member. Bajaj’s
parents encourage him to keep his grades up, and be involved in
school activities. Written by Maria Urquidez
Nicholas Trujillo, Web Editor
Sophomore Nicholas Trujillo, 15, started working for the
Cactus Chronicle as a sports reporter at the Tucson High Magnet School in Tucson, Ariz.
“It was fun, it was a bit aggravating at times because I wasn’t
in beginning journalism,” Trujillo said. “But I really enjoyed it.”
As the school year ended, and time was closing on Trujillo’s
freshman year, he received photo of the year honors.
Next year he will be the paper’s sports editor.
“After not wanting to be in the class for the first semester, that
soon changed for me because I soon enjoyed it,” Trujillo said.
Trujillo plans to become an engineer after high school.
Written by Jose Rivera
Kathryn Burney, Copy Editor
One of the first things that Kathryn Burney, 17, former editor of her school magazine and recent graduate of Horizon High
School, learned from her father was how to not be victimized.
Burney has used this lesson to overcome challenges in her life.
“I think it really would have been hard to get through any
challenges without that experience,” she added. “I just think my
dad did me a big favor.”
Burney plans to go to the University of Oregon and study
journalism this fall. Her dreams for the world, however, are
“I would like to see a world with more equality and a world
where civil rights aren’t something people have to fight for,”
Burney said. Written by Samantha Neville
Kenzie Hawley, Staff Writer
Kenzie Hawley, 15, a junior at Seligman High School, developed a passion for writing in a middle school English class.
“I started in eighth grade, simply writing down my feelings,”
Hawley said. “It was just easier to let it all out on paper.”
Photography had always been one of Hawley’s fascinations
because of her mother’s career in professional photography.
She hopes to be editor of her high school newspaper next
year, the Lopes Ledger, where she will continue working on her
writing skills and practice taking better photos.
Written by Sierra Schulze
Maria Urquidez, Staff Writer
Junior Maria Urquidez, 16, began taking photos when her
teacher gave her a photo assignment in her freshman media
class at Douglas High School.
“My teacher just handed me a camera and told me to take
pictures,” Urquidez said. “When he told me they were great;
that’s when I became super interested.”
Using these newly found journalism skills, Urquidez plans
to delve deeper into her love for the arts, as well as continue to
thrive as the “oddling” in her family of five.
Although she loves photography, Urquidez plans to pursue a
career in medicine. Written by Varun Bajaj
A Dow Jones News Fund Diversity Project
Photo by Lexie Alvarez/The Chronicle
Photo by Sierra Schulze/The Chronicle
Large top: Jesus Flores Garcia grills chicken on the UA campus for
Allyn Hanes Catering. Above: Kieran Conner, Katy Carr, Ishta Robles
and Vita Carr take a morning stroll on campus. Left: Turtles are
common at the lily pond on campus.
Photo by Maria Urquidez/The Chronicle
Dow Jones Journalism
Workshop Begins 31st Year
By Carolyn Corcoran
Photo by Hayleigh Daugherty/The Chronicle
Top: Michael Mayette and his best men prepare
themselves for a photograph taken by photographer
Erik Hinote. Right: Noelle Rohen brings her son, Matthew, to a monthly Storybook Character Hour at the
UA Student Union Memorial Bookstore.
Photo by Varun Bajaj/The Chronicle
The Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students
began on Friday, June 1 at the University of Arizona School of Journalism.
The workshop is a long-running program that has existed since 1981.
This year, the workshop has continued to grow with a new daily online
component and a new sponsor, the Asian American Journalists Association
- Arizona Chapter (AAJA-AZ).
“As we embark on, hopefully, another successful 30 years, I thought it’d
be a prime opportunity for the workshop to grow,” said John de Dios, the
workshop director. “We have a great staff of 15 students and college mentors, and I am very much excited to see what they can produce over the next
Among the participating students is recent Horizon High School graduate Kathryn Burney.
“I was expecting to work on a publication,” Burney said, “I wasn’t expecting to dabble in everything – photo, multimedia and all of that.”
Day two began with a photojournalism lecture by A.E. Araiza, an
Arizona Daily Star photojournalist. Students then trekked around campus,
seeking out interesting photo opportunities and source material for their
“I hoped for more photography (lessons),” said Yetzabell Rojas, a Douglas High School student. “I wanted to learn more about taking pictures.”
Rojas said she would apply the concepts she learned during the seminar
at her high school this fall semester.
The workshop concludes on June 10 with a graduation ceremony. The
students with the top two stories from the workshop will receive $200 and
$100 from AAJA-AZ at the ceremony.
12 June 2012
A Dow Jones News Fund Diversity Project
onto Tucson Stage
teaching at private
Photo story by Yetzabell Rojas
From far left clockwise: Julianna
Grantham, 20, who has been
dancing for three years, practices
in the studio. Cesar Degollado,
director of the studio, talks to his
class about proper feet placement.
tage performance is important for
any dance company.
However, for ConDanza
Repertoire Company & Educational Community Outreach Project, it is also about
transforming from a semi-professional
company to a professional company.
“We hope that we can grow on a
state level,” said Cesar R. Degollado, the
founder of ConDanza. “We’re hoping that
we can establish ourselves as a face of
contemporary dance in Tucson.”
Degollado started the dance group in
2009, which he named ConDanza. When
translated from Spanish to English, ConDanza means “with dance.”
Degollado’s idea was that “with dance,”
the company would succeed as a community outreach project. Starting with only
six members, the troupe now has 15 dancers who perform for free at after-school
programs and fundraisers.
ConDanza hopes to establish a place
for dance in education, just like other
“Dance is just as important as acting
or any other art,” Degollado said.
Tony Juarez, 23, dances for ConDanza
and attributes his growth as a person to
“The company is a big part of my life,”
Juarez said. “It taught me the value of
discipline and commitment.”
Maddy Greene, 20, a member of ConDanza, said dancing helps with her fine
art studies at the University of Arizona.
“I think it gives me a good work ethic,”
Greene said. “It really gives me something
to think about because I’m an artist at the
U of A.”
ConDanza is located downtown
on East Toole Avenue and North Fifth
The studio offers classes year-round
for dancers 15 and older, but a dance class
will be held this summer for children 14
and younger. Degollado hopes to create a
year-round class for these young dancers.
Left to right: Tony Juarez, 23, practices proper technique in the studio. Julianna Grantham stretches in a split position
before her class begins. Anna Rowland, 17, listens to her instuctor while resting during ballet practice.
Top: Above: Bottom Four:
Anna Rowland takes a breather during her ballet class.