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Kristi Ellison

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A Wildcat For Life


The Spring 2011 semester comes to an end and most students leave with plans to return in the Fall.  Sadly, the seniors must soak in the excitement and relief of graduating but move on to the next chapter in their lives and keep Arizona in their hearts.  Three wildcat graduating seniors reflect on their college experiences at The University of Arizona and what this school means to them.

“I have never felt better about a decision in my life; coming to U of A was definitely the best decision I ever made,” said Emma Keilty, a family studies and human development major.

With a fantastic athletic program, huge variety of clubs and organizations, beautiful weather, endless social events, and opportunity to make life long friends, the UA has given its graduates an unforgettable chapter in their lives.

“I will miss the people and sports environment,” said Brett Rostratter, a journalism major.  “There is nothing like sitting in the Zona Zoo at the UA basketball games.”

“My most memorable experience is tailgating before and rushing the field after a winning football game,” said Kelly Wenstrup, a interdisciplinary studies major.
Wenstrup explains what makes UA so attractive to her.  “There is such a great mix of students at the UA and the atmosphere that surrounds the school is booming.  There is great school spirit and the campus is absolutely beautiful,” said Wenstrup.  She also advises incoming students to take their time while in college.  “Don’t rush through college or rush to get old; you’ll have plenty of time to relax when you’re older, and these are some great years.  Explore every opportunity that you are presented with,” said Wenstrup.

Events to check out this week!


Last week of school Wildcats!  If you need a break from studying for finals, here are a few options on and off campus.
John Sexton, a photographer, print maker and educator, will lecture and hold a book signing of “Ansel Adams: A Personal Recollection,” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Creative Photography Auditorium.
Interested in learning about job searching and interviewing?  Head over to the Student Union Memorial Center, Career Services Suite 411 and ask the Webinar Presenter, Peter Weddle from 12 to 1 p.m.
Cheer on your Arizona Women’s Softball team as they face California today and Friday at 7 p.m. at the Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium.
The Downtown Urban Street Fest is open from 5 to 10:30 p.m.  It’s a free, family-friendly urban block party with live music and entertainment, vendors, gallery openings, restaurants, and more to downtown Tucson.  Head over to Congress St and Sixth Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701.
Also Saturday, check out the Willcox Wine Country Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Arizona Wine Growers Association presents this annual festival with wine tastings, treats, artisan vendors, and live entertainment in Railroad Park.  The tasting fee is $10 andd includes 6 wine tastings, a commemorative glass & live entertainment. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased at the hospitality kiosk.
Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2011 and have a great and safe summer Arizona!

Who’s Your Momma?


Mother’s Day is creeping up!  “Thank you captain obvious…”
If you’re responsible and have some extra cash I’m sure you have already picked out an amazing and perfect gift for your mom.  BUT if you are part of the majority (broke college student who procrastinates) here are some ideas you can quickly grab.
Let’s go back to the time when we were adorable kids.  You probably made a hideous card with scribbles for your mom even though she loved it and told you it was beautiful.  Well, she was probably telling the truth.  Mothers love the creativity and thoughtfulness of just about anything you give them.  So whip out the colored pencils and markers and decorate a card or insert a picture of you two!  It’s okay if you’re artistically challenged!  The most special part is the message you write inside the card.  Think of a memorable time that meant a lot to you or a funny story you both would never forget. Tell her how much you love and appreciate her-but put it in your own words.  Cards in stores have beautiful poetry and clever expressions and can be tailored to any mother out there. Moms will hear your voice in your own words and will  appreciate whatever you write for her. 

If you’re fortunate enough to spend Mother’s Day with your mom, make her breakfast!  Check out Whiski Business for some delicious and simple recipes!

Events to check out this week!


Woman to Woman: Refugees in Tucson


“You need to experience being a refugee to understand,” said Bushra Faesal, a refugee from Baghdad and mother of three. “You may feel sympathetic but you don’t know what it is like.” 

Her large green eyes capture attention and are hard not to understand.  Her clothing covers her from head to toe and only reveals her face, allowing focus to shift to her and expressive eyes.  She explained the complications of her new life in Tucson, Ariz., and why she left her home.

Overwhelmed by the danger imposed on Baghdad, Faesal applied to the United Nations to be a refugee.  On June 30, 2008, she and her children, aged 15, 14 and 6 arrived in Tucson.

“Imagine you go to a place and you have no one,” Faesal said.  She was assigned to the International Rescue Committee in Tucson, a global humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving aid to individuals worldwide. In the United States, the IRC assists refugees in rebuilding their lives and becoming thriving new Americans.  Faesal was asked to work as a promoter for the Well-Being Promotion Program that was designed for women refugees at the IRC.

Events to check out this week!


Three more weeks in the Spring 2011 semester wildcats! Try to get out and have fun before finals approach and we break for summer. Head over to Modern Languages, Room 350 to catch the screening of the PBS documentary, “Freedom Rider,” and Arizona Public Media’s program “Barrios and Barriers: Tucson Civil Rights Era.” The event will be lead by civil right leaders from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Are you expecting to be a parent? Check out the Lunch &Learn Panel from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Student Union Memorial Center, Room Ventana. Here, you will learn about infant child care and lactation resources, flexible work arrangement guidelines, pre and post-natal nutritional suggestions and your changing work and family relationships. No reservations are required. Support your Arizona Men’s Baseball team when they place Arizona State University at 6 p.m. at the Frank Sancet Field. Also on Tuesday, Take Back the Night, a national march and rally to end sexual assault, will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The march will begin at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center and will end at the Women’s Plaza of Honor. This movement unifies community members by educating and inspiring them to speak out against sexual violence. Music, speakers, and a survivor speaker will be included in the event. Also Tuesday night, a documentary, “9/11 Mysteries,” questions the official story of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. See it at the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building, Room S202 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Events to check out this week!


Doctor Jonathan Daniel, a thoracic surgeon at the University Medical Center, will be at the Santa Rita Room in the Student Union Memorial Center from 6 to 7 p.m. to share his experience as an Asian American physician on ABC’s “Boston Med” reality T.V. show.  He will also give advice to aspiring students.
Head to the UA Mall between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to support Global Water Brigades with their bake sale!  There will be cookies, cupcakes, brownies, lemonade and a donation box.  All proceeds go towards giving people of Honduras clean water. 

Also, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the UA Museum of Art with host their UA Public Art Tour of sculptures, fountains and tile mosaics.  Reservations are required.

At night check out Reflections on the Environmental Legacy from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at University Libraries Special Collections.  Robert G. Stanton, the senior adviser to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior will discuss the impact of Stewart Lee Udall’s environmental work.

Also that night the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble and the Studio Jazz Combo will perform their final concert of the 2010-2011 season, “Joyful Noise,” at 7:30 at the Crowder Hall Music Room.  Admission is $5.
Did you miss fencing last week?  No worries, the Society of Creative Anachronism will hold training at 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Highland Commons.  Loaner gear is available.SCA Fighter Practice

Events to check out this week!


The Her Campus, Arizona team will be out on the UA mall from 10:30 to 2:30 p.m., promoting “Save the Ta-Ta’s!”  This foundation funds cancer research and we will have cute tanks to hand out.

Tuesday at 5 p.m., The Archaeological Institute of America Tucson Society presents a lecture, “Harena Since Calce(Sand Without Lime): Building Disasters, Incompetent Architects, and Construction Fraud in Ancient Rome” in the Family and Consumer Sciences building, Room 101.
Also that night UA Science hosts Science Café: “Mind Games” from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant at 198 W. Cushing St.  Be a part of a casual forum where people join to meet and discuss a particular science topic with a UA scientist.

The Film Series, “Bitter Cane,” a documentary about the exploitation and foreign domination of the Haitian people will be played from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday at the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building, Room S202.

Come support the Her Campus, Arizona branch at Campus Candy on University Boulevard as we host our Percentage Night from 5 to 8:30 p.m.,  Just whisper “Her Campus” at the register!

An informational seminar about plagiarism will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m., in the Student Union Memorial Center, the Copper Room and will teach how to report academic dishonesty and how it impacts students.

Wednesday night, Global Lends 2011 Film Series, “La Mirada Invisible/The Invisible Eye” will show from 4 to 5:45 p.m., in Modern Languages, Room 311.  The film is about Argentina’s military regime of the 1980’s and Maria Teresa, a repressed assistant teacher at a Buenos Aires private school.

Events to check out this week!


Arizona Men’s baseball plays Arizona State Tuesday, April 5 at 6 p.m. at the Frank Sancet Field.
Also Tuesday night at 6 p.m. the film, “A Railway Station for Two” will be played at the Manuel Pacheco Integrated Learning Center, Room 130.  The movie is about a stranded man at a train station who forms a relationship with a local waitress.  The film is in Russian with subtitles in English.

Stuff the CatTran Food Drive!  This campaign is hosted to benefit the Tucson Community Food Bank.  They encourage the community to contribute unopened canned and non-perishable items that are in great need like cereal, canned meats and canned vegetables.  Cash contributions will also be accepted.  Donate at the UA Mall at Cheery Avenue and University Boulevard from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Want to learn how CPR?  From 5:15 to 6:30 Wednesday night, the UA’s Sarver Heart Center will have a training class free and open to the public.  They will teach chest-compression only at the University Medical Center, Room DuVal Auditorium.

Check out the International Festival at The Center for English as a Second Language from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  CESL students from about 30 countries will share their cultures through exhibits and demonstrations.

Events to check out this week!


What a weekend! For most of us, the majority of our time was spent planted in front of TV’s with friends, food and drinks as we cheered for our Arizona Men’s Basketball team.  So hopefully after a full day of recovery, you’ll be rested and ready for more awesome events going on in Tucson!
Interested in learning tips on how to find a job?  A Human Resources expert will be in the Student Union Memorial Center, Career Services Suite 411 from 12-1 to give students pointers on the job hunt. 
The School of Music is hosting its 12th Annual Arizona Bach Aria Consort at 7 in Holsclaw Hall.  Admission is $5.
Gil Hoffman leads a discussion, “Israel Yesterday & Today: Peace, Politics, and Plutonium” and will look at efforts made to prevent a nuclear Iran and advance Mideast peace.  This will be held in the Louise Foucar Marshall Building, room 490 at 3.
Want more sports?  Arizona Men’s Baseball plays New Mexico at 5 at Frank Sancet Field.
Rinku Sen will speak at 6 in Gallagher Theater in the Student Union Memorial Center on Immigration, racial justice and women of color in a new America.
Other speakers from The University of Arizona will address the disaster in Japan at 6:30 in Centennial Hall.  They will discuss earthquakes and tsunamis, nuclear reactors, radiation and human health, worldwide energy policies and more. 
If you can’t make it to the game on Tuesday, the Arizona Men’s Baseball team plays New Mexico again at 12 at Frank Sancet Field.