“I’d be a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup because they’re addicting, like me.”
“I would be M&Ms because they have variety.”
“I would be a toffee bar because I’m sweet.”
“A Butterfinger because they’re tasty and I’m always dropping things.”
“I would be a Snickers because I’m sometimes sweet, sometimes nutty.”
Compiled by David Del Grande
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Photos and interviews by Ebony Stoglin on Desert Vista Campus
“He ended up taking me to a mutual friend’s house. He was playing video games and I got to watch him on the couch.”
“We were walking around and talking, and all of a sudden it started raining.”
Major: Culinary Arts
“We went out to eat Sonoran hot dogs and I was already full. I threw up and that was the last time I went on a date with her.”
Major: Liberal Arts
“My friend is a horrible wing man. He told me he was bringing a girl for me to go on a date with and she wasn’t my type at all.”
“Me and my boyfriend got into a huge fight. I didn’t know he had already planned a trip to Vegas for us. I felt so stupid after he told me.”
Major: Dental Hygiene
Editor’s note: This regular column explores topics covered in past editions of Aztec Press.
By SIERRA J. RUSSELL
Some people celebrate Valentine’s Day, while others see the holiday end in conflict. Relationships require patience, communication and, in many cases, an unbiased referee.
In 1976, an Aztec Press reporter interviewed two women who had recently been divorced. At the time, divorce procedures were becoming almost as common as weddings.
One of the women interviewed had married at 19. Initially, she viewed marriage as a “declaration of freedom from her parents.”
Eventually, she saw the union as damaging to her livelihood and decided to part ways with her husband of eight years.
“The divorce procedure was like an appointment,” she said. “It lasted a couple of minutes with others waiting in line.”
She said their two daughters spent each summer with their father.
“My own personal experience with him has nothing to do with the girls,” she explained. “Our feelings are stored up, but we don’t let them out.”
The other woman spoke of her ex-husband’s violent behavior, which was linked to his drinking habit.
“I hated him … now I feel sorry for him,” she said. “I really don’t blame him. His father was just like him. He would beat his wife, was a heavy drinker, adulterer and he never talked to his kid.”
In 1992, the Aztec Press spoke with Karen Jaskar, a program assistant at the Brewster Center, a local shelter for battered women and their children.
Jaskar provided guidelines on how to identify and avoid abusive relationships:
- Trust your instincts. If something feels wrong, it probably is.
- Maintain a healthy support system. Keep your job, your friends and your focus on studies even if your partner encourages you to sacrifice these values.
- Listen to the honest opinions of friends and family that you trust. Often when we are smitten with someone, it is difficult to see hazardous behavior clearly.
- Work on strengthening your self-esteem by spending time with people that make you feel good about yourself. Also factor time in for solitude and self-reflection.
- Do not depend on your partner to “cure” you. In times of stress or confusion, avoid seeking solace in drugs or alcohol. Try instead to engage in physical activity that will help your mind and body feel better, such as hiking or a new yoga class.
- Do not be afraid or ashamed to seek professional help.
“Domestic violence can occur in married, unmarried, straight or gay relationships, in the foothills or in the barrio,” Jaskar said.
She explained that batterers are typically jealous and possessive, and can switch from charming to furious without warning.
They rarely accept responsibility for any faults, instead placing blame on others. They tend to undermine their partner’s accomplishments and attempt to control their actions.
As the relationship progresses, abusers tries to isolate their mate from friends and family, criticizing anyone who might voice concerns that the relationship is unhealthy and dangerous.
“Abusers put up a good false front and want to be seen as an upstanding person in the community,” Jaskar said. “Batterers have a great interest in keeping the abuse a secret.”
Due to such denial and secrecy, the abuser rarely seeks help for his or her violent behavior.
“It is the victim who is most likely to break the cycle of abuse by asking for outside help,” Jaskar said.
Domestic violence rarely ends without some type of outside intervention, she added.
“Remember, taking care of yourself is your responsibility. So is keeping your eyes open. That way, when Mr. Right does come along, you won’t be busy fielding punches from Mr. Wrong.”
The Brewster Center is still in operation today. More information can be found at brewstercenter.org or by calling 520-881-3063.
Another Tucson shelter that offers help and guidance is the Emerge Center, emergecenter.org. It has a 24 hour hotline: 1-888-428-0101.
Local high school students put their welding and automotive skills to the test at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus Feb. 7-8 in two Skills USA competitions. The events took place at the welding lab and the automotive lab.
Compiled by Jay Becker-Norman
Take a break from the frozen excitement of the Winter Olympics and check out all that is happening in sunny Tucson during February.
Tucson Gem and Mineral Show – Feb. 13-16
See a wealth of jewels and gems valued in the millions of dollars as the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show celebrates “60 Years of Diamonds, Gems, Silver and Gold” at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.
Admission is $10, with discounts available. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Feb. 13-15 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Feb. 16.
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros – Feb. 15-23
Rodeo Parade – Feb. 20
Join in celebrating the cowboy by putting on your jeans and your best flannel and swinging your partner out to “La Fiesta de los Vaqueros.”
The rodeo features barrel racing, steer wrestling and bovines galore at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. Sixth Ave. Daily admission prices range from $12-$26, and parking costs $5. Find a complete schedule of daily events on the rodeo website.
If nothing else, catch the 89th annual Rodeo Parade on Feb. 20. The 200-float parade kicks off at 9 a.m. at Park Avenue and Ajo Way, and continues south along Park to Irvington Road.
Street viewing is free, but come early to get a good spot. Call 294-1280 for reserved grandstand seats on Irvington Road at South Sixth Avenue. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for children under 13.
Details: tucsonrodeo.com, tusconrodeoparade.com or 741-2233
Classic Car Show & Blues Festival – Feb. 22
Race to Oro Valley to see antique, muscle and classic cars and trucks. You can also enjoy tunes from live blues bands and DJs, and purchase barbecue and other food.
The car show will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Oro Valley Marketplace, located at the southwest corner of Tangerine and Oracle roads. Admittance is $5, with proceeds benefitting the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.
Peace Fair & Music Festival – Feb. 22
The Tucson Peace Center has selected a “Climate Justice” theme for its 32nd annual festival. Enjoy live music, table vendors, children’s activities and entertainment at the Reid Park Bandshell, near 22nd Street and Country Club Road. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Details: tucsonpeacecalendar.org or 445-4110
Southwest Indian Art Fair – Feb. 22-23
Browse the work of 200-plus native artists during the Southwest Indian Art Fair at the Arizona State Museum, 1013 E. University Blvd. on the University of Arizona campus.
See pottery, paintings, jewelry, baskets, rugs and blankets displays, and experience the music, dance performances and demonstrations that integrate these living culture practices with the artist’s work.
Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 23. Advance tickets are available through the museum website for $10. Students with a college ID and youth under age 18 get in free.
Details: statemuseum.arizona.edu or 626-6302
Compiled by Ebony Stoglin
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By NICK MEYERS
Not long after opening its doors on Sunday mornings, the Auld Dubliner welcomes patrons who have already called to make reservations. An hour later, the bar bustles with excitement.
Football is on every television, but the TVs are not yet showing the game that people came to see. It is still 90 minutes before kickoff and already the Seattle Seahawks chants have begun. More and more fans roll in wearing blue and white jerseys.
Starting in the 2012 preseason, the Tucson 12’s as they’ve made themselves known, have attended the Dub to watch the “Blue-and-Greens” weekly matchup.
What started as a small backroom attendance of only 5 people has snowballed in the past two seasons into hundreds of fans taking over the local Irish pub to cheer on their boys on the field.
The rise in popularity is largely due to the efforts of founder Brian Wiese, who maintains a Facebook page called “Tucson Seahawkers” to coordinate the weekly events of nearly 300.
The Tucson 12’s, represent the 12th man well. At times they reach volumes to rival the crowd at “the Clink,” the famously loud stadium where the Seahawks play.
The bartenders and servers working the floor have adapted to the busy Sunday routine. Some even choose to sport Seahawks colors themselves in support of the fans. Despite the lack of room to navigate between patrons, a cold beer or a basket of tots is never far away.
By game time, seating is at a premium. Spirits and electricity throughout the bar soar as high as the football on kickoff. Even before the first play, the busy bar erupts with chants of “Russ-ell Wil-son” or “Sea-hawks.”
A round of cheers and high-fives accompanies every stop on third down, every sack and every turnover. When called for, there are even a few hugs. Every touchdown merits a Seahawks flag-run through the bar, or down the street.
Seahawks fans find no strangers at the Dub, only friends they haven’t yet met. People who know nothing about each other beyond the color of their jerseys pat each other on the back and strike up conversations, asking about Washington hometowns and fandom history.
Some families even bring their children, dressed in miniature Seahawks jerseys or blue and white tutus, to share in the football spirit.
With the Seahawks’ upcoming Super Bowl appearance on Feb. 2, the Auld Dubliner is bound to be as packed as ever. With limited seating, other bars on University Boulevard have agreed to open their doors to overflow fans.
Whether you’re a new fan of the famous “Legion of Boom” Seattle secondary or an old-timer with memories of Steve Largent and Jim Zorn still fresh in your head, the Auld Dubliner provides that homefield vibe on Seahawks Sunday.
Address: 800 E. University Blvd., Suite 104
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
By SIERRA J. RUSSELL
As another semester begins, students are faced with an onslaught of challenging tasks and looming deadlines that can lead to overwhelming anxiety.
To help students with all that stress, Aztec Press has covered various techniques to combat fatigue and frustration over the years.
In an article from 1982, Cindy Arem, a counselor at Pima Community College, wrote about the six stages that often lead to “student burn-out syndrome.”
1) High Excitement – motivation, energy and enthusiasm
2) Energy Drain – constant challenges result in frustration, apathy or restlessness
3) Energy Shortage – fatigue, stress that may result in insomnia, possibly seeking escape through drugs and/or alcohol
4) Energy Depletion – constant exhaustion, frequent illnesses, irritability and depression
5) Panic – feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt, severe test anxiety
6) Disaster – cheating, failing, dropping out, deep depression and in severe cases, suicide
Arem reminded readers that although most problems seem complicated, they are often remedied with simple solutions.
She advised to be aware of time management and particular sources of stress, as well as maintain the basics of a healthy diet and consistent exercise.
“While drugs are often used to alleviate stress,” Arem said, “They may only be masking the underlying problems, resulting in aggravation of the stress.”
In a 1984 issue, contributing writer Linda Phillips focused on test anxiety. She noted that high levels of test anxiety are often linked to students’ inner dialogue as they imagine the consequences of failing.
“Worry is addictive,” Phillips said. “It is extremely hard to give up and it intensifies when not dealt with positively and overcome.”
An article from 1981 suggested a unique method of dealing with stress, a sensory deprivation tank. At the time, there were two flotation tank companies in Tucson, Samadhi and Oasis Tank Co.
Celebrities such as Lily Tomlin reportedly visited Samadhi, and Oasis Tank received guests ranging from musicians to circus jugglers who claimed the experience helped them with vision and coordination.
For anyone interested in trying this approach, Still Waters Massage, located at 3125 E. Kleindale Road, offers sessions for $65 for an hour. More information can be found at orangetucson.com/stillwaters/index.html or by calling 808-6916.
As for those who prefer the more conventional methods, heed the advice of PCC counselor James Yaple.
“Although there are many things around you, many events, many people, many situations that may prove to be demanding or trying to some extent, you have the control, the power to manage yourself in those situations,” he said.
Photos and interviews by Jamie Verwys at Downtown and West campuses
“I got to meet some of my favorite Suicide Girls.”
“I was able to turn a parking ticket into a charge against the city for conspiracy for extortion.”
“I learned how to skateboard.”
Major: Digital Arts
“I started work on my EP.”
Major: Liberal Arts
Photos and interviews by Sebastian Barajas at Downtown Campus
“Instant memory recall, because school would be easier.”
“Invisibility so I can hear people and be where I shouldn’t.”
“Teleportation, because it eliminates the need to travel.”
“Super speed, so I would never get to class late.”
“Super sight, because I use glasses.”
Major: Special education
By SIERRA J. RUSSELL
The Aztec Press has covered consequences resulting from nuclear threats and conventional weapons from a variety of angles over the years.
A 1977 issue described experiments that demonstrated possible hazards to the environment and residents surrounding nuclear power plants.
The staff writer believed that the greatest danger the American people faced was their “vulnerability to the half-truths and profit-at-the-expense-of-safety attitudes fouling government and the nuclear industry.”
Many people built fallout shelters in the ‘60s due to the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. By the late ‘70s, many of the shelters still standing lacked sufficient supplies.
In 1975, Tucson was selected as part of a pilot program for relocating populations in the event of a severe emergency such as a nuclear strike.
Richard Casanova, then director of Pima County Emergency Services, said the plan was based on the possibility that there would be enough warning before a strike to allow people to seek shelter in designated areas.
At the time, some residents worried that Tucson would be a possible strategic strike site because of Titan missiles stored in area silos.
Casanova said that targets would most likely be more densely populated areas.
A 1982 article explained that even those who survive a nuclear attack may later fall victim to the lingering effects of lethal radiation.
“Surviving a nuclear attack really is a matter of percentages,” Casanova said. “The only real answer is stopping nuclear war.”
A year later, activists held a non-violent protest at a cruise missile training site. One organizer, Rhea Miller, encouraged demonstrators to communicate with security forces in a peaceful manner.
“Sing to them, talk to them, let them know we are people,” Miller said.
In 1986, the Newman Center near the University of Arizona hosted a panel discussion about world-wide peace efforts. The keynote speaker was Patricia Mische who founded the Global Education Associates with her husband in 1974.
The organization’s aim was to create a more harmonious world through education and communication.
Mische said it was especially important to teach children how to avoid conflicts both on a personal and a grand scale.
Key components of such education include teaching children the value of their self-worth, and a deep respect for the links we share with other cultures and the entire world.
“It is possible to remove the threat of war,” Mische said. “We can turn the world balance and the nature of things through non-violent actions.”
Interviews and photos by Brenda Pacheco at East Campus
“Pie like pumpkin or pecan.”
“I really love the gravy that my mom makes. I could eat it for days.”
“Plain mashed potatoes.”
By BETO HOYOS
Not long ago, downtown Tucson went silent at the end of the workday.
When the white-collar community of the city’s urban core clocked out, an eerie vibe of desolation clocked in.
During the last five years, however, Tucsonans have seen an abundance of downtown commercial reconstruction and developments.
Downtown Tucson has added 34 new restaurants, 27 retail shops, 12 art and cultural projects, 14 offices, and nine health and wellness centers, according to an article by KVOA.
Planned developments will bring eight housing projects, six bars or nightclubs, five bakeries, two coffee shops, two salons, two schools, one craft brewery and one venue expansion.
The new image of downtown Tucson is a hip city center where business and social life come together.
Many Pima Community College students say they stayed away from downtown during the construction, but are looking forward to exploring the new developments.
“I’m not 21 yet but I’m excited to try the new restaurants downtown,” student Aaron Alkins said.
Public projects generated $600 million downtown and along the streetcar rail line during the last five years, according to a media release on tucsonaz.gov.
About 12,000 people have been employed due to the downtown development. Construction alone generated roughly 10,000 jobs.
The 17 new businesses scheduled to open downtown during 2014 are expected to generate $100 million in private investments.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product,” PCC student Ruby Rodriguez said.
Photos and interviews by Michael Anderson at East Campus
“I am very against it, because it’s a gateway drug.”
“I’m all for it.”
“I’m against it because it’s easy to get addicted to and it can have negative side effects.”
Major: Health care
“I personally agree with legalization of marijuana for medical purposes only.”
“I don’t think it should be. It’ll just cause bigger problems.”
Major: Criminal justice