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There’s a First Time for Everything

4 Apr

Spring Fling is a U of A tradition that most students take part in their first year on campus. My first year however, I was pretty awkward and I did not feel comfortable walking around alone, and none of my friends wanted to go. I promised myself I would do it my Sophomore year, but once again I lost my nerve, I ended up talking myself out of it by claiming I had too much homework. This year will be different. For starters, I have a few friends that are very excited to go with me so it looks like I will finally go to my first Spring Fling.

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There are a few things I am really excited for, one thing is cotton candy. I have never had cotton candy before, and I know I can go to the store and buy it, but I am sure there is something different about carnival cotton candy.

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The bands look pretty cool, I read the description of a few of them, and the Score looked like it could be good. Also, there are quite a few A Cappella groups performing on various days which could be good.

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I don’t know if I will ride any rides, I have seen Final Destination and I am not sure if I am down with that. I might ride a Ferris Wheel so that I can say I rode a ride, but I am not a huge thrill seeker.

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Moreover, I am really excited to spend some times with my friends relaxing and not worrying about school.

-Chrissy

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Wildcat Tradition: Spring Fling!

3 Apr

The sun is shining bright, the flowers are blooming, and the sweet smell of summertime is in the air. All this change can only mean one thing: SPRING FLING IS HERE!

For all you new kitties out there and even more mature cats who have not yet experienced this, Spring Fling is 3 days filled with rides, food, excitement, and pure Wildcat awesomeness! Whether you’re there for the rides and thrills or to get your grub on, we guarantee you’ll have an epic time!

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But how did a carnival end up on Wildcat turf?

It all started in 1974. The Associated Students of the University of Arizona (aka ASUA) decided that the UA needed a creative way for clubs to fundraise! Thanks to that brilliant thinking, Spring Fling has developed as a prime fundraising opportunity for clubs and organizations on campus. Talk about combining fun and business!

Now, Spring Fling is the largest student-run carnival in the nation and 7th largest event in Tucson. Over 25,000 people attend it!

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All this magic just doesn’t happen over night. Nine student directors are hard at work year-round to plan all the details. Talk about commitment! There are also numerous volunteers who help before, during, and after the event. So all Wildcats are on board with this one!

If you’re looking for some fun right on campus, don’t miss out on Spring Fling! With over 35 rides, 20 different food booths, and awesome music from the band Small Pools… this event is one you won’t want to miss!

Spring Fling Hours of Operation:

April 10: 4-11pm*

April 11: 11a-11pm*

April 12: 11a-6pm*

* Admission closes 1 hour prior to carnival closure.

– Lucero

What to Expect at Spring Fling

3 Apr

You’ve seen the advertisements and you’ve heard the chatter, but what is “Spring Fling” anyways and what do you do there? To sum it up, Spring Fling is a student-run carnival on the UA Mall complete with “carnival rides, games, food booths, and entertainment.” It is open to the University of Arizona and to the Tucson community, however U of A students do get free admission with their CatCard.

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There will be 4 live performances each day of Spring Fling.  This live entertainment ranges from DJ concerts to a Curious George appearance. However, the big attraction will be when the band Smallpools performs Saturday night. Most people know the band for their song, “Dreaming.”

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In terms of attractions, there will be over 35 rides and games for people of all ages. Wristbands range from $20-30 depending on the day you go and will allow you to ride an unlimited amount of rides.  Be sure to check out their promotions going on though for discounts on wristbands and admission.

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There will also be a section of Spring Fling dedicated to children and family activities called the Kids Korner.  Nonprofits, local businesses, and UA clubs host the Kids Korner which will include “hula hoop contests, interactive displays, obstacle courses and much more.”

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So when the weekend of April 10th rolls around, be sure to grab your friends and head over Spring Fling.  Expect lots of food, games, rides, and fun!

-Kaelyn

#NovemberToRemember: It’s the Little Things

24 Nov

In one week, I did all of this, it started my November off right and really made a #NovemberToRemember. 

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I’m a senior at the University of Arizona and I consider myself someone who is very involved on campus and in campus culture. But before this year, I had never attended a single Homecoming event. After writing a blog that went out early this November about Homecoming, I figured I should probably go and see what all the hubbub is about.

I started with The Lighting of the “A.” It took place on the first REALLY windy day this fall, which is just a calm way of saying IT WAS FREEZING! But once the “A” was finally lit, it was beautiful. Pro tip: if you go, depending on what you want to see, you don’t have to be there the moment the event starts. If you just want to see when the “A” gets lit, head over a little late. 

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This picture does not do the “A” justice.

My next event was the bonfire. This time I prepared for the cold… but it wasn’t cold that day. I don’t think I had seen so much U of A spirit in one place before (and yes, I have attended sporting events on campus). I had no idea what to expect from this event, but we sang Bear Down who knows how many times and got pepped up for the game. Oh, and the fire was HUGE! Pro tip: this event does not last as long as you think – it was about 1 hour in total. 

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Oooo, Fire!

Saturday morning, one of my best friends came back to campus for homecoming. I had not seen her since May, so I was excited to say the least. I headed over the mall and it was so much fun to see all the activities. I watched some of the sororities and fraternities stroll. Then my friend and I walked around the mall to catch up. Pro tip: the mall is extremely crowed, so expect a lot of people and make sure you wear something UA. 

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One of my favorite Alumni, Beka.

After all of this, I have started to get this whole Homecoming thing. I loved the spirit that homecoming brought to campus. 

Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

I have been to the Ostrich ranch a few times before and I love this place. If you have ever driven between Tucson and Phoenix, you know the place I’m talking about. It’s at the base of Picacho Peak and is THE BEST THING EVER. I went with my roommate from freshman year. We got to feed donkeys, deer, old goats, baby goats, prairie dogs, ducks, lorikeets, and ostriches! 

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Two Lorikeets decided to pick through my hair

They are also known for their Monster Truck tour. The whole experience is educational and fun. You learn about the desert, ostriches, and whip lash! We also went Ostrich Fishin’ — I am not going to spoil the surprise for you by telling you what that is, but trust me, it’s fun.  

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Trust me, it’s a great time.

All Souls Procession

Like Homecoming, I had never been to this event and I have wanted to go since my freshman year. I had a rough go of preparation, my make-up didn’t turn out as good as I hoped and I was running late so I didn’t get to finish all of my decorations. We did not know the exact parade route and ended up speed walking 2 miles to find this parade because I had to see it! When we finally found it, the parade was so cool! It is a celebration of those we have lost and  it brings out lots of the Tucson community. It was nice to be a part of a peaceful celebration of those we love. 

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A random soul I met that night.

Sometimes its the series of little things that make a time in your life unforgettable.

 

–Elena

Homecoming Isn’t Just for Alumni

31 Oct

If you haven’t realized it yet, Homecoming is a BIG deal at UA and it’s right around the corner. After so many years, we have a lot of traditions to uphold. And this year is super special because it’s our 100th homecoming! So what actually happens during Homecoming you ask? Well keep on reading!

The week starts off  with the Lighting of “A” Mountain!

This is when the Bobcats Senior Honorary lights flares all across the “A” on A Mountain, making the UA logo visible throughout Tucson. One of the best spots to view this process are on campus parking garages. The Student Alumni Ambassadors actually hosts a party FO’ FREE at the top of Main Gate parking garage with free food and music. This is a great opportunity to watch UA and the Tucson community come together to show school spirit and enjoy one another for a great night of fun and food.

That being said, this happens on November 2nd this year… hopefully you make it out for the event, otherwise, keep it in mind for next year! It is extremely fun and who wouldn’t want to see this view!

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One of the biggest events on campus the week of homecoming is Club Olympics, which is put on by ASUA and Bobcat Senior Honorary. 

It’s a super intense, three-day long competition. In the past, the competition has included pie eating contests, dunk Reff (one of the ECON 200 professors) into a water tank, flip cup (using water of course!), and mud tug-of-war on the last day. Most clubs on campus participate. They create chants, dress up in team outfits, it’s. so. much. fun.

All of this occurs on the UA Mall, and whether or not you are participating in Club Olympics, it’s always hilarious to watch! 

Friday November 7th are our two night events, Bear Down Friday and the Homecoming Bonfire in front of Old Main. Bear Down Friday, which you may be familiar with already, is taken to a whole ‘nother level. We don’t want to spoil it for you so make sure you check it out for yourself. The Bonfire is one of our favorites for Homecoming. We guarantee it will be one of the biggest bonfires you will see in the state of Arizona! Both are tons of fun and completely free to attend!  

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Saturday is THE BIG DAY! This is when our Homecoming Parade and Football game go down! The parade starts at 2pm on the UA Mall. Many clubs participate and members of the Tucson community make floats, bring out their classic cars, and get pumped for the game wearing their red and blue. The celebrations continue right up until kick off at 6pm.

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With all that going on, Homecoming is a very busy time for all of us. Just remember, it isn’t just about alumni coming back to campus, it’s also about you connecting to your school traditions and enjoying your time to the highest level. Don’t miss out on the fun… it only happens once a year!

-Elena & Ciara

 

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Shopping Spree on the Mall

24 Mar

When you mention to people that we have a “Mall” on campus, they might automatically think…

 

 

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Now it’s at that point you have to explain that our “Mall” looks like this:

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Disappointing? Not to a Resource Shopaholic! Our Mall is the premiere destination to get everything that you want and need to be successful at UA! We’ve compiled pictures of the best “stores” for the resource savvy student! Here’s what you’ll find as you walk down the mall…

The Nugent Building – Where you go when you need to know!

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In the basement, you will find Academic Success and Achievement, which includes programs like Arizona Assurance, Prodigy, SSS/TRiO, Pathway to Academic Student Success, and your Outreach Facilitators!

You will also find the Dean of Students Office, Asian Pacific American Student Affairs ,and Native American Student Affairs.

The Student Union Memorial Center

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In addition to a great place to get your grub on, the union also houses ASUA, Career Services, and Leadership Programs.

The Administration Building

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This is where you want to go if you have questions about financial aid or loans, and you also can drop off Add/Drop forms here.

Bear Down Gym

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Apart from hearing Ambassadors sing Bear Down and telling the story of John Button Salmon, you can also find the THINK TANK and Scholarship Universe.

The Manuel Pacheco Integrated Learning Center (ILC)

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Apart from being an excellent place to study, students can also use the Multimedia Zone.

The Main Library
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With equipment lending, you can literally throw laptops, iPads, calculators, and more into your shopping bag (but you do have to give it back)! There are also study spaces and computers that you can reserve and use if you want a quiet place to study.

When you walk out of the library, you will find this gem…

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Don’t be afraid to touch the butt.

– Vero