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Hats off to graduation

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The mortarboard signifies superiority and intelligence, but millennial graduates are putting a new spin on the traditional commencement regalia by decorating their caps. From meaningful phrases, rhinestones, glitter, paint, and more, graduates are going over the top to highlight their personalities on their graduation caps. In recent years, the decoration of graduation caps has become a popular new tradition for graduates to pay homage to their university or highlight the next chapter in their life. “I wanted it to be U of A themed, but also Arizona themed at the same time, since I am moving to California. So, I recreated the Arizona state flag with the block A in the middle,” said University of Arizona business management major, Kristyn Laswick. Laswick explained that her search for the perfect design began during her junior year of college and she...

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Geeking out for Quidditch

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From the pages of the Harry Potter novels to campus recreation fields, the University of Arizona Quidditch team is turning wizarding geeks into jocks. The mythical game has evolved into a full contact sport sweeping across college campuses. Quidditch, founded in 2005 at Middlebury College, is a full contact sport that combines elements of rugby, soccer and  tag. “It’s more of a sport, I have always been a fan of flag football and two-hand touch, but this is a mix of everything I like to play. I feel like it doesn’t even feel like you are doing something Harry Potter,” said Lili Vu, UA quidditch team member. Just like the Harry Potter narrative, seven players hover over a broomstick across the playing field in efforts to score goals through the enemy hoops, while simultaneously trying to catch the golden...

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Pokémon Go transitions to Pokémon Gone

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The release of Pokémon Go sent millions of Pokémon fans into a frenzy to catch virtual creatures like Pikachu, Evee, and Dragonite after its release last summer, but has since lost its following among users. “There was such a hype when it was coming out from my friends and family and of course I wanted to join the band wagon,” said Mariana Hyland. Hyland was a Pokémon card fan as a child, but wanted to see what the game was all about. She was an avid user of the game and even an admin for the Pokémon Go Arizona Facebook page. Hyland was the definition of a Pokémon fanatic. According to recent reports released by cross-platform analytics company comScore, Pokémon Go user rates peaked at 28.5 million users on July 13, 2016, while the application simultaneously became one of the...

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Rillito Park Racetrack, the dark horse of Quarter Horse racing

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Each time the jockeys and horses line up at the starting gates of Rillito Park Racetrack for the 2017 winter meet, the anticipation of the starting bell stirs excitement. In many cultures, the chime of a bell can symbolize death or an end of a chapter, but for Rillito Park Racetrack and Tucson horse racing fans, sounds of the starting bell signify the track’s new lease on life. Since 1943, Rillito Park Racetrack has sat along the backdrop of the Catalina Mountains attracting nearly 4,000 race fans every Saturday during the racing season. Because of the tireless passion and dedication expressed from local race fans, Rillito Park Racetrack has been granted a lease extension from the Pima County Board of Supervisors through June 2021. “The whole process was very mixed emotion. People have a lot of heart and soul...

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