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Gaps in Clery Act create appearance of safe colleges

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The number of sexual assaults against University of Arizona women is five times greater than what the university reports to federal authorities as required by law. The Clery Act provides an accurate representation of rapes occurring on-campus, but misrepresents the bigger picture of rape statistics by not including rapes that occur even just one mile off campus. Tucson Police Department investigated 717 cases of sexual offense and assault cases in a one-square mile radius of the UA campus between 2007-2017. The UA Police Department investigated 187 on-campus rapes in the same 10 years. Of TPD’s 717 cases, 131 of them were reported from victims on campus, but not all occurred on campus. Luis Puig has been with UAPD since 1996, and is now the record’s program coordinator and custodian. Since the agencies use the same system, he was able...

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Anxious? Just breathe

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Close your eyes. Place your left hand on your abdomen and your right hand on your chest. Take a deep breath in from your lower lungs through your nose. Hold that breath for four seconds. Calmly exhale through your mouth. Repeat. Feel calmer? Many studies have indicated that you should. However, a recent study done on mice may have found the exact reason as to why deep breathing can calm someone down and reduce anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common illness in the United States affecting 40 million people age 18 or older. At the University of Arizona, 16 percent of students have been diagnosed with anxiety while 36 percent have said that anxiety has made it somewhat or very difficult to work on their studies. Fifty percent of students...

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Uncertainty haunts future of Kitt Peak

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The former astronomical hot spot of the world is finding itself in a battle to remain relevant. Kitt Peak National Observatory, located about 55 miles southwest of Tucson, was founded in 1958. It is on the Quinlan Mountains on the Tohono O’odham Nation reservation and is at an elevation of roughly 7,000 feet. Director of the observatory Dr. Lori Allen, stated that the observatory has seen a decline in funding of about 30 percent over the past couple of years. The observatory is funded by a combination of the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and NASA. Kitt Peak primarily receives funding from the National Science Foundation at the moment. According to Allen, the astronomy division of the National Science Foundation has been funded a flat level for the past several years. Due to this, the balance needed to...

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Haboobs: One of Arizona’s most underrated weather hazards

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  “Haboobs” might make you giggle, but in reality they are more deadly than they are humorous. With Arizona’s monsoon season less than two months away, meteorologists Ken Drozd and Glenn Lader at the Tucson National Weather Service Office give an in-depth look at these giant dust storms — one of the underrated threats of the monsoon season. Haboobs are the No. 1 weather-related cause for injuries in Arizona, while ranking third-highest among weather-related fatalities — behind flooding and extreme heat respectively — according to a NOAA Technical Memorandum report on blowing dust and dust storms. Whether it’s because their name sounds funny, or the mere fact that  desert dwellers treat haboobs as a way of life, the dangers of these massive dust storms during the summertime thunderstorm season far outweigh the danger of being struck by lightning. And yet they don’t receive the recognition for the threat they...

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Students soar with Wright Flight

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If you place a kid in a cockpit and give him the controls to an airplane, you might change the trajectory of his life. Wright Flight is an organization specializing in “helping kids reach new heights.” The nine-week program introduces elementary through high school students to the basics of aviation. More importantly, it teaches students how to set and attain goals. Wright Flight concludes with a “fly day” in which students co-pilot a single engine airplane. “We have the chance to change kids’ lives through aviation,” says Wright Flight founder Robin Stoddard.  When Stoddard was a young fighter pilot, he’d take leave to fly with missionaries in Mexico. It was there that he saw firsthand how excited kids were around airplanes. Since its inception in 1986, the program has flown 30,000 students. Wright Flight works with over 30 schools...

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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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Soliciting ordinance quiets Tombstone’s hawkers

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Walking up Allen Street in Tombstone on any given afternoon, smiling cowboys greet and direct tourists around town to ensure they’re receiving the old western treatment the way it should be. The cowboys are friendly and guide tourists to specific spots, because they don’t work for the city, but rather independently owned businesses. They’re advertisers, promoters and a few bad apples ruined the friendly reputation after they were accused of  being too aggressive in luring customers to businesses. The use of vulgar language, intimidating people into attractions and invading personal space was starting to become a problem so the city council stepped in on April 24 and ordered the enforcement of an ordinance that regulates those who shout out solicitations for business as the spring tourism season winds down. The ordinance isn’t new. It’s been brought up on several occasions since 2007...

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Out of the Gates: A short documentary

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In this short documentary, follow Amelia Hauschild, a 16-year-old jockey, as she prepares for her first race as a professional and deals with the challenges of being a female in a male dominated...

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Tucson striving to improve bike safety

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It was a beautiful, spring day when 10 bicyclists from New Mexico took a ride on the northwest side of Tucson in March 2016. The tourists were members of the Santa Fe Seniors on Bikes, a bicycle club of riders age 50 and older. Tucson’s bicycle culture is what attracted them to town. The cyclists stopped at a red light in the designated bike lane. Moments later, a pickup truck struck the group. One of the bikers died at the scene while the other passed away before arriving at the hospital. Police arrested the truck driver for driving while under the influence of narcotics. In 2015, 818 bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States, a 12.2 percent increase from 2014, according to a report prepared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The report also estimated...

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Planned Parenthood’s funding is at risk in Arizona

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  Under the Trump administration, the future of Planned Parenthood—and the Arizona women who rely on it for healthcare—looks murkier than ever. Last week, President Donald Trump signed legislation allowing states to withhold Title X family planning funding from abortion providers.  The measure passed through Congress last month with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote. Now it is up to the Arizona legislature to decide whether to strip Title X funding from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.  This federal policy change will not have an immediate impact on Arizona, because the state’s Title X funds are distributed by the Arizona Family Health Partnership, a nonprofit which receives money directly from the federal government. But it could open the door for the legislators to try to take control of the funding and direct it away from Planned Parenthood.  Michael Braun, Executive Director...

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