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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Athletic, academic communities shocked to learn of Polk's death


The unexpected death of UA women's basketball player Shawntinice Polk has sent shockwaves of despair and sorrow throughout the UA community.

"She's the best. I think along with Hassan (Adams) and a couple other of our guys there's probably nobody in Tucson that's better known nor better liked than Polkey," said Jim Rosborough, associate head coach of the men's basketball team. "It's just a tragedy for her family, her basketball team, the department; she's just the best." [Read article]

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Many to miss 'Polkey' a girl that couldn't be missed


If Shawntinice Polk was in the same room you were, you knew it. Heck, if you were on the same college campus as Polkey, you probably knew it.

If somehow her 6-foot-5 inch frame didn't make her stand out in a crowd, her loud voice and booming laugh certainly did.

I had the opportunity to cover the women's basketball team during the 2003-2004 season, Polkey's sophomore year. I didn't know her like her numerous friends did, but anyone who spent any length of time around her could tell she was one who always laughed at life, whatever it decided to throw her way. [Read article]

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Let's hear it for the marching band


Times are turbulent for Arizona football, but there remains one constant at home football games: the Pride of Arizona marching band. The world's first alternative music marching band, yada yada. Yes, I know all that, the announcer says it before every halftime show.

But there is more to it than that. There's a passion brewing underneath each of those sequined uniforms that we don't see sitting in the Zona Zoo, salivating over nachos and Eegee's at halftime. There's a discipline - a discipline rarely fomented amongst 200-some college students. There's a love for the music and for the power one can create with all those instruments. [Read article]

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Latest Issue: September 22, 2005


"Mockingbirds echo rockin' sound of '80s

Think of it as the decade that just won't die.

We may be well into the 21st century but that 10-year span between 1980 and 1989 will not go quietly into the abyss. And if local cover band The Mockingbirds has anything to say about it, then the decade of Reagonomics, legwarmer chic and pre-Kabbalah Madonna will continue to live on.

The Mockingbirds have been around for seven years. Most of the original members of this band, however, moved to San Diego two years ago. Jason Claybaugh, lead singer and bassist, is the only original member who remains." [Read article]

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Latest Issue: September 20, 2005


More than a pop culture phenomenon, yoga is growing as a route to spirituality

Spirituality has rapidly become one of the fads popularized by mainstream media and celebrities, whether it is Madonna plugging Kabbalah or Sting sculpting his body with yoga. But the practice of yoga has 5,000-year-old roots and is much more complex than its popular portrayal.

Yoga, in general, combines spiritual, physical and emotional practices to form a deeper connection with one's self and the outer world. However it is not limited to a singular definition and seems to take on a different meaning to everyone who practices. [Read article]


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