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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, August 26, 2004
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Drinking underage illegal

Shame on the Daily Wildcat! Wednesday's column, "Party Like it's 2002," was just another incident of this newspaper complaining about Tucson police busting kids for underage drinking. Although I hate to be the bearer of bad news, it is illegal to drink in Arizona if you are under the age of 21, whether you agree with the law or not. If that really seems wrong to you, you absolutely have the prerogative to gather together in an attempt to change things. If you are not actively trying to change things, it is inappropriate to complain about the police doing their best to uphold the laws of the state.

Heather Woodland
Music education freshman

Enjoy grass while it lasts

I left the UA at the end of last semester looking at the Mall, which appeared to be mostly dirt. I came back to the UA for a summer class and was amazed at how nice the new grass looked. There was green grass on every corner of the Mall with caution tape surrounding the entire area during the summer so the grass would look great when classes started.

On the negative side, anybody who has been here for a few years knows that it does not take long after fall classes begin for the Mall grass to go back to dirt. Why is that? Because there are about 100 tents set up with bad cell phone companies trying to switch your cell phone service, some hippy selling tie-dyed rugs or whatever the hell else he made in his backyard, an old lady selling plastic jewelry to freshman girls passing by and multiple tables of Scooby Doo posters being sold. And let's not forget the roasted almond lady, and her grass-killing tables!

The person who is in charge of Mall planning and events needs to have his or her head examined. These tables on the Mall create a runway for people to stomp on all the nice grass that costs thousands of dollars to grow. I'm pretty sure the maintenance crew isn't thrilled with this expert event planning. There is a small sidewalk that is just south of the Mall by the palm tress that barely anybody uses and the area behind the union; why can't you just place all those pop-up tents there instead? This way the Mall won't have grass that has been smashed from what looks like cattle being herded around it. I for one do not enjoy taking naps on a big field of dirt and rocks between classes.

Justin Towne
Molecular and cellular biology senior



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