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The Past Week on Campus


Written by: Rhiannon S. Cox

Published: November 18, 2021

Opened on October 24t[1] h, the University of Arizona Museum of Art is currently exhibiting the show “The Art of Food: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation.” Including artists such as Damien Hirst and David Hockney, this exhibit focuses on the subject of food as something more than objects to be consumed for energy. Here, food is discussed as a tool to share cultures and traditions, as well as connect people from various walks of life. The UAMA also took a local approach to the exhibit with the addition of Community Food Stories. Scanning the QR codes found throughout the museum sends visitors to a website where they can read recipes, personal stories, and other forms of writing from Tucson residents about their experiences with food.

This art show is right at home in Tucson, a UNESCO certified City of Gastronomy. In 2015, Tucson was the first city in the United States to receive this distinction. Cities of Gastronomy are chosen based on their local food scene as well as the traditions behind the foods served there. The city was highlighted by UNESCO due to its 4,000 year long history of inhabitation and the blending of foods from Native American and Northern Mexican cultures.

On Thursday, November 18th, the UAMA is hosting a virtual trivia night from 5 to 6 P.M. open to the public. To coincide with the “Art of Food” exhibition, the featured artworks and trivia questions are centered around food.[2]


The Past Week Locally


Written by: Alex Sanchez

Published: November 18, 2021

The critically acclaimed musical Hamilton, the story of one of the American founding fathers Alexander Hamilton is coming to Tucson. From November 17th to December 5th at Centennial Hall located on the University of Arizona’s campus, Hamilton is a musical “that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education” (arts.arizona.edu). The last Broadway production to be here in Tucson was more than 600 days ago so many Tucson locals are hungry for viewing for this 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama and Broadway musical. Many past reviews say that the musical is “clever”, “epic”, has “great writing”, and is “very intelligent”. Currently sitting with a 97% critic rating on “Show-Score” this play does indeed seem well worth the price of admission.

Speaking of the price of admission, there will be a lottery system for a few lucky fans to get into the show for just $10! Although the deadline just passed for the first and second week of the show, the third and fourth-week lottery is still open. “The lottery opens at 10 AM Friday, Nov. 19, and closes at noon Wednesday, Nov. 24” (kold.com). All you have to do is download the Hamilton app and you can enter the lottery for free. It is a great opportunity to try and see this critically acclaimed Broadway musical for a low price!


The Past Week Nationally


Written by: David Aguilera

Published: November 18, 202


On the Great Resignation

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered many aspects of everyday life since its very beginning. At this point in the pandemic, there are still events and trends that can be identified as consequences of the pandemic and thus can reach back to almost 2 years now. One of the facets that the pandemic has radically impacted has been the overall labor market. From the concepts related to essential workers to the introduction of widespread remote work, the pandemic has definitely left a mark within most if not all industries, some of which have adapted faster than others. One of the most documented examples of a labor market trend caused by the pandemic is what is now known as the Great Resignation. Journalists across the country started to use this term to refer to some of the patterns observed within the later half of 2021. Most sources online highlight September as the month that marked a stark difference. During September it is estimated that a record high 3% of American workers quit their job. However, the data indicates that the trend started months before the September records as the few months before specifically broke a new record each time. The fact that September was the month with the highest percentage of resignations of all time is still extremely significant to our current state of being, with 4.4 million people resigning and 10 million new jobs being posted all within the same month. Rise in unemployment has been one of the biggest effects of the pandemic since its beginning in early 2020, when it was found that 80% of the jobs lost were from the lowest quarter of income distribution. This data points to one of the biggest concerns about the Great Resignation: the lower income classes do not have a choice to resign at this rate. However, some sources have predicted that this development will eventually benefit lower class workers as most of the wage change is occurring within that sector. Is it said that low-paid workers are more frequently quitting their jobs in order to move on to a better job sometimes within the same sector. The resignation of higher income professionals is often related to flexibility, mirroring some of the changes introduced in the pandemic, such as a rise in remote work environments. Perhaps radical improvements are to take place within both economic spectrums of the labor market in a race to keep employees committed to their new jobs.



Written by: Sophie Applin

Published: November 18, 2021


America Commits to Recycling


On Monday, November 15th, the United States made a big commitment to environmentalism. The EPA announced that they plan to recycle 50% of the country’s waste by 2030, The Washington Post Reported (The Washington Post, 2021). The announcement comes on National Recycling Day, which happened to be the same day that President Biden signed the Infrastructure Bill into action. The bill includes “$350 million for Solid Waste and Recycling Grants and $25 million for Battery Recycling,” among other large grants intended to help the United States fight the climate crisis (Environmental Protection Agency, 2021).

The pledge for better waste management practices comes at a turbulent time. With the nation divided over issues such as race, education, and nationalism (to name just a few), politicians must work quickly to come to an understanding. That may prove difficult within a GOP that is still largely loyal to Trump. As recently as November of this year, the former president has called the climate crisis “the Global Warming Hoax” (CNN, 2021).

Few Republicans are willing to cut ties with Trump. Despite his disgraceful exit from the White House earlier this year, he still holds power over the Republican Party. The question will be whether or not they can remove themselves from his legacy and push forward to fight climate change.

The movement towards recycling in America is a tremendous win for environmentalists across the nation. As a high-profile CO2 emitter, the United States will hopefully encourage other countries to reform subpar environmental policy in the coming years. But while this change in waste processing is a step in the right direction to fight climate change, there is still a long way to go before America is truly an eco-minded nation.


Written by: Ashley Arleen Avila

Published: November 18, 2021


Infrastructure Bill Finally Passed


As an infrastructure nerd, it’s incredibly exciting to finally have an outcome on the long contested infrastructure bill. For weeks while the bill was being debated in the House and Senate, the expectations of many people who are invested in transportation, water, housing, sustainability, etc. were beginning to sink. I was even considering placing a bet that the bill wouldn’t pass at some point (but decided optimism was the better outlook). As of Monday, November 15th, though, the $1 trillion infrastructure bill has been officially signed into law by President Biden. After years of promises on “Infrastructure Week” from previous presidents with no actual infrastructure changes, it’s finally coming true. But what does this end up meaning for the United States? First off, the United States will finally be able to address some of its degraded infrastructure, which is graded at a C- from the American Society of Civil Engineers due to constant water main breaks, poor roadway conditions, lack of documentation for levees, and much more.

There’s still lots of work that needs to be done with the bill, however, especially since parts of the bill were gutted in order to push it through Congress. It’s yet to be known if the complementary $1.85 trillion social spending package will go through in the future. Furthermore, the signed $1 trillion infrastructure bill only adds about $550 billion in new spending, since some of the expenditures listed were already planned in the past. While a helpful effort, it’s still not enough to overcome all the strain on infrastructure from decades of government disinvestment. In a time of near climate emergency, the U.S government needs to make a much more drastic effort to make an actual impact. But, the passing of the infrastructure bill is a start and definitely is something to be optimistic about for the future of our nation.



For more information on the above stories visit the links below:

Campus:

“The Art of Food: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.” The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts, https://artmuseum.arizona.edu/events/event/the-art-of-food?_ga=2.165542527.1578082237.1637176459-1246062958.1598572764.

“Food Traditions.” Tucson City of Gastronomy, https://tucson.cityofgastronomy.org/food-traditions.

“Food-Themed Art Trivia Happy Hour!” University of Arizona News, 30 Oct. 2021, https://news.arizona.edu/calendar/127633-food-themed-art-trivia-happy-hour.


Local:

https://www.kold.com/2021/11/17/broadway-returns-tucson-wednesday-hamilton-opens-centenn ial-hall/

https://www.show-score.com/broadway-shows/hamilton

https://tucson.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/hamilton-is-coming-to-tucson-heres-your-guid e-from-inception-to-stage/article_b7b5f8a8-2abf-11ec-a0e6-c781af3bf461.html

National:

On the Great Resignation

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/great-resignation-trend-to-last-into-2022-north-texas-expert-says/2819319/


https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/smallbusiness/the-great-resignation-story-is-not-a-choice-that-most-american-workers-can-have/ar-AAQSj9F


https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/the-great-resignation-is-great-for-low-paid-workers/2021/11/18/e00014cc-4867-11ec-beca-3cc7103bd814_story.htm


America Commits to Recycling


https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/fact-sheet-epa-bipartisan-infrastructure-la

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2021/11/15/epa-national-recycling-strategy-plastics/

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/15/1036954961/congress-is-debating-its-biggest-climate-change-bill-ever-heres-whats-at-stake

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/05/politics/republicans-climate-crisis-cop26/index.html

https://infrastructurereportcard.org/

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-congress-infrastructure-bill-signing-b5b8cca843133de0607 78f049861b144


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