Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Marcus Coleman Named Inaugural Tucson Indoor Football Head Coach

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Longtime NFL cornerback Marcus Coleman will man the sidelines next spring for the inaugural Indoor Football League season in Tucson.

Coleman, who spent more than a decade playing at the game’s highest level, racked up 517 tackles and 25 interceptions over the course of his professional career with the New York Jets, Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys. Before coming to Tucson, he worked as the defensive coordinator of the Iowa Barnstormers, who won last year’s IFL Championship.

The 44-year-old Texan was selected by Tucson Indoor Football owner Kevin Guy, for his mixture of on-field acumen and leadership abilities.

When the search for a head coach was launched, Guy said the organization wanted to find a leader that could “take us where we wanted to go.”

“I am confident we have found that in Marcus Coleman,” Guy said. “He has been preparing for his entire career, and he is ready for the responsibility and its challenges.”

Coleman expressed his own excitement when discussing the first season of Tucson Indoor Football this fall, having played in-town during his college career at Texas Tech University in the mid-90s.

“It means a lot to be here,” Coleman said. “Having the opportunity to put your stamp on something, bring your philosophy and, hopefully, build a winning tradition. It’s about building that foundation, not just for myself while I’m here, but also for whoever comes after me.”

Coleman believes Tucson has the right type of demographics as a college city to work well with the league, comparing it to cities in Texas that he knows well.

He said the region reminds him of Lubbock, San Antonio and Austin, “kind of rolled up in one,” “Every time that I’ve come here, people have always been great and it’s always been a great experience for both me and my family,” he said.

Coleman’s first season as a coach was in 2016, when he worked as a defensive backs coach with the Tri-Cities Fever.

He was originally drafted in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Jets, after spending four seasons as a defensive back with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Coleman was inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame last year, recognizing his on-field impact during his college career, where he recorded 9 interceptions, four of which were returned for touchdowns.

Coleman is hopeful that Tucson will welcome the new team with open arms, embracing the organized chaos that is indoor football.

“You get to share that bond with the community and bring something new to the City of Tucson,” he said. “Hopefully, I can build that bond and strengthen the relationship that we have right now and make it even stronger going forward.”

The Tucson indoor football squad’s name-the-team contest concludes at 5 p.m. on Sept. 12, with the squad’s logo and name being unveiled officially at an event on Sept. 18.

More information at or by following @TucsonIndoorFB on Twitter or on Tucson Indoor Football on Facebook.

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Apple Releases New 2018 Products

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 1:13 PM

Apple is notorious for introducing its technological advancements and new products to its users in September. Well, for all of you who have been waiting, it's finally here.

If you're on Twitter, you may have already watched the live event, but for those who didn't, let's catch you up:

Apple Series 4 Apple Watch:

Jeff Williams, Apple's COO, took the stage to release the new series of Apple Watches and said the new product's three core values are connectivity, fitness, and health. The first thing he discussed was the new display, it is now 30 percent larger with an edge-to-edge screen but is now thinner according to Williams. It is made with black ceramic making sound waves and cellular service travel better. The sound is now 50 percent louder and the watch can now detect when you fall. This detections feature gives the user the option to call emergency services if the fall was serious. If there is no response from the user within one minute, emergency services are called automatically.

The heart rate alert that has been on the previous series now has three new features:

The new model has a low heart rate alarm that will notify the user of signs of atrial fibrillation-a condition of having an irregular heartbeat. What's more, there is now an electrocardiogram feature, making it the first ECG feature available over the counter.

The Series 4 Apple Watch with GPS will be available for $399 while the one that includes cellular will be $499. It comes in three colors, space grey, silver and gold. It can be preordered this Friday, Sept. 14 and can be received as early as Friday, Sept. 21.

iPhone Xs and Xs Max:
The event also included the announcements of new iPhone models. The iPhone Xs has a 5.8 inch super retina display with an all screen front display, while the iPhone Xs Max is 6.5 inches, Apple's biggest phone yet. Both phones have an LCD screen and are waterproof in up to two meters of water for 30 minutes. Better yet, it's orange juice, wine, and beer proof.

They now come with the all new A-12 Bionic chip, a neural engine with machine learning, expanding the way users experience photos, gaming and more. The camera, even better than before, has dual lenses at 12MP with an improved portrait mode making it possible to adjust the level of blur in your photos.

The iPhone Xs is said to last 30 minutes longer than the X, while the iPhone Xs Max lasts 90 minutes longer. They will be available in the same three colors as before, silver, space gray and gold. With storage options of 64, 128 and 512 GB. The new additions still do not have a home button and will rely on facial recognition. They include wireless charging but can still be charged with a lightning cable.

The iPhone Xs starts at $999 while the iPhone Xs Max starts at $1,099. They will be available for purchase on Friday, Sept. 14.

iPhone Xr:

With a 6.1 inch display, liquid retina and the most advanced LCD a phone has ever had, Apple made an effort to make sure this new product would not disappoint. The camera is the same as the two other new releases, 12 MP, but only contains one lens. It is only waterproof for 30 minutes up to 1 meter. It will also include facial recognition and wireless charging. It also comes in a wider range of colors which include the following: yellow, white, blue, black, coral and red. The storage options are 64, 128, and 264 GB.

The iPhone Xr starts at $749 and will be available for purchase on Friday, Sept. 14.

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UA Students Unfamiliar with Student Government

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 1:07 PM

If you are a student at the University of Arizona — or are affiliated with it or simply live in Tucson — there is a chance you've heard of ASUA, but there is a much higher chance you don't know what it is.

The Associated Students of the University of Arizona is UA's student government. The organization puts on Family Weekend, Spring Fling, oversees SafeRide, Zona Zoo and clubs like Students for Sustainability. But a small number of students know about this extensive involvement, and even fewer students participate in the elections.

"Last year we had somewhere between five and six thousand votes cast," said Natalynn Masters, president of ASUA. 
Natalynn Masters, president of ASUA, scans her hundreds of daily emails. - DANIEL YOUNG-MILLER
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  • Natalynn Masters, president of ASUA, scans her hundreds of daily emails.

The total student enrollment at UA was 44,831 as of 2017. While many of those students may be online students or attend a campus other than the main one here in Tucson, voting for ASUA elections is entirely online, and most of the information students receive regarding the elections and candidates is via email.

So is this a problem of complete apathy on part of the students, or are ASUA and the school themselves not doing enough to raise awareness of student government and its dealings?

I talked to three students, two of whom knew what ASUA is, but none of them have ever voted for their student representatives.

ASUA is taking steps to change these types of student interests and awareness.

"We just, for the first time, got approved to send out monthly newsletters to students' emails," said Masters.

She also said they have plans to put aside money for promos, like giveaways for students, and put on "Jimmy Kimmel-type skits" on the mall to raise student awareness of ASUA.

Campaigning generally starts in late February and the entire election process lasts eight weeks.

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The Lineup: What's Happening in Tucson This Week!

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Know Your Product - June West

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 9:58 AM

Self described as either “sing-song” or “soul music for the soul,” June West’s music coalesces several cozy genres into one exceptionally listenable style: Americana choruses, folk-rock guitar, heartland saxophone, jazzy piano and bluesy drums. These are not to detract from West’s voice, however. Her dark and poetic vocals laying on top of the lush instruments fuse into a rich, deeply golden sound. 


We caught up with West ahead of her debut album release show at Exo Roast to find out the albums that inspired her.

7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. Exo Roast Co. 403 N. 6th Ave $10.


Little Ann Deep Shadows

Easily my favorite record of all time. It felt like fate when I found the LP at the original Mississippi Records in Portland, OR. An out-of-the-blue friend just happened to be there as I picked it up, and she said, “That’s your record right there.” If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that ’ll never tire of Little Ann’s velvety voice, heartachey man problems and endless grooves. A versatile record that’s great for a dance party, a sunshine drive, or an afternoon cry. 


Love Apple S/T

I love minimalist soul music. This record is a rehearsal tape from Cleveland, OH in the late 70s, reissued by the Numero Group. Everything about it is so raw and real. I am often struck by how little is needed to make music that moves people. The band possesses what I consider to be genuine soul, the lack of production allows it shine through without interference. This record is my go-to in order to ease the vibe of any situation.


Neil Young Everybody Knows This is Nowhere / Nick Drake Pink Moon

A friend let me borrow a burned CD with both albums on it for an impromptu road trip, then it got jammed in my car stereo for over three years. I found almost every driving scenario during this time (particularly the time spent in my hometown of Missoula) was blissfully soundtracked by one album or the other. Even though the CD eventually came out, they will forever be timeless treasures that continue to score the soundtrack of my life and influence me in subliminal ways.


Alice Coltrane Journey in Satchidananda

Over the years I’ve been designing my own spiritual practice. I’ve taken much inspiration from Alice Coltrane’s jazz music and her own spiritual journey learning from Indian guru Swami Satchidananda. The first time I heard this album, it blew me away musically, needless to say. The more I listened, the more it instantly created this space for my mind to recenter and ground. The record is now a ritual for me, I put it on so that I can access the strength of peace within myself. Pretty powerful stuff.


Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou S/T

It is certainly cringeworthy for me to refer to music as a “universal language” right now, but honestly I can appreciate the transcendence of this concept when listening to Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou. The piano music of this Ethiopian nun born in 1923 grants every listener a sense of peace and evokes the nostalgic beauty of life, in her own unique expression. Even though we may seem worlds apart in terms of identity, history, culture, belief system, language, life path, what have you, listening to her music makes me realize how close we really are without needing to say a single word about it.

Claytoon of the Day: Go With The Flo

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Wednesday, Sept. 12

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Whiskey Wednesday at Union Public House. If you need just a little extra oomph to get you through the week, Union Public House has your back by offering half-off all whiskey all day. They also claim to have Tucson’s largest whiskey collection, so you’ve got more options than you can try in one fateful Wednesday evening. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. 4340 N. Campbell Ave. 21+. Details here.

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E-40: E-40’s career reads like a hip-hop encyclopedia. From 1986 to present, he has repped Oakland, founding Sick Wid’ It Records and spinning on the E-Feezy radio show, showcasing the flamboyant East Bay scene and cementing its place in the hip-hop pantheon. On the mic, E is hilarious and oh-so-capable of switching game mid-flow. His real “genius” might be his business acumen (self-branding early with the legendary 40 Water) or the choice to be his own hype man. E-40 has underground cred for days, guesting even on the illusive DJ Shadow’s new record. Yet his commercial whip appeal earned him mad streams and hits and Lil Jon production. From Too Short to Snoop Dogg to the Game to Vince Staples, E never lets his career get crusty. With brains and panache, E-40 has managed a lifelong career in rap’s often sordid and bullet-riddled history. With OMB Peezy and Nef the Pharaoh on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Doors at 7 p.m. $25-$20. All ages. Details here.

Hot Fuzz. Continuing their love for Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright, The Loft Cinema is screening the second installment of the “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy. That’s right, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are technically in the same cinematic universe. The film is a buddy/crime film about two lummoxes hoping to solve a rash of mysterious murders. Fun! 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Regular admission prices. Details here.
Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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