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First Thursday: St. Andrew's Children's Clinic


St. Andrew’s Children's Clinic in Nogales, Ariz. comes to life every first Thursday of every month except July when volunteers, doctors and medical personnel offer their time examining adn treating more then 150 children with disabilities from all over Sonora, Mexico. We followed children’s personal stories of why they need St. Andrew’s Clinic. This is our experience as student journalists reporting on the border. (Rachel Kolinoski)


By Border Beat Staff 22 April 2012 Read Article


Crossing Borders

On a recent trip to Nogales, Sonora, I, along with two other journalism students were able to visit El Comedor, a camp located just a few hundred feet from the United States/ Mexico border that feeds and helps deportees. Retired nurse and volunteer, Peg Bowden, acted as our tour guide as we crossed the border with her and headed to the site.




By Jessica Hoerth 29 February 2012 Read Article


Economics, Not Security, Central Issue for Border Towns

Congressmen from four states met in Nogales, Ariz. last Friday at the Nogales City Council hall to hear testimony toward emerging issues on the border, specifically trade between the United States and Mexico. Representatives Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) addressed the economic decline of border towns and the improved security of the same areas. 


By Brett Haupt 16 February 2012 Read Article


Capoeira in Tucson

Read about an in-depth look at the Brazilian martial art of capoeira. Learn about the history and the vibrant spirit of capoeira through accounts by instructors, a short feature on a capoeira popular culture icon, and a long-form story.

By Charles Misra 15 February 2012 Read Article

Through the Lens of Paul Turounet

 His longing to understand migrants' perspectives on their journey, as well as document their personal identities, continues to motivate Turounet to capture and portray undocumented immigrants from Mexico. 

By Melissa Guz 01 February 2012 Read Article

ARC Changes the Lives of Refugees and Makes a Difference in the Community

University of Arizona students are transforming refugees' lives through extensive volunteer work, workshops, and events in the Arizona Resource Connection.


By Lauren Inouye 04 April 2012 Read Article

A Sit Down with One of the Many Minds Behind BorderLinks

BorderLinks is a local non-profit organization aiming to expose the cruel reality in the life of migrants and the reasons why they come to this country. Scott Nicholson has been the development coordinator for approximately two years




By Maria Taracena 03 April 2012 Read Article

From Cuban Refugee to Family Man: Randolfo Parrado's Story

Randolfo Parrado is one of 125,000 Cuban refugees who boarded El Mariel boats to escape Communism under Fidel Castro in 1980. Today, the 84-year-old reflects back on his journey. This is his story.


By Rachel Kolinoski and Chelsey Barthel 04 April 2012 Read Article

Exhibit Honors Emerging Mexican Artists

Learn about the exhibit, Apariciones Apparitions, and the artists, Adriana Gallego and Claudio Dicochea.




By Hope Jamieson 04 April 2012 Read Article

The Life and Legend of Ted DeGrazia

For nearly 70 years, Tucson has been home to one of the most inspiring artists of the desert’s time. Ettore ‘Ted’ DeGrazia opened his own art studio on the outskirts of Tucson near the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in 1944 after the public had rejected his work. However, some believe the artist still lacks the appreciation he deserves.

Here you can view the life and legend of Ted DeGrazia, listen to interviews with the retail specialist of the DeGrazia Gallery and watch a visual slideshow of the Gallery as it stands today.


By Chelsey Barthel 17 April 2012 Read Article

Dolores Sloan and the Crypto Jews of the American Southwest

photo credit: Kim Fox

Dolores Sloan, mother and grandmother of three, former psychotherapist and journalist, is now a full-time writer and speaker.  Her parents were from the U.S., but her grandparents came from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Warsaw. At 8 years old, Dolly's mother explained that her grandfather thought their ancestors came from Spain. "I was only 8 years old, I completely took it in and let it go." 



By Jamie Turow 05 April 2012 Read Article

Burundi Refugee Drummers Visit Tucson School Children

Children at First Southern Christian School in Tucson, Ariz. experienced the drumming and dancing of Komezakaranga, a group of Inkomezakaranga refugees, united by an instrument.

By Audrey A. Fitzsimmons 04 April 2012 Read Article

Southern Arizona Hot Air Ballooning

Balloon companies inflate the balloons at the departure site.

Southern Arizona is wealthy with gigantic, life-like saguaro cacti, wildlife and panoramic views. One of the great and increasingly popular ways to view the amazing landscape of Southwest border towns is by hot air balloon.


By Audrey A. Fitzsimmons 29 February 2012 Read Article

Con-Nichiwa is more than just an Anime Convention

Border Beat takes a more in-depth look on the subculture of cosplay, a Japanese-based performance art of costume and role play, as well as how anime conventions like Con-Nichiwa help small anime businesses and artists.

By Melissa Guz 18 April 2012 Read Article

UA Medical Student Works to Create Change in Africa

After seeing a disturbing video on the Internet about a hospital in her homeland, Charity Adusei, a first-year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson was determined to make a difference.



By Written by Shannon Maule, Video by Lauren Sokol 04 April 2012 Read Article

A Day with Steven Schiraldi

Steven Schiraldi is a student journalist suffering from spina bifida.  Schiraldi wants one day to become a music critic for a magazine like Rolling Stone.  To get there he will have to take it one day at a time.  Here is a day in his life.

By Keith Perfetti 01 May 2012 Read Article

Navajo Man Happy With Himself

Sometimes it can be difficult to be gay in a conservative area. Try being gay, black, Navajo and German. Michael Robinson talks about his experiences with discrimination, financial hardships and trying to maintain his identity in a place where people judged him for being who he was.

By Steven Schiraldi 04 April 2012 Read Article


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Educación en la Frontera

By: Shannon Maule

A look at higher education in regard to those who have and have not been able to travel from various countries to the United States. Stories from people in the higher education world relating to the border.

A Mosaic America

By: Rachel Kolinski

"Exploring Diversity one Face at a Time"

Dancing in the Desert

By: Hope Jamieson

Explore dance throughout the borderlands.

A City of Musical Diversity

By: Maria Teracena

Tucson musicians influence and are influenced by the sounds of the world.

Culture Crossing

By: Chelsey Barthel

American borders are crossed every day by cultures of all kind. These stories tell the personal experiences of people from different lands, offering further insight into the difference of cultures.


By: Lauren Inouye

A look at Mexican and Latin films that reflect culture, politics, and society --  reviews, research and analysis.


By: Charles Misra

Stories about martial arts and combat sports with a cultural twist, all finding a home in America's southwestern borderlands.

Border People

By: Jamie Turow

Profiles of English language learners.

Tear Down Borders

By: Jessica Hoerth

Meet some of the people in Tucson who have made the journey across the border as they share what they came in search of and what struggles they may have encountered along the way.

Border Couture

By: Lauren Urratio

Fashion and how it is impacted by the border and international cultures.

Crossing the Line

By: Lucy Valencia

News from along the border with Mexico

The Border Project

By: Melissa Guz

"The Border Project" is an art showcase located in the University of Arizona's Museum of Art. It has over 40+ art pieces related to border issues.

Athletics and the Border

By: Preston Fawcett

Get to know high school coachs and athletes from Arizona border towns or from Mexico and their struggles to get to where they are.

Border Personalities

By: Audrey A. Fitzsimmons

The Southwest boasts of diverse ethnic backgrounds and a wealth of interesting personalities. Border Personalities is dedicated to the people of the Southwest and their stories.

Border Beats

By: Jeff Kessler

U.S. - Mexico border issues, current events, and interesting local stories

Music of the Border

By: Steven Schiraldi

Music reviews of musical works by Mexican or other ethnic artists.

The Border Wall

By: Brett Haupt

A visual exploration of America’s last frontier -- pictures and videos from different areas of the wall and fence that separate two different worlds and insight into what really stands between the United States and Mexico, ramifications of wall building and what it means for the average citizen.

Border Athletes

By: Lauren Sokol

Meet international student athletes at the University of Arizona, a look at the recruiting process that helped them find a temporary home in the desert, and culture changes that the athletes might have endured.

Journey Across the Border

By: Emily Kjesbo

Spotlighting Mexico’s top travel destinations, as well as a few of its hidden gems.

Border Shots

By: Keith Perfetti

A photojournalist looks at how other photographers have viewed the border and shoots lesser known spots of the southwest.

MLS Soccer comes to the Desert

By: Jeff Kessler

All about the 2012 Desert Diamond Cup,  a 10 day exhibition soccer tournament featuring four Major League Soccor teams coming to Tucson.