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(Arizona Star)   Tortilla tossing tradition terminates university wide commencement   ( divider line
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2004-09-09 10:55:41 AM  
It's like a Mexican Rocky Horror Graduation ceremony.
2004-09-09 10:58:54 AM  
People are protesting the spinning of tortillas?
2004-09-09 11:01:57 AM  
Is tossing a tortilla anything like tossing a salad?

/Just wondering
2004-09-09 11:02:06 AM  
Damn, now I don't know what to do with all this quacamole I was gonna bring to the commencement.
2004-09-09 11:02:54 AM  
There's the Rational Reaction of the Month.

"But you don't understand...they were throwing tortillas!"

At least they didn't fall back on the old "we're doing it for the safety of our students" line.
2004-09-09 11:04:01 AM  
Texas Tech sucks.
2004-09-09 11:05:56 AM  
Dear Graduates:

You're all special, but you're not special to everyone.

Seriously, why does everyone in America need super duper extra special starry-eyed attention? Just take your diploma and STFU.

/and if you're protesting tortillas, you seriously need a new hobby
2004-09-09 11:07:12 AM  
corn or flour?

i wonder which gets more distance...
2004-09-09 11:07:43 AM  
Texas A&M-Kingsvills (formerly A&I) used to do this at football games, but they banned it. Something about a waste of food, or a stereotype of Hispanics, or some other assinine thing like that...
2004-09-09 11:08:18 AM  
I guess they won't be dropping the chalupa
2004-09-09 11:09:08 AM  
You can't bring to a graduation!
2004-09-09 11:09:27 AM  
Second rate "school". Second rate "city". No one cares.

/Sun Devil
2004-09-09 11:10:38 AM  

Well Tucson basically is North Mexico. Drive around this town sometime you will see more sonora licence plates than arizona ones.
2004-09-09 11:11:08 AM  
Look, Mommy, it's a tortilla flyin' up in the sky . . .

/in British accent
2004-09-09 11:11:26 AM  
ROFL edisamonkey! you took the words right out of my mouth.
2004-09-09 11:11:41 AM  
UA Student Body President?

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2004-09-09 11:12:47 AM  
Wow, submitter was halfway to the whole same-letter-in-every-word thing. Good try, though
2004-09-09 11:14:51 AM  
i got half way through the headline, and just stopped.....c'mon, if you're gonna make an effort, at least follow through

/yet to get a headline posted
2004-09-09 11:16:51 AM  
harryjrf I live in kingsville right now (born and raised), I remember when they would do that back in the day, of course I remember when a HUGE deal was made over it in the late 90's when I went to Texas Tech, where tortilla tossing after a Touchdown at the football games was something I had grown acustomed to.
2004-09-09 11:21:52 AM  
Auslander, who was out of the country..

You're kidding, right?
2004-09-09 11:21:52 AM  
alliterationus interruptus
2004-09-09 11:22:52 AM  
"Auslander, who was out of the country,"

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2004-09-09 11:27:49 AM  
I tossed tortillas when I graduated from the U of A. It was pretty awesome, out of town people who visited said it was the funnest graduation they ever attended.

There are literally tortillas flying every second for like 3 hours.

The best was when we hit Madeline Albright in the face.
2004-09-09 11:28:48 AM  
Auslander, who was out of the country..

You're kidding, right?
hehe... I didn't see that in the article before. but that's pretty funny

for those that don't know, "Auslander" means "Foreigner" or "immigrant" in German.
2004-09-09 11:32:21 AM  
Anybody click on the front page PDF on the left of the page? Looks like a photoshop! That kid getting a shot is hilarious!
2004-09-09 11:32:27 AM  
As a Wildcat, I can say the uniqueness of the Arizona graduation ceremony is largely because of the group nature of it, the specific camraderie, and the odd and occasional (there were maybe twenty thrown at my year) tortilla. We had Madaleine Albright (sp?) as our speaker, and she made a joke about it, "The tortillas are a new thing for me. I like it." after one landed near her. Likins is generally upset because one hit him in the eye a couple years back, and he then started a crusade. My graduation was among the best days of my life, including the small yet fervrent and outspoken nurses contigent who actually beat down an protester who came in to yell at Albright about Iraq sanctions. It was quite fun seeing several beautiful, strong, and nearly apoplexic women dressed in white (different schools have color-coded gowns) thrashing a skinny guy with bad hair, a ponytail, glasses, and a crude sign for interrupting their celebration. It was a blast, and if Likins cuts that, many MANY students will face pricey and boring ceremonies.

Let them throw tortillas.

(Oh, most are flour, they get MUCH better distance)
2004-09-09 11:35:47 AM  
Midget tossing anyone?
2004-09-09 11:40:05 AM  
fahq i brought salsa and cheese cause they stay fresh for pretty long. I graduated in 2002 and there were at least 50 in the air at any given second.
2004-09-09 11:44:27 AM  
I went to Arizona and the tortillas were great and one of the quirky things about the graduation that made it unique. It was just fun.

I think the President is doing a great job, but seriously? Stopping the big graduation just because YOU don't like the tortillas is ridiculous.

(fark off godiluvbeer. Which school led ALL the successful missions to Mars? Which school has a top 20 business school? could go on, but no one else cares but you and me.)
2004-09-09 11:47:18 AM  
ram 1312
flour goes farther, if you throw it right. in fact (i hear) you can get one from baseline to baseline on a basketball court if you're good at it.

/UCSB basketball games + ESPN + tortillas = no more UCSB basketball games on ESPN
2004-09-09 11:47:29 AM  

Well Tucson basically is North Mexico. Drive around this town sometime you will see more sonora licence plates than arizona ones.

Same thing for South Texas. Get far south enough and the distinction between Texas and Mexico starts to blur.

I viewed the whole "uproar" over the tortilla tossing as silly. When someone buys tortillas, they're free to do what they want with them. If they don't eat them they'll go to waste anyway, so why not have a little fun with it.

/mental image of madeline allbright getting hit in the face with a tortilla = teh funny
2004-09-09 11:54:42 AM  
anyone remember those floppy rubber frisbees?
2004-09-09 11:55:40 AM  
arriba la revolucion!!!
2004-09-09 12:06:36 PM  
The ONE AND ONLY function of a University President is to raise money. When they hire them they say, "Raise $1m A DAY average EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR and you'll stay President. If you fall behind quota by a few million, we'll discard you like a used Kleenex."
So, everything a UP does that *isn't* raising money can get him fired. Especially pissing off the students, faculty, and MONEY PAYING alums. Because of this tortilla thing, he's probably going to have to hold two dozen additional fund raisers at his house, and his lips will be extra sore for months.
2004-09-09 12:14:09 PM  
From I used to print this guy's digital photos at my last job:

Southern California fans, and Angels fans in particular, are stereotyped as being among the most apathetic and cynical in baseball. Many show up late, leave early, and while they're there are more interested in batting around a beach ball in the stands than watching the game. Back before the center-field football stands were torn down, some fans would toss tortillas like Frisbees from the upper deck.

Ah, I miss those times...
2004-09-09 12:15:03 PM  
O_o? They're doing away with campus-wide graduations because of.... tortillas?!?! Nothing in that article did anything to explain exactly what the problem with the tortillas was. -_-

I'd suggest there be an Arizona tag... but it would have to be just a boring brown bar. Perhaps with a tortilla on it. :p
2004-09-09 12:22:28 PM  
I can understand the complaint. I mean if you're going to toss a tortilla, you should toss the *real* thing:

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Sure, it won't fly as far as one of those flat breads that everyone in America calls a tortilla, but it'll at least be culturally correct and more messy.
2004-09-09 12:31:16 PM  
I think Likins is mad (the president of the university) because we nailed just about every stuffy old person that was up on that podium - including himself - in the head with a tortilla this past may.

I got my degree - neener neener.
2004-09-09 12:33:09 PM  
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"Eat my warm tortilla, beezeeyaaach!!!"
2004-09-09 12:35:57 PM  
fahq, Nice_Shoes_Wanna_Fock :

sweeeeeet...i'd figure the corn cuz of weight.
2004-09-09 12:40:13 PM  
Ah, I miss the days of my heady youth in South Texas, where the tortillas flowed like wine.

//What's that Lassie? I've got nuthin', and Billy is trapped in the well?
2004-09-09 12:47:33 PM  
This has been happening @ UCSB for decades...stop biting our style.
2004-09-09 12:48:11 PM  
They used to do this at Texas A&I, but they made them stop there too. Sometimes somebody will still do it at the risk of being removed from the stadium.
2004-09-09 12:53:46 PM  
This is ridiculous. The tortillas were the best part of the graduation ceremony! Sure, the big graduation ceremony was boring at times, but at least it was free. I had to pay for anyone that came to my college commencement ceremony and I was limited to bringing 4 people max. Now, I have a small family where that's okay, but what about people with bigger families or students graduating from more than one college? What about grandparents/siblings/etc? My grandfather would've been mad as hell if he couldn't go to my graduation (he's a UA grad 1955). If this was really about tortillas, then they could set up security to check for people bringing them in. Honestly, I just think Likins loves power, and he hates that in the moment that UA students are gaining their freedom from his tyrany, they express their joy in a way he doesn't approve of. Most UA students don't even think about the tortilla thing until the university-wide warning comes out about it (remember, these are college students, living off Ramen, where tortillas are a luxury).
/ASU sucks
2004-09-09 01:52:58 PM  
I agree, the tortillas were by far the best part of the graduation. Watching self important college/student body presidents get hit in the face is way better than actually listening to them. At my graduation we didn't even have a real speaker though...what a gyp. I brought tortillas to a Naval Academy graduation and will to the next one. Donald Rumsfeld wasn't so happy about those though.
2004-09-09 03:09:53 PM  
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When good tortillas, go bad
2004-09-09 04:12:17 PM  
Freakin' flan-flingin' fools foil fall festival.
2004-09-09 05:44:46 PM  
Submitter screwed up a perfectly good alliteration in the second half. It's like watching the Chicago Bears play.

2004-09-09 09:04:50 PM  
Bastards, let the tortillas fly!
I threw them when I graduated from the UA in 1998 as have all classes before and since, it has nothing to do with race/ethnicity. Maybe we should switch to throwing pita bread and see if it pisses off the Greeks.
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