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THE DAILY WILDCAT Printing the news, sounding the alarm, and raising hell since 1899 DAILYWILDCAT.COM MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014 SPORTS - 6 ARIZONA HOCKEY STUNS NO. 1 ASU ON THE ROAD VOLUME 107 • ISSUE 87 SUPER BLOWOUT The Seattle Seahawks dominated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII from the first drive UAPD officer gets DUI BY ETHAN MCSWEENEY The Daily Wildcat A University of Arizona Police Department sergeant was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday night following an accident involving a marked UAPD vehicle. Sgt. John McGrath, a UAPD officer, was on duty driving in a marked UAPD Chevrolet Tahoe when he crashed his vehicle on a frontage road near Interstate 10 at Speedway Boulevard, according to Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson Police Department spokesman. TPD officers responded to the call at 9:38 p.m. of a single motor accident on the frontage road. Officers confirmed the account of the accident and found no injuries at the scene. The vehicle hit a road sign before colliding with a cement wall, causing damage to the vehicle. The cost of the damage is not yet known, said Sgt. Filbert Barrera, a UAPD spokesman. TPD officers made contact with the driver of the Tahoe and found the officer to be in uniform and were able to identify him, Dugan said. SPORTS - 7 BASKETBALL NOTES: ARIZONA GETS BASHED REBECCA MARIE SASNETT/THE DAILY WILDCAT ABOVE DJORDJE “D.J.” GRAIC, a Pima Community College student, celebrates the Seattle Seahawks’ touchdown during the third quarter of the Super Bowl. Graic has been a Seahawks fan since 2002. RIGHT NICK TOWNSEND, actor, watches the TV in anticipation during the third half of the Seahawks versus Broncos Super Bowl XLVIII game at Gentle Ben’s Brewing Co. on Sunday evening. ARTS & LIFE - 8 ACTOR PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN DIES BASKETBALL Wildcats have new questions after loss OPINIONS - 4 LIFELINE LAWS PROTECT BINGE DRINKING MINORS FIND US ONLINE ‘Like’ us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Find us on Tumblr ON OUR WEBSITE For breaking news and multimedia coverage check out DAILYWILDCAT.COM WEATHER HI 60 37 MOSYTLY SUNNY EVAN ROSENFELD The Daily Wildcat BERKELEY, Calif. — While the question “When will Arizona men’s basketball finally lose?” has finally been answered, the injury to starting power forward Brandon Ashley brings up a host of new ones. During No. 1 Arizona’s 60-58 loss at California, the sophomore from San Francisco injured his foot, raising questions like: Will Arizona be able return to form without one of its starters? Or will the Wildcats run into the same struggles in their remaining games as last year’s squad? After suffering their first loss last season, the Wildcats posted a 13-7 record in their final 20 games — and that was without any major injuries. Ashley — who collapsed to the floor just two minutes into the game after landing wrong on a jump — has been a key offensive cog for the Wildcats this year and was in the midst of a breakout BASKETBALL, 6 UAPD, 3 Students making the grade with ClusterFlunk BY KATYA MENDOZA The Daily Wildcat A new website that connects students within a class is inviting UA students to join this semester. Two former University of Iowa students, AJ Nelson and Joe Dallago, created ClusterFlunk two semesters ago. ClusterFlunk is a site that gives classmates the opportunity to communicate with each other by allowing them to post class notes, materials or questions. Students can choose whether or not to remain anonymous on the site. ClusterFlunk was originally intended for University of Iowa students to have the opportunity to reach out to each other in classes with more than 400 students. “My buddy was in a class of over 400 students and had one question the night before a test,” Nelson said. “He tried emailing a teacher’s assistant, who didn’t respond. He also sat at the library the night before, not having a way to talk to any of his classmates just to ask a simple question.” Nelson said with social media apps such as Snapchat, Facebook or Twitter, it should be simple to talk to your classmates. “Social resources were being wasted,” he said. Jenna Malkin, a pre-business freshman, said that it is difficult to connect with other students in larger classes. COURTESY OF CLUSTERFLUNK “If you don’t know anyone in your classes beforehand, then you’re lucky if by the end of the semester, you start talking to anybody,” Malkin said. Nelson said he does not believe use of the site is cheating. Matthew Sample, an undeclared freshman, uses similar websites and said he believes the use of resources to aid students, like ClusterFlunk, is not violating academic integrity. “It isn’t cheating; it’s being resourceful,” Sample said. “It doesn’t negatively affect anyone in anyway.” ClusterFlunk had about 50 percent of Iowa’s student population logged on, and not one case of plagiarism or cheating, according to Nelson. After reaching more than 10,000 students at Iowa, this is ClusterFlunk’s first semester launching at other schools. The 91 / 76 4 / -13 73 / 35 QUOTE TO NOTE “ Sometimes students need to break the boundaries of traditional, cliché college activities to find their door.” OPINIONS — 4 — Follow Katya Mendoza @katya_nadine Exchange initiative includes UA BY HANNAH PLOTKIN The Daily Wildcat LOW Sea, Indonesia Hawks, Canada Bronco, Mexico UA is one of around 50 schools across the nation that have been added to the ClusterFlunk site this past semester. Nelson said they hope to reach 5,000 to 10,000 users at the UA. “We’re excited to be in Arizona. We choose these new schools for specific reasons,” Nelson said, “schools with similar liberal culture like the University of Iowa.” Since they have been out of school, Nelson and Dallago have been able to focus on building their company in hopes that they could buy themselves out in the near future. “ClusterFlunk will always be free,” Nelson said. “We’re living off [of] investments, and hopefully when we get enough users, we’ll buy out.” Secretary of State John Kerry announced last month that the UA will be one of the first four higher learning institutions to receive a grant as part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative. 100,000 Strong in the Americas was by President Barack Obama in partnership with the Department of State and the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers Association of International Educators and Partners of the Americas. The initiative will develop international partnerships between the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean in order to make study abroad and student exchanges more available. Mary Poulton, head of the UA Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, along with COURTESY OF PARTNERS OF THE AMERICAS Head of the UA Department of Mining and Geological Engineering Mary Poulton shakes hands with Vice President Joe Biden during a ceremony in Washington D.C. a grant writing team from the Office of Global Initiatives and advisers from Study Abroad and Student Exchange, worked for about a month on the winning proposal. Poulton was approached by the OGI to collaborate on the proposal. Poulton said she was thrilled that the grant was selected. “It was extremely competitive,” Poulton said. “They got 114 proposals and only funded four.” The grant proposed creating the UA Latin America Natural Resources Academy, an exchange of undergraduate students pursuing STEM degrees at the UA and in Latin America that would begin this fall. “Basically, what the program does is create an exchange of students between the UA and partner universities in Chile and Peru,” said Harmony DeFazio, study abroad adviser and coprincipal investigator on the grant. “There will be ideally six students going from the UA down to Chile and Peru,” DeFazio said, “and a total of six coming from Peru and Chile to study at the UA during that same semester.” According to Poulton, students participating in the exchange program will take three courses and receive a formal certificate as part of the process. EXCHANGE, 3


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