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THE DAILY WILDCAT Printing the news, sounding the alarm, and raising hell since 1899 DAILYWILDCAT.COM THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014 VOLUME 107 • ISSUE 115 ASUA candidates take issue BY JAZMINE FOSTER-HALL The Daily Wildcat Jack Emery, a pre-business freshman and a candidate for the Associated Students of the University of Arizona Senate, felt pretty confident in his position in the election polls. That is, until the Daily Wildcat ran its endorsements for ASUA candidates, in which he was listed as one of seven candidates for senate who didn’t have a platform available on the ASUA elections website. “At the time I wasn’t really too concerned about it, because I knew that voting wouldn’t be based entirely on students going and checking out the platforms online,” Emery said. “But then when it came up in the [Daily] Wildcat, and we basically got called not accountable … well, that’s not on us.” Emery said the responsibility for his platform being missing falls on Marc Small, elections commissioner for ASUA . The candidates were encouraged to send their platforms to Small as soon as possible during the initial candidates’ meeting in February, and Emery sent his platforms to Small the next day. “I was very prompt with it,” UA starts security research institute Emery said. “I sent him what I thought was an ideal outline of my platforms, and it didn’t go up.” Emery said he noticed the platforms were going up sporadically, so he tried contacting Small to ask about his platforms. Small told him the email must have been overlooked and asked him to send another, Emery said. After the second email was sent, his platforms still didn’t make it online. “I know that several other candidates that were called out are on the same boat,” Emery said. “They’ve emailed him multiple times, and I’ve seen the emails they sent him.” Emery said this wasn’t the first time he was unsatisfied with how Small had done his job. “Throughout the process it’s been a bit of a struggle working with Marc and getting things approved,” Emery said. This sentiment was echoed by Joey Steigerwald, a pre-business and political science freshman and candidate for ASUA Senate. Steigerwald said he also sent Small his platforms multiple times, and Small told him the platforms never went up due to COMMISSIONER, 2 A NEW CHAPTER SPORTS - 7 ARIZONA OPENS PAC-12 TOURNEY WITH UTAH SCIENCE- 12 MATING SEASON LEADS BEES TO BOOGIE DOWN BY MARISSA MEZZATESTA The Daily Wildcat The UA has launched the Defense and Security Research Institute, looking to double its research spending. The Defense and Security Research Institute aims to provide opportunities for partnerships between the university and other companies. These partnerships will assist in building the UA’s reputation as a preferred partner for defense and security-related programs, UA President Ann Weaver Hart stated in a news release. The launch of DSRI will help the UA in its goal of doubling research spending from $600 million to $1.2 billion in accordance with goals set by the Arizona Board of Regents. The potential partners DSRI could bring in would open up the UA to more opportunities, according to David Allen, vice president of Tech Launch Arizona. Allen said a close partnership benefits both parties by strengthening their resources. “Together we can go to different programs within the department of defense, explain our joint capacities and basically be involved and help formulate programs, rather than just merely being responsive,” Allen said. The institute was developed as a way to bring in additional revenue to support UA research, said Jennifer Barton, interim vice president of research. Along with creating more opportunities for partnerships, the DSRI will also be of assistance to faculty participating in research with the Department of Defense. “To be of interest to the federal agencies it is really important that you … have incredible expertise,” Barton said. The DSRI will allow for faculty to make connections by linking them to program announcements they should know about, helping them get in touch with agency officials and helping them learn how to put together proper proposals, according to Barton. Allen said this new institute should elevate the status of the UA. “We are a player now,” Allen said, “but we have the potential to do so much more.” — Follow Marissa Mezzatesta @MarissaMezza 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 ON OUR WEBSITE HI 83 50 SUNNY SHANE BEKIAN/THE DAILY WILDCAT ARTIST DAVE CHRISTIANA paints a layer of varnish on his mural for the grand reopening of the Worlds of Words International Collection of Children’s and Adolescent Literature on Tuesday. Christiana is a professor of illustration at the UA School of Art. BY KATYA MENDOZA The Daily Wildcat On the fourth floor of the Education building, one of the world’s largest collections of children’s books is getting a makeover. Under renovation since August, the Worlds of Words International Collection of Children’s and Adolescent Literature has expanded its physical space in addition to new furnishings, studios and various donations from private donors and previous alumni. Dean of the College of Education Ronald Marx said that the world’s second-largest collection of children’s literature, a remarkable resource, was in shabby quarters. “We thought that it was important to create a physical space that would match the quality of that resource,” Marx said. Kathy Short, a professor in the College of Education and program director of WOW, said this special collection is the only one of its kind in the U.S. that focuses on global international children’s and adolescent literature. “We needed a secure space that reflected [the] beauty and the richness of the collection,” Short said, “as well the different kind of LOW Bee, Neb. Bee, Va. Beebe, Ark. 68 / 35 37 / 26 68 / 40 QUOTE TO NOTE “ Either students learn how to put a condom on a banana or they learn God doesn’t want anyone touching bananas until marriage.” OPINIONS — 4 BOOKS, 3 Fall commencement cancelled BY HANNAH PLOTKIN The Daily Wildcat SAVANNAH DOUGLAS/THE DAILY WILDCAT THE UA’S 149TH commencement ceremony was held at the end of the Fall 2013 semester in McKale Center. The UA will cancel its fall commencement ceremony for this December The UA will not hold a fall commencement ceremony in December due to financial concerns, leaving some with questions. An email sent from the office of Graduation Services and circulated to advisers and faculty on Feb. 26 confirmed that the December graduation is cancelled. “As you may or may not have heard, UA commencement ceremonies will no longer be held in December,” the email read. It also detailed what advisers should tell students scheduled to graduate this December. This included a form letter that could to be sent to students, which would offer them options if they want to take part in a graduation ceremony. They will be given the choice of either walking in the Spring 2014 or Spring 2015 commencement ceremony, or of having their diploma sent to them. Top UA officials could not be reached for comment. Andrew Comrie, UA provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, is expected to make an announcement regarding the permanent fall commencement in the near future, but could not comment at this time, according to Chris Sigurdson, senior associate vice president for University Relations. Morgan Abraham, an engineering management senior and president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona, confirmed that the December ceremony will be cancelled. Abraham said that he was informed of the cancellation by UA President Ann Weaver Hart, but that ASUA was not consulted on the decision. He said that he believes more students who are scheduled to graduate in the fall should have been consulted before the decision was made. Abraham said he had been told that the cancellation was an attempt to save more funds for the UA’s spring commencement ceremony. “They were really kind of focused on making U of A commencement a brand, a thing that is nationally known and gets the attention of high schoolers and college graduates all around the country,” Abraham said. “This was kind of their way of accomplishing that goal.” The UA’s delay in making an official announcement has left many of the colleges’ advisers and administrators unsure about their own graduation ceremonies and what to tell students. Theresa Darras, assistant to the dean of the College of the Humanities, said that she has tried to get a definitive answer as to whether her college is still having its ceremony, but has been unable to. “People just don’t know what to say when I call them,” Darras said. “I call somebody and they say, ‘Oh, I’m not the person, maybe this person is, I’ll get back to you.’ And then they don’t get back to me.” Darras said that she has had students coming to her, asking questions that she has not been able to answer. Erin Deely, program coordinator for the College of Science, said that the College of Science is not cancelling its college-wide graduation ceremony for the fall. She said she had not been consulted about the cancellation, but that it would not affect the College of Science’s ceremony. “It seems to me like it would be even more important for the colleges and departments to maintain [their fall graduations],” Deely said. John Jones, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, also confirmed that he knew of the cancellation. He said that SBS will still be conducting a fall commencement ceremony. It is unclear at this time if the elimination of the UA’s fall commencement ceremonies is permanent. — Follow Hannah Plotkin @HannahPlotkin


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