Issuu on Google+

ARIZONA SUMMER WILDCAT Wildcats fly high for science - 3 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2014 Lawi Lalang wins eighth national championship - 15 VOLUME 107 • ISSUE 153 DAILYWILDCAT.COM Printing the news, sounding the alarm, and raising hell since 1899 Tucson rocks and rolls to Guitar Festival - 10 TO THE MOON UA scientists try to find the answer to sustainability on Earth by growing food in space Downsides of athletes forming labor unions - 8 Student debt hot topic for Obama BY HANNAH PLOTKIN Arizona Summer Wildcat REBECCA MARIE SASNETT/THE DAILY WILDCAT SEAN GELLENBECK, a systems and industrial engineering graduate student, polinates tomatoes in the prototype lunar greenhouse on June 11. Gellenbeck is one of the students who helps keep the prototype lunar greenhouse running. BY NICHOLAS PEPPE The Daily Wildcat UA scientists have created a lunar greenhouse, an idea that could one day allow people to live on the moon or Mars. For now, it serves as a tool UA scientists hope to use to educate the world on the challenges facing the human race. In their new documentary, “Earthlight,” the UA scientists ask if learning to live on the moon is the key to sustainability on Earth. A lunar greenhouse acts as The entire system represents, for a short period of time in a controlled replica of Earth’s ecosystem scaled down into a in a small way, the biological rough conditions, or eventually cylinder-shaped greenhouse systems that are here on Earth on Mars, the documentary explains. that attempts Scientists said that to mimic the What we learn from this controlled lunar greenhouse Earth systems technology can also into a “closed environment ... is being applied help create better atmosphere,” as here on Earth. sustainable food explained in a — Gene Giacomelli, Director of the Controlled production here on press release for Environment Agriculture Center Earth. the documentary Today, many produced by the College of Agriculture and Life by utilizing a self-sustaining countries have multiple cities Sciences. The documentary water cycle and atmospheric with more than a million interviews NASA scientists, UA cycle that can be used to harvest GREENHOUSE, 6 food and keep humans alive researchers and students. President Barack Obama spent the last week addressing U.S. higher education issues, including student loan debt. Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum to help student loan borrowers repay their debt. The executive action retroactively extends the 2010 legislation that capped loan payments on federal direct loans at 10 percent of the borrower’s income to nearly 5 million additional people. Obama used the website Tumblr to answer questions from American students regarding the difficulties facing college graduates. Many of the questions, submitted by bloggers on Tumblr and selected by the website’s founder David Karp, dealt with high tuition and student loan debt. Though the cost of an education is high and the effect of debt can be staggering, Obama encouraged young Americans to continue seeking degrees. “It continues to be a very good investment for you to go to college,” Obama said. Other legislative action aimed at helping college graduates manage debt has not fared as well. S. 2292 was a bill introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Mass. The bill would have raised taxes on high income families and businesses in an attempt to keep student loan interest rates at 3.86 percent, but was filibustered in the Senate on June 11. In a statement, the Arizona Students’ Association spoke out against the filibuster to the bill. The statement pointed out that the current U.S. economy relies heavily on middle-aged Americans making larger purchases, but many college graduates will DEBT, 6


Related publications