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raided their hotel. Henderson was with friends, but reports so far do not indicate whether they were involved in the fight. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona. said he’s working with the State Department to ensure the safe return of his friends to the United States. Henderson was pronounced

The UA is poised to begin part of its infrastructure improvements in deferred maintenance pending approval by the Arizona Board of Regents. At the top of the list is the Veterinary Science and Microbiology building also referred to as “Building 90,” according to the administration. The 59,914 square foot building maintenance project is just one part of the UA’s $350 million capital development plan for 2018 fiscal year. The renovations on the more than 50-year-old building are scheduled to cost a total of $18 million and will be completed through a designbuild process. According to UA plans, this will allow the university to have early cost control over construction, save time by fasttracking the project scheduling and still allow for the selection of the most qualified architect-contractor team for this project. The School of Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences operates in the building, using its labs, classrooms and offices. A survey found that the building needed improvements in HVAC systems, plumbing, water leakage and accumulation, including pipe insulation and making sure the building is up to the required safety codes. Workers inside the building have cited health problems from the deteriorating conditions. Jennifer Roxas, a UA graduate student and research specialist, said she faced health problems working in the building seven years ago. “In 2010, when I went back within the first two weeks I experienced an asthma attack in the building,” she said. Roxas believed her asthma conditions, which were not usually a problem — became exacerbated while working inside Building 90. She described one instance while working in the lab. “My throat was so itchy that I would scratch it, it was so itchy,” she said, “I was having some problems breathing, I had congestion...” She said these problems led her to



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BAKARI HENDERSON, A UA graduate, was recently killed outside of a bar in Greece while working on a photoshoot for his clothing line. Henderson graduated in May with a bachelor’s in Business Finance and Entrepreneurship.

UA community mourns death of recent grad BY NICK MEYERS @nameyers214

Recent UA graduate Bakari Henderson was beaten to death by a crowd of 10 people at a bar in Greece early Friday morning, July 8. While police have yet to determine the cause of the fight, they had initially arrested four suspects according to the Greek

newspaper Kathimerini. Two of the suspects, a 34-year-old Greek man and a 32-year-old British man, worked at the bar as a bartender and bouncer, respectively. The other two suspects were 22-year-old Serbian men. Six more Serbian men were arrested later the same day, after police identified them from security camera footage and




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UA scientists invent new sulfur-based plastics BY DAVID WICHNER ARIZONA DAILY STAR (TNS)

In the not-too-distant future, a new type of plastic invented at the UA may help your car drive itself and, when you arrive at the supermarket, help you pick out a ripe tomato. Jeffrey Pyun, professor in the UA’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, led research to develop a new class of inexpensive, sulfur-based polymer, or plastic, with properties that uniquely suit them for use in lenses in infrared devices like heat-sensing cameras. The invention is the result of a cross-campus collaboration between Pyun, UA optical sciences professor Robert Norwood and UA chemistry and biochem professor Richard Glass. Pyun, who joined the UA in 2004, discovered the new type of plastic as part of research on sulfur-based materials for advanced batteries he started in 2010. The new hybrid material is known as CHIPs, which stands for Chalcogenide Hybrid Inorganic/organic Polymers. Besides semiconductor properties useful for batteries, Pyun found that the new polymer had exciting optical properties in the nonvisible infrared wavelengths — the part of the electromagnetic spectrum detected by heatsensing thermal cameras and used by devices such as remote controls and automobile sensors. In 2010, Pyun and his colleagues were focused on using waste sulfur from petroleum refining industry as low-cost feedstock for a new kind of plastic. “Our thought back then was, how do we take this and directly, or in a single or convenient step, make it into a useful plastic?” Pyun said. Besides its potential use as a semiconductor in batteries, Pyun’s group found that the new material had a very high “refractive index” -essentially a measure of how light bends as it passes through a material. High refractive index materials allow opticians to make thinner eyeglass lenses and also helps lenses on infrared devices “see” more infrared radiation. Typically, lens materials for infrared imaging


A UA-ED RESEARCH TEAM has discovered a simple process for making a new lightweight plastic from the inexpensive and abundant element sulfur. This plastic can be molded into easy-to-make, lightweight lenses that transmit infra-red light.

are made of germanium or chalcogenide glass, which contains elements that create a high refractive index but can be complex and costly to produce. On the other hand, sulfur is cheap and abundant as a refining byproduct and is very simple to turn into plastics. “Sulfur you can get for the same magnitude of cost as coal, so it’s literally dirt cheap,” Pyun said. There could be a big market for the new plastic in lenses used for industrial infrared applications ranging from missile target seekers, night-vision equipment and infrared detectors used in self-driving vehicles. The material could someday be used with

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smartphones to create heat-sensing apps, such as an app that could detect the higher heat signature of a ripe fruit versus an unripe one. “We have basically opened up an enormous new world for plastics in this alreadyestablished area,” Pyun said. “We are the first, and that’s why it’s so exciting.” With the help of Tech Launch Arizona and Paul Eynott, TLA licensing manager for the College of Science, Pyun and his colleagues are starting to court industrial partners that could license the technology and start incorporating it into products. Pyun has also set up a startup company, Innovative Energetics, to further develop commercial technologies.

Though the sulfur-based polymers could be used for a myriad of plastics applications, infrared optics is the main focus now, Pyun said. The UA has filed more than 40 separate provisional patents surrounding the technology and has two issue patents, Pyun said. “It’s a UA product. I’ve been here my entire academic career, and we made it happen really through grassroots efforts, support from the university, our extensive collaborations and international collaborations,” he said. Beyond the UA, Pyun’s group has collaborated on the research with scientists at South Korea’s Seoul National University, including chemistry professor Kookheon Char.


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dead at a local hospital on the island of Zakynthos where he was working on a photo shoot to promote his new clothing line. Originally from Austin, Henderson graduated from the UA in May with a bachelor’s in business finance and entrepreneurship. “Bakari loved spending time with family and friends, traveling and meeting new people,” his family said in a statement. “He was a big thinker and enjoyed coming up with new business ventures. Bakari was an inspiration to all he met. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.” “Our hearts and prayers are with his friends and family,” said UA President Robert C. Robbins in a statement sent to the UA community Friday afternoon. “I can only imagine the deep sense of loss they must be feeling at his untimely death. It is always a tragedy when a young life ends before it has really yet to begin.” Robbins said the Dean of Students Office is reaching out to students who may have known Henderson to offer support. A friend of the Henderson family started a GoFundMe page the day he died to help pay for the funeral and return of his body to the United States. “This is the celebration of life for Bakari Henderson,” the page reads. “The love for this young man overflows and this loss is unbearable for so many of us...” The page has raised nearly $50,000 from 669 donors as of July 11.

have an asthma attack multiple times in her lab. Roxas later relocated to a different lab but still had to occasionally travel to the building. Roxas said if the UA fixes the HVAC system and plumbing issues, she would return to the building from the BIO5 Keating Bioresearch Building to which she relocated. “I will give it a shot, that’s if they fixed everything properly,” she said. The plan is for the UA to sell revenue bonds to finance the project in addition to funds from a new state bill signed in May. This will be the first UA project to benefit from the new bonding approval, HB 2547. The bill allows for sales tax from the three state universities to be matched by the state for use solely addressing maintenance deferments and development of the three state university’s infrastructure. Half of the money paid on the bonds will be paid by State Appropriations tied to the new bonding program and half will be paid by UA matching the funds. Gov. Doug Ducey signed the appropriations bill in May 2017 to help fund maintenance projects for all three of the state’s universities. “Today will be remembered as one





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STEAK ‘N SHAKE IS REPLACING Burger King in the Student Union this July. The smaller chain restaurant will take over Burger King’s ten-year spot Friday, July 30 with a selection of steakburgers, hot dogs, fries and milkshakes.

Steak N’Shake to open soon in Student Union BY JESSICA BLACKBURN @hotbread33

It’s time to say goodbye to Burger King and hello to the new Steak ‘n Shake set to replace it this year. Situated in the Student Union Memorial Center, Steak ‘n Shake will have a fiveyear initial term with the university, according to Mari John, assistant director of retail & contract management for the Administration & Business Office. The burger joint, with a menu featuring a wide variety of steakburgers, foot-long hot dogs, fries and milkshakes will be the first in Tucson, and only the second Steak ‘n Shake in all of Arizona besides a Phoenix location on Mill Avenue, according to the Steak ‘n Shake website’s store locator. Blaire Krakowitz, a sophomore studying English who has worked in the SUMC’s On Deck Deli for a year, said customers seemed curious about what was happening to the Burger King. “I was surprised to see it close down,” she said. “But I suppose it makes sense. It was never very busy — far less than I would have expected it to be.” If it has a successful run, Steak ‘n Shake’s initial five-year term with the university could be extended. “It will have an option to renew for

an additional five years upon mutual agreement between them and the university,” John said. “So they could potentially be here for ten years as well.” Political science sophomore Alec Scott said he’s excited for the new Steak ‘n Shake. “Especially considering I have family in St. Louis ... every time I visit them I enjoy getting a steak burger,” he said. “The only other Steak ‘n Shake is in Phoenix, and while it is a good restaurant, a two-hour long drive is a pretty high cost for a burger and fries.” According to John, all third-party tenants for the SUMC are selected by a committee that evaluates the proposals submitted by interested vendors through the university’s Request for Proposal process. The same process was used to select the union’s Burger King. “Outside of routine repairs and maintenance to the physical location, it doesn’t cost the university any money to have a new company take over the space,” John said. Krakowitz said she is excited to see what Steak ‘n Shake will bring to the table. “It might be nice to have a smaller chain restaurant as opposed to such a massive corporation like Burger King,” she said. The new store will open July 30.

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NEWS FAST FIVE : Senate health care bill BY RANDALL ECK @reck999

of Representatives sent the American Health Care Act to the Senate after narrowly passing the legislation May 4. Senate Republicans wrote their own version of the bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, releasing a draft

In an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and reform America’s health care system, Republicans in the House


June 22. If the Senate passes their version of the bill, the legislation will return to the House where a passing vote could send it to President Trump’s desk, or a congressional conference committee

The bill has drawn criticism for being negotiated in secret

The Senate bill originated from a group of 13 male Republican Senators including majority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Ted Cruz. Both Democrats and Republicans have both criticized the group for its

lack of transparency and secrecy in crafting the bill including Sen. John McCain who vocally opposed the bill in a June 20 interview. Senate Republican leadership originally planned to vote on the bill June 27, but postponed the vote until after July 4. Unlike the ACA, which received a 100 public and roundtable hearing in

will consolidate the House and Senate bills into a single piece of legislation to be voted on again. The fate of Republican efforts to reform the health care system rests on the success of the Senate’s bill. Senate finance and health committees, Republicans have not scheduled a single public hearing for their bill. Congress members proposed more than 500 amendments to the ACA and debated it for 25 consecutive days in a bipartisan committee. The bill passed along party lines seven months after public discussion began in the Senate.



Both bills allow states to decide upon various aspects of coverage

While the Senate opted to craft its own health care bill, it shares some aspects of the House version. The Senate bill includes provisions that allow states to decide what must

be included in every health plan, while the House bill provides states a way out of providing basic essential care. That amendment was one of the deciding factors in passing the House bill. Both bills eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood for one year. The ACA only prevented funding from

being used to offset the costs of an abortion. Both bills eliminate two taxes on the wealthy levied by the ACA. Neither bill requires large employers to provide employees with affordable health care, but keeps the provision allowing children to remain on their parents’ health plans until age 26. ZI YANG LAI/THE DAILY WILDCAT


The CBO predicts less coverage, but lower rates

The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan agency which provides forecasts of bills’ effects to Congress, released their first report on the Senate bill June 26. According to the report, 22 million people would lose health care by the


Arizona will be hit by Medicaid reductions

Arizona receives about 75 percent of Medicaid funding from the federal government, the seventh highest percentage in the nation.

Due to this, the state is more likely to feel federal cuts. Medicaid covers 20 percent of Americans, 49 percent of childbirths, 64 percent of nursing home patients, 60 percent of children with disabilities and 39 percent of children. The bill does not exempt health care providers from covering pre-existing

year 2026. Over that time, the bill would reduce federal spending on health care by $321 billion. The CBO predicted 15 million people would lose health care in 2018, but by 2026, health care premiums would be 20 percent lower. The decrease in price would result from higher premiums and deductibles alongside lower coverage.

Cuts to Medicaid would reach $772 billion by 2026 as the bill caps the program’s growth and increase states’ financial role. The Senate bill makes deeper cuts to Medicare as well. Finally, the CBO said the repeal of ACA taxes cut taxes for corporations and wealthy individuals by $563 billion over 10 years.

conditions, but does allow states to waive certain essential health benefits. The Senate bill has a softer blow to low-income households by determining subsidies based on income and coverage costs in local communities, as opposed to the House bill, which provides individuals subsidies based on age. GAGE SKIDMORE (CC BY-SA 2.0)


The bill has experienced widespread opposition

An NPR, PBS NewsHour and Marist Poll found 17 percent of Americans support the Senate Health Care bill and 55 percent oppose it. Currently, no Democratic senators support the bill, and eight Republican

senators have publicly stated they do not support the bill in its current form. McConnell postponed voting only after determining the bill wouldn’t pass. Even the Koch brothers came out against the health care bill, eliminating Republican hopes for a campaign to sway public opinion. Over half a dozen Republican governors, including Ohio Governor John Kasich, and many Democratic

governors publicly and definitively opposed the Senate health care bill. AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and many other health care associations and providers have publicly denounced the Senate bill and have called for Congress to start from scratch. With all the speculation surrounding bill, the fate of Republican efforts to repeal the ACA remains uncertain.

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Teen girls’ interest in STEM careers continues to lag BY ANGELA PITTENGER ARIZONA DAILY STAR (TNS)

The worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics aren’t just for boys. But, according to new research conducted for Junior Achievement, a national non-profit that teaches students about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship, only 11 percent of teen girls ages 13-17 are drawn to non-medical STEM careers versus 36 percent of boys. Various factors contribute to this, including lack of exposure to female role models, girls’ cultural expectation to nurture, societal norms and marketing to name a few. Local experts working to close the gap say it’s important to draw more diversity into the STEM industries. “We should care because the solutions to deal with water and energy issues — some of the most important issues of our time — are locked in the students we are not currently drawing into the STEM fields,” said DaNel Hogan, director of the STEMAZing Project, a local program dedicated to empowering pre-K to 12th grade educators to enhance and improve their STEM curriculums. “It is only with diverse teams of scientists and engineers that the creative innovations required for a sustainable future will be unlocked.” Making an Impact Girls interested in STEM tend to lean toward the medical and dental fields rather than engineering or technology. “Research has shown that because of cultural beliefs and expectations, girls tend to be drawn to fields and careers where there is a clear link to helping people or making the world a better place,” said Jill Williams, director of Women in Science and Engineering at the University of Arizona. “This helps explain why medical-related STEM careers have greater female participation. In these fields, the link between science, math and technology and helping people is more obvious than in non-medical fields.” But, STEM careers, not just the medical ones, have a huge impact on society, and that needs to be conveyed to girls -- and all people -- to appeal to their desire to help, said Chuck Zaepfel, director of the Southern Arizona District of Junior Achievement. “It’s not back in the back room with beakers,” Zaepfel said. “You’re actually making a difference to save lives like in medical research, and if you’re a scientist working with NASA, the research our space program has brought to every day lives is tremendous.” The way STEM is often marketed, it’s hard to see all of the ways it can benefit people. “You only need to take a walk down the toy aisle at your local toy store to see how different types of toys and activities are marketed toward boys and girls,” Williams said. “As children proceed through the educational system, we also know that boys are encouraged to pursue STEM fields to a greater degree than girls are. This is most often not intentional on the part of

educators, but rather patterns that are adopted subconsciously over time.” Lack of exposure to STEM and what careers are out there at an early age is also a contributing factor, says Czarina Salido, program director of Taking Up Space. “A lot of people get stuck in their box thinking that STEM is for geeky kids stuck in front of a computer or in a lab but there are all kinds of jobs, even working for automotive shops,” Salido said. “There are tons of different aspects. It has to do with exposure, just not being aware of the type of things that are out there or the opportunities.” Progress Mabel Rivera, a teacher at Innovation Academy, a K-5 STEM school in the Amphitheater School District, says in some ways, it’s starting to turn around. “You’re starting to see more women in STEM fields, but the fact that we still have to make videos or say ‘look at these women in STEM’ means we still have a long ways to go,” Rivera said. Rivera, who will be teaching second grade next school year, was one of 200 teachers from across the globe selected to go to space camp in Huntsville, Alabama, through the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy. The program seeks to help educators learn new ways to bring science, technology, engineering and math to the classroom next fall. Since many children don’t have exposure to female role models in a STEM career, Rivera hopes to bring professionals to her classroom to talk about their careers and the difficulties they had in getting there. Zaepfel from Junior Achievement says children are influenced most by parents, social and general media, teachers and classroom. “Picture books, films and other activities that feature strong female characters, who show the ability to persevere through challenges, and pursue STEM fields and careers can go a long way in breaking down gender stereotypes,” added Williams. Since children begin forming their STEM identities early on, Hogan says they need exposure to STEM early and often. “This means STEM experiences for all of our students, too,” Hogan said. “Far too many STEM opportunities are given and available to only our students who come from mid- to highsocioeconomic households. We need all of our students, including girls and under-represented minorities to be engaged in STEM learning.” Most of the work Hogan does with STEMAZing is focused on helping early childhood and elementary school educators do a better job engaging students with STEM lessons and activities. “Recent research shows that by age 6, girls are 20 to 30 percent less likely than boys to see their own gender as ‘really really smart,’ and this self-perception leads to girls disengaging from activities that they associate with high inherent intelligence, such as math and science,” Williams said.

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Don’t let Trump news bring vacation blues BY TONI MARCHEVA @DailyWildcat


ne person I didn’t want coming with me when I visited my family in New York was Donald Trump. Trump has already been a presence in more areas of my life than I would like. The most omnipresent politician in U.S. history followed me to Rochester, too; there was just no way to avoid him. I’ve always thought that being knowledgeable about and engaged in government was important. However, Americans are now suffering from an inability to detach from national politics, often due to factors from both within and without. I arrived at my grandpa’s house just as the congressional investigation into the firing of James Comey began. My grandpa and uncle sat in the living room, silently watching the proceedings on CNN. I couldn’t resist watching as well, and looked forward to its developments. In previous visits home, time with family was spent talking to about different life events that had transpired since we last met. On this occasion, however, the hearings were too tempting to shut out, and watching and talking about them took away from precious family time. With this administration, if it hadn’t been Comey’s hearing, it would have been something else demanding attention. The non-stop, controversial, melodramatic news coming out of the White House is like a car siren. It’s persistent and annoying, but just varied enough that we can’t ignore it — almost as if Trump is saying, “Don’t forget who your president is.” Unfortunately, I don’t think this neverending news cycle will stop until Trump leaves the presidency. So, if I want to ignore politics while on vacation, I need simply to not watch national news on television. After this decision, I had to check my motives for a minute. Why would someone majoring in philosophy, politics, economics and law major — someone who wants a politically educated populace — wish for a break from politics?


PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SPEAKING at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

Most of the time, understanding political developments are important in my life. I gain knowledge and form stronger opinions. I use some of it to advocate for issues in my community. However, I could get those benefits whether I watch the news now or a week from now. On vacation, I feel that news can wait. My biggest reason for avoiding the news are the negative side effects that come with watching it; I get anxious and upset about people I have never met and have no influence over (at least for now). On vacations, though, my goal is to spend time with my family, so I realized that it’s healthier to avoid this distraction. Even if I take the step not to willingly seek out the news, however, I know it will still find

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me. Trump’s face clutters my Facebook feed. My email is full of different organizations asking me to call my senator to speak out against him. I appreciate this in my daily life, but it’s frightening that I can never turn it off. Even if I could isolate myself from all the external political input, Trump would still hold a place in my mind. The opinions that cycle through my head are always ready to pop out during a conversation or rant. Ultimately, the inability to take a break from national politics might just drive me insane. Though politics is important in my life, it has taken a disproportionate amount of my time, thoughts and effort. I wish that my grandpa and I could have spent more time telling stories rather than discussing the ramifications of a foreign

country influencing our election. I wish that I could have spent more time relaxing over a board game with my brother than browsing Google for national news. I wish that it was easy to return to my own sphere of influence, my own life and my own relationships. However, the administration and our curiosity have created a culture that focuses so much on the drama of Washington that it seems impossible to get away. I often try to incorporate some sort of solution into an opinion piece, but I don’t see one for this problem. If there is a genius out there who has found a way to detach, he or she should let the rest of us know. Otherwise, it may just be a fact of life that, while Donald Trump is president, there will be no true vacation.

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It’s time for single-payer health coverage BY ANDREW PAXTON @andrew_azp


he most recent battle over health coverage in America, currently playing out in the U.S. Senate, is only the latest chapter in a decades-long struggle for this country to determine the best and most affordable way to provide coverage to the most people. The fight stretches back at least to the ‘90s, when then-first lady Hillary Clinton championed a single-payer insurance plan. The fight continues through the implementation, and now dismantling, of the Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare. The plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, passed last month by the House and currently being modified pending a vote in the Senate, is already in trouble. Several GOP lawmakers have indicated they can’t support it, either because it goes too far or not far enough in repealing or replacing elements of the ACA. The vote is now delayed until after the July 4 recess as Republicans scramble to shore up support. Arizona senators John McCain and Jeff Flake have said they will study the bill before making a decision on a vote, but both have expressed support in the past for repealing and replacing the ACA. Arizona officials have sounded the alarm, saying the new plan will cost the state billions as it struggles to cover thousands of residents after federal funding is phased out. The alternative is letting some people go without insurance. This would mean many elderly, poor and mentally ill would be forced to go without critical medications, doctor visits and other services that keeps them and our society safe and healthy. Even if a version of the current Senate bill makes it to President Trump’s desk, individual states will bear the brunt of the costs as they struggle to keep their hospitals running without federal dollars. Coverage gaps are sure to exist, and some predictions have that gap ballooning by as much as 24 million individuals as many find insurance no longer affordable. Nearly every respectable medical association has denounced the Senate bill,


A RALLY IN SUPPORT of the Affordable Care Act at The White House in Washington, DC.

decrying a heartless plan that will see many more people unable to afford basic coverage. “Medicaid coverage for up to 6.5 million women of childbearing age will be rescinded, making it harder for them to get healthy before they get pregnant,” said Stacey Stewart, president of the March of Dimes. To be clear, the current ACA law has not delivered as promised, with many people seeing premiums skyrocket and being forced to carry coverage they may not want or need. While the current system is broken, though, the GOP/Trumpcare plan is not a viable solution. Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, said, “The Senate proposal would likely trigger deep cuts to the Medicaid program that covers millions of Americans with chronic conditions such as cancer, along with the elderly and individuals with disabilities

who need long-term services and support. Medicaid cuts of this magnitude are unsustainable and will increase costs to individuals with private insurance.” The obvious alternative to the current debacle is a single-payer system, often called “Medicare for all,” which would provide a baseline of medical services for those most in need. In a single-payer system, the government or a not-for-profit entity (e.g., Blue Cross/Blue Shield) would provide the coverage, rather than a marketplace with many providers, as we have now. Regardless of age, previous health conditions or ability to pay, everyone would receive basic care and emergency services, with priority given based on need rather than socioeconomic status. Many other countries have some form of universal care, although it gets complicated trying to figure out how each one works. However,

the goal and method for each is the same: Use government funding to provide everyone — even those who can’t afford it — with basic healthcare. Our federal and state governments already spend around $2 trillion annually on healthcare. Economists predict that moving to a full single-payer system would have an increased initial cost that could be paid for by small tax increases on the wealthy or a slight reduction on military spending. Small businesses and employers would no longer need to provide costly insurance to employees, and millions currently without coverage would be able to receive preventative care — saving billions in future medical costs. Our dilapidated mental health system could be rebuilt. Critics of single-payer systems typically suggest that it would cost more to administer than

anticipated, and that younger, healthy people would be “punished” by having to pay higher taxes. However, these same pundits fail to understand that millennials would rather pay slightly higher taxes than worry about how to afford insurance, especially as our parents age and medical costs skyrocket. Healthcare is too important to trust to a private market that is more concerned with profits than the well-being of society. The price of inaction for those in need is heavy on our wallets and our souls. How can we claim to be the greatest country if we allow suffering to save a few bucks? America, once a beacon for the rest of the world, has a moral and ethical responsibility to care for its sick, disabled and elderly — regardless of monetary cost. The first step toward that goal is providing a basic level of universal health coverage for everyone.

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Arizona water storage: Insurance at a cost The state of Arizona relies on a system of aquifers, canals and usage agreements to insure consistent water access. However, the long-term impacts could prove harmful to local rivers BY WILLIAM ROCKWELL @willwrock529

A recent publication has shown how Arizona has developed insurance in case of water shortages. The Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) is putting into effect research done by Noah Silber-Coats, a doctoral student at the UA School of Geography and Development and winner of the WRRC Summer Writing Internship. The plan is called Arizona Water Banking, Recharge and Recovery. With Arizona being the hot, arid climate it is, water storage is dealt with differently than in other states. To prevent evaporation, water is stored underground in aquifers. In order to bring water to these underground aquifers, the state uses recharge facilities. “Recharge facilities can be large basins prepared specially to filtrate water, or injection wells, but the basic idea is to facilitate movement of water into the aquifer,” said Susanna Eden, study co-author and WRRC assistant director. “Arizona pioneered the idea of storing water underground for future use.” Legislation was passed back in the 1990s that solved and sorted various legal issues of water ownership, who the water was stored for, who gets to pump and when and how much. “People were wanting to recharge, and the legal issues were preventing them, so they designed a system that allowed water to be stored with efficiency,” Eden said. Legislation was also passed allowing the Central Arizona Project (CAP), a service which brings water from the Colorado


THE COLORADO RIVER AT Horseshoe Bend. In the process of providing water for much of Arizona state, the river is in danger of being overdrawn.

River to aquifers, to save up supplies of water in a special bank. Arizona currently has a million acre-feet of water stored underground as a short term solution to shortages. “If there are short-term shortages, we have a bank account of water underground which belongs to city utilities, private water companies, and the water banking authority that’s been storing water for various recharge projects,” Eden said. But issues with Arizona’s storage plan include how the

water is recovered, where in the state it needs to be recovered and how it gets moved around. The most direct method is to pump water from the reserves and transport it in the CAP canal to needy customers. “Or, deals can be made so the water is pumped out from somewhere else and exchanged so it doesn’t have to be moved any great distance,” Eden said. “For example, if a customer in Phoenix needs the water and has recovery wells nearby, they can recover the water and have it count as bank water.” It’s like an IOU for water.

Arizona gets about 40% of its water from the Colorado River, 40% from groundwater and the remaining 20% from surface water and recycled wastewater. A majority of the water the state has saved up comes from the Colorado River, which has been a reliable source of water for decades not just for Arizona, but for most of the southwestern United States. “Arizona has a really innovative way of storing water, but a lot of it is dependent on taking more water from the Colorado River than Arizona can use,” Silber-Coats said.

While the river’s water may be reduced by phenomena such as climate change, efforts are being made to reduce the demand on river water to ensure it continues to flow. Arizonans today benefit from a situation much different from parched next-door California. However, that could change. “There are currently fixed limits on how much people can pump out of the river,” Eden said. “Unfortunately these limits are somewhat larger than the flow of the river, so if we do nothing, there is danger.”

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While many were celebrating the holiday, researchers were busy uncovering new knowledge in a range of science fields BY NICOLE MORIN @nm_dailywildcat

A variety of fascinating scientific discoveries were made just shy of Independence Day, ranging from equine genetics to advances in how we receive flu shots. Drowning not the end for wildebeest A team of ecologists from Millbrook, N.Y.’s Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies have discovered that the corpses of wildebeest who drown crossing rivers provide key nutrients to the environment for years. The discovery was made when the team discovered a water quality difference in the Mara River of Tanzania based on the kinds of animals found in different locations along the river. Many dead wildebeest were found in one particular area, due to specific migratory patterns. Thousands drown every year during the strenuous journey. However, it was discovered that the wildebeest corpses contribute more than just a ready meal for alligators and scavengers; the research team tested waters where large numbers of wildebeest corpses were found, counted the bodies and observed how they decayed. As the bodies decompose, they release rich nutrients into the underwater food web. The bones left behind take years to decompose, growing algae and fungi that fish and other small creatures feed on. This could last for as long as seven years, according to the researchers. It is possible that other mass migrations, such as caribou in Canada, could be having the same effect on their ecosystem.

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Flu patch could increase ease and access of flu vaccines A recent advancement in vaccine technology could make it easier to distribute and apply yearly flu shots, particularly in underdeveloped countries where supplies and training are in short supply. The patch is similar in appearance to a Band-Aid and is applied to the wrist. Microneedles containing the vaccine, sugar and polyvinyl alcohol press into the skin, dissolving and releasing the components into the body. The patch was tested against a regular flu shot. One-hundred healthy adults either received the shot or applied the vaccine patch. All seemed to have similar levels of resistance to the flu, though only those who received the shot reported feeling pain. Participants experienced similar side effects no matter how they received the flu vaccine. While researchers feel optimistic about the patch’s future, which could be modified for other viruses and diseases, there is still research and testing that needs to be done before it will be seen on store shelves.

Genetic research uncovers mystery of horse breeds Research out of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna has uncovered the origin story of modern horses. By studying over 50 horse breeds, researchers have discovered that the Y chromosomes of today’s horses can be traced back hundreds of years. The donors were Arabian and Turkoman stallions, whose genes can be found in all modern stallions. Interestingly, the three stallions considered responsible for the existence of the English Thoroughbred were found to be descended from the Turkoman horses, now extinct. This research will allow scientists to further understand when this genetic shift occurred and when various horse breeds came into existence. Dragonfly wings could be living appendages Rhainer Guillermo Ferreira, from Kiel University in Germany, had discovered that the wings of male Zenithoptera dragonflies have a tracheal respiratory system that may indicate the wings,

long thought to be lifeless, are indeed a living part of the insect. Ferreira scanned the wings of the dragonflies using an electron microscope and saw an unusual system hidden within the wing structures. Several other entomologists examined the image as well and agreed with Ferreira’s assessment: A respiratory system within the wing, indicating that the appendage was actually alive and facilitating oxygen. This discovery is the first of its kind, and offers an explanation for the dragonfly’s bright blue wings. Used to attract mates and defend territory, the wings lack any sort of blue pigment, meaning that the respiratory system could provide the oxygen necessary for the color. The oxygen is used to create a system that efficiently reflects and magnifies blue light while absorbing all other colors. Ferreira’s discovery requires more testing and exploration, but it stands to contest a long-accepted fact among entomologists: wings cells die in an effort to support the structuring of the wing, leaving them as alive as a fingernail or a strand of hair.

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Jazz musicians light up Main Gate Square BY SAVANAH MODESITT @savmodesitt

A warm July evening is perfect for a fun jam session. This week, the Butch Diggs jazz band performed a free concert at Main Gate Square on University Boulevard. Every other Friday during the summer months, jazz bands are scheduled to fill the streets with dynamic music for all to enjoy. Butch Diggs consists of five fantastic jazz artists who incorporate their talents into six well-known jazz compositions. Some of the popular songs they perform are “Summertime,” “Jean Pierre” and “Chameleon.” At the jazz concerts, you can find chairs filled with an eager audience facing a large stage in front of Main Gate Square just across from CVS and Pei Wei. Above the audience, back-yard lights were twinkling brightly against the sunset sky. Butch Diggs, the lead musician and saxophone player of the band, has always admired the genre and the concerts held on University Boulevard throughout the year. “My passion for playing is the best way I can connect with people because I’m sharing a part of myself,” Diggs said. “I love jazz because it’s the root of gospel. I would say jazz focuses more on the music composition than the vocals.” This summer was Diggs’ fourth performance at Main Gate Square. He hopes the audience grasped the meaning of his music. He said if you listen to the instruments, they have a personality of their own. Diggs and his band members like to show versatility with their instruments and jazz tunes. “Each jazz song we perform, a member of our group has a chance to showcase themselves,” Diggs said. Yon Yakobian, the percussionist for Butch Diggs, played the bongos on Friday.


THE AUDIENCE AT ONE of the free jazz concerts held every other Friday evening at Main Gate Square. These concerts are a chance for patrons to eat, drink and relax on University Boulevard accompanied by great jazz music.

“My favorite part about playing the bongos is that you can fit them into almost any genre of music,” Yakobian said. “Typically, I play for four different bands from traditional Spanish to pop covers. One of my favorite parts about performing is bringing happiness to people for a short amount of time.” He mentioned that the more he played with his friends on stage, the more fun and comfortable the performances became. “We’ve been doing this for about four years now and we’ve really become family,” Yakobian said. “We hardly rehearse because we have become so comfortable with each other

musically and as friends.” Richard Katz, the keyboard player of Butch Diggs’ band and also a UA alumnus from 1996, incorporated jazzy keyboard tunes to the concert. “Improvisation with my keyboard is one of the best parts about performing,” Katz said. “When you learn to create your own music, you are playing in the moment and you’re playing how you feel, rather than reading off of the music. I keep coming back because I love the people and the culture of Tucson. It’s nice being outside around the college scenery and playing some great jazz music.” Steve Harris, the bass guitar player, combined his guitar knowledge and improvisation

skills when performing multiple exciting solos for the concert. “I’ve played in the concert about three or four times before with Butch Diggs and other bands like The Coolers who played last month,” Harris said. “Being on stage is great when you get to perform with your friends. It’s a great instrument for accompaniment and I get to make other musicians look good.” Audience members Dona Weist and Karen Austin decided to watch the concert along with a nice patio dinner provided by Sinbad’s restaurant, just footsteps away from the concert. “Wow! I think they are truly fantastic,” Weist said. “In fact, one of the pieces they

performed was one of the first jazz pieces I showed my daughter. This was the first time I came to listen, but I heard about the show on NPR.” Austin also chimed in to say that Tucson is a huge music and jazz city, and that there will always be talented people here. The jazz concerts are free and open to the public every other Friday, starting at 7:30 p.m. Encourage your friends and family to participate in an evening of jazz while summer lasts. For more information about the concert schedule, please visit http://www.

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Uncovering the ‘Retablo of Ciudad Rodrigo’ The UA Museum of Art houses an important piece of Spain’s religious history that is often overlooked by the UA community BY MARITZA CRUZ @maritzalcruz

On the second floor of the UA Museum of Art stands a fragile piece of Spanish history that has survived war, natural disaster and time itself. The Retablo, or altarpiece, of Ciudad Rodrigo consists of several panels depicting religious Catholic artwork created from oil paint on wood. The retablo was created in Ciudad Rodrigo in the province of Salamanca, Spain amidst the Spanish Renaissance, and has endured about 530 years of change. Between the years 1480 and 1488, Fernando Gallego and Maestro Bartolomé created the retablo in their workshops. History conserved in artistry In 1492, the Spanish expelled Muslim and Jewish people from the country. The retablo was seen as a representation of Catholicism, according to UAMA curator Olivia Miller. The Hispano-Flemish style paintings tell the story of Jesus, starting with the creation of the universe and ending with the last judgment. Miller said the retablo originally would have been framed with panels stacking together, but only 26 panels survived. The rest of the panels’ whereabouts remain a mystery. Miller believes there could have been at least 30 or more panels total with the altarpiece that would have only been displayed on special occasions. “In the 19th century when the Napoleonic wars were happening, that church was used as a lookout tower, and so it was bombed a lot,” Miller said. “So, one of our panels actually does still have a hole in it from one of those artillery.” The retablo was donated as part of the Samuel H. Kress Collection in the early 1960s and it has lived in the museum since then. Kress was a teacher who decided to open a unique


A GALLERY VIEW OF the “Retablo of Ciudad Rodrigo” art exhibit at the UA Museum of Art. This art exhibit has been on permanent display since the 1960s after it was donated by Samuel H. Kress.

“five and dime” store where all items cost five or ten cents. Eventually, he opened these S.H. Kress & Company stores nationwide. With his newfound wealth he collected artwork. When Kress’ health began to decline he decided to give away his entire collection; most of it went to the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Astoundingly, the UAMA has a large portion of Kress’ collection because his sisterin-law was a UA alumna. Miller was told that the UA received the retablo because of Arizona’s connections to Mexico and Spain. “What I think is always really interesting is to come to the museum and look at our

altarpiece, and then go to San Xavier Mission and look at their altarpiece and kind of compare it and see how these cultures have blended,” Miller said. Although it derives from religious significance, being Catholic is not a requirement to appreciate the artistic merits of the retablo. “Even if you’re not interested in the subject matter, you can look at fifteenth century fashion,” Miller said. “All the figures are dressed in the clothes that people would have worn when the artists were making the paintings.” Modern technology provides insight to artistic methods There are two infrared

reflector graphs on display at the UAMA. They are similar to x-rays and their function is to allow people to see the drawings underneath the painting. Miller said people can see where the artist changed their mind, or drew an outline. According to Miller, carpenters and painters also contributed to the creation of the Retablo. Through infrared technology, people can see Gallego’s handwriting underneath the painting where he left color notations for his assistants. These important pieces of artwork are preserved in a 72-degree, 45% humidity temperature-controlled room. A lot of visitors come to see

the altarpiece after watching Secrets of the Divine: The Altarpiece of Ciudad Rodrigo, an Arizona Public Media documentary about the Retablo. Although most artwork cycles through the museum, the retablo remains on permanent display. The UAMA is located next to the Marroney Theatre on Speedway Boulevard and Park Avenue. Admission is free with a CatCard, $8 for general admission and $6.50 for seniors 65 and over. The museum is open everyday of the week. For museum hours and parking information visit http:// hours-location.

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One thing UA students can’t get enough of is Wildcat brand apparel. The main bookstore at the Student Union Memorial Center is a great place to shop, but sometimes their prices can be discouraging. Fortunately, there are a number of retail stores very close to campus that sell nearly every type of official University of Arizona clothing and novelty item in a variety of styles and sometimes at better prices. The A-Store located at Main Gate Square next to the Marshall building is a large space dedicated to providing customers with a wide selection of Arizona and college-themed apparel. Juan Dominguez, a recent UA Grad in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences, has been working with the A-Store since August of 2016. Regarding their most popular items for incoming freshmen, Dominguez offered some helpful advice. “I would say the Hydro Flask water bottles are necessities in Arizona,” Dominguez said. “A lot of incoming freshmen come from out of state, so they don’t really understand how hot it actually gets in Arizona. I would recommend buying a Hydro Flask to bring around campus during the first few hot weeks.” He also advised that clothing with Nike brand Dry-Fit material is great for Tucson’s record breaking hot days as well. The material is designed so that even when a person sweats, the clothing stays dry and free from sweat. One of the most popular sections of the A-Store is their selection of Retro Brand-style t-shirts. According to Dominguez, the shirts commemorate old or long-standing bars popular among the UA community. A few examples you’ll find are the Bum Steer and The Green Dolphin. Santana Fouts-Tupiken, a recent UA graduate in Agribusiness Economics and Management and an employee of the A-Store, believes that jerseys are a great addition to any wildcat memorabilia collection. At the UA, a common trend for students is to wear baseball jerseys to football and basketball games.

“We sell two different brands for baseball jerseys at the A-Store, which have also become increasingly popular like Champion and Nike Dry-Fit jerseys,” Fouts-Tupiken said. “For hot games we recommend buying the Nike DryFit because of its lighter material, whereas the Champion jersey can be used more for basketball or other indoor games.” He said the best deals at these stores always take place the Friday before football games, which are called “Bear Down Sales.” Usually during these sales you can get t-shirts for close to $10 and discounts for many popular items. “In our store, we always have 2 for $24 on t-shirts that have basic UA designs for visitors from out of state,” Fouts-Tupiken said. “Sometimes, college girls will buy these shirts cheaper so they can cut them up and design the shirts themselves before tailgating or football games.” Another wildcat apparel store, Campus Athletic, is located on University Boulevard adjacent to Fuku Sushi and has been a popular shopping spot for UA members since 1983.

Abbi Sabel, a junior pursuing pre-Physiology, has been working at Campus Athletic since January. The store mainly features UA t-shirts and hats of varying designs, which according to Sabel are the store’s main attraction. “T-shirts and hats are what we thrive on. College girls come in all the time for crop tops and the new fad clothing,” Sabel said. As an employee at Campus Athletic, Sabel herself has expressed her love for Wildcat apparel and why buying the clothing has contributed to her college experience. “You can never have too much UA stuff because the apparel is sometimes what you end up keeping after college,” Sabel said. “It’s nice to have them to keep and to wear whenever you need Wildcat spirit on campus.” The apparel and novelty stores dedicated to selling unique UA gear are sure to provide incoming students and visiting customers with the right items for the upcoming school year. Be sure to grab some great Wildcat wear before the fall semester starts.

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ARIZONA WOMEN’S SOCCER DEFENDER Zoe Barrie during the Wildcats’ 2-1 win over the UTEP Miners March 25 at Mulcahey Stadium.


interest in her playing for the Wildcats and offered to fly her out to Arizona for a visit. “I went on my visit, and, compared to all of the other schools I visited, it had this happy vibe all throughout that the other schools did not have,” Barrie explained. “I also loved the coaching staff because of their drive and eagerness to build a legacy.” Barrie could not believe that Arizona was interested in her. “I was shocked that out of all schools Arizona was the one that gravitated towards me,” she said.

Barrie tried to stay away from the UA since it was where her parents met — and where her older brother Ian is currently attending — but there seemed to be no stopping the family tradition. “I never thought I’d come to Arizona … I kinda wanted to be the odd one out and choose a different university,” Barrie said. After talking to both coaches at the UA about the program and its expectations — and examining what the other schools had to offer — Barrie decided to verbally commit to Arizona during her sophomore year of high school. Just a few years later, the 5’7” alternating defense and midfield player is about to begin her second year of playing for the UA.

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The Daily Wildcat • 19

Sports • Wednesday, July 12-Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Adia Barnes continues to reel in high recruits BY SAUL BOOKMAN @Saul_Bookman

Perception has a funny way of being skewed from person to person. Such is the case with the Arizona women’s basketball team. From the perspective of a casual observer, it may seem like the program is toiling in the depths of an abyss. Those with a better view though know that Arizona women’s basketball is a sleeping giant suddenly getting a much-needed wake-up call. In the past two months, head coach Adia Barnes and her staff have been relentless, scouring every corner of the earth for talent. She has gotten it in a hurry by way of freshmen and transfers, both local and international. However, the program’s turnaround won’t be a sudden worst-to-first scenario for the Wildcats — at least not yet. In terms of a win-loss record, the 2017-18 season could resemble the one from last year, but the attitude and long-term prospects should be far different. An influx of new faces is set to replace the five seniors the team lost this season and provide a much-needed change in perspective. Kat Wright, Kiana Chew, Sam Thomas, Sammy Fatkin and Marlee Kyles will all come in hoping to make an immediate impact. However, with the exception of Wright, a transfer from Florida Atlantic, little should be expected right away. Modest expectations don’t mean that the brand of basketball being played won’t be significantly different though. Chew in particular is dead-set on changing the culture, especially on the defensive end — something Arizona hasn’t exactly been stellar at the past couple seasons. “All I want to do is play defense,” Chew said. “I love being able to defend someone and shut them down, I look forward to playing at this level and can’t wait to show what I can do.”


ARIZONA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS walk out on court during the game against Washington State Jan. 15 in McKale Center.

Thomas and Kyles echoed those sentiments and said that this defensive mindset was the one thing that all four incoming freshman had in common. This is a far cry from the mindset of years past, when Arizona was a doormat for the Pac-12 far too often. But since Barnes has taken over, she has pursued players that resemble those on the successful teams that she was a part of as a player and coach.

She recruits based on academics, character and work ethic, choosing players that genuinely love to get into the gym and put in the work. Barnes’s efforts are all in preparation for a breakout season in 2018-19. That’s when her four freshman will have a season under their belts and transfers TeeTee Starks, Aarion MacDonald and Dominique McBryde will be eligible to play. MacDonald and McBryde in particular are players to watch.

McBryde is a transfer from Purdue and was a Big Ten honorable mention selection as a sophomore. MacDonald was an All Pac-12 freshman team selection, transferring from Washington. Both are huge finds for Barnes, but there are more. Barnes also secured Italian fivestar post player Valeria Trucco as well as the highest-rated recruit in program history, No.12 overall, in the form of Catherine Reese from Texas. Barnes is currently in Chicago on

the recruiting trail at the Nike Girls EYBL after stops in Louisville and Dallas the past week. She has been adamant that she would be able to secure the players necessary for the program to turn around, saying so at various times throughout this past season. Barnes also said that it would be a year or two before she was able to get the kind of high-caliber talent necessary to compete in the Pac-12. She may be ahead of schedule.

Zoe Barrie ready to assist Arizona soccer BY AMANDA O’BRIEN @AmandaObrienDW

During summer training this week, the UA women’s soccer team will return to Tucson to get some practice in before the school year begins.

Midfielder Zoe Barrie reflects on her soccer career thus far as she approaches her sophomore season as a UA Wildcat. Barrie was just four years old when she started playing soccer, and since then her passion for the fast-paced sport has only grown. She also played softball while

growing up, but knew she would have to pick one sport over the other if she hoped to play at the college level. “Once I got to high school, I decided to go down the soccer route because I was on a really good club team for soccer,” Barrie said, “and I loved my coach and the girls on the

team, which made my decision to stick with soccer my best option.” From Aragon High School in San Mateo, California, Barrie received a letter from UA assistant soccer coach Paul Nagy in the fall of her sophomore year. The letter expressed


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Heeke hopes to bring a ‘culture of excellence’ to UA BY ALEC WHITE @AlecWhite_UA

In his first few months on the job, new Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke called the transition to Tucson a “fast and furious” process. The former Central Michigan athletic director comes to Arizona with high praise and already feels right at home in the Old Pueblo. “It is a world-class university with incredible people around it,” he said. “There is an energy and a pulse about it that is really exciting, and I have felt it since the day I walked on campus. The longer I am here, I feel it even more.” Heeke has quickly immersed himself in Wildcat culture. The East Lansing native said he has taken the time to interact with Arizona students, fans and donors in order to understand what makes the university so distinctive. “It is about being out there and trying to connect with them,” he said. As a result, Heeke said he has been able to further develop his vision for Arizona and plans to bring a winning culture to the university. “I think that our program should strive for excellence every day in everything that we do,” he said. “It’s all about creating a culture of excellence.” Heeke’s philosophy formed at Central Michigan and has followed him to the desert. He sees it as something that will work if everyone from top to bottom buys into it. The expectation created is that those associated with the Arizona brand will be striving for a “championship” way of life in all aspects. “People around the athletic world can identify with that term [championship] very quickly, that it means excellence,” Heeke said. “It is a championship culture that we will chase and strive for every day at all levels.” Heeke envisions Arizona as a place where the campus and outside community members work together to improve the university, with athletics at the forefront of that effort. If there is a someone who can achieve this ideal at the UA, Heeke is that person. During his 11-year run at Central Michigan, Heeke’s athletic department twice earned the prestigious Cartwright Award, which honors a Mid-American Conference’s achievements in academics, athletics and citizenship. Also, Central Michigan’s football program reached a bowl game in eight of Heeke’s 11 years, and the men’s basketball program won four MAC division championships. In June of 2013, Heeke was also one of only 11 athletic directors to be appointed to the NCAA Division I Athletic Director Advisory Group. The role has given him time to study and help address some of the needs of studentathletes across university campuses, an experience which should benefit the UA. A former two-sport athlete at Albion College, Heeke understands the demanding life of a student-athlete. That’s why he plans to make a


DAVE HEEKE WAS INTRODUCED as the new athletic director March 2 at Lowell-Stevens football facility. Heeke served as athletic director at Central Michigan University for 11 years prior to accepting the position at Arizona.

special effort to give student-athletes at Arizona the best collegiate experience possible by equipping them with the necessary tools to be successful on and off the field. “I want their experience to be transformational; I want it to be incredible,” he said. “I want our program to serve their needs.” For Heeke, that effort begins with academics. He plans for the Ginny L. Clements Academic Center to be the cornerstone for all studentathletes at UA pursuing their educations. “Our number-one priority is every student-athlete that comes through our doors will graduate with a meaningful degree,” Heeke said. Given that three men’s basketball players recently left the UA to the play professionally without obtaining their degrees, that statement may be a bit of a reach. Heeke did admit as much though and noted that such athletes will still be “better served because of our goal and our focus on being engaged academically while they are here.” While Heeke said he aims to aid in the growth of student-athletes’ academic journeys, he remains just as committed to empowering them on the field.

Heeke said to help guide student-athletes to success, it is imperative for Arizona to have a coaching staff who can create an environment for their athletes to thrive in. “Nobody has a greater impact on a studentathlete’s life here more than those coaches,” he said. “They recruit them, they train, motivate and are around them on a daily basis. They help define [an athlete’s] experience athletically both here and beyond.” A lot of what Heeke will be judged for will be the on-field success of Arizona’s sports programs and he said he’s confident that the current set of coaches at UA has what it takes to reach a championship level. “Not that anything is wrong or broken, but it’s about how we take that next step for those programs,” he said. However, one of the more challenging aspects Heeke will have to address in the athletic department has nothing to do with winning or losing. Instead, it deals with a larger, more critical issue that each university faces: The monitoring of sexual assaults in sports programs. Heeke assures everyone in the Wildcat community that Arizona is a safe place for all

students. “Our program is based on integrity, on honesty and doing the right thing,” he said. “Our staff, our coaches are well-versed in the appropriate activities and how to go about their lives in an appropriate manner, and that is an important fundamental principle of our program and this university.” Heeke said he has spent every day since he first accepted the job in February learning how to best lead the Arizona program and build the culture of excellence he envisions. Following an 18-year stint in the Oregon athletic department and his 11-year run at Central Michigan, Heeke seems to be in it for the long haul at Arizona, so it may take a while before the full extent of his plans come to fruition. But Heeke isn’t ready to look that far ahead, at least not yet. For now, he’s just focused on the present. “I hope we bring value and what we do on a daily basis brings value going forward,” he said. “I know we will work really hard and do it the right way.” Fans will need to trust the process as they wait for Heeke’s ambition to pay off.


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