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YEAR IN REVIEW 2016-2017



B2 • The Daily Wildcat

Year in Review • Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Finnegan reflects on year as ASUA president Michael Finnegan has spent a year representing student concerns, working closely with administrators and ASUA senators with hopes to keep tuition and fees as low as possible for UA students


Michael Finnegan, Associated Students for the University of Arizona president for the 20162017 academic year, had an expected range of achievements and challenges during his term. Finnegan’s greatest achievement was his work on tuition and fees, and how he kept the discussions healthy and robust, said Andrew Comrie, senior vice president for Academic Affairs and Provost. Finnegan worked closely with Jude Udeozor, president of the Graduate and Professional Student Council to bring down the cost of the athletics fee. “He was really instrumental in helping keep discussions to where we got a really good set of compromises,” Comrie said. “I think, in particular, he cared a lot about not only the regular fees, and had some thoughts on those, but also on the athletics fee. He worked really well with the GPSC and Jude.” Anna Woolridge, ASUA senator and a sophomore majoring in MIS, also pointed to Finnegan’s work on tuition as his biggest achievement. “I think he brought a lot of awareness to tuition and fees,” Woolridge said. “He got a lot more people to be concerned and informed than has happened in the past. I think that’s really important and I hope that continues.” While Finnegan thought his greatest overall ASUA achievement was his part in restructuring the senate his sophomore year, he was also proud of his work with fees, calling it a move in the right direction. “On our discussion of fees and tuition and setting parameters for that, Jude and I are really proud we brought light to the regents and students the total reach of fees and differential tuition,” Finnegan said. “We’ve definitely made significant steps in how student involvement will be in the future.” Comrie said Finnegan’s drive to save students money went as far as messaging faculty, reminding them to get textbook selections in on time. Early textbook adoption saves students money, as the bookstore can decide what they


MICHAEL FINNEGAN, 20162017 ASUA president, sits in the ASUA office on March 9, 2016. Finnegan will hand the reins of student advocacy over to Matt Lubisich at the end of the spring semester.

need to buy back and give better deals. As for challenges, Woolridge said Finnegan’s passion sometimes made him impatient with the pace of ASUA. “Because he was in ASUA so long, he knows what it can be and he knows a lot about pretty much everything in the office,” Woolridge said. “I think his biggest challenge was getting frustrated with people who weren’t as informed as him or didn’t quite share his same vision.” Finnegan said this year, he learned how to work well with others and that he could only do so much. “ASUA finally realized we can’t expect the university to adapt to our government all the time— we sometimes have to adapt to the institution,” Finnegan said. “I

think my time in ASUA really made me more of a cooperative group leader. There are so many things that go on on the campus that you have to be able to lean on others.” Comrie said most years, ASUA presidents have to deal with a curveball issue, but this year, he didn’t see one. “There’s almost always a wildcard each year, that comes out of left field, and you never expect it,” Comrie said. “It’s just the way the year unfolds, but there was no really big, out-of-left-field surprise this year.” The only issue, Comrie said, was with election turnout. “I think he had the same challenge everyone has, with getting student turnout in elections to be higher,” Comrie said. “We have the same problem in faculty

elections, frankly, so that’s not his so much as a general problem.” The athletics fee stood out to Finnegan as his greatest challenge this year. As it had been in the works for a few years, he said his best option was to work with President Ann Weaver Hart, as opposed to trying to block the fee entirely and likely failing. “I don’t know if I have second thoughts, but I think the deal we were able to reach was amazing for grad students in particular, because they shouldn’t have to pay at all,” Finnegan said. “I think the compromise we came to was in the best interest of keeping the cost as low as possible.” Woolridge said the best part about working with Finnegan was his depth of knowledge and his constant availability.

“I would say Mikey is someone who is always available and that’s something I really appreciated,” Woolridge said. “Whenever I needed him, I knew I could call him, I could sit down in his office and say ‘I want to work on this’ and he would just have so much knowledge about how to get something done.” Comrie most appreciated Finnegan’s efforts to continue the tradition of collaboration and shared governance between ASUA and the administration. “It’s super easy for people to rile against the administration or the administration to just say ‘student’s aren’t getting it,’” Comrie said. “We go out of our way, all of us, to not do that and Mikey really carried that torch forward.”

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Year in Review • Wednesday, May 10, 2017


OSIRIS-REX IS PREPARED FOR encapsulation in its payload fairing in 2016. This February, the probe searched for “Trojan asteroids” that accompany Earth in its solar orbit.

OSIRIS-REx: A recap BY OWEN ZERAMBO @DailyWildcat

Of all the scientific advancements and achievements born from the UA, few projects are as high profile as the ongoing OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample recovery mission. Here is a briefing on progress so far, as well as the goals anticipated on being accomplished. Less than a year ago on September 8th, 2016, the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida and began the first leg of its journey towards the primitive asteroid, Bennu. Bennu, selected from thousands of other near-Earth asteroids due to its size and extremely close orbit to our planet, is a carbonaceous asteroid. “This means that it chemically has the potential to be the kind of stuff that could have landed on Earth later and brought in organic material,” said Renu Malhotra, a regents professor at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. By using the spacecraft to retrieve a sample from the surface of Bennu, UA scientists hope to discover crucial information about the early formation of our solar system, and perhaps even the origins of life on Earth. Currently, OSIRIS-REx is cruising in orbit around the sun at a distance similar to that of Earth. But in just a few short months come September, the next leg of the OSIRIS-REx’s journey begins. Roughly one year after its ascension into space, OSIRIS-REx will swoop back into close Earth orbit, where it will

perform a flyby of the planet. “OSIRIS-REx is going to have a slingshot maneuver with the Earth, change its orbital plane and then meet up with the asteroid in September of 920180,” Malhotra explained. “It’s called EGA: Earth Gravity Assist maneuver.” By leveraging the Earth’s gravity to increase its speed, the team can save on fuel that can otherwise be used to readjust OSIRIS-REx’s orbital plane, as well as accelerate the spacecraft into Bennu’s orbit. As it gets closer to its destination, OSIRIS-REx will use its onboard thrusters in conjunction with a series of braking maneuvers to slow its approach near the asteroid. By October 2018, the spacecraft will be in position to begin a survey of Bennu that will last for over a year. The primary purpose of the survey will be to locate an ideal site for the sample extraction phase of the mission. At which point, the true test of OSIRIS-REx’s engineering will begin. The spacecraft will attempt to extract a sample from the surface of Bennu without ever actually landing on it. OSIRIS-REx will float just close enough to the asteroid that it will be able to extend an articulated arm, created for gathering samples, called the Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM). “So after the scanning is done and it’s figured out what the best location is to get the sample from, the subsequent steps will be setup from the ground and then [up] loaded to the spacecraft,” said Malhotra. At that point, the team will have three attempts to successfully extract a surface


B4 • The Daily Wildcat

Year in Review • Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Top news stories of the year College life moves pretty fast. While there is plenty you might have missed in the past year, here are the five things you definitely need to know about BY TORI TOM @DailyWildcat

UA presidential search raises concerns about selection process The Arizona Board of Regents approved Dr. Robert Clayton Robbins as the new UA president, following President Ann Waver Hart’s decision to step down. While the search ultimately came down to two finalists, dozens were considered during the search committee’s process. From the committee’s first meeting, secrecy became a theme as several stakeholders from the university and Tucson community deliberated the qualities to look for in selecting the next UA president. The board came under fire after the Daily Wildcat uncovered that the committee may have acted in violation of a 1991 Arizona Supreme Court Case involving the 1989 Arizona State University presidential search. The court determined that once the regents interviewed a candidate, their name is to become public. This year’s search committee released just two names. Robbins will begin his tenure as the state’s highest paid president at the start of June with an annual compensation package of nearly $1 million. He’s currently the president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center in Houston. However, Robbins will depart from this position when his three-year UA contract begins. Hart, whose contract expires in 2018, received heavy backlash when her paid board position for DeVry University surfaced, producing widespread uncertainty regarding her dedication to the UA.Hart will stay at the university as a College of Education faculty member following a year-long sabbatical.


INCOMING UA PRESIDENT DR. Robert Robbins speaks to media after a press conference at the UA College of Medicine — Phoenix on March 7.




THE WILDCATS ENTER THE field before playing against Washington State at Arizona Stadium on Oct. 24, 2016.

“BROTHER” DEAN SAXTON BEING detained by Tucson Police Officer Ian Theel after an altercation with a student on Sept. 20, 2016.

A DIAGRAM SHOWING HOW the proposed UA Honors College Village relates to the surrounding neighborhoods and environment.

$100 Athletics fee for incoming students gets the go-ahead

Brother Dean booted off campus after kicking scandal

Honors college complex faces legal and community concerns

The Arizona Board of Regents approves a mandatory $100 athletics fee to go towards Arizona Athletics. After months of contention surrounding a $200 athletics fee last year, the Arizona Athletics pumped the breaks and revisited their approach on selling students on a semesterly fee to go toward athletics renovations, such as Arizona Stadium. The new fee will only apply to incoming students. Graduate students will have the option of whether to pay a $50 fee. However, not all students are on board, notably Graduate and Professional Student Council President Jude Udeozor and Associated Students of the University of Arizona President Michael Finnegan, who lobbied hard against the athletic fee to get it down to its eventual form. Students will benefit from access to all sporting events, excluding football and men’s basketball, and ZonaZoo will get an additional $40,000 to their budget for game day operations. The athletics department estimates the fee will garner nearly $3.5 million in additional yearly revenue for general infrastructure improvements. The new income will also allow the department to borrow up to $75 million more, though they may not necessarily utilize that option. ZonaZoo passes will still cost $175 for men’s basketball and football and $135 for just football.

Dean Frederick Saxton, a self-proclaimed pastor otherwise known as Brother Dean, was taken to the Pima County Jail last year and charged with a misdemeanor assault for kicking a female UA student. He was banned from campus for a year to the date, Sept. 20, 2016. Saxton, who regularly targets individuals and distinct groups of people, was shouting slurs on the grassy hill in front of the administration building when a female student approached him. The situation escalated when Saxton allegedly kicked the victim in the chest. Although Saxton told police the student “approached him in aggressive manner,” witnesses and the female victim reportedly said otherwise. The infamous “street preacher,” whose one-year probation will come to an end early next semester, is known for causing an uprising of public emotions with his derogatory speeches about sexual orientation, Islam, race and women in general. Last year, Saxton was hospitalized for a head injury in April after a female Apollo High School student attacked him with a baseball bat in Glendale, where he was preaching near the school. Upon Brother Dean’s return, the question is whether his shenanigans continue as usual or if he finds new composure as the result of his hiatus.

The UA teamed up with American Campus Communities to construct a multistory off-campus honors college complex, north of Speedway Boulevard near McClelland Hall. ACC, a Texas-based developer, currently owns Entrada Real in Tucson and developed the site of Arizona State University’s Barret, ASU’s honors college. The honors village has been designed to include a 1,000-bed dorm, two multistory buildings for offices and classrooms, a recreation center and a parking garage between Adams and Mabel Streets and Park and San Rita Avenues. Critics were apprehensive about the new proposal’s legitimacy and zoning regulations since the site is not within campus boundaries and could easily be mismanaged. Community members are concerned about future neighborhood disturbances the implemented project could cause. Their fear of being overlooked reportedly stems from the ACC not being forthcoming with them. While some believe the village complex will isolate UA honors students, the Honors College administration regards the development as a stepping stone toward a better-quality honors experience.

Trump’s election, executive actions leave questions for the future The events of Nov. 8, 2016 rocked the nation and the world. While journalists and pollsters across the nation expected Hillary Clinton to sweep the electorate, a collective awe fell across the nation as it became clear that Donald Trump would soon earn the title of President of the United States of America. Over the course of his first 100 days in office, Trump signed 90 executive actions. Of those 90, a few have the potential to impact the university’s students and faculty. Trumps hardline stance against undocumented immigrants has the DACA community riled and in fear of potential deportation from a country they’ve lived in

nearly their entire life. UA’s refusal to adopt sanctuary status has caused concerns for many undocumented students who call this campus home. The Trump administration’s proposal to slash funding of several federal science organizations can result in fewer grants awarded to UA research endeavors. University researchers receive roughly 80 percent of the grants presented by the National Institutes of Health, the Washington Post reported. As Congress finalizes the national budget and several federal court cases address Trump’s executive actions, the future of the UA, its students and the nation hang in balance.

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Year in Review • Wednesday, May 10, 2017


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“Where’s my lawyer?!” Two University of Arizona Police Department officers working a residence life patrol on Jan. 22 saw an Uber drop off two intoxicated females. One was helping the other walk because she was having serious difficulties maintaining her balance. After catching up to them, an officer spoke to the female struggling to walk while the other officer tried to locate the female that helped her. The first female was clearly intoxicated and disoriented. The officer spoke to her briefly, and once he identified her as an intoxicated minor, he diverted her to the Dean of Students Office and left her with a friend. A short time later, a resident assistant told the officer the female was alone sitting in her vomit. She received medical treatment, during which she said she took six shots. Meanwhile, the second female was also visually intoxicated and was fast to walk away from officers. As soon as the officers ordered her to stop, she ran away from him through the hallways, yelling she wanted her lawyer and refused to answer any questions. She was put under arrest immediately while demanding she be read her Miranda rights. The officer determined there was no need to question her anymore. She was also diverted to the Dean of Students Office for being an intoxicated minor. How not to evade arrest UAPD was called to Manzanita-Mohave Residence Hall around 9 a.m. on Jan. 29 to check on a male sleeping in the fifth-floor hallway. An officer found the male with his pants partially down, exposing his wet underwear, as if he had urinated himself. Police woke the male and asked why he was sleeping on the floor. He claimed he went out the night before and that his friend lived in the hall and had his belongings and identified himself to officers. UAPD advised that the male had an outstanding warrant. Officers knocked on the friend’s door and when a male student answered, officers asked if he knew the male. He stated “no,” and immediately closed the door. They knocked on the door again and the resident handed police a backpack and some articles of clothing, which belonged to the male. Police took the male to the first floor where he asked if they were going to arrest him. When the officer said yes, the male attempted to run away and slipped and fell. Officers restrained him and placed him in handcuffs. Police read the male his Miranda rights and questioned him about a pipe they found in his backpack. “It’s not even my pipe,” he responded. “I don’t use pipes, I roll blunts.” The male was arrested and transported to Pima County jail where he was booked for trespassing, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear. Not so peaceful A UAPD officer responded to a call from the UA Main Library in regards to an unwanted person being disruptive to staff and students on Oct. 26, 2016. Upon arrival, the officer was told that a female student had been causing problems for them since August. The student would harass and offend people in the library, and when she was asked to leave, the student became defensive, calling the staff member a “nazi.” The student left the building but returned three times before leaving for a final time. The situation had gotten to the point that the staff was afraid to have the student in the library. The next morning, a staff member opened the library but forgot to take the closed sign down. The female student came up to her and asked her if the library was closed, to which the staff member replied that they were not. “Then why is the closed sign up? You need to take it down,” the student responded. These confrontations with the student have caused staff members to feel very uncomfortable when they see her in the library, making them feel like they need to work around her. Upon further investigation, the UAPD officer discovered that the student had an exclusionary order with them in 2013. A new one was completed for the female student and will be issued upon her next contact with UAPD. Paul Blart: Real cop On Feb. 26 around 1:30 a.m., a UAPD officer checked on a woman at First Street and Cherry Avenue whom he noticed to be distressed. The woman was bending over, and the officer thought she might be vomiting, but she turned out to be fine. As he walked back to his patrol car, a man started yelling at him, telling him to leave and that he was merely a “rent-a-cop”. Due to the slurred speech, the officer determined to he was intoxicated and around 20 years old. The officer assured him that he was in fact a real police officer, but when questioned the man didn’t answer where he was from or what his name was. As the officer tried to place the man in handcuffs, a second man pushed him in the chest to separate the officer from his friend. As the officer gave verbal commands for both men to get on the ground, they refused and a chase ensued. The officer chased after the first man, and he tried to climb a wall near the Steward Observatory, but he failed and was detained. The officer sent out a description of the other man over the radio and he was successfully detained. The officer then left the first detainee and made his way over to the second detainee for identification. The second man had a small plastic bag of marijuana in his possession, which was confiscated, but he was arrested on misdemeanor assault for pushing the officer.

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Year in Review • Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A year of Wildcat science stories in review The past two semesters have brought the UA great strides in science, and the Wildcat has been there to cover it all. Here are the highlights


As the school year winds down, let’s commemorate some of the greatest moments in science to which The Daily Wildcat has borne witness the past two semesters. 400 parts per million: We’ve reached a climate change “tipping point’ In September 2016, research showed that for the first time since record keeping began, the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere rose above 400 parts per million. The earth has reached these levels before, but hasn’t seen anywhere close to such a high percentage for a few thousand years. UA researchers were quick to comment. The Earth has natural climate variability and the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere at any one moment tend to vary over long stretches of time. However, in the past decade multiple climate change researchers have stated that the so called “tipping point” of climate change, crossing the event horizon, per se, would occur around 400 parts per million, although the number was considered more symbolic than anything else. “We’re only now feeling the effects from emissions from decades ago,” said Ben Champion, director of the UA Office of Sustainability. “We’ve got to bring it back down.” UA scientists discover water on metal asteroid A group of UA scientists from the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) revealed that they have discovered water on an asteroid dubbed Psyche. The asteroid is roughly 300 km across and is composed mostly of nickel and iron. Psyche is thought perhaps to originate from the core of an ancient protoplanet. Scientists believe that asteroids such as Psyche are the result of large scale collisions that happened early in the formation of the solar system. The asteroid was discovered over 150 years ago and was likely exposed to a great deal of heat over the years. Because of this unique history, it was surprising when UA scientists found what they believe to be hydrated minerals on the asteroid. “All of the formation theories for metal


AN OVERHEAD VIEW OF the mold used to make the seven mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope in the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab on July 13, 2015. The mirror lab provides mirrors to numerous telescopes around the world.

asteroids like Psyche involve a lot of heat,” said Michael Shepard, a co-author of the paper and professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. “Any water originally present would surely have been boiled away—these asteroids should be extremely dry and none of the minerals should be hydrated or contain the hydroxyl ion.” The team was able to locate these minerals using spectral imaging technology from the LPL. Based on this data, the team is hoping to send a craft reminiscent of the recent OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to investigate why these hydrated minerals might have survived on such a heated surface. UA researchers win NIH grant for autoimmune disease work In late 2016, two UA researchers won a National Institutes of Health grant of $1.73 million over a five-year period in

order to continue their work in the study of various autoimmune disorders and how they affect the human body. Autoimmune disorders are characterized as diseases that cause an individual’s immune system to attack itself. These disorders can cause conditions ranging from mild to incredibly severe. One of the primary for research is figuring out why some individuals are more susceptible to autoimmune diseases than others. Although genetics are thought to be a significant factor, they are not the only determining factor. According to the new research by pediatrics associate professor Pawel Kiela and pediatrics department head Dr. Fayez Ghishan, the environment in particular could have a lot to do with an individual’s susceptibility. Over the next few years the grant research will focus on dendritic cells,

which are the cells that inform the immune system whether an outside agent is harmful or not. In the case of autoimmune diseases, these cells instruct the immune system to do the opposite of what it should be doing and instead attack the body itself. Research has shown thus far that the different factors causing autoimmune disorders can be isolated and distinguished from one another. Mirror lab builds cutting edge telescope parts It is perhaps unknown to many students that in a stucture below Arizona Stadium where they watch the beloved Wildcats compete, there is a high-tech laboratory that builds mirrors. These mirrors are constructed for telescopes, allowing The Richard F. Caris Mirror Labcq to provide researchers


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GALAXY M16 AS SEEN by Jonathan Davis’ homemade telescope. Photos like these will be taken using mirrors built and polished in the Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory.


with some of the most powerful models in the world. The mirrors must be incredibly precise and lightweight, so they don’t distort the telescope. Scientists at the Mirror Lab build a honeycomb-shaped mold composed of individual cells in order


sample. If the first attempt happens to fail, the team must then use data from the spacecraft’s onboard instruments to adjust their calculations and make another attempt. “Like any explorer that goes to uncharted country, the first thing you do when you go ... is you make a map,” said Ed Beshore, deputy principal invesigator of Osiris-REx until his retirement in October 2016, in an October 2016 interview with the Daily Wildcat. “And so we’re going to be mapping the asteroid very carefully, not only to prepare ourselves for finding that sample but to be able to study those maps later on and say, ‘OK, we think we know with the sample on hand what we are seeing here.’” Once the sample is finally collected, the orbital window for departing Bennu and returning to Earth will open in March 2021. At that time, OSIRIS-REx will activate its main engines and leave Bennu

to achieve the lighter weight without compromising accuracy. Next, glass is melted at 1,200 degrees Celsius, and to fill the mold. The cells allow the mirror to be lightweight and hollow while thick enough to provide stability. With such enhanced sharpness and clarity, scientists can look far enough into space to peer back in time—unfortunately not yet available for home use. with a trajectory that will intersect with Earth’s orbit in September 2023. Just before the spacecraft reaches Earth’s atmosphere, OSIRIS-REx will jettison the collected sample in a specialized return capsule that will freefall towards Earth until roughly two miles above the deserts of Utah. At that point, it will deploy a parachute, landing safely to be collected for analysis, concluding the spacecraft’s seven-year odyssey. However, the bulk of OSIRIS-REx will not re-enter Earth. Instead, the craft will attempt to deflect its approach trajectory and place itself into a stable orbit around the sun, at which point it will spend the rest of existence floating alone through the vacuum of space, a testament to mankind’s willpower to explore the stars. Or perhaps simply a testament to mankind’s ability to leave our stuff everywhere. For a complete breakdown of the OSIRIS-REx mission as well as a countdown timer to the slingshot maneuver, visit the official OSIRIS-REx website at

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Year in Review • Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Year of science holds promise for future of UA research It isn’t for no reason that UA is a world-leading science school. Here are three cutting-edge research developments coming out of Tucson this year

BY ALEC SCOTT @DailyWildcat


he University of Arizona has spent the past year continuing to dedicate itself to the well deserved position of number one research campus in the state. From the launching of OSIRIS-REx to the push by Professor Kimberly Ogden to turn algae into a form of environmentally conscious and economically-viable jet fuel alternative, the UA science departments have been nothing short of ambitious. OSIRIS-REx, an unmanned spacecraft out to collect samples that may reveal the primordial secrets of life is perhaps the most prominent of this year’s initiatives, with the UA staff helping facilitate and oversee its launch, providing continual oversight, and researching data as it makes its way to the carbonaceous asteroid, Bennu. Taken from the OSIRIS-REx website itself, “Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona, Tucson, is the principal investigator, and the University of Arizona also leads the science team and the mission’s observation planning and processing,” demonstrating the close relationship between the university and the central operations of this exhilarating step forward in the study of the infinite beyond of our blue marble. To be entirely honest, the product of the UA’s contribution toward this venture has been breathtaking, in my opinion. I had not known of the cooperation between the federal government and the UA on this multi-million dollar project, and having learned this, I have gained an incredible amount of respect for our sciences and the many professors and researchers here who worked to make this happen. Just as OSIRIS-REx has brought together the best and brightest of the sciences to help accomplish something truly amazing, the university has also received funds from the United States Department of Energy in the charge to utilize algae in a fuel alternative. The hope of the research team is to develop a fuel source that is economical

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RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR ADAM Buntzman performs an experiment relating to valley fever in the BIO5 Institute in October 2016.

as well as capable of combating the energy crisis that threatens many countries across the globe. The involvement and input from both researchers and the general public here in Arizona help create a strong and unified local response to the energy crisis as we work to ween ourselves off fossil fuels and standard resources. Notwithstanding the intrinsic greatness in pushing the boundaries of human knowledge and capability, there are furthermore two valuable outcomes associated with the University of Arizona continuing to invest in our sciences and in numerous research projects. The first is that the community’s involvement, especially that of the UA team, in these projects will allow for incredible amounts of experience and prestige to be earned, providing more opportunities for

students in their desired career paths and bringing more prospective projects and grants to the school. The second is our university’s capacity to draw attention to, as well as resolve, local issues or focus on problems that resonate with the southwest, more than would any other college or national organization. Take for example, the university’s research into the genetic makeup of those effected by valley fever. The issue is dear to the heart of many Arizonans, as almost 65 percent of valley fever cases occur in Arizona. The university takes strides in research and community engagement by taking in around 200 patients and studying their genetic code, and will be able to identify what makes someone more susceptible to catching valley fever, or experiencing

harsher symptoms. If the University of Arizona did not pioneer these programs, we would run the risk of experiencing the absence of a major force for the application of science towards solving both local and global issues. To me, this is more than just jumping on open grants or asking for money, it is Arizona stepping up to the plate and letting our voices be heard in the scientific community. This year has been an exciting push forward, with funding being given to proposals whose prospects are bringing attention and possibilities to the students and researchers of Arizona. I am proud of our contributions to academic research, not just as a student, but as a member of the Arizona community.

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Trump’s election sparks campus engagement BY LEAH GILCHRIST @leahcgilchrist


he 2016 election was one for the books which ignited a spark of passion in university students to wake up, pay attention and get involved in their community. Whether you stand on the red side, the blue side or square in the middle, the lessons of this election were the things we carried away and took with us as we entered a new era of American life. Our campus was part of a national spark to be more active and take pride in the community we are a part of. With national marches for women, science and climate change in Washington D.C., as well as across the country, Tucson saw its very own satellite marches, with university students at the helm. If there was nothing else university students took away from this election, other than the way the political system works, it was that our voices do matter and have the ability to make a difference. We’re more capable now than ever, as we’re interconnected with national organizations through the internet and social media. Students are more capable of sending and receiving information and connecting with people and organizations looking to make a difference. It lit a passion for entire fields of study, including science and journalism. The science march joined together not only university students studying various fields of sciences, but also professional researchers and others who are involved in the field of science every day. Students in the field of journalism further connected with professionals and worked together to ensure the news people received was news based on truth and facts.


PEOPLE PROTEST AT THE Women’s March on Washington in Tucson on Jan. 21. The march was a national event occurring in multiple cities throughout the nation.

It sparked compassion in campus-wide communities, getting students up and off their feet, engaging with the community they’re a part of. There were those who were pleased with the election results and those who were a little more than disappointed. Regardless of which side you stood on during the election, and in the weeks after, there has been a change through our campus. More communities on and around campus look to open their arms to those who question what they’re really about. More people are interested in taking an active role in

the community and joining organizations to help make a difference in their own way. As college students, we look to the past in order to build a brighter future. This academic year has been overshadowed by the election, and there’s no denying it played a role in our campus culture. Not only has there been more opportunity for students to be better in tune with how our federal government works, but the same is true for learning how to make your voice matter. Over countless controversial bills, people have been encouraged to call their representatives. Americans have learned how

to reach out to those making the calls for our country and how to play the role of an active citizen, besides just casting a ballot in an election. This past year, I’ve seen more students looking to get involved and play an active role in their future, and the future they’ll build once they leave the UA, more than any other year. There may be threats of cutting funding to national organizations, but students have opportunities to work together on a much smaller scale to keep their communities together and running seamlessly. In particular, we’ve seen more awareness and activity

surrounding the border. Since Tucson is close to the U.S.Mexico border, threats to build a wall to keep immigrants out has ignited a spark in people on both sides of the issue. With the border essentially in our backyard here in Tucson, it was a local issue, and a passion-driven one at that. As Americans, our senses were heightened to political issues, especially those we had opportunity to make a difference in. The most positive, nonpartisan result of the election was the ability for people to come together over similar causes, be it over gender, field of study or community.

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LEFT COLUMN, TOP TO BOTTOM: 1. Incoming UA President Robert Robbins speaks during a press conference at the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix in March. 2. Allonzo Trier plays for the first time all season on Jan. 21 against UCLA. 3. Former UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne, right, accepted Athletic Director position at Alabama and is replaced by Dave Heeke. CENTER COLUMN, TOP TO BOTTOM: 1. On May 7 Arizona softball wins the Pac-12 Championship. 2. Presidential nominees Hillary Clinton, left, and Donald Trump, right, at their rallies in Arizona leading up to Election Day. 3. Priscilla Carino at the 2016 All Souls Procession in downtown Tucson on Nov. 6, 2016. RIGHT COLUMN, TOP TO BOTTOM: 1. Brother Dean Saxton was arrested for misdemeanor assault of a female student on Sept. 20, 2016. 2. OSIRIS-REx lifts off on from Space Launch Complex 41 on Sept. 8, 2016 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 3. Matt Lubisich is elected ASUA President. 4. UA men’s basketball wins Pac-12 Tournament championship with 83-80 victory over the Oregon Ducks.

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Performances spotlight UA student work A look at several notable film, theater and art productions students have worked on throughout this past year BY VICTORIA PEREIRA @vguardie917

The UA College of Fine Arts boasts an array of talented students across a variety of disciplines. Art is meant to be shared and it is an integral part of an art student’s college career to exhibit their art to peers, mentors and the public, but throughout the year, there are too many public performances to count. This is nowhere near a complete list, but here are a few notable art student showcases from the past year. Tarantella It is not often that a worldrenowned ballet dancer assists university students with their performance, especially not for a performance that was originally written for the dancer himself. But that is precisely what ballet legend Edward Villella did last semester for the School of Dance students working on their performance of George Balanchine’s “Tarantella.” The eight students performing the ballet had the once-in-alifetime opportunity to work with Villella and this along with their individual talents were evident on stage in the incredible performance that resulted. Villella himself remarked on the abilities of the eight featured dancers and of the UA dance program in general and the great respect and love the dancers have for classical ballet. As anyone in attendance can testify to, their love and dedication show through their dance.

“I Dream in Widescreen” 2017 was held on Saturday, April 29 at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Ten short films were screened, all created by seniors in the film and television program and featuring student casts and crews. Every film told a unique story that showcased the talent of their creators and brought the audience on a 7-to-15-minute journey into a character’s life. For the first time in several years, the show sold out the entire 1,164-seat theater as friends, family and members of the community came from all over to see the talent coming out of the film and television department.




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I Dream in Widescreen Every spring semester, the School of Theatre, Film and Television presents their senior film showcase, “I Dream in Widescreen.” It is the biggest annual event put on by the department and this year’s was no different.


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Les Noces Collaborations between the different schools in the College of Fine Arts always make for amazing performances and “Les Noces” from earlier this semester is no different. A combination of students from the Fred Fox School of Music and the School of Dance worked together to bring Igor Stravinsky’s classic ballet to life and provided a special opportunity for the Tucson community. “Les Noces” is known as a revolutionary piece in the world of ballet and is challenging for even the most skilled of musicians. It isn’t performed very frequently because of this, but the undergraduate and graduate musicians and dancers did the work justice and showed the prowess of the two programs here at UA. School of Art MFA Thesis Exhibition The School of Art’s Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition is always a sight to see for those who appreciate art in all forms. This year’s exhibition, on display from April 15 to May 12 at the UA Museum of Art, featured art from 11 different MFA students graduating this spring and was attended by community members, students and faculty of all ages. The lower level of the UA Museum of Art and the neighboring Joseph Gross Gallery were filled with masterpieces of all mediums, some awe-inspiring to look at, others creating moving experiences through interaction. Whether it was the three-dimensional glacier-centric exhibit and its message about the human race’s interaction with nature or the exhibit helping an artist get rid of dirt she had collected over a year’s time, the exhibition had something for everyone to connect to. Twelfth Night It’s difficult to single out one production as the best of the year from the Arizona Repertory Theatre when so many amazing shows are presented each semester, but the department’s production of “Twelfth Night” was truly a sight to behold. Any play written by the great William Shakespeare is going to come with intense challenges for the crew, specifically the actors, set and costume designers, but the students involved with “Twelfth Night” took these challenges in stride. The show ran from mid-March to early April and featured impressive performances and elaborate set and costume design fit for a Broadway production. Not only were the technical executions successful, but the Shakespearean comedy had the entire audience laughing about the characters and their ridiculous love triangle.


JONATHAN MARQUIS’ “A GEOLOGY of the Senses” exhibition in the Joseph Gross Gallery on April 20. Marquis included inspiration from glaciers in this artwork.


THE BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE with Lady Olivia (Vinessa Vidotto), Viola (Tyler Reaser) disguised as a boy, & Duke Orsino (Colt Watkiss) in TWELFTH NIGHT presented by UA’s Arizona Repertory Theatre.

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JAPHETH PAUL DISPLAYS HIS exhibit “Indian Unrest” at the UA Museum of Art. Paul is graduating with a Masters in Graphic Design and Illustration this semester.


CHRIS BURTT PLAYS THE piano to practice for his encore in a concert. Burtt is graduating with a bachelor’s in composition.

Arizona artists look back on their last year at UA BY SARAH COVEY @DailyWildcat

Artists can be perfectionists, spending countless hours and stress towards their work to be displayed to the world. For graduating seniors and master’s students at the UA, finally experiencing the fruits of their labor honed throughout the year is as rewarding as it is emotional. Chris Burtt, a 27-year-old music major graduating with a bachelor’s in composition, focused all of his efforts over a year into directing, playing in and writing his 50 minute, multi-piece capstone recital, “Apex.” In reflecting the highs and lows of this process, Burtt strongly recalls a moment of feeling discouraged before his successful recital. “It was another day of many rehearsals, my second to last one, with my string quartet. Up to that point, they had not yet run through my piece successfully,” Burtt said. “While playing through, they kept messing things up and things got so out of sync that they stopped playing. We tried again, and they didn’t make it through. I realized that we weren’t going to have time for another rehearsal, and it was three days before my concert. We closed the rehearsal up, and I leaned over and put my face in my hands. My eyes started to water, and my body felt like it was tingling. I was anxious, and sad, and really defeated. I thought they weren’t going to be able to play it on stage and get through it.” For Burtt, the day of the recital was his highest moment, especially when the string quartet skillfully performed throughout the performance. “It was insane, considering the first violin player forgot his music at home and printed out the wrong version of the piece and improvised and made it to the end,” he said. “My mom was sitting in the front row, crying her eyes out, and it was the best piano I have ever played in my life.” For Zuri Torres, a 22-year-old student receiving a bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the UA Film and TV production school, the process of graduating is exhilarating and frightening. As a Latina woman, she looks forward to making a mark in the filming world. “The film industry is dominated by men and I feel, as a minority and a woman, it will be challenging,” Torres said. “Sometimes, when I interned, men would work around you or they would assume that you didn’t know certain things, so you had to

show them that you were capable and that you knew your stuff.” Since 2016, Torres has been involved in working with Cinemexico, collaborating with undergraduate student Tanya Núñez and Vicky Westover, the Program Director of the UA’s Hanson Film Institute, to put together “Dios Nunca Muere” (God Never Dies), a film following the moving story of an undocumented immigrant mother. “Dios Nunca Muere” was shown with other BFA student films at the I Dream in Widescreen showing on April 29, and was awarded the Tucson Film Office New Filmmaker Award. To graduate the program, like other production students, Torres had to write and continually edit script, assist filming, work with the actor auditioning process, borrow limited filming equipment, keep a “Bible” of costs and all the film information and also work on a separate and additional pilot episode pitch to a producer. Though Torres said she would ideally jump right into working in film after graduating, she acknowledged that she has to financially prepare first. “I’m not planning on staying in Tucson,” Torres said. “I’m going to work briefly, and then temporarily teach English in South Korea. Hopefully, after that, I’ll have saved up enough money to move to California or New York. Unfortunately, though they’re the film capitals of the country, they also happen to be the most expensive places to live.” Japheth Paul, a 27-year-old student graduating this semester with a Masters in Graphic Design and Illustration, took a year to put together his exhibit “Indian Unrest” at the UA Museum of Art. The exhibit shows Paul’s experiences with India’s social and cultural landscape. It features video, sound and text to engage viewers in Indian society, where the national anthem of religious acceptance is ignored and “identity-based politics” and the “abuse of power” persist. For Paul, finally seeing people witness his work is the most rewarding result of finishing his master of fine arts program. “I think the high was seeing everything finally set up and seeing the audience respond to the opening day,” Paul said. “I wanted to put the audience or viewer in the landscape of India, so you can see the diversity and religious symbolism, which is everywhere there. The other idea is showing the process of India as a secular country, which is why the flag is used, with each color


“PRODUCT OF THE AMERICAN Dream” by Oliver Padilla, a UA photography graduate student, on display at the UA Museum of Art. Padilla is a photography graduate student.


A STILL FROM “DIOS Nunca Muere (God Never Dies),” which was directed by Tanya Núñez and produced by Annika Williams and Zuri Torres and also premiered at this year’s I Dream in Widescreen event.

representing Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.” Oliver Padilla, a UA photography graduate student, worked for nearly a year to put together his piece, “Product of the American Dream,” a 3D installation of a fast food stand that’s on display in the UA gallery of art, along with other graduate student’s works. Padilla’s “Product of the American Dream,” calls attention to underprivileged Americans who are “condemned to the underclass by institutionalized structures of poverty” in the ethnic, social and economic

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systems of the United States. For Padilla, this project was political, and he enjoyed being present on gallery days. “It was rewarding to see people react to the structure,” Padilla said. “People were very intrigued by it, and trying to go into the space, despite the barrier. Usually, there’s a performer in there and people would try to interact with them, but the performer would only respond through the [drivethru] intercom. I wasn’t sure if they liked it, but they certainly were intrigued.” Looking back, though Padilla thought that watching his work

come together for the Master of Fine Arts reception was the highlight of his year, he said that getting his piece ready for exhibition proved to be the most challenging. “The hardest part was making sure it was done on time,” Padilla said. “We work on these for years, planning and making sure everything goes smoothly. We only had three days to install [our work] in the museum, and it wasn’t something we could construct there. It was something that had to be planned out meticulously, especially the details.”

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ARIZONA OUTSIDE HITTER KENDRA Dahlke (8) spikes the ball against No. 25 USC in McKale Center on Nov. 2, 2016. The Wildcats advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the eighth time in program history after upsetting Michigan State.


ARIZONA THIRD BASEMAN KATIYANA Mauga bats during the softball game against Oregon on April 23 at Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium. Mauga’s 88th career moonshot set UA softball’s homerun record.


ARIZONA FORWARD RAY SMITH grimaces as he fell to the ground and injured his ACL for the third time during Arizona’s blow-out 86-35 exhibition win over the College of Idaho in McKale Center on Nov. 1, 2016.



ESPN’S JAY WILLIAMS GETS pelted with toilet paper after he reveals his UCLA jersey in front of Arizona students on College Gameday.


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TOP RIGHT: Dave Heeke was introduced as the new athletic director on March 2 at Lowell-Stevens football facility. Heeke served as the athletic director at Central Michigan University for 11 years prior to accepting the position at the UA. (PHOTO BY CARMEN VALENCIA/THE DAILY WILDCAT)

CENTER: Arizona’s Lucia Alonso (4) dribbles past Arizona State’s Reili Richardson (1) during the women’s basketball game in McKale Center on Feb. 17. This game was a signature win for the team with their new head coach Adia Barnes. (PHOTO BY LOGAN COOK/THE DAILY


ARIZONA’S KADEEM ALLEN GOES for a layup during the UA-North Dakota game on March 16. Arizona beat out North Dakota 100-82.



ALLONZO TRIER (35) EYES THE basket for a shot during the UA-UCLA game on Jan. 21. Trier returned to the season after a long suspension to lead the Wildcats to victory over UCLA.


BOOKING PHOTO OF ORLANDO Bradford, who was arrested on Sept. 14, 2016 on four counts of felony aggravated assault and three counts of felony kidnapping; he was subsequently dismissed from the UA football program.

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