The University of Arizona closed out another academic year with some unfinished business hanging over the break regarding how it will protect the right to free speech and address concerns raised about the presence of federal immigration agencies on campus. UA President Bobby Robbins sat down with Lorraine Rivera to discuss issues stemming from an incident on March 19 when three students were subsequently cited for disrupting a presentation given by two Border Patrol agents to a criminal justice club. Several protests followed where demonstrators accused the UA of violating the students' free speech and also demanded Border Patrol be banned from campus. It culminated with a Campus Conversations event hosted by UA administrators to hear from all sides on the issue. Arizona 360 heard from Robbins about lessons learned so far and the university's next steps.
After years of discussion about building a corridor that would help commercial traffic travel from Nogales to Nevada, the public has something to see. The Arizona Department of Transportation released an environmental impact statement about the route it's recommending for an Interstate 11 that would span 280 miles from Nogales to Wickenburg. ADOT also hosted a series of public hearings in communities neighboring the proposed environmental study area to solicit feedback and share information. I-11 study manager Jay Van Echo joined Lorraine Rivera in studio to address some of the concerns raised so far and discuss the project's future.
This week the University of Arizona graduated 6,700 students, including 112 student athletes. According to Arizona Athletics, the average grade point average among athletes is 3.08. Lorraine Rivera learned more about how one graduating athlete, Lindsey Malecha, managed to succeed on and off the court as a Women's Basketball player, 4.0 student and aspiring surgeon.