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NEWS
Thursday, February 19, 2004
photo Learn a little, party a little, while studying abroad

Study abroad, for many, represents an opportunity to sit in a classroom overseas, learning to adapt to a new language and new customs.

But depending on the program, some may find themselves adapting more to the nightlife as they party rather than study abroad.

International studies junior Sarah Beck said the program she went through, which she found by searching the Internet, focused little on academics. [Read article]

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Hackers break into 232 campus computers

Hackers programmed a campus computer over the weekend to obtain passwords from other systems on campus and break into 232 machines.

One computer was initially hacked into Saturday, which was infected and used to scan other computers around campus. As part of the scan, a program guessed and then collected administrator passwords, said Geoff Poer, a network systems analyst at the Center for Computing and Information Technology. [Read article]

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photo Post-game rushes put basketball players at mercy of fans

Three seconds left.

That's all that stands between thousands of rabid basketball fans, an upset win, and the party of their lives at center court. It's a situation the UA men's basketball team knows all too well.

As the 14th-ranked Wildcats head to hostile McArthur Court, aptly known as "The Pit," to take on the Oregon Ducks tonight, another court-rushing scenario like those after consecutive losses at Washington, California and Stanford isn't all that far-fetched. [Read article]

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photo Most ASUA candidates support fee

Nearly all of the ASUA candidates said they would support the proposed $15 to $20 student activity fee at a candidate forum yesterday.

Three of the four presidential candidates said they were in favor of the fee, which would provide funding for campus concerts and guest speakers, while only two of the 20 senatorial candidates opposed the idea.

Matt Carr, an Associated Students of the University of Arizona senatorial candidate and pre-business sophomore, said the fee is a nominal amount that would unite students on campus. [Read article]

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Legislators: Get over tuition hike

PHOENIX State lawmakers sent a message yesterday afternoon to students who say they are struggling to pay for midcareer tuition hikes: Suck it up.

A bill that would have exempted students at Arizona's universities from midcareer tuition hikes was voted down unanimously in the House Committee on Education.

The bill's sponsor, Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix, lamented the death of the bill, which would have stabilized tuition for full-time undergraduates for four consecutive years while seeking their degrees. [Read article]

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1,000 students hit up UA career expo

About 1,000 students passed through this year's student-run Careers for Cats Expo, hoping to find the perfect job or internship to earn some money.

Target, OfficeMax, Macy's and 64 other companies turned out yesterday to offer internships and full-time positions to postgraduate students.

The companies set up booths in the Grand Ballroom, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the third floor of the Student Union Memorial Center for the career expo. [Read article]

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ASUA briefs

ASUA senators will be out on the UA Mall Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to hear students' responses to the proposed $15 to $20 activity fee.

Associated Students of the University of Arizona Sen. Jacob Reuben said the refundable fee, which would go toward campus programming, is a pressing issue and urged senators to represent the students and not their own opinions.

If the senate doesn't approve the fee, it won't be on the ASUA March elections ballot, which is the goal of the student leaders pushing the fee. [Read article]

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On the spot

High school grad thinks love really exists, likes a guy with a sense of humor, but isn't into holidays

Wildcat: Hi, my name's Nathan and you're on the spot. Do you think it's normal for people to look in the toilet after they're done? Is that natural?

Sanchez: Um I guess, yeah.

Wildcat: What do you mean by "yes"? Do you think everyone's done it?

Sanchez: Not everybody. [Read article]

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photo Fastfacts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • The official manual of the Internal Revenue Service has 38,000 pages. It has appropriately been described as "the world's most confusing publication."

  • Millions of meteorites hit the atmosphere every day and are destroyed by the friction.

  • Charles Darwin rarely used the term "evolution." It was popularized by the English sociologist Herbert Spencer, who also popularized the phrase "survival of the fittest." [Read article]

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    Campus Detective

    Question: "Why don't we get Presidents Day off?"

    Answer:

    What reason could there be for not having a full day to honor our nation's past and present leading executives?

    Presidents Day falls on the third Monday of every February, and would have been honored at the UA this week on the 16th. There are 16 letters in "George Walker Bush" coincidence?

    And yes, that's what the "dubya" stands for. [Read article]

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