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NEWS
Tuesday, May 4, 2004
photo Few women enrolled in engineering

For an April Fools' Day joke, the Arizona Daily Wildcat ran an Issue of the Week prank claiming that engineering at the UA was "a man only major."

The prank hit a soft spot in the College of Engineering & Mines.

The college houses the fewest undergraduate women of any UA college, and engineering officials say they are working hard to attract women into a field that traditionally has a difficult time recruiting and retaining female students. [Read article]

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Senate's budget includes $8M to UA

State Senate keeps Gov.'s proposal mostly intact

PHOENIX╩¸ The state's universities remain largely protected in a budget proposal released by the state Senate yesterday.

The proposal includes the $24 million funding increase recommended by Gov. Janet Napolitano in her budget proposal released in January, but scales down university-wide employee pay raises.

While the governor's recommendation allowed university employees making less than $50,000 a $1,000 pay hike, and those making above that figure a 2 percent increase, the Senate budget would give all state employees a flat $800 raise. [Read article]

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photo Students protest ceramics relocation

Ceramics students set up 600 clay figures to protest spring break move

Ceramics students set up nearly 600 clay figurines behind the Administration building yesterday to show their unhappiness with the UA administration's decision to relocate the department in the middle of the semester.

Rachelle Angle-Cheney, an art history senior who headed the project, said she wanted to exhibit ceramics students' frustration with the move. [Read article]

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photo Gov. appoints student to arts commission

UA student Joseph Fu was appointed by Gov. Janet Napolitano Friday to serve on the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a statewide governing board.

The 19-year-old molecular and cellular biology and philosophy freshman is the youngest person ever selected for the position.

Fu, who was inaugurated as an Associated Students of the University of Arizona senator yesterday, was originally one of the four finalists for next year's student regent. [Read article]

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photo Regent ╬lone voice' of students

Newly appointed regent CalderŚn wants his voice heard ¸ for the students

On the way back to a meeting where seven individuals will vote on whether undergraduates at Arizona universities will have to pay more special fees next semester, Ernest CalderŚn laughs on the phone with U.S. Marshal David Gonzales.

The laughter seems to follow the recently appointed Arizona regent like a shadow. He might start a conversation with a joke or curtsy instead of shaking hands. When the humor fades, the conversation turns a little more serious. [Read article]

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Law student appointed as regent by Napolitano

A former student body president and current UA law student was selected yesterday by Gov. Janet Napolitano to serve as next year's nonvoting member of the Arizona Board of Regents.

Ben Graff, a first-year law student who served as president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona from 2000 to 2001, said the position will allow him to serve as a representative of the student body again, a role he said he loves. [Read article]

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photo Chapman inducted as newest ASUA president; Benedict done

New officials ready to tackle student apathy issues

ASUA President Alistair Chapman took office yesterday, pledging to tackle the problem of student apathy.

Amidst parents, friends and students, Chapman, Executive Vice President Sara Birnbaum, Administrative Vice President Jordan Miller and 10 senators were inducted into office at the Associated Students of the University of Arizona inauguration ceremony on the UA Mall. [Read article]

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Senate gives endorsement to faculty background checks

Faculty senators yesterday endorsed a policy requiring the university to conduct background checks before hiring employees.

The policy requires that the university verify a job applicant's educational credentials, employment history and past performance before extending an offer. It also requires criminal background and identity checks of people in line to be offered a "security-sensitive" position. [Read article]

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Athletes must make progress in academics in order to play

Tighter academic requirements that force athletes to make continued progress toward a degree could keep them away from the playing field if they blow off classes to prepare for a sports season, a UA representative to the NCAA told the Faculty Senate yesterday.

Student-athletes who don't pass at least six units in the previous term won't be eligible to play, and will also be ineligible if they don't maintain a minimum GPA and make annual progress toward a degree, said Dudley Woodard, the UA's faculty athletic representative. [Read article]

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photo Library explores which journals to eliminate

Librarians turn to students, faculty for help in picking resources to cut

University libraries are turning to faculty and students for help in picking the thousands of journals that will be eliminated in coming years if the university fails to boost the libraries' base budget next year.

Lists of possible resources to cut from the UA's Main and Arizona Health-Sciences libraries are now available online, and teams representing different subject areas are soliciting feedback from the university community by June 1. [Read article]

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Speaker talks on Japanese internment

Karen Leong, co-coordinator of the Japanese Americans in Arizona Oral History Project, will speak at the UA tonight to draw attention to the injustices that minority groups, including Japanese-Americans and American Indians, experienced during WWII.

The discussion will spotlight the experience of Japanese-American internment as part of a larger traveling Holocaust exhibit on display at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. [Read article]

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Incoming dorm residents will get voter registration cards

All 6,000 incoming residence hall dwellers will receive a voter registration form at check-in in the fall as part of student leaders' efforts to register voters.

Associated Students of the University of Arizona President Alistair Chapman and Residence Hall Association President Dan Tuttle, who are coordinating the effort, said they know it is important in an election year to get every possible voter registered and motivated to vote. [Read article]

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On the Spot

Junior wakes with fro from sleeping with cat, was hit by a car, thinks women are worse runners than men

Wildcat: So my name's Nathan and you're on the spot. Nice running into you again.

Regan: Yes, but not physically.

Wildcat: Yes. The girl who slammed into my car while I was driving and we almost had a catastrophe. I'm glad I got back in touch with you.

Regan: I know. [Read article]

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photo Fastfacts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • At the turn of the century, nearly 2 million children helped to turn the wheels of U.S. commerce and industry. Some worked in chemical vats at 2 a.m. ¸ without wearing a stitch of clothing.

  • At the time of the U.S. War of Independence, Philadelphia was second only to London as the largest English-speaking city in the world.

  • Coal and diamonds are made of the same chemical element ¸ carbon. [Read article]

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    photo From the Archives

    May 12, 1967
    "Charge?"

    "University men gathered by the wall on Park Avenue in a half-hearted attempt to ╬storm' the women's residence halls in a raid Wednesday night.

    "An attempt to stage a second ╬panty raid' in as many nights was conducted by more than 250 university men Wednesday.

    Re-he-heeeeally?

    "A small band that stormed Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall was deflected by campus police, city police and administration officials. Ě Police spotlights followed several panties as they floated to the deserted sidewalk in front of the residence hall. [Read article]

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