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NEWS
Monday, August 9, 2004
photo Making the grade: UA's plus/minus debate

Will the UA adopt a plus/minus grading system?

Near every semester's end, students across campus can be found cramming for exams and calculating points, desperately trying to raise borderline grades to increase their GPAs.

But trying to stretch a high B into a low A could all be moot in the future, as UA administrators are beginning to look at adopting a plus/minus grading system similar to that being implemented at Arizona State University this fall. [Read article]

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photo Program offers international bridge for journalism

Students interested in international journalism may find a home in a fledgling program that merges culture and journalism to create a unique perspective on life in Latin America.

Last semester, nine students participated in the initial program, which included a three-unit class and a two-unit trip to Chile that lasted nearly three weeks.

The program is a product of efforts by the journalism and Near Eastern Studies departments and the centers for Latin American Studies and Middle Eastern Studies to produce journalists armed with knowledge of the historical, socio-political and socio-economic issues of the countries they write about. [Read article]

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photo UA construction projects near completion

Students will return to revamped, renewed campus for fall semester

Students returning this week to get a head start on the fall semester will find a campus that looks quite different from when they left it this spring.

Several sites on and around campus have been under construction for several weeks or months, but the majority of the projects should be completed before school begins this fall. [Read article]

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Campus briefs

Wheeling off to Athens

Six athletes with ties to the University of Arizona will compete in three sports at the ninth Paralympic Games in Athens this summer.

The Paralympics are the Olympic equivalent for athletes with disabilities, and run Sept. 17-28.

The four women and two men all have a strong chance to medal, says their coach, Derek Brown, the adaptive athletics coach at the UA Disability Resource Center. [Read article]

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By the numbers 14
Days until the first day of the Fall 2004 academic semester.

600+
Number of Golden Gate Bridge suicide jumpers since its completion in 1937.

250,000
Annual number of American husbands that are physically attacked and beaten by their wives. 27
The number of Mormon leader Brigham Young's wives.

158
The number of verses in the Greek national anthem. [Read article]

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Wild weather

Monday

Showers High: 100
Low: 78

Tuesday

Showers High: 100
Low: 79

Wednesday

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