Law college name change now official
TEMPE - The Arizona Board of Regents Friday renamed the UA College of Law the James E. Rogers College of Law after alumni lobbied for the change. The board unanimously approved the name change at its meeting Friday at Arizona State University in Tempe. The request was made to honor the benefactor who agreed to donate $50 million to the law school over the next 20 years. "Jim Rogers has set a very high standard," said UA President Peter Likins. "His commitment seems to most of us to be so beyond expectations." Rogers is an owner of Sunbelt Communications, which owns seven NBC affiliates and one Fox network affiliate. He donated $20 million to the University of Arizona law school in April and increased that amount by $30 million in September. Rogers will pay $1.3 million to the school in 1999 and increase his yearly contribution by $100,000 for each the following nine years. He will give $3 million each year between 2009 and 2119.

Female student says she was raped in UA fraternity house
An 18-year-old female student reported being raped by a Beta Theta Pi fraternity member during the early morning of Nov. 15, police said. University police were withholding the student's name and that of her 18-year-old alleged assailant Sunday pending further investigation, said Cmdr. Brian Seastone of the University of Arizona Police Department. No one had been charged in the incident. According to police reports, the alleged victim went to an off-campus party Nov. 14 with the Beta member, a man she had reportedly known for two weeks, Seastone said. The two returned to her home Nov. 15 at 12:30 a.m., met another couple and then went to a second party. Seastone said the woman, who is a member of a UA sorority, told police she and the Beta member returned from the party to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house, 645 E. University Blvd., and later drank some champagne. "She told him she was dizzy and wanted to lay down," Seastone said. "She said she lay down with him and that she felt a buzz."

Wildcats go postal, crush Marathon Oil
As far as exhibition games go, Arizona men's basketball head coach Lute Olson couldn't have asked much more from his team as it crushed Marathon Oil 96-77 Saturday afternoon at McKale Center. The team, playing without freshmen Ruben Douglas and Richard Jefferson, who were suspended for missing class last week, had five players score 14 points or more, three players with double-doubles and a 31-rebound advantage as the Wildcats took control of the game from the beginning and never let go. "It was pretty obvious that we were a whole lot more fluid today," Olson said. "That is just natural improvement from the freshmen understanding better what they need to do." The Wildcats (1-0, ranked No. 12 in the AP poll) jumped out early with an 8-0 run over the first two minutes of the game. They then used a 15-0 run later in the first half to take a 47-34 half-time lead.

Skateboarders are terrorizing service dogs
The UA and the UAPD's actions have been unsatisfactory to date in dealing with the problems of skateboarders' wrongful actions. In the past, the issue of skateboarders' effects on service dogs has been raised, but no valid, reasonable and acceptable response or action has been taken. Service dogs are very valuable to people that need them, and the safety of the dogs is paramount to the ability of the dog to perform properly. Of late there have been incidents whereby the safety of the dogs has been compromised by the recklessness of skateboarders or even of other dogs unleashed on campus. These dogs' performance has either been affected or been so devastating to the dog that its term of service was prematurely ended. When reported, the actions taken by the University of Arizona and the university police seem to indicate the issue is not a big deal. One example of this occurred at 9 p.m. at the bus stop on University Boulevard and Park Avenue, when two skaters, at different times, after a warning by me to be aware of my service dog, did not respect my dog nor what I said. One of the skaters actually veered closer my dog and uttered something to the nature of F-you.

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