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By Kim Stravers
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 2, 1999
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Those signed photos and sports gear aren't hanging in the Student Union's On Deck Deli by sheer coincidence, you know. If you pay attention, you may notice that all the decorations support the common theme of UA Softball. How fitting it is, then, that today from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the UA softball team will be kicking off their 1999 season in this shrine to women's sports. The girls will be making sandwiches for you while (hopefully not simultaneously) autographing your season poster. Wilma Wildcat and the UA Pep Band will provide the ambiance. If you're broke, don't worry - there will be free sandwich samples available. Call Nick Adamakis at 626-6260 for more information.

Just having a UA degree doesn't automatically guarantee you a post-graduation job. In fact, most employers prefer a little field-related experience on your resume. Find out how to get some hands-on training before you grab your diploma at the Connections Orientation. Be in room 285 of the Student Union from 11 a.m. to noon today to check out paid and non-paid work opportunities. Career Services is behind all this - call Noel White at 621-2588 for details.

Far from being one-dimensional scribbles on the backs of various envelopes, math equations have their own sense of space and substance. Nick Ercolani will provide you with one pertinent example of this theory today at the Program in Applied Mathematics PDE Seminar. Discuss "The Nonlinear Schroedinger Equation: The Physical Context" today at 12:30 p.m. in room 402 of the Mathematics building. Lecture-related questions may be directed to Kathleen Leick at 621-2016.

In hopes that you don't get all of your Black History education by watching "The P.J.'s," the UA is presenting a different sort of media experience. Today, in room 100 of the Martin Luther King building, "Daughters of the Dust" will be showing as part of the celebration of Black History Month. Be there from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to view the experiences of the Gullah, a community of slave descendants who live on the islands near South Carolina and Georgia and fight to retain their West African traditions. Eleanor Navarro can give you more information if you call her at 621-5665.

I would suggest that not many of us are too thrilled about having to take four years of a foreign language - especially when you encounter a teacher who lectures entirely in a language unfamiliar (perhaps even alien) to you. Why, then, do Americans (particularly, Arizonans and Californians) make such a bad thing about bilingual education? I can't give you the answers, but Richard Ruiz can. He will be speaking on "The Paradox of Bilingualism in U.S. Schools" at tonight's Faculty Community Lecture Series lecture. Join him in the DuVal Auditorium of the Arizona Health Sciences Center from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and watch him pick apart the irony of ironies. Denise Stogsdill can tell you more at 621-3511.