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Wednesday July 10, 2002

The state of the students

Grades and SAT scores for incoming freshman are higher, but are their lives more stressed than the generation of students before them?

Juan Victor Quisp screams „incoming UA student.š

The folder full of papers in his hand.

No bookbag.

A nervous-looking parent in line with him at the CatCard office.

Quisp is a little nervous too. He‚s crossing the equator to go to college in a new country this fall. He‚s intent on studying music and graduating in four years. [Read article]

 

Fast facts:

  • Irving Berlin could play in only one key, the key of F-sharp. As one of America‚s great songwriters, he taught himself to play the piano by practicing on a piano in a saloon where he worked as a singing waiter.
  • Irving Berlin never learned to read music or to write it. He hummed or sang his songs to a secretary, who wrote them down in musical notation.
  • Poet/writer Edgar Allan Poe was expelled from West Point, the United States Military Academy, because he showed up for a parade in his birthday suit.
  • Texas state commissioner of agriculture Jim Hightower, in a speech to the Dallas Chamber of Commerce in March 1986, which was printed in the New York Times, declared the following: „The only difference between a pigeon and the American farmer today is that a pigeon can still make a deposit on a John Deere.š
  • Goldie Hawn is a direct descendent of Edward Rutledge, the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Dustin Hoffman, as Tootsie, wore a size 36C bra.
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    On this date:

  • In 1850, U.S. Vice President Millard Fillmore became president following Zachary Taylor‚s death.
  • In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state.
  • In 1957, Dwight Eisenhower became the first U.S. president to fly in a helicopter.
  • In 1960, delegates at the Democratic National Convention nominated John F. Kennedy for president.
  • In 1962, Cosmonaut Micolaev set a record for the longest space flightųfour days.
  • In 1970, Janis Joplin debuted in Kentucky.
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    Quotable...

    „I‚d suggest to OMB (the White House Office of Management and Budget) that they smell the smoke and recognize this is a serious problem.š
    - Rep. David Obey, D-Wisc., on the Bush administration‚s belief that federal agencies have resources they need for wildfire battles.


     

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