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photo Pima to UA leap may be a challange

With potential tuition raises and higher admissions standards at the UA, more students may be starting at Pima Community College next semester before finding their way to a university.

And while Pima has room for growth in its classes, its students face many challenges on the path to university transfer, said Dave Padgett, director of curriculum and articulation services at Pima.

In fact, almost 14 percent of Pima students who say they intend to transfer to universities never do. [Read article]

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photo University lets up on students sharing files

Residence Life decides on a lesser punishment

Residence Life has slimmed down on the punishment for illegal music sharing practices in the residence halls due to increased volume, officials said.

Instead of writing a three-page paper on copyright law, first-time offenders will receive warning letters from Residence Life, said Steve Gilmore, assistant director for Residence Life. [Read article]

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photo Students discover class of stars

A group of UA astronomy undergraduates found something out of this world more than two years ago.

Now, astronomers all over earth who specialize in a new field called "asteroseismology, " will have the opportunity to observe the students' findings.

Through telescopes usually reserved for researchers and graduates, the five students accidentally discovered a new class of star.

Astronomers from Canada, Germany, South Africa, Australia, Spain and South America will collaborate in continuous observations of one of these newly discovered stars for several weeks in May, said Elizabeth Green, assistant staff astronomer at Steward Observatory. [Read article]

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On the Spot

Computer science junior aspires to be a computer nerd, prefers ╬belly-button' over ╬navel'

WILDCAT: So, are you a computer nerd?

SHAH: No, not really, but I would want to be.

WILDCAT: You want to be?

SHAH: It's kind of my dream. You know, to have all those weird haircuts and big glasses.

WILDCAT: And the pocket protector, don't forget the pocket protector. Cool. Do you snort when you laugh? [Read article]

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photo Fast Facts

· Cat urine glows under a black light.

· All of the clocks in "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.

· On a Canadian $2 bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.

· All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

· On the new $100 bill the time on the clock tower of Independence Hall is 4:10. [Read article]

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People & Places

UA gets $6M grant to fight diabetes, substance abuse

The federal government has just awarded a $6 million grant to the University of Arizona to focus on eliminating health disparities in diabetes and substance abuse for Hispanics and Native Americans.

The grant from the National Institutes of Health to the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health is one of the largest ever received by the UA to address health disparities. [Read article]

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