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photo Likins: Time to redefine UA identity focus

If President Peter Likins has his way, UA will eventually narrow its focus to areas in which it excels, rather than trying to serve every academic need of Arizona's ever-growing population.

With the universities expected to take further budget cuts this year and state budget shortfalls estimated at $1.4 billion over the next two years, it is possible that UA, ASU and NAU will be able to choose specific areas into which they want to channel most of their resources, Likins told the Faculty Senate yesterday. [Read article]

photo Blood banks drying up

Immediately after Sept. 11, an abundance of eager volunteers overloaded blood drives close to campus and around the country.

Since that time, however, blood donations have fallen below pre-Sept. 11 levels.

Yesterday on the UA Mall, United Blood Services, in coordination with Project Volunteer, attempted to get students back into the spirit of giving.

"We wanted to promote blood awareness and revolve it around Sept. 11," said Greg Billings, director of Project Volunteer. Project Volunteer is a part of the University Activities Board. [Read article]

Polls open today, few students care

Editor's Note: This article is part of the Wildcat's continuous coverage of the 2002 Arizona election.

Polling places open this morning for the primary elections but don't expect to see them filled with college students.

College-age voter turnout in Arizona elections has hovered around 8 percent for the past several years, said Peter Goudinoff, a political science lecturer and former Arizona state senator. That makes voters between the ages of 18- and [Read article]

photo Career Fair hooks up job-hungry

Students flocked to McKale Center in waves yesterday to visit 120 prospective employers during a career fair that looks to be much bigger than last year's fair, which fell on Sept. 11.

Students lined the ramp all around McKale Center before the fair opened yesterday, said Susan Miller, Career Services coordinator of marketing and special events.

Miller expected 2,000 to 2,500 students would attend Career Fair yesterday, with a slight drop off in attendance today. [Read article]

On the Spot: Nora Kerrigan

Artistic freshman doesn't miss home, feel nervous about school or tolerate any sugar-addiction

WILDCAT: Art history. Do tell what led you to choose such an exciting major.

KERRIGAN: I've just always loved finding the provenance of a piece, and I just think it's beautiful and something to look at. It's just beautiful.

WILDCAT: Are you homesick at all?

KERRIGAN: No, but I can't say the same for my parents. [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • More people are killed annually by donkeys than are killed in plane crashes.
  • The Himalayan scenes in the 1937 film "Lost Horizon," were shot with real snow and real ice inside a huge cold-storage warehouse.
  • Belgium and the Netherlands have an underground boundary that differs from the surface boundary shown on maps. In 1950, the two countries agreed to move the underground boundary so as not to divide coal mines between the two countries.
  • Unlike most fish, electric eels cannot get enough oxygen from water. Approximately every five minutes they must surface to breathe, or they will drown.
  • The strongest any liquor can be is 190 proof. This means the beverage is a little more than 97 percent alcohol.
  • Before he pursued his acting career, Jack Nicholson worked as an office boy in MGM's cartoon department.

    On this date:

  • In 1846, Farmer Elias Howe patented the first practical sewing machine. Howe's machine could stitch five times faster than hand stitching. It eventually helped to establish mass production of clothing and other sewn goods.
  • In 1921, The Ayus Autobahn in Germany opened near Berlin. The highway is known for the speed of its traffic unregulated by speed limits.
  • In 1935, "Popeye" was heard for the first time on NBC radio. The show was based on the Elzie Crisler Segar comic strip, which featured Popeye, Olive Oyl, Brutas, Wimpy and Swee'Pea.
  • In 1940, Buckingham Palace was hit by a German bomb.
  • In 1951, Florence Chadwick of San Diego became the first American woman to swim the English Channel from both coasts.
  • In 1963, 20 black students entered public schools in Birmingham, Tuskegee and Mobile, Ala., following a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace.
  • In 1982, Pete Rose played his 3,077th baseball game, breaking Hank Aarons' record for most games played in the National League.


    "I know it's not logical. If any day you'd be safe it would be 9/11."

    Stephanie Cebulski on deciding to postpone a flight until after Sept. 11.


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