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UA gave student records to FBI

Law enforcement agencies were able to access information on thousands of international UA students last fall by using health and safety exceptions and federal grand jury subpoenas to get around student privacy laws.

"There was a mad dash for (international student) information since last fall," said Sarah Kim, interim director of the Center for English as a Second Language. "But we are very clear on what we can and can't release."

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Two local females nearly abducted

Within 44 minutes of first kidnapping attempt, second female victim also targeted; suspect released, arrested on other charges

Monday's failed attempted kidnapping of a UA student was one of two such campus-area incidents, the second occurring about 44 minutes after the first, UA police said.

At about 9:30 p.m. on Monday, a 23-year-old female student was the victim of an attempted kidnapping at North Euclid Avenue and East Elm Street. Then, at about 10:14 p.m., another female was the subject of another failed kidnapping at North Second Avenue and East University Boulevard, UA police reports stated.

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photo Campus recalls 9/11

The UA community remembered the lives lost in last year's Sept. 11 attacks by joining for a mid-day address by President Peter Likins, building houses and praying together.

In the same place, at the same time as a year ago, Likins spoke to campus yesterday.

"For some, anger still boils in your hearts and retribution in your thoughts," he told more than 1,000 members of the UA community on the Mall at noon.

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As economy slumps, grad school applications skyrocket

Slumped economy and need for higher education big factors

Faced with a weak economy and a competitive job market, students are turning to graduate school as an alternative creating a 21 percent increase of applicants to UA's graduate programs.

Enrollment in graduate programs has increased by more than 360 students in the past year, to 7,358, excluding those enrolled in professional degree programs like law. Most of the increase has been in the areas of electrical and computer engineering, information resources and library science and larger numbers of graduate students who are not seeking degrees.

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More programs face axe if funding drops

Administrators are talking about eliminating programs in anticipation of further cuts in funding from the Arizona State Legislature.

The Provost's Office has remained silent on which programs may be cut, while administrators look to pinch pennies campus-wide.

Department heads have been told to make sound financial decisions that take into account the very real possibility there will be more cuts in state funding in the next few months, said Elizabeth Ervin, vice provost for academic affairs.

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On the Spot: Blake Buchanan

Future journalist balances Britney Spears dreams with Spanish-class nightmares

WILDCAT: Where are you from?

BUCHANAN: I'm from Southern California, Orange County.

WILDCAT: That movie was so stupid, but it still cracked me up.


WILDCAT: Did you know anybody when you came out here?

BUCHANAN: A couple people, like four or five.

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Campus Briefs

$3M grant to create world-class archeological research program

A new Archaeological Science Program will begin in the fall semester of 2003, creating the first major program of its kind in the United States.

The National Science Foundation awarded UA a five-year, $3 million Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program grant. The grant is largely aimed at graduate students, but will also enable undergraduates and Tucson-area high school and middle school teachers to incorporate a wide array of scientific disciplines to their research in archaeology.

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Fast facts:

  • Onions are usually eaten in such small amounts that they make very little difference nutritionally, but the most nutritious ones are scallions, with four times the vitamin C and 5,000 times the vitamin A as other onions.
  • In the opening procession of the Olympics, the team representing the host nation always marches last.
  • The U.S. Congress passed a law in 1832 requiring all American citizens to spend one day each year fasting and praying. For the most part, people ignored the law, and no effort was made to enforce the legislation.
  • Joseph Priestley, an English chemist, invented carbonated water. It was a by-product of his investigations into the chemistry of air.
  • Bees must collect nectar from two million flowers to make a one-pound comb of honey.

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  • In 1866, in New York City, the first burlesque show opened. It was a four-act performance called "The Black Crow." It ran for 475 performances, making its producers about $1.3 million.
  • In 1878, the obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle, originally cut from the quarries of Aswan in about 1475 B.C., was erected in London.
  • In 1910, the world's first female police officer, Alice Stebbins Wells, was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department.
  • In 1953, 24-year-old Jacqueline Lee Bouvier married 36-year-old U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, future U.S. President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
  • In 1970, the supersonic airliner Concorde landed for the first time at Heathrow Airport in London, prompting a barrage of complaints about the noise.
  • In 1988, Hurricane Gilbert hit Jamaica, killing 45 people and causing about $1 billion in damage.


    "Terrorism is and always will be a show of inhuman ferocity that, precisely for this reason, will never be able to solve conflicts among human beings."

    Pope John Paul II on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.


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