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photo Athletes get glass haven

Most UA students have been hearing for the past year about cutting both costs and programs. However, Saturday was a completely different story.

The UA athletic department held the opening ceremonies for the privately funded, $14 million Eddie Lynch Athletics Pavilion. The new addition, which is located on the north side of McKale Memorial Center, is home to the brand new Estes Family Strength and Conditioning Center, the Kasser Family Medical Treatment Center, the Jim Click Hall of Champions and the Rountree Mezzanine. [Read article]

LifeLine cab service meets trouble early

A student government-sponsored program that provides students with cards good for free cab rides in emergency situations got off to a rocky start in its first week of operation in Tucson.

Because of confusion on the part of the operators who call cabs for UA students, companies in Phoenix were being called for cardholders who requested cabs in Tucson, said Adam Bronnenkant, Associated Students of the University of Arizona senator. [Read article]

Bid Night draws aspiring greeks

Hundreds of prospective fraternity members traveled around campus last week, introducing themselves to members of the greek community, collecting stamps on their pledge cards and hoping to fulfill what was for many the first step in a long-time dream to get into the fraternity of their choice ÷ a dream that boiled down to one night: Bid Night.

Just before 7 p.m., dozens of men got out of their cars on North Cherry Avenue, crowding the streets. A group of pledges gathered outside the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house. [Read article]

UA's own to represent USA in Miss India pageant

A UA student, recently crowned Miss India USA, will soon travel to South Africa to represent the United States in the worldwide Miss India Pageant. Priya Arora, 20, an accounting and finance senior, was crowned Miss India Arizona on Aug. 10. She traveled to Los Angeles weeks later to compete against 28 others in the national competition.

"I couldn't believe it; the girls were just so beautiful and talented," Arora said. "But 10 minutes after being shocked and excited I started getting nervous." [Read article]

ResComp slows MP3 on-campus downloads

Students hoping to take advantage of fast Ethernet connections to fill their hard drives with MP3s may have noticed a slowdown in download speeds when using peer-to-peer services such as KaZaA, as the UA attempts to control what goes on over the UA network.

"The bottom-line purpose of the campus network is for academics," said Steve Gilmore, head of ResComp, an office that handles residence-life computing. [Read article]

New UA employees may soon face new background checks

Proposed background checks may lower the number of job applications drastically

The UA Human Resources Department is pushing to get more background checks for prospective employees campus-wide.

When Northern Arizona University started doing background checks on job applicants as part of their hiring process, the number of people applying for NAU jobs dropped 27 percent.

"We are really the only significant employer in Tucson that doesn't (check backgrounds)," said Cathy Nicholson, director of institutional relations and information technology. [Read article]

On the Spot

Sophomore talks about the art of naked people, and what she would do without eyebrows.

WILDCAT: What exactly do you do in studio art?

ACHTON: I'm taking a drawing class right now. I think I want to switch to photography, actually though.

WILDCAT: Do you ever have to draw naked people?


WILDCAT: Do you ever have to draw weird people, you know, the ones who totally love to be naked? [Read article]

Campus Briefs

Bursar to charge $250 late fee for unpaid bill tomorrow

Students who don't pay tuition today can tack on an extra $250 to their bill tomorrow.

The university will enact the mandatory late charge tomorrow for all students who have not paid their tuition bill.

The late charge cannot be waived on the basis of lack of funds, non-receipt of bills and other personal reasons.

Students will be charged regardless of whether or not they have been billed for additional registration. [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • The word "toady" originally referred to a magician's assistant who literally ate toads as part of the show. Toads were once thought to be poisonous. When the "toady" recovered from eating the toad, it was considered an indication of the magician's power.
  • The Colgate Company started out making starch, soap and candles.
  • According to food experts, marinades for meat are for a one-time use only. You should never save and reuse a marinade.
  • In the early 1950s, Clint Eastwood signed a $75-a-week contract with Universal to do walk-ons in low-budget horror flicks like "Revenge of the Creature." He was fired when studio executives decided his adam's apple protruded too much for him to be star material.
  • In 1911, a dog was killed by a meteor in Nakhla, Egypt. The unlucky canine is the only creature known to have been killed by a meteor.

    On this date:

  • In 1620, the Mayflower departed from England, bound for America with 102 passengers and a small crew. The ship weathered dangerous Atlantic storms and reached Provincetown, Mass., on Nov. 21. The Pilgrims disembarked at Plymouth on Dec. 26.
  • In 1908, General Motors was founded. The man responsible for the beginning of auto-manufacturing company that makes: Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Chevrolet vehicles was William Crapo "Billy" Durant.
  • In 1940, President Roosevelt signed the Selective Service Bill, which made all Americans between 21 and 35 liable to be called for military service.
  • In 1945, Japan surrenders Hong Kong at the end of World War II.
  • In 1991, federal judge dismissed Iran-Contra charges against Oliver North.


    "She had more guts than anybody else. I want to carry on the things that she didn't quite finish. I have always wanted to, but was too young."

    ÷Britain's Prince Harry on announcing plans that he wishes to take up his mother's charity work.


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