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Students flood law colleges

Applications for law school are up this year at the UA and other law colleges across the country.

The James E. Rogers College of Law saw applications jump 25 percent in their applicant pool for this year, leading administration to believe that the sluggish economy is prompting students to delay entering the job market.

"In general, national data shows when the economy goes down, enrollment goes up," said Gary Pivo, dean of the Graduate College. "People start to look for a competitive edge and they view education as that edge." [Read article]

photo Bird season may usher in West Nile

Virus has not yet reached Arizona, but may be carried in by fall migration

The West Nile virus has infected more than 1,000 people from the East Coast to California this year, but Arizona residents have remained untouched to this point, as UA prepares to do battle against mosquitoes that propagate the virus.

"We're one of few states that it has not been reported in," said Frank Ramberg, assistant research scientist for the university's entomology department. "But with the start of bird migration season coming (in late fall and early winter), the cycle could get started here." [Read article]

photo Senior makes run for governor

Not many candidates for governor hold their fundraising rallies in a bar.

History senior Carlton Rahmani isn't your typical gubernatorial candidate.

After becoming disillusioned with Arizona politics and the gubernatorial race in particular, Rahmani recently declared his write-in candidacy for governor.

He's running on a pro-business, pro-solar energy, progressive, Republican platform that includes a plan to fund public education through a formula based on the price of beer. [Read article]

photo ResLife yet to fill 149 spaces

Due to the housing cap established last year, Residence Life now finds itself trying to fill 149 open spaces in the residence halls, a stark contrast to what administrators encountered last year when they were faced with putting 500 students in temporary housing.

"We are working aggressively to bring that number down as much as possible," said Joel Hauff, associate director for administrative services in ResLife. "If we're 150 spaces short, then that's a shortfall where we planned to have money, but we don't." [Read article]

UA to fight agro-terror

A UA laboratory has received a grant from the federal government to help combat agro-terrorism, the malicious use of plant or animal pathogens to cause widespread disease in the agricultural sector.

The grant is part of a nationwide effort to establish labs in every state that can keep tabs on possible outbreaks of foreign diseases in America's agriculture, said Peder Cuneo, a specialist in veterinary science and microbiology at the Arizona Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. [Read article]

On the Spot

Junior digs graphic design, but not computers or cockroaches

WILDCAT: Have you been in the art program since your freshman year?

WILLIAMS: Since last year, my sophomore year.

WILDCAT: What type of art do you do?

WILLIAMS: Viscom. Visual Communications, graphic design.

WILDCAT: What do you want to do with that?

WILLIAMS: Advertising.

WILDCAT: Have you had any practice yet? [Read article]

U-Wire: George Washington U. prof: McDonald's lures kids to fat

WASHINGTON Overweight Americans might already blame fast food meals for their size, but after a George Washington University professor finishes his work on an upcoming lawsuit, obese individuals may send their medical bills to McDonald's.

John Banzhaf, a GW law professor, is currently working on a case on behalf of Ashley Pelman and Jazlen Bradley, two overweight 8-year-old girls who "were lured into McDonald's with playgrounds and tiny toys," he said. [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • In northern France, children are given their gifts on Dec. 6, Saint Nicholas' Day, instead of on Christmas Day.
  • The Gulf Stream travels 111 miles across the Atlantic Ocean each day.
  • The top three cork-producing countries in the world are Spain, Portugal and Algeria.
  • When Russian men engage in conversation, the distance between the two is typically about 10 inches. This is considered a comfortable proximity; American men, on the other hand, consider something closer to two feet as preferable.
  • Bruce Willis, Bette Midler, George Clooney and John Ritter were all elected and served as the class presidents of their high school student councils.
  • Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.

    On this date:

  • In 1787, in Philadelphia, Pa., the Constitution of the United States of America was signed by delegates from twelve states at the Constitutional Convention.
  • In 1920, in Canton, Ohio, the National Football League was formed. Canton is now home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • In 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany launched its assault.
  • In 1972, the first episode of the sitcom "M*A*S*H" aired on CBS. The show, which earned 14 Emmy Awards, was the first anti-war sitcom in television history. It would stay on the air for eleven seasons, making 251 episodes in all.
  • In 1978, after meeting at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a framework for a peace treaty.


    "If girls can't understand the consequences of sex at 16, it is hard to say that girls of 8 can understand the consequences of eating greasy food."

    John Banzhaf, a George Washington law professor, on a lawsuit he is bringing against McDonald's, accusing them of using toys to lure children to eat greasy food.


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