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photo Regents extend conditional admission plan

Though regents are considering making admissions more selective, they extended a plan to allow students who are behind their peers in one or more subjects to be admitted on the condition that they take remedial courses during their freshman and sophomore years.

The number of students coming into UA who do not meet the admission requirements in at least one area dropped from 31 percent in 1997 to 1998 to 23 percent in 1999 to 2000. [Read article]

Likins: Research building grants may pay for raises

With the prospects of receiving additional funds from the state Legislature looking grim for next year, President Peter Likins submitted a new budget request to the Arizona Board of Regents on Friday that favored funding for research buildings over raises in what he called a political maneuver.

The new plan headed for the Arizona Legislature requests more than $12 million originally planned for salaries, hiring graduate assistants and undergraduate education be used instead for funding the construction of new research buildings. [Read article]

photo Botanical group honors UA flora

The UA Campus Arboretum gained national recognition Saturday in a ceremony featuring three boojum trees that were at the center of a development controversy on the UA campus earlier this year.

Over 300 people attended the celebration, which marked the UA's acceptance into the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.

President Peter Likins opened the event, which featured a speech by David Yetman, UA alumnus and host of KUAT's "The Desert Speaks." [Read article]

ASU student VP rides out scandal

ion surrounding ASU's student body vice president and short-lived porn star Brian Buck appears to be dying down, but not without Buck's successful maneuvering to keep his job and the resignation of one student government member.

Buck was the most prominent ASU student in the adult film, "Shane's World #29: Frat Row Scavenger Hunt 3," which featured four ASU fraternities that took part in a scavenger hunt with professional porn stars, including sex on a campus lawn. The fraternity members did not have intercourse with any of the women. [Read article]

Campus Briefs

Cancer Center gets grant for gastrointestinal cancer research

The National Cancer Institute has awarded the Arizona Cancer Center a five-year, $11.8 million grant for research.

The grant will fund a program that focuses on translating new laboratory cancer research to finding treatments for current gastrointestinal cancer patients.

GI cancers make up approximately 24 percent of cancer deaths in the United States. [Read article]

On the Spot' Homero "Chico" Pacheco

Experienced CatTran driver speaks about orangutans, hot coffee, minor accidents, death and being stepped on in life

WILDCAT: How long have you been doing this?

CHICO: What, at the university?


CHICO: Going on four years.

WILDCAT: So you drive around all the lazy kids on campus?

CHICO: Yeah, but they are always welcome to a ride. [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • When energy is used, it doesn't disappear; it merely goes elsewhere or is changed into another form.
  • Right behind Christmas and Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday ranks as the third-largest occasion for Americans to consume food, according to the National Football League.
  • It is hard to manufacture butter from goats because the cream is dispersed in the milk.
  • Benjamin Franklin invented crop insurance.
  • The first catcher in major league baseball history to win the Rookie of the Year award was Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds, in 1968.
  • Chester Greenwood of the United States was 15 years old in 1873 when he invented earmuffs.

    On this date:

  • In 1888, "Jack the Ripper" butchered Liz Stride and Kate Eddowes, in London.
  • In 1946, the international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, finds 22 German Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes, and 11 are sentenced to death.
  • In 1955, actor James Dean was killed in a car crash in the small farm town of Cholame, Calif. His Porsche Spider hit another car, head-on at 75 miles an hour.
  • In 1982, the television hit comedy "Cheers" aired for the first time. It its time it won numerous awards, including Emmys for Best Comedy Series, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Director.
  • In 1984, Garry Trudeau's comic strip "Doonesbury" returned after a 20-month hiatus. Married to former "Today" co-host Jane Pauley, Trudeau brought the sometimes controversial strip back by showing how the gang from Walden Pond "jumped from draft beer and mixers to cocaine and herpes."
  • In 1993, an estimated 10,000 people were killed when an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 6.4 struck southern India.


    "We refuse to live in this future of fear. We are determined to build a future of security and peace for ourselves and for the world."

    President George W. Bush on gathering support to take action against Iraq.


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