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photo 5 years with Pete Likins

From weathering a CatCard scandal to revamping campus and defining a new mission, Likins says he's only just begun

Maybe you think he's considering slowing down at age 66. You'd be wrong. Most of the time, President Pete Likins works late into the evening, often attending a business dinner engagement with his wife, Pat, of 47 years, as was the case last week, when he attended a dinner for the UA Foundation at the Westin La Paloma Resort. [Read article]

UA researcher's invention to aid sniper investigation

A computer database designed on campus may be just what investigators need to catch the Washington, D.C., area sniper, said Lt. Jenny Schroeder of the Tucson Police Department.

The database, called COPLINK, was designed by Hsinchun Chen and his staff in the Artificial Intelligence Lab, part of the UA's Department of Management Information Systems.

COPLINK is a Web-based database allowing any police department connected to the system to access information from other police departments at the click of a button, Chen said. [Read article]

Candidates surprised to have vote

Hopefuls for superintendent of public instruction job learn the seat includes vote on board of regents

Arizona's superintendent of public instruction has a vote on the Arizona Board of Regents, but two of the candidates for this state office were not aware of their voting responsibility until yesterday.

With only two weeks left until election day, Jay Blanchard (D) and Tom Horne (R) were confused over whether, as an ex-officio board member, the superintendent of public instruction is entitled to vote. John Zajac (L) got the news late last week. [Read article]

photo More than 400 students make a difference

Students will be making cards to send to troops overseas telling them how much the UA appreciates their hard work as part of Project Volunteer's Fall Service Week.

Project Volunteer, a philanthropic club sponsored by the University Activities Board, is hosting Fall Service Week, a week dedicated to helping the community.

The week kicked off Monday, when students donated their blood to the United Blood Service. [Read article]

Student president legal in revoking delegate privileges

Student body president Doug Hartz's decision made over the summer to limit his delegates' voting privileges at statewide meetings did not violate the Arizona Students' Association's bylaws, its director said yesterday.

Following the resignation of student lobbyist Jenny Rimsza last Friday, the ASA headquarters examined its bylaws and found that, while Hartz is not granted power over delegates' votes, there is no specific protection of individual votes. [Read article]

On the Spot

Gubernatorial candidate on cleaning toilets, objects that can get stuck in your nose and kilts

WILDCAT: What's the worst job you've ever had?

SALMON: Oh probably cleaning toilets at McDonald's.

WILDCAT: And how long did you do that?

SALOMON: Well, I did other things; that was just part of the job. You know, nobody likes cleaning toilets, so when it finally got up to the point where I was actually working on the grill, flipping the burgers, I thought I was in heaven. [Read article]

U-Wire: About 40 Kent State students rally to protest police brutality

KENT, Ohio "No police state! No kill the cops! Police brutality's got to stop!"

A group of about 40 people marched in 38-degree weather from the Risman Plaza at 8:30 p.m. to the cement platform downtown, beating on makeshift drums and chanting.

The rally was held to protest police


At the head of the group three men held a sign that read, Community Control of Police.

The rally, which was sponsored by Student Anti-Racist Action, was also attended by members of the Kent Anti-War Committee, CHANGE, Black United Students, the Burning River Revolutionary Anarchist Collective of Cleveland and the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade of Cleveland. [Read article]

U-Wire: U. Connecticut students drinking more than national counterparts

STORRS, Conn. In a recent alcohol and drug study conducted by the Core Institute of Southern Illinois University, the University of Connecticut's percentage rates were much higher than the national statistic on most alcohol-related questions.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, 400 UConn students were randomly selected in the spring of 2002 to participate in the survey. Of the 400 surveys that were sent out to be completed, 117 came back, a return rate of 31.2 percent, which is higher than the national average. [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • The first law to protect the cheese industry was enacted in 1411, when Charles VI gave the people of Roquefort "the monopoly of curing cheese as has been done in the caves of Roquefort village since time immemorial."
  • When Napoleon wore black silk handkerchiefs around his neck during a battle, he always won. At Waterloo, he wore a white cravat and lost the battle.
  • The comic play "The Clouds," written in 423 B.C. by Aristophanes, mocks tragedy writer Sophocles.
  • A wind farm at Altamont Pass, Calif., consists of 300 wind turbines. To produce as much electricity as a nuclear power station, a wind farm would need to occupy an area of approximately 140 square miles.
  • "Colonial goose" is the name Australians give to stuffed mutton.

    On this date:

  • In 42 B.C., Marcus Junius Brutus, a leader in the plot to assassinate Julius Caesar, committed suicide when his republican cause was lost and he was heavily defeated in the battle of Philippi by Marcus Antonius and Octavian.
  • In 1930, the first miniature golf tournament finished in Chattanooga, Tenn. J.K. Scott was the men's title winner, and J.E. Rankin won the women's competition.
  • In 1958, Boris Pasternak, Russian poet and novelist, was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature for writing "Dr. Zhivago." He was forced to refuse the award because of negative Soviet reaction.
  • In 1973, President Richard Nixon agreed to turn White House tape recordings requested by the Watergate special prosecutor over to Judge John J. Sirica.
  • In 1973, North Vietnamese negotiator Le Duc Tho refused to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded jointly to him and to his United States counterpart Henry Kissinger, saying there was still no peace in his country.
  • In 1978, CBS Records raised the prices of many vinyl albums by one dollar to $8.98; a trend other labels soon followed.


    "Whoever or whatever this is, it's not a human being if he targets children. There's nothing that can justify that."

    Kathy Franco, a parent and Washington-area resident, on news that the sniper may be targeting children.


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