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photo New horizons of learning

Whether it's naming genes or having tea with prime ministers, overseas program is memorable experience for students and a research advantage for the university

Not many students get the chance to name a gene. But at the end of her research experience in Paris, Nanibaa' Garrison, a molecular and cellular biology senior, was given that very opportunity.

Garrison, whose mother is Navajo, chose to unite her Navajo heritage with the French culture, naming the gene Bil Nahoomas. [Read article]

Athletics boss concerned by low grad rates

Athletic director Jim Livengood addressed athletes' lower-than-average graduation rates, the high demand for basketball tickets and emphasized the self-sufficiency of the athletic department during the faculty fellows speaker series yesterday.

UA swimmer Jeff Dash introduced Livengood and mentioned his accomplishments as athletic director.

"He's had great success. We've been in the top 10 in the Sears Cup (a ranking of the top athletic departments in the country) the last 10 years and he was named 1999 A.D. of the year," Dash said. [Read article]

Union unveils plans for February grand opening week

With the completion of the Student Union Memorial Center rapidly approaching, student union directors have announced plans for a February grand opening that incorporates veterans, international food, films from long ago and children.

Starting with the noon ribbon cutting and official dedication on Feb. 17, there will be celebrations from Feb. 17 to Feb. 22.

After more than three years of construction, the student union will be completely ready for use next semester, officials said. [Read article]

photo State bumps up legal gambling age from 18 to 21 for casinos, lottery

The Arizona Legislature has a message for younger students who enjoy heading down to the casino to drop their paychecks into the slots: Enjoy it while it lasts.

Starting June 1, the minimum age to gamble in casinos, bet at racetracks or buy state lottery tickets will increase from 18 to 21 because of legislation passed earlier this year.

The reason the legislature passed the law was because young adults were "exposed to gambling at too early an age," said Arizona Lottery Executive Director Geoffrey E. Gonsher. [Read article]

Kolbe pitches war to ROTC

Jim Kolbe visited campus bright and early yesterday to speak to nearly 400 ROTC members about why he supports a U.S. war against Iraq.

The forum, held at 6 a.m., came two weeks after Kolbe and fellow members of Congress voted 296 to 133 to give President Bush power to initiate military force on Iraq.

"It makes my heart heavy knowing some of the faces I'm looking at may see combat," Kolbe said. [Read article]

Search continues for new student lobbyist

Following the resignation of student lobbyist Jenny Rimsza last week, student government officials are looking for someone to fill her shoes and lobby at the state capital this year.

Student body president Doug Hartz said applications are due today, with the bulk of interviews winding down today and tomorrow.

Student lobbyists have historically set the pace on tuition increases by lobbying against them. Last year, they also organized a grassroots effort called "No more than 4," asking state legislators not to cut the UA budget by more than 4 percent. [Read article]

On the Spot

Independent gubernatorial candidate likens politics to sitting on pencils, owns no TV

Wildcat: Have you ever sat on a pencil?

Mahoney: I've never sat on a pencil. I've sat on a lot of things but never a pencil.

Wildcat: What was the pokiest thing you sat on?

Mahoney: Given my native discretion, I'm not going to get in to that. I'll just leave it to your imagination. It was pretty gnarly. [Read article]

U-Wire: Study finds semen is a natural ╬upper' among college women

NEW YORK - Semen may be a natural "upper" and its effect may be addictive, according to a recent study of sexually active college women.

The study, conducted at the State University of New York at Albany, found that women having sex without condoms were less depressed than those using them.

Researchers asked 293 undergraduate females how often they had sex, the type of contraception used and the number of days since they last had sex. Results revealed that depression levels increased with the frequency of the subjects' condom use. [Read article]

U-Wire: Boston Univ. group compares Homer Simpson to Jesus Christ

BOSTON - Bread and wine turned into doughnuts and beer Tuesday night and youthful pop culture met age old scripture as Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, a Boston University group sponsored by the Assemblies of God, held its second lecture to discuss how Jesus Christ was similar to Homer Simpson.

The larger group split up into four smaller groups to discuss questions the group posed about the episode it had just watched. This session's episode was "Homer's Odyssey," in which Homer attempts to make all of Springfield safe by putting signs up throughout town. [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • In 1995, the average U.S. public school contained 72 computers.
  • The composing team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II earned many awards for the eleven musicals they wrote during their seventeen-year partnership, including two Pulitzer Prizes, one Emmy, two Grammys, two Tonys, and fifteen Academy Awards.
  • A young male fur seal that is kept from the breeding grounds by the older males is called a bachelor.
  • George Washington's face was badly scarred from smallpox.
  • Cutting-edge comedian of the 1960s Lenny Bruce changed his name from Leonard Alfred Schneider.

    On this date:

  • In 1861, for the first time in the United States, telegrams were sent coast to coast. First in line to send a message was California Justice Stephen J. Field, who sent a message to President Abraham Lincoln.
  • In 1901, Annie Edson Taylor of Bay City, Mich., went over Niagara Falls in a barrel on her 43rd birthday. She was the first person to live to tell about her adventure; but she was one of many people to try. Ironically, Annie couldn't swim.
  • In 1929, Black Thursday got its name when Wall Street investors panicked and ordered their stockbrokers to sell all their shares. Nearly 13 million shares traded hands, sending stock prices plummeting.
  • In 1931, the George Washington Bridge opened, linking New York City with New Jersey.


    "The end is coming into sight. It is not there yet, but it is coming into sight. The end is either an agreement or a failure to reach agreement. It could be either one right now,"

    ¸ White House press secretary Ari Fleischer on the nearing of a U.N. resolution on Iraq.


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