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photo The Big Event

This weekend's Homecoming event will be far grander than UA's first

Tomorrow, the UA football team will take on the UCLA Bruins in front of a crowd of 48,000 at 7:07 p.m., a time set to accommodate the televised preview show. But at the UA's very first Homecoming game, in 1914, the scene was far different and much more simplistic.

At that time, about 1,500 spectators watched the Wildcats from their cars and horse-drawn carriages that lined the sidelines of the UA's original field. [Read article]

Know your local nominee

The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned tonight at the annual bonfire in front of Old Main at 8 p.m.

This year's nominees are a diverse group of students with interests that range from finance to education.

The nominees are:

Melissa Davis, a finance senior who planned yesterday's Club Olympics, sponsored by Gamma Phi Beta sorority

Betsy Gordon, a senior majoring in communications and French, sponsored by Alpha Chi Omega [Read article]

Viewpoints: Homecoming

UA's Homecoming is this weekend. Alumni and their families will migrate back to campus to attend events like the football game and the Homecoming parade. The Wildcat asked students:

What are your memories of Homecoming?

What Homecoming events are you planning to attend?

"All the alumni from different generations come back to have fun. It's a big party." [Read article]

Calendar of Events

10th-Annual Student Showcase Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Main Library.
The Graduate and Professional Student Council is hosting the nation's largest research fair to display the research of undergraduate and graduate students from every department. Exhibits will show sculptures, music and academic research.

Bear Down Bash Friday, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Bear Down Gym. [Read article]

photo Likins pitches vision to alumni

President Pete Likins made a case for raising in-state tuition by $1,100 and cutting programs to redirect funding at a noontime speech at the Marriott University Park yesterday, asking local movers and shakers to help him promote the Focused Excellence plan with their political power and their pocketbooks.

Community buy-in is vital to making Focused Excellence a reality, Likins told audience members. [Read article]

photo Campus Health: get flu shot now

Campus Health recommends getting a flu shot before Thanksgiving to avoid the sudden and severe onset of aches, muscle pains, chills, fever and fatigue that come with the influenza virus, which often hits during the winter holidays.

The flu is a concern for those on campus, in large classes and at crowded sporting events, said Judy Stivers, a Campus Health nurse.

The highly contagious virus leads to an average of 20,000 deaths per year, mostly among the elderly, infants and the chronically sick. [Read article]

Muddy pit brings out clubs' best

The group on the right side of the rope pulled its hardest, but was unable to hold on. In one instant, all eight members fell into the ankle-deep mud, clothes and all, in the mud tug-of-war yesterday on the UA Mall.

Slinging and slipping in mud was the most popular of the events in which clubs competed for a $400 prize.

This was the second year of the competition, inspired by the movie "Revenge of the Nerds," which was filmed on the UA campus. It was dreamed up by executive vice student body president Jennifer Reece. [Read article]

photo Make your own club

Share your interests in technology, performance, art, public service, philosophy or whatever lights your fire

The UA has 305 campus clubs and organizations, and we're not just talking chess and glee club.

You could start a club to appreciate ring-tailed lemurs, be in a society for pink-haired people and three-eyed women or climb Mt. Everest in a Speedo. Those clubs aren't already on campus, but if you want to start them, go ahead. Good luck finding a vice president, though. [Read article]

photo Alumnus off to 4-month mission on space station

Donald Pettit will aid in construction, scientific research

While some alumni take campus tours, attend the parade or the football game this weekend, Donald Pettit will be going into outer space.

He will be the third UA alumnus to do so.

Pettit is scheduled to launch between 10 p.m. Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday, on the 16th shuttle flight to visit the international space station. The countdown for the launch begins today. [Read article]

Campus police set to strictly enforce Homecoming rules

Drunkenness, profanity, nudity, littering, throwing objects at floats will be prohibited

Every year, students attend Homecoming festivities expecting to find free food, parade floats carrying screaming students and, almost always, alcohol.

But students who plan on heading to the UA Mall for Saturday's events can also expect to find the enforcement of countless rules, many regarding alcohol, trash and behavior. [Read article]

Band celebrates a century of UA pride

The Pride of Arizona marching band to mark its 100th anniversary at Homecoming halftime

Giving up the Red Hot Chili Peppers for a week, the Pride of Arizona marching band will instead join forces with hundreds of its alumni to serenade the crowd with a homecoming show tomorrow at halftime of the UCLA game.

To celebrate its 100th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of "Bear Down Arizona," the marching band will perform the namesake for this year's Homecoming at halftime. "A Century of Pride" is the name of Homecoming this year. [Read article]

On the Spot

Head coach John Mackovic speaks on the pizza controversy, superheros and, yes, spandex

WILDCAT: Coach, what happens when a big group of football coaches are together and someone says, "Hey coach?"

MACKOVIC: Probably 15 or 20 people turn their head. You know, when coaches greet each other we all say "Hey, you had a good year." Doesn't matter how many games you won. [Read article]

photo Campus Arts Briefs

Environmental justice, activism topics for book forum tonight

Tonight at 7, join Joni Adamson and Teresa Leal for a discussion at Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave. about about Comadres, an organization of women helping other women who work in maquilas and live in the Nogales area.

Adamson is co-editor of "The Environmental Justice Reader," a new collection of interviews, essays and accounts of global environmental justice issues and activist efforts. The discussion is free. For more information, call 792-3715. [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • It's been documented that locusts have formed swarms measuring up to one mile wide, 100 feet deep and 50 miles long. They may travel more than 2,000 miles. A swarm this enormous has been known to contain as many as 40 billion locusts.
  • In 1995, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration employee bought six plastic owls at Wal-Mart to protect the space shuttle from woodpeckers.
  • Retirement planning time: Adults spend an average of 16 times as many hours selecting clothes (145.6 hours a year) as they do on planning their retirement.
  • Every plant in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., is edible. Plants in this section of the amusement park include bananas, strawberries, tomatoes and more. Guests are welcome to pick their fill.

    On this date:

  • In 1874, the Republican Party elephant was born. It was created by Thomas Nast's political cartoon in Harper's Weekly, attacking a possible third term for Republican President Ullyses S. Grant.
  • In 1876, Albert H. Hook of New York City patented the cigarette manufacturing machine.
  • In 1893, the state of Colorado granted women residents the right to vote.
  • In 1929, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City was opened to the public.
  • In 1963, New York Yankee Elston Howard was named the American League's Most Valuable Player, making him the first black player to receive the award.
  • In 1973, United States and Egypt announced restoration of full diplomatic links for the first time since the 1967 Six-Day War.


    "He's a real threat and it's now time for the world to come together and disarm him."

    President George W. Bush on a new security council agreement on Iraq reached between the United States and France


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