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photo Students, faculty rally for terror-free peace in Israel

Roughly a hundred students gathered on the UA Mall yesterday to hold a rally in support of Israel and peace in the Middle East.

The event included speeches from UA students, faculty, and outside speakers associated with the conflict.

The tone of the rally was supportive of Israel and the country's intention to achieve peace in the region, organizers said.

"We want to talk peace, we are ready to talk peace, but we will fight terrorism," said Neil Lazarus, a speaker who lives in Israel. [Read article]

Admissions mulls AIMS test merits

Administrators are exploring the possibility of using the AIMS test as part of university admissions criteria as a result of one professor's research showing that students who pass the AIMS test have a better chance of succeeding at the UA.

About 78 percent of current UA sophomores passed the writing portion of the Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards test during their sophomore year of high school, according to data collected by Jerome D'Agostino, an assistant professor of educational psychology. [Read article]

Elevators costing UA thousands

Last year, emergency elevator service cost more than $5,000

Seven students hurry down the hall of their five-story dorm, late for class. The elevator doors open, revealing five or six students already on their way down to the lobby. The students, late for class, decide it's worth the squeeze and pile in.

The elevator doors close and, with a slight jolt, the elevator stops moving. One student uses the emergency phone to report the incident and is told that someone will be there to fix the elevator right away. [Read article]

Housing may see overhaul

While Residence Life is considering getting rid of two of its apartments, it is going to buy a sorority house that is likely to house freshman girls.

Residence Life will be able to break its lease for Palm Shadows, 1816 E. Helen St., and its lease with Sky View Apartments, 1050 E. Eighth St., will expire after this year.

It is bound by long-term leases, however, with Babcock Inn, 1717 E. Speedway Blvd., and Corleone Apartments, 1330 N. Park Ave. [Read article]

On the Spot

Aspiring Broadway wardrobe master appreciates creamy peanut butter and chocolate, along with hats, monkeys

WILDCAT: That is such a fun major! So, what's the most elaborate costume you've ever designed?

ALLEN: They all have their kind of moments. Like right now, I'm making planetary hats. Last year, I did monkeys.

WILDCAT: I secretly want a pet monkey, bur people keep telling me they are dirty. But I think they are so darn cute when they are wearing little diapers. Anyway, what is your dream job when you graduate? [Read article]

Weekly Arts Briefs

Visiting artist lecture honoring new museum exhibit tonight

The visiting artist lecture series celebrating Arizona State Museum's new exhibit "Connections Across Generations: The Avery Collection of American Indian Paintings," starts tonight at 7:30. Michael Chiago, a Tohono O'odham artist, will share stories of his art and life with plenty of time for audience questions.

The event will begin with a lecture at the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) auditorium, one building north-east of the Arizona State Museum. A reception, book signing and exhibition viewing will follow at the museum. [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • Of 103.4 million American men, 22.5 million wear a mustache.
  • The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
  • In the United States, a barrel of beer contains 31 gallons, which is the equivalent of 13.8 cases of 12-ounce bottles or cans. Depending on the glass type and shape used to serve the beer, a barrel will yield about 200 12-ounce servings.
  • In the film industry, a "chute cowboy" is a slang expression for experienced parachutists that either perform or assist with stunts involving parachutes.
  • In a survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation, 31 percent of those people surveyed felt that having a maid, housekeeper or gardener would make their lives significantly less stressful.

    On this date:

  • In 1777, the Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation.
  • In 1806, explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop now known as Pikes Peak in Colorado.
  • In 1881, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions of the United States and Canada was formed in Pittsburgh. The organization would become the American Federation of Labor five years later.
  • In 1937, Congress enjoyed air conditioning in both the House and Senate chambers for the first time as the second session of the 75th U.S. Congress convened.


    "It won't be a World War III."

    Donald Rumsfeld, on what a war with Iraq would be like.


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