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photo Weekend highlights volunteerism

Nearly 600 UA students volunteered at 28 locations across Tucson on Saturday, pulling weeds, painting houses, dusting tables and talking to Alzheimer's patients, during the annual All-Campus Philanthropy Day.

Members from several clubs including Blue Chip National Honorary, Circle K International and Primus participated, while other students said they just came to give back to the community by volunteering at organizations like the Ronald McDonald House, Handmaker Jewish Services and the Boys and Girls Club. [Read article]

photo Likins to Mackovic: Work constructively, be humble

Head football coach John Mackovic will be given a chance to redeem himself, but will have to abide by the "values" of college coaching to the satisfaction of President Pete Likins and athletics director Jim Livengood, Likins said in a statement Friday.

Likins, who met with 41 UA football players last week to discuss concerns about the coach, called on Mackovic to "practice humility in his relationships with others, and work constructively to open all lines of communication." [Read article]

Change in MCAT means all scores count

Pre-med students preparing to take the Medical College Admissions test, or the MCAT, will no longer have the option of replacing poorer test scores by retaking the test.

Starting with the tests in April 2003, all test scores for each student who takes the MCAT will automatically be sent to every medical school to which a student applies.

Under current policies, students have the option of withholding multiple test scores from medical schools and only sending the best score. [Read article]

Janitors find cow's head in Coronado stairwell

Two custodians disposed of a cow's head found at the bottom of the west stairwell in Coronado Residence Hall on Tuesday.

The cow's head had initially been found by a student, who notified a desk assistant. The desk assistant then informed Valerie Ross, a custodian on the premises.

Ross and Elizabeth Raso of Facilities Management cleaned up the scene by putting the head in a trash compactor used by the custodial staff, the police report stated. [Read article]

On the Spot

Agricultural resource graduate student talks about cow-tipping, naked snowboarding and porn

WILDCAT: That is a very interesting major. What are you going to do?

SOHM: We'll find out.

WILDCAT: Have you ever gone cow-tipping?

SOHM: Yes.

WILDCAT: Are you a big fan?

SOHM: Good times.

WILDCAT: Now, Ryan, is that really agriculturally correct? [Read article]

Campus Briefs

Anti drug, alcohol network to award Campus Health employee

The Network of Colleges and Universities Committed to the Elimination of Drug and Alcohol Abuse will present Koreen Johannessen, senior adviser for prevention Campus Health Service, with the 2002 Outstanding Service Award.

The award will be presented at the annual U.S. Department of Education's National Meeting on Alcohol, Other Drugs and Violence Prevention in Higher Education on Thursday. [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • Thermometers were originally filled with brandy instead of mercury.
  • Australia is the richest source of mineral sands in the world.
  • The original Howdy Doody character had exactly 48 freckles.
  • A crocodile always grows new teeth to replace the old teeth.
  • Mel Blanc, the original voice of Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots.
  • An average metal coat hanger is approximately 44 inches long when straightened.
  • Close to 85 percent of the plant life on planet Earth is in the oceans.
  • Women's hair on average is about half the diameter of men's hair.

    On this date:

  • In 1820, U.S. Navy Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer discovered the frozen continent of Antarctica.
  • In 1883, the United States adopted standard time and divided the country into four time-zones.
  • In 1919, in New York City, ticker tape was first used as part of a parade to welcome the Prince of Wales to the city.
  • In 1928, after much resistance from movie distributors, Walt Disney arranged for the premier viewing of his first Mickey Mouse cartoon with sound. Titled "Steamboat Willie," it debuted at the Manhattan's Colony Theater. It was the first cartoon with a fully synchronized sound track.
  • In 1945, the communist-led Fatherland Front won the Bulgarian general election after opposition parties abstained.


    "If Iraq cooperates fully, if we are allowed to do our work in a comprehensive manner, I think we can avoid a war."

    Mohamed ElBaradei, who is overseeing the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency's search for nuclear arms in Iraq, on the start of weapons inspections.


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