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Policy on tuition up for review

The Arizona Board of Regents will meet at the University Medical Center today to begin discussing whether to change board policies to allow the UA to raise tuition and financial aid and allow colleges on campus to set tuition independently.

Two proposed plans, Changing Directions and Focused Excellence, would change Regents' policies now on the books.

Those changes include allowing the three universities to set different tuitions, and enabling various undergraduate and graduate colleges and departments within each university to set their own tuition. [Read article]

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photo Coaches cost too much to axe

Patience is not a virtue most college football programs have been showing their coaches in recent years, but it is something the UA's administrators and fans will likely have to muster with John Mackovic.

The cost of firing Mackovic which could result in forcing the elimination of jobs in the athletics department could keep him in place regardless of whether Pete Likins and athletics director Jim Livengood believe the coach can turn Wildcat football into a winning program. [Read article]

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Rise in students, but drop in classes

The university has cut about 7 percent or 231 of its undergraduate class sections in the last two years, although the number of undergraduate students at UA has grown by 7 percent in the same period.

This year, there are 3,119 classes 69 fewer than last year offered to accommodate the 28,278 undergraduates currently enrolled.

While there are 2,020 more students here than there were four years ago, 257 class sections have been cut over those years. [Read article]

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Hull calls special session to remedy budget shortfall

Gov. Jane Hull on Wednesday called the Legislature into a special session expected to start Monday to tackle the state's budget shortfall and provide more money to fix substandard school buildings.

Lawmakers are considering a proposed package of spending cuts and other changes to reduce a shortfall projected at up to $500 million.

"This can't wait," she said. "It is time for lawmakers to do their jobs." [Read article]

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On the Spot

WILDCAT: So you and your husband own this place, how long have you been on campus?

SKILAS: Just two weeks.

WILDCAT: Well this is a pretty jumping place. I know a bunch of the guys at the Wildcat have a tally going as to how many gyros they eat.

SKILAS: Well, that's good.

WILDCAT: Now, you pronounce it "yee-ro," right?

SKILAS: Yes, "yee-ro."

WILDCAT: Do you get annoyed when people say "Can I have a jyro'?" [Read article]

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U-WIRE: College of Medicine cofounder, former chairman dies at age 80

Oscar A. Thorup Jr., one of the original founders of the College of Medicine, died on Oct. 21 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va. He was 80 years old.

In 1966, Thorup joined the UA's medical school as professor and chairman of the department of medicine. Working with Merlin K. "Monte" DuVal and Philip Krutsch, they formed a three-man planning team to develop the College of Medicine. Over the next four years, they worked closely with architects while concurrently developing the curriculum for the incoming medical students. [Read article]

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U-WIRE: Conference Services Showcase offers tips on planning meetings

The UA Conference Services Showcase, an information tradeshow designed for those who organize meetings, conferences, seminars or conventions on campus, will run at Bear Down Gym on Friday.

The event is geared toward faculty, staff, administrators and others involved in organizing professional, academic or organizational meetings in Tucson, and will feature approximately 50 exhibits of local products, services and free resources available. Representatives of the hospitality industry in Tucson, such as hotels, attractions, transportation services and tour operators, will be available to answer questions and provide literature on products and services for large or small group meetings. [Read article]

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U-WIRE: 3 UA physicists elected fellows of American Physical Society

Three UA physicists have been named 2002 Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS), a 42,000-member society that organizes the discipline's major scientific meetings and publishes the world's most prestigious and widely read physics research journals.

Physics professors Raymond E. Goldstein, Sumitendra Mazumdar and Fulvio Melia are among 190 new APS Fellows this year.

The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who may have made advances in knowledge through original research and publication or made significant and innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. They may also have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in the activities of the Society. Each year, no more than one-half of one percent of the then current membership of the society is recognized by its peers for election to the status of fellow. [Read article]

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Fast facts:

  • The DeKrote Garbage Museum in New Jersey, one of the only museums devoted to human waste, invites visitors to "walk through a bright cavern formed by a jumble of trash hanging from the walls and ceiling." Some critics have observed that the garbage on display at the museum gives off no characteristic odor, which is unlike the average solid waste landfill.
  • When a person dies, hearing is generally the last sense to go. The first sense lost is usually sight. Taste, smell and touch follow.
  • Cornelius Vanderbilt was an insomniac. He was not able to fall asleep unless each leg of his bed was planted in a dish filled with salt. He felt this kept out the evil spirits.
  • In Russia, when a friend is leaving on a trip, it is common for this person and a close friend or spouse to sit in silence on the traveler's packed suitcases for a few minutes prior to his or her departure. It is believed that this moment of togetherness will ensure a safe journey for the traveler.
  • In Massachusetts, snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.
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    On this date:

  • In 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • In 1871, M.F. Gale of New York City patented the cigar lighter.
  • In 1934, in New York City, Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" opened at the Alvin Theatre. The show would run for 420 performances.
  • In 1942, the United States Army Corps of Engineers completed the Alcan Highway to the Alaskan territory.
  • In 1973, an 18 1/2-minute gap was discovered in a taped Watergate conversation between United States President Richard Nixon and White House aide H.R. Haldeman.
  • In 1980, the "Who Shot J.R?" episode of the prime time drama, Dallas, aired and captured the highest television rating ever recorded at that time: a 53.3 rating and a 76 percent share of the total viewing audience.
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    Quotable...

    "The world needs the nations of this continent to be active in the defense of freedom, not inward looking or isolated by indifference. Ignoring dangers or excusing aggression may temporarily avert conflict, but they don't bring true peace."

    President Bush, speaking to students in Prague yesterday on possible war with Iraq.


     
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