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State cuts another $18M from budget

In a special session Monday, the state Legislature removed nearly $18 million of the UA's funding in a package of budget cuts that eliminates about $220 million of the state's sprawling deficit.

Though it is too early to know the exact effects this cut will have, a memo from President Pete Likins to the Arizona Board of Regents last week said the reduction will be felt in everything from the loss of jobs to faculty having to remove some garbage themselves to keep their work environments clean. [Read article]

Thanksgiving break transforms campus

Students have approximately 96 hours to get home, eat turkey, watch a few football games and give their cousins swirlies before returning to campus for the final eight days of class.

A look around campus shows that many students have already left for an extended holiday. But some aren't so fortunate and will remain on campus for the entire Thanksgiving break.

Work, lack of transportation and money are the primary factors keeping many students in Tucson. [Read article]

photo Not a usual Mexico trip

Marine biology club members cherish hands-on experience

Katrina Aleksa has wanted to be a marine biologist since she was in third grade.

But for Aleksa, a biology sophomore, one of the only ways she could participate in marine biology after the UA's ecology department cut two marine biology classes this fall was by joining a new club formed for marine enthusiasts.

Aleksa joined the Marine Awareness and Conservation Society, she said, "to keep up with things that are going on in marine biology and to keep involved in (its) study." [Read article]

photo Union might miss deadline

The Student Union Memorial Center may miss its Dec. 15 deadline for completion, though the project's finish date has already been pushed back from April to July to December.

The student union's construction, which started during the summer of 1999, may not be completely finished by the beginning of winter break, but parts essential to services and business in the union will be, officials said. [Read article]

On the Spot

Art history senior to make the big bucks on Turkey Day, then settle down with a mini-bird

WILDCAT: So, what are you doing for Thanksgiving?

BONANO: I'm staying here, actually.

WILDCAT: Oh, no! What are you going to do?

BONANO: I'm going to work and I'm going to cook dinner for myself.

WILDCAT: I'm so sad for you. But are you still going to cook turkey? [Read article]

U-WIRE: Georgetown student groups rally against ╬anti-semitic' remarks

WASHINGTON ¸ The Jewish Student Association and Georgetown Israel Alliance staged a rally last night in Red Square to protest allegedly anti-Semitic remarks made on campus by guest speaker Norman Finkelstein and abroad by university professor emeritus Hisham Shirabi.

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, the Program on Justice and Peace and the Young Arab Leadership Association sponsored an event last Monday in which controversial author Norman Finkelstein drew comparisons between Hitler's policy toward Jews during the Second World War and Israel's opinion of the Palestinians. He also asserted that Israel has repeatedly attacked Palestinians in order to evoke a violent reaction, thus having reason to continue conflict and fulfill its goal of creating a completely Jewish state in Israel and Palestine. [Read article]

U-WIRE: Suit argues McDonald's made children ╬obese' with fast food

WASHINGTON ¸ A lawsuit accusing the fast food chain McDonald's of contributing to the obesity of Americans was argued in New York City's U.S. Courthouse last Wednesday.

The case argued that the failure of McDonald's to provide warnings about the dangers of eating fast food on frequent occasions and its failure to clearly showcase the amount of calories and fat in their menu items was a leading factor in causing a large amount of children to become obese and suffer harmful health problems due to their obesity. [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • A puppet replica of director Steven Spielberg sold for $16,500 during a 1998 auction of works by world-famous puppeteers Sid and Marty Krofft in Beverly Hills. The puppet, dressed in a red shirt and gray sweater and wearing metal eyeglasses, was valued at $3,000 to $5,000 before the auction.
  • The Statue of Liberty's index finger is 8 feet long, and it displays a fingernail measuring 13 inches by 10 inches.
  • Natalie Cole, daughter of music legend Nat "King" Cole, became the first African American to win the Best New Artist Grammy Award in 1975. The 25-year-old singer released her debut album, "Inseparable," exactly 10 years after her father's death.
  • Flatfish form a unique and widespread group that includes about 130 American species, common in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
  • According to "The Farmers Almanac," to test your love, you and your lover should each place an acorn in water. If they swim together, your love is true; if they drift apart, so will you.

    On this date:

  • In 8 B.C., Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus ¸ better known as Horace ¸ died. He composed his "Satires" in 35 B.C. and the three books of "Odes" in 19 B.C.
  • In 1701, Anders Celsius was born in Sweden. Inventor of the Celsius temperature scale and the Celsius thermometer, he became professor of astronomy at the University of Uppsala in 1730.
  • In 1779, the College of Pennsylvania became the University of Pennsylvania, making it America's first legally recognized university.
  • In 1973, the U.S. Senate confirmed Gerald R. Ford as vice president. Ford succeeded Spiro T. Agnew, who had resigned after pleading no contest to bribery charges.
  • In 1989, a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 727 was destroyed by a mid-air explosion possibly caused by a bomb; all 107 aboard were killed.
  • In 1990, Britain's ruling Conservative Party chose John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher as party leader and prime minister.


    "Some have said they will help a lot, some have said a little. Some have asked that what they are prepared to do be kept confidential."

    ¸ Donald Rumsfeld on the reactions of the 50 countries asked to help in a possible U.S.-led war against Iraq.


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