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Call for cuts equals concern for jobs at UA

Specifics for UA cuts are still in planning, but Hull's plan to trim $180 million from the state budget raises concerns

Although administrators are unsure exactly what percentage of UA's budget would be given back to the state if Gov. Jane Hull goes forward with the spending cuts she announced Thursday ÷ 10 percent for state agencies ÷ they are taking her warnings seriously.

"Ten percent seems unlikely," UA President Peter Likins said. "But some kind of recession, or the state taking money back, seems probable." [Read article]

photo Bursar drops unpaid students today

By the end of today, up to 1,500 students who have not paid their registration could lose their classes.

The policy of dropping classes for those who have not paid by the deadline was reinstated last year. UA students could remain in classes even with outstanding balances in 2000-2001.

"Some folks need a deadline to respond to, which is unfortunate, but our records show that students pay more promptly when there's a deadline," said Jean Johnson, associate controller of the Bursar's Office. [Read article]

photo $3 Rec Center fee funds equipment, clubs, raises

Students appear to be supporting the new fee, as none have yet applied for their possible refund

This fall, the Department of Campus Recreation ordered a full line of new fitness equipment, gave student employees a raise and gave $30,000 to sports clubs with money from a new $3 per student fee.

Although the fee ÷ which was passed by a 1,894 to 922 margin last March in the ASUA election and approved by the Arizona Board of Regents in the end of April ÷ is refundable, no one has requested their fee be waived so far this year. [Read article]

UA slips from most Princeton rankings

"Jock school" no more, UA is dropped from four lists and earns low scores academically

UA isn't what it used to be ÷ at least not in the eyes of this year's Princeton Review College ranking.

While UA was fairly popular in last year's rankings, making it onto six top 20 lists that compare academic and extracurricular life at 345 colleges and universities, UA showed up on only two lists of Princeton Review's "345 Best Colleges Guide," this year. [Read article]


Photos by Kevin Klaus

UA's rankings shifted in the Princeton Review's recently released "345 Best Colleges Guide." The Wildcat asked students

1. how they felt about UA's 7th place ranking in "students pack the stadiums," plus

2. what they thought of the Wildcat dropping from the top 20 list of the colleges where the "college newspaper gets read."

"I don't care (about the stadium ranking) because I'm not a big sports fan." 2) "I think it's cool that (the Wildcat) was there to begin with. There's a lot of colleges on that ranking." [Read article]

Meet the Candidates

Superintendent of Public Instruction

ext Tuesday, Arizona voters will decide which superintendent of public instruction candidates will advance to the general election.

In addition to acting as the figurehead for K-12 education, the winner of the superintendent seat will have a voting seat on the Arizona Board of Regents.

And as a voting member, the superintendent will have a say in UA related issues including tuition increases, employee raises and building projects. [Read article]

Students get more, faster aid this year

This year's trends show students relying more on loans and grants, and a greater percentage hailing from Maricopa County

UA has more needy students this year than last in what looks to be a record year of enrollment, but students applied for and received their loans faster than in past years, administrators said.

This spring, 2,000 more letters went out informing students they had loans to claim, but 1,000 fewer students than last year were reminded last month that they had loans to claim. [Read article]

On the Spot

Music, family top junior's love list, but E-flat holds the key to her heart

WILDCAT: So what is this band you've got here?

WINCHESTER: This is from a local church in town. We're a group called the Gatekeepers, and we have several ministries here in Tucson. We perform all over. The Mall just happens to be one place we perform twice a month.

WILDCAT: What instrument do you play? [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • The shrew is known to eat up to its own weight about every three hours. Deprived of nutrition for a day, it may starve to death.
  • Termite queens are fertilized regularly by the same mate for life, unlike bee and ant queens, whose male partners die after the first and only mating.
  • Sharks and rays are the only animals known to man that cannot succumb to cancer. Scientists believe this is related to the fact that they have no bone ¸ only cartilage.
  • When the first U.S. Congress set the president's pay at $25,000 per year, they also established the vice president's salary at $5,000.
  • The electric eel is the most shocking animal on Earth ¸ no other animal packs such a big charge. If attacking a large prey, a 9-foot-long eel can discharge about 800 volts. One zap could stun a human. An eel's charge is dependent on its size ¸ the larger the eel, the bigger the charge.

    On this date:

  • In 1781 ¸ Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers and named "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles."
  • In 1882 ¸ Thomas Edison demonstrated the first practical electrical lighting system when he turned on the lights for a one-square-mile area of New York City.
  • In 1888 ¸ George Eastman of Rochester, N.Y. registered the name Kodak. Eastman patented his roll-film camera, U.S. Patent #388,850.
  • In 1959 ¸ WCBS radio in New York City banned the song "Mack the Knife" as a result of an increase in teenager stabbings in the area.


    "There were kids who would ask me, 'Is he normal? Why is he doing this?'"

    ÷Judith Tchaheu, a roller coaster operator, on the record-setting 104-day roller coaster ride by Richard Rodriguez.


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