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photo Flores was known to be on the edge'

Staff and faculty saw Robert S. Flores as a problem student for seven years before he killed three teachers and himself in October, but he remained a student in the nursing college despite academic problems and faculty complaints.

The UA recently released 331 pages dating back to 1995 that documented the nursing faculty's interactions with Flores. One staff member wrote five years ago that she had a conversation with Flores where he appeared to be "clearly on the edge," and spoke of killing himself. [Read article]

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Football player arrested

Levasseur jailed on charge of possessing 87 lbs. of pot

The football player head coach John Mackovic called a disgrace to his family was arrested Tuesday in Henry County, Ill., on charges of possessing 87 pounds of marijuana. Police discovered the marijuana in a vehicle driven by junior tight end Justin Andrew Levasseur, according to Illinois State Police reports.

Levasseur, 22, who is from Antioch, Calif., was stopped for speeding at 9:16 a.m. on Interstate 80 in a rented 1990 Ford box truck, reports stated. [Read article]

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Biz college may add fee to keep top 25 ranking

Business undergraduates may have to pay an additional $500 to major in business next year if the dean of the business college gets approval to charge business majors more tuition than undergraduates in other majors.

The Eller College of Business and Public Administration faces losing its accreditation as one of the top 25 business colleges in the country if it cannot replace 21 lost faculty members, said Mark Zupan, dean of the college. [Read article]

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photo Cramped programs to move

The Marshall Foundation breaks ground on 5-story building due to open in '03

The dirt hole that sat at the corner of North Park Avenue and East Second Street surrounded by chain link fence for months is finally seeing some change.

With clearing and construction on the land beginning just weeks ago, the framework has begun for a new building that will incorporate street level retail space with several UA academic departments, leading the way to the demolition of the 42-year-old Franklin building. [Read article]

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On the Spot

Freshman thinks love child of Elvis and Jason Priestly makes for greatest cartoon of all time

WILDCAT: So, are you a big fan of "SpongeBob SquarePants?" I see him there on your beanie.

WALKER: I can't say I'm, like, a really big fan, but I do watch the show.

WILDCAT: Yeah, it's quality entertainment. Who would have thought that a sponge wearing square pants would be so incredibly entertaining? Do you watch cartoons a lot? [Read article]

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Campus Briefs

Student senator says students concerned about campus safety

A student senator held a safety-training workshop for students last night out of concern for students' safety on campus after the College of Nursing shootings and sexual misconduct in the Main Library.

Students have told student senator Adam Bronnenkant, who organized the safety presentation, that they don't feel as safe on campus these days, Bronnenkant said. [Read article]

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Fast facts:

  • The language of Taki, spoken in parts of French Guinea, consists of only 340 words.
  • The average adult stands 0.4 inch (1 cm) taller in the morning than in the evening, because the cartilage in the spine compresses during the day.
  • Fred Rogers, the creator and star of the long-running, award-winning children's program "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," is an ordained Presbyterian minister. He is also a composer and songwriter.
  • The woolly mammoth, extinct since the Ice Age, had tusks almost 16 feet high.
  • About 110,000 million tons of carbon dioxide enter the atmosphere each year as the result of burning fossil fuels. Removing this amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere requires a forested area the size of Australia.
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    On this date:

  • In 1832, President Andrew Jackson was re-elected for a second term.
  • In 1913, Britain outlawed the sending of arms to Ireland.
  • In 1933, Utah became the last of 36 states to ratify the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that repealed the 18th Amendment, prohibiting all alcohol.
  • In 1957, the Indonesian government ordered the expulsion of all Dutch nationals.
  • In 1977, Egypt broke off relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq and South Yemen, all opponents of its peace moves with Israel.
  • In 1988, television evangelist Jim Bakker was indicted on federal fraud and conspiracy charges.
  • In 1997, the sleeper hit "Good Will Hunting" was released in U.S. theaters. The film made stars of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who co-wrote and starred in the film. The duo, close boyhood friends, received a writing Oscar for their screenplay.
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    Quotable...

    "America is using terrorism as a justification to launch war against Iraq and the U.S. will not gain anything but more hostility, chaos and destruction."

    a statement attributed to Afghan leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, the leader of Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime


     
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