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photo Grad students may quit over tuition hike

Administrators say increase is essential to the university's future

Graduate students many dressed in red to bring attention to their demands for better working conditions warned administrators at yesterday's Campus Town Hall on tuition that many of them may leave UA if the Arizona Board of Regents raises tuition.

President Pete Likins and Provost George Davis said that without a tuition increase, administrators would have to shut down one-third of the university. [Read article]

photo Bike riders dodge some road rules

Bicyclists cringe when they see signs along the Olive underpass south of East Helen Street by McClelland Hall warning them to dismount and walk their bikes.

Taking the route means making a sudden stop at East Helen Street and a long walk under East Speedway Boulevard unless they break the rules and ride through, weaving in and out of the human traffic, hoping to avoid an accident and risking a fine. [Read article]

Eastside tech park to expand with hotel, golf course, offices

The UA plans to quadruple the size of its Science and Technology Park southeast of Tucson, making room for more laboratory and manufacturing buildings and providing jobs for 6,200 more people within eight years.

The research and development park now employs more than 6,200 workers and is home to 30 high-tech companies on South Rita Road near I-10.

A new 72,000 square foot office building is under construction and is projected to be ready for occupancy early next year, said Molly Gilbert, interim director of marketing for the technology park. [Read article]

On the Spot

Music performance freshman prefers French horn to rock band or one-man strip show

WILDCAT: What instrument do you play?

DOBBS: French horn.

WILDCAT: How long have you been playing?

DOBBS: Seven years.

WILDCAT: Wouldn't you rather play guitar or something?

DOBBS: No. I tried to teach myself how to play guitar and it didn't work.

WILDCAT: Don't you want to be in a rock band? [Read article]

Art Briefs

Art starts activists' symposium

This two-day symposium (Dec. 6 - 7) will be presented by the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies. The symposium includes an evening of arts presentations on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and a plenary panel and workshops on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Integrated Learning Center. Workshops begin at 1:30 p.m.

Planning committee members include representatives from Wingspan, the Border Action Network, Derechos Humanos, Pan Left Productions, the Sex and Freedom Project, the American Friends Service Committee, the Arizona Roofers Union, Students Against Sweatshops and the Southern Arizona Alliance for Economic Justice. For more information, call 626-3431. [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • The Chinese, during the reign of Kublai Khan, used lions on hunting expeditions. They trained the big cats to pursue and drag down massive animals from wild bulls to bears and to stay with the kill until the hunter arrived.
  • Hooterville was the town in the Ozarks which was home to the Clampett clan on TV's "The Beverly Hillbillies."
  • "Soldiers' disease" is a term for morphine addiction. The Civil War produced over 400,000 morphine addicts.
  • Actress Katharine Hepburn and Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner have something in common: both hold college degrees in psychology. Hepburn's was earned at Bryn Mawr and Hefner's was from University of Illinois.

    On this date:

  • In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Hispaniola, now divided between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
  • In 1790, the U.S. Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia.
  • In 1865, the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution formally abolished slavery.
  • In 1877, Thomas Edison made the first sound recording.
  • In 1961, Ernest Davis became the first African-American to win the Heismann Memorial Trophy.
  • In 1969, the Rolling Stones held a free concert at the Altamont Speedway, near San Francisco. The event was marred when a member of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang, hired to provide security, killed a spectator.


    "That's a question you should ask to Saddam Hussein."

    George W. Bush, yesterday, on whether the United States is heading toward war with Iraq.


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