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photo Debating Diversity: Focusing on differences

UA debates faculty diversity as Supreme Court decides role of race in admissions

When Terry Valenzuela, professor of emergency medicine, wants to illustrate why he thinks the UA is unbalanced in its hiring practices, he shows a video.

On the tape, a medical student takes center stage in front of a large auditorium of people, then he sits down and belts out a song about the past four years and his views on Hispanic women. [Read article]

photo Pima student who made library threat arrested

Police say student sent an Oct. 30 e-mail threatening to shoot ╬at least' six people

UA police arrested Pima Community College student Raymond Rodden III yesterday morning, on charges of threatening

to shoot at least six people at the Main Library in October. The threat came just two days after a nursing student shot three of his professors and himself to death.

Rodden is accused of using a public computer in the Main Library to send the local media a threatening e-mail at 5:09 p.m. Oct. 30. in which the sender threatened to shoot and kill students, faculty or others. [Read article]

Teen brings handgun to union

A 16-year-old high school boy was arrested at the Student Union Memorial Center for bringing what he said was his friend's handgun to the UA campus Friday.

The gun was inside a pocket of a pair of sweatpants, which the boy, whose name was not released, left along with a T-shirt and sweatshirt in the union's basement employee laundry room, where it was discovered by another employee.

The boy told police that a friend of his borrowed his sweat pants the previous week and returned them to him in the folded laundry on Friday morning. [Read article]

Group fears drop in UA accessibility

Likins proposes diversity increase to reassure concerned groups who fear Focused Excellence could result in fewer Hispanics being admitted

President Pete Likins' proposals to raise tuition and admissions standards as part of Focused Excellence have raised concerns from members of the UA's Hispanic community, who say the new standards and higher tuition may cause Hispanic enrollment rates to drop. [Read article]

Advocate for women in anthropology dies

Carol Kramer, the first woman professor in UA's anthropology department, was known for her dedication to students, research

The first female professor hired in the anthropology department at the UA died last Tuesday.

Professor Carol Kramer, a renowned researcher and advocate for women in the field of anthropology, died at 59.

"She represented herself as someone who was a pioneer in areas where women were only beginning to be prominent," associate anthropology professor Suzanne Fish said. "She was very important as a role model for women students." [Read article]

On the Spot

Free tuition, beer, long johns with the flap in the tush all say ╬holidays' to sophomore

WILDCAT: Are you excited that the semester is almost over?

BIGGER: Hell, yes.

WILDCAT: What are you going to do for the holidays?

BIGGER: Probably go home.

WILDCAT: Are you hoping that a fat man in a suit comes down your chimney and brings you presents?

BIGGER: Damn straight. [Read article]

Campus Briefs

Business college picks tech and management exec of the year

The Eller College of Business and Public Administration and the College of Engineering and Mines have named Louise Francesconi, president of Raytheon Missile Systems and Raytheon Company vice president, as the 2002 Technology and Management Executive of the Year.

She will be honored at the annual Technology and Management Awards Luncheon on Thursday at noon, at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. The luncheon celebrates the contributions of high-tech enterprises and entrepreneurial ventures to the economy of the state of Arizona. [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • Twice the size of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, the Pentagon has three times the floor space of the Empire State Building in New York. It is one of the world's largest office buildings.
  • Grunt, slump, pandowdy and cobbler are all deserts made with stewed fruit or fresh fruit, topped with dumplings or biscuits.
  • A new star is born in our galaxy every 18 days. About 20 new stars are born each year.
  • The candies most likely to cause tooth decay are dark chocolate and fudge.
  • Bananas do not grow on trees. They grow on plants that are giant herbs and are related to the lily and orchid family.

    On this date:

  • In 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal bull, excommunicating himself.
  • In 1868, the world's first traffic lights, built near London's Parliament Square, began operation.
  • In 1869, the governor of the Wyoming Territory signed the first legislation granting women the right to vote.
  • In 1896, intercollegiate basketball was first played as Wesleyan University beat Yale, 4-3, in New Haven, Connecticut.
  • In 1898, the Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Spanish-American War.
  • In 1967, composer and singer Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash near Madison, Wisc., at age 26. Redding and his touring band were on their way from Cleveland when the plane crashed and wound up at the bottom of Lake Monona, then frozen over. His body was never recovered.
  • In 1979, the parliament of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia met for the last time to vote itself out of existence.


    "A university is like an aircraft carrier. It's hard to turn around."

    ¸ Terry Valenzuela, professor of emergency medicine, describing why it is difficult to make the UA more diverse.


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