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People & Places

By Kristian Ramos & Stephanie Swartz
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday January 24, 2003

Actress to speak on Monday

Actress Mia Kirshner, star of the "The Crow: City of Angels" and "Not Another Teen Movie" has joined with Amnesty International to promote awareness of human rights violations in Chechnya. Kirshner will be speaking Monday night at 7 in the UA Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering building, Room S202.

She will be discussing her travels to the Chechen areas of Nazran and Ingushetia where she spent time with families and other people displaced by as a result of the Chechen war. Kirshner will also discuss the book she is writing titled "I Live Here," about the lives of the women and children refugees of the region and her other plans.


Students display their work

Ninety students in the Undergraduate Biology Research Program will explain the work they do in their labs at a conference Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Life Sciences South building.

The public is encouraged to attend.

The conference also features school children from Tucson and Nogales with special projects they've worked on this year.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Raymond Woosley, vice president for health sciences at UA, will talk about careers in life sciences, a topic many of the students in UBRP are already on their way to pursuing.

UBRP places UA undergraduate students with the school's research faculty and graduate students. Their jobs are not only paid positions, but students often publish their work and present at professional seminars and conferences around the world. Students also take advantage of opportunities to work overseas at schools in other countries, or in field investigations.


Student lobbyist meeting

The Arizona Students' Association held its first meeting of its winter retreat yesterday morning. Representatives from Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, ASU West and UA South attended the meeting.

ASA plans to address the community colleges' concerns that if the universities raise admission standards, the community colleges may experience an influx of students.

ASA also wants to work with community colleges to fix the "gap" that exists between community colleges and universities because credits do not always transfer between the two. Many students are transferring to universities as freshmen after being at a community college for two years, said Macio Brown, executive director of ASA's central office.

The UA South student body president voiced concerns that if tuition is raised, UA South will not receive any of the benefits of a tuition increase.

ASUA President Doug Hartz suggested putting a graduate student from each university on the ASA board as a nonvoting member to serve as a representative for graduate students and their concerns, especially in regard to tuition.

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