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NEWS
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
photo Rainfall floods UA; drainage a concern

Less than a half-inch of rain fell yesterday, but it was enough to create mini rivers and lakes on campus, annoying students with wet feet and soaked pants.

"Look at my pants; drainage isn't working," said Erika Trigoso, a geography graduate student who was riding her bike around campus yesterday.

Grant McCormick, a campus planner who has been working on storm water drainage projects for the past 10 years, said two immediate projects addressing the problem are in the works. [Read article]

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Women's lacrosse caught hazing

Team put on probation for banana ╬blow job'

The women's lacrosse team was charged with hazing after a team member reported she had to act out a blow job on a banana.

Veda Kowalski, associate dean of students, said a member of the team reported that she thought she had been hazed one month ago, after she was told to demonstrate a blow job on a banana, drink even though she was underage, and eat pudding from its container on the ground. [Read article]

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photo Candidates debate vision for ASUA

Josh Shapiro announced yesterday that if elected, he would call for sweeping changes to the internal structure of ASUA.

Shapiro spoke to a crowd of more than 50 students at yesterday's Arizona Daily Wildcat-sponsored debate.

The Associated Students of the University if Arizona have not been doing a good job of representing the students, and the senate needs to be changed to make the organization more responsive to the students' needs, he said. [Read article]

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300 fewer international students attending UA as U.S. restricts visas

Thant Sin Min tried three times to study at the UA, but each time that the UA accepted him, the United States did not.

It wasn't until his third attempt to get a visa from the U.S. consulate in Burma that Min, a mechanical engineering sophomore, succeeded.

Visa restrictions imposed by the Department of Homeland Security have dramatically impacted the number of international students studying in the United States, said Kirk Simmons, executive director of international affairs. [Read article]

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Students say safety a concern in UA library

On Jan. 28, Megan Miller was assaulted by another student while she was studying on the fourth floor of the Main Library.

Miller, a senior majoring in Spanish, said the student, whom she didn't know, grabbed her by the wrists and told Miller he loved her. He had assaulted another female student a few minutes before he went after Miller. The student was arrested and charged with assault in both cases. [Read article]

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photo Aliens exist, say researchers, abducted audience members

Alien abductees and university professors who specialize in extraterrestrial research gathered last night at University Medical Center to share their out-of-this-world experiences.

UA professor Gary Schwartz emceed a free lecture titled "Evidence for Extraterrestrial Life?"

More than 50 people attended the event, which featured two documentaries and a question-and-answer session with two doctors who believe that extraterrestrial life exists in some form. [Read article]

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Greek Life surveys students on hazing

Student volunteers armed with Palm Pilots will be on campus this week surveying students to find out what they know about hazing.

Greek Life is conducting this survey to gauge students' knowledge, perceptions and the reality of hazing, said Chris Bullins, coordinator of Greek Life.

"We are not trying to find groups to target for punishment; we just want to get a pulse for whether they need to get hazing education," Bullins said. [Read article]

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On the spot

Sophomore likes to wear heels that match her shirt, loves babies, and wants a lower voice

Wildcat: Hi, my name's Nathan and you're on the spot. It's 6:05 p.m. ¸ do you know where your parents are right now? What they're doing?

Kneuss: My mother probably just got back from work. She works with babies.

Wildcat: That's cool. I like babies.

Kneuss: My dad's sitting in front of the computer. [Read article]

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photo Fastfacts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • One-quarter of the horses in the United States died of a virus epidemic in 1872. American life and industry were literally crippled because of the diminished horsepower.

  • There are odor technicians in the perfume trade who have the olfactory skill to recognize 19,000 different odors at 20 levels of intensity each.

  • Approximately 3,500 men were practicing medicine at the time of the American Revolution. Only about 400 had a medical degree. Of the much larger number of women who practiced, even a smaller number had formal training. [Read article]

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    photo From the Archives

    Feb. 22, 1974

    Tucson Rodeo of the Past

    "There were old-fashioned stagecoaches and smiling children and waving clowns and stepping horses. There were veterans' marching bands and Bisbee, Benson and Marana high school marching bands in glittering uniforms, gingham uniforms and mismatched uniforms.

    "The various organizations and families in the community that rode in the town's parade ranged from the Chamber of Commerce to the Southern Arizona Mule association to Gus' Trench and Pipelines. [Read article]

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