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Thursday, February 26, 2004
photo Students protest PC disposal

Students decked out in Hazmat suits on the Mall yesterday had a mission: to show their peers that computers could kill.

The students, who wore the Hazmat suits to protect themselves from "toxic computer parts" on a nearby table, were members of the Arizona Student Recycling Association, and the suits were used to attraction attention to the national Computer TakeBack Campaign.

Rob Wild, president of ASRA and a physics senior, said many students aren't aware of how toxic discarded computers are to the environment. [Read article]

Activity fee taken off March ballot

Student leaders say too many loopholes in fee

Student leaders decided yesterday not to ask students to vote on the activity fee until April, saying they need more time to determine the fee's structure.

The Associated Students of the University of Arizona Senate was going to vote on whether to put the student activity fee on the March ballot, but the initiative was struck down.

Instead, a special election will be held for the fee in April. Student leaders on the Collaboration Board originally proposed that the fee be between $5 and $15 per semester. [Read article]

photo 'Passion' debuts to mixed reviews

The most controversial film of the year, "The Passion of the Christ," debuted yesterday to long lines of moviegoers, including UA students and religious scholars, who had mixed reviews.

Ed Wright, the head of the Judaic studies department saw the film yesterday and criticized it for offering a literalist interpretation of the film that neither Christians nor Jews would agree with.

"The Passion of the Christ," a film directed by Mel Gibson, depicts the last 12 hours of Jesus' life. [Read article]

photo Students back tuition hike, want more aid

More UA students supported than opposed a possible tuition hike during a forum with regents yesterday, and most agreed that tuition hikes must be packaged with financial aid increases.

Students from a variety of backgrounds told regents they'd support a tuition increase, which would likely be between $400 and $490, as long as it's combined with better financial aid for undergraduates and graduate students. [Read article]

NAU blow job column ignites controversy

PHOENIX - A sex column that ran in NAU's student newspaper, The Lumberjack, instructing readers on how to perform oral sex on their valentine, has drawn public criticism and led university officials to schedule a meeting with the school's publication board.

The Feb. 12 article by student writer Claire Fuller gave instructions on how to perform fellatio and cunnilingus. It wasn't long before the paper's editors were bombarded with complaints from angry readers who said the article was too explicit, said Sarah Bell, Lumberjack editor in chief. [Read article]

photo Affirmative action debated

Law school students and faculty discussed the hot topic of affirmative action last night, examining the complexities of giving students equal opportunities.

The discussion, hosted by the James E. Rogers College of Law, was part of a series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling on Brown v. Board of Education. The landmark decision ruled race-based segregation in public schools unconstitutional and paved the way for affirmative action policies. [Read article]

Candidates show up to tuition hearings

About 15 student government officials and candidates attended yesterday's tuition hearing with the Arizona Board of Regents. Combined, they made up nearly half of the attendees and an even larger percentage of the speakers.

Many of them arrived together, shortly after the meeting started. Some signed up to speak, though they evidently didn't realize they were doing so.

Current senator and executive vice presidential candidate Blake Buchanan left the meeting before his name was called, and when Sen. Jacob Reuben was called to the microphone, he told regents he thought he had signed an attendance sheet. [Read article]

ASUA Briefs

Alpha Phi Omega selected as club of the month

Alpha Phi Omega, a community service fraternity, was selected as ASUA's Club of the Month for February.

The organization served dinners to the homeless with Hope of Glory Ministries, packaged boxes for the Tucson Community Food Bank and played bingo with terminally ill patients at Lifecare, said Greg Billings, University Activities Board president. [Read article]

On the Spot

Jazz singer loves Al Green, being Italian, and busting out with hip-hop beats

Wildcat: My name's Nathan, and you're on the spot. What was that you were playing? "Let's Get Together"?

Jascat:: "Let's Get Together." Al Green

Wildcat: That's cool. Al Green's cool. I like him.

Jascat:: Right on. Right on.

Wildcat: What's that one song? (Wildcat sings) "I'm so tired of bein' alone ... " [Read article]

photo Fastfacts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • In the '70s, the Rhode Island Legislature proposed a $2 tax on every act of sexual intercourse.

  • During his career as an actor and light-opera singer, DeWolf Hopper recited "Casey at the Bat" at least 10,000 times.

  • Half of the people in the United States live in just eight of the 50 states: Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan, California, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey and New York. [Read article]

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    Campus Detective

    Question: "Are there any ghosts on campus?"


    I will tell you from my own professional authority that there are no such things as ghosts, just psychic impressions radioed down into our brains from a government satellite as a means for subjugating more impressionable minds into pits of hellish paranoia, fear and despair.

    But because my editors would otherwise censor these claims for their apparent lack of any "basis" in "reality," I decided to see if I could find anything more about this conspiracy. [Read article]

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