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Monday, April 5, 2004
photo Fee faces time crunch if OK'd by students

If students pass the proposed $30 per year student activity fee this week, fee organizers still have to fight time constraints and overcome logistical hurdles before it can be finalized.

Student leaders, who are waiting for election results to come in before making any concrete plans, have yet to develop a timeline for how the fee would be implemented.

"I'm going to be honest: A real defined timeline is not in place yet," said Associated Students of the University of Arizona Sen. Nick Bajema, who worked on the fee proposal. "But we know what needs to get done." [Read article]

photo Club leaders skeptical about fee

Presidents of clubs and organizations, who activity fee supporters say would benefit from the funding, said they stand against the fee because they don't believe they'll ever see the money.

According to members of the Collaboration Board, clubs and organizations could benefit from the $15 per semester fee because 15 percent of the funds would be allocated to clubs that want to put on events that would benefit the student body. [Read article]

photo Benedict: Fee details unimportant for voting

Student leaders defended their decision to put the $30 per year activity fee on the ballot today, just five days after ASUA Senate approval, saying students don't need to know details of the fee to make an educated decision.

"A student will generally be in favor or not in favor initially. Students aren't going to need days and days to figure this out," said J.P. Benedict, president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona. [Read article]

photo New medical dean wants college to grow

Dr. Keith Joiner can't stop smiling after one month as the dean of the College of Medicine.

"I love this job. I keep telling people, ÎYou can't wipe the smile off of my face,'" said Joiner, who left behind Yale University's Investigative Medicine Program to come to Arizona.

Joiner's vision for the College of Medicine is illustrated by the construction of a medical research complex north of East Speedway Boulevard. [Read article]

UA releases names of 4 illegal music sharers

The UA released the names Friday of four students who have illegally downloaded music using university networks, complying with subpoenas issued by the recording industry.

The UA received the subpoenas from the Recording Industry Association of America around 2 p.m. Friday, after Federal Magistrate Jacqueline Marshall signed the order, said Sharon Kha, UA spokeswoman.

One student lives in Gila Residence Hall, and another student lives in Skyview Apartments. The third student resides in the Chi Omega sorority house. The fourth student lives in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority house. [Read article]

photo Ben's bells ring across Tucson

Outside classroom and office walls, a professor's life rarely concerns her students.

But for those who know Jeannette Mare-Packard in the classroom, her off-campus life is what makes her such a valuable educator.

Two years ago, Mare-Packard, an adjunct instructor for special education and rehabilitation, lost her 3-year-old son, Ben, to croup, a respiratory disease.

Even after she returned to work and her daily routine, Mare-Packard said she still "wanted to die." But as she walked around campus, no one around her recognized her anguish. [Read article]

Phoenix activist group tries to get Ch‡vez a state holiday

PHOENIXÊ- The same group that tried to get an initiative on the November ballot to keep bars open longer now champions a paid state holiday honoring labor organizer CŽsar Ch‡vez.

Arizona United, a group of about 20 college-aged students from Phoenix, have begun collecting petition signatures to let voters decide whether they want the holiday, which would fall on March 31 - Ch‡vez's birthday.

The leap from wanting a later last call to recognizing the achievements of the human rights advocate born near Yuma is not as incongruous as it seems, said Gabriel Cruz, an Arizona United member and initiative spokesman. [Read article]

Candidates for biz college dean visit UA this week

Two finalists for the deanship of the Eller College of Business and Public Administration visit campus this week, where they will meet with students, faculty and community members to discuss the future of the college.

V. Vance Roley, associate dean for academic and faculty affairs at the University of Washington, will visit today and tomorrow, and Alison E. Barber, senior associate dean at Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business, will visit Thursday and Friday. [Read article]

On the spot

Freshman isn't really into trucker hats, thinks the Atkins protein diet 'sucks'

Wildcat: Hi, I'm Claire from the Daily Wildcat and you're on the spot.

Hollingsworth: OK, what's that?

Wildcat: Do you read?

Hollingsworth: I haven't read it (the Wildcat) in a long time.

Wildcat: I don't know what to say ... I feel so sad.

Hollingsworth: Oh, I'm sorry. [Read article]

photo Fastfacts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • Americans in 2001 spent $25 billion on recreational watercraft. That's more than the gross domestic product of North Korea.

  • Sixty percent of Americans say celebrities get special treatment from the legal system because they have a lot of money. But a majority also says Martha Stewart, Michael Jackson and Kobe Bryant will receive or have received fair trials. [Read article]

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    1614 ÷ Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Indian confederacy, marries English tobacco planter John Rolfe in Jamestown, Va.

    1862 ÷ Union forces under Gen. George McClellan arrive at Yorktown, Va., and establish siege lines instead of directly attacking the Confederate defenders.

    1994 ÷ Alternative grunge rocker Kurt Cobain commits suicide in his Seattle home.

    TOMORROW [Read article]

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