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Wednesday, July 14, 2004
photo Planes, trains, and automobiles

Over $1.2 million spent on travel by UA staff last year

Last year, the faculty and staff of the UA spent over $1.2 million on travel to places like Italy, France and Japan.

Employees of this university must travel by the least expensive means possible, which means that traveling coach is usually their only option, said Jose Montante, accounts payable and receiving coordinator.

"This is due to dollars because the university doesn't really have money," Montante said. "It normally doesn't fly with departments to send them first class." [Read article]

Observatory out of harm's way

With 75 percent of the fires contained, the Nuttall and Gibson blazes on Mount Graham no longer pose much of a threat to a $200 million dollar UA observatory.

Although in the line of fire most of last week and at one point only 400 yards away from the flames, the Mount Graham International Observatory should survive thanks to a heavy-duty sprinkler system and some favorable weather.

"I'm very happy. Those firefighter guys saved my telescope," said Director of the Large Binocular Telescope, John M. Hill. "It's in good shape now." [Read article]

Student chased, 'nipped' by black bear during thesis trip

Adolescent bear put down after pursuing archeology master's candidate for two miles

Attending a university and getting an education is usually a good thing, but as any student will tell you, schoolwork has its downsides.

Though those downsides are usually limited to such things as balancing school and work and stressful exam schedules, one UA student experienced a very unusual pitfall of scholarship last week. [Read article]

Ironworker falls to his death on site of new residence hall

An ironworker was injured and died shortly afterwards while working at a campus construction site.

UAPD responded to a call of an injured ironworker at the construction site of the future Drachman Hall, 1246 N. Warren, on Monday at 7:22 a.m.

Allan Isaac, a 50-year-old man working on the site with Parson's Steel Company, fell from a steel beam approximately 20 feet in the air.

He was transported to University Medical Center by Tucson Fire Department and was pronounced dead at 7:40 a.m. [Read article]

photo No rules prevent students from viewing porn at library

Students and visitors using the computers in the library have no rules to abide by that restrict looking up controversial or offensive material.

The viewing policies in campus computer labs and the Information Commons in the Main Library maintain that only child pornography is forbidden on common computers.

According to the Library and Information Commons Policies, "It is neither illegal nor against library rules for customers to view pornography or other controversial materials on the Web. The exception is child pornography. The library will contact police if we see someone viewing child pornography." [Read article]

photo Flandrau's Camp WildFire entertains, instructs children in fire prevention

As the Mt. Graham wildfires continue to burn, several children in Tucson will be learning about wildfire safety at the Flandrau Science Center on the UA campus this month.

Through the learning program Camp WildFire, children between the ages of eight and 12 will learn about the history of wildfires in Tucson and the role humans have in preventing them.

"I learned what kind of fire is safe and fire that's bad," said Yesenia Vidal, nine. Yesenia enjoys learning about how plant life is affected by fire but looks forward to learning about how wildfires affect animals because, "they're special," she said. "They're cute too." [Read article]

Derby hits Tucson hard

Journalism senior Sabrina Fladness doesn't even count her bruises anymore. Three months after joining the Tucson Roller Derby League, her body is constantly covered with scrapes and bruises from practice. The 24-year-old, known as Knuckle Sandovitch, says that's all just part of the game.

One of the newest members of the Iron Curtain team, Fladness said she joined the league because she loves playing highly aggressive competitive sports. [Read article]

By the numbers 16
Pounds of ice cream consumed by the average American per year. 2
Pounds of lard consumed by the average American per year. 36
Percentage of American households with a dog. 80
Percentage of millionaires that drive second-hand cars.

Cigarettes per person in the world produced annually by the tobacco industry.

240 million
Jobs globally that are directly affected by tourism. [Read article]

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