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Tuesday September 16, 2003
photo Parking cheaters face new obstacles

Parking and Transportation Services has a message for UA students: Friends don't let friends park for free.

PTS instituted a new system yesterday in all campus garages, which aims to stop students from handing off their permits to friends who are still parked in the garages. By doing that, students were able to exit the garage without paying.

However the computer system will now track permits not only when they are used to enter the garages, but when they exit, too. [Read article]

Flaw may hurt UA computers

Some campus computers, including those belonging to students in residence halls, may be kicked off the network this evening.

The discovery of a new vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows operating system has the Center for Computing and Information Technology taking steps to secure the campus network.

The vulnerability is not a virus but a flaw in Windows that could be used by a virus or hacker to break into and infect computers. [Read article]

photo Cultural chats help teach English

International students have the opportunity to sharpen their English skills and teach Americans about their culture at the same time.

Thanks to an $18,000 grant from the Arizona Board of Regents, 37 students from all over the world are coming together as part of the Perspectives Project.

The project, which began last week and is sponsored by the Center for English as a Second Language, is designed to help international students improve their English-speaking skills by pairing them with American students. The paired students discuss a wide range of topics including politics, linguistics and other concepts that have helped shape their cultures. [Read article]

photo Business students launch nonprofit alliance

Two UA graduate students are applying their class work to the real world in a major way creating a nonprofit organization that services all of Southern Arizona.

Kevin Muir and Kari Beardsley, both graduate students in the Eller College of Business and Public Administration, have organized the Southern Arizona Alliance of Nonprofits.

The goal of the alliance is to encourage collaboration among southern Arizona's nonprofits and provide them with the information and resources they need to serve the public, said Muir. [Read article]

On the spot

Library specialist displays vocabulary, nose piercing, and calls the cops on book thieves

Wildcat: My name is Nathan and you're "On the Spot."

Bose: Hi.

Wildcat: You're doing a crossword puzzle right now?

Bose: Yes. And I'm doing it with a pen too.

Wildcat: Why? What's the difference between a pen and pencil?

Bose: Well

Wildcat: Superstition? [Read article]

Fast Facts

Things you always never wanted to know

· The Three Kings of the Nativity story were actually sorcerers. They were magicians, priests of the Zoroastrian religion of Persia. The word "magi" as in the Three Magi is the plural of magus, meaning "wizard" in Old Persian. It is from this root that the word "magic" is derived.

· An 18th-century German named Matthew Birchinger, known as "the little man of Nuremburg," played four musical instruments including the bagpipes, was an expert calligrapher, and was the most famous stage magician of his day. He performed tricks using the cup and balls that have never been explained. Yet Birchinger had no hands, legs, or thighs, and was less than 29 inches tall. [Read article]

Measuring up

Campuses With the Largest Enrollments

1. University of Texas at Austin - 49,996
2. Ohio State University main campus - 47,952
3. Miami-Dade Community College - 46,834
4. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - 45,481
5. University of Florida - 45,114
6. Arizona State University main campus - 44,126
7. Texas A&M University at College Station - 44,026
8. Michigan State University - 43,366 [Read article]



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