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Wednesday October 22, 2003
photo Multimedia center opens

ILC services continue to expand, new computer lab opening today

Toward the back of the Integrated Learning Center, there's an entrance on the right adorned with old bike parts, audio records and strings of lights.

It serves as the gateway to the Multimedia Zone, which has eight computer workstations boasting two monitors each.

Although the Zone has been up and running since the semester began, it is about to be officially dedicated today. [Read article]

Students may pay tech fees

After the recent tuition increase, some UA administrators are debating whether to ask students to dip further into their pocketbooks to support the university's technology needs.

A technology fee could be used for computer labs, in-classroom technologies such as projectors, and support staff, said Barbara Hoffman, co-director of the Center for Computing and Information Technology.

The fee, which is still in the early stages of consideration, would help compensate for recent budget cuts. Those cuts forced spending reductions across the UA, including the delayed and scaled-back opening of the Integrated Learning Center's multimedia facilities. [Read article]

photo Heat wave keeps students sweating

Students might find themselves in the middle of their midterms, but they're sweating about more than their exams.

Yesterday, the Old Pueblo tied its 1909 record of 96 degrees as it continued to take a beating from a heat wave, which has suffocated the Southwest.

Pamela Wollack, a meteorologist intern at Tucson's National Weather Service Forecast Office, said the heat wave is a result of a high pressure system, drawing warmer temperatures away from the Pacific Ocean and into southern Arizona. [Read article]

Faculty focuses on ╬Excellence'

Starting today, faculty will have a chance to weigh in on plans for Focused Excellence.

The Earth Sciences and Environmental Programs study team will meet at noon in the Agave Room on the fourth floor of the Student Union Memorial Center to discuss how programs related to earth science and environmentalism can improve by combining their efforts.

All interested faculty are invited to join the meeting and are encouraged to come with suggestions for the team to consider in their proposal to [Read article]

Greek Week returns to UA

The UA greek community will come together and flex its philanthropic muscles today when it kicks off its first Greek Week in several years.

Greek Week, which is being held for the first time since 1998, is full of charitable events as well as fun activities for sorority and fraternity chapters to build a more united greek community.

Greek Week will include a Catwalk fundraiser, which will benefit the Bobby Olson Memorial Foundation. [Read article]

On the spot

Jomo plays flute and rides bicycle at the same time, and has kindness for a religion

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

Jomo: Nathan? I'm Jomo.

Wildcat: Jomo?

Jomo: Jomo. Like "mojo" except the other way. Jomo. J-O-M-O. Yeah.

Wildcat: That's cool. Is that your first and last name?

Jomo: That's my spiritual name. [Read article]

Campus brief

News from around campus

Student Showcase expo to hit the Mall Homecoming Weekend

Homecoming weekend is not just about football games and parades ¸ it's also about research. Student Showcase, a graduate student-run research exposition, will be held on the Mall on Nov. 7 ¸ 8. This is an opportunity for all students, both undergraduate and graduate, to present their current research projects to the UA community. Student Showcase represents the only student-run research exhibition of its magnitude in the United States, and brings national acclaim to the UA and its programs. All students with current research are encouraged to present. The deadline for submissions is Friday. For more information, call 626-7526. [Read article]

photo Fast facts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • Because of his spindly arms and legs, the satirist Alexander Pope was described as a "crazy little carcass" of a man. To keep his miniature body erect, he wore stiff canvas. To swell his pin-sized legs to something approaching normal, he wore three pairs of stockings.

  • The fear that he might sneak in a hidden joke was one reason that Benjamin Franklin was not entrusted by his peers with the assignment of writing the Declaration of Independence. [Read article]

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