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Thursday, December 4, 2003
photo Nearly impossible, nearly achieved

Two handicapped students pursue tae kwan do black belts tonight

When Jessica Cox goes for a black belt in tae kwon do tonight, she will have to stand on her left foot and swing a pair of numchucks while holding them between two toes on her right foot.

Cox, who was born without arms, is a member of the American Taekwondo Club at the UA, and tonight she will take part in a rank promotion ceremony at the Student Recreation Center along with other club members. [Read article]

Zona Zoo pass not limited to students

20 non-students have lower-level hoops tickets

When the UA men's basketball team resumes its home schedule next Saturday against Marquette, non-students will be sitting in some of McKale Center's best student seats.

The registrar's office confirmed last week that 20 of the names on the list of Zona Zoo lower-level student ticket lottery winners belong to people who are not currently enrolled in classes at the UA. [Read article]

Four will face off to be vice provost

Four faculty members have been selected as finalists in the search to fill the new position of vice provost for instruction.

Juan Garcia, head of the history department, Jim Shockey, associate dean of the college of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Chris Impey, professor of astronomy, and Jerry Hogle, professor of English, were recommended to the provost by the search advisory committee.

Sally Jackson, chair of the search advisory committee, said the new position will require a great deal of focus on general education at the university, and the graduate students and majors within all of the colleges. [Read article]

photo Flu hitting UA earlier than usual

The flu has hit the UA campus hard this year, and it doesn't seem to be letting up any time soon, officials say.

"We are in the middle of a flu outbreak," said Campus Health Services physician Melvyn Weinberg. "The flu has come very early this year."

Flu season usually hits the UA community in January and continues throughout February and March, Weinberg said.

This year, the flu came months ahead of schedule, he said. [Read article]

UA develops new method of CPR

The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center has developed a new CPR method that could double the survival rate of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Tucson.

The new form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, called "continuous chest compression CPR," requires only chest compressions, eliminating the need for mouth-to-mouth breathing.

According to Dr. Gordon Ewy, director of the Sarver Heart Center and chief of cardiology at the UA College of Medicine, when chest compressions are given in standard CPR, oxygenated blood is moved through the body and delivered to the organs. [Read article]

Senate decides candidates won't need to gather more signatures

After much debate among the 10 ASUA senators at last night's meeting, senators decided to keep the required amount of signatures candidates needed to run in the 2004-2005 ASUA elections the same as last year's numbers.

Candidates for ASUA president will still have to collect 500 signatures, candidates for the two vice president positions will need to collect 400 signatures and senators must have 200 signatures in order to be eligible for the primary election. [Read article]

On the spot

Sophomore from Japan doesn't know Noh theater, thinks American houses, cars are large

Wildcat: Hi, my name's Nathan and you're On the Spot. In our brief introduction, you mentioned that you're an international student. Where are you from?

Mizusawa: Japan.

Wildcat: Japan? I was just learning about ... what is it? ... Noh theater art in Japan. Have you ever gone to see a Noh play? [Read article]

Campus Detective

Addressing all your most important questions and concerns.

Question: Is it true that "Revenge of the Nerds" was filmed here at the UA?

Answer: Yes, what you've heard is true. The 1984 cult favorite starring Anthony Edwards (of "ER" fame) is one of those movies that no one really admits to liking. But when it comes on TBS or USA for the 400th time this year, you will watch it. All the way through. In fact, most of you probably own the tape or DVD. Go ahead, admit it! [Read article]

photo Fastfacts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • Most healthy adults can go without eating anything for a month or longer. But they must drink at least two quarts of water per day.

  • Larger animals generally live longer than smaller animals of the same type. An odd exception is the human being. The human being lives longer than larger mammals, such as gorillas, elephants and whales. In fact, of all existing mammals, the human being has the longest lifespan. No one knows why, but it isn't due to medical advances. Even in ancient times, human beings occasionally lived more than a century; no other mammal ever does. [Read article]

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