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Friday, January 23, 2004
Oasis loses federal grant

$250,000 grant loss cuts director's spot

The UA Oasis Center for Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence is being forced to reorganize after losing a $250,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice on Oct. 1, 2003.

The Oasis Center had been receiving the grant for the last four years, but due to the grant's competitive nature, the center was not selected to receive the grant again. [Read article]

photo UA urged to support budget proposal

TEMPE - Arizona Board of Regents President Chris Herstam urged regents and university presidents yesterday to support the governor's budget requests, even though her proposal is smaller than the university requests.

Presidents of the UA, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University requested a combined 14.3 percent increase in funding over last year's budget. If the Legislature granted this amount, it would bring the funding from the state for the universities to almost $1.2 billion, an increase of about $100 million. [Read article]

Program, school fight for survival

Med Tech, Planning School address regents

TEMPE - Supporters of the Medical Technology program, which faces possible elimination, pleaded with the Arizona Board of Regents yesterday to spare their program, saying recent studies demonstrated that it fills a critical need in Arizona.

Despite their pleas, Provost George Davis said the program faces fundamental problems that make its future bleak. [Read article]

photo A killer tale of guns and gum

Dead mobster's gum on display at UA's History of Pharmacy Museum

In the College of Pharmacy, up a winding flight of stairs and past a hallway lined with old photographs, there is a room rich with historical objects.

The artifacts, enclosed in glass, range from apothecary jars to a jar with more than 30 pieces of 70-year-old gum that were once chewed by "Public Enemy No. 1," John Herbert Dillinger, a famous mobster from the 1930s. [Read article]

photo Undergrads showcase talent, research

Students get chance to present their research

Not many people can say at age 21 that they save babies' lives on a daily basis, but that is what Sara Doelle does through a prestigious campus research program.

Doelle, a physiological sciences senior, has studied a common disease in premature babies for a year and a half. The disease, necrotizing enterocolitis, causes gastro-intestinal inflammation and cell death. [Read article]

Weather postpones club fair on UA Mall

The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership canceled its club fair yesterday as nearly half an inch of rain fell on Tucson.

Shelby Clark, student coordinator for clubs and organizations, said she canceled the event Wednesday after rain was forecast.

More than 80 clubs were expected to participate in the event, which was scheduled to take place on the UA Mall.

Clark said Facilities Management was concerned about setting up tables on the wet grass. [Read article]

photo Old Main landscaping project to be completed by end of month

Rocks, irrigation improve grounds

Students who cringed to see what looked like a new construction project around Old Main can be relieved that it will be completed Jan. 30.

UA Facilities Management is enhancing the appearance of Old Main by adding landscape rock and computerized irrigation.

"The folks in Ground Services are trying to improve the image of the campus by taking Old Main, where we respect the historical view, and enhancing its appearance with landscape decoration," said Kris Kopach, associate director for Facilities Management. "Old Main is a centerpiece of the UA, the jewel of campus." [Read article]

Regents push to start state-based financial aid plan

TEMPE - Regents yesterday expressed support for a state-based financial aid program and appeared optimistic about a proposal asking state lawmakers to change their method for funding university growth.

Arizona is one of 13 states that offers none or virtually no state-based financial aid for university students, a financial situation that has forced the Arizona Board of Regents and university officials to divert large amounts of tuition revenue to financial aid, especially for needy students. [Read article]

On the spot

Lab manager wears pink shoelaces, but not on the advice of the crazy alien Zorak

Wildcat: I'm from the Daily Wildcat and I'm on the spot-ing, if that's a word. It is now.

Dreisbach: Really? Wow.

Wildcat: So, are you a researcher here in Old Chem?

Dreisbach: No, I'm a building manager.

Wildcat: So you haven't blown anything up lately?

Dreisbach: No, I'm here to put out the fires. [Read article]

photo Fastfacts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • Peter the Great of Russia was almost 7 feet tall.

  • A person who smokes one pack of cigarettes per day inhales a half-cup of tar every year.

  • Babe Ruth, one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, began his career as a pitcher.

  • Of all the ore dug in diamond mines, only one carat in every 23 tons proves to be a diamond.

  • In downtown Lima, Peru, there is a large brass statue dedicated to Winnie the Pooh. Nobody knows why. [Read article]

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    Word Up

    Quotes from the UA and around the world

    "Outside my window, I can hear the construction workers sneeze, sing, talk and scratch their butts. I am losing my mind and about to go on a homicidal rampage."
    - Laura Schenk, pre-nursing sophomore, on frustrations with the last-minute construction of the Park Student Union outside her dorm window.

    "We live in a funky world. Let's enjoy it."
    - Painter Red Rohal reflecting on the philosophy behind his exhibit "Funky Roadside Attractions" on display in the Student Union Memorial Center. [Read article]

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