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Monday, February 21, 2005
Summer session surcharge suggested

Administrators announced plans to implement a summer session tuition surcharge and to replace tuition waivers with fixed awards, measures which would potentially save the university $500,000.

President Peter Likins and Provost George Davis revealed their strategies to reallocate university finances to combat the UA's budget woes at Friday's Campus Town Hall meeting.

Likins said with the rapidly declining rate of state funding, the university is forced to turn elsewhere for money, and centralizing resources is the best solution. [Read article]

photo Stoudamire, Frye finish run as four-year starters in style

It was the perfect sendoff to an anything-but-perfect four-year run.

Records were broken, tears were shed and fans left satisfied as the UA men's basketball team sent four-year starter seniors Channing Frye and Salim Stoudamire and reserve senior Matt Brase away as winners.

The No. 10 Wildcats defeated the visiting Beavers of Oregon State University 91-70 yesterday afternoon in McKale Center. [Read article]

photo Student conductor wins first place in nationals

For a choral conducting doctoral student, a national conducting award was the apex of why he fell in love with conducting choirs - the ability to teach the teachers.

Two weeks ago, Lee Nelson, a choral conducting doctoral student in the School of Music and Dance, won the graduate division top prize in the American Choral Directors Association National Conducting competition.

For Nelson, just joining the competition was something he has been looking forward to for years. [Read article]

photo Wildcat mascots' tenure ends, identities revealed

After years of dedicating their school spirit to UA athletics, school mascots Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat have retired their whiskers.

During halftime of yesterday's basketball game, mascots Wally Foxcroft and Stephanie Castro unveiled their identities as Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat. Foxcroft is leaving because he is graduating in May, while Castro wants to spend more time on her studies.

Foxcroft has been Wilbur for three years, and Castro has been Wilma for two, said Foxcroft, a physiology senior. [Read article]

photo UA students teach kids about science

Science was mixed with some fun Friday, when 230 fourth graders participated in interactive science activities during "Science Day" at the UA.

Organized for the 13th year by the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers, Science Day is for kids to learn about the field of science and is designed to encourage them to pursue a higher education at a community college or four-year university, said Armando Lopez, organizer of Science Day and a vice president of SPHE. [Read article]

photo Professors defend right to speak their minds

Since being accused by one of his students of being an "anti-American Communist who hates America," associate history professor David Gibbs said he has tried to censor what he says in class.

But it's not making him a better teacher, he says.

Gibbs, who teaches history and political science, received the comment on a teacher evaluation form last year from a student who claimed he had contacted the FBI to investigate the professor. [Read article]

photo Fast facts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • Human eyes are always the same size from birth.

  • Emus cannot walk backward.

  • Cats have more than 100 vocal sounds. Dogs have 10.

  • All of the cobblestones that used to line the streets in New York City were originally weighting stones put in the hulls of Belgian ships to keep an even keel.

  • The only borough of New York City that isn't an island (or part of an island) is the Bronx. [Read article]

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