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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Retirement rate hikes could cost UA millions


Retirement contribution rates will rise this summer, but the state Legislature is staying mum on whether they will make up the expenses, which could cost the UA up to $4 million.

The Arizona State Retirement System, announced in November, plans to require state employees and employers to increase contributions for retirement and long-term disability coverage, forcing both to pay more to retirement packages, from 5.7 percent to 8.25 percent, said Keith Meredith, chairman of the ASRS board of trustees. [Read article]

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Baseball: No. 9 UA adds to Devils' misery


Cats thump ASU, 11-5, moves to 10-1

It's official. The rivalry is back.

After having lost the season series with ASU every year since 1999, the

No. 9 Arizona baseball team beat ASU 11-5 last night at Sancet Stadium for the second time this season.

While it took the Wildcats 14 innings to secure their Feb. 15 victory over the Devils (6-9), Arizona (10-1) jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings in this contest and never looked back. [Read article]

· Men's Hoops: Cats try to lock down Cougars
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· Women's hoops ends schedule in McKale
· Softball Notes: Candrea moves to 800 games over .500
· Laxcats pull through in nailbiter vs. BYU
· Swim off to strong start at Pac-10s

ASUA campaigners take to The Facebook

ASUA primary elections are next week. Who are the candidates again?

You mean, you haven't been canvassing dorms and standing on the mall passing out flyers to your friends?

There's a new alternative to personal interactions in campaigning for the Associated Students of the University of Arizona. Believe it or not, Thefacebook is the new classroom flyer.

In a development in the ever-broadening scope of creative politicking, campaigning for ASUA elections has turned to the Internet. [Read article]

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Latest Issue: February 24, 2005


Sometimes it's fun to imagine that characters in Shakespeare's plays are real people. That, after the play is over, they go home, plunk down on their couches and flip on the TV. Othello likes "Fear Factor" and Hamlet is a big "Six Feet Under" fan. On Saturday nights their cell phones ring, and they're out the door.

But if Shakespeare's characters were real, I would also imagine that some of them wouldn't be as popular as the Prince of Denmark. On Saturday night Pericles sits alone in his studio apartment, waiting for the phone to ring, hoping that Lady Macbeth will invite him to the party. [Read article]

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Latest Issue: February 22, 2005

Hookah offers safe and relaxing alternatives

College students are always looking for the newest, hippest and easiest trends to keep their bored little minds occupied. While smoking weed will always be fashionable, it's illegal too. As an alternative, locals, young and old, are getting together to smoke the legal way, with the help of the hookah.

The pastime has become even more popular in Tucson since Roger Smiley and his wife Sarah opened Smiley's Ultimate Hookah Lounge and Coffee last year. [Read article]


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