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Thursday, March 3, 2005
photo 3,806 vote in primaries

UA students broke records the past two days in the highest voter turnout in an ASUA primary election since 1989.

A total of 3,806 students voted in the primary election, which is about 1,300 more than last year's primary turnout, topping the 2004 general election by 203 votes, according to the election tally.

Associated Students of the University of Arizona election commissioner Adam Falck said the high voter turnout was a direct result of the specific instruction given to the candidates on how to run an effective campaign. [Read article]

photo Graduate students support lower increase

Graduate students voiced their opposition to the administrative tuition proposal last night at a statewide tuition hearing, asking for an even lower graduate increase than ASUA's proposal.

In their tuition counterproposal, members of the Graduate and Professional Student Council called for an increase of 8 percent for resident graduates and 3.12 percent for nonresident graduates, which is less than President Peter Likins' recommendation of 14.12 percent and 4.54 percent and the Associated Students of the University of Arizona's proposal of 10.12 percent and 3.25 percent, respectively. [Read article]

photo UA South proposed elimination not likely

PHOENIX - A bill that would change the funding of universities and community colleges, allow community colleges to offer some four-year baccalaureate degrees and eliminate the UA's south campus in Sierra Vista was stalled yesterday in the Arizona House of Representatives.

The presidents of the UA, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the Arizona Board of Regents oppose the bill, and representatives from community colleges across the state support it. [Read article]

photo Livengood: Time now to fix academic issues

UA athletics director Jim Livengood said that while he thinks the UA's relatively poor Academic Progress Rate, released earlier this week by the NCAA, is misleading, having athletes and coaches understand what could be at stake is of greater importance.

"Being worried about it is one thing," Livengood said about the UA's 10-place showing for average APR among Pacific 10 Conference schools. "Being aware of it is another." [Read article]

UA Idol fundraiser to raise money for Day of Silence

Students who failed to impress the judges for TV's "American Idol" have the chance to make a comeback at a karaoke fundraiser tonight.

Students Promoting Respect and Individuality Through Education will host a karaoke event to raise money for the upcoming Day of Silence, a day for protest against harassment and prejudice affecting the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

UA Idol, a takeoff of TV's "American Idol," will be karaoke with a twist. It will cost UA pop-idol wannabes $2 to sing a song of their choice for the audience. The twist is, audience members can pay $1 to get a vocally-challenged volunteer to stop singing. [Read article]

photo Fast Facts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • Bats are the only mammals that are able to fly. The "flying" squirrel can only do what the gliding opossum does - glide for short distances.

  • Fifty percent of Americans will have gray hair before they reach age 50.

  • The kiwi is the only bird with nostrils on the end of its bill.

  • Two out of three Americans have hemorrhoids.

  • Rabbits communicate with each other by thumping their feet. [Read article]

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