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Wednesday, March 23, 2005
photo Professors react to Bush plan

UA professors in several disciplines said they are skeptical of Bush's plan to prioritize Social Security.

Gerald Swanson, a professor of economics and the Thomas R. Brown chair in economics education at the Eller College of Management, said Bush's plan to use personal accounts does not address the solvency issue of Social Security.

Projections by the Congressional Budget Office suggest that, by 2018, Social Security will become insolvent with more money going out in payments than collected in taxes. [Read article]

photo Rare fallen boojum tree cloned

An exemplar of the rare boojum trees that grew on campus for nearly 70 years was cut down March 12 because it was dying, but the tree is finding life as its tips are being cloned.

The tree was the oldest boojum in the United States and the tallest in Arizona, and was cut down because it had no chance of surviving, said Robert Perrill, a UA biomedical research specialist and owner of Boojum Unlimited who discovered the disease. [Read article]

photo UAYD's removal still unattributed

No organization involved in President Bush's Social Security forum at the Tucson Convention Center Monday will claim responsibility for denying a UA student entrance.

UA Young Democrat Steven Gerner, who obtained a ticket to the forum from the office of Congressman Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, said while waiting to enter the convention center his ticket was confiscated and crumpled up by a staffer who then told him his name was added to a list and he was not allowed inside. [Read article]

photo Astronomer-Priest balances faith and science

To say this man looks to the heavens for answers is an understatement.

While most people would be satisfied with one profession, he has two.

Professor George Coyne has held a variety of positions at the UA since 1965, where he is an adjunct professor of astronomy in the College of Science.

Coyne is teaching one section of NATS 102 this semester, "The Physical Universe."

But Coyne is not your average astronomer. [Read article]

ASUA dishes out additional $11K to campus clubs

An additional $11,000 has been allocated to ASUA club funding after the $85,000 budget ran dry midsemester.

Even though the Associated Students of the University of Arizona Senate had $5,000 more for its budget than last year, the senate has already used up all the club money budgeted for this year for the first time since 1999, organizers said.

Sara Birnbaum, ASUA executive vice president and senate chair, said there was still a quarter of the year left when the original budget of $85,000 ran out, so before spring break the senate approved reallocating $11,000 from the ASUA budget in order to fund clubs for the rest of the semester. [Read article]

photo New Start open to all students

After 35 years of serving incoming low-income and minority students, 2005 will mark the first year the UA's New Start Summer Program will be open to all high school students.

Since 1969, New Start has helped thousands of students make the transition from high school to college. Originally started as a program for low-income and first generation incoming students, New Start is operated through the Department of Multicultural Programs and Services and has been serving minority students for years. [Read article]

photo Eller, Chevy combine marketing efforts

Students are getting firsthand marketing experience with a partnership between the Eller College of Management and Chevrolet.

The Chevrolet Marketing Internship Program allows students from 25 universities across the country to take advertising into their own hands and develop a marketing campaign for the Chevrolet Cobalt, meant to be targeted to college and high school students, according to a press release. [Read article]

photo Fast facts

  • Robert McDonald managed to stay awake for 453 hours and 40 minutes in his rocking chair before succumbing to slumber.

  • The esophagus of an octopus goes straight through its brain.

  • In 1792, when Thomas Jefferson was secretary of state, he had the honor of having a plant named for him, the Jeffersonia diphylla. The citation stated that, "in botany and zoology, the information of this gentleman is equaled by few persons in the United States." [Read article]

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