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Wednesday, September 8, 2004
Students upset over graduation changes

Deans support cancelling university-wide ceremony for December undergrads

While some UA students and alumni say they are upset over changes in graduation ceremonies, many college deans say they support the administration's decision.

University officials announced over the weekend that the university-wide commencement ceremony in December will only be for Ph.D and graduate students, and undergraduates will attend only individual college convocations. [Read article]

UA football players found with pot

Two UA football players were diverted to the Dean of Students Office last Wednesday after one lied to police and the other was caught with marijuana.

According to reports, Gilbert Harris and Yaniv Barnett were sitting on the top level of the Sixth Street Garage, 1201 E. Sixth St., when police saw them and smelled burnt marijuana.

As police approached, Barnett threw something over his shoulder, reports stated. [Read article]

Ex-student faces RNC charges

Banno released on lowered bail following cop's medical exam

Yusuke "Josh" Banno, a former political science junior at the UA, who was arrested in New York last week while protesting the Republican National Convention, was released on $10,000 bond Friday, down from an initial $200,000 bail.

Banno was arrested Aug. 29 and faced several charges, including assault on a police officer, in his alleged involvement with the burning of a large green paper-mâché dragon during the protest. [Read article]

photo Redington open late for faculty, staff

Faculty and staff have a place to gather and relax on campus now that the Redington Restaurant is open exclusively for UA faculty and staff every Wednesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

During that time, the Redington Restaurant, including the extended Mesa room, will only be open to faculty and staff members and students invited by faculty or staff.

Because the restaurant closes at 1:30 p.m. during the week, it is an ideal place for faculty and staff to come together after hours for food, socialization and relaxation, said Dan Adams, director of Arizona Student Unions. [Read article]

Student added to committee for restructuring UA

Months of lobbying and the sympathetic ears of an Arizona regent have landed a UA student an official seat at the table where a plan to change the face of the state university system will take shape.

Nonvoting student regent and second-year UA law student Ben Graff will be the only student on the now 19-member workgroup. The group is charged with the yearlong task of studying and recommending how to redesign the state university system to the Arizona Board of Regents. [Read article]

Fair informs community on diabetes

The second annual campus Diabetes Awareness Fair will be held today to inform the UA community about the effects of diabetes.

The fair, which will be at the Henry Koffler building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is sponsored by the College of Science Staff Advisory Council.

It is a prelude to the national American Diabetes Association's Walk for Diabetes, which is scheduled take place Oct. 3.

"Our principle here is to educate people," said Mary A. Carter, assistant manager of academic services in the chemistry department. [Read article]

photo Fast facts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • The Minoans of ancient Crete, around 2000 B.C., had surprisingly advanced plumbing. Well-engineered drain systems, supply pipes and a flush toilet were found in the palace of Knossos when it was excavated in 1899.

  • A woodchuck breathes only 10 times per hour while hibernating. An active woodchuck breathes 2,100 times an hour.

  • The Chinese, during the reign of Kublai Khan, used lions on hunting expeditions. They trained the big cats to pursue and drag down massive animals from wild bulls to bears and to stay with the kill until the hunters arrived. [Read article]

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