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Friday, March 25, 2005
photo New student regent chosen

ASU law student takes office in July

A new non-voting student regent will put his 10 years of university experience to the test next semester when the Arizona Board of Regents debate issues like rising tuition, redesign costs and new admission standards.

Kolby Granville, a first-year law student at Arizona State University, will kick off his two-year term for the board of regents July 1 and said he looks forward to working toward positive changes for students. [Read article]

Free vegan chow lures students

Students gathered on the UA Mall to sample a variety of vegan food that was being given away as part of the "meat out" event hosted by Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals yesterday.

For more than an hour, group members passed out literature and vegan dishes, which are free from animal products including meat, dairy and eggs, to educate people about animal cruelty and dietary alternatives. [Read article]

photo Student complaints reach WebMail designer

Student complaints about the new WebMail 2.5 are being taken into account as the new site may still be improved, but most reactions result from insufficient instructions on how to use the service, planners said.

Michael Torregrossa, director of computing services, said he has received a couple dozen complaints by users since the new site became available Feb. 22.

Most of the complaints Torregrossa received have been from students who said they were unsatisfied with the "extra click" needed to log in and log out and the lack of information on how to use WebMail efficiently, he said. [Read article]

RA positions in high demand despite stress

Though only half of potential resident assistants get accepted for the job, some student applicants said the process is not as stressful as a regular job interview.

Linda Kasper, assistant director of residence hall operations and student recruitment and training, said there is an online application process where applicants answer questions and submit at least one reference to be considered for a resident assistant position. [Read article]

photo UA trails ASU in recycling competition

The UA is neck-in-neck with competitor Arizona State University in the nationwide Recyclemania competition, and coordinators said UA residence halls have far surpassed last year's recycling tally.

The UA has already collected more recyclables per student than last year, putting the university's ranking at No. 31 in the nation. ASU is ranked No. 28 in the competition and the chances of beating ASU will come down to the last three weeks of the competition. [Read article]

photo Fraternity brothers host Easter egg hunt

Members of the Omega Delta Phi fraternity will host a free Easter egg hunt for underprivileged children tomorrow at the Holmes Tuttle Boys and Girls Club.

The fraternity has been planning Easter egg hunts for the Boys and Girls Club for the past 10 years because they like to provide an environment that is fun for both kids and parents, said Adrien Chapman, the fraternity philanthropy chair.

"We pride ourselves in community service," said Chapman, a business senior. "This is an annual event that we plan, and it's something fun for the kids to do for Easter." [Read article]

State court hears arguments in case on letter to editor

PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court heard arguments for a case yesterday that will help judges decide whether or not a newspaper is responsible for what it prints in a letter to the editor.

The court heard the arguments at the Arizona State University Law School but did not make any decisions regarding the case.

In December 2003 the Tucson Citizen published a letter to the editor, which essentially said the solution to American soldiers dying in Iraq was to "proceed to the closest mosque" and kill five Muslims. During the next three days, the newspaper published 21 letters from readers criticizing the letter. [Read article]

Word Up

"It is no longer possible to absorb this loss by the use of central reserves or the use of funds only temporarily available. We need a new strategy to restore the capacity of this university to make the investments required to achieve the goals of focused excellence."
- Peter Likins, UA president, on the half-percent budget cut for the next fiscal year. The changes will bring in $6 million to the central administration [Read article]

photo Fast facts

  • Alexander the Great spared one house after he captured Thebes in 335 B.C. The city had refused to surrender, and he ordered it to be razed to the ground. Because he loved poetry, he spared the house in which Pindar the poet had lived more than a century before.

  • Spartan youngsters were taught to be terse in speech. They were supposed to act rather than to talk - the less said, the better. The district surrounding the city of Sparta (and the first area Sparta came to dominate) was named Laconia. To be terse in speech, therefore, is to be laconic. [Read article]

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