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NEWS
Thursday, September 9, 2004
photo Students angry at report on registration practices

Group says story may keep students from registering to vote in Ariz.

UA students yesterday demanded the county and state retract statements broadcasted on Fox 11 News, which claimed out-of-state students could become felons if they registered to vote in Arizona.

Though the retractions were denied, students settled for a clarification from the Pima County Recorder Ann Rodriguez.

The UA Network of Feminist Student Activists said an Aug. 31 FOX-11 News broadcast could discourage out-of-state students from registering to vote in Arizona and participating in November's election. [Read article]

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Instructors experience textbook order woes

Some faculty members say UofA Bookstore won't order additional books

With the fall semester in full swing, some instructors still don't have the necessary books for their classes.

Some faculty members have said the UofA Bookstore is refusing to allow them to order additional textbooks, but bookstore officials say that is not true.

English professor Frederick Kiefer said he went to the bookstore two weeks ago to order 12 additional texts for newly enrolled students in his Renaissance Drama class. [Read article]

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photo Dean: UA should try to reach Latino youth

The UA has been striving to increase Latino student enrollment in order to become a Hispanic serving institution.

Charles Tatum, dean of the College of Humanities, spoke to a crowd of about 70 yesterday on the topic of becoming an HSI.

A Hispanic serving institution is defined by the U.S. Department of Education as "an institution that has at least 25 percent Hispanic full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment, and of the Hispanic student enrollment, at least 50 percent are low income." [Read article]

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photo ASUA leaders ready to fight grad changes

Student leaders have vowed to fight the university December commencement ceremony changes and have the voice of the student body heard.

Alistair Chapman, student body president, urged student government to take action against the commencement changes at last night's ASUA Senate meeting.

"It's our job as elected officials to fight for the rights of students," said Sara Birnbaum, executive vice president for the Associated Students of the University of Arizona. [Read article]

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photo Chemistry prof injects humor, life experience into teaching

When students think of an organic chemistry professor, they might picture a boring old man in a white lab coat and glasses.

They might not picture an outgoing professor with two tattoos, telling his students he got a C his first semester in organic chemistry.

This is Dr. David Spurgeon.

Spurgeon is passionate about Shakespeare, enjoys Japanese art, and loves teaching organic chemistry at the UA. [Read article]

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'Fahrenheit 9/11' debuts at UA tonight

Michael Moore's controversial film "Fahrenheit 9/11" will make its debut on the UA campus tonight and will show through the weekend.

The Gallagher Theater, located on the main floor of the Student Union Memorial Center, will show the movie starting today, and will play the movie through Saturday.

Gallagher Theater manager T.J. Willis said he has not received any positive or negative feedback from the students about the theater's decision to show "Fahrenheit 9/11," but he said he expects to hear something once the theater starts showing the film. [Read article]

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photo Fast facts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • It takes a person 15 to 20 minutes to walk once around the Pentagon.

  • In New York City in 1977, diplomats attached to the United Nations received a total of 250,000 parking tickets. The representative from Guinea led the list with 526 tickets.

  • The Tower of London is not one particular tower, but a group of buildings covering 13 acres along the north bank of the Thames River. The central "White Tower," built in 1078 and used as a fortress, a royal residence and finally as a prison, is the "tower" of which the English so often spoke in horror. [Read article]

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