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September 14, 2005
Student asks for assault arrests

A UA student beaten up at a party last month said he is unhappy and confused as to why police have failed to arrest anyone despite his pleas to press charges against one of his assailants.

Jeff Van Horn, a psychology sophomore, said he was jumped by a group of eight to 10 men early Aug. 28 at the Stone Avenue Standard apartment complex, 1136 N. Stone Ave.

Van Horn said he sustained injuries from the attack and sought out immediate treatment at University Medical Center. [Read article]

Katrina evacuees cause concern

Hurricane Katrina forced thousands of students to relocate, some of whom transferred to the UA and were allowed to jump into classes two weeks into the semester regardless of class availability.

Thirty evacuee students from the Gulf Coast have transferred to the university and have been admitted into classes, said Jerry Hogle, vice provost for instruction.

The evacuee students were added to classes in accordance with their areas of study, Hogle said. [Read article]

photo Plaza dedicated to UA benefactor

Three large red ribbons were cut in a ceremony yesterday to honor a UA family that has contributed more than $100 million to the university.

James E. Rogers, a UA alumnus and the namesake of the James E. Rogers College of Law, and his family now have three other locations on campus named after them.

The ceremony, located in the Student Union Memorial Center, unveiled the James and Perry Rogers Plaza, James E. Rogers Circle and James E. Rogers Way, all located on the north side of the student union. [Read article]

photo Poetry center welcomes exiled poet

An exiled Chinese poet shared stories and read poetry last night about his experience with literature and the consequences he suffered for writing freely. Bei Dao, a modern Chinese poet who was removed from China in the late '80s, read a variety of different poetry, including prose about his feelings of being in exile, his father and his political activism.

One such poem, titled "The Black Map" describes his return to Beijing to visit his dying father. Dao has written a half a dozen poetry collections, said Dian Li, assistant professor of East Asian studies. [Read article]

Campus Briefs: ASA begins lower book price campaign

Students who are angry about rising textbook prices can voice their frustrations to student lobbyists today in part of a national collaboration to campaign against overpriced books.

The Arizona Students' Association will be on the UA Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in an effort to inform students about textbook prices and to increase visibility of the campaign, said Andrew Record, ASA director and chair of ASA's special events committee. [Read article]

photo An insider's view of law and the courts

In 1981, he experienced a mid-life crisis. After several years as a successful Washington, D.C., attorney, James Todd needed a change.

"I wasn't happy with lawyering," said Todd, a senior lecturer in political science, as well as a faculty fellow at the UA.

So he quit his job at the Interstate Commerce Commission, and embarked on a yearlong journey across the United States, both on land and in his sailboat. [Read article]

Quick Hits

ArizonaCares collecting hurricane victim supplies

Members of ArizonaCares will be collecting supplies for hurricane relief efforts today on the UA Mall.

The organization will be collecting cash or checks, hygiene supplies, basic first aid supplies, emergency supplies such as blankets and pillows and school supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims.

The drop off location for supplies will be near the south end of the UA Mall in front of the Student Union Memorial Center. [Read article]

Names and Faces: Movers and shakers on campus

Scott Whiteford, previously professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Michigan State University, is the appointed director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the UA.

"I am delighted to join the distinguished faculty of the University of Arizona. Arizona is a gateway between Latin America and the United States," Whiteford said. "Based on scholarship and research, the University of Arizona has the potential to be among the top three or four best programs on Latin America in the United States. I look forward to helping the University of Arizona establish this ranking. There is already a first-class M.A. and undergraduate program in place." [Read article]

photo Fast Facts

  • Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. Peter Carl Goldmark invented the LP record in 1948. The CD was invented by Joop Sinjou and Toshi Tada Doi in 1979. It took the CD 15 years to replace the LP.

  • A cup of drip-brewed coffee has about 115 milligrams of caffeine, an espresso (and percolated coffee) about 80 mg, while instant coffee has about 65 mg of caffeine. Decaffeinated coffee is not totally caffeine free, containing about 3 mg of caffeine. A can of Coca-Cola has about 23 mg of caffeine, Pepsi-Cola 25 mg, Mountain Dew 37 mg and TAB 31 mg. Tea has about 40 mg of caffeine, while an ounce of chocolate contains about 20 mg. [Read article]

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