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Friday, September 30, 2005
photo Bells spread kindness in Tucson community

Student volunteers of Ben's Bells, a local nonprofit organization created to spread kindness to others, are forming a UA club so more students can take part in its mission.

Patrick Bradley, the president of Ben's Bells on campus, said he decided to start the club because he wants to make it more visible for students who are insulated from its impact.

"When I tell people (on campus), they don't know about it," said Bradley, an architecture junior. "And I can't figure out why." [Read article]

photo UA Mall closed for celebration setup

An upcoming celebration to mark the finale of a billion-dollar fundraising effort caused some temporary construction on the UA Mall this week as workers set up for tomorrow's event.

Performers, musicians and speakers will take the stage that has been constructed on the Mall to celebrate the successful "Campaign Arizona" fundraiser, which has received as much as $1.2 billion since its launch in 1997, said Rodney Campbell, director of communications and the University of Arizona Foundation. [Read article]

Student scammed for nearly $6,000

A UA student lost nearly $6,000 in a fraudulent money-order scam that has become increasingly visible on the Internet and is targeting college students nationwide, police said.

Heiko Wawra, a mechanical engineering graduate student from Germany, said he posted a profile on stating he had a room available for rent. Wawra said a prospective renter, who called herself Mary Moore, sent him an e-mail early this month expressing interest in leasing the space. [Read article]

Quick Hits

Women's Plaza of Honor dedication today

The Women's Plaza of Honor will be dedicated at 10 a.m. today after four years of planning and construction.

Gov. Janet Napolitano will speak at the dedication. The plaza is located next to Centennial Hall and is one of only three in the country to specifically honor women in the community.

The $818,000 plaza was funded by individual and corporate donations and fundraisers. Donors could dedicate portions of the plaza to women of their choice. [Read article]

Regents fund medical expansion in Phoenix

FLAGSTAFF - Funding for UA medical facilities took a big step forward at the Arizona Board of Regents meeting yesterday.

Regents unanimously approved additional funding for the University Medical Center Corporation and the Arizona Biomedical Research Collaborative building.

The UMC Corp. received the go-ahead to issue hospital medical bonds for no more than $200 million, which would cover financing expansion projects, establishing a debt service reserve fund and paying off bonds from 1993, according to the regents executive summary on the issue. [Read article]

abor briefs

FLAGSTAFF - Two UA construction projects received approval from the Arizona Board of Regents yesterday to help coordinate the university's capital improvement plan.

Regents passed the state-operating budget of $1.4 billion, a 12.1 percent increase of more than $148 million over the 2006 base budget, and a 17.6 percent increase over the 2006 fiscal year general fund base.

The regents gave the green light for the UA's 2007-2009 capital improvement plan, which in its first year of planning would include $65.3 million in funding the Arizona State Museum and James E. Rogers College of Law projects. [Read article]

photo Fast Facts

Things you've always never wanted to know

  • Signing a memorial to Congress for the abolition of slavery was Benjamin Franklin's last public act.

  • A vamp is the upper front top of a shoe.

  • In Paris horse meat was all the rage in the 1870s. Apparently, the Parisians were forced to eat it during the Franco-Prussian war when beef was unavailable, and discovered they liked it.

  • The number of possible ways of playing just the first four moves on each side in a chess game is 318,979,564,000. [Read article]

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    Word Up

    "It looks like a war zone."

    - ASUA President Cade Bernsen describing his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, after Hurricane Rita struck

    "This is a terribly sad, heartbreaking day in Arizona women's basketball. We all love Polkey. Our thoughts and prayers are with Polkey, her family and our Arizona family."

    - Joan Bonvicini, Arizona women's basketball head coach, on the death of Shawntinice Polk [Read article]

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