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Monday, October 10, 2005
photo Walking for a cure: CatWalk raises more than $20K

Ovarian cancer research target of charity walk

The UA and Tucson communities walked to raise money for ovarian cancer research at yesterday's fifth annual CatWalk hosted by Greek Life programs.

CatWalk, which used to be an exclusively greek event to raise money for the Bobbi Olson Endowment Fund, was open to the entire Tucson community in hopes of raising more money, said Sarah Miller, vice president of programming in the Panhellenic Association. [Read article]

Tuition hikes highest in U.S.

The percentage increase of in-state tuition at the UA since the 2002-2003 school year is the highest in the nation, according to a USA Today survey.

While the UA's tuition has increased by 74.1 percent over the past three years, it remains on the lower end of the level of tuition.

The survey was conducted on 67 flagship schools in all 50 states. The UA ranks first in percentage increase over the past three years. Arizona State University ranks fourth in the nation for tuition hikes with an increase of 70.4 percent, according to the survey. [Read article]

UA professor wins physics Nobel Prize

Roy J. Glauber, adjunct professor of optical sciences, has become the third UA College of Optical Sciences professor to win the Nobel Prize in physics.

"We're obviously very pleased to have yet another Nobel Prize awarded to someone in our department," said Richard Shoemaker, associate dean of the College of Optical Sciences.

The third Nobel Prize in physics to be awarded to a UA professor enhances the college's reputation and indicates that outstanding people are attracted to come and work with the UA, Shoemaker said. [Read article]

Senate cuts solar funding

Student leaders will have to look for an alternative source of funding for the Project Solar Kick-Off Week after not receiving the necessary funds from the senate.

The Associated Students of the University of Arizona Senate approved $150 for funding the weeklong festivities in a 7-2 vote, but this amount is almost $600 less than the $748.54 originally requested.

The $150 will go toward covering balloons, helium and donation jars. [Read article]

Quick Hits

Vaccine 100% effective against cervical cancer

A new investigational vaccine has proven to be 100 percent effective in preventing high-grade cervical pre-cancers and noninvasive cervical cancers associated with certain types of the human papillomavirus, according to a press release.

The vaccine, Gardasil, which was developed by Merck, is being tested on more than 12,000 women in 33 countries, according to a press release. [Read article]

ASU student regent resigns

Although UA student officials disapprove of the recent resignation of the nonvoting ASU student regent, they said they are confident students statewide will continue to be represented until a replacement is found.

Kolby Granville, the nonvoting student regent and Arizona State University law student, announced his immediate resignation Sept. 29 at the Arizona Board of Regents meeting, two months in to his two-year term and never having attended a full session. [Read article]

photo Meeting Tucson: Students help with folk festival

Thousands of Tucsonans and UA students filled El Presidio Park downtown over the weekend for the 32nd annual Tucson Meet Yourself folk life festival.

The event offered three days of food, music, dancing and art from representatives of the many cultures that make their home in Tucson.

Numerous booths offered food and drinks from around the world; everything from Turkish coffee and Vietnamese egg rolls to homemade tortillas and Cuban chili. [Read article]

photo 600 UA volunteers fight poverty

About 600 UA members volunteered their time Saturday with shovel and hammer to build up houses in a low-income area in midtown Tucson.

In three projects in the Balboa Heights neighborhood, an area east of North Oracle Road and East Glenn Street, the Marty Birdman Neighborhood Center, Nash Elementary School and 10 houses were being worked on throughout the day. The efforts were part of the Day of Caring annual project, organized by United Way, a national organization dedicated to improving living conditions of low-income families and people. [Read article]

Gay group gathers on Mall today

In celebration of National Coming Out Day student organizations are hosting a week of events to promote tolerance and educate the community about resources for gay students.

Students can attend the events to learn about the resources provided for students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

The Associated Students of University of Arizona's Pride Alliance, Students Promoting Respect for Individuality Through Example and the Delta Lambda Phi fraternity are organizing a week of events in celebration of National Coming Out Day tomorrow. [Read article]

Flight club takes off despite winds

The UA Flight Club took to the skies Saturday for the first time as a club this semester for the 2005 Copperstate Fly-in Air Show at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport. The event is a regional gathering sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association and attracts pilots and enthusiasts from all over the Southwest who wish to see the latest in small aircraft, as well as admire the acres of vintage and new aircraft that fill the fields for the four-day event. [Read article]

photo Fast Facts

Things you've always never wanted to know

  • The television show "Seinfeld" was set in New York City; however, the exterior that was used for Jerry Seinfeld's apartment is actually in Los Angeles.

  • The oak tree can take as long as 30 years to produce its first crop of acorns.

  • A dripping hot-water faucet wastes an average of 40 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month. This is the equivalent of running a color television eight hours a day for about 31 days. [Read article]

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