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Tuesday, October 11, 2005
photo Battling pornography: Former addict decries porn

A former pornography addict told students last night that pornography is more than just adult Web sites and nude pictures in magazines, it's any material designed with the purpose to cause sexual excitement.

Michael Leahy, the featured speaker in the Porn Nation presentation, told a crowd of about 800 that advertisers are using porn in their ads in every type of media because sex sells.

"You are ground zero of a culture war," Leahy said. [Read article]

photo Major fair mandatory for freshmen

For the first time, the University College is requiring undeclared freshmen to attend today's Meet Your Major Fair to prevent them from switching back and forth between different majors later on.

Students taking Success Starts Here, a 100-level online course that is mandatory for the 1,200 undeclared freshmen, are now required to attend the symposium and will be marked down if they don't show up, said Diana Wilson, major exploration coordinator of University College. [Read article]

photo Cement shortage raises costs

An empty, fenced-off lot on the corner of East University Boulevard and North Park Avenue will begin to take a new shape next week as a long-awaited delivery of cement finally arrives.

With the delivery of cement and steel, construction work can finally begin for the planned one-story retail building owned by the Marshall Foundation, said Jane McCollum, general manager for the Marshall Foundation. [Read article]

photo Gay frat seeks UA approval

The newly re-established gay fraternity is still waiting for approval from the university before it can attain official fraternity status on campus.

Delta Lambda Phi must receive a majority vote by all of the fraternity chapter presidents before it can officially be recognized by the UA, said Michael Katzman, president of the Interfraternity Council.

The fraternity was originally founded at the UA in 1990 by Dominick DeCarlo. A year later the new president was impeached because of "internal issues," and the fraternity shut down in 1993, said Christopher Newman, president of Delta Lambda Phi, [Read article]

Quick Hits

Free comic show to benefit hurricane relief efforts

Comedian Steve Hofstetter will be giving a free performance tonight at 7:30, with donations being accepted at the door for the American Red Cross and World Care Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief efforts. The Associated Students of the University of Arizona Speakers Board is hosting the event, which will take place in the Manuel T. Pacheco Integrated Learning Center, Room 120. Questions can be referred to or by calling 621-4671. [Read article]

Fast Facts

  • Literacy in Iceland is 100 percent. Every Icelander must graduate from school in order to get a job, and has to be able to speak three languages. The native language, Icelandic, is spoken in no other country.

  • The Scottish writer Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham, who won a seat as a Liberal member of Parliament in 1886, was suspended from the House of Commons for having the audacity to use the word "damn" in a public speech. [Read article]

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