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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday, October 14, 2005

'Name inflation' out of control

The UA is fortunate to have alumni and faculty who care deeply about its future. However, this care and concern has led to a problem of its own: Rampant name inflation. Simply giving directions can take upward of five minutes, as names expand at an unprecedented rate. Gone are the days of two-syllable monikers like "Old Main." Instead, we have the 16-syllable gem "The Manuel T. Pacheco Integrated Learning Center" and a part of campus that has come to be known as the "James E. Rogers Vector" (the point where James E. Rogers Circle meets James E. Rogers Drive). We're all for honoring those who've been important to the UA, but why not "Pacheco ILC" or "Rogers Drive"? These tongue-twisting appellations get a Fail.

Campus Crusade for Christ: Let's talk about ... sex?

In the unlikely event that it wasn't there already, pornography became the latest issue to be thrust to the forefront of the students' collective conscience this last week. With large billboards asking for input on this ever-so-popular subject, passers-by were treated to a host of student-posted comments, some heated and others more tongue-in-cheek, as it were. Despite some ruffled feathers, sexual issues are among the most pressing that confront college students, and nothing could be more important than candid dialogue. For succeeding in this, the event's coordinators get a Pass.

CatWalking for a cause

The UA community proved this past weekend that a catwalk isn't just for strutting your stuff. It's also a great way to raise much-needed funds for a very important cause. The fifth annual CatWalk, presented by Greek Life, raised more than $20,000 for the Bobbi Olson Endowment Fund for ovarian cancer research with a 2-mile walk through campus. This year's CatWalk was a huge success because all members of the Tucson community, and not just greeks, were invited to be a part of this vital project. For truly honoring Bobbi Olson's memory by making their event an all-inclusive community outreach, the greek community and CatWalk 2005 get a Pass.

Giving our athletes some elbow room

For all the anticipation surrounding the looming men's basketball season, many fans tend to forget that our beloved hoopsters have dedicated endless hours to practicing perfection. Unfortunately, the basketball teams have run into something of an obstacle in the last few years, with nightmarish scheduling conflicts often preventing them from getting the much-needed practice time that they deserve. And so it was with open arms (and a sigh of relief) that players and coaches greeted plans for a new, privately funded multi-million dollar practice facility that will be constructed at the end of the UA Mall. Despite the fact that the practice facility will take yet another chunk out of our Mall, the prospect of even more finely tuned athletic teams gets a Pass.

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