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Monday, September 20, 2004
photo Lightning delays UA football loss

It was expected that the weather would be a factor in Saturday's Arizona football game against No. 20 Wisconsin, but no one could have predicted that lightning and heavy rain caused by Hurricane Javier would force stadium officials to clear the stands and stop play for 88 minutes.

Arizona was hoping to use the 1 p.m. start time to its advantage, with early predictions of temperatures at kickoff reaching the mid-90s and talk of new "cool shirts" from Nike helping keep players cool on the sidelines heating up mid-week. [Read article]

photo Mall wall illustrates words can be hurtful

Exhibit serves as 'physical representation of our oppression of others'

Students and staff may be surprised today to see sayings like "Jesus freak," "She deserved it," "That's so gay," and "Go back to Africa" on a wall in front of Old Main.

The Writing on the Wall Project uses these words and many more this week to teach students about barriers that divide people and serve as a physical reminder of how hurtful words can be. [Read article]

UofA Bookstore textbook thefts increasing

Textbook theft is on the rise at the bookstore, and many students have been caught stealing books they say they need for class, UA officials said.

Frank Farias, UofA Bookstore director, said bookstore employees caught a person shoplifting almost every day last week.

Farias said that if more students are stealing books now than in the past, it is not because the price of books has gone up dramatically. [Read article]

photo No common fridges in new dorms

Milk thefts, decaying groceries lead to elimination of fridges

In an attempt to stop milk theft and decaying groceries, Residence Life decided to eliminate common refrigerators from the new residence halls in the Highland Housing District.

Jim Van Arsdel, director of Residence Life, said the new residence halls, Villa del Puente, Posada San Pedro and Pueblo de la Cienega, do not have common refrigerators in their kitchens because of problems with theft and limited use in older halls. [Read article]

photo Magazine names UA biologist as member of 'Brilliant 10'

For the past two years, the editors at Popular Science magazine have scoured the nation looking for a handful of brilliant scientists, and this year they found a UA assistant professor.

Brian Enquist, an assistant professor in evolutionary biology, is now officially a member of the magazine's "Brilliant 10," a list of young scientists who are "gaining notoriety in their own field, but are largely unknown to the general public," said Halle Deaktor, a publicity manager for Popular Science magazine. [Read article]

Seminar aims to help UA female employees advance their careers

UA female employees will have the opportunity to learn how to advance their careers, network efficiently and utilize resources in their departments during their normal work hours in a half-day seminar Thursday.

The seminar, entitled "Intersections: Living, Learning & Working," which will be held Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Memorial Center, was created in response to UA female faculty who said they did not have enough opportunities for professional development, said Stephanie Hazel, who is helping to organize the seminar. [Read article]

photo Fastfacts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • The word "fiasco," meaning failure, is derived from the ancient Italian art of glass blowing. If a Venetian glass blower made a mistake while creating a fine, delicate bottle, the ruined vessel was turned into an ordinary drinking flask, which is known in Italian as a fiasco.

  • It is estimated that a plastic container can resist decomposition for as long as 50,000 years. [Read article]

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