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Friday, October 21, 2005
Gala expenses not released

Foundation cites nonprofit status in request denial

The UA Foundation is not disclosing how much money it spent on the celebration that marked the end of the $1.2 billion Campaign Arizona fundraiser.

"We are a nonprofit organization, and we can't give out information on how much and who contributed to the gala," said Rodney Campbell, director of communications at the UA Foundation.

The Arizona Daily Wildcat is asking for disclosure of the finance records, but Campbell denied that request. [Read article]

photo When art meets the market

Residence Life spends $15K on artwork adorning Highland Market

Unique works of art often raise a few eyebrows - especially when they come with a five-digit price tag.

"Verdant Reflections" by Tom Philabaum and "Tulipa Trapezium" by LynnRae Lowe made their Tucson debut in the Highland Market in August, enhancing students' dining and shopping experiences, said Jim Van Arsdel, director of Residence Life. [Read article]

photo Park Union opens new cyber lounge, grocery store

Students may have noticed a few changes in the Park Student Union this semester, including a newly expanded convenience mart and a soon-to-open cyber lounge.

Signs for the new cyber lounge, located on the first floor near PSU's main entrance, proclaim that it will be open in October. But Jenny French, graduate assistant for operations and activities at PSU, said it could be next month before the doors are opened. [Read article]

photo Lucid dreams key to sleep

Meditation could help fight off bad dreams, shyness

Through a state of dreaming that combines Western science and Tibetan Buddhist study, students might be able to improve sleep quality, overcome fears and explore reality.

Lucid dreaming occurs when a person is sleeping and becomes aware of the fact that they are dreaming.

Tibetan Buddhists have used lucid dreaming to perform dream yoga, where they achieve a meditative state in their sleep. [Read article]

Campus briefs

Student officials pleased with 'Dynamite' turnout

Despite confusion over the venue change, more than 160 people attended the "Napoleon Dynamite" event last night.

Even though the event switched from Centennial Hall to the Student Union Memorial Center South Ballroom because of cost issues, student officials said they were pleased with the turnout.

"We were hoping for (a larger turnout)," said Carrie Pixler, director of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona Speakers Board. "We kind of had an inkling." [Read article]

Quick Hits

India club to host celebration tomorrow

The UA India Club is setting up a henna tattoo booth on the UA Mall today.

The club is offering henna tattoos in exchange for donations and selling tickets to tomorrow's garba, a traditional Indian celebration held annually by Tucson's Indian community.

The club is hosting this year's event, which will take place tomorrow from 7:30 p.m. to midnight in the Gittings Gym in the Ina A. Gittings building, 1713 E. University Blvd. [Read article]

photo Fast Facts

  • The first performer to win Grammy Awards for jazz and classical recordings in the same year was Wynton Marsalis in 1984. His albums were "Trumpet Concertos" and "Think of One."

  • During the American Revolution, many brides wore red wedding gowns as a symbol of rebellion.

  • Vanilla is the favorite flavor of ice cream, accounting for 29 percent of all sales.

  • At least 100,000 different chemical reactions occur in the normal human brain every second. [Read article]

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