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Wednesday, November 2, 2005
photo Students hurt in brawl

Shot fired, students hospitalized after assault at Halloween party

Two UA students received treatment at University Medical Center after they were assaulted at a Halloween party Monday night.

The incident occurred at a party at the 700 block of East Speedway Boulevard in the home of UA students Scott Lykke, Chris McCormick, Mike Schapker, Henry Schwartz, and Arizona Daily Wildcat reporter Ross Hager. [Read article]

UA climbs out of $43.6M hole caused by state

Departments cutting back on spending to offset budget woes

Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series focusing on university debt as a result of state budget cuts. Today's article focuses on how the UA has cut back its own expenses to make up for the loss. Tomorrow's article focuses on what the UA is doing in terms of future funding to avoid cutting additional faculty, staff and courses. [Read article]

photo Pell Grants lose some federal support

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., voted last week to deny an amendment to a bill that would have provided $836 million to be used for Pell Grants, officials said.

The amendment would have given Arizona students an additional $250 on average, according to a press release.

At the UA, about 7,000 students receive Pell Grants, which translates into $18 million in grant money, said John Nametz, director of student financial aid. [Read article]

photo Grant to fund water security system

Three UA scientists in conjunction with seven other universities received a $10 million research grant to focus on the security of drinking water systems in the event of a terrorist attack or accident.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Environmental Protection Agency awarded the five-year grant Oct. 24 for universities to develop danger-detection and warning methods of public drinking water systems, said Ian Pepper, UA professor and director of the UA National Science Foundation Water Quality Center. [Read article]

Retention plan puts UA on top

The UA became the first major college to receive the 10th annual Best Practices award for student retention at a national retention symposium.

The retention project, "From Precious Individuals to Meaningful Data, and Back Again: A Data-driven, College-based Strategic Retention Master Plan," is the first retention plan at the UA to directly help students stay in college and graduate, said Lynette Cook-Francis, assistant vice president for multicultural affairs and student success. [Read article]

Five-Year Budget Timeline

2001-02 State Legislature cuts $16,594,000 from UA funding

  • UA implements a hiring freeze

  • 333 university employees lose their jobs

  • Beginning steps to phase out Arizona

  • International College

  • Opening of UA North campus delayed

  • Custodial service cuts

  • Tuition increases: resident tuition jumps 6.1 percent or $142; nonresident jumps 5.6 percent or $552 [Read article]

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    Quick Hits

    Tunnel of Oppression tonight

    The UA Tunnel of Oppression will run today through Nov. 11 in Kaibab-Huachuca Residence Hall, 922 E. Fourth St. The event focuses on walk-through exhibits featuring scenarios, images and statistics in an in-your-face portrayal of the violence and prejudice people experience every day. The free event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call 626-1464.

    'Moment of Truth' exhibit opens today [Read article]

    Fast Facts

    Things you've always never wanted to know

  • When female wasps return to the colony after foraging, they may initiate aggressive encounters with males and stuff them headfirst into empty nest cells. Cornell University researchers who observed the behavior call it "male-stuffing," and believe it contributes to the colony's fitness by making more food available to larvae.

  • A 15th anniversary is called a quindecennial.
  • [Read article]

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