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Wednesday, November 9, 2005
UA to enroll Mexican grads

The expansion of a 25-year-old agreement will bring up to 100 doctoral students from Mexico to the UA next fall, officials said.

The Graduate College and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (Conacyt) agreed to jointly pay for up to 100 Mexican doctoral students to study at the UA, said Maria Teresa Velez, associate dean of the Graduate College.

In doing so, the university expects to advance its research and the diversity on campus, Velez said. [Read article]

photo Poet: Humans crave challenge

Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky discussed yesterday how humans relate to one another and how our sadness derives from a desire to be challenged.

More than 300 people attended his lecture, "Sadness and Exaltation," in the North Ballroom in the Student Union Memorial Center. The lecture emphasized how people have a general desire to be challenged by others.

This trait is not a factor of adolescence, Pinsky said, as it can be seen in people of all ages. [Read article]

Format to 'Tune Out' tonight

Phoenix-area pop-punk band The Format will take the Centennial Hall stage tonight. With more than 1,600 tickets sold, student leaders said they're hopeful the remaining tickets will be bought to fill up the auditorium.

General public and student tickets have been on sale since mid-October for $10, and there are still about 800 tickets left to fill the 2,400-seat venue, said Ryan Patterson, special events coordinator for the Associated Students of the University of Arizona. [Read article]

photo Campus briefs: Governor to pick student regent

Gov. Janet Napolitano could decide by next week which of the three nonvoting student regent finalists will fill the vacant position.

The nonvoting student regent seat on the Arizona Board of Regents has been empty since Sept. 29, when Kolby Granville, a third-year Arizona State University law student, resigned two months into his two-year term.

Since then, a search committee has interviewed 18 applicants from ASU and referred three to the governor, who plans to begin interviews this week before making the final pick, said Fernando Ascencio, an Arizona Students' Association director and the UA representative on the committee. [Read article]

photo New food research lab to open

The UA should wait before allowing researchers to change the genetic makeup of crops, a lecturer said, because more research needs to be done on the long-term health risks these foods may have.

Brian Tokar, the director of the Biotechnology Project at the Institute for Social Ecology, spoke about how genetically altered food lacks adequate research and is supported by big corporations that produce crop pesticides, in last night's speech "Gene Traders: Biotechnology, Globalization and the Future of our Food." [Read article]

Format lead singer digs Tucson, flip-flops

Arizona may not be proud of its never-ending, blistering heat or lack of funding for education, but one thing it can boast about is the huge success of local bands like Jimmy Eat World and The Format. Nate Ruess, lead singer for The Format, spoke with the Arizona Daily Wildcat before the performance tonight in Centennial Hall about where he thinks tuition money goes and why talking in code is key to the band's success. [Read article]

Quick Hits

2 Democrats win City Council seats in landslide victories

Two Democratic City Council candidates ousted Republican incumbents last night in Tucson's general election. Of Tucson's 248,777 registered voters, 21.64 percent of votes, or 53,839, were tallied by press time.

Karin Uhlich, the Democratic candidate for Ward 3, defeated incumbent Republican Kathleen Dunbar after gaining 61.25 percent of the vote. [Read article]

photo Fast Facts

Things you've always never wanted to know

  • The albatross drinks seawater. It has a desalinization apparatus that strains out and excretes all excess salt.

  • The largest great white shark ever caught measured 37 feet and weighed 24,000 pounds. It was found in a herring weir in New Brunswick in 1930. The harmless whale shark is the largest fish. The largest caught was 59 feet long, which was captured in Thailand in 1919. [Read article]

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