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Tuesday, November 22, 2005
photo Travel woes: Some still searching for flights home

If students haven't booked their airline flights home for Thanksgiving break by now, they better be prepared to drive, said Michael Glen, the UA branch manager for STA Travel.

Veronica Duncan, a travel adviser for STA, said she met with many students last week who were looking for last-minute deals for Thanksgiving-time travel.

"They're baffled as to why it's so expensive," Duncan said.

Though airline tickets may appear to be pricier, Annika Blau, a travel adviser for STA, said seats aren't more expensive than usual, but premium seats are the only seats available for those searching for flights at the last minute. [Read article]

Grijalva absent from discussion

Talk focuses on homelessness

Rep. Raul Grijalva was absent from a panel discussion yesterday that urged students and community members to write letters to their congressmen about the country's problem with homelessness.

Grijalva was supposed to be the featured speaker at last night's town hall discussion on homelessness. He was expected to speak about what the government is doing about the country's issues with poverty and homelessness, but he didn't show up because of a "busy schedule," said moderator Rashad Kelly, a business management senior. [Read article]

photo Culture jam exhibit to move off campus

An art exhibit created by UA students will move next month from a tiny room in the student union to an off-campus location to expand its audience to the Tucson community.

The "Moment of Truth Project," a "culture jamming" collaboration between media arts and art students intended to highlight the deceptive power of advertising, will move to local television station Access Tucson, 124 E. Broadway Blvd., after its current exhibit closes Dec. 7, said Ellen McMahon, an associate professor in media arts. [Read article]

Quick Hits

Coed fraternity hosts holiday food drive

The Gamma chapter of Alpha Theta Delta is hosting a food drive for the holiday season.

The coed multicultural Christian fraternity plans to host the Theta Food Drive from today to Dec. 21. The food donations will be delivered to the Tucson Community Food Bank where the volunteers will sort through the donation and packing boxes.

Food donations can be dropped off at the Blue Chip Area near the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership on the fourth floor of the Student Union Memorial Center. Donations can also be dropped off with the African-American Student Affairs in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center, Room 209. [Read article]

Governor chooses ASU student regent

Gov. Janet Napolitano appointed a replacement last week for the nonvoting student regent who resigned two months ago, finalizing the speedy process student leaders had hoped for.

Ed Hermes, an Arizona State University senior majoring in political science and history, joined voting Student Regent Ben Graff on Wednesday as a student advocate on the Arizona Board of Regents with enough time to prepare before the Dec. 1 meeting, said Graff, a third-year UA law student. [Read article]

photo Old UA computers sold to public, given to prisons

Each year thousands of old computers on campus have to be put out to pasture, but these machines are not destined for the dumpster, rather the sales market.

The UA continually upgrades its hardware, and to make room, old computers are made available to the public.

"The majority of them are put in a public sale and sold," said Laurie Rodriguez, materials manager for the UA procurement and contracting services department. [Read article]

Fast Facts

Things you've always never wanted to know

  • A camel can lose up to 30 percent of its body weight in perspiration and continue to cross the desert. A human would die of heat shock after sweating away only 12 percent body weight.

  • Yuletide-named towns in the U.S. include Santa Claus, located in Arizona and Indiana, Noel in Missouri, and Christmas in Arizona and Florida. [Read article]

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