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Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Optical grads opt to leave ASUA

Unofficial vote shows rep division

Optical sciences graduate students held an election last week requesting to be represented solely by the Graduate and Professional Student Council, a move the student body president said didn't change anything.

Elaine Ulrich, an optical sciences graduate student and GPSC president, said the election demonstrated that many graduate students believe the Associated Students of the University of Arizona represents only undergraduate students even though ASUA "falsely claims" to be for all students. [Read article]

photo Business courses open to all majors

Two entrepreneurship classes will be available for UA students of all majors next spring, one featuring an optional eight-day trip to India.

Amar Gupta, senior director for the Eller College of Management's research and business development, is offering the courses to students of all majors because he believes business is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary and students of all majors could benefit from learning about business and globalization within their field of study. [Read article]

photo Police: assault at Halloween party possibly gang-related

The assault of two UA students at a Halloween party may have been gang related, according to the Tucson Police Department.

Police released the report for the incident on Sunday, more than three weeks after the incident occurred, and cited clearance from the gang unit as the reason for the delay, according to public information officers.

"There were statements made when the suspects were leaving the house that lead us to believe they may be tied to a gang," said Sgt. Judy Altieri of the TPD gang unit. [Read article]

Thanksgiving traditions not shared by all

Although many students are excited and ready to go home for the Thanksgiving holiday, some are choosing other options to help reduce their end-of-semester stresses.

Many buildings on campus, including the Student Union Memorial Center and Park Student Union, are closed on Thanksgiving. But residence halls stay open, which gives students the option to spend the holiday on campus.

Shannon Rzucidlo, a theatre arts education freshman, said because of the large amount of homework she needs to complete over the weekend, and the fact that she has strep throat, she has opted to spend most of the holiday in her dorm room. [Read article]

Quick Hits

Baugher finalist for national punter of year

UA senior punter Danny Baugher was named one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award yesterday, an award given to the nation's top punter.

Baugher led the nation in punting with a 47.5-yard average before suffering a season-ending knee injury Oct. 22 against Oregon.

The Greater Augusta Sports Council announced that Baugher, along with Colorado's John Torp and Wake Forest's Ryan Plackemeier were finalists for the award, according to Wake Forest's athletic Web site. [Read article]

Fast Facts

Things you've always never wanted to know

  • Only 16 Concordes were ever made, the last in 1980. On New Year's Eve 1994, one Concorde plane carried wealthy revelers on a 32-hour trip to nowhere. These travelers, who paid $23,000 apiece for the trip, rang in the new year twice because they twice crossed the international date line.

  • There are more than 50,000 earthquakes throughout the world every year. [Read article]

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