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NEWS
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
photo Final exam passing time could be reduced

Undergraduate Council says cutting time best option of proposed final exam changes

The Undergraduate Council has recommended reducing the passing time between finals from one hour to half an hour, a change that could take effect as early as spring.

Jennifer Jenkins, chairwoman for UGC and associate professor in the Humanities Program, said before the official exam schedule decision is made, it must go through other campus groups, including the Office of the Provost and college deans. The Faculty Senate will make the final decision, which could take up to six weeks, Jenkins said. [Read article]

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photo UMC workload not traumatic

UMC rises to challenge of being Tucson's only trauma center

The staff at the University Medical Center stepped up to the challenge of becoming the only trauma center in Tucson last year, and officials say employees are more skilled because of it.

Since the closure of Tucson Medical Center's trauma center on July 1, 2003, the UMC trauma center has had a 48 percent increase in the number of trauma patients, said Daniel Judkins, trauma center coordinator. [Read article]

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photo UA bids farewell to spokeswoman

After 21 years as the voice of the UA, spokeswoman Sharon Kha will leave her post at the university next week to focus on her health.

Kha, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease last November, said her last day at UA will be Oct. 8 when she will go on disability leave until her retirement next year.

Although Kha did not want to leave the UA, she said over the summer she was advised to exercise and care for her health in order to prevent her condition from worsening. [Read article]

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Fastfacts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • William Henry Harrison was president of the United States for only 31 days. He caught cold the day of his inauguration and died of pneumonia in the White House on April 4, 1841, a month after he had been sworn in.

  • In 1966 the mean annual temperature in Plateau Station, Antarctica, was -70 degrees Fahrenheit. If a lightly clothed person were to stand outside in this temperature, he or she would freeze to death in approximately 60 seconds. [Read article]

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