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Thursday, September 30, 2004
Humanities program may be eliminated

Program's future before Board of Regents tomorrow

The Arizona Board of Regents could authorize the elimination of UA's Humanities Program tomorrow, a proposal that has been controversial among faculty members.

Proposed by UA President Peter Likins in January 2003, the disestablishment of the humanities program falls in conjunction with Focused Excellence - a plan which narrows the emphasis of university programs to provide more specialized education. [Read article]

photo Prof: Media distorts black image

The public's perception of black people continues to be distorted in the media, a media arts professor said yesterday in a lecture on Black Entertainment Television, part of the Faculty Fellows Speakers Series.

The lecture titled, "And for the Girl Backstage, Never Mind Who You Thought I Was. I'm Rick James B***h!" was delivered by media arts professor Beretta Smith-Shomade at the Gallagher Theater yesterday afternoon. [Read article]

Meal plan could be mandatory next year

Freshmen who live on campus might be forced to dine at the student unions if the UA adopts a mandatory meal plan.

The UA is considering a mandatory meal plan for incoming first-year students living in dorms that would tack on about $1,800 to $2,200 extra in tuition, said Nathan Bell, Associated Students of the University of Arizona senator.

UA student regent Ben Graff said while the plan is still up in the air, the university is definitely weighing the options, and if approved, might begin with next year's incoming freshmen. [Read article]

Prop. 102 OK would let UA own stock

The Arizona Constitution bars state universities from owning stock in private companies, but a proposition on the November ballot might change that.

Proposition 102 would amend the state constitution to allow universities to accept stock in private companies from professors who want to license their inventions.

With more than $400 million invested in research every year at the UA, President Peter Likins said the change in the constitution could benefit the university by attracting new researchers to campus. [Read article]

photo UA student helps control Mars rovers

UA astronomy senior Nicole Spanovich telecommutes to work every day, to either Pasadena, Calif., or Mars.

When she's not in class, Spanovich can be found behind a computer in the UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory's Phoenix Project building either sending commands to a pair of rovers on Mars, or Web conferencing with NASA scientists in Pasadena.

After working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena for six months, Spanovich has been running a remote operations center for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission in Tucson since August. [Read article]

ASUA briefs

Student leaders discussed an idea at last night's ASUA Senate meeting for a ride program similar to SafeRide that would drive intoxicated students home.

Cats Realizing the Importance of a Designated Driving Escort is still being discussed with the university, University of Arizona Police Department and the community to make the program as effective as possible, said Jason Cobb, founder of Cats RIDDE. [Read article]

photo Fast facts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • In medieval Japan, it was believed that there was a single hair somewhere on the tail of a cat that could restore life to a dead person. For this reason cats were brought into the room of a dying person and placed next to his or her bed. As a last resort, relatives sometimes had the dying person pluck a single hair from the cat's tail in the hope that this one would prove to be the magic strand. [Read article]

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