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Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Student killed in grinder accident

A UA student was killed Sunday in a birdseed grinder accident at his workplace.

Joshua Morgan, an agricultural education junior, died after being trapped inside the machine at a mill in Arizona Feeds Country Store on 4743 North Highway Drive, east of Interstate 10 near West Ruthrauff Road.

Morgan, 20, was cleaning the birdseed grinder, a rotary machine which mixes and bags pet food, when it accidentally turned on. According to police reports, Morgan was sucked inside and killed instantly. [Read article]

photo Michael Moore speaks on campus

Filmmaker Michael Moore urged a crowd of 14,500 to defeat Bush in the November election and sponsor Sen. John Kerry for his position on issues like education and minimum wage last night.

A sold-out McKale Center welcomed "Fahrenheit 9/11" director Moore with a standing ovation. The UA was the 22nd college on his 60-city "Slacker Uprising Tour" and had the largest turnout on Moore's tour to date, he said. [Read article]

photo Moore visit divides campus

Small groups of vocal protestors made their presence known at Michael Moore's sold-out speech last night, waving Bush-Cheney signs and chanting "Four more years" and "No more Moore."

Students protested before and during Moore's speech at McKale Center and many were escorted out by the University of Arizona Police Department.

Before Moore's appearance, students rallied peacefully outside, chanting, carrying signs and wearing pro-Bush and anti-Moore t-shirts to urge students not to listen to Moore. [Read article]

photo Terror readiness drill shuts down half of campus

At 8:06 a.m. yesterday campus was thrown into a state of emergency with fire alarms sounding, fire trucks lining the street and bodies strewn on the ground. The chaos was all part of a 4-hour-long disaster drill to help better prepare emergency workers for real emergencies.

The drill involved a hypothetical situation, treated like a real emergency, in which a van with a bomb in it exploded next to the Physics and Atmospheric Sciences building on East Fourth Street, and resulted in several casualties and fear that the building would collapse. [Read article]

Watts still in critical condition

A UA football player remained in critical but stable condition last night after being shot at a party early Sunday morning.

Sheldon Watts, a pre-business freshman, was taken to University Medical Center after being shot in the chest and arm, police reports stated.

"We take this very serious," said Jim Livengood, UA director of athletics at a press conference yesterday morning.

Watts, 18, a redshirt offensive guard for the football team, was at a house party at South Alamo Avenue and East Fourteenth Street when a confrontation broke out around 2 a.m. Sunday. The confrontation moved outside and gunshots were fired soon after, according to police reports. [Read article]

Coming Out Week kicks off

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students are celebrating gay pride during Coming Out Week this week, with five days of entertainment, from drag king and queen performances to gay Jeopardy, aimed at educating the campus community about GLBT issues.

The events, organized by ASUA Pride Alliance, will give GLBT and straight students the chance to socialize and join GLBT campus groups, organizers said. [Read article]

photo Student documentary follows first-time voters

A 33-year-old UA media arts sophomore and father of four is filming a documentary that will follow two first-time voters on their way to election day.

The documentary will center around two non-partisan voters' reactions and insights into the presidential debates.

"I have no personal agenda," said IX (pronounced "Nine") Mendoza, adding that he wants his documentary "to be as raw as possible."

Mendoza said he hopes insight and honesty will be the appeal of his work. [Read article]

Bachelor Survivor

They say a good man is hard to find. But what exactly characterizes a good catch? Is he smart, funny, sensitive, offbeat? The Wildcat is giving you the chance to decide with our first edition of Bachelor Survivor. The project began with four bachelors, who have been narrowed dow to two as determined by online poll results. These are the final bachelors, vote online this week at for who you want to see voted off. [Read article]

photo Fast facts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • Attila the Hun was a dwarf. Pepin the Short, Aesop, Gregory of Tours, Charles III of Naples and Pasha Hussain were all less than 3.5 feet tall.

  • The Mongol conqueror Timur the Lame (1336-1405), whom Christopher Marlowe called Tamburlaine, played polo with the skulls of those he had killed in battle. Timur left records of his victories by erecting 30-foot-high pyramids made of the severed heads of his victims. [Read article]

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