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NEWS
Thursday, August 26, 2004
Activists revisit early suffrage movement

The 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, passed exactly 84 years ago today.

To celebrate the anniversary of the amendment's passage in 1920, the Network of Feminist Student Activists will provide a free showing of HBO's "Iron Jawed Angels, " a 2004 film about the women's suffrage movement.

The event, at 7 p.m. in Social Sciences building Room 100, will kick off NFSA's Suffrage 2004: Get Out Her Vote, which Kelly Kraus, president of NFSA, described as a massive student voter registration initiative. [Read article]

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photo Gila, Yuma halls get fresh look

The renovations made to the Gila and Yuma residence halls over the summer provided fall residents with more living room, better study areas and a better use of space.

The halls, located on North Campus Drive, have identical floor plans had not been renovated in almost 20 years.

Gila and Yuma now have 80 new and refurbished resident spaces. Gila has an exercise room and Yuma a library.

Jim Van Arsdel, Residence Life director, said that the entire plumbing system was replaced, something the halls needed desperately. [Read article]

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photo New shops, restaurants add flavor to University Ave.

As a new school year starts, restaurants and shops along East University Boulevard are as alive with activity as ever. There are the usual sounds of live music from Frog & Firkin and crowds of students looking for something to eat, a cup of coffee or a place to get a drink.

This semester, students will have a few new options as they wander along University, as a new restaurant, coffee shop and retail store add variety to the existing shops and restaurants. [Read article]

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photo Lightning could predict rainfall

For the past year, E. Philip Krider has been watching the skies.

The University of Arizona atmospheric sciences professor believes studying lightning strikes will lead to a reliable system to predict rainfall. Krider believes this system will one day rival radar mapping in predicting storms.

Krider and his team of graduate students have been studying thunderstorms in the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed near Tombstone. They have been working with the U.S. Geological Service and a company specializing in lightning detection. The results from the yearlong study have brought surprising results. [Read article]

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Study: Girls feel need to be thin, 'white'

A study recently conducted by members of the UA sociology department seems to confirm that many American women, regardless of race or background, feel pressure to conform to a "white standard" of beauty.

While the study showed that non-white women embraced ethnic features more readily as they aged, most still felt that pressure to conform existed in America.

The project also examined how societal pressure impacts women's self-esteem and how women use beauty as a way to advance in both the workplace and the dating game. [Read article]

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photo Politicians 'Welcome Back' Republicans

The UA College Republicans' "Welcome Back" reception last night was graced by three Arizona politicians voicing their support for President George Bush and encouraging UA students to take an active role in the upcoming election.

Congressman Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup (R) and State Rep. Randy Graf, R.-District 30, addressed a crowd of 70 members of the UA College Republicans gathered at Frog & Firkin. [Read article]

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Congressman encourages youth to support Kerry

PHOENIX - One of the country's youngest congressmen was in Phoenix yesterday encouraging young people to get out and vote.

Thirty-four-year-old U.S. Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., said both his party and young people are failing to fulfill their roles in the political process.

"Our party needs to do more to reach out to younger voters," Ford said. "But it's a two-way street."

Ford, who was in Arizona campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and Democratic congressional candidate Paul Babbitt, spoke with student journalists in Phoenix yesterday about the importance of young voters in the upcoming election. [Read article]

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On the spot

Junior has uncommon last name, likes poker and pool but isn't wild about Will Smith naked

Wildcat: Hey, I'm Kylee and you're On the Spot. Is that really your last name?

Engineer: That is my last name. I think one of my stories go ... I think my great grandfather was an engineer on a ship or something so that's how I got my name. He had some other name, but they just called him engineer or something. [Read article]

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Campus Detective

Question:

"What's with all the underground tunnels around campus?"

Answer:

The tunnels lead to a secret underground bomb shelter with enough food and supplies to last 300 of the UA's elite for a year and a half ! The tunnels lead to a secret meeting area for the enigmatic May Day conspirators, a series of rooms that seismic readings have revealed to be a giant puzzle box of unforgiving logic puzzles and death traps guarded by 1,000-year-old knights from the last crusade! The tunnels are a secret burial ground housing the remains of previous university presidents! [Read article]

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photo Fast facts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • Feet cold? Put on a hat - 80 percent of all body heat escapes through the head.

  • The human body consists of 60 trillion cells, and each cell has about 10,000 times as many molecules as the Milky Way has stars.

  • The only U.S. president that held a Ph.D. was Woodrow Wilson.

  • A manned rocket reaches the moon in less time than it took a stagecoach to travel the length of England. [Read article]

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