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Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Majors switching to in-person registration

Departments try to combat cuts in budgets, classes

Editor's Note: This is the first in a three-part series on class registration.

Although class registration is still in progress, many students registered for classes weeks ago with their advisers instead of via WebReg because budget cuts and other factors are forcing departments to regulate registration more closely.

Jerry Hogle, vice provost of instruction, said high-demand departments, such as political science and theatre arts, are manually registering students for their core classes this semester rather than using WebReg. [Read article]

UA bell will toll for slain profs

The university will ring the U.S.S. Arizona bell three times tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. to remember the lives of the three College of Nursing professors killed by a former student two years ago.

On Oct. 28, 2002, nursing student Robert S. Flores Jr. opened fire in the college, killing professor Robin E. Rogers in her office, and professors Cheryl McGaffic and Barbara Monroe in a classroom full of students taking a midterm. Flores, who was upset over a failing grade, then shot and killed himself in the same room. [Read article]

Rare lunar eclipse visible in Tucson sky

Students looking to take a break from homework tonight will be able to step outside and look up at the sky to see a glowing orange moon in a lunar eclipse that will not happen again until 2015.

Flandrau Science Center and the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association will hold a free public viewing of the lunar eclipse and other celestial objects at the Tucson Convention Center tonight.

Michael Magee, director of the Flandrau Planetarium, said lunar eclipses happen every few years, but he is especially excited about this eclipse because of its duration and the time it will occur. The next lunar eclipse visible in the Tucson sky will be on Feb. 20, 2008; however, an eclipse as long as tonight's will not occur again until 2015. [Read article]

photo Coach shares inspiration of Radio

Coach Harold Jones, the inspiration for the movie "Radio," spoke to students last night about how a mentally disabled man changed his life.

Jones, a former high school football and track coach, told the few in attendance the story of his experiences with Radio.

Fewer than 15 people turned out for the speech last night sponsored by ASUA's Speakers Board and the Associated Students with Disabilities. [Read article]

photo Boo! Students hunt for Halloween costumes

For the busy Halloween season, vintage and clothing stores along North Fourth Avenue are staying open later and switching out their regular inventory for costumes.

Like a lot of students, Logan Christie, undeclared freshman, said she goes costume hunting the week before Halloween, which means big business for North Fourth Avenue stores within walking distance of the UA.

Christie said she was "looking for different things" Friday at Desert Vintage, 636 N. Fourth Ave. [Read article]

Asian-American students hold leadership conference

Students from all over the state are gathering next month at the UA for the 2004 Leadership Conference for Asian-Pacifics, the second conference that seeks to bring awareness to issues important to Asian-Americans.

John Vo, a chemistry senior and organizer of the event, said the conference will provide Asian-American and non-Asian students the opportunity to learn more about Asian-American experiences. [Read article]

photo Fast facts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • Rattan palms found in the jungles of Southeast Asia have vine-like stems that trail along the jungle floor up to 250 feet in all directions.

  • A species of starfish known as Linckia columbiae can reproduce its entire body that is, grow back completely from a single severed piece less than a half-inch long.

  • There is an executive officer of the U.S. government whose job consists solely of investigating applications to the president of the United States for clemency and pardon. [Read article]

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