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Monday, August 30, 2004
photo Tucsonans protest start of RNC

Protesters gathered at the local Republican Party headquarters last night, on the eve of the beginning of the 2004 Republican National Convention, to show their support for Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry and to denounce President Bush and his policies.

The 200 or so protesters stood at the corner of East Fifth Street and North Craycroft Road waving signs that read, "Show Bush the door," "U.S. out of Iraq," "Peace" and "Not another four years," prompting motorists passing by to honk their horns and yell in support of the cause. [Read article]

Pima CC student shot at No Anchovies

Victim sustained non- life-threatening injuries in Sunday morning fight

Twenty-one-year-old Pima Community College student Jordan Prather was shot early Sunday morning by a UA student at the popular University Boulevard restaurant No Anchovies.

Liberal arts freshman Jacob M. Ochoa was arrested for aggravated assault, serious injury and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the incident, which left Prather in the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Ochoa is being held in Pima County Jail. [Read article]

photo Eller lures top MIT professor to UA

The Eller College of Management has nabbed one of the country's top professors in management and technology, a catch that could signal the end of what some call the UA "brain drain."

Amar Gupta, formerly one of the top professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, arrived in Tucson last week to take over the positions of Thomas R. Brown Chair in Management and Technology, senior director for research and business development and professor of entrepreneurship and management information systems. [Read article]

photo Profs sound off on Al-Jazeera documentary

After a screening of "Control Room," a documentary that follows Arab news network Al-Jazeera's staff members as they report on the war in Iraq, UA professors said the film exposed the weaknesses of the American government and media.

Following the screening Friday night at the Loft Cinema, three professors participated in a panel discussion presented by the UA's Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Tucson Cinema Foundation. [Read article]

photo Illegal downloads will continue despite warnings, students say

Even after several UA students were subpoenaed for illegally downloading music, some UA freshmen say they still plan to do so.

The Recording Industry Association of America issued subpoenas to 21 individuals and 89 universities in March.

Last year, four "John Doe" subpoenas, so named because the identities of the individuals were unknown, were served to the UA for four IP addresses.

It was the UA's job to find the owners of the IP addresses and inform them. [Read article]

$10M grant creates math center

Federal grant lets UA departments teach Tucson's Latino K-8 students math basics

A $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation will create the Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos and Latinas (CEMELA) here at the UA.

The center is being formed by a partnership between the UA's department of language, reading and culture in the College of Education and the UA's mathematics department in the College of Science. [Read article]

On the spot

Biology freshman likes pushing girlfriend around, doesn't mind wearing dirty clothes

Wildcat: My name's Nathan. You guys are on the spot. (To McKendry) I saw you punching her. (To Dempsey) Do you need me to help you? (To McKendry) What's going on? Not afraid to hit a girl?

McKendry: It's a going back and forth joke. This is my girlfriend, so ...

Wildcat: I know. I realize that. I'm just joshin' around. In a moment of vanity, 'cause usually I interview other people ... could you guys ask me questions? I'd like to talk about myself. It has to be something zesty, with panache. [Read article]


The world was more interesting before you


30 B.C. - Cleopatra, queen of Egypt and lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, takes her life following the defeat of her forces against Gaius Octavius, the future first emperor of Rome.

1918 - After speaking at a factory in Moscow, Soviet leader Vladmir Lenin is shot twice by Fanya Kaplan, a member of the Social Revolutionary party.

1945 - Gen. Douglas MacArthur lands in Japan to oversee the formal surrender ceremony and to organize the postwar Japanese government. [Read article]

photo Fast facts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • A queen bee may lay as many as 3,000 eggs in a single day.

  • By 1940, a total of 94 patents had been taken out on shaving mugs.

  • Diamonds mined in Brazil are harder than those found in Africa.

  • Catgut strings are not made from catgut, but from sheep intestines.

  • Contrary to popular belief, the mongoose is not immune to the venom of the cobra. The mongoose is able to defeat its archenemy in battle simply because it is faster and has better reflexes. [Read article]

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