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Tuesday, August 31, 2004
photo Dissecting and epidemic: Students warned to watch for West Nile

While no cases of West Nile have been reported at the UA, students are advised to take precautions to avoid the potentially fatal virus.

There have been 307 cases of West Nile in Arizona to date, accounting for a full third of all cases nationally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the most deadly cases have been confined to the elderly and infants, Elizabeth Willott, assistant professor of entomology, advised the campus community to use insect repellent containing DEET, a proven mosquito repellent. She said it will work best when sprayed around the cuffs of sleeves and pant legs, Willott said. [Read article]

photo Poli sci honorary best in country

The UA's political science honorary, Pi Sigma Alpha, was awarded best chapter of the year for 2003-2004 for their creativity and activeness on campus.

There are over 600 PSA chapters nationwide, and the UA chapter was selected from the pool for the category of universities with a population of 15,000 or more.

The award came as a pleasant surprise to PSA's president Jen Lum, a political science senior. [Read article]

photo Internet class aims to curb smoking use

The Arizona Health Sciences Center is launching an Internet-based research project to teach people how to talk to tobacco users about quitting.

Similar to a CPR class, in which people learn to save the lives of others who have stopped breathing, Project Reach aims to train ordinary people in effective ways of convincing tobacco users to quit, said Myra Muramoto, the principal investigator for the project. [Read article]

Voting drive for women begins today

Statistics show that in the last presidential election, women between the ages of 18 and 24 had the lowest voting average of any group. This, along with other factors, has prompted the Network of Feminist Student Activists to hold a month-long voter registration drive, which kicks off today.

NFSA will be register students on the Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. NFSA also plans to have speakers, entertainment and the presence of community and campus organizations. [Read article]

UA Web site allows students to search for perfect roommate

UA students who still haven't found a roommate can search for one online, through a Web site run by the Commuter Student Affairs office.

On the site, which was launched in June, students can search for roommates for housing on- or off-campus according to individual preferences.

They can browse through 180 listings of houses, town homes, apartments and duplexes and can narrow their search by criteria like location and type. [Read article]

On the spot

Freshman thinks college is kind of like high school, hates when his stomach growls.

Wildcat: My name is Nathan. You're on the spot. How was your weekend?

French: Pretty good weekend. The first weekend after school started and all.

Wildcat: Was college what you expected it would be?

French: Yeah, sort of. I was most surprised at how big everything is, how many people there are, everything like that. [Read article]

photo From the archives

September 1, 1976

"Tucson mayor Lewis C. Murphy and university president John P. Schaefer cut the ribbon and officially open the University Square shopping complex, just west of the university main gate."

And now they're tearing it down ... but there wasn't much left of the original University Square, anyway. They've even changed the name since then. Now you can impress your friends the next time you're checking out the local McDonald's-owned fast food chain (Chipotle) in Main Gate Square. [Read article]

photo Fast facts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • The Oscar film trophy is named after Oscar Pierce, a wealthy Texas farmer. Before the trophy had a name, Pierce's niece, then serving as a librarian for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, commented that the statue reminded her of her Uncle Oscar.

  • A quarter has 119 grooves on its circumference. A dime has one less.

  • During the American Revolution, inflation was so great that the price of corn rose 10,000 percent, the price of wheat 14,000 percent, the price of flour 15,000 percent and the price of beef 33,000 percent. [Read article]

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