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Thursday, January 27, 2005
8 percent tuition increase expected

Students could see big tuition changes this spring, including differentiated tuition by major and a more than 8 percent tuition increase, according to members of the Arizona Board of Regents.

Regents will set the spring tuition calendar at tomorrow's regents meeting in Tempe and discuss tuition ideas, financial aid and class fees. Administrators at the three state universities are planning the universities' tuition proposals, which they must announce by Feb. 14 or at least 10 days prior to the public tuition hearing. [Read article]

photo PTS to open new garage to alleviate UA parking problems

To alleviate parking problems on campus, the UA plans to open a new garage for students and faculty on Highland Avenue in August, officials said.

Gary Thomson, associate director of Parking and Transportation Services, said the announcement reflects the department's ongoing commitment to find new ways to address parking problems, which in recent years included expanding the CatTran route and leasing off-campus parking lots for students interested in carpooling. Thomson said the department must contend with the reality that there are only 14,000 parking spaces for more than 50,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors. [Read article]

photo Nuclear Engineering department to be blasted

The last remnants of the nuclear engineering program died Monday, when the UA Faculty Senate voted to end the graduate program and decommission the nuclear reactor in the basement of the Engineering building.

Few will notice the passing of the research nuclear reactor, which has been safely operating in the basement of the five-story Engineering building since 1958.

In fact, Robert Offerle, a doctoral student in nuclear engineering, has been the only person to consistently use the reactor during the last few years. [Read article]

photo Advocacy workshop series gives students opportunity

The gender roles of women were discussed yesterday in a workshop sponsored by the Social Justice Leadership Center as part of an advocacy program meant to provide interaction among students on issues of diversity.

Students interested in changing the world now have the chance to learn more through this series, and even though SJLC saw a small turnout for their first workshop, they are positive about the series gathering steam. [Read article]

Student regent to be confirmed next week

TEMPE - A student regent awaiting confirmation to the Arizona Board of Regents received notice late yesterday afternoon his confirmation meeting will be held next week.

Sen. Linda Gray, D-Phoenix, chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, said yesterday student regent Ben Graff's confirmation meeting will take place Wednesday morning in Phoenix.

Gray said the decision came immediately after she found out that Graff's confirmation was stalled by the Governor's Office and that student leaders were pushing for his approval. [Read article]

Greeks party for Tsunami relief

Two campus fraternities raised more than $1,000 for the tsunami relief effort at a party they hosted Friday night.

Beta Theta Pi and Zeta Beta Tau fraternities hosted a party at the ZBT house Friday night where they asked guests for a $5 donation as they entered, said Phil Stricker, a marketing junior and member of Beta.

ZBT, an unrecognized fraternity, is matching all of the money the fraternity raised for the tsunami relief, including the money they raised Friday and any future donations, said Ben Madick, a member of ZBT. All the money ZBT raised for the tsunami relief will be donated to the Red Cross. [Read article]

photo Library sale includes 40,000 books

Students looking for cheap books can find bargains at the 10th annual "Friends of The University of Arizona Libraries" book sale, running through Sunday.

Located at the El Con Mall, 3601 E. Broadway Blvd., the book sale is one of the many events "Friends" organizes each year to fundraise money for the library.

The sale includes more than 40,000 books, including textbooks, which will be available at a price of 50 cents to $4. Other merchandise such as CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes will be sold for $2. [Read article]

photo Fast Facts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • Spot, Data's cat on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," was played by six different cats. Data dies at the end of "Star Trek: Nemesis."

  • The red giant star Betelgeuse has a diameter larger than that of the Earth's orbit around the sun.

  • New Jersey has a spoon museum featuring more than 5,
  • 00 spoons from every state and almost every country. [Read article]

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