Friday's planned three-way debate between Tucson City Council candidates for Ward 2 turned into a non-event due to poor planning and a bit of bad luck.

Libertarian Tim Loomis, Republican Rick Grinnell, and Democrat Janet Marcus, all candidates for the position, were scheduled to speak to a student audience. However, due to miscommunication, the student audience arrived on the mall two hours before the candidates, and no debate occurred.

Both Loomis and Grinnell arrived after most students had left, but due to prior commitments incumbent Marcus failed to appear at all.

A similar evening debate is planned for October.

ECE awarded funding

The National Science Foundation has awarded the UA Electrical and Computer Engineering Department $562,500 to fund five Ph.D. students during the next five years. The students will specialize in the area of computer hardware/software codesign.

SEAC presentation

The Student Environmental Action Coalition will present a video presentation titled "UA: Off Mt. Graham! The Law is Not For Sale," today at 6 p.m. in the Cactus Lounge of the Student Union.

SEAC will reveal what students can do to stop congress from selling the UA another exemption from "our strongest environmental and cultural protection laws."

For more information, contact the SEAC at 322-9819 or by e-mail at

Guest speaker

The Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) will be hosting guest speaker Celestino Fernandez, UA executive vice-president and provost of the New Campus in Pima County today at their general meeting.

The meeting is at 5 p.m. in the Family and Consumer Resources Building Room 101.

Fernandez will give a motivational speech concerning minorities in the educational field and relating his experiences.

Library closures

The Main Library will complete its construction on the second floor by Thursday.

To facilitate the final move of large collections of material to the newly renovated area, the Current Periodicals, Newspapers and Microform in the Main Library will be closed Friday and Saturday.

The area will open again on Sunday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

For more information contact the Main Library at 621-2610.

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