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Bookstore opens doors in new wing of the union

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Customers able to find store, but some say location is inconvenient

The UofA Bookstore opened at its new location directly behind the old store yesterday after five years of planning, a year and a half of construction and a three-month delay.

Bookstore staff packed up and moved the store's inventory and other effects over Spring Break in preparation for the opening, which Frank Farias, director of the U of A Bookstore, called "smooth."

"It went beautifully," he said. "The staff worked very long hours last week, very hard."

Gilbert Davidson, assistant project manager for the new student union, said there are some minor "last-minute" details to attend to - such as ensuring that light switches can be found and are working - but the facility is fully functional.

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Pumping the heart

UMC's mini-medical school teaches about the body, organs and diseases

"Lub. Lub dub. Lub. Lub dub."

The closure of the atrioventricular valve - the heart's key valve that makes a "lub" sound every time the blood travels from the left to the right chamber - is what doctors listen to with a stethoscope. Then the second sound comes in, the "dub," with the closure of the pulmonary valve, another key valve in the heart.

This blood-flow system in the heart, which allows a person to live, works just like a water balloon. When the pressure condenses the heart from the middle, valves keep blood flowing in the right direction so the blood can reach the destined organs to transport water, oxygen, salts, proteins and blood cells.

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Lute's Desert Swarm

Despite the team's offensive weapons, UA using defense to waltz through Big Dance

Not that Lute Olson has ever really needed to steal something out of the Arizona football team's playbook, but the UA basketball coach has his team running an impeccable version of the "Desert Swarm" defense.

In the team's ascent up the polls since its low point in January, the mastermind behind Arizona's success for more than 15 years has stressed the importance of stopping opponents even before they begin to think about creating shots of their own.

Hawking defensive strategies to his high-flying dunkers and quick-footed slashers isn't an easy sell, but like any good salesman, Olson had a hook.

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Lock, stock and big money barrels

Last week, Americans could hardly tear their eyes away from the financial channels as the NASDAQ and Dow Jones fell more than 100 points. It was horrific to watch, as those new to investment watched their retirement or college funds dry up and blow away.

But was the market dive worthy of the attention it received? The answer is a resounding no, and the behavior of Americans last week only supports the idea that most are obsessed with money and are incapable of enjoying the massive wealth they already have.

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UA creative writing prof wins $20,000 poetry fellowship

Boyer Rickel may use money to take time off, concentrate on writing

Boyer Rickel finally achieved one of his dreams when he was awarded a $20,000 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

"I have applied before, so it was thrilling to be accepted," said Rickel, a UA creative writing professor and undergraduate adviser. "My reaction was total amazement and a great deal of excitement."

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Fast facts: Tuesday March 20, 2001

Porcupines float in water.

The average person has more than 1,460 dreams a year!

It's against the law to pawn your dentures in Las Vegas!

A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

There are more nutrients in the cornflake package itself than there are in the actual cornflakes.