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Thursday March 29, 2001

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Most UA-themed merchandise sold by off-campus vendors legit

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T-shirts, hats official if they bear NCAA stickers

Off-campus sellers of Final Four T-shirts can offer a legitimate and less-expensive alternative to University of Arizona bookstores, vendors said.

"I know a couple of stands got shut down for not being licensed," said Mike Skwiat, an employee of Maverick Enterprises, a local company that sells sporting event merchandise.

Skwiat also said the off-campus vendors are looked at very carefully by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to make sure everything is legitimate.

"But it's good for us that they're checking, making sure that everything is legit. It makes us look good," he said.

Maverick employees have stationed their tent on the northeast corner of North Campbell Avenue and East Speedway Boulevard to sell merchandise for the duration of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Skwiat said that the sure-fire way to tell if the apparel is licensed is to see if it has the official NCAA holographic sticker on it.

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Tuition concerns can be brought straight to the top

Regents, Likins willing to open dialogues with students over costs

His office sits seven stories high, and there is a good chance students have never seen him, but the man with their tuition money - UA President Peter Likins - is listening.

Last year's tuition hearings got so ugly that all sides - student representatives, the regents, the three state university presidents - came away exasperated and vowed to increase talks months ahead of time. Collaboration, they agreed, was the key.

"I remember regent Judy Gignac saying, 'I will not do this again,'" Likins said. "The process was so stressful. The students were frustrated. The presidents felt they were appropriate. There had to be change."

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Even UA baseball players catching hoops fever

When the UA men's basketball team heads to Minnesota this weekend for the Final Four, Arizona's baseball team will be in the midst of a three-game series with Pacific 10 Conference opponent Oregon State.

Even though the baseball game will overlap the basketball game, the Arizona baseball team will be glued to the television once their game has concluded.

"We have a TV in the locker room, and it will be turned on as soon as our game is completed," UA baseball head coach Jerry Stitt said. "During the game versus Illinois, all of our players stayed in the locker room until the final whistle was blown.

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Hiking up tuition

UA President Peter Likins has stated his plan to raise tuition for all UA students. The proposal would increase in-state tuition by $200 per year and out-of-state tuition by $500 per year.

Some may believe that a tuition increase flies in the face of the state's commitment to low-cost higher education. Others believe it is a realistic necessity to continue investing in UA research and development.

Tonight, the Arizona Daily Wildcat is hosting a forum to discuss the new policy. The forum will be held at 7:00 in Harvill 151.

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UA amateur models work the catwalk for charity

Runway fashion show stars students, dancers

"Attitude!" the director yelled as his models strutted down the runway in preparation for tomorrow's big show.

However, these models are not in London, Paris or even New York - they are University of Arizona students bringing fashion to Tucson.

With stores including Dillards, Hot Topic, Miller's Outpost and the House of Tuxedos providing the clothes, about 15 UA students and 35 elementary and middle-school students will be clad from head to toe in the latest fashions.

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Fast facts: Thursday March 29, 2001

John Travolta's "Saturday Night Fever" white suit was auctioned off for $145,500.

Judy Garland's red slippers went at auction for $165,000.

Charlie Chaplin's hat and cane were bought at auction for $211,500.

An Elvis jacket was auctioned off for $59,700.

John Lennon's glasses sold for $25,875 at auction.

Lee Harvey Oswald's body tag was auctioned off for $6,600.