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Thursday April 5, 2001

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Violence won't be tolerated, UA leaders say

Dean of Students office investigating student involvement in 4th Ave. riot

University President Peter Likins called individuals involved with Monday's riots "thugs" and "sick individuals." He has contributed $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons who overturned cars and a motor home and set fires on North Fourth Avenue.

"We are determined to identify and hold accountable any students engaged in acts of violence on Fourth Avenue and will do everything within our power to do so," Likins said in a letter, which can be found in its entirety on page 4.

The administration currently has no jurisdiction against students who are arrested for crimes off campus unless they involve the sale or distribution of illegal drugs or controlled substances, or violence which may present a danger to the safety of the university community, according to the University Student Code of Conduct.

However, in response to the community and Likins' letter, the Dean of Students Office may try to amend the code so its reach will extend to such behavior if it arises again.

Until then, the deans say the current code allows them some discretion, said dean Melissa Vito, who met with legal counsel yesterday.

"There is a possibility that if we found a particular student was involved in a particularly dangerous activity that the code allows for repercussions," she said.

Possible consequences include suspension or expulsion, Vito said.

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Tucson teen heads to UMC for cord blood transplant

Alternative to bone marrow makes recovery possible for 13-year-old cancer patient

The Tucson teen known to many by his first name has begun his latest battle against leukemia at University Medical Center, with a little encouragement from his friends.

Carlos Valencia checked into the hospital yesterday morning and received his first dose of chemotherapy at 10 p.m., which will repeat once every six hours for the next four days. After about two days, he will be given more chemotherapy-and then radiation treatment and a regimen of strong immunosuppressant drugs.

Carlos' chance of survival are about 50 percent with the cord blood transplant he will undergo on April 16. He is expected to stay in the hospital, or as he calls it, "the slammer," for at least six weeks.

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Reporter's take: Twin Cities boring, games were funBy Keith Carmona

When the media floodgates opened to Arizona's locker room for pre-Final Four interviews Friday, the Wildcat reserve players were all donning T-shirts saying, "No comment."

They were sick of doing interviews, tired of having microphones jammed in their faces and truly wished that they didn't have to answer anymore questions about their NCAA Tournament experience.

Forget about Arizona's All-Americans. Freshmen Jason Ranne, Travis Hanour and Andrew Zahn, sophomores Mike Schwertley and redshirt Rick Anderson, and senior John Ash wanted out of the spotlight.

At least that's what their shirts seemed to indicate.

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Rioting 'thugs' insult dedicated fans

On Tuesday, when I drove through the streets of Tucson with the men's basketball team in their homecoming celebration, I was struck with the deep connection our community feels for the Wildcats. Many of those loyal fans had been standing in the sun for hours waiting for the team plane, which was more than an hour late. I was intensely moved by our fans' support of our team in the NCAA finals. I really believe the many signs that read, "The Wildcats are number one in our hearts." When I got to the Arizona Stadium, thousands more greeted the team and chanted, "You're Number One." I was so proud of our community.

On Monday night, at the end of the Championship game against Duke, I was deeply impressed by the way our coaches and team handled their loss with grace and dignity. I held my head high as I exited the arena. But when I got back to my hotel room and saw Fourth Avenue burning on national TV, I was devastated and angry at the jerks who trashed our town. These were not fans. They were thugs.

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Underground Theater opens despite difficulties

Students come without experience, expectations

After overcoming the adversities of a tight budget, sick actors and a cramped venue, the Underground Theater (UGT) workshop members are about to perform seven one-act plays.

Every aspect of the plays - including producing, writing, directing and acting - were executed exclusively by University of Arizona students, few of whom are theater arts majors.

"One of the best parts of Underground Theater is that we have so many different (student) majors," said director Anne Heintz, an English and theater senior. "It brings people from all different departments together. We have engineering majors writing plays, MIS majors directing and microcellular biology majors acting in (the plays)."

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Fast facts: Thursday April 5, 2001

The short-term memory capacity for most people is between five and nine items or digits. This is one reason that phone numbers were kept to seven digits (not including area code).

Synesthesia is a rare condition in which the senses are combined. Synesthetes see words, taste colors and shapes, and feel flavors.

The simple act of walking requires the use of 200 muscles in the human body. Forty or so will lift your leg and move it forward.

The size of your foot is approximately the size of your forearm.

The average adult has between 40 and 50 billion fat cells.




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Tucson teen heads to UMC for cord blood transplant

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UA professor researches the 'mysteries' of language

Hull signs lower extreme DUI limit

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Reporter's take: Twin Cities boring, games were funBy Keith Carmona

Big games Bruin'

Pay to play? No way, Jose!

Staff Picks

Women's golfers to tee of at ASU

UA to host No. 8 Washington, Oregon


Rioting 'thugs' insult dedicated fans

Letters to the editor


Underground Theater opens despite difficulties

Mastering the art of the one-act

Local youth center reopens after temporary closure

UA dance presents faculty showcase