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Tuesday April 10, 2001

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UA leaders to hold riot forum on mall

It's been a week since the smoke has cleared on Fourth Avenue, where rioters destroyed a family's home and ignited a police retaliation that cost a university student his eye.

Yet, people are still talking.

The administration is angry.

Parents want answers.

Students are frustrated - some because they're being categorized with the "thugs" who ripped into the popular off-campus scene, others are tired of all the blame falling on young people. Through it all, the local and national media continues to run headlines and broadcast fiery images that scar the university's fragile reputation.

Well, UA's leaders want to hear more.

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Diversion program gives students arrest alternative

When Danielle saw police at her door, she knew she was in trouble.

Asking not to be identified, Danielle, a 20-year-old UA student who was involved in an incident with marijuana last fall, was among the 67 students who were referred to the Dean of Students Diversion Program between July and December.

The Dean of Students Diversion Program, which works in cooperation with the Pima County Attorney's Office, offers UA students guilty of minor offenses - such as possession of marijuana or alcohol - a chance to avoid these charges, which would otherwise appear on their permanent record.

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The Wright time to leave?

UA junior joins Jefferson, declares for NBA Draft

For the second time in three days, the UA basketball team has lost a starter and team leader.

Junior forward Michael Wright, who led this year's team in rebounding and field-goal percentage, said yesterday he will forego his senior season to enter the NBA Draft.

Wright - who attended Farragut Academy in Chicago alongside current Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett - said the time was right to leave.

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It's time to value Tucson's history

We see crumbling buildings around us all the time. Boarded-up convenience stores, old shopping centers and dilapidated houses are everywhere in this city, which might lead people to believe they are all equal in value.

Most people react like developers do: They want to tear down the old structures and build something shiny, new and of course, profitable. But there is a flaw in this way of thinking because many of the buildings and properties that are marked for destruction have significant historical value. It is important, therefore, for communities to get involved in preserving their history by carefully considering each building's destruction and allotting funds to protect historic buildings.

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Rollin' in the Dough

UA art students pool money, work fundraisers to provide scholarships for needy artists

A professional artist's life will never be mere play.

After graduation, artists must acquire initial funding to execute their work, market their art and ideally retire early - not simple tasks in such a competitive field.

For the second consecutive year at the University of Arizona, the upper-division art course "Career Development for Visual Artists" is exploring the processes of scholarship application and judging by providing money to art students with financial need.

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Fast facts: Tuesday April 10, 2001

Columbia University is the second-largest land owner in New York City after the Catholic Church.

People living in mountain states eat 30 percent more cookies than other people.

Every 45 seconds, a house catches fire in the United States.

In Kentucky, 50 percent of the people who get married for the first time are teen-agers.