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Monday April 16, 2001

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Counting Crows to play Centennial Dead Day eve

ASUA and UAB work together for concert on last day of classes

Student tickets for an upcoming Counting Crows concert go on sale Wednesday morning, and event coordinators anticipate an overwhelming interest from the student body.

After months of planning, the Associated Students and the University Activities Board have contracted Counting Crows - a popular band known for hit songs such as "Hangin' Around" and "Mr. Jones" - to perform at Centennial Hall May 2, the night before Dead Day.

Students can purchase two tickets per CatCard for $11 each beginning at 10 a.m. They will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis so students should get in line as early as possible, said J.J. Kruglick, UAB concerts director.

When Counting Crows last came to Arizona in October, they performed at Phoenix's Desert Sky Pavilion, which seats nearly 20,000, Kruglick said.

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Making a push

UA fraternity raises money for the disabled

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity raised nearly $3,500 for people with disabilities and strengthened its commitment to its national charity last week with several days events - including its first 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball tournament.

In the past, Pi Kappa Phi held one or two events a semester to support its national philanthropy PUSH America, an organization that raises money to serve people with disabilities. This semester, the fraternity created "PUSH Week," a series of events including an empathy dinner, scaffold sit, gentlemen's auction and the basketball tournament.

Dan Fritcher, a computer engineering freshman, and Sean Mahoney, a political science sophomore, worked together to organize the basketball tournament and "PUSH Week."

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Mackovic frustrated with sputtering offensive as Spring Game looms

Defense responds to Mac Duff's challenge, gets after QBs

Football coach John Mackovic had a message to deliver to his offense Saturday, and it wasn't one of praise or approval.

It was more like a message of complete frustration.

"My disappointments are on offense - after we have been at it this long, we should not be doing the things we are doing," Mackovic said. "I don't think we competed the way that we need to compete to be an effective offense at this level, and that is disappointing."

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Hull's budget veto will hurt UA

Gov. Jane Dee Hull is armed to fight a budget war with the legislature. She plans to veto the state legislature's recently-passed budget proposal.

In doing so, she'll be hurting UA teaching assistants, and she'll be cutting various other programs that will benefit the UA.

According to Hull the budget is like the "Titanic." She plans to wait three weeks and observe the impacts of tax time before vetoing.

But, she will veto it.

UA lobbyist Greg Fahey says the legislature's budget proposal is full of goodies for the UA.

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The divine Ms. Jones

Best-selling Helen Fielding novel translates nicely onto big screen

The film "Bridget Jones's Diary," much like its title character, has been wracked with insecurity since its beginning. Could the singular humor and diary format of the bestselling novel by Helen Fielding be translated into a feature film? Could Renee "you had me at hello" Zellweger pull off the much beloved protagonist, and do so with a believable British accent? Could a novel targeted at single women in their 30s appeal to a general audience?

Could it, indeed?

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Fast facts: Monday April 16, 2001

If Brooklyn, New York, became independent of New York City, it would be the third largest city in the United States, led by the remainder of New York and Los Angeles.

Spider monkeys like banana daiquiris.

70 percent of all boats sold are used in fishing.

Consumers will purchase 811,000 faulty rolls of 35 mm film.

Assuming Rudolph was in front, there are 40,320 ways to rearrange the other eight reindeer.

If you earn $20,000 a year, one minute of your time is worth a little more than 17 cents.