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Tuesday April 24, 2001

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Nichols remembered as passionate teacher, lawmaker

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Senator, medical prof loved students, health care reform

PHOENIX - Sen. Andy Nichols, who died Thursday after collapsing in his Phoenix office, will be remembered by university colleagues as a tireless teacher, health care innovator and legislative champion for the UA.

Nichols was a doctor and professor of family and community medicine, and founded the UA's Rural Health Office in 1970. The Tucson Democrat was elected to the Arizona Senate in 2000 after serving eight years in the House of Representatives.

University of Arizona President Peter Likins released a statement expressing the university community's sense of gratitude for Nichols' dedication.

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UA grads find work in construction especially gratifying

Alumni see work as being a "part of something bigger."

Gilbert Davidson remembers the UA Memorial Student Union when he was a student as a place with bad lighting and poor aesthetics.

"There were places where the roof leaked, and buckets were set up in the middle of the floor to collect water," Davidson said.

Since his graduation in 1999 with a degree in business and public administration, Davidson has become the assistant project manager for the student union renovation and is one of many alumni to work with campus construction.

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Laxcats knock off Tritons, advance to Final Four

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The UA lacrosse team advanced to the semifinals of the West Coast Lacrosse League playoffs Saturday with a 12-7 victory over UC San Diego. Led by another stellar performance from Charlie Mink, the Laxcats used a third-quarter outburst to run away from the Tritons.

Arizona will take on Sonoma State Saturday at the WCLL Final Four in Davis, Calif.

"It was good to get it over with," UA head coach Mickey-Miles Felton said of the victory. "I am pleased with the win, but we have a lot of work to do before this weekend."

The Laxcat defense kept UCSD's offense in check as Felton's team jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first period. Led by their first team All-WCLL selections Tommy Christian and Jeff Cady, the Laxcats kept the clamps down on the Tritons as the Laxcat offense found the net four more times in the second quarter to take a commanding 7-2 lead at the half.

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Gendered hair slaying

Recently there has been a "revolution" in the hygiene sciences. Women, who have long suffered the frequent injuries inflicted upon us by one- and two-bladed shaving implements, have been initiated into the 21st century with the thrice-bladed uber razor, the Venus 3.

However, my liberal arts education (a mere three summer school credits shy of completion) has forced me to critically analyze the message implicit in the packaging and marketing of this toiletry.

Venus 3 is one of the last vestiges of sexual stereotyping in advertising.

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Musical Range

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Voice senior Allen Goltz may be a soloist, but that hasn't stopped him from exploring his many voices.

From singing to playing the viola to filmmaking, Goltz displays a versatility that began as a child when he realized he could carry a tune.

This talent led Goltz to be chosen as one of six recipients of the Senior of the Year award from the UA College of Fine Arts.

Goltz has also performed in many classical and operatic roles, which is why he thinks he was selected for the Senior of the Year award.

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Fast facts: Tuesday April 24, 2001

On April 27, 1998, as many as 20,000 people logged in to chat with Koko the gorilla, who answered questions in what was called the first ever "interspecies chat" on the Internet.

The voice that says "hello," "you've got mail," and "goodbye" on America Online is Elwood Eldrige, an employee.

Today's average household in the United States contains more computer power than existed in the world before 1965.

The average desktop computer contains five to10 times more computing power than was used to land a man on the moon.

The average persons blinks 22 times per minute. A recent study showed that computer users blink an average of seven times per minute.