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Wednesday May 1, 2001

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Student injured in 4th Ave. riots speaks of experience

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Jeff Knepper, 19, will file a claim against the city within a month, wear a prosthetic eye by August

Like many UA students, Jeff Knepper rooted for the Arizona Wildcats as they played in the NCAA basketball title game on April 2. Then he went to join the crowd that had gathered along North Fourth Avenue to celebrate, despite the team's loss to Duke.

But unlike other students, Knepper, a 19-year-old business freshman, must now see the world through one eye after a police officer, trying to quell the ensuing riot, struck him in the face with a "less-lethal" round.

Knepper is planning to file a claim against the city for his injury - the most serious suffered by anybody hit by the police projectiles that night. Yesterday, he described the events from his perspective.

After watching the game at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house on campus, where he is a member, Knepper headed out to North Fourth Avenue, where a boisterous but "happy" crowd had gathered.

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Seven people file complaints against TPD for riot injuries

Business freshman Jeff Knepper will file a claim against the city of Tucson this month for the injuries he sustained during the April 2 riots on North Fourth Avenue. Knepper's left eye was destroyed after a police-fired "less-lethal" munition struck him in the face. In all, Tucson Police fired about 450 rounds that night.

Knepper's wound is the most serious of the 40 reportedly inflicted by police weapons, but he is not the only person making record of injuries sustained during the riots. Seven complaints were filed between April 3 and 18 against the police's use of force.

Two Fourth Avenue business owners said they were in the area checking on their shops when they were hit. According to reports, one was explaining to a Tucson police officer why he was at his store when he was shot in the leg with a wooden dowel, or bullet, fired by another officer from 6 inches away. The other business owner said he was shot in the chest with a wooden bullet.

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Barnes awarded Pac-10 Player of the Year

Sophomore earns honors day after winning conference tourney

UA sophomore Ricky Barnes was named the Pacific 10 Conference Co-Golfer of the Year yesterday, one day after winning the Pac-10 Championship by three strokes.

"I was really happy, but it was a little disappointing that the team wasn't there with me," Barnes said. "(Arizona head) Coach (Rick LaRose) mentioned something to me right as we left the airport last night. After a while, it sunk in (that) I'm the best player in the Pac-10. It's really overwhelming just to know that."

Barnes will share the honor with Arizona State's Jeff Quinney.

Barnes' victory Sunday was the fourth of his UA career and second of the 2000-01 season.

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Life's rule book sold seperately

It's strange how time goes faster as you age. There were days in high school that felt like they would never end, but as I approach the last week of academics at the University of Arizona, time seems to be going at warp speed. This is probably because I have three papers to write by tomorrow, but part of me wonders if I am really dreading graduation. After working non-stop for four years, how could I possibly dread graduation? To you freshman and sophomores reading this through the crusty eyes of late-semester sleeplessness, the concept seems ridiculous. But trust me, you all have a good thing going. Writing papers and cramming for exams is cake compared to getting a "real" job and figuring out what the hell to do with yourself.

At the beginning of college, getting a degree in history seemed like the perfect thing to do. What I had not considered is what I could do with a degree in history. There is no National History Association draft for me to join, and the only thing to do in my field is teach. As much as I love learning about the nuances of history now, will I enjoy teaching the same things over and again to a room of high-schoolers who cannot wait for the bell to ring? Somehow, that lifestyle seems limiting.

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Making a thesis statement

UA Master of Fine Arts graduate students display work in campus galleries

As with other majors, UA's MFA candidates culminate their studies with a thesis.

Their thesis is, however, a little different.

In order to get their diplomas, potential Masters of Fine Arts graduates must display their final art projects in one of the University of Arizona's campus museums. Additionally, they must discuss and defend their projects to a panel committee.

Both the UA Museum of Art and the Joseph Gross Gallery currently feature several thesis projects.

The UA Museum of Art is currently showcasing the work of 11 students in the exhibit, "Armed and Dangerous: 2001 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Show." The exhibit runs through May 7.

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Fast Facts: Monday May 1, 2001

The longest place name still in use is Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupo-kaiwhenuakitanatahu, the name of a hill in New Zealand.

Helmets are about 29 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries.

One-quarter of the bones in the human body are in the feet.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says about 15 million Americans have asthma.