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Wednesday June 20, 2001

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Campus construction causes more than just minor inconveniences

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Though anticipation over the culmination of the two largest construction projects ever undertaken by the UA has been looming for several months, completion date after completion date has come and gone, while the projects remain unfinished.

Redevelopment of the Memorial Student Union began in Fall 1999 and will continue for at least another year.

The entire project's original completion date was set for August 2002. However, every other phase of the project has been delayed, based on projected completion dates.

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Gay community gains sexual freedom

Gay students feel repeal is "one step closer to legitimizing" their relationships

Chances are, some UA students have broken the law by having sex.

If they've had sex without intending to conceive children, have lived with someone they weren't married or related to, or have had anal or oral sex, they've broken century-old Arizona sex laws.

On May 8, Governor Jane Dee Hull signed a bill repealing these laws, commonly called the "archaic sex laws" by the press.

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Learning from a legend

Here's a quick note to the people who constantly complain about the UA football program - Arizona Stadium is the place to be this fall· seriously.

With the predicted talent (or lack thereof) returning to the UA men's basketball team, Wildcat football games might also be the best game in town.

Arizona - and new head coach John Mackovic - will go at least 8-3 this season, I promise.

It's not because the Wildcats aren't going to be that great of a squad this year, of course. It's because UA has begun to do what the pansies at Southern Cal and UCLA have been doing for years - scheduling creampuff teams.

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Living a dog's life in Paris

I read the article about the Religious Centers on Campus, which featured the Islamic Center in Tucson. And a few pages later, I read the editorial letter about Timothy McVeigh, and I went back and read about the religious centers. I like the quote from Sheikh Shahin: "I am an American. I care about my country and we want to live in peace. We are not terrorists. We are not enemies of anyone. We want to show people our religion."

Many in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will now celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the first mosque built in the US.

Thanks to the Wildcat and countless newspapers around the nation, Arab Americans as well as non-Arab Muslim Americans are accepted as common citizens.

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When east meets southwest

Take one part British humor and add a strong fascination with all things Japanese. Stir in a love rectangle. Mix with unbridled singing and dancing. Bake for 115 years. Open the stage curtains. Experience "The Mikado."

"The Mikado" is a satirical comic operetta by the prolific team of Gilbert and Sullivan. The UA Opera Theater brings it to Tucson starting tomorrow night.

Opera director and UA professor of music Charles Roe directs the production; dance professors Melissa Lowe and Jory Hancock choreograph, and music professor Gregg Hanson conducts.

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Fast Facts: Tuesday June 20th, 2001

The world record for the most people kissing at the same time is over 1600.

The average person will spend two weeks of their life kissing.

You burn 26 calories during a one-minute kiss.

The longest movie kiss was three minutes and five seconds (78 calories!) between Jane Wyman and Regis Tommey in, "You're in the Army Now" (1941).

The scientific name for kissing is philematology.

It's illegal in Indiana for a mustached man to "habitually kiss human beings."

The longest kiss was 29 hours in length by contestants in the "Breath Savers Longest Kiss Challenge" in New York on March 24, 1998.

Hershey's Kisses are named because the machine that makes them looks like it is kissing the conveyor belt.