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Friday January 19, 2001

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Web site offers a glance at course evaluations, grades

Student bias might creep into Web site, professor says

A new Web site allowing students to search for class evaluations - along with comments about instructors - wants the University of Arizona to be its newest member. - which already has information on file for the University of Texas and Texas A&M University - recently requested UA student course evaluations and grade distributions since 1996, under the Freedom of Information Act of 1966.

The UA likely will not withhold such information, but wants to charge the Austin, Texas-based company for printing the records. The request is still pending, said Jerry Hogle, English professor and chair of the faculty senate, where the request has been discussed.

Hogle would not elaborate on the amount, but said it may prove to be substantial.

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ABOR presents top priorities to state legislature

Distance learning, Prop. 301 funds head upcoming agenda

PHOENIX - Top priorities for the Arizona Board of Regents include deciding on distribution of Proposition 301 funds, establishing a system-wide whistle-blower policy and furthering discussion regarding the Regents University, an official said yesterday.

ABOR Executive Director Linda Blessing addressed the state Senate Education Committee yesterday to outline the board's upcoming issues. With about 105,000 students between the state's three public universities - the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University - the governing board is faced with new challenges.

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Vaulters jump-start track and field indoor season

Pole vaulter Andrea Dutoit wants to rewrite UA records. The problem is she already holds them.

The senior - who married former UA pole vaulter Jeff Dutoit in August - said one of her goals this year will be to break pole vault records that bear her maiden name of Neary.

"I want them to read Dutoit (instead of Neary)," she said.

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Reflections on the mall

As a youngster, one of the primary things that drew me to the U of A was the mall. To me, the UA mall embodied everything I wanted my college existence to be: sunny, athletic, fun loving and full of interesting people.

This vision is a far, far cry from what the mall is on the semester of my graduation: a cesspool of mud and animal excrement being trampled by the feet of 35,000 people. No more grass, no more interesting people conversing about the important topics of life.

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Velvet Tea Garden to reopen at new Fourth Ave. location

The Deftones plays to a sold-out crowd at Tucson's Rialto

Last night, The Deftones took to the stage at the Rialto Theatre as legions of fans crowded around the alternative metal band.

Starting the set off with a biting version of "Engine Number 9" off its debut album Adrenaline, The Deftones began to fuel the flames of energy within every person in attendance.

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On This Day: Friday January 19, 2001

In 1840, during an exploring expedition, Captain Charles Wilkes sights the coast of eastern Antarctica and claims it for the United States. Wilkes's group had set out in 1838, sailing around South America to the South Pacific and then to Antarctica, where they explored a 1,500-mile stretch of the eastern Antarctic coast that later became known as Wilkes Land.

In 1915, during World War I, Britain suffers its first casualties from an air attack when two German Zeppelins drop bombs on Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn on the eastern coast of England.