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Wednesday January 24, 2001

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Faculty salaries, TA funding top UA budget request

PHOENIX - Faculty salary raises and an increase in the graduate teaching assistant work force are the top UA budget requests, University of Arizona President Peter Likins said to a panel of state senators yesterday.

Likins spoke before both the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives Appropriations Committees in a budget presentation by the state's three public universities.

"The top priority in our request for funds beyond the (Joint Legislative Budget Committee) recommendation is a response to our decision package that will increase the graduate student teaching assistant work force," Likins told the Senate panel.

Teaching assistants have seen an increasingly heavy workload in recent years, working on average 22 percent more hours than assigned, Likins said. Some work up to 50 percent more hours, he added.

The additional TA workload is a result of the university's strategy for retaining key faculty members, many of whom leave the UA for higher salaries at other institutions.

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Senate Judiciary committee passes pair of DUI measures

PHOENIX - Tougher standards against drunk driving and extreme drunk driving got another push from state lawmakers yesterday.

The Senate Judiciary committee voted 4-2, with two members not voting, in favor of SB 1089, which would lower the DUI level to a 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration. The committee also approved, by a vote of 6-2, SB 1137, which would lower the limit for extreme DUI to 0.15.

Senate bill 1089 passed the Government Committee Monday, while a House of Representatives companion to the extreme DUI bill - House bill 2006 - passed the Transportation Committee 10-0 last Monday.

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Candrea: Softball team 'on a mission'

Wildcats return 8 seniors, 6 All Americans from last season's team

By most teams' standards, last season was a banner year for the Arizona softball program.

The Wildcats finished a half-game behind top-ranked Washington for the Pacific 10 Conference title, compiled an overall record of 59-9, won the Region 2 tournament to advance to the College World Series for the 13th straight time and finished third in the country.

Of Arizona's nine losses, only one - a 2-1 setback to unranked New Mexico State on March 28 - came to a team ranked lower than ninth in the nation. Perhaps the only blips on the Wildcats' 2000 radar screen were four regular season losses to No. 1 Washington, but Arizona cleared that hurdle in the CWS by eliminating the Huskies.

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Optimism ought to bring results

The UA and the new state legislature are both brimming with optimism, as both hope to work cooperatively in achieving higher education goals for the state.

But this optimism ought to materialize into tangible improvements at the UA.

Aside from funding the expected technology research programs, hopefully the UA can use its good relationship with the state legislature to further some projects that have been neglected: improving support for teaching assistants and increasing professor salaries.

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Dancing toward courage

UA students to perform in South Indian dance drama

The courageous spirit of prominent women lives on - through dance.

In a performance designed to heighten cultural appreciation of India, the India Cultural Association of Tucson will present the Arathi School of India Dancers in "Virangana" Saturday.

"Virangana," the Indian word for "courage," is a dance drama depicting the courage of five prevalent women in Indian history and mythology - Mother Teresa, Meera, Draupadi, Indira Gandhi and Radha.

Sue Umashankar, a University of Arizona marketing lecturer and president of the India Society of Southern Arizona, said the drama reflects the aspirations of both the women in the show and those that they portray.

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On This Day: Wednesday January 24, 2001

In 1848, on the property of Johann A. Sutter near Coloma, California, gold was discovered by James W. Marshall, who was helping construct a sawmill for Sutter on the American River.

In 1943, at the end of an Allied conference at Casablanca, Morocco, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt publicly announced his doctrine of "unconditional surrender" for Germany, Italy and Japan, including "total and political capitulation."

In 1965, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, the British prime minister who helped guide Great Britain and the world through the crisis of WorldWar II, died in London, England, at the age of ninety.