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Thursday January 25, 2001

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UA comm majors struggle to get classes, finish in four

15 instructors spread out among 800 students, department denied enrollment cap

ring the past five years, the number of faculty in the UA Communication department has been dwindling, while the number of majors has been increasing - keeping many students from graduating on time.

Currently, there are 15 full-time and adjunct faculty to teach more than 800 undergraduates in the department. In contrast, the atmospheric sciences department has 10 faculty members to teach 56 students.

"It is a huge problem," said Michael Dues, acting communication department head.

A major restructuring of the program three years ago has attracted many students from the crowded University of Arizona Eller College of Business and Public Administration, Dues said. However, during that same time, many faculty members have left for other positions within the university or left for other schools.

In some communication classes with massive waiting lists, prospective students give short speeches as to why they should be in the class, then enrolled students vote some of them in.

"We let people in this school, they pay their tuition and we don't deliver," Dues said. "We owe them the courses they need to graduate in four years."

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Celebrating the Year of the Snake

Chinese New Year stresses importance to be faithful to friends and family

Put the dragon on the shelf and bring out the snake - it's the year 4699.

Eat some dumplings, light a few fireworks and start celebrating the arrival of spring.

This week marked the end of the Year of the Dragon and the beginning of the Year of the Snake - that is, according to the Chinese horoscope.

For Joel Yu, a management information systems junior, the New Year celebrations begin tomorrow, when his parents arrive in Tucson.

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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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Suing gunmaker is just bad practice

Last week, families of two of the victims in the 1999 Pizza Hut murders filed suit against Glock Inc., the manufacturer of the weapon used in killings.

Several other parties who bought and the sold the gun prior to the shooting were also named as defendants.

The attorney for the families, Patrick Butler, said he hoped the suit would make gun makers more cautious about gun safety so that tragedies like the Pizza Hut murders do not take place again.

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The celluloid dream

College of Fine Arts to present short-film festival of UA

An obsession with all things French.

A grieving recent widow.

A 10 year-old boy's struggle for self-awareness.

Inspiration and writers' block.

Pork rinds and Spandex.

Sounds like a sphinx's riddle waiting to backfire.

These ideas are actually subjects of six short films produced by UA media arts alumni while they still attended the university.

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On This Day: Thursday January 25, 2001

In 1579, in an attempt to break away from oppressive Spanish rule, the Union of Utrecht was signed by the Dutch provinces of the Low Countries, and a new country, the Netherlands, was born.

In 1961, Film icon Marilyn Monroe divorced her third husband, playwright Arthur Miller, four and a half years after they were married. About a year and a half later, Monroe died of a barbiturate overdose. Her death was ruled a possible suicide.

In 1984, the first Macintoshes became available for a price of $2,495. Despite a frenzy of publicity, including a $500,000 commercial aired during the Super Bowl, the Mac failed to catch on immediately. In fact, it was not until Aldus introduced PageMaker, the first desktop publishing software, in mid-1985 that Macintosh sales took off.