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Monday January 29, 2001

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Union business doing well despite ongoing construction

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Dining services, bookstore not experiencing major declines

Despite heavy construction in front of the Memorial Student Union, the UofA Bookstore and the union's food services are not experiencing significant financial losses.

In some cases, business has actually increased.

The construction and fences around the bookstore and the entrance

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Middle East research center turns 25

Celebrates reopening of renovated facility and funding until 2003

Amidst trays of hummus, falafel and pita bread, the University of Arizona's Center for Middle Eastern Studies had several causes for celebration this weekend.

The center - one of 14 national resource centers dedicated to the study of the Middle East - hosted a gathering of about 100 people Friday night celebrating not only its 25th anniversary, but also its newly renovated offices in the Franklin Building and its refunding by the U.S. Department of Education through 2003.

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Wildcat in the Outfield

Osburn newest Wildcat to have jersey retired

Shelley Duncan is lonely.

The UA right fielder lost his best friend, Kelsey Osburn, nearly a year ago. Osburn passed away on July 17, 2000, after being struck by a ball during batting practice in a summer league game in New York.

The 20-year-old Arizona infielder had his jersey number retired during a ceremony in his honor Saturday.

Osburn became only the fourth Wildcat to receive the honor.

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UA must fix resource imbalance among departments

The communication department has more than 800 undergraduates and only 15 - yes, 15 - faculty to teach them.

By contrast, the atmospheric science department has 10 faculty to teach 56 undergraduates.

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Turning the Tables

Live music and DJ nights maintain uneasy coexistence in Tucson club scene

Tuesday was a chilly night in Tucson, but the mood at the downtown Solar Culture venue could not have been warmer.

A crowd filled to capacity packed the gallery, bobbing their heads to the twangy desert grooves of Calexico, a local group whose fanbase is now international.

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On This Day: Monday January 29, 2001

In 1737, Thomas Paine, an American revolutionary leader and political philosopher, was born.

In 1802, John Beckley became the first librarian of the U.S. Congress. He was paid $2 a day. Not bad considering in 1802 you could buy a house and a chicken for $25.

In 1845, "The Raven," by Edgar Allan Poe, was published for the first time in the New York Evening Mirror. Poe took the pen name "Quarles" when signing the poem.