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Monday February 12, 2001

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University asks for $3M to hire needed TAs

Senate panel moves new funding plan

PHOENIX - The UA is asking state lawmakers for additional funding to halt the increasing TA workload crisis.

One of the University of Arizona's top priorities lies in a request for $3 million - $1.5 million in each of the next two years - to hire up to 144 new graduate teaching assistants and attempt to bring the average workload back down to the prescribed 20-hour-a-week level.

"Not only is this crucial, but it is the most important issue we have at the main campus," said UA lobbyist Greg Fahey.

The Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 1415 by a 5-3 vote Thursday. Sen. Tim Bee, R-Tucson, sponsored the measure, which now faces a hearing in the Appropriations Committee.

"This deals with a serious problem we have," Fahey told the panel. "Teaching loads have gotten out of whack."

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Grad students anticipate additional funding

The state senate bill that could direct millions of dollars to the hiring of more UA graduate teaching assistants is an investment in Arizona's future, graduate students agreed.

Overworked TAs may soon get relief if the legislature grants $3 million to the university to hire more TAs. As many as 144 new TAs would be hired with the funds.

Jani Radebaugh, a planetary sciences graduate student and the College of Science representative for the Graduate and Professional Student Council, said the council is encouraged by the support from the legislature and optimistic that the bill will pass.

"We have been emphasizing with legislators that while only 20 percent of all graduate students at the U of A come from Arizona, 60 percent decide to stay in Arizona once they are done with school," said Radebaugh, who lobbied the legislature to consider the bill. "Thus, an investment in recruiting graduate students is an investment in Arizona's future economy."

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'Rockin' Robin' coaches All-Pro Alumni to victory

Before yesterday, Robin Yount had never stepped foot on Sancet Field.

Now, after winning the Fifth Third Bank All-Pro Alumni Game, 5-1, the former Milwaukee Brewer left 1-0 as a manager and honorary alum of the University of Arizona.

Yount, who was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, made frequent visits to Tucson as a player when the Brewers played their spring training games at Hi Corbett Field.

"Tucson is a great town," Yount said. "I liked it a lot, especially because our team scored more runs than the other team, and that makes it a lot more fun."

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UA should redevelop, not sell Christopher City site

Question: Should the University of Arizona sell the old Christopher City property to private developers?

Answer: No.

Think this answer is deceptively simple?

It's not. Three plainly sensible reasons make it apparent that UA should rezone, not sell the Christopher City property.

First, the site could be used for mixed housing. The UA could construct single-family homes for graduate students, as well as apartments open to all UA students. While Jefferson Commons may not provide the best example, the complex does prove that it is possible to establish a large UA undergraduate community off campus. Perhaps it could help alleviate the UA's predicted undergraduate housing shortage and ease tensions with surrounding neighbors who fear big business development.

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Redemption at the movies

UA professor co-writes book about religious references in film

In the 16th century, philosopher Michel de Montaigne said, "Man is certainly stark mad - he can't make a flea, yet he makes gods by the dozen."

The validity of this quote is especially linked to the arts, where the status of religious beliefs has been recorded throughout time.

Sometimes blatant, other times cloaked in metaphor, allusions to God thread in and out of films through codes only a conscious viewer can decipher.

Sociology professor Albert Bergesen and Father Andrew Greeley, sociology professor at both the UA and University of Chicago, sought God references and found plenty - enough to collaboratively write a book and teach a popular socio-religion class based on their prevalence.

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Fast facts: Monday February 12, 2001

At Andrew Jackson's funeral in 1845, his pet parrot had to be removed because it was swearing.

Andrew Jackson is the only president to have also been held as a prisoner of war. This was during the Revolutionary War.

After Thomas Jefferson was sworn in as president of the United States, he returned to his boarding house for dinner. Every seat was taken, and no man stood up to offer the new President a seat.