Public deserves two important timetables As college students and congressional lawmakers both head toward their imminent winter breaks, talk of timetables is in the air. Yesterday, President Bush urged Congress to pass a $196 billion war-funding bill quickly and without question.
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Mandatory fees insidious contributions to the cost of college Over the last few weeks, the UA's student leaders have boldly fought an uphill battle against this year's proposed tuition increases. Thousands of students have filled out blue survey cards, to be delivered to the Arizona Board of Regents as an expression of student support for a tuition freeze.
Tying state funds to graduation rates a dangerous idea ""Performance"" and ""accountability"" have long been buzzwords in the education world. The contentious No Child Left Behind Act attempted to bring accountability to education by evaluating student performance with standardized examinations and other purported measures of excellence.
The Wildcat comments on the weekend's news So you think you can vote? Quick: Name the number of amendments to the U.S. Constitution, each amendment that addresses voting rights and the number of voting members in the House of Representatives. Stumped on any of the questions? You just flunked your citizenship exam - or, at least, you could have, before Citizenship and Immigration Service revised the test questions this year.
See if these ideas make the grade: PASS: Student surge in study abroad The onslaught of globalization is rapidly divorcing the demand for talent from the pesky constraints of physical geography. A university preparing students to live and work in a changing world has a responsibility to urge them to be globally minded as well.
Sluttin' it up at school Students at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. are having trouble paying their tuition. A lot of trouble. So much so that some students at the prestigious university have resorted to prostitution to pay their school bills. Cambridge's campus newspaper Varsity interviewed multiple people who reported working as call girls and prostitutes while attending the school, some sleeping with up to seven clients in a night and pulling in œ50 an hour.
See what college papers around the country are saying about this week's news A federal debate: the price of privacy The next time you call the folks back home or close friends at another university, they may not be the only ones legally listening in - not if the principal deputy director of national intelligence, Donald Kerr, gets his way.
The Wildcat comments on the weekend's news Tap-happy telecoms still on the line Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to drop immunity provisions for telecommunications companies from a bill updating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, laws defining and limiting the scope of government eavesdropping on American citizens.
Must have missed that memo... If you missed yesterday's midweek football festivities, get out from under your rock. Yesterday's football game against Oregon required special accommodations, including parking lot closures and restrictions on tailgaters. In a memo released last Thursday, President Robert Shelton claimed that ""classes will not be canceled, nor will any portion of the University close operations on account of game day activities.
Complying with censorship a tough tradeoff for Web companies Few are more attuned to the power of the Internet than the world's most repressive authoritarian regimes. When civil unrest in Myanmar reached a tipping point in September, the military cut off all Internet access in an attempt to quell dissent.
Fiscal fun from the Legislature! The state of Arizona may be projecting a $600 million budget deficit, but fortunately our state legislators are diligently dreaming up ways to stop the red ink from bleeding any further. Friday, the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee released a list of possible spending cuts to balance the budget by the end of the fiscal year, a task required under the Arizona state constitution.
Punishing Prop. 200 Many decry modern politics as a pursuit riven with unprecedented political polarization, but it's heartening to know that every once in a while, voters manage to rally and defeat an exceptionally awful idea. Tucson voters crushed the disastrous Proposition 200 on Tuesday, slamming the ballot measure 72 to 28 percent in city elections.
It's that time of the year again: the first few steps of the annual tuition tango. Monday, the Arizona Students' Association, the group entrusted with articulating the interests of Arizona students to policymakers across the state, released its latest statewide tuition proposal, calling for a complete freeze in tuition rates.
When President Robert Shelton assumed the top job at the UA last year, he inherited a university in quiet crisis, as the anticipation of a new administration distracted from serious financial shortcomings. At his inauguration, Shelton vowed to forge a ""new covenant"" between the state of Arizona and its top research university, but progress towards that new vision was understandably sidelined by larger fiscal concerns.
Ballot measure a disaster for Tucson and the UA Let's face it: Tucson city politics are pretty boring for the average Wildcat. Confined on campus and caught up in the inevitable midterm grind that falls upon all of us this time of year, it's hard to get excited about the things such as garbage fees and resource management that dominate local policy debates.
The Wildcat comments on the weekend's news Pakistan's president-for-life Ever since he pledged support in the fight against al-Qaida immediately after the 9/11 attacks, the United States has been a cautious friend to Pakistan's unelected head of state, Gen.
Chavez' Bull-ivarian alternative While Venezuela's Hugo Chavez was meeting with Naomi Campbell yesterday - the latest in a string of celebrity glitterati to endorse the Latin American leader's imperial presidency - Venezuelan troops were using tear gas and water cannons to disperse a crowd of tens of thousands of student protesters opposing Chavez' latest grab for power.
Police protest 'way over the line' While I do realize that when this letter is printed, the story I'm responding to (""Protesters decry police brutality,"" Oct. 23) will be a week old, I feel that I cannot let it be. For the just over two months I've been attending this university so far, I believe there's only one day on which I didn't pick up a copy of the Daily Wildcat.
Defeat of immigrant act a shame for Arizona legislators Politicians are fond of dreaming up adorable names for federal legislation. The 110th Congress has borne a slew of cutesy bills, including the FAIR USE Act (amending copyright law), the RESTORE Act (reforming domestic surveillance) and even the arcane LOST Act (revising the Law of the Sea).
School needs clear transportation policy What happened to personal responsibility? If we wish to solve problems of congestion safety on campus (""Silent traffic swelling,"" Oct. 25), it's important to remind individuals that they are personally responsible for their actions, their inactions and their general apathy.