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Migrating south

(08/13/11 4:15am)

PHOENIX — The last time there were so many Wildcats together in Sun Devil territory was when the UA men's basketball team made it to the Elite Eight. More than 1,400 incoming freshmen, friends and family showed up on July 31 for the 2011 Phoenix Summer Send-Off at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort to get immersed in all things red and blue. The Pride of Arizona marching band played the fight song, which nearly drowned out the crowd's chants of, "U of A … U of A."



Obama announces deal to raise debt limit, cut spending

(08/13/11 4:23am)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and congressional leaders agreed Sunday to cut federal deficits by trillions of dollars over the next decade while raising the nation's debt limit before Tuesday's deadline. "This compromise does make a serious down payment on the deficit reduction we need and gives each party a strong incentive to get a balanced plan done before the end of the year," Obama said Sunday night.


UA tops in state per-student funding

(08/13/11 4:24am)

The UA has historically received thousands of more dollars from the state general fund per full-time equivalent (FTE) than the other Arizona universities, a disparity that could be another reason for an ongoing debate to switch to a performance-based funding model for higher education. Performance-based funding is part of a national trend that would link state funding with gains in certain performance areas.





Top stories of the summer

(08/22/11 2:50pm)

*Debt ceiling crisis* The debate in Congress over increasing the debt ceiling and cutting government spending went on for weeks in late July under the looming threat of federal default. A government default, the failure to pay interest on national debt, could have caused interest rates connected to treasury securities, such as those on mortgage and car loans, to rise and many people would have been temporarily denied government services. The crisis was resolved when the bill to raise the debt ceiling was passed by the House of Representatives on Aug.