Opinion: This Saturday will mark the 95th Homecoming for the university, and those aged 21 to 91 will enjoy the festivities on the UA Mall, beer in hand.
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Yesterday, 29 candidates officially launched their campaigns for student government. Though hope springs eternal with each election season, this year's student leaders will enter an especially dour environment. UA tuition has risen for the last three academic years, with a 9.
In a speech delivered this July to students at the University of Colorado, then-Sen. Barack Obama outlined his vision for a ""new era of service"" in the United States. ""We need your service, right now, at this moment - our moment - in history,"" Obama said. ""I'm not going to tell you what your role should be; that's for you to discover.
Sordid speculation over Lute Olson's divorce and the preening and pandering of presidential candidates have dominated the news on- and off-campus for months, but the biggest issue of this year is one that's only recently received any attention: the worldwide food shortages that are rapidly becoming a humanitarian crisis.
Ask a professor about class conflict and you'll probably get an earful on dialectical materialism and the plight of the worker in capitalist society. Ask a UA student and they'll have one word: ""WebReg."" Students have been engaged in priority registration for next semester's courses since late last month.
Haiti, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Cameroon, CÇïte d'Ivoire, Mauritania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Uzbekistan, Senegal, the Philippines, Yemen, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, Italy, Bolivia, India, Pakistan. What do all these countries have in common? Violent riots over rising food prices have broken out in each one at some point in the past year.
Everyone knows that credit card marketers are annoying. From tables offering chintzy gifts in exchange for a completed Visa application to piles of glossy pre-approved junk mail offers, the more intrusive methods of pushing plastic can be aggravating. Worse, credit cards pull many college students into a world of financial hurt.
The debate over our response to global warming is one fraught with powerful images of disaster. The lone polar bear clinging to a melting ice floe. Refugees streaming out of submerged cities. Global famine and extreme poverty as farmland recedes into desert and food becomes scarce.
Every year, scores of students are evicted from UA residence halls for alcohol and drug violations. A cursory look at the Wildcat's popular ""Police Beat"" reveals that many of those evictions could be avoided if students merely exercised their rights. Unfortunately, too few students are aware of their Constitutional rights and their ability to stand up for them - and sometimes, the UA wants to keep it that way.
If you have to cross the UA Mall on your way to class, enjoy your walk while you still can.
On Nov. 5, maverick libertarian Ron Paul raised a staggering $4.2 million, shattering the one-day fundraising record for current Republican presidential candidates. Similar outpourings of support are often churned out by well-oiled political machines. But Ron Paul's ""money bomb"" is remarkable, since the contributions he received weren't solicited by his campaign - they were the result of a loosely-structured online donation drive unrelated to Ron Paul's official run.
Over the last few weeks, a string of almost unbelievable news has emerged from Iraq. American military commanders have announced that murders, bombings and violent attacks have dropped precipitously. Iraqi officials are speaking optimistically about a peaceful future in Baghdad and beyond.
Don't tase me, bro! may well be the cultural catchphrase of 2007, because by now, most have doubtlessly seen the video of Andrew Meyer, a University of Florida student tasered at a campus forum with Senator John Kerry. In fact, you've probably watched it a few times, so you know how it goes: Meyer grabs the microphone and jumps into an increasingly indignant preface to his question, beginning with disenfranchised voters and ending with a maniac query about Skull and Bones.
To most users, the omnipresent online service Facebook is a useful tool for communicating with friends, peeking and prying at the semipublic identity of others, and most important, putting off important term papers for hours at a time. For eager advertisers, however, the site that's all too often a huge waste of time for students is a big, lucrative and rapidly expanding market.
For months last year, a banner hanging from the top of the Administration building proudly declared our campus ""Arizona's First University."" Since the new tagline was adopted in 2006, it has slowly percolated into campus consciousness. Look closely, and you'll find it everywhere - on signs, flyers, stationery, Web sites - even on the backs of hundreds of unsuspecting freshmen, written on free T-shirts handed out at orientation.
On the eve of the Iraq War, almost two-thirds of undergraduates supported U.S. military action. Today, four years and thousands of American deaths later, there's no doubt that many of them regret that support. Ashamed by your initial support of a disastrous war in the Middle East? Fortunately, you've got another chance to oppose one.
Quick: Visualize nine trillion dollars. What do you see? A stack of thousand-dollar bills stretching into the stratosphere? Twice the value of all the goods and services produced in Japan last year? Eleven times the amount of U.S. dollars in circulation? $29,770.
Cultures around the world have distinct traditions recognizing milestones in the transition to adulthood, and ours is no exception. In fact, my own rite of passage came last April. Although I didn't prove my strength by wrestling a wild boar or test my mettle by walking across hot coals, my personal crucible was equally arduous - and a little more relevant to contemporary society.
If one gadget epitomizes our pervasively connected modern lives, it's the cell phone. Mobile phones are everywhere, and all too often that little device in your pocket can be a huge annoyance. I've been hit more than once by multitasking bicyclists attempting to talk and pedal at the same time.