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. Unfortunately, many current students will not be attending the festivities. Thanks to ""increased enforcement efforts"" funded by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, students have been encouraged to eschew this tradition in favor of house parties, unsanctioned events rampant with the drinking abuses that this program sought to mitigate.
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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.
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. But I am going to ask you to play your part; ask you to stand up; ask you to put your foot firmly into the current of history."" As a good citizen, I will answer that call. I will stand up for national service - but my feet will be firmly athwart the current of history, and I will be yelling 'Stop!'
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.
An integral credit market full of risky loans suddenly seizes up.
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.
Haiti, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Cameroon, CÇïte d'Ivoire, Mauritania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Uzbekistan, Senegal, the Philippines, Yemen, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, Italy, Bolivia, India, Pakistan.
Everyone knows that credit card marketers are annoying.
The debate over our response to global warming is one fraught with powerful images of disaster.
Every year, scores of students are evicted from UA residence halls for alcohol and drug violations.
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. Even undertakers at Iraqi cemeteries are reporting less work burying the bodies of dead civilians.
""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.
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. The slogan's ubiquity is impressive - so it's too bad its message sucks.
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.
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? $29,770.44 for every citizen in the United States?
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. For the first time, I paid federal income tax.
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. The climax of many a movie has been ruined by the cruelly gleeful jingle of the ""Nokia tune."" And when I close my eyes at night, the grinning face of Chad from Alltel taunts me in my dreams. But few people realize that the tiny tools we know best as first-world annoyances have the potential to revolutionize the developing world.