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In case you missed it: Our top five news stories of the week

Rebecca Marie Sasnett
Rebecca Marie Sasnett / The Daily Wildcat Abby McCallum, first year medical student, talks with other medical students about the club and the affects the stadium law has on future medical students at EllieHutchison’s house Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.

A quick look at the Arizona Daily Wildcat’s top five news stories published this week.

1. UA Rec Center works to cater to faculty, staff needs

By Maggie Driver

The UA Student Recreation Center issued a survey to random faculty members last Tuesday to get feedback on how to improve the facilities for UA faculty.

Only a small percentage of UA faculty members use the facilities at the Rec Center, according to Lynn Zwaagstra, the director of Campus Recreation.

“During lunchtime, a colleague and I go over to McKale [Center] and we walk the perimeter,” said Mary Paul, the program coordinator for Arizona Public Media. “That’s our fitness thing.”

2. UA, Eller College of Management move up in national rankings

By Emily Bregger

The UA has moved up to number 119 in the U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of the nation’s best colleges.

The Eller College of Management’s business program moved up from No. 24 to No. 22 in the rankings.

“We believe this commitment to experiential learning will provide UA students with the skills and knowledge to have successful careers and be leaders in their future endeavors,” said Angela Baldasare, director of Divisional Assessment and Research with Student Affairs. “It will really set UA graduates apart.”

3. UA medical club works to educate classmates on abortion

By Maggie Driver

Medical Students for Choice is a national nonprofit organization that seeks to include abortion in the curriculum of medical schools. The UA chapter of the organization is working to educate medical students about the restrictions regarding the medical practice of abortion and the laws surrounding it, particularly the legal consequences of the UA football stadium remodeling in the mid-’70s, according to Katie Hartl, co-coordinator of UA Medical Students for Choice and second year medical student at the UA College of Medicine.

“If we don’t have people who can do it, then it’s not going to be safe,” Hartl said. “People need to develop interest now and pursue that training to increase the number of providers so it’s not a bottleneck. So it’s not such a risk.”

4. Medical marijuana research sees opposition

By Meggie Kessler

Because the National Institute on Drug Abuse is the only agency federally approved to grow marijuana and sell it for research purposes, according to Dr. Sue Sisley, clinical faculty at the UA College of Medicine in Phoenix and principal investigator on a Food and Drug Administration-approved marijuana study, it is unclear if the research will ever happen.

“The government has already decided the fate of marijuana,” Sisley said. “They decided that, in their heads, marijuana has no medical benefit. That’s why they put it as a Schedule I drug. People in law enforcement – the DEA – for some reason they’re allowed to make a decision about the medical properties of this plant. The DEA should have no business defining what class drugs are placed in.”

5. ASUA Senate votes against tobacco-free campus resolution

By Stephanie Casanova

A majority of the ASUA Senate voted against a resolution in support of a tobacco-free campus on Wednesday, putting it at odds with its president, as well as the Student Health Advocacy Committee.

“It was definitely frustrating seeing the senate kind of ignore [the survey’s results] and do what they think is best, instead of what the student body has clearly stated,” ASUA President Morgan Abraham said.

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