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

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

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

1. Johnny Knoxville alleges drugging at UA fraternity house

Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity under investigation for second time regarding Sept. 6 party

By Brittny Mejia

“Jackass” star Johnny Knoxville said UA Greek Life’s party scene made his heart race, literally. His beer was dosed with ecstasy while filming a promo for “Bad Grandpa” at a UA fraternity house last month, the 42-year-old actor told celebrity news outlet TMZ.

Members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity will have to meet with the Dean of Students for a second time regarding what happened at the Sept. 6 party, UA officials said.

“Someone dosed me with ecstasy and after that the wheels fell off,” Knoxville said in an interview with TMZ.

2. Miss Indian Arizona attributes crown to community

By Gabrielle Fernety

UA pre-physiology freshman Alyssa Garcia was crowned Miss Indian Arizona on Oct. 12, an achievement that she credits in large part to her community.

Garcia became the first Ak-Chin Indian community member to participate in the Miss Indian Scholarship Program. Although Garcia said she put a great deal of time and effort into preparing for the pageant, she was still shocked when she found out she won the crown.

“I was so surprised when they said my number; it didn’t really hit me until they said my name,” Garcia said. “I was overwhelmed with happiness, not only for all the hard work that I put in, but the hard work my community put in.”

3. Graduate students express concerns to Arizona leaders

By Maggie Driver

The UA Graduate and Professional Student Council held a town hall session on Oct. 22 where state representatives discussed issues pertaining to graduate students, including education funding and reduced tuition for DREAMers.

Deyanira Nevarez Martinez, the president’s chief of staff for GPSC, said the purpose of the event is to promote student engagement.

“As citizens of the country and this state it’s important to be engaged in the political process and be informed about the things that are going on in our state legislature that could potentially affect us,” Nevarez Martinez said.

4. UA ups online security after hacker breaching

By Mark Armao

The UA is taking steps to strengthen its online security after a hacker gained access to a web server in the James E. Rogers College of Law in July.

The server, which was housed in the College of Law building, hosted the college’s public website and its local intranet and also stored data — including passwords and social security numbers, said Chris Sigurdson, the UA’s senior communications adviser.

“That’s one of the reasons why the College of Law is taking all these measures to minimize harm — because we’re responsible,” Sigurdson said.

5. UA students help disabled Tucsonans through community outreach program

By Maggie Driver

A UA College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture program is facilitating access for disabled students and providing them a place to relax at the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

The UA chapter of AIAS Freedom by Design, a nonprofit organization, focuses on community-based design and implementation of projects for disabled and disadvantaged Tucsonans, according to William Ruoff, an architecture junior and director of the community outreach program.

“We’re looking at this idea in a different way,” Ruoff said. “We’re creating a space for the kids to relax in that’s bettering their environment.”

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