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December 2006 VOLUME 5 ISSUE 9

Panel Warns State Will Fall Behind If It Shortchanges Education
The Washington Learns committee released its 18-month study on the state's education system Nov. 14, warning that in a 21st century economy, "we must invest in education to keep our edge." It recommends that the state fund public universities and colleges at 60 percent of the per-student average at peer institutions in "Global Challenge States": California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia. The UW is currently $3,692 below that target. The panel suggests limiting tuition increases at public universities to no more than 7 percent annually, coupled with more support for higher education through state general funds.

Feds Endorse Plans for Light Rail Link to UW
Light rail could arrive on the UW campus in 2016, thanks to progress in securing a $750 million grant from the federal government. Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters held a news conference Nov. 27 to announce federal approval for Sound Transit to enter the final design phase for the University Link light rail extension. Costing about $1.75 billion, the line would run from downtown, tunnel under Capitol Hill and end at Husky Stadium. Sound Transit hopes to eventually extend the line to Northgate, depending on a November 2007 ballot measure.

UW Alumnus Timothy Egan Wins National Book Award
New York Times reporter Timothy Egan, '81, won the 2006 National Book Award in Non-Fiction for The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, the National Book Foundation announced Nov. 15. He is the first UW alumnus to win since Beverly Cleary, '39, received a National Book Award in 1981 for Ramona and Her Mother.

UW HomecomingDoctors Remove Husky Quarterback's Brain Tumor, Football Career Over
Husky backup quarterback Johnny DuRocher had a brain tumor removed Nov. 30 and will no longer be able to play football. The sophomore from Graham was flattened by a blocker during the Huskies' loss to Stanford Nov. 11 and left the game with a severe concussion. A subsequent MRI revealed a small tumor in his cerebellum, near the back of his skull. UW doctors said that the tumor is benign and removed it on Nov. 30. Harborview Neurosurgeon Richard Ellenbogen said the procedure "went perfectly." While his football career is over, DuRocher hopes to play baseball for the Huskies in the spring.

Communications Teacher Named Washington Professor of the Year
An associate professor in the Department of Communication who says trusting students is the key to a vibrant classroom has been named Washington Professor of the Year. David Domke's selection, announced Nov. 16 by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is the latest addition to his growing string of awards.

Cooked Books? It's Toast for Firm's Market Value, Says Prof
While fines imposed by regulators and courts on companies that falsify records may seem substantial, a new UW study finds the largest monetary penalties come from a damaged reputation. The study, led by UW Business Professor Jonathan Karpoff, found that companies that have cooked their books lose, on average, 41 percent of their market value after news spreads about their misdeeds.

Alumni Vote: How Did You Pay for Your College Education?
With the launch of Husky Promise, the UW is covering tuition and fees for low-income and lower middle-income undergraduates. About 5,000 resident undergraduates will be covered at all three UW campuses. The December Alumni Vote asks how you paid for college and how it affected your time at the UW. We also look at Students First, a new way to help UW undergraduates pay for college.

Just in Time for the Holidays: UW Gifts, Discounts, Free Burke Museum Passes
For the holiday season, the UW Alumni Association is offering exclusive, framed pictures of our beautiful campus, including a new print of "Denny at Dusk," highlighting the oldest building on campus. UWAA members get a 10 percent discount on many purchases at the University Book Store this month. In addition, the Burke Museum is conducting a survey to measure the alumni experience at the museum. It is offering free passes to those who complete the survey.

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Don't forget:

The UW had a record 5,438 new freshmen this fall. Over the last few years, what percentage of first-time freshmen have lived in residence halls?

1. 87%
2. 76%
3. 69%
4. 61%
5. 55%

Answer this month's question

Last Month's Answer
Last month's trivia question presented five statements about people who have ties to both the UW and WSU and asked readers to identify which one was false.

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