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Members of the Earth Liberation Front burned down one building in the UW’s Center for Urban Horticulture complex in an early morning attack May 21, 2001. Image courtesy KING 5 News.
Woman Found Guilty in Trial for 2001 Arson at UW
On March 6, a federal trial jury in Tacoma found Briana Waters, a 32-year-old music teacher from Oakland, Calif., guilty of two counts of arson for the 2001 fire that destroyed Merrill Hall at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Waters’ sentence could range from five years to 20 years in prison. The jury could not reach a verdict on three other counts facing Waters, who was a student at Evergreen State College in 2001 and allegedly a member of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF). Meanwhile, police are still searching for clues from a recent fire in Snohomish County that destroyed three multimillion-dollar homes featured in the “Street of Dreams.” The ELF has been implicated in that arson as well. Read more...

Search Panel Named for New UW Athletic Director
President Mark A. Emmert, ’75, announced Feb. 29 the members of the search advisory committee for the director of intercollegiate athletics. The committee will be chaired by Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, dean of UW Libraries. Other committee members are: Brooke Anderson, UW student-athlete; John Connors, member, Tyee Board of Advisors; Public Affairs Professor J. Patrick Dobel; Accounting Professor Roland E. (Pete) Dukes; Women’s Soccer Coach Lesle Gallimore; Anne Gittinger, ’55, member, Tyee Board of Advisors; Vice Provost for Student Life Eric Godfrey; Scandinavian Studies Professor Christine Ingebritsen; Vice President for Minority Affairs Sheila Edwards Lange, ’00, ’06; Carol S. Niccolls, special counsel to the president; Men’s Basketball Coach Lorenzo Romar; and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs Edward Taylor, ’94. Read more...

Regents Approve Honorary Degrees for Students Interned in 1942
The UW Board of Regents on Feb. 21 approved the awarding of honorary bachelor’s degrees to Japanese American students who were enrolled at the time of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Feb. 19, 1942, Executive Order 9066, which led to the mass exclusion and incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans, including those at the UW. The Regents’ action culminated efforts that were begun a number of years ago involving many different individuals and organizations. It is estimated that at the time of the executive order, more than 440 Japanese American students were enrolled at the UW. Read more...

The tower in Gerberding Hall was always meant to have bells, and soon it will. Photo by Mary Levin.
Bells Will Be Ringing in Gerberding Tower This Spring
Construction began Feb. 29 to install a set of eight bells in the tower of Gerberding Hall (formerly known as the Administration Building). The bells are a gift from an anonymous donor, the culmination of a longtime project that was coordinated by Rebecca Woodgate, a UW oceanographer and enthusiastic change ringer. Change ringing is the practice of ringing a set of tuned bells in continually varying order. One person per bell rings the set in patterns, rather than tunes. Read more...

Alumni Vote: Does Graduation Mean the End of Campus Friendships?
The college years can be some of the happiest years. Not only do many college students meet their future partners in life, but they also make many of their long-term friendships. But even in the age of the Internet, college friends drift away and lose contact with one another. The March Columns Alumni Vote asks, “Are lost friends the cost of graduation?” Click here to vote.

‘Good Bacteria’ in Women Give Clues for Slowing HIV Transmission
Beneficial bacteria found in healthy women help to reduce the amount of vaginal HIV among HIV-infected women and make it more difficult for the virus to spread, boosting the possibility that ‘good bacteria’ might someday be tapped in the fight against HIV. The findings come from physicians and scientists at the University of Washington and the University of Rochester Medical Center, who worked together in an effort to learn more about how HIV survives and spreads from person to person. Read more...

UW Professor Says It’s Time to Foster Democracy ‘from the Ground Up’
Democracy today is at a crossroads. Conventional wisdom tells us that democracies take root through the top-down establishment of free and fair elections and functional legislative bodies. But according to UW Professor Joel S. Migdal, recent world events suggest that 21st-century democracies will likely be created from the ground up—and that Seattle may provide a useful model. He’ll explain why in “Fostering Democracy from the Ground Up: Combating World Poverty and the Exclusion of the Poor,” the 2008 Provost Distinguished Lecture, held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in Kane 130. Read more...


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March 2008 UW NewsLinks Trivia Contest

With the presidential campaign in full swing it is likely that a candidate for president or vice president will visit campus this year. Of the following campaign visits, which never took place on the UW’s Seattle campus?

    1. Al Gore during the 1992 presidential campaign
    2. Geraldine Ferraro during the 1984 presidential campaign
    3. Jesse Jackson during the 1988 presidential campaign
    4. Bill Bradley during the 2000 presidential campaign
    5. Lyndon Johnson during the 1960 presidential campaign

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Last Month's Answer
In last month’s trivia question, we asked how many tons of paper and cardboard did the UW’s students, faculty and staff recycle in fiscal year 2007.

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UW NewsLinks is a free, monthly e-newsletter for alumni and friends about the University of Washington. Prepared by the editors of Columns, it features the same mix of campus news and features but also provides links to fascinating (and unusual) UW-related Web sites and a monthly trivia contest.

Photo credits: Merrill Hall image courtesy of KING 5 News, Gerberding Hall courtesy of Mary Levin.

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