March 3-9, 2000
Vol. 30, Issue 8
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Laying it all down U.Va. brick mason Dale Newton of Facilities Management's renovations division runs mortar around the bricks of the walkway on the north side of the Rotunda. The walk was taken up in the fall to allow for utility work and is now being reinstalled. The project will be finished by graduation in May. Another brick walk project now under way on the east side of the Rotunda will widen the sidewalk to accommodate service vehicles. Eventually all the walkways in the northeast section of the Rotunda grounds will be bricked. The first phase of the project, which also includes a brick patio and walkway at Brooks Hall, should be finished by graduation as well.

Legislators boost pay raises, delay performance agreements

By Dan Heuchert

Well into the second half of the 2000 General Assembly, legislators appear to have embraced sweeping changes in the way employees are paid, but are hesitating to reshape the way colleges and universities are funded.

It appears that salary increases will be more generous than Gov. James F. Gilmore recommended, but several proposed benefit changes have met with mixed reaction.

Institutionally, the University scored legislative victories on tuition and admissions issues, but may have less success amending Gilmore's proposed budget.

The budget process is the major piece of unfinished business before the Assembly. Each house has approved its own version of the budget bill and traditionally votes down the other's, sending the whole thing to a conference committee. The conferees -- three from each body, with a free hand to add and delete funds -- will hash out a compromise plan acceptable to both houses, who will in turn forward it on to the governor by March 11.

Gilmore could still veto some items, which the Assembly would then have to reconsider when it reconvenes for its annual veto override session in April.

Each house has also acted on its bills and resolutions, and those that passed were forwarded to the other house for consideration. Full story.

Housing rates increased; rector backs more active role for board

The Board of Visitors took care of some regular business, such as setting student housing rates, and considered recent issues, such as the impact on fraternities of changing the date for Greek rush, at its Feb. 25 and 26 meeting. Rector John P. Ackerly III suggested that the board seriously consider recommendations in the governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education that boards of visitors take a more active role in academic matters.

With the board's sanction, the University now has a 10th school -- the Continuing Education Division was renamed the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
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