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Ashes to sawdust

If the Lawn looks more open, it's not the lack of leaves on trees -- it's that some trees are gone. Eight old trees, including six on the Lawn and two in nearby pavilion gardens, were removed over the semester break. "They had reached a point in their lives where if we allowed them to remain any longer, they would represent a hazardous situation," said Jeff Ertel, superintendent of landscape for Facilities Management. There are more than 70 trees on the Lawn itself. The Lawn trees included two large ash, two small ash, a red maple and a sugar maple. The other two, in the gardens of Paviion III and Pavilion IX, were both large ash. The University has a policy to replace trees that are lost, Ertel said. "Over the last several years we have been trying to put back more trees than we remove." No decision has been made about the species that will be planted to replace the recently felled trees. Rebecca Arrington

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Cavaliers hope to build on Welsh's legacy; welcome Groh

By Dan Heuchert

When George Welsh arrived in 1982 to take over the U.Va. football program, the University had earned a reputation as a "coaches' graveyard." By the time he announced his retirement Dec. 11, he had transformed it into a perennial winner fit for an NFL head coach.

Now Welsh's successor, alumnus Al Groh -- most recently coach of the New York Jets -- says he is ready to take it to the "next level": competing for a national championship.

"One thing I learned here as a student is that Thomas Jefferson was a person with vision, creativity and industriousness," Groh said Jan. 5 as he was introduced as the Cavaliers' head coach. "I have that vision for what our football program is going to look like in the future, and I am going to work with unceasing diligence, energy and determination to make that come about."

A New York City native, Groh played football and lacrosse at U.Va., graduating in 1967 from the McIntire School of Commerce. He began his coaching career that fall at Albemarle High School, then was an assistant coach at five schools, including two seasons at Virginia, before earning his first head coaching job at Wake Forest in 1981. Full story.

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