March 2-8, 2001
Vol. 31, Issue 8
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Nighthawks at the University -- photo
Budget standoff forces hiring, spending, building freezes
Faculty Senate approves master's program in digital humanities
Kuwait conference reviews history, aftermath
Magnet therapy shows limited pain relief

Panel considers fate of the individual in the face of technological media

U.Va. at night: a blend of tranquility and trauma
Class of 2001 hosts first reception honoring staff
In Memoriam
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Women's health festival to focus on prevention
U.Va. conference to give voice to music silenced by Hitler
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Nighthawks at the University
It takes some 1,600 people to keep the University running through the night. For a glimpse of what it's like while the rest of us sleep, see U.Va. at night: a blend of tranquility and trauma.

Budget standoff forces hiring, spending, building freezes

By Dan Heuchert

The effects of the ongoing budget impasse in Richmond are buffeting Grounds, and political observers say the situation may not get any better soon.

The state Senate and House of Delegates, locking horns over Gov. Jim Gilmore's proposed phase-out of the car tax, were unable to agree on a compromise set of amendments to the current and coming fiscal year budgets before their Feb. 24 adjournment. As a result, the two-year, $50 billion budget passed in the 2000 General Assembly remains in force.

Revenue growth anticipated in that budget has not met projections, and state law requires that the budget be balanced. Minutes after the legislature adjourned, Gilmore issued an executive order mandating $421 million in spending cuts over the remainder of the two-year budget cycle, including $189 million during the last four months of the current fiscal year.

To achieve those cuts, Gilmore ordered an immediate statewide freeze on hiring and discretionary spending, and directed state agencies not to enter into new contracts for capital projects. Hiring offers made before the freeze will continue to be honored, University officials said, and positions not supported by state funds are not affected by the freeze. Full story.


Faculty Senate approves master's program in digital humanities

By Rebecca Arrington

The establishment of a new master's degree in digital humanities was announced at the Feb. 21 Faculty Senate meeting. The degree will be offered through the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences' interdisciplinary Media Studies Program, pending approval from U.Va.'s Board of Visitors and the state.

The new degree will provide students with experience in recognizing and solving problems in humanities computing, as well as hands-on experience in designing and creating digital media, according to John Unsworth, associate professor of English and director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. Students who complete this degree might go on to further graduate work, a Ph.D. in a traditional humanities discipline for example, or they might seek employment in publishing, communications, commerce or cultural institutions.

Computers have become an integral part of the teaching of literature, history, religious studies and other disciplines, and the next generation of scholarly editions of major American authors will be electronic editions, the senate's Academic Affairs Committee wrote in endorsing the new degree. Full story.

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