participate in a classical ballet technique workshop, sponsored
by Rhapsody Dance Ensemble. The new, 15-member U.Va. student
troupe, formed last semester, will perform on Grounds Nov. 2
and visit nursing homes and other places in the community this
fall to give recitals. We mainly focus on ballet, lyrical
and modern styles, said ensemble director and 4th-year
student Lindsay Bunting, shown here (center) with two fellow
dancers, Allegra Deucher (back) and Yvi Nguyen (front).
This workshop was led by U.Va. French professor Robert Cook.
For more on this versatile teacher, see theAfter
Hours feature on him.
premiums to go up $1 to $9
enrollment period for other benefits slated for Oct. 29-Nov. 30
rising cost of health care, particularly sky-rocketing drug costs,
has forced an increase in employee health care premiums to take
effect Jan. 1.
new monthly premiums, based on the annual analysis by the Universitys
benefits office, will be about 5 percent higher on average than
this years. Single coverage will be $15 (up $1); employee-plus-one
coverage will be $103 (up $4); family coverage will be $196 (up
$9); and double-state coverage will be $105 (up $5). The new
premiums remain less than what state employees pay in the Key Advantage
employers across the country have increased their costs in the double
digits and have decreased health benefits to address the rising
cost of health care, said Thomas E. Gausvik, the Universitys
chief human resource officer. So far, we have been able to
keep our increases to a minimum and without changing any benefits
except the co-payments for some prescription drugs. If this trend
continues, however, we may see higher increases in the future.
rising cost of pharmaceutical drugs is driving several changes to
the prescription drug benefit, including increased CO-payments and
shifts in drug assignments within the prescription plan tiers. Full
BOV panel approves footbridge plan
angle of a proposed pedestrian bridge over Emmet Street brought
short-lived protests Oct. 10 from some members of the Board of Visitors
Buildings and Grounds Committee. But after a closed-door session,
they conditionally approved the bridge plan.
of the committee, which met to review schematic and preliminary
designs of several planned construction projects, balked at one
element of University Architect Samuel A. Pete Andersons
plan for a 460-foot bridge spanning four lanes of traffic over Emmet
Street. The 18-foot wide bridge for pedestrian and bicycle traffic
would run from the woods behind Lambeth Commons and cross Emmet
near the athletic complex on Massie Road. The plan Anderson presented
calls for the bridge to cross the street diagonally, which drew
concern from committee member Terence P. Ross, who thought the bridge
should be perpendicular to the street. Full