Oct. 19-25, 2001
Vol. 31, Issue 33
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At the barre -- Classical Ballet Technique Workshop
Health premiums to go up $1 to $9
BOV panel approves footbridge plan
Marathon team to run for Children's Heart Center
Study of captives in early Hispanic America shows varied treatment

Institute seeks to foster religious exchange and understanding

Poet-editors coming to Grounds Oct. 25
Rehnquist to give keynote address at law conference
Students help build public policy
Library exhibit explores music in American life
In Memoriam
Hot Links -- Safety and Security
Ghanaian drummer brings his beat to U.Va.
After Hours -- Cook blends artistic roots with scholarly pursuits

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At the barre

Rhapsody Dance Ensemble

Rebecca Arrington
U.Va. students 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 the“After Hours” feature on him.

Health premiums to go up $1 to $9
Open enrollment period for other benefits slated for Oct. 29-Nov. 30

Staff Report

The rising cost of health care, particularly sky-rocketing drug costs, has forced an increase in employee health care premiums to take effect Jan. 1. 

The new monthly premiums, based on the annual analysis by the University’s benefits office, will be about 5 percent higher on average than this year’s. 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 Plan.

“Many 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 University’s 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.”

The 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 story.

BOV panel approves footbridge plan

By Matt Kelly

The angle of a proposed pedestrian bridge over Emmet Street brought short-lived protests Oct. 10 from some members of the Board of Visitor’s Buildings and Grounds Committee. But after a closed-door session, they conditionally approved the bridge plan.

Members 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” Anderson’s 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 story.


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