March 22-28, 2002
Vol. 32, Issue 10
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Parking garage plans move forward
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With mid-term exams disrupted due to a bomb threat March 9, these students tested their wits in a game of chess while waiting for buildings on the South Lawn to reopen.

By Carol Wood

It appeared to be one of those idyllic Lawn settings. Classes had moved outside to enjoy an early spring day, groups spreading up to the middle levels. Some students gathered in circles to participate in animated discussions with professors, while others sat cross-legged and hunched over to take exams.

A few hundred feet away, toward the statue of Homer, the lower Lawn was cordoned off with reams of yellow tape. Police officers kept everyone but inspectors and their dogs from entering the horseshoe of academic buildings.

On three separate occasions earlier this month, threatening calls were made to the University that resulted in the evacuation of the College of Arts & Sciences. Each day the buildings remained closed for nearly five hours while every room was searched. Full story.

Budget deal allows BOV to set tuition

By Matt Kelly

The University will have more control over tuition increases under the final
budget approved by the General Assembly.

The two-year, $50.5 billion spending plan also contains a one-time bonus for classified state employees for fiscal year 2002-03 and sets aside money for a pay raise in the second year.

Under the plan, which Warner must approve or modify, the Board of Visitors will be authorized to set in- and out-of-state undergraduate tuition rates, ending the state-imposed tuition freeze introduced by George Allen in 1996. Colette Sheehy, vice president for management and budget, said the state recommends capping tuition hikes at 9 percent a year. Her office will likely recommend increases of between 5 and 9 percent to the Board of Visitors at its April 4-6 meetings. This week, Virginia Tech was the first of the state’s universities to implement a tuition increase — 9 percent for both in-state and out-of-state students. Full story.

Parking garage plans move forward

By Matt Kelly

The Board of Visitors building and grounds committee on March 7 approved the preliminary design for a $17.5 million, 1,180-space parking garage behind the Cavalier Inn.

The garage, nine months in planning, is slated to begin construction in June and should take a year to complete. It is intended to serve University employees, students and visitors attending events at U.Va. In the short term, it will replace the parking spaces lost when the University builds the new arena on Massie Road.

The five-story garage, first introduced at the June 2001 BOV meeting, will be built along the CSX railroad tracks on a wooded site now used to store mulch. There will be entrances and exits on both Emmet Street and Ivy Road. At the recommendation of traffic consultants, new traffic lights at these two sites will be synchronized with the lights at the Emmet and Ivy intersection to help traffic flow. Full story.


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