Headlines @ U.Va.
WHAT IS A JUST WAR?
When New York Newsday wanted a Muslim perspective on the religious
concept of just war in the light of possible U.S.
action against Iraq, it sought out religious studies professor
Abdulazziz Sachedina. He explained that Islamic tradition calls
for wars against Muslims to be led by other Muslims, although
exceptions can be made if the cause is righteous and no Muslim
leader is able to lead. Sachedina who has traveled
to Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon in the past year said
there is no such backing for another war against Iraq. He said
that Muslim scholars, angered by U.S. support for Israel during
the Palestinian-Israeli conflict over the past two years, did
not view Bush as the sort of righteous non-Muslim leader eligible
to direct a war against Iraq, the reporter wrote.
Newsday, Oct. 12
DRAWS NATIONAL ATTENTION
Residents of this historic university town are grimier these days,
according to a recent account in USA Today. So are their cars.
Water conservation signs are prominent all over the University
of Virginia campus. A functional drinking fountain is almost unheard
of, a functional public restroom a welcome surprise. There's
nothing it hasn't touched, says Rich Hopkins, acting head
of the landscape department. You think about it every day.
Hopkins surveys the University of Virginia's Lawn, perhaps the
nation's most famous piece of university real estate. The grass
looks terrible. I'm hoping things turn around enough that
I can get the Lawn ready for graduation.
USA Today, Oct. 11
INCREASE MAY BE WAY OUT OF BUDGET CRISIS
As budget-cut rumors swirled in the days before Gov. Mark Warner
made his Oct. 15 statewide address, William H. Wood, director
of U.Va.s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, warned
the budget can't be balanced with spending cuts alone. He told
the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "It's more evident that some
sort of revenue increase - that is, a tax increase - is going
to be a necessary part of the equation. It's a question of who
blinks first, the legislative branch or the executive branch."
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Oct. 11
CARTERS LEGACY IN THE WAKE OF NOBEL
Word that Jimmy Carter had won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize sent
reporters scrambling for some perspective on the former presidents
career. Larry Sabato, politics professor and director of U.Va.s
Center for Politics, agreed with the popular sentiment that Carter
has been a better ex-president than a president. He left
office at a very low point he was very unpopular and very
unsuccessful, Sabato told the Associated Press. But
through his hard work and dedication he has done more good out
of the office than he has when he was in it. He had a star-crossed
Associated Press, Oct. 11