Headlines @ U.Va.
applicants playing it safe
The shaky economy has college applicants warily eyeing hot
majors and looking for fields of study with more stable, predictable
futures, The New York Times recently reported. They're looking
for more of a blue chip or something that's going to run them
through the turmoils and the ups and downs of the markets,
Dean of Admission John A. Blackburn told the Times.
New York Times, Oct. 29
old is old?
A test of attitudes toward older Americans, developed by a team
that includes U.Va. assistant psychology professor Brian Nosek,
found a high degree of bias against the elderly. Perhaps most
unusual was the finding that even older Americans held negative
attitudes toward their peers. Presumably, old people are
helping their positive orientation to themselves by distancing
themselves from the category old, Nosek told
the Boston Globe.
Boston Globe, Oct. 28
Bond looks back
Is the era of great social movements dead? U.Va. history professor
and NAACP national chairman Julian Bond, speaking recently to
a group of Milwaukee educators, suggested that grass-roots movements
are suffering from a fatalistic apathy. Heroes need more
than a passive audience if their heroism is to flourish. Black
Americans really didn't march to freedom. We worked our way to
civil rights through the difficult business of organizing. Through
registering voters one by one, organizing a community block-by-block,
creating a black-led, interracial movement in which 100 parts
made up the successful whole.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Oct. 26
conservatives make better dads
Sociology professor W. Bradford Wilcox garnered national attention
recently with his research findings that Catholic and evangelical
Protestant men were more likely to be attentive, involved fathers
than mainline Protestants and adherents of other religions.
I think what we are seeing is evidence that there are lots
of evangelical and Catholic fathers who are truly changing their
lives to try to spend more time with their children. The evidence
is that they are doing this because they believe God wants them
Rocky Mountain News, Oct. 26
Dove: Poetry has appeal in troubled times
From Atlanta comes news that a poetry reading sold out an 1,100-seat
auditorium at Georgia Tech. Granted, the reading featured superstar
poets, including U.Va.s own Rita Dove. But Dove told the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution that more than notoriety was at work.
It goes in cycles, she said. When the external
world becomes too much for people, they turn instinctively for
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oct. 26