Nov. 8-21, 2002
Vol. 32, Issue 30
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Rain falls, water levels rise
Bond wins big
Tuition surcharge set at $385
Headlines @ U.Va.
University’s highest honor is given to Childress

Marva Barnett wins Zintl Award

Computer classes buck trend
Cures to diseases lie in cells and genes
Tackling cells’ mysteries
Medical Center, School of Medicine lay out play for the next decade
Virtual mind
Major projects status report
Water levels up, usage down
Ashbery reads Nov. 21
Anthropologist Maurice Godelier to give lectures
Artists show “Wizdumb”
Focus on budget crisis

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Rain Falls, Water Levels Rise
students walk in the rain in front of the Rotunda
Photo by Andrew Shurtleff
Several days of rain, combined with aggressive water conservation steps, have brought area reservoirs back past 75 percent. For more, see Water levels up, usage down.

Voters say yes!
Bond wins big

By Lee Graves

Virginia’s voters sent a clear message about the importance of higher education Tuesday by approving bonds to fund about $846 million for building projects at colleges and universities around the state.

The margin of approval was high — 72 percent statewide — as voters turned out in surprisingly strong numbers despite a blanket of rain across the commonwealth.

The bond package includes $68.3 million for nine projects at U.Va. The needs range from $24.2 million toward a new medical research building to about $12.5 million for infrastructure such as “chillers.”

Passage of the bonds comes at a critical time, when state agencies, including colleges and universities, are beleaguered by budget cuts. Tuesday’s vote obviously raised morale around Grounds.

“For me, this vote is encouraging and inspiring. For Virginia and the public interest in the quality of life, it is a triumph,” said University President John T. Casteen III.

“It means that Virginians want the state to get back to work. And it shows that we are not divided on the priority that education has for Virginians. Nor are we divided on the necessity that the public take responsibility for the core financing of academic buildings in the public colleges.”

People are asking for responsible use of public funds, Casteen said, adding that he believes that with passage of the bond Virginia will be able to build its way out of the recession.

The package touches many parts of the University — the schools of engineering and medicine, the College of Arts & Sciences, even Facilities Management.

Dr. Arthur “Tim” Garson Jr., vice president and dean of the School of Medicine, expressed gratitude for Tuesday’s result. “We have the citizens of the Commonwealth to thank for their support. We pledge to use the new laboratory space to improve the health of those closest to us,” he said. Full story.


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