Headlines @ U.Va.
What They Dont Know Might Anger Them
A recently published study has brought to light the apparently
long-time and widespread practice of having medical students learn
to perform pelvic examinations on unconscious and unconsenting
women. The little-known practice is entirely unacceptable,
said Jonathan Moreno, director of U.Va.s Center for Biomedical
Ethics. There is just no excuse for this kind of violation.
There are enough reasons out there why people dont trust
hospitals, and to be doing these kinds of things creates the story
that seems to justify paranoia.
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, March 14
Get New Way to Pay
A new form of financial aid is gaining traction. Joining the mix
of grants, loans and work study is
According to a Christian Science Monitor report, lenders front
tuition money in return for a cut of students earnings for
several years after graduation even if that amount is far
more than what was initially loaned. The idea is innovative but
untested, legally and otherwise, says Miguel Palacios, a fellow
at the Darden School. The growth of human-capital contracts
will depend on the ability of those who design the instruments
to accurately determine a students potential income and
the capacity to collect payments, he said, noting that students
may seek to hide or postpone earnings.
Christian Science Monitor, March 17
U.Va.s Reputation Outstrips Reality
The University is living on its reputation and not its reality,
economics professor William R. Johnson wrote in a Washington Post
op-ed detailing years of state neglect. While U.Va.s undergraduate
program gets high marks in the popular media, the scholarly reputation
of its graduate and professional programs, particularly in non-humanities
fields, is declining, he wrote. Greatness in a university
is very difficult to attain and easy to lose, he warned.
He exhorted Virginians to demand the state take on a greater share
of support. For years the state has been lucky in getting
a leading university at bargain prices and may be lulled into
thinking that it always will. But eventually you get what you
Washington Post, March 9
and Circus Pacifies Big Apple
The circus is coming to New York City, just in time to provide
a welcome distraction from world events. Despite competition from
several other areas of the entertainment world, attendance is
up 15 percent since Sept. 11, 2001, a Ringling Brothers and Barnum
& Bailey spokesman told the New York Times. Theater arts professor
LaVahn G. Hoh said that the circus provides both relief and reality.
There is a difference between the circus and reality television,
and wrestling, and thrill shows on video, he said. In
the circus, what people see is real, and the performers
feats you see before your eyes are not edited or time-delayed.
New York Times, March 19