Diversity: Its time
to face facts
Board members want special committee
by Andrew Shurtleff
of concerned community members marched from several locations
on Grounds March 12 and met on the steps of the Rotunda for
a candlelight vigil to stress the need for greater diversity
at the University.
hundreds massed for a candlelight vigil to members of the Board
of Visitors meeting in committee, voices around the University have
continued the call to address U.Va.s need for greater diversity.
members had discussed diversity before Feb. 26, when a candidate
for Student Council reported a racially motivated assault. But the
attack clearly provided the impetus for action at a special meeting
on Monday, March 24. Full story.
Revolutionizing teacher ed
By Anne Bromley
U.S. president wants results. Governors, their departments of education,
local communities and other groups want results. Federal policies
and state standards of learning set the stage for results. Yet,
such mandates to improve the academic performance of children tend
to overlook one element teachers.
exodus of new teachers has become a big problem, with newcomers
leaving the profession almost as fast as theyre joining it.
They cite inadequate preparation and mentoring among their top reasons.
According to the National Commission on Teaching and Americas
Future, 46 percent of teachers leave within five years, 24 percent
within the first two. Full story.
War voices raised, alert high
University community has joined the rest of the nation in moving
to a higher state of alert and voicing strong opinions about the
war being waged in Iraq.
weeks move to level orange, the second-highest
alert status, was in sync with the federal governments upgrade
on March 18 and followed a path similar to an earlier Code
Orange status on Feb. 7. Full