by Matt Kelly
300 to 400 students walked out of classes and assembled on
the Lawn March 20 to stand up for peace.
War voices raised, alert
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.
W. Sandridge, executive
vice president and chief operating officer, assured members
of the University community in a message March 18 that there had
been no identified threat to U.Va. or to the Charlottesville/Albemarle
area. The University has taken steps to increase security on Grounds
and at major events.
should maintain a heightened sense of awareness of your surroundings,
and call 911 to report any suspicious activities, packages or
people, Sandridge advised students, faculty and staff.
resources and general information about the Universitys
emergency preparedness are available at http://www.virginia.edu/emergency.
the first week of the war, reaction around Grounds ranged from
vocal protest to quiet support, from scholarly debate to direct
of Monday, six U.Va. employees had been called up from the reserves
to active military duty, said Gary Helmuth, assistant director
of HR Management Systems. Two are from Facilities Management,
one each from the athletics department, the Darden School, the
housing division and ITC. In addition, four from the Medical Center
have been called.
Cohn, U.Va.s director of Employee Relations who retired
from the reserves two years ago, said the war affects not only
the employees who are activated but also their families. He asked
people to be sensitive in their encounters with family members.
Because they dont live a military life every day
on a military base, for instance family members may not
be accustomed to their loved ones serving in active duty.
repercussions of the conflict took center stage Monday night in
a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Carter G. Woodson Institute.
U.Va. faculty members expressed emotions from shame to frustration
regarding the war and the Bush administrations Iraq policy.
best thing would be to finish this war as quickly and cleanly
as possible, said religious studies professor James F. Childress.
more boisterous gathering occurred March 20, when 300 to 400 students
walked out of classes and assembled in the afternoon rain to chant
and listen to speakers protesting the war.
walkout and rally, organized by the University Anti-War Coalition
and the Citizens Against
Exploitation, was coordinated with other protests in the community.
The front steps of Old Cabell Hall served as the speakers
platform, as students clustered under the overhang to stay out
of the cold, driving rain.
need to educate our apathetic peers, third-year student
Ian Amelkin, president of the University Democrats, told the crowd.
rally, he said, should be a starting point to free people of their
fear of speaking out. Weve been screaming about this
for a year, he said. The most important thing you
can do is speak out.
student Ben Shanker reminded the crowd that while they were out
in the rain protesting, students were still sitting in classrooms,
not thinking about the war. The protestors needed to do something
about that, he said.
is about community education, he said. They are not
able to see things that are happening and we need to help them
before leaving Grounds to join a protest in town, students marched
through New Cabell Hall chanting anti-war slogans and seeking
to draw students from their classes to join the protest.