April 11-24, 2003
Back Issues
Gifts benefit arena, South Lawn projects
Diversity theme threads through board’s talks
Headlines @ U.Va.
Horrors of War

Nurse ready for deployment

Rainey 37th rector
Farrell first vice rector
Members of the Board
Faculty Actions
Board has roots in Jefferson’s vision
Faculty Senate seeks seat on board
Graduate programs hold steady
Mellon grant helps library’s preservation plan
Bill T. Jones leaps to Culbreth stage
Reiss brings Simpsons mania to U.Va.
Pavilion III Garden gets facelift

Headlines @ U.Va.

U.Va.’s Case for Race
As lawyers debated race-conscious admissions before the Supreme Court last week, the Christian Science Monitor examined how diversifying the student body affected the University. The core question: Does diversity really promote better learning? The article described the University as dramatically different than it was 40 years ago, before women and blacks enrolled in significant numbers. Said constitutional law professor W. Edmund Moomaw, executive director of U.Va.’s Office of Institutional Assessment and Studies, “I graduated in 1961, but I tell my students the University of Virginia today is the best it has ever been. And a lot of that has to do with the fact that we have a diversity of students.”
—Christian Science Monitor,
April 1

O’Neil: Offensive Speech Still Free
Columbia University anthropology professor Nicolas De Genova recently took the stage at an anti-war rally and advocated the defeat of U.S. forces in Iraq, and added later his desire for “more Mogadishus.” While the remarks drew the enmity of the nation, Robert M. O’Neil, director of U.Va.’s Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, appeared on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” and defended De Genova’s speech as part of the tradition of academic freedom. “If what is reported is what he actually said, it strikes me as tragically misguided. It’s a position of which I would certainly strongly disagree. ... But we don’t fire professors for making outrageous statements.”
— Fox News, “The O’Reilly Factor,” March 31

The Enemy of My Enemy…
Saddam Hussein wasn’t always the object of vilification by U.S. presidents. In fact, in the days of the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war, the U.S. sought to cultivate Saddam as an ally, despite his human rights record. Strategists hoped he could be reformed into a serviceable regional replacement for the deposed, westward-leaning Shah of Iran.

“The U.S. backed [Saddam] with the understanding that this was not a lovely guy,” said foreign policy expert Taylor Fain of U.Va.’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. “We thought that by becoming engaged with him and making him dependent on the U.S., we could moderate Saddam’s behavior. That, of course, never happened.”
— Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger,
April 3

Beyond the playing field
Sports agents can wreak havoc on college athletics, luring star (and not-quite-star) players with cash and goodies well before their eligibility expires. Such advances can lead to sanctions against universities and financial peril for the players.

U.Va. football coach Al Groh recently convened a seminar for his players to educate them on issues of representation, drawing upon his NFL connections to bring in a players’ union rep, a respected agent and an NFL executive.

“By exposing [players] to some of the gentlemen in that business, we’re letting them know that there are reputable guys. … Can I prevent contact? No. Can I prevent agreements being made that shouldn’t be made? That’s up to the players, but if they’re knowledgeable about the process and practices of different agents, they’ll be the ones who protect us.”
— Boston Globe, March 23


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