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Littlepage Makes (ACC) Conference Call
Big East Conference Commissioner Mike Tranghese’s complaints that the Atlantic Coast Conference was making overtures to Big East schools ignited public debate over the merits of ACC expansion. U.Va. Director of Athletics Craig Littlepage said he would have to see the details before making a commitment. He suggested that if expansion happens, he would like to see Virginia Tech invited. “My feeling is that [Tech has] a lot of qualities that would make it an attractive candidate,” he said. “We would not be opposed to Virginia Tech because it’s Virginia Tech, a rival of ours.”
(Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 30)

Installing the Scales of Justice
Now that the shooting is mostly finished in Iraq, restoring law and order is a top priority. But how does one re-establish a legal system?

Law professor A.E. Dick Howard, who has helped draft constitutions for several new nations, says that no matter how elegant the wording, the success of a constitution will depend upon a stalwart judiciary.

“That means a constitutional court and judges sufficiently independent to stand up to pressure. And in the chaos of present-day Iraq, that could be physical threats. Will the circumstances permit them to be independent as judges?”
(The Recorder, April 28)

And Speaking ofLegal Systems ...
With Saddam Hussein gone, families of an estimated 300,000 “disappeared” Iraqis are emboldened to ask questions about the fates of their loved ones. Among the curious is fourth-year U.Va. medical student Athir Morad; three of his brothers were detained two decades ago in a roundup of Shiite Muslim Kurds during the Iran-Iraq War, and have not been seen alive for nine years. “We had to be silent for 20 years out of fear of the Iraqi government,” Morad said. “... If they’re not there, we want to find out what happened, how they died. These are horrible things my parents don’t even want to think about.” (Washington Post, April 21)

Is Tenure a “Job for Life”?
A poll published by The Chronicle of Higher Education found widespread public support for higher education overall, but much less support for individual elements of it. One element under fire is tenure; two-thirds of respondents disagreed with the notion of experienced professors being given “jobs for life,” though most supported ensuring professors’ academic freedom. Robert M. O’Neil, executive director of U.Va.’s Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, took issue with the question’s wording. “Saying that tenure is a job for life is pejorative and just the worst way to characterize academic tenure,” he said. “It’s not job security,” he added, noting that 50 tenured professors were fired for cause last year.
(The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 2)


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