Headlines @ U.Va.
Report Confirms Plight of State Schools
Many around Grounds know that any realistic evaluation of state
funding for Virginias colleges and universities would find
it lacking. Still, it was encouraging to see a State Council of
Higher Education for Virginia report confirm and quantify
the damage being done. The report chronicles the long decline
in state funding, the recent rise in tuition and how much ground
Virginia faculty salaries are losing to their peers. One interesting
note: Despite recent hikes, tuition has risen more slowly than
inflation since 1996. Higher education support is on a slippery
slope, said council chairman Carl N. Kelly. What took
years to build we stand to lose, and it will take a long time
to rebuild a nationally reputable system of higher education.
(Washington Post, May 22)
Professor Calls for Sit-In for School Equality
A half-century after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered schools to
be racially desegregated, they have re-segregated along geographical
lines, wrote law professor James Ryan in a Washington Post commentary.
Largely white suburban schools are better equipped and attract
better teachers than largely black urban schools and mixed-race
rural schools. The impact of these inequalities is profound,
he wrote. Originally intended to be an equalizer, public
schools more often than not perpetuate the inequalities that exist
in our society. Ryan called for a sit-in movement this fall,
urging children from failing schools to show up at good suburban
schools and simply sit down. It just might make that problem
impossible to ignore, he said.
(Washington Post, May 19)
in the Spotlight
Athletics director Craig Littlepage is drawing national recognition.
In its May 5 issue, Sports Illustrated magazine listed him as
No. 46 in its list of the 100 most powerful minorities in sports,
citing his membership on the prestigious NCAA Basketball Committee,
his plans to consolidate fundraising and his stated goal of graduating
100 percent of student-athletes. A few weeks later came word that
the Black Coaches Association will honor him as its Administrator
of the Year at a June 7 banquet.
(Sports Illustrated, May 5)
Almost two-thirds of Americans are either overweight (10 to 30
pounds over a healthy weight) or obese (more than 30 pounds over).
A recent study commissioned by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention finds that that extra weight costs the nation as
much as $993 billion in annual medical bills comparable
to the medical bill for smoking. Anne Wolf, a dietitian in the
U.Va. Health System, said the report is a wake-up call. The
government is going to get slam-dunked in future obesity costs
if it doesnt address the problem now. As the prevalence
of obesity continues to rise, Medicare is going to be picking
up the health care tab for these people.
(USA Today, May 14)