Jones names arena for great
Ground broken for new arena May 30
Paul Jones, middle left, and his son Paul Tudor Jones II show
off their new jerseys, presented at the May 30 groundbreaking
ceremony. Applauding are athletics director Craig Littlepage,
left, and U.Va. President John T. Casteen III, far right.
Paul Tudor Jones II, the decision to name the University of Virginias
arena in honor of his father, John Paul Jones, was a simple act
payback time for his being a great father, said Jones, 48,
a 1976 graduate of the University who has committed $35 million
to the building project. He also believes that the naming is a fitting
tribute for a man whose life has been dedicated primarily to four
things: his faith, his family, the University of Virginia and basketball.
senior, who goes by Jack, is a 1948 graduate of the Universitys
School of Law and a devoted student of Thomas Jefferson who refers
to Jefferson as one of the most interesting icons who ever
lived. When young Paul was considering colleges, his father
told him he could go anywhere as long as it was in Albemarle
his son predicted his father would be on the moon when
he heard news of the naming, John Paul Jones, 83, likened it more
to walking on air. On May 30, at a meeting of the Universitys
Board of Visitors, it became official. The 15,000-seat special-events
center now under construction will be called the John Paul Jones
Arena. Full story.
Board funds raises, seeks more for
Universitys budget for the coming fiscal year contains some
good news for state employees, and members of the Board of Visitors
are looking for ways to provide even better news for teaching faculty.
May 31, the board approved a spending plan of $1.58 billion for
2003-04 that includes pay increases of 2.25 percent for state employees.
The raises go into effect Nov. 25.
increases became a political tetherball in the last session of the
General Assembly. Legislators initially floated the raises but made
them subject to meeting state targets. Gov. Mark Warner criticized
the contingency as election-year politicking and guaranteed the
increases regardless of revenues.
Child prodigy now U.Va. grad
By Lee Graves
R. Smith completed one goal May 31 when he received his bachelors
degree from Randolph-Macon College at the age of 13. Now the child
prodigy is aiming at another by jumping into the Universitys
graduate studies program.
started the first of two summer classes Tuesday, the day after his
14th birthday. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics, the first
of several doctoral degrees he plans to obtain. Full