Headlines @ U.Va.
College ties bring Moreno to the Hill
Why was a bioethicist testifying about illegal music downloads
before a Senate subcommittee? Jonathan Moreno, director of U.Va.s
Center for Biomedical Ethics, was invited to appear Sept. 30 by
a Hofstra University buddy, Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., chairman
of the Senate Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
While acknowledging that file-sharing is morally wrong, Morenos
testimony was somewhat sympathetic to downloaders. Moreno was
quoted in several news reports but was clearly overshadowed by
two fellow witnesses, rappers LL Cool J and Chuck D. It
was great, compared to the life and death stuff I normally do,
he said. It was relatively undemanding. The issues are not
a jump on jobs
There will always be slackers who dont get around to composing
résumés until May, but more fourth-year students
appear to be launching job searches early this year, perhaps sobered
by the collective plight of last years grads. The Washington
Post reported that one early-season career session at U.Va. drew
twice the expected crowd. This class seems to be more career-minded
early on than students in the past, said Ladd Flock, director
of the Career Services Center in the College of Arts & Sciences.
They just want to have a game plan.
Washington Post, Oct. 2
the frying pan into the fire?
John Allen Muhammads lawyers may soon regret their decision
to seek a change of venue for the upcoming trial of the accused
Beltway sniper, says law professor Anne Coughlin.
Originally scheduled for Prince William County in relatively liberal
Northern Virginia, the trial is now set for Virginia Beach, where
juries are notoriously hard on criminals. One assumes that
the defense attorneys were weighing all these factors at the time
they asked to move the trial, Coughlin said. But in
this case, you are moving to a community with very different attitudes.
You fight to move it and whoa! it is suddenly your
worst nightmare. The judge, not the lawyers, chose the new
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 30
Court again getting involved in electoral politics
The Supreme Court recently agreed to take a case that will revisit
the standards of political gerrymandering in Congressional redistricting.
The outcome could determine the balance of power in the House
of Representatives for at least the next decade. Recent redistricting
battles in Texas and Colorado may have caught the justices
attention, said law professor Daniel Ortiz, who said the case
has huge potential significance.
The fact that they
are interested in it means they want to look over whether the
original standards need to be toughened. The fight in Colorado
and Texas could not have come at a better time.
The Hill, Sept. 24
Trees leaf us powerless
Hurricane Isabel was not that big a deal, meteorologically speaking,
Patrick J. Michaels wrote in a recent Washington Post commentary.
So why the widespread power outages? Dont blame the power
companies, he wrote. Our love for trees, he argued, has led us
to plant more, grow them bigger and refuse to trim or remove the
ones that have passed their prime. Photos taken in 1900 show most
trees about one-third the size of todays, he
noted. Left untended and allowed to remain standing far
longer than they probably should have been, many of the same trees
from those old photos have become tattered wrecks, with diseased
branches vulnerable to every passing ice storm and decaying hurricane.
His suggestion: Bury more power lines.
Washington Post, Sept. 28