Headlines @ U.Va.
U.Va. is becoming an athletic powerhouse — at least its director is. On Feb. 16, Black Enterprise magazine announced its list of the 50 Most Powerful Blacks in Sports, as featured in the March 2005 cover story. Listed in the “Collegiate Decision Makers” category, is Craig Littlepage, athletics director. “Although many superstar black athletes dominate their chosen playing fields, the true power in sports lies with the executives who work behind the scenes,” features editor Alan Hughes said. “We approached this list from a business perspective, citing those who control revenues, sign athletes and have the authority to hire or fire coaches.” While there remains a gross disparity between blacks and nonblacks at the pinnacle of the sports industry, the editors at BE selected and recognized those who have broken through to the highest ranks to achieve true clout within the sports industry. (Black Enterprise, March 2005)
PRESIDENT TO GUIDE U.VA. THROUGH CAMPAIGN
President John T. Casteen III isn’t packing his bags any time soon. Casteen will remain at his post until 2011 and Leonard W. Sandridge Jr., executive vice president and chief operating officer, will remain Casteen’s top administrator until June 2009, U.Va. confirmed. News that the Board of Visitors accepted Casteen’s plans to stay through a $3 billion capital campaign surfaced Feb. 7 during the General Assembly’s consideration of a pair of charter-university bills. “There is a board commitment” for Casteen to stay on as president, a post he has held since 1990, for another six years, said U.Va. spokeswoman Carol Wood. Sandridge will stay on as U.Va.’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. The board extended his contract until 2009. (Richmond Times-Dispatch, Feb. 9)
IS SCHOOL PRAYER A RIGHT?
Del. Charles W. Carrico Sr. has written an extra paragraph that he hopes eventually will become part of the Virginia Constitution. Carrico, a
Republican from Grayson County in southwestern Virginia, said he would be “humbled” if the General Assembly and voters choose to insert his words among those written by the country’s founders. Carrico’s proposed amendment would recognize explicitly a right to pray in public places, including schools. Last week, the House of Delegates approved it 69 to 27. Opponents fear that the amendment could be used to return school-sanctioned prayer to classroom life. They say an individual’s right to pray on public property is already protected, and the language of the founders should be considered sacred. Virginia’s current constitution, which dates to 1971, incorporates the language of several foundational documents about religious freedom, said U.Va. professor A.E. Dick Howard, the executive director of the commission that wrote the 1971 document. Howard said he believed Jefferson worked the language very carefully and would not necessarily have approved of the changes Carrico has proposed. To become part of the constitution, the proposal would have to be passed by the General Assembly this year and again during the next session. If it passed, it then would be put to a statewide referendum in November 2006. (Washington Post, Feb. 17)