Old Cabell expands hours
Practice modules in Old Cabell Hall will now be open three hours earlier on Sundays as part of an initiative headed by the Student Council Arts Committee to expand practice hours.
The modules, previously open from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays, will now operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The change, implemented yesterday, is a trial run, as University administrators will track the frequency with which the modules are used.
A Speak Up UVA post asked for the modules to remain open 24 hours a day and brought to light student discontent about limited practice module hours. State budget cuts in 2008 forced the University to reduce practice module hours to deal with the cuts.
Although security and staffing costs precluded a 24 hour a day operating schedule, the committee consulted with the music department to expand practice hours on a smaller scale.
"I hope that this is going to make it easier for students to be able to not plan so far ahead for rehearsals and have the practice modules be more accessible," said committee member Rachel Dady, who met with music department chair Richard Will to bring the concern to his attention.
Will said in an email that he was very glad to see the hours expand "at least modestly."
"I hope that many students will make use of the added hours," he said.
-compiled by Michelle Davis