Thomas Madrecki


Access denied

At a time when college costs are rising and economic uncertainty poses additional challenges to already low-income families, the Board of Visitors’ decision to scale back AccessUVA for the University’s most needy students is—at best—a step in the wrong direction. At worst, it threatens to put an end to the program’s loftiest goals, as envisioned by the late Dean of Admissions John Blackburn and former University President John T. Casteen III.

Honor case highlights procedures

?Honor, of course, is a complex and multidimensional principle,? according to the University Honor Committee?s constitutional bylaws.

Making history

History was made yesterday when American voters elected Democrat Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America.?If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer,? Obama said at his victory celebration in Chicago.Riding a wave of early voter support from the East Coast, Obama jumped out to a lead and never looked back.

University will invest in local hospital

The University Medical Center and Culpeper Regional Hospital are one step closer to a mutually beneficial partnership, officials said, now that the two health institutions? boards have both agreed to a University investment in the hospital totaling $40 million.The deal, which must be reviewed by Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonell prior to being finalized, will greatly benefit the growing Culpeper area as a whole, as well as the hospital?s many patients, Culpeper Regional Hospital spokesperson Abra Hogarth said.

Wi-Fi survey shows student trends

Which would a college student rather do without: beer or wireless Internet access? That question is one of many asked in a recently released survey of college students, organized by the Wi-Fi Alliance, a global non-profit organization representing the wireless Internet industry, and conducted by Wakefield Research.

Lawn tailgates allowed, with changes

In advance of the upcoming Oct. 4 home football game against the University of Maryland, the University has once again issued a statement allowing Lawn social events, albeit with several new provisions designed to better control excessive crowds and maintain the historic Lawn community, Dean of Students Allen Groves said.The new provisions, which reverse the tailgate ban issued following the home football game against the University of Southern California, are the result of extended discussion with Lawn and Range residents last week, Groves said.

Volkswagen to fund state institutions

Volkswagen Group of America announced a five-year, $2.1 million education initiative and partnership yesterday with six institutions in Virginia and Washington, D.C., including the University.At the University, the initiative, called ?Partners in Education,? will fund a new international component of the Rodman Scholars program and a graduate engineering student fellowship, Volkswagen Group Communication Director Jill Bratina said.


On the heels of Allison Routman?s and Mark Gruntz?s dismissals from the summer 2008 Semester at Sea voyage, several honor-related procedural changes have been made to the fall 2008 Semester at Sea Voyager?s Handbook.Routman, an Ohio University student, and Gruntz, a California Baptist University student, were both expelled from the University-sponsored academic program after they were accused and convicted of plagiarizing from Wikipedia.