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The Board of Visitors Finance Committee approved a $5.4 billion budget for the University’s Academic Division, Medical Center and the College at Wise during its meeting Friday. The fiscal year’s budget, which begins July 1, accounts for 5 percent pay increases for faculty and staff. The Board also reduced tuition increases for in-state undergraduate students from a 3.7 percent increase to a 3 percent increase following a request from the Virginia Secretary of Education.
Chabad House at U.Va. — a space for Jewish students offering Shabbat dinners, challah baking workshops and weekly Cafe Chabad’s — has found a second home at 17 Elliewood Ave. Married couple and co-directors Rabbi Shlomo Mayer and Channa Mayer hope that the new location on the Corner will make it more convenient for students to participate in its activities and programs.
Student Council unanimously approved its 2023 summer budget — which reduced funding by over $34,000 compared to the 2022 summer budget — during Tuesday's meeting. Representatives also heard from and approved the formation of 10 new Contracted Independent Organizations and voted to amend their bylaws regarding the ability to file complaints about fellow Student Council members.
2021 College alumna Morgan Bettinger’s lawyer published a draft of a lawsuit last month alleging that the University violated Bettinger’s first amendment and due process rights. In 2020, Bettinger was sanctioned in a University Judiciary Committee trial over a statement she made at the site of a protest. Bettinger claims that the legacy of the UJC trial damaged her mental health and her reputation. The lawsuit has not been filed.
Student Council’s summer 2023 budget was presented by Holly Sims, vice president for administration and fourth-year Batten student, at Tuesday’s meeting with significant cuts from last year’s budget. The proposed budget, which will operate from the end of the spring semester’s exams until the first few weeks of September, allocates a total of $59,852.60 to Student Council — a $34,380.05 decrease from last year’s summer 2022 budget.
Student Council’s General Body tabled SB 23-22, a bill to amend the Council’s bylaws to reduce the number of operating budgets from three to two during Tuesday’s meeting. Rather than separate budgets for the fall, spring and summer the bill would allow Student Council to create one budget to encompass the fall and spring semesters and one to encompass the summer.
New members of Student Council led the term’s first General Body meeting Tuesday, where representatives passed eight legislative bills to approve Executive Board appointments and appointments to the President’s Cabinet, the Administrative Branch, the Organizations Branch, the Support and Access Services Branch.
Members of the newly elected Community Coalition officially entered office Sunday after being sworn in by Ceci Cain, former Student Council president and graduate Batten student. In the Rotunda transition ceremony, third-year College student Tichara Robertson took the helm as Student Council president along with fourth-year Batten student Holly Sims as Vice President for Administration and third-year College student Violette Cadet as Vice President for Organizations.
Augie Maurelli, former associate vice president for financial operations, said he plans to be a “change leader” as the new Chief Financial Officer. Maurelli further hopes to improve the University by focusing on new financial managing software, safety initiatives and student financial accessibility from an operational perspective.
Student Council’s General Body did not discuss legislation at Tuesday's meeting but addressed a recent string of deaths at the University. Ceci Cain, Student Council president and graduate Batten student, began this week’s meeting by acknowledging a shooting over the weekend that resulted in the death of a University contractor.
Student Council’s General Body met Tuesday to re-table a bill that would amend the spring Student Council budget to fund speakers and COVID-19 testing for students as well as discuss the current University-wide elections.
Charlottesville City Council announced current Charlottesville School Board member Leah Puryear will fill the seat that was left vacant after previous Council member Sena McGill’s resigned in January for family reasons. Puryear’s term will begin Feb. 27 and end Dec. 31.
After two weeks of debate, Student Council passed a resolution calling for the implementation of a PILOT — Payment in Lieu of Taxes — program between the University of Virginia and the City of Charlottesville at their meeting Tuesday. Under the program, the University would pay the city a portion of the value of its property tax exemption for the City to invest in public schools and affordable housing projects in Charlottesville.
Charlottesville City Council will select a candidate Tuesday to fill a vacant seat after previous Council member Sena Magill resigned. Six candidates — Alex Bryant, Kathy Galvin, Kristin Szakos, Natalie Oschrin, Lisa Larson-Torres and Leah Puryear — gave speeches during the City Council meeting last week about their goals for the City.
Students returned to the classroom for the start of spring semester last week as the University continues to honor the three lives lost in the November shooting — second-year College student Devin Chandler, fourth-year College student D’Sean Perry and third-year College student Lavel Davis Jr. Two other students, third-year College student Mike Hollins and second-year College student Marlee Morgan, also suffered non-fatal injuries. While University operations will continue as scheduled, there are many resources available to students, such as free counseling and opportunities to gather in shared places.
New members of University President Jim Ryan’s Student Advisory Council named student well-being and representation for transfer students as their reasons for applying to the Council. Members plan to improve University communication with students, provide better financial support for student health-related matters and strengthen the relationships between individual schools in the Council’s first year.