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Republican director calls fall elections key

The upcoming General Assembly elections could decide the fate of the Republican Party in Virginia politics for the coming decade, said Ed Matricardi, executive director of Virginia's Republican Party, last night in a speech to the College Republicans. Matricardi told the audience of about 20 students that the General Assembly -- which historically has been controlled by the Democrats -- elections this fall are crucial for the Virginia Republican Party's future. "If we control the General Assembly after this year's election, we will probably control Virginia for the next generation," he said.


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Rundown buildings require major overhaul

The fact that some of the University's buildings are in need of renovation may not occur to students and faculty seeking refuge from the rainy wrath of Hurricane Floyd. Nevertheless, the dilapidated condition of 100 year-old Fayerweather, Rouss and Cocke Halls has come to the attention of some members of the University community. Some plans for renovation are in the works, but await funding approval from the General Assembly.


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Spam clogs mail boxes

With the widespread use of both personal and course-related e-mail at the University came the responsibility of controlling "spam," the Internet moniker for junk mail.


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Crime Log

ASSAULT 9-14-99: Reported Assault in Alderman Library. THEFT/VANDALISM 9-8-99: Theft reported at Tuttle House bike rack. 9-8-99: Keys were reported stolen from Facilities Management. 9-9-99: Bicycle reported stolen from Lambeth Field area. 9-9-99: Bicycle reported stolen from Webb House bike rack. 9-9-99: Bicycle reported stolen from Balz House area. 9-11-99: Windshield reported broken in U-4 parking lot. 9-12-99: Reported theft of food from University Hospital cafeteria. 9-13-99: Reported theft of computer from a room at University Hospital West. 9-13-99: Reported theft of bicycle from Brooks Hall. 9-14-99: Reported theft of equipment from Scott Stadium area. 9-14-99: Reported theft of scooter from Medical School Hospital area. SUSPICIOUS: 9-8-99: Reported suspicious circumstance at the Law School. 9-11-99: Suspicious incident reported at 117 Mimosa Drive. 9-12-99: Suspicious incident reported on Whitehead Road. 9-14-99: Suspicious incident reported at University Hospital. 9-14-99: Suspicious circumstance reported at Peter dorm. ANIMAL BITES 9-8-99: Reported cat bite on Edgemont Road. 9-10-99: Reported dog bite near JAG School. PROPERTY DAMAGE 9-13-99: Reported damage to barricade on McCormick Road near Page House. 9-13-99: Reported damage to vehicle in South Lot of U-Hall. DRUNK IN PUBLIC 9-8-99: Reported arrest made at University Hospital Emergency Room for public drunkenness. 9-11-99: Reported arrest made at University Emergency Room for public drunkenness. CONTRIBUTING DELIQUENCY OF MINOR 9-14-99: Alcohol reportedly given to minor in area of Watson House. HIT AND RUN 9-14-99: Reported hit and run accident in East Parking Garage.


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Administrators strive for diversified faculty

(This is the second article in a two-part series on faculty diversity.) As the University continues to strive to recruit a more diverse faculty, administrators are finding their efforts thwarted by limited hiring pools and difficulties in retaining minority faculty. The 1998 Equal Opportunity Plan, conducted annually by the Office of Institutional Assessment and Studies, stated that since 1994 the University has increased the number of women faculty in all areas of Arts and Sciences and Education while the number of women has remained unchanged or declined in Commerce, Law and Medicine.


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Study finds rising student credit debt

Credit card debt among undergraduate college students is a common phenomenon -- and may be on the rise, according to a recent study. The study, conducted by Nellie May Corp., found that the median credit card debt among undergraduate students in 1999 is $1,283, a slight increase from $1,222 in 1998.


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Female student assaulted while studying in library

A female first-year student reported being grabbed by an unknown, student-aged male on the fifth floor of Alderman Library stacks Monday night at about 9 p.m., University police said yesterday. "A white male grabbed the victim around her waist," University Police Sgt.


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Summer plan for minorities receives praise

The new summer program proposed by the University to prepare certain minority middle and high school students for University life has received mixed reactions. The proposed program would have the University recruit 700 academically gifted, economically disadvantaged minority students after their eighth-grade year. Thereafter, these students would attend a two-week session every summer until college where they would be taught lessons about computers, standardized tests and some academic aspects of the University.


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New poll confirms political apathy

College-age people are less trusting of politicians and less engaged in politics than are people over 25, according to a report released Monday by political awareness group Project Vote Smart. Project Vote Smart, a non-partisan political research group, surveyed respondents divided into a group of 18- to 25-year-olds and a group of people over 25. Only 22 percent of the younger group said they pay "a lot" of attention to national affairs, versus 37 percent of the older group.


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FSC to house unique Greek groups

The recent formation of a new umbrella organization for Greek societies has opened doors for some unique prospective sororities and fraternities. The Fraternity and Sorority Council, a new Contracted Independent Organization, was granted CIO status last Tuesday by Student Council.


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Administrators present research funding options

Vice President and Provost Gene D. Block and Assoc. Provost for Management Kathrine Reed spoke to the General Faculty Council Monday afternoon about the resources general faculty can obtain for research and salaries between funding contracts.


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Campaign chalks up $947 million

According to the latest numbers, the University's Capital Campaign has raised $947 million and is now within nearly 5 percent of its $1 billion goal. There is still over a year left in the Campaign, and fundraising is expected to surpass $1 billion by December, but officials said the Campaign will not be winding down as it nears its goal.


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Council representatives request UJC input in parental notification

Dean of Students Penny Rue met with four Student Council representatives yesterday to discuss whether to include the University Judiciary Committee in the parental notification process. A Student Council resolution, passed unanimously last March, called for students to have a hand in the implementation of the Parental Notification Policy, which allows administrators to contact a student's parents if he or she has a consistent pattern of alcohol abuse.


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Proposal allows fourth years to design course

Fourth-year students may soon be able to design their own course by attending lectures and performances for class credit, according to a proposal now being discussed by the Fourth-Year Class Trustees. Only in the proposal stage, some trustees said they envision a four-credit course created individually by students and consisting of one professor-led discussion per week.