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Assailants attack, rob drunk student

A University student reported being robbed by four unknown black males early yesterday morning while walking home from the Corner along Hospital Drive with some of his friends. According to police, the student had been drinking, was unable to walk and was being accompanied home by two of his friends. According to police, at around 2:20 a.m., the suspects approached the three students and pretended to lend them assistance. "They were leaving the Corner and just passing through Grounds when these guys just came up to them," University Police Capt.


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SAT soon could record social factors

To help colleges and universities with the sticky admissions process, the Educational Testing Service, the company behind the SAT, may soon label high-scoring students who have overcome adverse social backgrounds as "strivers." The system still is in the research stages, but anti-affirmative action activists fear the acceptance of a model which takes into account a student's race. Using survey questions at the beginning of the test, the system would consider 14 factors in determining a student's environment.


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Web applications near completion

Electronic applications for prospective first-year and transfer students will become available online by the second week of September. "The actual form will be electronically transmitted to the University electronic database," making it easier for students to apply and for the Office of Admissions to process applications, Assoc.


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Break-ins threaten computer security

What if someone stole your computing password? They could log in as you, send e-mail as you - and assume your electronic identity. Stolen passwords are one of the security threats posed by hackers that attempt to gain unauthorized access to computer systems. This summer, several computer break-ins occurred at the University. In Clark Hall, there were three related break-ins to the building's Sun workstations - the first in late June, the second in mid-July and the third in late July/early August, said William Shane Brandon, Computer Systems Engineer for the Environmental Sciences department. Brandon discovered that the hacker had broken in to one of the computers running an old version of the Sun operating system and was using that to break in to other computers. "They used this machine to attack other machines," Brandon said. The old operating system on the home base computer made it easier to gain unauthorized access. "It had a very old operating system," said Computer Center Lead Engineer Hamp Carruth, "Security holes had never been closed." After discovering the break-in on the computers in Clark Hall, logs were analyzed to identify the people whose passwords had been detected by the hacker, Carruth said.


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ISIS telephone service faces new online competition

Good-bye ISIS man, hello mouse. University students now can click their way into classes from their personal computers, thanks to a new online program that already has begun to compete with the telephone as the preferred method of registration. "I think probably by spring registration, we'll see the Web overtake the phone.


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Professors strive to curb grade inflation

University students may feel the pinch as faculty members face additional pressure this year to bring the problem of grade inflation under control. Over the past several years, the University and other schools nationwide have come under intense scrutiny as students' average grade point averages crept upwards. Faculty Senate Chairman David T.


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Violent crime shocks community, prompts calls

Days after the University and a group of parents put up a $10,000 reward to help catch the man who raped a University student in her home last Thursday, police are answering calls from people responding with information about the case. However, only about 10 to 15 percent of the people calling police with tips are interested in the reward money, said Richard Hudson, a Charlottesville Police detective who answers phones at the Crimestoppers hotline. The shocking nature of such a crime naturally generates a lot of interest - and a lot of calls, Hudson said. "I've been doing this for 17 years and I've seen a lot of sexual assaults," he said.


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Language lab renovation enhances learning process

At a time when digital video disc technology is beginning to outdate compact discs, the language lab has taken a big step towards modernization by digitizing 80 percent of its audiocassettes. In their first day of language classes yesterday, many students were introduced to the University's $1.1 million renovation of the Multimedia Language Learning Laboratory in Cabell Hall. The Arts & Sciences Center for Instructional Technologies has added 58 state-of-the art computers and an interactive teacher-student console to the language laboratory. Phase I of the project included technology and hardware upgrades and furniture purchases.


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Patrolling increases in Venable school vicinity

The Charlottesville and University police departments are concentrating their manpower to find the man who raped a University student last week and to help assuage concerns about safety in the University area. Charlottesville Police Chief J.


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Council members implement legislative structure changes

For the first time in several years, Student Council is undergoing a major structural change that will split representatives into three teams to develop a cohesive plan for the coming semester. Although the idea has been in the works since last year, this fall marks the first use of the new structure.


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Student escapes attack, leads police to suspect

Just four days after an armed break-in and rape in the Venable area, another University female student was sexually attacked while inline skating at Azalea Park Monday afternoon. According to police, the victim, a quick-thinking 17-year-old University student, averted potential rape and assisted in her assailant's prompt arrest by screaming for help. The victim allegedly was approached by Buckingham County resident Tyrone Nathaniel Jones while removing her skates in her van at the park, police said.


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Students seek new governing body for fraternities, sororities

The Office of the Dean of Students is coordinating an effort to create a fourth governing council for fraternities and sororities. The proposed new council is an attempt to accommodate those fraternities and sororities that do not necessarily fall under existing fraternal councils, Asst.


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Officials plan to promote safety

Following two recent attacks near Grounds, members of the University community said they are working together to create a safer living environment and to prevent further sexual assaults. An armed burglary and rape occurred Thursday in the Venable neighborhood and an attempted sexual assault took place Monday in Azalea Park (see related stories, A1). While a suspect was arrested in connection with Monday's attack, last Thursday's assailant remains at large. Leonard Sandridge, executive vice president and chief financial officer, said the University is continuing its efforts to prevent attacks.


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College anticipates long-awaited media studies major

Budding journalists, filmmakers, television producers and other media buffs at the University soon may find a new home in a proposed interdisciplinary major, media studies, which might be implemented as early as the fall of 2001 or 2002. While the media studies degree still has a few hurdles to clear before it becomes a full-fledged major, it has picked up some momentum from the hiring of Director Johanna Drucker last spring. Plans for the program have been in the works since 1995, and while the major will not be official until 2001 or 2002, the core classes may be available in the fall of 2000. By that timetable, interested students who are currently first and second years will be able to major in media studies.