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University library preserves texts online

An electronic book provider, netLibrary, announced an agreement with the University's Electronic Text Center that will make 2,000 historic texts from the University's collection available to the public over the Internet. The agreement, announced Friday, is intended to preserve historic texts in digital form and allow other communities to access the information. According to netLibrary spokesman Brian Bell, the company produces about 100 electronic books a day. The online company is pleased with the deal "because netLibrary has a growing user base," Bell said.


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University appoints Willy to vacated post

The University has filled the position of assistant to the vice president for student affairs -- a job that had remained vacant since mid-August. Lori Willy, who previously worked in the Office of the Registrar during her 12-year tenure at the University, began work Monday as the replacement for H.


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Task force to picture future of sports

What does the future hold for sports at the University? Perhaps robots will serve as referees or improved shoe technology will force basketball hoops to be raised to 20 feet. Such changes may be in the cards, but members of the Strategic Planning Task Force for Athletics plan to tackle more realistic issues pertaining to the future of University athletics. The task force, a component of the University's long-term planning initiative, Virginia 2020: The Agenda for the Third Century at the University of Virginia, has been assigned to set long-term goals for the University athletic department in areas ranging from playing fields and other facilities to athletes' academic performance to Title IX compliance. Members of the task force include several directors of the University's Athletics Department, current and former student athletes, and faculty members in several non-athletic departments. The task force already has had two meetings -- one in December and one Monday. Task force members have received background information on the Athletics Department budget, intramural and recreational sports programs and National Collegiate Athletic Association graduation rates, said Amy D.


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Different Santa Clauses across world join together into mainstream figure

If you were to meet the Santa Claus of the past, you would find an unmarried, slim religious man living in Europe. Far from a jolly round man with a long white beard who dresses in red, the historic characteristics of the Christmas figure are unfamiliar to the current conception. This is not surprising, said Natalie Kononenko, associate professor of Slavic language and literature, because pagan tradition slowly has invaded what was once a predominantly Christian holiday. Kononenko said the idea of Santa Claus originated from an actual man, Saint Nicholas, who was the patron saint of children.


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Up on the rooftop

Santa Claus is coming to town in a few weeks, and at the nation's top watch-center of the North American skies, North American Aerospace Defense Command, some people are checking their lists and watching for the fabled gift-giver. Although the folklore of Santa Claus, the bringer of presents to all good children on Christmas day, has been around for several centuries, the technologically modern tradition of "tracking" Santa Claus for Canadian and American children has been around for 45 years. The practice began in 1955 when a Sears store put an advertisement in a local newspaper, saying children could call a hotline to get an update on where Santa Claus was, Project Coordinator Maj.


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Alta Vista buys Raging Bull

The Alta Vista company, a leading online media and commerce site, announced Monday Nov. 29 that it acquired Raging Bull, a financial-oriented Web site with stock quotes, news and message boards. Alta Vista acquired Raging Bull for an undisclosed sum.


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Does anyone know the bottom line on Y2K?

My friends often ask me questions they feel I can deal with, since I'm a computer science major and thus, a "techno-geek". The questions range from what kind of computer to buy to the more esoteric ones where they try to stump a computer science major. But recently, the most popular questions have been about Y2K. "On the eve of the new millennium should I avoid flying?