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LAG objects to possible privatization of staff pay

The Labor Action Group denounced a government commission's proposals yesterday intended to make University employee wages more market-driven. In a press conference held during workers' lunch breaks, LAG leaders explained to University workers why they should lobby against the proposed plan, now being considered by the General Assembly. "The workers are under attack by the establishment," said Larry Henry, a lobbyist for state employees.


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Hospital sees fewer alcohol related visits

The number ofstudents'alcohol-related emergency room visits has decreased so far this year compared to previous years, but there was an unusually high number of such visits during the first three weeks of this semester. Director of Student Health Dr. James C.


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Bauer discusses migrant workers' plight

In Virginia, many migrant workers - mostly immigrants from Latin-American countries - work nine-hour days in manual labor jobs and only earn $3 an hour despite the national minimum wage of $5.15. During the weekly Latino Roundtable at La Casa Bolivar yesterday, Mary Bauer, the legal director of the Virginia Justice Center for Farm and Immigrant Workers, spoke about how her organization is helping migrant workers receive just pay and fair working conditions. But the Center's funding recently came under scrutiny because of a bill introduced in the General Assembly directly attacking their organization, Bauer said. State Sen.


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General Faculty Council revises Provost's Policy

In an effort to clarify the official policy that governs many University faculty and administrators, the General Faculty Council is working with the Provost's Office to revise the Office's Policy on the General Faculty. Although the Council does not aim to make any major changes to the current policy, the Council is examining the document closely, tackling semantics and striving to make it more reader friendly. Assoc.


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Virginia Tech student dies following beating

Virginia Tech business student Thomas L. Hyman Jr., 29, died Monday in Roanoke Memorial Hospital after being beaten in a Blacksburg residence early Sunday morning, according to Blacksburg Police. Hyman, a resident advisor in Lee Residence Hall, sustained injuries to his face, head and neck during a dispute at a Blacksburg house, police said.


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Campaign chaos

Students are not the only ones to get miffed about overzealous campaigning. Facilities Management personnel have expressed concern over student election propaganda covering Grounds, particularly candidates' campaign posters. "On an average day, posters cost $50 a day to remove.


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Internet clogs force schools to ban MP3s

Clogged Internet connections as a result of college and university use of Internet music programs have given over 100 universities justification for blocking or restricting access to students' digital music files and the popular Napster.com Web site, the Web site that allows Internet users to search for and download thousands of MP3 digital music files.


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Police arrest two students after assault

Two third-year College students, Gonzalo Carrion and Joaquin Bueno, were arrested early yesterday morning by University Police on assault and battery charges for the alleged assault of University graduate Shahnawaz Khan. The suspects were arrested at about 3 a.m.


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Vaccine tries to seek, destroy sperm

Some day it may be the guy who takes the pill. In the next decade, new contraceptive drugs may give couples more options to protect themselves against unwanted pregnancy - and research for this type of drug is going on right here at the University. University researchers are developing drugs that enable female bodies to kill sperm like a disease and male bodies to halt sperm production entirely. Last week, Cell Biology Prof.


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Cavalier Card offered to Engineering School

In response to growing student requests, the Engineering Student Council will expand the Cavalier Card program to include Engineering students. The card allows students to take professors out to lunch anywhere on Grounds for free.


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Allocations may compromise quality

While U.S. News & World Report may have ranked the University number two in the nation among public universities, and number 22 overall, but when it comes to total expenditures of financial resources, the University is ranked at number 62. According to U.S.


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Spanish House scuffle yields two warrants

The Charlottesville magistrate issued two warrants earlier this week after a University graduate accused two students of assault and battery. The alleged victim said two students attacked him during a party held at the Spanish House, La Casa Bolivar, at 1406 Jefferson Park Avenue Friday, resulting in a loose tooth, a fractured nose and a concussion.


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NASDAQ chief to

NASDAQ stock market President Alfred R. Berkeley III will be this year's commencement speaker, 35 years after he participated in one of the most famous pranks in University history. In 1996, Berkeley admitted to being one of the perpetrators of an infamous 1965 prank in which he and four other conspirators led a scared 250-pound bovine to the top of the Rotunda dome.