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BSA, OAAA plan for black heritage month events

Several University organizations have coordinated an extensive program of events, ranging from speakers to art exhibits and musical performances, to celebrate Black History Month, which starts today. Student leaders said they hope the celebrations will raise awareness of African-American history within the community. Among the activities scheduled is an Afrikan Drum Festival, to be held Friday at 3:30 p.m.


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Fewer CIOs ask for Council funds

Student Council's three-month appropriations process officially began yesterday, with about 150 student groups attending mandatory meetings to demonstrate their interest in receiving funding from the Student Activity Fee - a decrease from the number of groups that requested funding last year. Jamey Thompson, Council vice president for organizations, said that about 100 Contracted Independent Organizations attended the first meeting Friday afternoon.


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Support groups form new Council

The University's student-run sexual assault education organizations are now collaborating their efforts through the newly-formed Sexual Assault Leadership Council.


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Darden hosts annual event

Last Friday evening, the 12th annual Darden Marketing Club Brand Challenge, sponsored by Proctor & Gamble and General Mills, was held at Sponsor's Hall at the Darden School. First-year club members set up booths for blind taste tests and those who attended tasted everything from different brands of barbeque pork and sports nutritional bars to cookies, beer and pretzels. The event "gets people excited about marketing," said Jessica Drolet, second-year Darden student and Brand Challenge Coordinator.


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Weather creates problems for employees

After a week of snow, sleet and icy roads, the Labor Action Group has brought to attention new concerns of workers at the University during the winter season. According to Labor Action Group members, University work policy forces workers to take time off from their accrued leave if they can not deal with commuting conditions or if they must take care of children when local schools are canceled.


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Assailant injures University Heights resident

Albemarle County Police are looking for a man who attacked a woman at about 11 p.m. Saturday at University Heights Apartments. Albemarle County Police responded to a report of malicious wounding. A 23-year-old female resident reported that an assailant emerged from behind an exterior stairway at one of the apartment buildings and swung at her with an unknown object he had concealed in his hand.


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Baker opens Miller Center photo exhibit

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III spoke Friday afternoon about his time in the White House to inaugurate the "Time and The Presidency" exhibit opening today at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. An audience of students, faculty and community members filled Old Cabell Hall Auditorium to hear Baker's speech, "Making History: A View from Inside the White House." Long active in national politics, Baker has served in senior government positions under three United States presidents. Baker began his career in public service as Gerald Ford's Undersecretary of Commerce in 1975.


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Students create search engine

For the past 18 months, fourth-year College student Joel Haspel and his brother, first-year College student Daniel Haspel, have owned and managed AliVE Multimedia Group, LLC, a computer services company.


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Investing club elects managers

The McIntire Investment Institute, a student-run investing organization, elected new officers in December and will hold its first meeting of the new year today. Third-year Commerce student Andy Schoonover will return as the president this year.


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Honor searches for legal advisor

The Honor Committee will have to speed up their year-long search for a legal advisor after their current advisor confirmed yesterday that he will not work in the General Counsel's office after the end of this year. Earl Dudley, law professor and general counsel, has worked with the Honor Committee through the General Counsel's office for five years, but said he will resign in May. The move comes as the Committee faces three lawsuits seeking more than $13.3 million. Board of Visitors member Benjamin Warthen said he and other Board members had tried to encourage Dudley to stay, but he had wanted to move on. "At the moment we are disappointed that Mr. Dudley is leaving, but he has other mountains to climb," Warthen said.


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Police launch new program to increase alcohol awareness

University Police and the Center for Alcohol and Substance Education have targeted first-year students as the focus of new education and enforcement campaigns against underage drinking. Made possible by a $6,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, University Police have purchased new educational equipment and allocated funds to substance education groups to help deter high-risk drinking. "The grant really supports work with the police department," CASE Interim Director Alison Houser said.


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Author decries capital punishment as unjust

Over 200 students, faculty and community members rose to their feet and gave Sister Helen Prejean a standing ovation at the end of a presentation she gave yesterday in Wilson Hall on the ethical implications of the death penalty.


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Council decides to restructure Elections Committee

At Student Council's Tuesday night meeting, Council members established new guidelines for the structure of the Election Committee and a calendar for spring elections. In the past, the Elections Committee consisted of one chairperson and one vice chairperson. However, members voted to establish two co-chair positions and four vice-chair positions for the upcoming election.


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Monticello inquiry supports Hemings,

After over a year of study, Monticello officials announced yesterday that research has nearly conclusively proven that University founder Thomas Jefferson fathered at least one and maybe more children with his slave, Sally Hemings. Monticello officials commissioned the study after former University Pathology Prof.


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Couric pushes for internet voting

State Sen. Emily Couric (D-Charlottesville) announced yesterday that she has proposed a resolution to the General Assembly that would form a study on Internet voting in state elections, with the University's Center for Governmental Studies providing staff for the study research. "Internet voting sometime in the not too distant future will be available to the states," Couric said.