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Proposal could alter California stance on race

University of California Regent William Bagley is planning to propose that the Board of Regents overturn its 1995 decision banning the use of race or ethnicity in the university system's admissions process. California's Proposition 209 forbids the use of racial or ethnic preferences in the admissions decisions of any state higher education institution.


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Exposing e-hoaxes

"Please read this message, important for your health, and pass it on to every woman you know who is using feminine hygiene products!!!" With this statement a forwarded e-mail begins its claim that tampons are dangerous because they contain asbestos, which "makes you bleed more," and dioxin, which "is potentially carcinogenic (cancer-associated) and is toxic to the immune and reproductive systems." At the bottom of the e-mail several seemingly reputable names appear: "Donna C.


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Census estimates show increasing urban sprawl in Northern Virginia

According to 1999 census estimates from the University's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, the Commonwealth of Virginia is becoming increasingly suburbanized and its population in rural areas is simultaneously expanding. Data indicates that about 5.4 million of Virginia's 6.9 million residents -- or 78 percent -- reside in metropolitan areas and a large proportion of those metropolitan residents live in the suburbs. The Center calculated that about 52 percent of Virginia's residents live in suburban areas. Center Research Analyst Donna Tolson said these findings are "a continuance of a trend we've been seeing throughout the past decade." The migration of people from cities to surrounding suburbs has been particularly significant in Northern Virginia. Tolson said that the disproportionate growth in Northern Virginia has caused Fairfax County to become an "economic center" comparable to Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va. Second-Year Engineering student Adam Goobic, a resident of Chantilly, Va., in Fairfax County, corroborates these findings. Goobic said he remembers the "population began to increase rapidly around 1988 and it is still increasing." He said the massive influx of people has intensified traffic problems and congestion in Northern Virginia. He added that the Fairfax County Parkway was constructed next to his house in an area that was previously wooded. The purpose of the Parkway was to alleviate traffic problems, but Goobic said it used to take "15 minutes to get to high school, which was less than one mile away from home." Rural areas in Virginia that once faced population declines are now experiencing growth.


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Students' off-Grounds violations often slip by Honor Committee

Upon matriculation to the University, students pledge never to lie, cheat or steal. This promise is the cornerstone of the honor system, but are University students getting away with shoplifting? According to legal experts, in the past, University students have been arrested for shoplifting and have not always been brought up on honor charges. The honor system seeks to create a community of trust between students, faculty and the Charlottesville community.


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Law School may regulate public access

In response to growing concern within the Law School community about the number of outsiders using the North Grounds facilities, a task force is considering possibly locking the buildings after hours and limiting access to Law students, faculty and staff. About 50 people attended an open forum hosted by the task force at the Law School yesterday to gather community input. Law students are worried about their safety, Law School spokeswoman Denise Forster said.


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Legislators to consider new research park

The University may build a new research park on the Blue Ridge Hospital property if the General Assembly passes a bill introduced Monday. The legislation also includes plans to lease 32 of the hospital's 159 acres to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation for a new tourism and visitors center. U.Va.


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Gore edges out Bradley for key primary victory

CONCORD, N.H.--Vice President Al Gore (D) narrowly defeated rival Democratic candidate Bill Bradley by only five percentage points in yesterday's New Hampshire primary, edging further ahead of the former New Jersey senator in the quest to capture the Democratic presidential nomination. The contest was so close that both candidates claimed victory, even though the results showed Gore won 52 percent to 47 percent, with 97 percent of precincts reporting. Gore chose to portray this as a come-from-behind victory, saying recent polling had predicted an even closer race. Bradley described the results as important progress for his campaign against the Democratic frontrunner. Gore spoke triumphantly to supporters at his headquarters in Manchester. "We're going to march all the way down the field, from state to state, coast to coast, and all the way to victory," he said. Bradley also was pleased with the New Hampshire results.


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Lawsuit raises questions about Honor

The latest and heftiest lawsuit against the University and the Honor Committee has brought the issues of due process, student self-governance and racial bias in the University's renowned student-run honor system into the public light. Former student Ayola Greene, a 1992 graduate of the Architecture School, filed a lawsuit Jan.


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Senate Committee passes student BOV member bill

A Virginia Senate committee has passed a bill requiring each state public college and university to have a non-voting student member on their board of visitors. The Code of Virginia now states that "the board of visitors of any four-year state institution of higher education may appoint one or more nonvoting student representatives to the board." The Virginia Student Leadership Alliance, a group of student government representatives from various schools in Virginia, lobbied successfully to get the bill, SB 352, drafted two weeks ago.


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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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