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Applications for Harrison Awards fall by 36 percent

Last year, only one out of six applicants for the Harrison Award received a scholarship. The odds are significantly better for this year's applicants, however: Almost one in every two will receive the award. The Harrison Awards are scholarships that allow undergraduates at the University to pursue independent projects. The dramatic ratio difference this year results from a decrease in applicants as well as an increase in the number of awards. Ninety-five undergraduates applied to the Faculty Senate for this year's awards, said Senate member Francis Peyton.

Republicans retain House, Senate

WASHINGTON-Although a lavishly appointed enchilada bar dominated one large room in the Capitol Hilton, host of the Republican election party, the well-dressed crowd milling around it had all eyes focused on the various televisions tuned to CNN or ABC scattered around the periphery of the room. Just before 10 p.m., the indistinct cocktail mumble spontaneously surged into the loudest cheers of the night when CNN recanted its assertion that Gore had won Florida and declared the state too close to call. Young men in dark suits and young women in cocktail dresses dominated the gathering.

Federal aid screens applicants for drug offenses

Students who filled out federal financial aid forms this year may have been surprised to find a new question asking if they had ever been convicted of a drug-related offense, but apparently no University student had to answer "yes." The question is the product of a 1998 federal law that came into effect this year denying or restricting federal aid to students with drug convictions.

Gies wins Thomas Jefferson Award

At this weekend's Fall Convocation ceremony, University President John T. Casteen III awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award, the University's highest employee honor, to Spanish Prof.

Board seeks state support for long-term financial proposal

Last week, the Board of Visitors submitted to the Virginia Department of Education a comprehensive and concise evaluation of the present status and future goals of every facet of the University. The agreement is designed to eliminate the need for state universities to lobby every year in front of the General Assembly, instead allowing them to better plan for the long term by increasing their state funding schedule from one year to six. The 43-page evaluation makes up a negotiable draft of the University's experimental Institutional Performance Agreement, or IPA, with the Commonwealth of Virginia. The IPA eventually will travel to the General Assembly, which will decide whether to approve the agreement. The IPA is one of the proposals to come out of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education, which was formed by Governor James S.

Council error leaves group in financial lurch

Last week, Student Council demonstrated to the Hindu Students Council the eternal wisdom of the cliche, "don't count your chickens before they hatch" when it backtracked at the last minute on a $650 agreement. When the HSC submitted its 2000-2001 allocation requests to Council last semester, it listed one of its expenses as a "Garba Band" that "plays music for dancing" at a traditional Garba Raas stick dance, the first of which was held Saturday.

Darden achieves top-10 ranking

There are nearly 350 graduate business schools in the United States, and Friday, Business Week magazine ranked the University's own Darden School the ninth most prestigious of them all, moving up two places since the last survey in 1998. The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School was ranked No.

Labor Action Group forum criticizes University's payment plan

The Labor Action Group held a forum yesterday afternoon to criticize the University's new payment plan and call for greater activism among employees, faculty and students. In Virginia, salaries for laborers - except for teaching or administrative faculty --- is determined by a grade.

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