Maria Jeong


Sending out an SOS

With burglary rates ballooning in Charlottesville and assaults on students becoming practically a weekly occurrence, many members of the University community are becoming increasingly concerned about students' personal safety. Last month, numerous burglaries and peeping incidents in the University neighborhoods of Jefferson Park Avenue, Observatory Hill and Stadium Road areas were reported, according to Charlottesville Police Investigations Detective Randall S.

More students pay own way

A report released last Friday by the National Center for Education Statistics reveals that students who are considered by the federal government to be financially independent from their parents comprise a majority of the undergraduate population. According to the report, 64 percent of students at community colleges are independent, while 37 percent of students in public and private four-year colleges are independent.

CBS journalist to teach media class

The University's media studies program announced yesterday that CBS News national correspondent Wyatt Andrews will teach a course titled "Journalism and the Media" for the spring 2006 semester. Andrews said his course will focus on important media aspects of University students' generation based on students' need to process more information than that of previous generations due to the progressing complexity of media. "I'm guessing there's a lot of things your generation doesn't know about how media gets made and what courses shape it," Andrews said.

ISC considers joining National Panhellenic

The governing body of the Inter-Sorority Council, which is comprised of representatives from each of the University's 16 sorority chapters, will vote Sunday on whether or not the ISC will become a National Panhellenic Council, Inc. ISC President Christina Valencia said there would not be any drastic changes, even if the vote is unanimous, because all 16 chapters already are individual members of the NPC -- the national umbrella organization for collegiate sororities -- although the University's ISC as a governing council is not. In order for the change to go into effect, the vote must be unanimous. Valencia said the issue has more to do with one's personal outlook than an actual change. "When you're voting, you're basically deciding between changing or not changing," Valencia said.

Forum reviews streetcars in Charlottesville

A railed streetcar system down West Main Street to remedy traffic issues in Charlottesville and improve local transportation was proposed by Alia Anderson, executive director of Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation, at Albemarle County's Green Infrastructure Forum Sept.

Multicultural Greek Council sponsors new interest group

The governing body of the Multicultural Greek Council voted over the weekend to sponsor a new interest group that hopes to establish the first multicultural fraternity at the University. The new interest group, the Fraternal League for All Men, has been working to attain special CIO status for the past three years, FLAME President Anthony Peng said.

U.Va. Police aim for accreditation

The University Police Department currently is in the process of rewriting its procedures manual in order to sign a contract that will enable national recognition as an accredited department. University Police Capt.

Starting salaries rise for recent graduates

Over the previous year, there has been an increase in employers' salary offers to college graduates in all career fields, according to the Salary Survey, a quarterly report published recently by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The average starting salary offered by accounting firms increased to $43,370 as compared to $42,797 last year; followed by engineering services firms which increased to $47,161 from $45,807 and consulting services employers which increased to $46,856 from $45,278.

Students purchase more Apples at bookstore

As incoming students select a type of computer to bring to school, Cavalier Computers has experienced a 57 percent increase in the sales of Apple machines, while sales of Dells are down 4 percent, according to Scott Layne, manager of the Student Bookstore branch of Cavalier Computers. Layne said Apple computers have recently been gaining popularity, especially at colleges and universities.

Beta Theta Pi fraternity loses charter status over summer

The Beta Theta Pi International Fraternity, Inc. had its charter revoked early in the summer by the General Fraternity, the fraternity's international governing body, for failing to comply with the General Fraternity's regulations. The chapter subsequently lost its membership in the University's Inter-Fraternal Council. The fraternity has been working with its alumni, the University's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the General Fraternity to determine the change of its status at the University, said Chris McGill, assistant dean at the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Although no determination has yet been made, General Fraternity Chapter Counselor Garrett Smith said there is a reasonable chance of success for the fraternity to regain its charter when it appeals next summer if the conduct of the chapter members meets expectations over the coming year. Smith said the General Fraternity feels the fraternity's performance fell short of requirements. Some of the incidents the General Fraternity did not approve of at the U.Va.