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Nationwide push begins for public service careers

With the nation's capital only a two-hour drive away and a University founded by a former president, many students find themselves drawn to governmental jobs after graduation. To encourage students to consider federal jobs when they graduate, 351 university and college presidents launched a new program Monday entitled "A Call to Serve: Leaders in Education Allied for Public Service." The program is designed to attract more skilled, young people to government positions. At a time when 53 percent of the federal workforce will qualify for retirement within the next two years and 71 percent of the government's senior managers will be eligible to retire within the next four years, there seems to be a demand for this kind of program. While the University has not officially signed on to the program, Ladd Flock, director of University Career Services, said that the University has numerous resources available to help students find government jobs. "We've gotten lots of resource information" on government jobs, said Ellen Tucker, career resource manager at University Career Services. Flock pointed out that government jobs are available even to people with no political background. "You don't have to be a political science, government or foreign affairs major," Flock said.

U.Va. officials visit Arizona telescope site

The University came closer to resolving the continuing controversy over a proposed Arizona telescope this week, as several officials visited the Mount Graham site in question. Five University representatives visited the mountain where astronomers plan to house the Large Binocular Telescope project, on land that Apache Indians consider sacred. With a $10 million gift from University alumnus Frank Levinson, specifically earmarked for the astronomy department, the University hopes to achieve its priority of joining the LBT project.

Commerce, College to start joint program

University President John T. Casteen III announced yesterday that the Commerce School and the College will undertake a joint venture to result in additional classroom space and the creation of interdisciplinary courses and programs. Commerce School Dean Carl Zeithaml, who led the effort to work with the College, explained the motivation behind the project.

Albemarle may change rules for gun permit

Albemarle County may eliminate its current requirement for a national background check to receive a concealed weapons permit because of concerns with the system. Albemarle County Sheriff Edgar Robb said current regulations "exceed the requirements of state law." Robb said the national background check takes six weeks, thereby adding a substantial delay for citizens seeking a concealed weapons permit.

SUNY-Albany punishes professor for plagiarism

The State University of New York at Albany removed the director of its humanistic-studies program from his position Wednesday, after he was accused of plagiarizing large portions of a text in which he was both editor and translator.

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