In an uncommon display of student activism at the University, the Graduate Labor Alliance plans to rally on the Lawn today demanding that the University provide full health insurance coverage for its 3,300 graduate students.
The University tallied up the numbers of its six-year capital campaign last week, wrapping up the second-most successful campaign in the history of public universities. The key to the success of the $1.43 billion campaign was the huge drive to contact and encourage potential donors.
Several University students will be roaming the halls of the state capitol tomorrow in order to make their voices heard regarding higher education issues that now are before the General Assembly. The Student Council Legislative Affairs Committee is making its annual trip to Richmond to support the bond bills that would give more funding to Virginia's universities.
Student Council introduced a glut of new legislation at its meeting last night, including a resolution asking the University to foot the bill for graduate student health insurance and to make now-private course evaluations public and available to curious students on the Web.
A significant decrease in the number of applicants for the Harrison Awards may have been caused by a change in the application rules, which no longer allow first and fourth years to apply for the grants. The Harrison Awards are grants for up to $3,000 that allow undergraduate students to pursue independent research projects. This year 95 undergraduates applied for 40 scholarships, while last year 150 students applied for 25 awards.
Even as the U.S. presidential election remains unresolved, Student Council announced seven newly elected College representatives last night. Fourteen candidates ran for the seven available seats, with Nick Jabbour, Steven E.
Distinguished women alumnae had the opportunity to tell the future United States president via videotape what issues they think are important to American women. The Women's Center sponsored "Women 2000: Shapers of the World," a forum in which accomplished alumnae were invited to share their experiences with the University community and express their opinions on issues such as healthcare, education and foreign policy, paying close attention to women's concerns. The videotape of the forum will be sent to the president-elect after Tuesday's election. All the women invited to participate in the event won the Distinguished Alumna Award over the past 10 years. The Shapers of the World forum was the culmination of a year-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of women gaining admission to the University, the 20th anniversary of the Studies in Women and Gender major, and the 10th anniversary of the University's Women's Center. The panelists discussed the issues most important to them, what they feel is the most important characteristic of a president and the future of women in politics.