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David Cutler


Chapels upgrade to cost millions

As the University tries to raise $6 to $8 million to renovate and refurbish the chapels, administrators are rethinking what services each building should offer.Dan Feldman, the associate vice president for planning, design and construction, said the floors need to be refurbished or replaced, and that the chapels have not seen major changes since their construction in 1955.

Terrorist threat shuts down Heller

Local, state and federal officials converged on campus Wednesday after Director of Public Safety Ed Callahan received an anonymous e-mail threatening a "planned terrorist attack" on campus.Callahan received the threat against the Heller School for Social Policy and Management about 11:30 a.m., prompting an evacuation of the graduate school and, as an added precaution, the science complex."As far as I'm concerned, this was a major atrocity," Callahan said, referring to the threat.Callahan declined to release a copy of the e-mail or the sender's address, saying the investigation is still ongoing.

Music dept. will propose four-track major to UCC

The music department will present a proposal to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee on Thursday to boost undergraduate student interest in the subject by introducing four tracks through which a student can complete a major.The committee that reviewed Dean of Arts and Sciences Adam Jaffe's curricular proposals wrote in its Feb.

New budget includes 4.5 percent increase in tuition

Undergraduate tuition is set to rise by 4.5 percent next academic year, bringing the cost of two semesters of instruction to $31,532.The $1,372 increase is part of the preliminary fiscal year 2006 budget approved by the Board of Trustees at its meeting held on campus last week.The budget also includes a 4.5 percent increase in fees and room and board, as well as a proportional increase in undergraduate financial aid.

Physics chair fears fate of his dept.

Physics chair Robert Meyer said almost no money would be saved for the administration's integrated planning initiatives if Dean of Arts and Sciences Adam Jaffe's proposal to reduce research faculty within his department is approved.Meyer said the dean is misguided in recommending the department reduce the number of introductory physics courses, the scope of research and graduate student enrollment.

Classics dept. says it will teach some classes without pay

The classical studies department made a counter-proposal late last November to Dean of Arts and Sciences Adam Jaffe's proposal to eliminate the instruction of ancient Greek.Professors in the department say they are willing to teach certain courses for free."We do this because of the joy in offering things we love to teach and it's just trying to point out to the dean what I wasn't sure he understood about us," chair of the classical studies department Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow said.

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