The Campus Chronicle
Vol. XVIII, Issue 22
for the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts
February 21, 2003

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Seniors Troy Lorusso (left) and Sara Antion take a "tea break" during inventory re-organization at the Crafts Center in the Student Union on Jan. 16. The two are wearing batik and painted silk items they found during the inventory. (Stan Sherer photo) Monday may have been a holiday and Tuesday a snow day for most campus employees, but intrepid staff in some departments showed up to battle a storm, which dumped more than 20 inches of snow on campus, and to keep students safe and comfortable. Roughly 200 Physical Plant staff, some working as many as 16 hours overnight Monday, nearly 30 Housing Services workers, and close to 400 people in Auxiliary Services, plus Campus Safety and Health Services employees, worked one or both days. Here, Chuong Danh, maintainer I in Custodial Services, cuts a path with a snowblower outside Herter Gallery Monday afternoon while maintainer I Leslie Wozniak shovels. (Sarah Buchholz photo)

Bulger says state leaders should consider tax hike
Calling the current state budget woes a "stubborn fiscal crisis," President William M. Bulger told faculty last week that he hopes Gov. Mitt Romney will consider raising taxes to make up some of the state's financial shortfall.

Trustees pledge support for contract funds
In a move called a positive step by campus unions, the Board of Trustees passed a resolution Feb. 12 supporting the University's negotiated pay raises with its employee unions and calling for the "maximum level of state funding feasible in the current fiscal environment."

Proposal for 'tobacco-free' campus backed by senate
Changes to the campus's smoking policy may be in the offing, prohibiting the sale or free distribution of tobacco products and any smoking in residence halls, partially covered areas, such as porches, walkways and bus shelters, breezeways, outdoor staircases and landings, and areas adjacent to building entrances.

Compromise sought on budget gap
A House-Senate conference committee is expected to take up competing versions of legislation aimed at closing a state budget shortfall ranging between $485 million and $650 million for the current year.

Theroux garners teaching award
Isenberg School professor James Theroux has received this year's top honor in Innovative Pedagogy for Entrepreneurship Education from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Callahan swells alumni ranks in House
A recent report on Amherst campus alumni serving in the Legislature omitted Rep. Jennifer M. Callahan, '91G, '01G, (D-Sutton) a freshman lawmaker from the new 18th Worcester District.

Black artists discuss political activism
The intersection of politics and art was discussed Feb. 10 by actor-activist Danny Glover and poet-writer Sonia Sanchez during a panel discussion at the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

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