The Campus Chronicle
Vol. XVIII, Issue 31
for the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts
May 2, 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) Former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life Javier Cevallos was inaugurated April 25 as the 11th president of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Among those in attendance were former Chancellor David K. Scott, who gave the keynote address, former Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Paul Page, former interim assistant vice chancellor Kay Scanlan, Jorge Gomez of Family Housing, Continuing Education director Harlan Sturm and Vanessa Rivera, assistant dean of the College of Engineering. (photo courtesy of Philip Breeze, Kutztown University Public Relations)

Freezes on hiring and spending ordered
In response to the approximately $40 million cut to the campus contained in the House of Representatives' proposed budget for fiscal 2004, Chancellor John V. Lombardi issued hiring and spending freezes late last week.

Grading changes seen as plus for students
The University will change its grading systems from the current whole- and mid-point measures (A, AB, B, BC, etc.) to a more widely used plus and minus system (A, A-, B+, B, B-, etc.) in the fall of 2004.

Teaching, advising and research awards announced
The campus's top teachers and academic advisors will be honored May 14 when the Distinguished Teaching Awards and Outstanding Academic Advisor Awards are presented at the annual banquet sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

WNBA team drafts Butler
Senior Jennifer Butler of Brooklyn, N.Y., was chosen by the Cleveland Rockers in the second round of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft on April 25.

ISHA details seminar plans
Two related seminars - "Just War" and "Reparations" - are being organized for the coming academic year by the Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities and Fine Arts. Both are open to faculty in any field, and applications are being accepted through May 9.

Fencers shine at national championships
After months of competition against both varsity and club opposition, the fencing team capped its year with the men's and women's squads finishing as co-champions and runners-up respectively at the National Collegiate Club Fencing Championships held April 5-6 at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Minutemen ranked No. 3 in lacrosse standings
An overtime win against reigning champion Syracuse last Saturday pushed the men's lacrosse team to third place in the national rankings released this week by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.

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