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Volume 35 Issue 9

New international phone rates expected to save some money, but faculty contend some rates still too high >

January 9th, 2003

The University saved $1.3 million in telecommunications services costs over the last 18 months and expects additional savings on certain international phone rates beginning this month. But some members of a University Senate committee say it isn’t enough. While budget policies committee (BPC) members alleged Dec. 5 that the international phone rates for University personnel […]

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State orders 1% cut in Pitt appropriation >

January 9th, 2003

Governor Mark Schweiker has frozen 1 percent of the state’s non-preferred expenditures, including appropriations to Pennsylvania’s state-related universities — Pitt, Penn State, Temple and Lincoln. Schweiker imposed the freeze Dec. 10 in an effort to help Governor-elect Ed Rendell balance the state’s budget. If it becomes permanent, the freeze would reduce Pitt’s state funding by […]

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Cell phones reduce use of dorm phones >

January 9th, 2003

Pitt may have to re-assess its phone policy for on-campus residents because of an unanticipated cultural change among students, according to a University official. Jinx Walton, director of Computing Services and Systems Development, told a Dec. 6 Senate budget policies committee meeting that Pitt students, like their counterparts around the nation, are relying more on […]

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Noose incident called “isolated” >

January 9th, 2003

A black professor’s discovery of a noose in his Crabtree Hall classroom was an isolated incident that did not pose a direct physical threat to the professor, Pitt police and the FBI’s Pittsburgh office have determined following a joint investigation. “In the absence of a confession or an eyewitness, the case lacks evidence for prosecution” […]

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Angelic reward awaits those who contribute to Heinz Chapel fund >

January 9th, 2003

Be an angel — and help one of Pitt’s landmarks. Heinz Memorial Chapel recently inaugurated the Heinz Memorial Chapel Angel Program, part of an effort to support a building fund for several short- and long-term maintenance projects. A $150 donation, $100 of which is tax deductible, to the Heinz Chapel Building Fund makes the donor […]

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Board chair discusses officer, faculty salaries >

January 9th, 2003

Thanks to recent salary raises and deferred retention payments, the pay packages of Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg and five members of his administrative team are now “in the ballpark” compared with executive compensation at Pitt’s peer universities, said Board of Trustees chairperson William S. Dietrich II. “We are certainly not a leader and we’re probably […]

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Sun’s rays pose problems in winter too, doctor says >

January 9th, 2003

Although the heat of summer is a distant memory, a UPMC Health System dermatologist warns that people can still suffer skin damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays that results in premature aging of the skin. “Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays increase in spring and summer resulting in sunburns, but ultraviolet A (UVA) rays are constant year-round, […]

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Staff group objects to size of increases >

January 9th, 2003

Staff representatives yesterday denounced what they called “excessive” senior administrators’ raises and incentive payments. Barbara Mowery, president of Pitt’s Staff Association Council (SAC), said: “We heard from many staff whose reactions to the raises and the bonuses and the fringes were anger and resentment, because in the past year we know some staff have maxed […]

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Long-range facilities plan ahead of schedule >

January 9th, 2003

With Sennott Square and the Petersen Events Center, Pitt’s newest buildings, up and running, what’s next on the University’s facilities agenda? That was the question broached by the University Senate’s plant utilization and planning (PUP) committee at a meeting last month. Robert Pack, vice provost for academic planning and resources management, reported to the committee […]

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