Some U.Va. students to hold protest today about Helen Dragas

An organized protest by a group of University of Virginia students will be held today beginning at noon in support of school president Teresa Sullivan -- and to lobby for the removal of Rector leader Helen Dragas, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

That latter orchestrated an unsuccessful effort last summer to oust the popular U.Va. leader.

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"The students will deliver an open letter with their concerns to the board of visitors after a protest beginning at noon at the Rotunda. The group, Hoos University, then plans to march to the Harrison Institute, where the board is meeting.

"I think it matters that students stand up for what they believe in, and this is hopefully our chance to do that," said Austin Hetrick, a graduate student and one of the organizers of the group formed this semester.

He said he followed the controversy over the summer and believed the issues involved "were much larger than just Sullivan."

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