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UVA Leader Reaches out to Students on Renovation

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan is promising better communication with students about renovation of the school's historic rotunda.

The Daily Progress reports that Sullivan sent an email to students apologizing for any confusion.

Students began a campaign to preserve decades-old magnolias surrounding the rotunda after university officials announced that they plan to cut down the trees.

Students also have voiced concerns about the renovation's effect on commencements.

Sullivan wrote in her email that efforts are under way to minimize the project's impact on commencements.

The fate of the magnolia trees is unclear. Sullivan wrote that they are near the end of their life span and U.Va. arborists and outside experts believe the renovation will exacerbate their fragile state. She says these issues must be considered further.

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