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The unexpected things I learned from taking an inkblot test

(10/09/18 11:43pm)

People are different. We are born different and raised differently by different parents into different lives and different cultures. In college especially, it seems people are always trying to amplify their differences to stand out — or hide them to fit in. With so many floating types of people, I often struggle gauging someone’s personality. I find myself wondering if people have hidden motives — and wishing there was some simple test to determine who someone really was.

WILKINS: GPA disincentives academic exploration

(10/11/18 12:43am)

Universities have a noble mission — to help their students engage with the world as enlightened, active and critical citizens. Implicit in this charge is the idea that university students should take a diverse and unexpected range of courses. According to the College of Arts and Sciences’ website, “A good liberal arts education… demands not only rigor and depth, but also sufficient breadth to expose students to a wide range of subjects and methods of studying them.” According to countless brochures and mission statements, the world’s most pressing challenges can’t be solved without critical thinking, curiosity and intellectual depth.

Data Science Institute prepares students for ethical decision-making

(10/04/18 4:33am)

The University's Data Science Institute recently incorporated the new Center for Data Ethics and Justice — founded by the University’s Bioethics Chair Jarrett Zigon — in an effort to ramp up its focus on ethics in analysis and interpretation of data. This partnership has created a new course for graduate data science students that specifically addresses ethical issues related to the handling of data and advancement in technology. 

A flu shot in the dark

(10/04/18 4:38am)

A 2017 poll by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases found that low vaccination rates among college students were due in large part to perceptions, and in some cases misconceptions, about flu shots. As the 2018-19 flu season approaches, medical staff respond to some common concerns about flu vaccinations and students explain what determines if they get vaccinated. 

Kitchen fire at The Standard injures one, displaces 14

(10/04/18 4:57am)

The Charlottesville Fire Department responded to a kitchen fire Wednesday afternoon on the fifth floor of The Standard apartment building on West Main Street. One person was non-critically injured, CFD said in a release, and 14 residents were displaced by fire or sprinkler damage. The release says the displaced residents will be “relocated by management to temporary housing until their units are repaired.”

Upcoming inaugural event recognizes the importance of sharing stories

(10/04/18 3:08am)

The formal inauguration of the University’s ninth President James E. Ryan welcomes a weekend of celebration as a new chapter of the University’s history begins. One of these events in particular — “Double Take: Stories That Make You Think Twice” — calls on community members to tell stories of their own history, cultivating a space where the diversity of identities and experiences makes the core of the University stronger.

EDITORIAL: Release Thomas’ contract with the City of Charlottesville

(10/04/18 1:07am)

City of Charlottesville spokesman Brian Wheeler said Monday that former Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas will continue to receive his salary until July 15, 2018. Following the release of an independent report criticizing the Charlottesville Police Department’s performance surrounding the “Unite the Right” rally in August of 2017, Thomas announced his retirement. Yet over the past 10 months, he has continued to receive regular installments of his salary of $134,514, according to Wheeler’s comments to Rob Schilling, a conservative radio show host. Upon his decision to retire, Thomas entered into contract negotiations with the City, the result of which apparently included his continued payment. 

No. 8 women’s soccer set for two road clashes

(10/04/18 2:56am)

After a bounce-back weekend that saw a convincing win over Wake Forest, the No. 8 Virginia women’s soccer team looks to extend their winning streak entering October. The Cavaliers await a tough road showdown against a hot Louisville team (9-2, 3-1 ACC) Thursday night at 7 p.m. and continue their trip to Alumni Stadium in South Bend, INd. where they will compete against Notre Dame (6-6, 2-2 ACC) on Sunday at noon.

Moon Taxi’s live energy is riveting

(10/04/18 4:51am)

It isn’t often that a show elicits just as ecstatic a reaction to the openers as the headliner. Thursday night at the Sprint Pavilion might as well have been billed as a festival — because Moon Taxi, Ripe and Kendall Street Company all came out and blew the tent off the place. It’s too demeaning to say the openers satisfied the fans — the majority of whom were still filing into the Pavilion. They gratified those in the crowd who were smart enough to skip the last few rounds of pre-games and appreciate the unpredictable nature of live music coming from instruments, not phones. 

U.Va. Vice President for Finance presents FY 2018-19 budget to Student Council

(10/03/18 9:33pm)

As part of an ongoing process to increase public engagement around the University’s finances and tuition costs,  Melody Stowe Bianchetto, U.Va.’s vice president for finance, presented an overview of the University’s $1.8 billion budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year to the Student Council at its meeting Tuesday evening. 

U.Va. receives $25 million gift towards new McIntire building, program

(10/03/18 3:08am)

The University announced a $25 million gift from The Chris and Carrie Shumway Foundation last week to fund a new building and new bioscience/business program at the McIntire School of Commerce. A portion of the donation will be matched with $3.5 million from the University’s Strategic Investment Fund, which is a part of the University’s endowment used to fund prioritized initiatives.

Green Workplace Program makes ‘going green’ easier

(10/04/18 4:35am)

Four years after its debut in 2014, a second version of the Green Workplace Program has since been launched. Originally, the sustainability-driven program worked through a complicated checklist that workplaces had to complete in order to receive certification, and Outreach and Engagement Specialist Dana Schroeder has since been working on a more effective way for university members to implement sustainability ideals. The program continues to focus on day-to-day actions that save resources and money, and aim to protect the planet, and according to Schroeder, the Green Workplace Program has made “becoming green” easier than ever.