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Women’s swimming and diving finishes in second place at the ACC Championships

(02/25/19 2:51am)

The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team traveled to the Greensboro Aquatic Center last weekend, looking to claim their 11th ACC title in 12 years and 16th in program history. The Cavaliers entered the four-day battle royale with the No. 5 seed nationally, behind NC State at No. 4. From Wednesday to Saturday, Virginia consistently beat out the competition to finish in the silver medal position.

SIEGEL: Assigning human moral attitudes to self-driving cars

(02/25/19 4:16am)

In March of last year, a self-driving Uber car in Arizona struck and killed a pedestrian, representing the first of several deadly accidents involving autonomous vehicles since their conception. Operating in coordination with three safety modules, self-driving cars are built to identify and perceive surrounding nearby objects when in motion, and respond accordingly. In this instance, the car’s perception module failed, rendering it unable to identify the woman crossing the road with her bike — Ms. Herzberg died at the expense of a “confused” perception system, a system that is known for its inability to “distinguish a plastic bag from a flying child.” While the fault of this incident was ultimately due to a system-design failure, the growing number of fatal accidents begs us to consider more deeply the ethical dilemma inherent in the construction and operation of self-driving cars. To that end, we should not release autonomous vehicles in full force until we have considered the ethical implications. 

MULAY: Key storylines for Virginia men’s lacrosse heading into conference play

(02/28/19 12:18am)

After a 2-2 start to the season, the Virginia men’s lacrosse team is set to visit No. 14 Syracuse on Saturday for its ACC opener. Before the Cavaliers attempt to navigate their rigorous ACC schedule, let’s take a look at some of the important Virginia storylines that have emerged so far this season.

‘We can’t continue putting Band-Aids on the issue’: Addressing Charlottesville’s rising homeless population during the affordable housing crisis

(03/07/19 3:49am)

In downtown Charlottesville, The Haven stands tall as an inviting sanctuary to all those who come across it. Outside the church building converted to a homeless shelter, a sign reads, “Everyone needs a place to start.” Inside, dozens of individuals are resting in pews or downstairs enjoying a meal. The Haven serves as a shelter for the homeless population of Charlottesville, who may otherwise have nowhere else to turn to for assistance.

Hoos for Israel organizes cultural panel, hopes to initiate deeper conversations about Israel

(02/24/19 10:14pm)

The Brody Jewish Center hosted a panel of Israel Fellows, who detailed their diverse experiences in Israel and the United States, to a packed classroom in Maury Hall of undergraduate students Thursday. Israel Fellows are young Israeli adults who have completed army service and university study and travel for one to three years to university campuses around the world. 

Hoos in the NBA: Returning from the All-Star break

(02/23/19 4:52am)

After an exciting NBA All-Star weekend that saw Virginia alum Joe Harris win the three-point contest, three of the four Cavaliers in the NBA returned to action on Thursday night. Harris and the Nets (30-30) came up short against the Trail Blazers, but Malcolm Brogdon played a crucial role in the Bucks’ (44-14) close win over the Celtics and Mike Scott’s 76ers (38-21) emerged victorious against the Heat. Justin Anderson and the Hawks (19-40) returned to action on Friday night against the Pistons, and lost.

Housing and Residence Life selects 2019-20 co-chairs

(02/22/19 2:28am)

Third-year Engineering student Nick Smith and third-year College student Adriana Allen are the incoming Co-Chairs of the University’s Housing and Residence Life program for the 2019-2020 school year, according to the outgoing Co-Chairs fourth-year Engineering student Nikhith Kalkunte and fourth-year Curry school student Moises Mendoza.

Native American Student Union works to encourage cultural awareness in University community

(02/21/19 4:30am)

At the University, the five member Native American Student Union has taken on the difficult task of representing their ethnic group and addressing cultural appropriation that has taken place at both the state level and within the University community in the past couple of weeks. 

Susana Baca serenades Old Cabell crowd

(02/24/19 10:36pm)

As Old Cabell Hall was reaching capacity on last Sunday evening, there was an air of anticipation and wonder with soft chatter, clicking cameras and families. A scan of the room saw a broad reach of demographics — older couples, University students, faculty and young children. The buzz of the room was infectious, and when Baca stepped out — barefoot — to the roar of the crowd, the audience and Baca were one.