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Sims, if healthy, will start Saturday against Duke

(10/02/12 4:15pm)

Virginia coach Mike London hinted on his weekly radio show Monday that sophomore quarterback Philip Sims will receive snaps with the first team this week and earn his first start Saturday against Duke--provided he recovers from a lower leg injury suffered in last week's 44-38 loss to Louisiana Tech. The move follows another dicey performance from incumbent starter junior Michael Rocco last Saturday.

Yale professor visits University, discusses political mass killings

(09/20/12 10:34pm)

Timothy Snyder, a Yale University history professor and author, gave a lecture Thursday in Ruffner Hall about his book “Bloodlands.” The novel focuses on the Holocaust and other political mass killings in Poland, Ukraine, the Baltic States and Eastern Russia. Rather than taking a chronological approach to killings, Snyder examines the events of individual regions, placing them in the larger context of international politics.

Phi Beta Sigma launches anti-hazing program

(09/20/12 9:18pm)

Phi Beta Sigma, a fraternity belonging to the National Pan-Hellenic Council, announced Thursday the launch of a new sensitivity training program for high school and college students interested in Greek life. After spotting hazing at the root of so many organizations for a number of centuries Phi Beta Sigma had a “Fannie Lou Hamer moment – we’re ‘sick and tired of being sick and tired,’” said Jonathon Mason, international first vice president of the organization. The fraternity kicked off its national Anti-Hazing Campaign last May, and it will now partner with Converge & Associates Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in race and ethnic relations, to offer a program designed to defeat the “culture of hazing,” said International President Jimmy Hammock. Peter Finn Jr., president of Phi Beta Sigma’s Zeta Eta chapter at the University, will be attending the fraternity’s state conference in Richmond this Saturday to learn more about the training, as well as how best to implement the program back on Grounds. “We need to stop calling it hazing because it is not hazing,” Mason said. “It is assault and battery.”

Long donates $300,000 to practice facility

(09/18/12 8:21pm)

The Virginia Athletic Department announced today that former All-American defensive end Chris Long has donated $300,000 to the Virginia Athletics Foundation for the construction of the George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility. The contribution will defray some of the approximately $14.5 million expected in expenses for the new state-of-the-art facility, which will host practices for the football program and every other field team at Virginia.