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Former Va. governor’s appearance on Grounds draws backlash over allegations of racism

(11/16/18 11:13pm)

Republican politician and former Virginia Gov. George Allen addressed students Wednesday night at an event co-hosted by College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom, where Allen reflected on the lessons he has learned throughout his life in politics. This reflection included acknowledging Allen’s history of racial insensitivity, which drew concern from minority student leadership at the University.

Does anyone else feel like they’re slowly becoming a worse and worse person?

(11/16/18 4:17pm)

I have spent the previous five years of my life reminiscing about how horrible middle schoolers were — myself included. Middle schoolers suck always. I have spent the previous year and a half of college remembering the general faults of high schoolers and therefore remaining secure in my belief that everyone is truly a better version of themselves now — as self-aware adults. It has taken a lot for me to challenge this belief but after some unfortunate self-realizations and some soul-searching I’ve come to realize that I’m for sure worse than I was in high school — I’m still unsure of the comparison to middle school me. Thirteen is a rough age. 

Miembros del UJC toman pruebas de relaciones implícitas para reconocer y analizar inclinaciones hacia ciertos grupos que se puedan presentar en sanciones disciplinarias

(11/24/18 6:42pm)

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‘Overlord’ crashes into theaters with a marvelous bang

(11/16/18 10:03pm)

“Overlord” is a painful movie to watch — specifically, the pain emanates from the chest, as the viewer’s heart desperately pounds against the ribcage. “Overlord” successfully blends the best aspects of raw war films and big-budget horror flicks, blitzing the senses with an incredible combo of pulse-pounding action and nail-biting frights.

Forgotten Films — ‘Parenthood’ (1989)

(11/16/18 4:39pm)

Steve Martin is at his best when he is a loving, unconventional father. “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” “Father of the Bride” and “Cheaper by the Dozen” are all fantastic examples of his loving charisma and sense of warmth. Each of those films warrant their own forgotten films review. However, “Parenthood” is an outlier that deserves particular praise. 

Willem Dafoe is a tour de force in ‘At Eternity’s Gate’

(11/15/18 2:45am)

When first watching “At Eternity’s Gate,” which showed at the Virginia Film Festival Friday, Nov. 2, uncertainty clouds the audience with confusion.  Each choice made by the director was meticulous in drawing from van Gogh’s disputed mental illness, yet the film never explicitly states or eludes to that stylistic choice. Only after doing some background research and processing what viewers have watched can one truly appreciate what is trying to be accomplished. That being said, the film is truly fantastic when it comes to portraying aspects of mental illness. 

The Revivalists blend influences, retain individuality on 'Take Good Care'

(11/15/18 2:51am)

As both music and life become increasingly robotic, individual taste and desire are going to give way to a hegemony of conformity and boredom. Has all art already been made? Has individuality been exterminated by dependency? The Revivalists’ new album “Take Good Care,” released last week, provides a definitive answer — no.

HackCville prepares to take almost 150 students on annual New York City startup trip

(11/19/18 3:33am)

HackCville’s seventh annual trip to visit startup companies in New York City is this week, going from Thursday to Sunday. In total, 147 students will have the opportunity to personally meet and interact with the founders and employees behind a variety of companies both large and small.

Shooting down an NRA tweet

(11/20/18 5:24am)

In the wake of America’s latest batch of shootings, the American College of Physicians published a position paper summarizing the organization’s positions on the public policies it supports regarding the prevention of gun violence and accidental firearm injuries. Unfortunately, if you happen to have a platform and say the word “gun” these days, the results will be akin to saying “Beetlejuice” — strange old people will appear out of nowhere and harass you. On Nov. 7, the National Rifle Association issued an official rebuttal, hailed by a tweet reading “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves.” This was then followed by a link to their response, the thumbnail featuring a stock photo of a man in a lab coat resembling a fiendish hybrid of Larry David and John Lennon reading a book. The NRA has already taken a lot of fire for this, and the article itself isn’t important, as most of it is just nitpicking one citation in a paper that has 63 others. That said, I find the tweet itself extremely amusing due to how the NRA pretends science works, as well as how they want people to think medical research is supposed to be conducted. So, let’s break this down. 

FAHLBERG: Racism still pervades Charlottesville’s justice system

(11/20/18 6:01am)

University Law alumnus Jonathan Perkins returned to Grounds last month to speak at an event hosted by the Black Law Students Association and reflected on his personal experiences with racial profiling at the University of Virginia. In April 2011, Jonathan Perkins — a third-year law student at the time — was a victim of flagrant police misconduct when walking home from the Corner. Perkins wrote a letter to the Virginia Law Weekly three weeks later describing the incident, claiming that he was stopped, searched and harassed by two University police officers who said he ‘fit the description’ of a person they were looking for.  After an investigation into the incident, the University Police Department announced that Perkins had recanted his testimony, claiming he fabricated the story to "bring attention to the topic of police misconduct.” In 2017, however, Perkins told The Cavalier Daily that he was pressured by an FBI agent to recant his testimony. As a community, we must recognize and eliminate the deeply embedded racial biases which continue to target minorities and obstruct justice.

Rethinking the concept of thankfulness

(11/16/18 10:00pm)

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. When I was younger, it was all about the food. My family would always have at least two pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgivings, either at church and/or a family friend’s house. That week of Thanksgiving meals has always been my favorite week of the year. Someday, when I’m on my deathbed, I will ask for my last meal to be a traditional Thanksgiving feast –– but please hold the cranberry sauce.

Cultivating creativity through residency

(11/16/18 4:15pm)

Each year, the University offers two semester-long positions in writer- and artist-in-residence programs for writers, poets and artists of global acclaim to stay on or around Grounds to instruct and interact with students. After the white supremacist rallies of Aug. 11 and 12, 2017 — where the violent Unite the Right rally resulted in the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer — some members of the University’s artistic community believe these residence programs act as a meeting point between controversy and creativity. 

Center for Global Health symposium showcases research, hosts Dr. Sonya Shin

(11/26/18 4:26am)

The Center for Global Health hosted its 2018 Center for Global Health Research Symposium on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Newcomb Ballroom. Sonya Shin, an Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity, and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, was the keynote speaker. This annual event had around 50 to 75 attendees and was open for everyone, with attendees ranging from University students and their families, to high school students from Monticello High School. 

U.Va.’s plans to hire a ‘community resource specialist’ draw backlash

(11/14/18 11:42pm)

A University job listing for a “community resource specialist” — whose job would include helping low-wage University employees gain access to “housing, clothing, utilities, and food” — has drawn backlash from some activists, who say the University should increase its wages for all its staff.

EDITORIAL: The hypocrisy of Kessler’s new lawsuit

(11/15/18 2:37am)

Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler — alongside three white supremacist groups — filed a joint lawsuit against the City of Charlottesville, former Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas and Virginia State Police Lt. Becky Crannis-Curl last week. In the suit, the plaintiffs — Jason Kessler, the National Socialist Movement, Identity Evropa and the Traditionalist Worker’s Party — argue that their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated during the Unite the Right rally of August 2017. While the plaintiffs victimize their movement through a legal battle over constitutional rights, the irony of the lawsuit lies in its inherent hypocrisy. The beliefs espoused by Kessler and his co-plaintiffs — which constantly seeks justice for its self-proclaimed victimhood — is predicated on the victimization of others.