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Women’s soccer hosts Monmouth in NCAA tournament opener

(11/09/18 6:34pm)

This past Monday, the Division I Women’s Soccer 2018 NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed. The Cavaliers (15-4, 7-3 ACC) earned an at-large selection to the tournament after finishing third in the ACC and advancing to the semifinals of the ACC Championship. They were given a No. 3 seed and a first-round matchup Friday at home against the Monmouth Hawks.

Hundreds rally in support of Mueller following Sessions’ departure from Trump administration

(11/10/18 11:08pm)

In response to President Donald Trump’s recent dismissal of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and what some saw as a threat to the existence of the Special Counsel investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 election, protesters gathered outside the Albemarle County Office Building Thursday evening. The protesters gathered to express their dissatisfaction with the appointment of Matthew Whitaker — who has expressed criticisms of the Russia probe — as Acting Attorney General.

City Council approves pilot program for electric scooter operation in Charlottesville

(11/09/18 6:49pm)

The Charlottesville City Council unanimously approved a pilot program at its meeting Monday for the operation of electric scooters and bicycles in the City. The program is expected to begin Nov. 13 — allowing city staff to begin processing applications from interested companies — and will last until July 2019. 

City expands efforts to hear community feedback in City Manager selection

(11/09/18 6:55pm)

Charlottesville City Council received community feedback at its meeting Monday as part of its ongoing public engagement process for the City Manager selection process. Interim City Manager Mike Murphy was appointed in late July, and a permanent manager is set to be selected in January or February of 2019. 

Reflection on the Pittsburgh shooting

(11/09/18 2:03pm)

Despite what I may tell others, I am not fine. The shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue hurt me deeply. I cherish my Jewish identity, and all of the memories I have that come with that identity. Each of my Jewish communities — my home synagogue, summer camp and Hillel at U.Va. — provides a warm and peaceful environment. My heart aches to think of the similar peace that was recently broken in Pittsburgh’s Jewish community. The horrific displays of anti-Semitism that occurred, and the knowledge that it resulted in the deaths of 11 innocent Jews who were in the midst of prayer, physically makes my stomach hurt. It made me — and continues to make me — upset, angry and disappointed.

Why fall is the most relatable season

(11/09/18 1:52pm)

In elementary school, the go-to “favorite season” always meant birthday season. If you’re birthday was in the spring, it was only logical that spring would be your favorite season. I used to fall into that trap as well. However, as I have gotten older, I have adapted my preferences to the “this-or-that” game. Fall or spring? I would have to choose fall.

‘Rafiki’: Romance, politics and the art of authenticity

(11/09/18 10:09pm)

Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu had her work cut out for her when adapting the short story “Jambula Tree” into film. While Kenya has an active community fighting to gain legal rights for LGBTQ people, its government has continued to uphold a colonial-era law that criminalizes homosexuality. It was not surprising that “Rafiki” was banned from screening in its home country, but it did not make it any less shameful.

Beta Theta Pi under investigation and placed on social suspension after discrimination allegations

(11/08/18 4:30pm)

Both the University and the national chapter of Beta Theta Pi are investigating U.Va.’s fraternity chapter after allegations of “blatant discrimination and violence” at a recent party held by Student Hip Hop Organization and I.M.P. Society at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house.

Economist discusses 'Trumponomics' with Young Americans for Freedom

(11/10/18 10:57pm)

Young Americans for Freedom at U.Va. hosted economist Stephen Moore Wednesday evening for a talk covering the topics of his most recent book — “Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive Our Economy.” Moore was one of the top economic advisors for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and Trump’s economic vision was the central point of discussion.

BAKER: Do not overlook the misdeeds of Saudi Arabia

(11/14/18 5:33am)

In recent weeks, Saudi Arabia has been the focus of intense scrutiny. The Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud has been accused of orchestrating the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi Royal family and of Mohammad Bin Salman in particular. Initially, the Saudi Government claimed that Jamal Khashoggi left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul unharmed, but later admitted that the murder had been perpetrated by rogue agents, many of whom are close associates of Mohammad Bin Salman. However, even after several high-ranking ministers have been dismissed, the Saudi Government still claims that this was an unsanctioned operation that the Crown Prince had no prior knowledge of. This is unrealistic at best and an utter lie at worst. No operation involving the deputy head of the Saudi Intelligence, a prominent royal critic and 15 agents in a neighboring country occurs without high level authorization. As facts continue to come to light, and world leaders and businessmen take action against the Kingdom, the United States government must condemn Saudi Arabia and permanently halt all arms sales to the country.

Shooting your shot season is here

(11/13/18 1:36am)

I was talking to my good friend the other day, and he reminded me of something that I can’t believe I forgot about. Yes, the fall may be upon us, but there is something even more important on the horizon. No, it’s not Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Palooza or the hope of holiday songs beginning to play on the radio. It’s shoot your shot season. In case my dad is reading this, I will explain what shooting your shot means. When you shoot your shot you take the risk of pursuing a person that you are interested in. You ask them out to dinner. You ask them to a date function. You ask them to Final Fridays. If you’re really feeling brave, you ask them to Grit.