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EDITORIAL: Carry lessons from Charlottesville to Congress

(11/07/18 4:44am)

In the 2018 Midterm elections, Sen. Tim Kaine was reelected to a second term and Denver Riggleman was elected to the Fifth Congressional District. In their upcoming terms, Kaine and Riggleman should remember the University and Charlottesville communities in their legislative agendas. As one of the largest areas in the Fifth District, Riggleman has a responsibility to recognize the individual needs of our community as they contribute to the wellbeing of the entire district. On the statewide level, Kaine should recognize Charlottesville as a focal point throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. In terms of both legislative opportunity and symbolism, Charlottesville’s needs and history should influence the activity of recently elected officials. 

VFF’s ‘The Front Runner’ is a wake-up call

(11/07/18 2:35am)

Academy Award-nominated director and screenwriter Jason Reitman’s new film, “The Front Runner,” was shown as the closing night film for the Virginia Film Festival at 7:30 p.m. last Sunday at the Paramount Theater. The movie challenges, outrages and brings into question America’s current political system. Although the characters and story took place in 1988, this true story is politically relevant now more then ever, regardless of political affiliation. 

Tyler Perry fools audience members with ‘Nobody’s Fool’

(11/09/18 1:43am)

Following his 2018 movie “Acrimony,” Tyler Perry returns to comedy with his film “Nobody’s Fool.” It features the star-studded cast of Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Tiffany Haddish and Whoopi Goldberg. The movie follows Tanya (Haddish) upon her release from prison where she discovers her sister, Danica (Sumpter), is involved in a catfishing joke. Despite such a cast of veteran actors, the movie falls flat due to stale comedy, regressive jokes, false advertising and an underdeveloped plot.

The remarkable force of ‘Matangi / M.I.A. / Maya’

(11/08/18 7:40pm)

“This is North, South, East, and Western... ” calls M.I.A. in her song “Borders” from her 2016 album “AIM,” with a taunting kind of assurance. She’s summarizing her constant influence as an immigrant artist to return to her “backhomeness,” a term she uses in the documentary “MATANGI / M.I.A. / MAYA,” titled for the names she goes by, each one encapsulating the Sri Lankan musician’s multi-dimensioned lifestyle as a refugee, immigrant, activist and international pop star. 

How to be the best customer when eating out

(11/26/18 2:51am)

As a server, there are few things more frustrating than getting a table that acts like they have never eaten at a restaurant before in their life. Customers like these can be difficult, time consuming and rude without even realizing it because they don’t understand the norms of the restaurant. The next time you eat out, follow these tips and hopefully you can make your server’s dinner rush a little less hellish. 

Virginia Film Festival presents ‘Virginia 12th’ to encourage young people to vote

(11/07/18 7:06am)

Virginia State Del. Chris Hurst (D) spoke to attendees Saturday morning in the Paramount Theater at the screening of “Virginia 12th”, a documentary film that follows his 2017 campaign in Virginia’s politically polarized 12th House of Delegates District. Hurst defeated Republican incumbent Joseph Yost in 2017 to win the 12th District — which encompasses the city of Radford, Giles County and parts of Montgomery County and Pulaski County — winning 54.3 percent of the vote. 

College Republicans increase canvassing efforts for Denver Riggleman ahead of election

(11/06/18 2:05pm)

Members of the College Republicans at the University have knocked on several thousand doors since the beginning of the midterm campaign season this past August, and some volunteers have made as many as 15,000 phone calls to voters in the Fifth Congressional District in an effort to elect Republican Denver Riggleman to Congress. 

University Democrats canvas Charlottesville precincts ahead of elections

(11/06/18 2:07pm)

The University Democrats sent out teams of volunteers into a variety of neighborhoods in Charlottesville Sunday as part of the organization’s ongoing canvassing effort prior to Tuesday’s elections. Volunteers visited residences to promote the Democratic candidates for the Fifth Congressional District and U.S. Senate — Leslie Cockburn and Tim Kaine respectively —  and to ensure residents are prepared for Election Day.

Kaine wins re-election bid for U.S. Senate

(11/07/18 1:40am)

Incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) defeated Republican nominee Corey Stewart to retain control of one of Virginia’s two U.S. Senate seats in the 2018 midterm elections Tuesday. Kaine claimed victory in his first re-election bid with approximately 56 percent of the vote across the Commonwealth, beating out Stewart’s approximately 41 percent in Virginia after a nationally-prominent campaign. 

FERGUSON: Eliminate area requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences

(11/13/18 1:13am)

Mandating a set curriculum for students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences has been a long-standing practice at the University.  By establishing area and competency requirements, the administration seeks to expose students to a variety of academic disciplines at the college level and equip graduates with the skills necessary to adapt in an evolving economy. Effective in the fall of 2017 for certain first years, the University introduced a New College Curriculum focusing on engagements, literacies and disciplines. While the courses offered under the both the traditional and new curricula offer valid approaches to a liberal arts education, the decision to maintain a burdensome level of requirements fails to serve College students as effectively as possible. The University should instead institute an open curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences to foster a more constructive educational experience. 

Cockburn campaign holds U.Va. Get Out the Vote rally featuring Olivia Wilde

(11/06/18 3:44am)

Actress Olivia Wilde spoke at a Get Out the Vote rally Monday afternoon, urging attendees to vote — and get others to vote — for her mother Leslie Cockburn, the Democratic candidate for the Fifth Congressional District. Wilde was joined by her brother Charlie Cockburn, former Congressional candidate Ben Cullop and Jerrod Smith, chair of the Albemarle Democratic Party. 

Virginia vs. Liberty — A breakdown

(11/07/18 5:00am)

After falling to Pittsburgh last week, the Cavaliers look to rebound against non-conference and in-state opponent Liberty. The game marks the last home game of the season for Virginia and will serve as Senior Day, where 27 seniors will be honored at the game. The Cavalier Daily sports staff takes a look at some key players and keys to the game that could help the Cavaliers (6-3, 4-2 ACC) defeat the Flames (4-4) at Scott Stadium Saturday afternoon. .