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Beauvais & McLean: Carbon neutrality by 2035 — Can U.Va. afford not to?

(09/05/18 4:42am)

As a new school year begins and University President Jim Ryan takes his position at the helm, the University finds itself at an especially important intersection. The University has everything it needs to take a leadership role in tackling the greatest global threat of our time — climate change. From the operational know-how, to the enthusiasm and talent of students, to the deep bench of research and expertise among faculty, the University has incredible potential in advancing sustainability. Now is the perfect time to set a bold, yet achievable vision to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035. 

Miller Center to appoint former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte to yearlong professorship

(09/04/18 12:42pm)

Former diplomat and political appointee John Negroponte will be appointed to a yearlong endowed professorship in the Miller Center for Public Affairs. Negroponte is a former U.S. ambassador and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, and he served as the nation’s first Director of National Intelligence. The appointment is expected to be formally announced by the Center Tuesday. 

Honor Committee debates proposed changes to contributory mental disorder process

(09/04/18 2:48am)

The Honor Committee held its first meeting of the school year Sunday evening in Newcomb Hall in which members debated previously proposed changes to the contributory mental disorder process, including changing the name of the process, the removal of a student’s right to appeal a CMD decision and creating more explicit timelines for CMD requirements to be met. 

BHARADWAJ: Companies should be held accountable for conflict minerals

(09/05/18 4:41am)

Across the nation, a number of tech companies have taken bold stances in support of diversity and inclusion, with some even contractually pledging to make efforts towards social justice initiatives. I find it hypocritical that corporations are making these shallow promises, while simultaneously propping up institutions of modern slavery through their global business practices. Information about these injustices must be spread, and companies should be held accountable for their double standard.  

Football rolls past Richmond in opening game of the season

(09/02/18 5:26pm)

Saturday night, fans at a packed Scott Stadium were eager to see how Virginia Football’s “New Standard” would make the Cavaliers a different team from the one that suffered a humbling 49-7 loss to the Naval Academy at the end of last season. Virginia’s (1-0) dominating 42-13 win over Richmond (0-1) — who beat the Cavaliers two years ago in Coach Bronco Mendenhall’s first game with the program — certainly had fans leaving the game with more positivity and excitement than they had after the Military Bowl defeat.

West2nd City Council appeal indicates the project could still move forward

(09/01/18 7:34pm)

The company behind the $50 million luxury condominium West2nd project, Market Plaza LLC, has filed an appeal to the Charlottesville City Council of the Board of Architectural Review’s recent decision to deny a certificate of appropriateness for the development despite a press release last week announcing the project’s abandonment. 

Sen. John McCain had tentatively agreed to speak to a U.Va. Law School course this fall

(09/03/18 4:04am)

Fourteen months ago, Sen. John McCain tentatively agreed to guest lecture for a U.Va. Law School course about the Vietnam War this fall — a subject McCain had experienced intimately as a U.S. Navy pilot in the war himself. A terminal brain cancer diagnosis shortly afterwards derailed the plans. McCain, who had represented Arizona since 1987 and ran as the Republican nominee in the 2008 presidential election, died Aug. 25 after he stopped receiving treatment for the cancer.

The 10 things you forgot to pack for your first year of college

(09/06/18 11:34pm)

You’ve finally made it to college and you’re completely prepared because you made a list of everything you’d need and packed it all. Then you checked online for “college essentials” and you packed those too. But I’ve got some bad news, you actually forgot to pack 10 things! It’s a common mistake, I get it. Once you’re done reading this, text your parents to send this stuff in the mail. You should also ask for money and forget to tell them that you appreciate everything they do for you.

Office of Engagement to host first faculty lecture in game-day series

(08/31/18 3:42am)

The University Office of Engagement’s Lifetime Learning program will host the first lecture in its game-day series ‘More Than the Score’ Saturday morning at Alumni Hall with an event featuring the Director and Founder of the Center for Politics, Politics Prof. Larry Sabato before Virginia’s season-opening football game against Richmond. Drawing attendees from the game-going crowd and beyond, the first lecture of the 2018 football season is entitled “Sabato’s Crystal Ball” where Sabato will discuss the current political climate of the country. 

Police Civilian Review Board aims to define its power, purpose as it looks to develop bylaws

(08/31/18 4:23am)

The Charlottesville Police Civilian Review Board sought to understand the extent of its power at its third meeting Tuesday in which the body discussed its ability to appoint local civil rights attorney Jeff Fogel to the board and to receive complaints against the Charlottesville Police Department. 

Love at first London — how I spiraled into love for a city

(08/30/18 2:12am)

I fall in love with places far too easily — it’s a weakness of mine. When people start dating, their imaginations run into ideas of what their wedding, family and lives would be like together. When students graduate college, they begin to see visions of where they want to work and what they want their careers to be. When I visit a new city, I piece together scraps of my observations and create a mirage of a life I want to live. 

Student Council passes bill to amend Student Activity Fee guidelines

(08/29/18 3:52am)

Student Council unanimously passed a bill to adjust the allowed uses of Student Activity Fee funds during its first meeting of the semester Tuesday evening. The $50 Student Activity Fee is a mandatory fee students pay, which supports Student Council’s funding of the activities of Contracted Independent Organizations.

FERGUSON: Areas of focus for President Ryan

(08/29/18 4:29am)

When University President Jim Ryan describes his vision for his tenure as the University’s ninth president, he focused on three areas he wanted to address: community, discovery and service. While these areas should be included in his list of priorities — and remain essential topics for any administration — the president and the rest of the University administration should focus on addressing other challenges facing the University and higher education as a whole. These challenges include ensuring higher education is accessible to students from a diverse array of backgrounds and preserving free speech and discourse on Grounds.