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BAKER: America’s public defense system must be reformed

(10/01/18 5:56am)

When opinion pieces on criminal justice reform are penned, the majority tend to focus on sentencing reform, poor prison conditions, and the racial inequalities inherent in the current system. However, writers, activists and legislators who work towards reforming those laws and procedures, while important in their own right, overlook the largest challenges facing the criminal justice system — the underfunding and mismanagement of the public defense system.

U.Va. students march in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as she testifies before Senate

(09/28/18 1:14pm)

Around 100 students and community members marched around the Lawn Thursday afternoon to support the Senate testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford about her sexual assault accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, a Federal Circuit Court Judge and current Supreme Court nominee. 

‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ is an alarmingly rational conspiracy

(10/04/18 2:49am)

Michael Moore’s latest documentary covers some of the most inflammatory conspiracy theories of 2016 politics — Gwen Stefani is the reason Donald Trump ran for president, Bernie Sanders was rigged out of the Democratic primary in 2016, The New York Times is deliberately stamping down the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, Obama handled the Flint Michigan crisis with as much cowardice as the infamous state governor, Rick Snyder. “Fahrenheit 11/9” is not only a takedown of the visible man in power but also the system that never took him seriously enough to realize how broken and vulnerable it was.


(09/28/18 4:26pm)


Christine and the Queens releases complex new album 'Chris'

(10/02/18 6:37am)

The songs of “Chris,” the newest album from electronic pop French artist Christine and the Queens, are all upbeat, dancey and fun. The album is even more reminiscent of ‘80s pop-funk music than her past work, showing obvious influence from artists like Prince, Michael Jackson and Madonna. Combined with Christine’s signature and beautiful blending of English French and Spanish lyrics, “Chris” has more exciting elements than the average electro-pop album.

An interview with Moon Taxi’s Tyler Ritter

(09/27/18 1:55am)

Moon Taxi’s music may not drive you to the moon but it’ll certainly make you dance your way there. The high-energy group is back in Virginia a month after their robust Lockn’ Festival set rocked the lover’s state into a deep and groovy trance. The pop-rock Nashville quintet will take over the Sprint Pavilion Thursday night with a little help from their friends of Ripe and the University’s own Kendall Street Company. 

Joyce Manor’s ‘Million Dollars to Kill Me’ dips into maturity with spotty results

(09/27/18 11:36pm)

After their 2016 release, “Cody,” there was never any doubt that Joyce Manor would continue to evolve their sound to be more poppy and mainstream. Their fifth LP, “Million Dollars to Kill Me,” is exactly what to expect from the California four-piece punk group — an album that indicates a full-fledged transition similar to that of Weezer’s discography. This change in music is easy to miss considering the fact that almost all of their releases are short, sweet and energetic. Their fifth album sees the band at their most practical pop rock — but also at their most mature. Though many fans will miss the reckless and youthful style that was so incredibly addictive in their earlier music, it would be quite strange if the band did not move on from their initial teenage exuberance.

A year after becoming a department at U.Va., Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies sees new hires, increased enrollment figures

(09/27/18 3:20am)

Last October, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies became a full-fledged department in the College after years of appeals and requests by members of the institute. Since achieving departmental status, the institute has hired two new faculty members and seen an active increase in enrollment for courses.