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EDITORIAL: Ralph Northam must resign

(02/02/19 10:54pm)

Yesterday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s section of his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook surfaced on many media outlets. Next to three other photos of the governor, there was a picture depicting two men — one in blackface and one in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood. This image justifiably sparked an intense backlash from all corners of the political spectrum demanding that Northam be held accountable for his actions. 

WARTEL: Jim Ryan is not our savior

(02/07/19 5:00am)

University President Jim Ryan got a lot of good press from his inauguration speech.The main takeaway was that the University would be tuition-free for students with household incomes below $80,000, and tuition- and room and board-free for students from a household income of $30,000 or less. The Washington Post presented the news as “UVA president vows free tuition for those making under $80k.” The Cavalier Daily’s headline reads “In-state students from families earning less than $80K will be able to attend U.Va. tuition-free, Ryan announces.” Following the speech, more and more articles lauded the move as a beacon of a progressive, equality-seeking rookie president cutting his teeth as a trailblazer. The announcement of tuition-free college for some and expanded aid for others is ultimately good news because it relieves some of the financial burden for students. However, those praising Ryan shouldn’t conflate him as champion of the students and community member interest groups seeking a more equitable institution. 

No. 23 wrestling loses second straight dual but shows positive signs

(02/03/19 9:57pm)

After dropping its ACC opener last Saturday against No. 17 North Carolina, the No. 23 Virginia wrestling team returned home to face yet another nationally ranked opponent from the Tar Heel State on Friday. Despite wins in four weight classes and a raucous home crowd, the Cavaliers (11-8, 0-2 ACC) fell 23-17 to No. 8 N.C. State (14-2, 2-0 ACC). 

Students compete for elite norovirus

(02/06/19 10:13pm)

WEDNESDAY - On Tuesday, Jan. 29th, an email from Dr. Christopher Holstege, the executive director of the Department of Student Health and Wellness, was sent to all University students announcing that “cases of norovirus have been confirmed in the U.Va. student population.” Though no definitive number was provided in the email, it is assumed that only a few cases of norovirus have been reported, making the chance of contracting the painful disease a contentious honor. Despite assurance that the virus is “highly contagious,” students across Grounds are still competing passionately for the coveted distinction of “vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and/or stomach pain.”

BHARADWAJ: ‘Learn to Code’ should be treated as advice, not an attack

(02/06/19 3:42am)

Earlier this month, hundreds of employees from Verizon subsidiaries, BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post were laid off – amidst broader corporate media cuts that ended in a loss of nearly 7 percent of Verizon’s digital media operations. In response to announcements of the layoffs on Twitter, a multitude of users mocked these newly unemployed journalists. Their comments centered upon a simple three-word rallying cry — “Learn to Code.” This seemingly innocuous banter was met with wanton discipline from Twitter, who now treats the aforementioned phrase as “abusive behavior” and a violation of their terms and services. While the comments may have been a bit untimely and insensitive — and the intentions of those who used it may not necessarily be good — there is truth behind this phrase, which forebodes a changing climate in national and global job markets that must be acknowledged. 

Rozana Montiel’s architecture tells stories and blurs boundaries

(02/01/19 5:07am)

For many, the term architecture brings to mind images of sleek, abstract buildings and elaborate schematics that serve as part engineering demonstrations, part aesthetic showcases. But for young design professionals like Rozana Montiel, lecturing this year for the A-School’s annual Michael Owen Jones Lectureship, architecture is not just a technical craft. It is fundamentally about human narrative. She strongly believes that “a project comes from a story.” Arts and Entertainment sat down with Montiel to explore her studio’s work and design principles.

Government shutdown estimated to cost U.Va. $2 million, reimbursement expected

(02/01/19 2:18am)

The University spent approximately $2 million to pay for projects and salaries normally funded by the federal government in order to keep research running during the partial government shutdown, according to University Spokesperson Anthony de Bruyn. The 35 day government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, ended last Friday. 

Student Council passes resolutions in support of current Music Department grading system

(02/01/19 4:28am)

Student Council unanimously approved a resolution at its meeting Tuesday in opposition to a planned curriculum change in the Music Department that would no longer grade music ensemble courses, which have the course pneumonic MUBD, under the classic A through F letter-grade system in favor of a credit/no credit system. 

John Smoltz shares his wisdom with Virginia baseball team

(01/31/19 4:22am)

As a Hall of Fame former pitcher and current color commentator for Fox Sports, John Smoltz’s career is defined by its successes, not its failures. However, in his recent speech to the Virginia baseball team before the upcoming start to their season, Smoltz emphasized failure and the lessons it can teach, as well as the importance of character above individual success. 

FERGUSON: Lessons from Texas

(02/04/19 4:39am)

Virginia received good economic news from Old Dominion University’s 2018 “State of the Commonwealth” report. For the first time this decade, economic growth in Virginia will meet or surpass the national average, with federal tax cuts and spending contributing heavily towards such growth in tandem with private activity. However, the Commonwealth’s dependence on federal spending and contracts can hurt as much as it helps. Robert M. McNab, ODU economics professor and report director, argues that the growing federal deficit portends an uncertain future for government spending vital for economic sustainability. To safeguard against such uncertainty and extend economic opportunity to more Virginians, policymakers and business leaders should explore further avenues to diversify and grow the Commonwealth’s economy. Texas provides an example for Virginia to follow in transforming an underperforming economy into one of the nation’s most dynamic. 

Construction on Brandon Avenue apartments slightly behind schedule, will be ready for student move-in by early August

(01/31/19 1:47am)

Construction on the Brandon Avenue apartments — the University’s newest on-Grounds housing development slated to house over 500 undergraduates — has run slightly behind schedule in recent weeks but will be fully open for students by the time move-in occurs in early August.