The Cavalier Daily held its elections for the 130th term of the organization earlier this month, electing third-year College student Gracie Kreth to serve as its next editor-in-chief.
Kreth previously served as the paper’s assistant managing editor and was a life editor during the 128th term. She expressed her hope that The Cavalier Daily becomes a more welcoming organization both inside and outside of the newsroom in the next term, and she also plans to further expand The Cavalier Daily’s online platforms to engage a wider and more diverse audience.
“We need to focus on telling meaningful stories and telling the stories that actually matter around Grounds and in Charlottesville,” Kreth said. “The online platforms provide a good way to connect and engage with a diverse audience, and [they] also expand our audience.”
Kreth praised The Cavalier Daily’s recently-launched online magazine publication — abcd magazine — which she said provides a contemporary and visually compelling medium for storytelling.
Third-year College student Abby Clukey was elected to serve as the next managing editor. Prior to being elected to the new role, Clukey served as the editor for the focus section. As managing editor, Clukey will oversee all objective literary sections of the paper.
Third-year College student Sonia Gupta was elected to serve as the next chief financial officer. During the previous term, Gupta served as the operations manager on the Managing Board and as a production editor.
Second-year College student Aisha Singh won the role of operations manager for the 130th term. Singh served as the organization’s graphics editors.
Third-year College student Jacob Asch will serve as the next executive editor. Asch is currently an opinion editor and is a former member of The Cavalier Daily’s Editorial Board, which he will now oversee as well as the subjective content.
Tim Dodson, the paper’s outgoing editor-in-chief and a fourth-year College student, said the 129th Managing Board focused on furthering The Cavalier Daily’s financial independence and accountability through its relationship with the organization’s Board of Directors. During the 128th term, The Cavalier Daily amended its corporate Board of Directors structure to include alumni members and the former editor-in-chief.
“I was the first editor-in-chief, and this was the first Managing Board that had to go through a system of creating a budget, getting it formally approved by our Board of Directors,” Dodson said. “This term, we’ve seen The Cavalier Daily to continue to become more financially responsible because we have had to be very thorough about compiling our financial information and sharing that with our Board of Directors and working with them to make the best decisions possible about the organization.”
He further commended The Cavalier Daily’s growth as an organization and its continued effort to ensure the content of paper reflects the community it serves. Dodson said he is particularly proud of the paper’s “Voices of the 6%” project — a three part series published in October that examined aspects of Latinx students’ experiences at the University.
At its Dec. 1 elections, The Cavalier Daily’s staff also selected members of the organization’s Junior Board, which includes individual section editors.
Second-year College student Meagan O’Rourke was elected to serve as abcd magazine’s first editor. Prior to the creation of this new role, the magazine was managed under the focus section, which was recently ended in favor of forming a new magazine section. The magazine, which is currently published a few times throughout each semester, launched in September 2017 and includes long-form features and investigative stories in a user-friendly and visually engaging format.
Third-year College student Ashley Botkin and second-year College student Aaron Rose were elected to serve as the paper’s next assistant managing editors.
Second-year College students Nafisa Mazumdar and Nik Popli will serve as news editors in the upcoming term.
Second-year College students Zach Zamoff and Colin Cantwell will serve as the new sports editors.
First-year College student Zoe Ziff and second-year College student Vyshnavi Pendala were elected to serve as health and science editors.
Second-year College student Ben Miller will serve as the next humor editor.
Fourth-year College student Gabby Fuller will serve as cartoon editor.
Second-year College student Tyra Krehbiel and second-year College student Maddy Sita will serve as Graphics editors.
Second-year College student Kate Granruth and second-year College student Robin Schwartzkopf will serve as arts and entertainment editors.
First-year College student Pauline Povitsky was elected to serve as a life editor and second-year College student Natalie Seo was reelected as a life editor as well.
Third-year College students Audrey Fahlberg and Gavin Scott will serve as the next opinion editors.
Third-year College student Riley Walsh will serve as the next photo editor.
First-year College student Malcolm Mashig will serve as finance manager.
Third-year College student Libby Scully will continue her role as social media manager alongside second-year College student Madeleine Turner.
Third-year College student Wilson Tosta will serve as the next translation editor.
First-year Engineering student Nikita Sivakumar and first-year College students Ankit Agrawal and Carolyn Lane will serve as production editors.
The new term will officially start Jan. 18.
In 1713, British poet Anne Finch published one of the first descriptions of clinical depression in modern English. The poem is entitled “The Spleen,” a common 18th-century term for the disease. Finch addresses her poem to a personified version of depression. “What art thou, Spleen,” she begins.
I first read Finch’s poem in class this semester, and I was startled to find how similar it is to the modern descriptions of depression that I’ve encountered. The set of metaphors that writers use to describe the disease has remained remarkably consistent in the three centuries since Finch worked. Recently, an anonymous Facebook post went viral, comparing depression to a snowstorm. The post describes the disease as both a “full-blown blizzard” and a “long, slow winter.” Finch, too, uses extreme weather to capture the unpredictability and unmanageable force of the disease. “Now a Dead Sea thou’lt represent … Then, dashing on the Rocks wilt rage into a Storm.”
Finch also writes about how depression makes her feel trapped, a common thread in descriptions of the disease through the years. The disease “clog[s] the Active Soul,” she writes. In the poem’s final lines, she writes that she is a “Pris’ner” and a “Slave” to the spleen, held immobile by the disease’s “Chain” and pulled “to a lamented Grave.” Depression saps mobility and agency from it’s sufferers. Many informal, contemporary descriptions of depression use similar imagery.
In 2014, the Huffington Post asked 50 people living with depression to succinctly describe the disease to someone who has never had it. Their descriptions echoed Finch’s. “[Depression is] like being stuck in a box that you can't get out of,” one contributor wrote. Another compared the disease to being in a tunnel, and two others explicitly used the word “trapped.”
I do not have depression. I am not an expert on this subject, and it’s precisely because I’m not an expert that I’m so interested in the language people use to describe the disease. Like anyone who has never been affected by depression, I can only understand it through language. Depression often doesn’t manifest outwardly visible physical symptoms. A person with a broken leg doesn’t have to explain that they have a broken leg. A person with depression does have to describe their depression.
Language and depression have a close yet fraught relationship. I desperately want to understand the disease as completely as I can. I have dear friends fighting depression, and I hope to provide the best support possible. The stakes are high — if we can’t describe depression properly, we have no hope of helping those who struggle with it.
As a reader and writer, I’m always interested to see where language fails. The first time I read Finch’s poem, I thought it represented a failure of language. It’s been 300 years since Finch wrote “The Spleen,” and we’re still writing about storms and feeling trapped. Our language has consistently failed to capture the nature of this disease with sufficient urgency, just when the stakes are at their very highest, I thought.
So I read more contemporary, less colloquial accounts of depression from people who’ve struggled with it. I read a long essay by Andrew Solomon in the New Yorker called “Anatomy of Melancholy.” Solomon won the 2001 National Book Award for “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression,” a memoir chronicling his struggle with the disease. I also read a Vanity Fair essay called “Darkness Visible” by William Styron, a writer who has been called the “Great God of Depression” in the New York Times for his work on the subject.
The imagery in these personal accounts mirrors the imagery in Finch’s poem. Styron specifically uses a storm as a metaphor. “A veritable howling tempest in the brain … is indeed what a clinical depression resembles like nothing else,” he writes. Styron wishes that “brainstorm” had not already been taken, because it’s a more accurate descriptor of the disease than “depression,” a more understated, less dramatic name. Solomon reports the same immobility as Finch, echoing her line about chains when he writes that depression makes it feel like his nerves are “wrapped in lead.”
I can’t understate the power of Styron and Solomon’s writing. These pieces are breathtaking agents of empathy, stirring descriptions of a disease that is notoriously difficult to describe. These accounts make the disease as visceral and terrifying for readers as it was for the writers themselves. The language is similar to Finch’s, but that doesn’t mean these pieces don’t work.
The accounts struck me for another reason, too. Not only do Solomon and Styron describe the disease’s symptoms the same way that Finch did, but the modern writers also describe the same cultural misconceptions and stigmas about the disease that Finch struggled with all those years ago.
Both Solomon and Styron note that depression can affect people who seem outwardly happy. We are often reminded of this after it’s too late — the deaths of people like Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade and Robin Williams shock us every time. Finch, though, observed that depression can affect the outwardly successful all the way back in 1713. “Sometimes, thou dost presume / Into the ablest Heads to come,” she writes, adding that “Men of Thoughts refin’d” can be susceptible to the disease just as easily as anyone else.
Finch writes about how doctors and friends alike don’t understand the gravity of the disease. Her doctors are more concerned with profiting off the disease than curing it — their “growing Wealth” is “Daily encreas’d by Ladies Fees” — and her friends offer only “false Suggestions” to try to make her feel better. Finch writes about how depression can drive a wedge between husband and wife.
Styron reports the same difficulties, writing that his doctor “offers consolation if not much hope” and that “[the doctor’s] platitudes were not Christian but, almost as ineffective.” Solomon shows how inadequate the public’s understanding of the disease remains. He writes, “‘Depression these days is curable,’ people told me. ‘You take antidepressants the way you take aspirin for a headache.’” Modern people with depression still struggle against the same misconceptions about the disease that Finch struggled with in 1713.
The power of these accounts, combined with the cultural observations they contain, flip my assumption about the failure of language on its head. Language hasn’t failed — in fact, just the opposite has happened. People with depression have known how to describe the disease for 300 years. People with depression have always understood the disease’s idiosyncrasies. The problem is that not enough people have been listening.
These accounts very nearly manage to verbally impart the same sense of urgency as the sight of splintered bone. No metaphor will ever be able to fully capture the invisible violence of the disease, but these writers have come as close as possible, and it’s now the audience’s job to respond. We can’t just throw up our hands and say we’ll never understand the disease — we have to work with what we have. Our empathy has to transcend the limitations of our language.
Both Solomon’s and Styron’s essays left me an emotional wreck, and Finch’s poem can, too, if you can work through the archaic language. Her poem doesn’t represent three centuries of failed writers. It represents three centuries of failed listeners. The figurative language hasn’t evolved because it’s already just about as clear as it could be. Depression is a brutal, sneaky disease, and clear, strong language is necessary to help those who fight it every day. But language can’t help people if the listeners don’t believe what they hear.
Ben Hitchcock is a Life Columnist for The Cavalier Daily. He can be reached at email@example.com.
A jury recommended James Alex Fields Jr. — the white nationalist who drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters at the Unite the Right rally in downtown Charlottesville in August 2017 — be sentenced to life in prison Tuesday afternoon after jurors found him guilty of the first degree murder of Heather Heyer, eight counts of malicious wounding and one hit-and-run count for injuring dozens of others with his vehicle.
The jury delivered the recommended verdict at 12:20 p.m. after beginning deliberations Monday — recommending life in prison for first-degree murder, 70 years for each of five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, 20 years for each of three counts of malicious wounding and nine years for leaving the scene of a fatal crash. The overall sentence amounted to life plus 419 years in prison and $480,000 in fines.
Presiding Judge Richard E. Moore can impose a lesser punishment than the jurors recommended but is not allowed to increase the sentences, according to Virginia law.
Fields did not deny that he intentionally accelerated his Dodge Challenger into a group of counter-protesters at the rally. His lawyers contended he was afraid for his safety and acted to protect himself — which the jurors rejected.
The jurors also concluded that Fields did not meet Virginia’s legal definition for not guilty by reason of insanity, for which a defendant must show they did not understand the difference between right and wrong at the time of the offence or was too mentally unstable to control their actions.
The jury heard statements from Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, and three surviving victims of the attack Monday.
“Almost all members of the family have been in … therapy, to push back the darkness,” Bro said. “My world exploded, and I can’t go back to the way it was.”
Fields was also separately indicted on 30 counts of federal hate crimes in June, though the trial date has yet to be determined. One count is for bias-motivated interference with a federally-protected activity which resulted in death — a charge which carries a maximum federal sentence of the death penalty.
Fields will be detained in a state penitentiary until his federal trial. Virginia does not allow parole for felonies committed after the mid-1990s.
After court was dismissed Tuesday, prosecuting attorney Joe Platania delivered a statement to the press, saying he hoped the trial’s outcome demonstrated “Charlottesville’s small part in rejecting and holding accountable those whose violent acts against others are fueled by hatred.”
“This trial and today’s outcome has been a very long time coming for the victims and their family members,” Platania said. “We’re unable to heal their physical injuries or bring Heather back. But we are able that they’re able to take some measure of comfort and solace from these convictions and sentences.”
Bro also addressed the media and crowd outside of the courtroom Tuesday.
“So many emotions, so many reactions, it’s really still hard to process,” Bro said. “So we move forward. We still have social justice work to do. … The things Heather died for, I’m not seeing a lot of progress in the last year and a half. We have won a victory today, but keep in mind that we must, must, must put direct action to our words.”
Moore said he will formally sentence Fields March 29.
Conservative commentator Anna Paulina addressed students at an event last week hosted by the University’s chapter of Turning Point USA — a student activist group for young conservatives on college campuses — where Paulina defended the right to bear arms by arguing women should be able to defend themselves against sexual assault and targeted attacks. The event included a discussion on Paulina’s background as a Mexican and Native American conservative and her views on immigration reform, which evoked concern from minority student leadership at the University and drew a protest of around 25 students.
Paulina — who serves as director of Spanish engagement for TPUSA — notably faced sharp criticism for past social media posts, in which she related undocumented immigrants to a rise in human trafficking, denied the notion that there are more than two genders and jokingly compared Immigration and Customs Enforcement trucks to ice cream trucks. She has also been criticized for comparing 2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton to herpes on a live Fox News segment.
In anticipation of Paulina’s lecture, held last Thursday, Central Americans for Empowerment at U.Va. issued a public statement drawing attention to what the organization described as “values that are antithetical to our community.” In an interview with The Cavalier Daily, Johanna Moncada Sosa, a third-year College student and chair of CAFE at U.Va., said the statement had two goals — to condemn aspects of Paulina’s rhetoric towards immigrants that were overlooked by TPUSA at U.Va., and to emphasize the significance of denouncing white supremacy.
“This is not the first time Turning Point USA at UVA has brought or attempted to bring a figure who embodies a threat to members within and outside of the UVA and greater Charlottesville community,” CAFE at U.Va. said in the statement. “Thus, Central Americans for Empowerment at UVA and the signatories below vehemently condemn Turning Point USA at UVA for hosting Anna Paulina as a Latinx spokesperson to engage with Latinx students at UVA without any form of consultation or notice that she will be here.”
The statement received 59 signatures from students and eight from student groups on Grounds — including DREAMers on Grounds, Latinx Student Alliance, Political Latinx United for Movement and Action in Society, U.Va. Students United, Living Wage Campaign at U.Va., U.Va. Young Democratic Socialists, Minority Rights Coalition and J Street at U.Va.
Alina Cartwright, a fourth-year College student and president of Turning Point USA at U.Va., said Paulina’s appearance and the large presence of protesters at the meeting was beneficial for everyone who attended.
“One of the tenets that Turning Point advocates for is freedom of speech and freedom of expression and that goes to both sides,” Cartwright told The Cavalier Daily. “We did experience some protesters or some students from the Latinx organizations who opposed her point of view. However, we engaged in a lot of civil discourse and we’re grateful that they were here because it was an opportunity for us to hear an opposing viewpoint.”
Paulina spoke in detail to the 40-person audience — more than half student protesters — about how a past home burglary incident convinced her to apply for a conceal carry permit. She argued in favor of guns as the ultimate deterrent to violent crimes and sexual abuse towards women.
“Why is it that we’re not empowering women to protect themselves?” Paulina said. “The #MeToo movement initially started with good intentions but I think the problem with that is that we’re not giving women avenues to protect themselves.”
In response to a student question about recent growth in the number of mass public shootings, Paulina noted killers continue targeting locations where guns are not allowed, citing a Crime Research report that says 97.8 percent of public mass shootings in the United States occur in gun-free zones.
“The only thing that’s going to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Paulina said. She proposed that Congress pass the federal Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act — which would require all states to recognize concealed carry permits granted by other states, and allow permit holders to carry a concealed weapon in school zones in any state.
Paulina said disarming responsible and law-abiding gun owners would lead to a greater loss of lives, saying that America’s gun owners are not the problem.
“A spoon isn’t purposed to kill someone, but people kill themselves from being obese everyday — how about we put a ban on spoons?” Paulina asked. “A firearm is not going to kill someone unless I actively fire it. If I can’t tell you what to do with your body, you can’t tell me what to do with my gun.”
She also asked students why the government does not investigate the relationship between gun violence and addiction to opioids — certain pain pills, heroin and fentanyl — which produce side-effects such as aggression, self-harm, suicide and homicidal thoughts.
Sosa said CAFE at U.Va. — which was formed in October to give Central American students a voice and platform to increase awareness of Central American issues — wanted to be present at the event to protest Paulina’s past statements about immigrants and the growing migrant caravan crisis that has formed in Central America over the last two months, consisting mainly of Honduran men, women and families. Many face grave danger in their country and are petitioning for asylum in the U.S. or are fleeing poverty.
“It would have been impossible for us to not say something and to just sit there,” said Sarah Pape, a third-year College student and public relations chair for CAFE at U.Va. “We saw something that we deemed unacceptable and so we made a statement about it.”
In response to the initial statement from CAFE, Paulina told the audience that it was “ignorant.”
“That to me signified that you guys wanted to fight with me,” Paulina said. “It directly tore me down, it attacked my character, and you guys didn’t even hear the other side of the story.”
Prior to the discussion on gun rights being essential to women’s rights, Paulina addressed her stance on immigration by calling for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent a rise in human trafficking, and blamed Democrats for not working with the Trump administration.
“I don’t think her presence necessarily made people uncomfortable, I think unwelcome or uneasy is the perfect way to put it,” Pape said. “She’s proudly Mexican-American … however, she doesn’t stand up for our community and doesn’t accurately speak about our community. She made us feel uncomfortable because we’re from the same community but there was a sense of disconnect between her and us.”
Before the meeting, the crowd was told anyone who planned to interrupt the event in protest would be in violation of University policy and would be escorted from the venue by the University Police Department. No such interruption occurred.
Exams scheduled before noon on Monday, Dec. 10 will be rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 13, according to a University-wide email from University administrators Sunday evening. Exams set for Monday at 7 p.m. have been rescheduled to begin at 6 p.m., the email added.
Charlottesville received approximately six inches of snow as of press time Sunday, slicking roads and coating sidewalks in ice.
In the email, three administrators — J.J. Davis, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Tom Katsouleas, executive vice president and provost, and Rick Shannon, executive vice president for health affairs — recommend that the University community “allow for extra travel time” when getting to Grounds.
“The University is working hard to make the streets and sidewalks safe but as always conditions can alter quickly, so please use appropriate caution,” the email reads. “Also, not all local roads may be clear in the surrounding counties, so as always be safe for your local conditions and if safety dictates you not come in, please inform the appropriate contact so a reasonable accommodation plan can be made.”
Students with conflicts or established travel plans, the email says, are encouraged to make a “reasonable accommodation” with their professors.
This is a developing story and may be updated.
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Nuevos parquímetros serán implementados en el garaje de estacionamiento Central Grounds en enero 2019, un cambio que acabará una escapatoria que existe hace mucho tiempo, por la cual los estudiantes que salen del garaje por la noche podrán evitar pagar por el estacionamiento.
Según la directora de Estacionamiento y Transportación Rebecca White, estos nuevos parquímetros, que probablemente serán implementados el 14 de enero, tendrán varias opciones de pago, incluyendo ParkMobile. ParkMobile es una aplicación (disponible en iPhone y Android) que permite a sus usuarios pagar el estacionamiento desde su smartphone [teléfono inteligente].
Los clientes del garaje que no quieran usar ParkMobile o que no tengan la aplicación podrán pagar en efectivo o con tarjeta de crédito.
Estos parquímetros ya existen en el centro de recreación North Grounds, el comedor Observatory Hill, el centro de recreación Slaughter, y el gimnasio Aquatic and Fitness Center.
"Los parquímetros se aplican mediante la combinación de aplicaciones de software de administración con el personal en el lugar", dijo White.
Actualmente, alrededor de las 11:00 PM cada noche, menos los domingos, cuando los garajes no están atendidos, los guardas que están en las dos entradas cerradas del garaje Central Grounds salen de sus puestos, y las puertas que bloquean la salida están levantadas, lo que permite que los clientes del garaje se vayan sin pagar.
Algunos estudiantes se estacionan en el garaje Central Grounds sabiendo que si salen tarde por la noche, el estacionamiento será gratuito.
“Si la Universidad de Virginia dice que se preocupa por nuestro bienestar y seguridad, y quieren que tengamos éxito en nuestros estudios, ¡entonces no nos deberían COBRAR por estacionarse en Grounds por la noche”! dijo Elana Marmorstein, estudiante de tercer año del Colegio de Artes y Ciencias, en un mensaje de Twitter a The Cavalier Daily.
Jackson Samples, estudiante de tercer año del Colegio, también expresó unas preocupaciones similares acerca de la seguridad.
“Es posible que los estudiantes, especialmente las mujeres, se sientan inseguros si caminan a su casa a esas horas por la noche”, dijo Samples.
Samples compartió también sus preocupaciones específicamente por los bibliotecarios y los estudiantes que suelen estar en las bibliotecas de Grounds tarde por las noches.
Marmorstein notó que un cambio en el sistema podría dejar a algunos estudiantes sin otras opciones.
“[Acabar la escapatoria] favorece a los estudiantes que… pueden pagar por el estacionamiento/por vivir cerca de Grounds”, dijo Marmorstein.
Samples también comentó acerca de la disponibilidad de la transportación en Grounds.
“Es una cuestión que tiene que ver con que no existe ningún modo de transporte público por la noche”, dijo Samples.
Los University Transit Services (UTS) [Servicios de Tránsito de la Universidad] circulan con menos frecuencia por las noches, y algunas líneas de autobuses dejan de circular totalmente.
"Si se implementara esta política, creo que tendría que haber un aumento definitivo en la frecuencia del servicio de autobús, de lo contrario, estás pidiendo a muchos estudiantes que caminen a sus casas 30 minutos en condiciones inseguras", dijo Samples.
Cuando se le pidió un comentario, White dijo que los descuentos significativos están disponibles durante las últimas horas de la noche.
“La tarifa por hora para el garaje Central Grounds tiene un descuento significativo (50%) de 5 PM a 10 PM. Todos los días, excepto los domingos, cuando el descuento es del 65% de 8 AM a 10 PM", dijo White en un comunicado por correo electrónico a The Cavalier Daily. "Todos los días entre las 10 PM y las 8 AM, hay un descuento extremo (otro 50% a 90% según la duración de la estadía) de $1 para cualquier parte de ese período".
White pareció reconocer que a algunas personas les preocupa el costo de estacionarse en el garaje Central Grounds.
"Estos descuentos son para reconocer el tipo de uso después del horario laboral y para minimizar la carga financiera para los estacionadores durante las horas menos usadas", dijo White.
Según White, Estacionamiento y Transportación todavía espera que el uso del garaje se mantenga igual después de la instalación de los nuevos medidores. White dijo que espera que los nuevos medidores alteren la experiencia de los conductores al eliminar las líneas que esperan en la salida del garaje Central Grounds.
"[Esto] abrirá otras posibilidades, como publicar datos de disponibilidad de estacionamiento en tiempo real que aún no hemos hecho", dijo White.
Algunas personas dijeron que todavía tratarían de encontrar otros lugares para estacionar si la escapatoria está cerrada, independientemente de si hay datos de disponibilidad de estacionamiento en tiempo real.
Olivia Sabik, una candidata doctoral en la Universidad, se habría estacionado en las calles laterales si el garaje de Central Grounds hubiera "costado algo básicamente". Sabik, ex miembro del Comité de Honor, dijo que encontró que estacionarse en Central Grounds le hizo más fácil llegar a sus reuniones a tiempo.
"Idealmente, la situación sería que la U.Va proporcionara transporte público muy confiable o estacionamiento muy asequible, potencialmente permitiendo incluso que exista la escapatoria legal para que los estudiantes tengan transporte confiable a casa", dijo Samples.
En respuesta a las inquietudes sobre la disponibilidad de transporte público confiable, White respondió con las horas académicas de operación de los autobuses de los Servicios de Tránsito de la Universidad, que funcionan hasta las 12:30 am o las 2:30 am, dependiendo del día, en intervalos de 20 minutos según el sitio web del UTS. White también notó que, después de esas horas, comienza Safe Ride [Aventón Seguro], un servicio de viajes gratuitos de la Universidad que funciona a altas horas de la noche cuando los autobuses dejan de funcionar.
Recently, JUUL announced that they would temporarily stop selling flavored e-cigarette juice pods in numerous retail locations, after increased pressure from the Food and Drug Administration. The restrictions come in an effort to restrict the usage of underage nicotine usage, as Juul is incredibly popular among high school and college aged students. The decision to restrict flavored JUUL pods is a good step in helping to combat the increased underage usage of nicotine, although more should be done in terms of restricting other flavors of pods popular among teens.
JUUL was initially founded in order to help reduce the usage of cigarettes, and to help smokers switch to a healthier option. Their mission, as advertised on their website, is to “Improve the lives of the world’s one billion adult smokers.” This mission makes combating underage usage more difficult, as JUUL searched for a way to stop underage usage while still offering smokers a healthier alternative to cigarettes. So, JUUL chose to restrict the sale of the flavored pods — mango, cucumber, creme and fruit — which typically appeal to teens. On Nov. 13, the company announced that they had “stopped accepting retail orders for our Mango, Fruit, Creme, and Cucumber JUUL pods to the over 90,000 retail stores that sell our product.” The company will, however, continue selling flavored pods in stores that typically require identification for entrance, such as vape shops and similar stores.
This decision by JUUL is a step forward in the desire to end underage nicotine addiction. Currently, thousands of stores throughout the country sell JUUL products, providing teens easy access to numerous fruity flavors of pods that contain about as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. JUUL taking these flavored pods out of convenience stores will help to take this accessibility away from teens, which is just the first step in decreasing this underage nicotine epidemic. For now, JUUL is planning on only selling these four flavored pods on their website, which has strict measures to ensure that the customer is 21 years old. Moreover, JUUL, in order to make sure that users are not just buying in bulk to sell to other customers not yet over 21, restricts customers to 15 packages of pods per month, and will not allow for the completion of a transaction if a customer exceeds this amount.
In the future, JUUL is willing to work with retail stores who follow their new Restricted Distribution System, which includes requiring the scanning of a customer’s ID in order to verify their age before a purchase can be made. Customers would also need to be limited on the quantity of devices and pods in which they could buy.
The measures JUUL is taking against underage usage of their products are good steps towards ending the prevalence of nicotine products among high schoolers throughout the country. Moreover, it is clear that the company has taken many things into consideration while figuring out what steps it was going to take and about the future of the company. However, more can and should be done in order to really combat underage consumption of nicotine products.
JUUL is still continuing with sales of their mint flavored pods — one of their most popular flavors among younger people — at retail stores. Of course, JUUL runs into an issue here in terms of somehow managing the prevalence of underage usage and still attempting to fulfill its original mission of helping current smokers. However, the popularity of mint pods among young people cannot be ignored, especially if JUUL is going to pride itself on the steps it is taking to reduce underage consumption.
If JUUL is going to really work towards ending the renewed epidemic of underage nicotine addiction — which it has helped create — they need to further look at the popularity of mint pods among young people and work towards restricting the sales of these at convenience stores as well. JUUL still offers three other non-flavored pods besides mint — Virginia Tobacco, Classic Tobacco, and Menthol — which could still appeal to the demographic of current smokers looking to switch to e-cigarettes, as they are used to the tastes after years of smoking cigarettes. Doing this would help JUUL fight this epidemic of underage usage of their products, while still having the ability to fulfill the company’s purpose.
JUUL definitely needs to do more in the fight against underage nicotine addiction. However, restricting access to the some of the most popular flavors of pods used by underage consumers is still a definite step in the right direction, and it is a step that those working towards limiting the epidemic of underage nicotine addiction should celebrate.
Zach Pasciak is a Viewpoint Writer for The Cavalier Daily. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democrats are coming off of historic wins in the midterm elections of 2018. More Democratic women were elected to Congress than ever before, a number of longtime Republican incumbents were ousted, and seats were gained at every level from the House of Representatives down to state legislatures. With the wind at our backs, Democrats have already begun the race for the party’s nomination for President in 2020. Everyone from Senators and governors to mayors and private citizens have begun visiting early-voting states, raising money, and hiring campaign staff in anticipation of a crowded primary. The amount of candidates running in 2020 could easily eclipse the crowded 2016 Republican field, which necessitated two seperate debates for each scheduled event in order to allow everyone to make their case to the American people. While making predictions and strategizing for 2020 is exciting and offers a way to energize the Democratic base, we cannot lose sight of the important elections we face in 2019.
Virginia Democrats remember all too well the results of the 2017 elections. We swept all three statewide offices and picked up 15 seats in the House of Delegates. However, we came up a single vote short for control of the House of Delegates. A single ballot irregularity forced control of the House of Delegates to be decided by drawing a name out of a bowl. The Republican won the drawing, and Republicans now hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Virginia House. 2019 is a chance to reverse that balance of power. There are 12 districts in the House of Delegates in which Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) won a majority of votes, yet are represented by a Republican. There are seven state Senate districts facing a similar situation, and the Senate is also closely divided: the Republicans hold a slim 21-19 majority. 2019 does not have any statewide races on the ballot, so turnout will likely be significantly lower than it was in 2017, when the gubernatorial election drove turnout up across the state. This is a fantastic opportunity for Democrats to flip two legislative chambers our way and give Gov. Ralph Northam greater ability to enact a progressive agenda and counteract the destructive actions of the Trump administration. Overall, 2019 offers one of the best chances for Virginia voters to alter the course of Commonwealth politics and give Democrats total control of Virginia government for the first time this century.
Unfortunately, Democrats are finding a way to narrow their path as usual. The talk of the party is 2020. Who is running? Who is not running? Who will endorse and support whom? Going straight to 2020 and overlooking the state and local elections being held in 2019 is exactly what put the Democratic Party at such a historic disadvantage at nearly every level of government throughout most of the 2010’s. Democrats lost nearly 1,000 seats at the state level under President Obama. When including losses at the Congressional level and the statewide office level, that number breaks 1000. There has been a lot of focus on recuperating those losses so far, but the party needs to stay on target with that initiative. We cannot be a party that turns out every four years to vote for president and let Republicans dominate at every other level of government. We have made progress engaging our voters at other levels of government and in off-year elections, but more work must be done to further institutionalize voter participation in every single election for Democratic voters. We absolutely cannot afford down-ballot losses at the levels of the Obama years again. Every election, from president to school board, must see a sustained increase in Democratic turnout for the party to properly fight back against Republican legislative priorities year in and year out. There is no way for the Democratic Party to enact its agenda if they do not hold enough offices to make a difference.
2020 offers a fantastic opportunity for Democrats. The presidency, one third of the Senate, and every single House seat is up for election, as well as countless state and local races. However, the people running for these higher offices (usually) have to come from somewhere. If Democrats cannot win smaller races, they will not be able to field quality, experienced candidates for higher offices. We are already in a hole at the state and local levels as a result of the Obama years. Losses of that magnitude are unsustainable and decimate our bench for higher offices. Virginia Democrats cannot look forward to 2020 while overlooking 2019. They must stay on target and deliver the citizens of the Commonwealth Democratic control of the General Assembly.
Chris Hopkins is a Viewpoint Writer for The Cavalier Daily. He can be reached at email@example.com.
About 25 to 35 students will be displaced from their dorms Sunday night after an electrical fire at Lambeth Field residences during the afternoon that left three apartments without power after officials decided to turn off electricity due to safety concerns. No injuries were reported by officials as a result of the incident.
The Charlottesville Fire Department responded to an electrical fire at the Lambeth Field residences at 2:55 p.m. Sunday. According to a U.Va. Emergency Alert, the fire originated in building 456, which was deemed unfit for student residency Sunday night by officials on the scene.
Sgt. Mark Pannell of the University Police Department and University spokesperson Anthony de Bruyn said Housing and Residence Life staff are working to secure accommodations for the displaced residents from building 456 — approximately 25 to 35 students.
The situation was cleared at 3:20 p.m. Sunday, 10 minutes after the University issued an emergency alert warning community members to avoid the area.
In an email to The Cavalier Daily, de Bruyn said the source of the fire was believed to be a breaker box in the building, although the exact cause of the incident is still unclear. He added that power was expected to be restored to all of the affected buildings by Sunday night, except for three apartments.
Students who were evacuated from their buildings stood in heavy snowfall, waiting for answers from officials on the scene. Many did not have proper winter clothing as they had exited their buildings expecting to return quickly.
Pannell, who communicated updates to students on the ground throughout the incident, said buildings 454, 456 and 458 were all evacuated due to the fire, or as many as 100 students. Pannell added that Facilities Management decided to turn off the power for all three buildings due to safety concerns.
After UPD and CFD personnel cleared the scene, students residing in the affected buildings were briefly allowed to return to their rooms to obtain any items they might need, but Pannell said all residents in building 456, where the fire originated, would not be able to return to their dorms Sunday night.
Officers from the University Police Department and personnel from the Charlottesville Fire Department could be seen crowded around the first floor of building 456 at approximately 3:15 p.m., and no flames or smoke were visible from the outside of the building.
Students sought refuge in nearby dorms which were unaffected by the fire or walked to the Lambeth common area while officers investigated the incident. Several students lamented the impact the incident may have on their efforts to prepare for final exams, which begin Monday.
Will Ford, a second-year College student who lives in the first floor of Lambeth 456 where the fire broke out, said he had just finished taking a shower when he heard a loud noise from the area of his dorm room.
“I got out of the shower and heard this big boom, and so I ran out into our living area, and I saw [it was] our little electrical box,” Ford said. “It was smoking up a lot, and obviously we were kind of in a panic so we didn't know what to do … and then it just caught flame [and] started smoking up.”
Ford said one of his roommates attempted to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, but the extinguisher could not reach the flames inside of the power box. Ford said he and his roomates then rushed to evacuate the room and retrieve all of their valuables.
“In a frenzy we tried to grab everything valuable to us — like laptops, phones, wallets, backpacks [and] stuff like that," Ford added. "My roommate was getting out of the shower too, and so we were in an extra frenzy because we just weren't dressed, and it's freezing outside so I didn't really know what to do.”
Ford said his Resident Advisor instructed him to call 911 who told him to pull the exterior fire alarm switches outside, adding that fire department personnel were on the scene 10 minutes later.
Ford added that he and his roommates had noticed unusual noises originating from the power box in their common area before the fire occurred but didn't think much of them.
“Our power box had been kind of glitchy, it had been making little buzzing noises,” Ford said. “We thought it was nothing to be concerned with or just the heat kicking on, but the floors above us — their boxes started smoking up as well, but theirs didn't catch on fire.”
“There was heavy smoke,” Ford added. “By the time we exited you couldn't even see in there because there was just so much smoke.”
The Board of Visitors’ Buildings and Grounds Committee met last Thursday to discuss a series of important issues, including selecting an architect to work on the second set of residence halls on Brandon Avenue as well as the architect for the remodeling of the North Grounds Mechanical Plant. The committee also met to discuss ongoing sustainability work at the University.
The Board approved all of the proposals put forth.
Colette Sheehy, the University’s senior vice president for operations, introduced the first three topics — the selection of the architect and engineer for Brandon Avenue Upper-Class Residence Hall Phase II, the North Grounds Mechanical Plant and Infrastructure and the West Grounds Chilled Water Capacity.
The Brandon Avenue Upper-Class Residence Halls were the first item on the agenda of the Committee. Specifically, the Board was voting on the decision to make Elkus Manfredi Architects, a Boston-based firm, the architects of a second residence building on the Brandon Avenue site.
“They are not the same architects that are doing the one at the end of the street,” Sheehy noted.
After a question by Rector Frank “Rusty” Conner, Sheehy explained the need for the apartments.
“We're down about 900 beds for upper-class students,” Sheehy said, citing that the growth in the number of first-year students led to the need to convert upper-class housing to temporarily accommodate first-years.
“Between the one under construction and the one proposed here and even a third one, we would be able to replace those 900 beds,” Sheehy added.
The residence halls are projected to cost $66 million and are slated to be ready for occupancy in 2019.
The board also selected an architect to build the expansion of the North Grounds Mechanical Plant. The facilities are intended to replace the Darden School’s existing utilities plant with “innovative and highly-efficient central plant equipment,” according to the Board’s agenda materials.
The suggested architect for this project — Hammel, Green and Abrahamson — was also approved unanimously.
The committee discussed the schematic design for the Ivy Mountain Central Utility Plant. The plan — the construction of an approximately 7,500 square foot central heating and cooling facility — was approved.
In tandem with the University’s sustainability goals, the Ivy Mountain development, according to the plans, creates an opportunity to implement highly-efficient and innovative district
energy generation and distribution systems. Significant water savings would also be expected, according to the agenda.
On a different note, Tim Rose, the chief executive officer of the University of Virginia Foundation — an entity which manages real estate and finances for the University — spoke about what the foundation does in relation to the Buildings and Grounds Committee.
“We only have one customer — the University of Virginia — and we're here to serve your purposes and your vision and we are one of many vehicles to help get you to your goals,” Rose stated to the gathered Committee.
The University of Virginia Foundation purchases property that it holds and then sells to the University, including the recent Brandon Avenue development.
“Over the course of about eight years we bought 16 properties and then transferred them to U.Va.,” Rose said.
During Rose’s presentation, James Reyes, a member of the Board of Visitors, interjected to make an important point about the ownership of the University of Virginia Foundation.
“[The University of Virginia Foundation] is legally separate, what you own is legally separated, [the Board] can't force you to do anything with that property. Thankfully you only have one customer, and you've treated it very well over the years, but legally speaking you are totally independent,” Reyes said.
The Committee lastly discussed ongoing sustainability efforts at the University, specifically the partnership with Dominion Energy where the University has committed to purchasing the full output of electricity produced by two solar fields. One field is a 160-acre solar facility located in King William County and the other is 120-acres in Middlesex County.
“Both of the solar fields that we’re involved with with Dominion [Energy] are now operational — and in terms of the Boards' goal around reduction of greenhouse gases we are at 19 percent compared to the 25 percent goal which is by 2025,” Sheehy said.
I am a big fan of a good list. My life is filled with checklists — homework, errands, miscellaneous “to do” items — some are scribbled in the margins of my notebooks or on random scraps of paper, but the majority of these lists can be found in my daily planner. In fact, somewhere in its November pages and between color-coded lines lies bold green print reminding me to submit this article later today.
Making lists is more than a way of organizing myself — it is a cheap form of motivation. There is nothing like the satisfaction of picking up my pen and checking off a box. Sometimes I will break up a task into two parts just so that I have more items to check off. Acknowledging that I have one less task to go is a rather harmless and easy form of reward that encourages me to get my stuff done.
One night, after a late-night phone call with my best friend in which we rambled on about how our busy schedules were robbing our lives of enjoyment, I decided it was time to bring lists into more personal aspects of my life. I jotted down a simple list of things I wanted to do more — I want to read for pleasure more. I want to exercise more often. I want to spend more time outdoors. Next to each of these items, I inevitably included a small square.
This was no creative or inspired idea. Cataloging personal goals is widely encouraged. People make New Year’s resolutions and five-year plans. We articulate our aims so that we can see the target more clearly. It would be pretty hard to work towards something if you don’t know what you are working towards.
That checklist stayed in the back of my mind for the following week. I hit the gym a few times, read through the chapters of a book that had collected dust on my shelf and made plans to go on a hike with friends. But as my list of schoolwork grew, my other checklist lost priority, and I began to lose sight of those goals I had set for myself.
A few months later I rediscovered the paper copy of my list. The empty boxes glared at me as I reflected on how I had failed to truly complete any of the items. A wave of guilt washed over me. I went to my desk drawer and dug out a stack of Post-it notes. I recreated my list, this time making each item quantifiable. Read one book for pleasure each month. Work out at least three times per week. Do something outdoors every weekend. Now my goals were quantifiable — I had either done it or I had not. I added a few more goals for good measure and then stuck the highlighter-yellow square on my bathroom mirror. It would not be forgotten or ignored now.
Famous last words. The second that I articulated my “goals” into a supposedly attainable checklist, I put pressure on myself to complete these tasks like I would any other list. But as time went on, the boxes remained empty. The adhesive of the post-it wore out and the paper began to peel back from the glass. The words I wrote became a constant reminder of my failed expectations.
Personal goals should not feel burdensome the way homework or errands might. While there can be great value in setting goals, to enumerate all these things I wish I were doing was to express a dissatisfaction with the way I currently lived my life. To create a laundry list of self-improvements is to hold oneself to an impossible standard, instead of taking direct action to self-improve.
Nike says, “Just do it,” and they make a good point. I end up spending more time thinking about how I could do life better than actually living it. Goals and organization are great for academic pursuits or even deciding what groceries I need that week, but when it comes to enjoying life, it is time to put down the pen and to stop drawing checkmarks. Instead, it is time for me to do the things that make me happy or better my life.
Jacqueline Kester is a Life Columnist for The Cavalier Daily. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a game that saw both teams shoot less than 30 percent, the No. 4 Virginia men’s basketball team stymied VCU’s upset bid, winning 57-49 in front of a packed crowd at John Paul Jones Arena Sunday afternoon.
A decisive 19-6 run in the last 6:34 in the game was key in propelling the Cavaliers (9-0) to victory over the Rams (7-3), who had a lead for much of the second half. In the run, junior guard Ty Jerome had 10 of his 14 points.
The first half was a defensive battle, with both teams shooting under 40 percent from the field. Virginia junior guard Kyle Guy led all scorers with 13 points in the first half.
Virginia got off to a slow start offensively, not reaching the double-digit scoring mark until 13:35 in the first half. That said, VCU also struggled to get anything going offensively, and couldn’t capitalize on the Cavaliers’ early difficulties.
Junior transfer guard Braxton Key provided a great spark off the bench,coming up with a clutch three to make it 10-6 Virginia and grabbing a couple of rebounds.
VCU continued to hang around, though, and took the lead, 14-13, with 11:01 to go in the half.
Second-chance points hurt the Cavaliers, as the Rams came up with two huge offensive rebounds on consecutive possessions. It was 19-18 VCU, but the Cavaliers responded with a decisive 7-0 run.
Sophomore forward De’Andre Hunter got to the line for two points, Guy knocked down a contested three pointer and freshman guard Kihei Clark got to the basket with an athletic finish to make it 25-19 Virginia with 4:13 to go in the half.
The Rams refused to go away, cutting the deficit to one, but Jerome answered with a corner three to make it 28-24 Virginia. Guy added a free throw shortly after, and the Cavaliers were up 29-24 going into the half.
Virginia overcame five first-half turnovers, high for a team that led the nation with just 7.9 turnovers per game before this game, to have a slim lead going into the second half.
VCU came out of the gate hot, scoring the first seven points of the second half to retake the lead, 31-29.
Junior forward Mamadi Diakite came up with two consecutive buckets to make it 33-31 Virginia, but VCU responded with a three-point play to make it 34-33 Rams.
“Mamadi gave us a nice lift with some inside buckets,” Coach Tony Bennett said. “I’m happy for him.”
Virginia’s shooting woes continued. To start the second half, the Cavaliers shot just 2-16 from the field. They had just seven points in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
With the Cavaliers unable to score, the Rams ran out to a five-point lead, their biggest of the game, with 6:53 left to go.
Jerome responded. The clutch junior guard came up with a layup and three-pointer to tie the game at 43 apiece.
“You have to give [Ty] the freedom to be aggressive,” Bennett said. “That’s who he is. That’s how he’s wired.”
The Rams responded to regain the lead, 45-44, with 4:47 to play, but Jerome wasn’t finished.
He hit a falling away three-pointer, which — along with a pair of free throws from Guy — made it 49-45 with 4:16 to play.
After a couple of defensive stops, Diakite got to the foul line and knocked down two clutch free throws to make it 51-45 Virginia.
Hunter made two more free throws to make it 53-45 Cavaliers, but VCU responded with a three-pointer to cut Virginia’s lead to five with 1:58 left in the game.
Clark and Jerome iced out the game with two more pairs of free throws, and the final score was 57-49 Virginia.
“Everyone made timely plays,” Jerome said. “Right after I hit the three, Kihei got the 10-second call … Gritty win.”
Free-throw shooting and solid defense were critical in helping Virginia stave off the upset bid. The Cavaliers shot 26-30 from the foul line and forced the Rams to shoot under 30 percent from the field.
Clark was a big part of the defensive effort. Playing with a cast on his left wrist, Clark held Rams’ leading scorer, junior guard Marcus Evans, to one field goal on the day.
“His heart and his ability … How can you not get excited if you’re behind that defensively?” Bennett said.
Clark will undergo surgery on his wrist Monday, and his playing status for Virginia’s next game, Dec. 19 against South Carolina, is unclear.
Despite the poor shooting night, the Cavaliers were able to pull out yet another win at home, and remain undefeated going into the finals break.
Six courses offered in the upcoming spring 2019 semester will be taught by current University students, according to Megha Karthikeyan, a third-year Commerce student and the chair of the Academic Affairs Committee for Student Council.
Eight students will have the opportunity to teach their own classes through the Student Council-run Cavalier Education Program, which allows University students to design and teach original courses to their peers. According to the CavEd website, “The goal of the CavEd program is to give students the opportunity to take charge of their academic experience — to allow them to share their passion for and knowledge of subjects outside the traditional curriculum.”
It is a four-step process for student professors to design their own curriculum. In order to apply to teach their own class, they must first take INST 3150, the CavEd Pedagogy Seminar. While enrolled in INST 3150, students draft their own syllabus and develop a classroom model for the course they want to teach. Then they find a faculty sponsor, and finally, apply to the CavEd committee for approval to teach the syllabus they developed in INST 3150.
Three of the six classes offered by students this upcoming semester relate to film. There are also classes on Esperanto and internationalism, the history of Asian American activism and philosophy and physics.
Once the class is approved, student professors have the opportunity to apply for funding. Student Council’s 2018 annual budget allocated $500 for classroom materials for the Cavalier Education program.
Student-taught classes are usually one or two credits, Karthikeyan said. They can only be taken for credit or no credit.
Third-year College student Savannah Edwards said that taking the Pedagogy Seminar helped her to develop the syllabus she will use. Edwards will be co-teaching an introductory film production course next semester, along with third-year College student Douglas Braye.
“It was really interesting to compare the effectiveness of different learning styles and teaching methods in that class, because a lot of them wouldn’t work in my class but the ones that would work for my class wouldn’t work for others,” Edwards said.
Course enrollment for student-taught classes is capped at 20. Karthikeyan said that the class size for these courses was intentionally kept small.
“We want to make it a very intimate kind of class so students can actually learn from their peers and get a good understanding of what’s happening in the course,” Karthikeyan said. “The idea of these classes are not like big major lecture-style topics either, they’re very specific topics, and that’s easier to do when you’re in a smaller setting.”
While there is no age restriction on becoming a student professor at the University, Karthikeyan added that most of the student professors tend to be third- or fourth-years, which gives them time to build their knowledge in the subject they will teach on.
“The topic you’re teaching about … can’t just be something you’re interested in, it has to be ‘Oh, I’ve done research in this,’ or ‘I’ve worked in this,’ or ‘I have some kind of expertise in this type of field,’” Karthikeyan said.
Some of the student-taught classes seek to fill a perceived gap in academic opportunities at the University. Third-year College student Eileen Ying will be teaching History of Asian American Activism in the spring. Ying said that she felt her class provided an opportunity for students interested in learning more about Asian American history.
“U.Va. has notoriously slim pickings in the field of Asian American Studies,” Ying said. “That’s a greater structural problem that I’m also interested in, but I personally was interested in the topic and couldn’t find the academic resources here, so I did a lot of reading on my own.”
Ying added that she felt her class added something new to the University’s course options.
“I feel like it fills an important gap in U.Va.’s current selection of courses,” Ying said. “I think it’s really important for me and for other Asian American students and for anyone who’s just interested in the topic to have that choice at U.Va.”
Ying’s class currently has 19 students registered to take it in the spring.
The Virginia women’s basketball team lost 57-44 at home to Radford Saturday afternoon.
The Cavaliers (4-6) trailed 35-16 at halftime, before going on a 11-0 run in the third quarter to narrow the Highlanders’ (4-3) lead.
Junior forward Lisa Jablonowski earned her first career double-double against Radford with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Junior forward Jocelyn Willoughby posted her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. However, Willoughby shot 3-15 from the field.
Virginia only trailed by two points, 14-12, at the end of the first quarter. However, Radford opened the second quarter on a 10-2 run to pull away from the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers managed to cut Radford’s lead to 10 points — the score was 45-35 at the end of the third quarter. However, the Highlanders were able to hang on in the fourth to win by 13.
Virginia shot only 24.6 percent from the field against Radford. Junior guard Dominique Toussaint made only one of 10 field goals, while sophomore guard Brianna Tinsley made two of 14. Tinsley also led the Cavaliers in turnovers with four.
Junior center Felicia Aiyeotan remained out with an injury for Virginia, but the Cavaliers still outrebounded Radford 42-39.
The Cavaliers will not play again until Dec. 20 against Alabama, then Dec. 21 against South Florida. Both games are part of the Florida Sunshine Classic Tournament, held at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and will tip off at 4 p.m.
The Virginia wrestling team (4-3) returned to Memorial Gym after last weekend’s Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas to face Central Michigan (0-2) Friday.
The Cavaliers fell behind early when a Virginia forfeiture at 125 pounds gifted Central Michigan a 6-0 lead right out of the gate. However, consecutive wins for redshirt freshman Brian Courtney and nationally-ranked junior Sam Krivus allowed Virginia to pull even.
Virginia eventually pulled away thanks to decisions from senior Will Schany and sophomore Jay Aiello, ranked No. 11 nationally. No. 17 redshirt freshman Cam Coy and freshman Robby Patrick added bonus-point wins. Despite giving up the early lead, the Cavaliers demonstrated their talent in number of weight classes, at one point stringing together five straight decisions to help secure the 22-18 victory.
Virginia returned to action the following afternoon, hosting a Princeton team (2-3) that had a trio of wrestlers ranked in the top 15 nationally. In contrast to the Friday night match, the Cavaliers were the ones that jumped out to an early lead Saturday as two opening decisions from sophomore Jake Keating and Coy gave the Cavaliers a 6-0 lead.
However, the Tigers responded with back-to-back decisions at 174 pounds and 184 pounds to pull even. Then, Princeton’s fifth-ranked sophomore Patrick Brucki pinned Aiello to give the Tigers their first lead of the match. They never looked back.
While the Cavaliers pulled within three points twice, Princeton’s second pin of the day, at 141 pounds, put the dual out of reach. The Tigers finished the day with a major decision courtesy of the country’s top-ranked wrestler at 149 pounds, junior Matthew Kolodzik, capping off an impressive 28-15 win for Princeton.
Virginia will next travel to Kansas City, Mo. for a neutral-site match against No. 6 Missouri Dec. 20.
As a newly minted member of the University Guide Service, I have a certain responsibility to tell prospective students the truth. The first truth is that most University students gagged on that pretentious first sentence, balking at the thought of another preachy humor article that blurs the line between an intricately-detailed cry for help and a capitalization on whatever rockin’ slang teens use these days. Anyway, as trumpeters of the world’s okayest sweatshirt, Guides are taught to be honest, to give students the unfiltered truth of the University experience. We have the right to speak freely without worry of censorship from the administration. They’d have to pay us to do that. So, I’m going to get real with you by telling you things you already know. Because isn’t that what art is? Just replicating common human experience through various creative media? Are you gagging yet?
I don’t really lie directly to my tourists. I’m not here trying to sneak extra people into U.Va. Don’t you think if I could reduce this undergraduate population, I would? I already can’t park my car or my butt in any open spaces on Grounds, so some of y’all need to take to the hills because I’ve had enough. I just feel obligated to conceal the problematic pimples that pop up on U.Va.’s pristine complexion from time to time, but like any real concealer, it’s still obvious they’re under there anyway. Please examine my lower chin for evidence.
“I’d like to think people at U.Va. don’t succumb to any silly social norms.”
I’ll make a list:
“The University doesn’t have any particular unofficial dress code.”
Au contraire. I would refer you to any Anthropologie or L.L. Bean catalog, but odds are you’re already rocking their fall collection. Now to be fair, as far as colleges go, we’ve got a decent variety of style. I visited Auburn University over fall break, and it’s just little loaves of Wonder Bread shuffling around in khakis. Seriously.
“You really just need to take the initiative to thrive at this school.”
Well, sometimes you take the initiative, but the initiative really doesn’t take you. Every single student here has an organization for which they hold a bitter, nonsensical hatred based on past rejection. If Maddie on your hall seems really pissy about the upcoming Sil’hooettes concert, or Brandon refuses to walk past Jeff Soc and its satanic circle of fancy chairs, then bada bing, bada boom — rejection. Even the most “involved” of students are salty about something, like getting tapped by the wrong secret society or not making President Jim Ryan’s suspiciously cute Instagram. We all have our faults.
“We get all four seasons here in Charlottesville.”
I only know two. First, it’s the Sahara outside and the tundra inside, and then the Ice Age is upon us, and it’s Satan’s armpit indoors. So the answer is, you’re sweaty every month out of the year. That’s why people run so much here — they’re cloaking their sweatiness with exercise. I obviously don’t run because I embrace honesty and being real. You’re welcome.
Honorable Mentions: “Yeah, finding an apartment off-Grounds is easy,” “We’re a football school now” and “Sure, Corner Juice hires brunettes!”
But the biggest lie of them all is:
“You’ll be just as happy somewhere else.”
No, you won’t. Not like here. I can’t describe that moment — that moment that everyone has at least once in their time here at Thomas Jefferson’s Wonderland of Problematic Legacies because each one is different, but the feeling is the same. Whether you’re screaming along to your millionth addition of “Mr. Brightside” on Trin 3 or you’re watching the sunrise on Humpback Rock a couple hours later, you still get that feeling. That “F—k, I love this place” feeling. You might get it stepping into your Lawn room or streaking past someone else’s, but it comes all the same. It might come after semesters of tears and forced smiles, but by the time you get into a cap and gown, you’ll realize those lies your tour guide told you meant nothing. Because you made this school your own, learned your own truths and probably told a couple fibs along the way. Because this school sure isn’t perfect, but it’s worth it. And I ask you to find the lie in that.
Emily Sumlin is a Humor Columnist for The Cavalier Daily. She can be reached at email@example.com.
The Finance Committee of U.Va.’s Board of Visitors approved increases to base tuition for in- and out-of-state undergraduate students in a meeting Friday in the Rotunda. In-state students will see a 2.9 percent increase in tuition and fees starting in the 2019-2020 academic year — from $13,682 to 14,078 — while out-of-state students will see a base increase of 3.5 percent, from $44,724 to $46,289.
The required auxiliary fee would increase by $120, or 5.2 percent, in the next academic year, and the committee also approved increases to dining and housing costs. Melody Bianchetto, the University’s vice president for finance, estimated that costs across the board would increase by around three percent — or approximately $973 for in-state College students and $1,925 for out-of-state College students.
University President Jim Ryan said the school has a policy of limiting annual tuition increases to one percent above inflation, though he said it would take 48 years for U.Va. to catch up to its peers’ tuition in the U.S. News & World Report’s top 25 highest-ranked private universities — institutions Ryan considers peers. He noted that he could not get reliable information about the two other public universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s top 25.
“Some of this conversation has to be about what kind of institution we want to be,” Ryan said. “Sometimes you hear people say, ‘We should be the best public university.’ Others say we should compete among publics and privates. Not to recognize that we’re at a competitive disadvantage would be a mistake.”
The combined increases — as well as increases to tuition for some graduate-level programs — would generate $13.3 million in additional annual revenue, according to the committee’s presentation documents. In 2017, the University’s financial report said the school brought in over $545 million in tuition and fees.
University Rector Frank M. Conner III said he believes the University must balance keeping its tuition affordable with staying competitive.
“Most of the people who are talking to us about affordability only have one piece of the equation in mind,” Conner said. “My personal view is that, if you focus solely on affordability, you’ll neither be affordable, nor great.”
Third-year College student Tanner Hirschfeld — who previously told The Cavalier Daily he planned to silently protest the committee’s vote — attended the meeting.
The committee discussed, but did not vote on, increases to upper-division tuition in the College of Arts and Sciences. If approved at the next meeting, tuition for third- and fourth-year College students would increase compared to first- and second-year students to finance more costly academic endeavors, like smaller class sizes.
In an interview prior to the meeting, Ryan told The Cavalier Daily he supports the upper-division tuition increases.
“No one likes to raise tuition, no one likes to have tuition raised,” Ryan said. “But the rationale for it is consistent with the rationale for differential tuition at Batten ... Architecture, Nursing, which is that those educational programs involve smaller classes and more intense educational experiences, which, frankly, are more expensive.”
In the meeting, Ryan reaffirmed his support for the differential tuition increase, adding that “the future of the College is at stake.”
College Dean Ian Baucom said the upper-division tuition increases would generate $10 million in new annual revenue to be used to decrease class sizes and create new programs and courses, especially in the hard sciences. Calculus and chemistry courses, in particular, will be reworked to include more interactive programming.
The upper-division tuition increases will be voted on in the committee’s March meeting.
The committee also approved increased housing and meal plan rates — an average of 3.5 percent increase to undergraduate housing fees and 2.44 percent to student dining fees, effective starting in the 2019-2020 academic year.
The housing rate hike, according to Colette Sheehy, U.Va.’s senior vice president for operations, will help finance projects like the McCormick Road renovations and dorm construction on Brandon Avenue.
Included in the meal plan rate increase is an additional meal plan option for students opting to eat on Grounds, with 120 meal swipes and $750 plus dollars allotted for the year. Formerly, students could purchase either 50, 80 or 160 meal swipes per semester in “block” meal plans.
The approved proposal also creates an optional “Corner Cash” add-on to all All Access and Semester block meal plans, which will be usable at non-University restaurants near Grounds.
James Alex Fields Jr. — the man accused of driving a car into a crowd of people during the white supremacist Unite the Right rally in downtown Charlottesville in August 2017, killing one and injuring dozens more — was found guilty of one count of first-degree murder, five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, one count of hit and run and three counts of malicious wounding.
The jury delivered the verdict late Friday afternoon after deliberating for just under eight hours. Sentencing will be determined by the court beginning Monday morning — Fields could face up to six life sentences and 70 years in prison for the charges.
Prior to deliberations, the defense requested the jury to find Fields guilty of lesser crimes, specifically naming involuntary manslaughter and unlawful wounding.
Fields was also separately indicted on 30 counts of federal hate crimes in June, though the trial date has yet to be determined. One count is for bias-motivated interference with a federally-protected activity which resulted in death — a charged which carries a maximum federal sentence of the death penalty.
The current trial began Nov. 26 in Charlottesville Circuit Court and was presided over by Judge Richard E. Moore.
The Charlottesville Solar Project — a contracted independent organization that works to make solar energy widely accessible — fully powered Lighting of the Lawn this year.
Erik Toor — a third-year Commerce student and a member of Class Council’s Lighting of the Lawn committee and Charlottesville Solar Project — headed the team carrying out the initiative. Toor said 1960 watts of LED lights — at least 1000 lights, Toor estimated — lit up the East and West wings of the Academical Village and the Rotunda Thursday evening. Toor said the light show went as planned and looked the same as last year.
“I had the idea last year, and I proposed it to the LOTL committee about lighting up the Lawn with solar, and they loved the idea so … we went out for multiple grants, and got them to light up the Lawn with solar energy,” Toor said in an interview before the light show. “We’re powering the entire show with an array that is going to be on the right terrace of the Rotunda.”
Gordon Bailey, a co-chair of the LOTL committee and a fourth-year College student, said he and his co-chair, fourth-year College student Katie Mendenhall, supported the initiative.
“I think that’s what’s really nice about LOTL, we have students that … like to try new things,” Bailey said. “LOTL started off with just everyone coming together and then a student had the bright idea to actually light the pavilion of the Rotunda itself, so we’re continuing to foster that.”
Toor said the process of obtaining solar energy resembles water flowing through a pipe, with electrons replacing water. Electrons hit the grid and are then converted through an inverter to a certain wavelength — 60 Hertz in the case of LOTL, Toor said.
“Solar only works when the sun’s up and Lighting of the Lawn is at night, so during the day, the solar panels are going to be out and they’re going to be charging, they’re going to be obtaining sunlight all day and it’s going to be charging batteries that are going to be inside the Rotunda,” Toor said. “At night time when LOTL happens, we’re just going to [use] the batteries that have been charging all day.”
Toor said the committee wanted to ensure there was more than enough electricity, but noted that the show could have been powered off one hour of charging. Bailey said there was a certain risk with powering the lights in a new way such as solar, but said he was confident the initiative would go as planned.
Toor said much of the funding came from in-kind donations. Sun Tribe Solar Company, a solar energy company in Charlottesville, provided panels — four in total — and Aerocompact, a solar energy company in North Carolina, provided racking.
The Ann Warrick Lacy Student Experiential Center lent the batteries, Toor said, and Student Council and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences provided grants to the committee to pay for inverters, wiring and other supplies.
Amelia Thomas, a fourth-year College student, member of the Charlottesville Solar Project and marketing and research associate at Sun Tribe, said the University and Charlottesville Solar Project had collaborated on research before Toor reached out to her regarding the initiative.
“[Erik Toor] came up with the whole plan,” Thomas said. “Basically we decided that since [Charlottesville Solar Project] had helped … we thought we would donate the panels.”
Devin Welch — Sun Tribe’s vice president of business development — said previous collaborations between the company and the University include solar array installations at Clemons Library and Ivy Stacks Expansion Building.
“The University’s commitments to clean energy are impressive and ever-increasing,” Welch said. “It’s symbolic of a society-wide shift to clean energy. It’s been amazing to see students at the forefront of clean energy.”
Toor and Bailey said that although the project was single-use and therefore would not make much of an environmental impact, one of the main goals of the project was to promote solar energy as a viable product.
“I think it speaks volumes about the dedication people have to Lighting of the Lawn,” Bailey said. “I think it’s really cool to have a light show off of solar. LEDs lights don’t necessarily take a lot of wattage, from a sustainability standpoint … I think it’s more of a cool factor from me.”
In an interview with The Cavalier Daily earlier this week, University President Jim Ryan said U.Va. must determine the legality of requiring that its dining provider, Aramark, pay its contracted workers a higher wage. When asked about his support for a higher contracted wage, ignoring the legal issue, Ryan did not take a stance, saying he needed to do more research.
According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s living wage calculator — which estimates the living wage needed to support individuals and families based on the cost of basic necessities — a living wage in the City of Charlottesville is $12.02 per hour for a single adult or $16.95 per hour for a family of four in which both parents work. Aramark currently pays a base wage of $10.65 an hour.
“One of the complicating features of this is that there is an attorney general opinion that essentially prohibits the University from taking into account wages paid to contracted workers when selecting contractors which places some limits, and I don't know yet whether they are insuperable about what we can do with regards to contractors,” Ryan said.
Corey Runkel, a third-year College student and member of the Living Wage Campaign, said he thinks the legal challenges to requiring Aramark pay its employees a living wage are not insurmountable.
“"We're also a little unsure if [the legal challenges] are, in Ryan's words, 'superable,’ Runkel said. “We believe they are, and we also believe that if the University were to do something that was against the Attorney General's opinion — which should be taken under ‘due consideration’ — then they wouldn't face ramifications for it."
In 2002, Jerry Kilgore — at the time, the state’s Republican attorney general — wrote a non-binding legal opinion that declared localities could not require their contractors pay contracted employees any set wage amount under the Virginia Public Procurement Act, writing that “a ‘living wage’ requirement is unrelated to the goods or services to be procured.”
Deputy Attorney General David Johnson, a deputy of Bob McDonnell — the state’s Republican attorney general in 2006 — wrote a letter to then-U.Va. Executive Vice President Leonard Sandridge, confirming McDonnell believed that the 2002 opinion was applicable to the University.
Six years later, a spokesperson for then-Republican Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in a published statement that Cuccinelli believed that Virginia codes restricted any state agencies from requiring contractors to pay a living wage.
When asked if he would support a higher wage for contracted employees, if all legal challenges were addressed, Ryan said he needed more information before taking a position.
“I would have to look into it, honestly,” Ryan said, noting that he’ll be briefed on the issue in the near future. “I want to make sure I understand all the ramifications. Like I said, I think this is an incredibly important issue, but it also affects a lot else at the University, and when we go into it, we need to go into it with eyes wide open about ‘Here are the costs, here are the ramifications, here’s how they could pay for it.’”
"These dollars do make a big difference for a lot of people, and that the difference would be much larger for the employees than it would be for the University,” Runkel said. “My personal sentiment, and to an extent the sentiment of the Campaign, is that we really should be seeing something more productive come out of higher tuition every year."
For non-contracted employees, Ryan added that it was less a legal issue than one of “finances and economics.”
Student Council’s representative body passed a resolution Tuesday supporting a living wage for contracted employees.
Two spokespeople for Virginia’s current attorney general, Democrat Mark Herring, did not return request for comment.