As a parade of students marched down the Lawn during Final Exercises Saturday — many holding balloons, some shedding tears — the last few undergraduates in the processional were holding something noticeably different.
A white banner, reading “VA Students Act Against White Supremacy,” marched down the Lawn with the rest of the processional. This is the same banner several students — three of whom spoke at a U.Va. Students United press conference — held as they stood surrounding the statue of Thomas Jefferson near the Rotunda during the torchlit white nationalist march on Grounds last August.
Fourth-year College student Clara Carlson held this banner both on Aug. 11 and today as she walked the lawn. During the press conference, Carlson and fellow activists spoke about their reaction to the administration and law enforcement’s responses to various events over the past year.
“Throughout the year, we’ve met with U.Va.’s highest administrators, we’ve met with the dean of students, the president, the provost, the dean of the Law School, the rector of the Board of Visitors and the vice rector of the Board of Visitors,” said Caroline Bray, a fourth-year College student. “...Yet we’ve been met mostly with deaf ears. And while we have finished our time here at U.Va., we will never stop fighting against white supremacy.”
Bray, Carlson and fellow speaker and fourth-year Architecture student Sophie Schectman listed three major demands for the University at Saturday’s press conference.
First, that the University publicly acknowledge the violence caused by white supremacists on Grounds and issue a public condemnation of white supremacy. Next, that any identified white supremacists from the Aug. 11 march be banned from University property, beyond the trespass warning recently issued to Jason Kessler, a white nationalist and organizer of the “Unite the Right” rally. Third, the students demanded the University pay any of the remaining medical bills for those injured in the fatal car attack of Aug. 12.
Schectman was one of the protesters injured in the car attack and suffered two broken legs, multiple contusions and a concussion. As a result, she has had to undergo extensive medical treatment to recover.
“U.Va. has refused to address this even though their hospital treated many of the survivors,” Schectman said. “Survivors are still struggling to make ends meet even though U.Va. has the resources to help.”
The University did not immediately respond for comment Saturday evening.
In September, University President Teresa Sullivan announced that the University would allocate $12,500 from private sources toward the Charlottesville Patient Support Fund, which supports people who were injured during the white supremacist rallies of Aug. 11 and 12.
During Saturday’s graduation ceremony, University President Teresa Sullivan delivered the commencement address, speaking of the benefits students could reap from being resilient and flexible in their future endeavors. This talk of resilience frustrated Bray, who felt Sullivan’s email condemning her and others for shrouding the statue of Thomas Jefferson with black fabric in September did not send this type of message.
“I find it ironic that she acknowledged resilience at all,” Bray said. “When I asked the days following August 11 where she was that night, she snapped at me. She had no compassion and asked me why I didn’t tell her that the Nazis were coming.”
In addition to their three main demands, Carlson spoke of Students United’s support for Eric Martin, a community member arrested in April for sitting in the same room as Kessler at the University Law Library.
“Yet again, we saw police protect a known white supremacist while they arrested Eric Martin for trespassing, and he now faces jail time,” Carlson said. “He showed up for us and our community, which means we have the opportunity to show up for him at his court date.”
The University ultimately issued a no-trespass warning to Kessler in late April which prohibits him from entering University property.
Schectman expressed discontent with the University’s new ‘unaffiliated persons’ policy, which prevents those not currently students or employees of the University — including alumni — from gathering on Grounds without at least seven days advance registration with the University. The policy limits each speaker or group to a two-hour block, once per week in one of a list of designated locations on Grounds. The policy was first proposed by the Deans Working Group which Sullivan created to review the University’s response to Aug. 11. Students United has met with the group and expressed their disapproval of the new policy.
“We don’t believe that [the policy] is going to bring the necessary change to this institution,” Schectman said. “It will most likely fall more harshly on student protesters, especially these policies that we’ve seen in the last year. Student protesters have been arrested whereas only one no trespass order has been issued to a Nazi — Jason Kessler.”
While the policy should not limit student protesters from saying what they want on Grounds, there is ambiguity regarding how it will be enforced when the group protesting contains both students and non-affiliated persons.
In addition, Carlson emphasized her disappointment in the University’s past emails discouraging students from participating in protests and her hope that the one year anniversary of the on-Grounds and Downtown Mall demonstrations would not be met with similar warnings.
“We’ve learned a lot in the past nine months and have grown together. We know how to protect each other and keep each other safe and will continue demanding more from this institution,” Carlson said.“... Something we’ve articulated to the University over and over again is students have a right to stand up against white supremacy.”
For pre-health students, balancing academics, extracurricular activities, volunteering and research with preparation for the Medical College Admission Test and medical school application cycle may be overwhelming. Pre-health advisors and members of the Class of 2018 say that a bridge year — an alternative to directly applying and entering a health professional school following graduation — can allow students to create more opportunities and strengthen their candidacy for medical school or for other health professions.
Also known as a gap year, a bridge year lasts from graduation until the student’s entry to a health professional school — like medical school — in the following year or years. According to Kim Sauerwein, director of pre-health and law advising, a bridge year is not a backup plan or an alternative for students who did not do well at the University.
“A lot of very well-qualified applicants choose a bridge year to be able to engage in some kind of exciting or meaningful experience prior to medical school,” Sauerwein said.
Based on statistics provided by Sauerwein and the pre-health advising staff, most successful applicants to medical school take one or more bridge years prior to entering medical school. In the 2015-16 admissions cycle, a total of 52 percent of University applicants were accepted to an allopathic medical school — of these accepted students and alumni, 27.2 percent did not take a bridge year while 72.7 percent had one or more bridge years.
In the most recent 2016-17 application cycle, a total of 60 percent of University applicants were accepted to an allopathic medical school. Of these accepted students, 32 percent were accepted without a bridge year and 68 percent of the accepted students engaged in one or more bridge years. Furthermore, of the bridge year acceptances last year, 37 percent of the bridge years lasted only one year while 63 percent were two or more years in length.
Sauerwein attributed the increase in medical school acceptances from 52 percent to 60 percent to the good choices students made about when about they were applying to medical programs. The University’s pre-health advising center assesses a student’s candidacy for medical school based on a three-pillar model that emphasizes academic, career and personal development.
“If in third or fourth year, someone is saying, ‘I’m not sure what to do in my bridge year,’ we look at the pillars and say, ‘Which one of these needs strengthening or which one of these can you have an amazing experience in and use to increase and strengthen your candidacy,’” Sauerwein said.
Maya Johnson, a fourth-year College student, decided in her first year at the University to eventually take a bridge year following graduation, a choice that made balancing her extracurriculars and academics more manageable. Johnson will spend her bridge year as a medical scribe in a doctor’s office in Richmond where she will be organizing medical records as well as following and taking notes for a doctor as he or she talks with patients. Johnson also hopes to apply to medical schools in the following year.
“With the bridge year, you’re not stressing to finish everything in three years,” Johnson said. “Before you begin another hard four years of medical school, you can take a break to better an aspect of your application and add to your life and educational goals.”
While some students use their bridge year to strengthen their academic or career preparation, others may apply to the Fulbright Scholar Program or pursue a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that might not have been possible in the traditional, academic setting. For fourth-year College student and global development studies Maddie Rita, that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will be studying reproductive health in Cambodia as a Luce Scholar.
Through the Luce Scholars Program, Rita will be working with a non-governmental organization called Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia while living in Phnom Penh for a year. She said hopes to broaden her understanding of healthcare by interacting with people afflicted with significant health challenges and learning about solutions compatible with their community’s needs. She also said she hopes to experience Cambodian culture and bond with the people sharing her residence in Phnom Penh.
Rita said directly going to medical school and staying in the United States without understanding how healthcare works in another cultural context may make it difficult to develop the cultural competency the U.S. healthcare system emphasizes that its physicians exhibit.
“I think that there’s a certain component of becoming a really good practitioner that you can only really cultivate through the experience of helping take care of people, connecting with people who may be from a frame of reference that’s really different from your own and getting to spend time around people who are experts in their fields,” Rita said.
Ultimately, Rita said she hopes to take two years off before starting medical school — in her first year, she hopes to spend all of her energy on Cambodia while focusing more intently on the application process in her second year.
Once the weather warms up, it’s pretty hard to find the the Lawn without students in their caps and gowns, taking advantage of the Rotunda’s beauty as a backdrop for their graduation portraits.
“I’ve been on the Lawn from roughly 7:00 to 8:45 a.m. or 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. pretty much every morning since April 1,” professional photographer Hunter Sheldon said.
Sheldon, a University alumnus with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, did 35 graduation shoots last year, photographing 92 graduates in the class of 2017. By the end of this semester, he expects to have done 36 shoots, photographing 89 graduates of the Class of 2018.
“I fell in love with Charlottesville as a first-year, and knew pretty early on in my college career that I would love to stay in town after graduation,” Sheldon said in an email. “Not only did I just want to stay, but by the time I graduated, I already had begun establishing the Hunter Sheldon Photography brand in Charlottesville, and had a lot of momentum with current UVA students when it comes to Graduation photography, so it made sense.”
An incredible number of graduation photographers, both student and professional, are demanded for the roughly 4,000 member class that graduates from the University every year. However, the large number of photographers — both students and professionals — needed to meet that demand can pose a threat sometimes.
“The market is saturated so you can’t necessarily charge for what your work is worth in some cases which I know has been hard for some people,” said Sarah Dodge, a fourth-year College student and photographer. “If I wasn’t in a college town I would probably be charging a lot more than what I do now.”
Dodge charges $100 for an hour-long session for an individual. For groups of three or more, she charges $50 per person.
Sheldon agrees with Dodge, who admitted that last year he had a sort of “scarcity mentality.”
“Every time I saw someone else doing a photoshoot, that meant they weren’t doing it with me,” Sheldon said.
Sheldon has done senior photoshoots for high school students but he and his wife, Sarah Sheldon, currently focus on photographing weddings and University graduates due to the high demand of his work at the University. In fact, Sheldon admits that he feels pretty “overbooked” at the moment and is now happy to see other photographers there on the Lawn with him.
“Everyone is graduating and I think everyone should get graduation photographs,” Sheldon said. “I love what I do and being out there and being able to serve so many U.Va. students.”
Sheldon charges $120 per person for groups of one to four people for a 55-minute session. For Sheldon’s “large group” 75-minute sessions, he charges $30 per person.
Not every graduation portrait photographer is the same — in fact there are a number of factors that differentiate photographers from each other. Some are full-time, while others are part-time. Sheldon, unlike many graduation portrait photographers, treats his photography like a full-time business and thus devotes more time to it than some do.
“I think that’s one of the things that separates me from even the other professionals, is just the volume that I’m able to do,” Sheldon said. “Also, that the students feel like they’re interacting with a business.”
Catherine Cura, a fourth-year College student and photographer, on the other hand, is more of a videographer and has just recently started picking up photography. Cura’s photography opportunities have stemmed from her videography assignments and her friends’ desire to have high-quality photographs taken. Cura primarily advertises via word of mouth, although she also has a Facebook page which is how many of her customers found out she was doing graduation portraits.
Cura charges $35 per person for an hour-long shoot and $25 per person for groups of four or more. She was unable to get into a photography class at the University, however, she took the initiative to pursue her interest by teaching a digital media class at HackCville.
“Teaching photography to other people has helped with my learning,” Cura said.
Similar to Cura, Brittany Fan, a professional photographer who graduated from the College in 2015, also said “word of mouth” keeps her busy. As an undergraduate, Fan started taking pictures of people and enjoyed it and eventually “just kind of slipped into being a photographer.”
“I stayed in Charlottesville after graduation for a year-long fellowship program that I was accepted into, and also to work full time as a graphic designer in a downtown firm,” Fan said in an email. “Since then, I've become deeply loyal to individuals, organizations, and communities in this city, so it's become a special place for me in an even fuller and richer way than it was college.”
Fan differentiates her prices based on the duration of the shoot. She charges $300 per person for an hour-long “full session” and $150 for a 20-30 minute “mini-session.” Katie Carr, a fourth-year in the College, is a hospitality intern at the Center for Christian Study and chose Fan to take her portraits due to her exposure of her work at the Center.
“I just really like her style,” Carr said. “And she takes a lot of pictures for the Center for Christian Studies, so I’ve seen her pictures a lot around the STUD and have seen her doing portraits for other people.”
Although the demand for graduation portraits is very high, the University and the Charlottesville community are able to supply a variety of photographers that can meet all needs and price ranges of the graduates.
Spirits were high at Friday afternoon’s Valedictory Exercises despite inclement weather that forced the relocation of the ceremony from the Lawn to John Paul Jones Arena.
Chris Long — a University alumnus and former football team member known for his philanthropic efforts and two Super Bowl wins with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles — was this year’s keynote speaker at the ceremony, which celebrates the achievements of the graduating fourth-year class. Long was selected by the Fourth Year Trustees Graduation Committee, chaired by College student Erik Roberts, who reached out to Long about speaking at the event.
Long’s speech had notes of humor as he paid homage to his childhood in Charlottesville and football career, but the speech took on a tone of humility as Long challenged the class to redefine the concepts of failure and success.
Long urged the Class of 2018 to view graduation not as a destination, but rather as a mere marker in the progression of evolution and growth in one’s life.
“Jefferson believed that learning goes far beyond your formal education. He’s right,” Long said, adding that graduates would be less likely to be a catalyst for growth and change in the world if they viewed graduation as “a destination or a crowning achievement.”
Long moved on to recognize the importance of failure, mentioning his time as a University student as a period that taught him how to use shortcomings to move forward and ultimately achieve some of his greatest accomplishments. He encouraged graduates to invite fear of failure, saying that fear often times precedes success.
“I challenge you to welcome fear,” Long said. “Life’s most fulfilling journeys begin with this basic evolutionary and sometimes socially constructed feeling.”
Long urged graduates to move past a mentality of becoming complacent with reaching a destination and continuously work to make a difference in their respective communities, regardless of the possibility of fear or failure.
“If you love something, look at it critically and improve it,” Long said. “Tend to it. That’s school pride, and that is patriotism. Accept the challenge here and in the communities you will soon call home.”
The ceremony also featured the presentation of awards from the Class of 2018 and from secret societies, as well as the presentation of the class gift.
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award — given to graduating students, alumni and community members of selected Southern colleges and universities for service to the community — was awarded to fourth-year Batten student Maeve Curtin and fourth-year College student Tyler Ambrose. The faculty recipient was Tabitha Enoch, an assistant dean and director of Orientation and New Student Programs.
The Seven Society awarded the Lewis A. Onesty Memorial Scholar Award to fourth-year College student Lauren Moses and fourth-year Batten student Haley Fauntleroy in recognition of their excellence as student-athletes. Additionally, the society gave the James Earl Sargent Award — recognizing an organization that works to benefit the University community — to the Tuff Armenia Project, spearheaded by fourth-year Engineering student Leon Yacoubian.
The Society of the Purple Shadows awarded the Gordon F. Rainey, Jr. Award for Vigilance to the Student Experience to Dean of Students Allen Groves.
The Class of 2018 Trustees awarded the Award for Community Service to fourth-year Curry student Paola Sanchez-Valdez and the Award for Cultural Fluency to fourth-year College student Nivedha Kannapadi.
This year’s ceremony also included the presentation of the inaugural Miss Kathy Award. The Miss Kathy Award is an honor presented to a graduating fourth-year who exudes kindness and friendliness throughout the University community, much like beloved U.Va. Dining Employee Kathy McGruder, the individual after whom the award was named. The award was given to fourth-year Batten student Sarah Brotman.
Representatives from the 2018 Class Giving Campaign also presented the University with $63,597. Raised by 40 percent of the fourth-year class — about 1,443 students — the money will be allotted to over 400 groups representing various schools, departments and organizations throughout the University.
The ceremony ultimately reflected sentiments of community and family for a class that had seen a number of difficult periods during their University career, including the murder of Hannah Graham, the violent arrest of Martese Johnson, a now-retracted Rolling Stone article detailing an alleged rape at a fraternity house and the deadly Unite the Right rally in August.
“I am proud to say that our class chose to stand together. In each instance, our student leaders responded quickly, defining what community looks like,” Fauntleroy said. “We are strong, we are resilient and we are the future leaders that are going to take their experiences and be agents for change.”
My first experience with The Cavalier Daily was not how it would seem a future editor-in-chief would begin their time.
I arrived to the Fall 2014 information session 30 minutes late, sat in the very back of Newcomb Theatre and had no idea what was going on for most of the time. I ultimately decided to join as a copy editor and went to my three hour shift once a week.
I never dreamed or initially thought that I would eventually become editor-in-chief.
One of the best parts of The Cavalier Daily is that if you work hard and show a strong level of dedication, you can move up in management. There are many other organizations on Grounds where it’s more about how popular you are or who you know, but The Cavalier Daily simply doesn’t follow that standard.
I ultimately decided to run to be editor-in-chief because I felt like I could make a difference in the paper, and I wanted to change the way in which we operated and functioned. I had many lofty goals, and I was proud that we were able to attain almost all of them.
During my term we doubled our readership and social media reach, amended our Board of Directors structure and bylaws for increased financial stability, redesigned The Cavalier Daily’s website and logos, created an online magazine called abcd magazine, reformed our media kit to print a physical paper weekly, partnered with The Huffington Post’s “Listen to America” event tour and created the first ever Mid-Atlantic College Newspaper conference where former Gov. Terry McAuliffe spoke to the attendants.
I can still remember every single one of these events occurring, and how much time and energy I spent making sure they happened. However, I couldn’t have done all of these things alone. It took an amazing team of 250 staffers, 30 Junior Board members, four Managing Board members and one business manager to make all of these things successful. Every single person at The Cavalier Daily matters, and all of their work is what makes The Cavalier Daily exceptional.
Being editor-in-chief, CEO and president of the No. 10 college newspaper in the country and the No. 2 public college newspaper in country means devoting well over 40 hours per week, and always looking like you’ve haven’t slept since you came to the University. Although it’s nice to now be able to go to bed at a regular time, there are many days where I miss being a part of and leading such an amazing organization.
I recently had the honor of being recognized by the Z Society for my time as editor-in-chief through which many friends wrote in about their experiences being on the paper with me. I was truly touched by what they all said and how they will remember me. I’m really blessed to have all of them in my life, and I’ll cherish their friendships for years to come. I want to thank all of them for all the great work they put into The Cavalier Daily every day, and for making my time on The Cavalier Daily the best part of my college experience.
A line at the bottom of the recognition by the Z Society stuck with me — “The joy is in the journey.”
A lot of times journeys can be difficult in the moment, but I have found that it’s always important to look at what made the journey worth the struggle. I told the entering Managing Board that there’ll be a lot of headaches and heartaches when leading The Cavalier Daily. But I reminded them that for all the bad times there are going to be an equal amount of good times, and those good times are what make working on the paper so rewarding.
When times get tough, remember the times that brought you up.
P.S. I would like to thank my predecessor Dani Bernstein for being a role model as editor-in-chief, and my successor Tim Dodson for taking on the challenge of being editor-in-chief of one of the best college newspapers in the country.
Mike Reingold was the 128th Editor-in-Chief and the 127th Assistant Managing Editor of The Cavalier Daily. He is currently the Vice President of The Cavalier Daily Alumni Association.
Writing for The Cavalier Daily has been one of the most rewarding experiences while at the University. I know it sounds cheesy — but it’s true. I discovered the Opinion section late, in the second semester of my fourth year, but jumped at the chance to join. I hoped that joining the paper would allow me to work on my craft as a writer, engage with the University and the broader Charlottesville community and speak my truth as a female African-American student at this institution.
The Class of 2018 has experienced a unique series of events since entering in 2014. The summer before I came to Charlottesville, Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. His premature death galvanized the #BlackLivesMatter movement which surfaced after Trayvon Martin’s death in 2013. The momentum of this movement was not only felt around the country, but also on these very Grounds. The brutal arrest of Martese Johnson in March of my first year ignited a fire under a lot of students who drew a connection between the national discourse around police brutality. It was something that I never thought I would see first hand.
This incident was the first of many that shaped my time here. During my first year alone, in addition to the Martese Johnson incident, Access UVA was stripped away, Hannah Graham disappeared and the Rolling Stone article forced the University to have a serious conversation about sexual assault on Grounds.
The events of Aug. 11 and 12 last year were appalling and terrifying, but I was not very surprised. My time here thus far, had shown me that both Charlottesville and the University have histories with roots in racial discrimination.
The job of the journalist is to record and report what goes on around them. I acted as a journalist, finding relevant news, but also looking for an angle to uncover what was perhaps hidden or missing . Being a minority meant finding what was not being said on the surface but concealed underneath. This job was important on a national scale due to the current administration and prominence of social movements like #MeToo, #NeverAgain and #BlackLivesMatter have pushed certain conversations into the national spotlight. It seems that everything from pop culture to award shows have turned political and it would be a disservice to not follow suit. The gaze, however, should not only look outward at the world beyond our Grounds. We should be just as critical of our institution and what goes on here that will immediately impact our community. The past four years has demonstrated to me that these Grounds are not untouched by the outside world and actually, in the case of Aug. 11 and 12, can be at the forefront of national conversation.
Although I was initially nervous to write, I found that my voice was one that people wanted to read. Students and faculty reached out and told me that what I wrote was what they felt and they were glad someone had said something they agreed with. This has nothing to do with me being unique but more to do with demonstrating the importance of the paper to the University community. Everyone is engaged with what goes on with the University and larger community. Our job is simply to present them with the information.
I wish that I had started writing for the paper earlier. Coming into the opportunity so late in the game should serve as a lesson to the undergraduates who have yet to find extracurriculars that fit them. My advice to the remaining classes would be to not be like me and find something that makes you happy and supports your craft. The University is full of organizations that will fulfill what you desire. I would also recommend getting involved with the Charlottesville community. That was one of the biggest benefits of writing.
We as students, need to pay attention to this city, especially because we and the University, impact issues like housing costs and employment, that will continue on after we leave. Though a baby writer myself, my advice for the remaining journalists and writers at The Cavalier Daily would be to always seek the truth. Despite living in the time of “fake news,” I believe that society has come to understand the importance of and appreciate journalism and finding the truth. I surely don’t have the answers, but my time with the paper taught me the importance of using your voice.
Zari Taylor was a Senior Opinion Columnist for The Cavalier Daily.
That’s it — 4,000 words — two more papers. As I head into the last of my finals, I can count up the number of words I have left to write in my undergraduate career at the University.
But how many words have I written for The Cavalier Daily? I couldn’t even begin to count. Sure, I could go back and compile all of the published articles online. But that wouldn’t account for all of the rewrites, edits, cuts and drafts that I struggled with in a caffeine-infused haze throughout the last few years. And it certainly wouldn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all the emails I sent as Sports editor.
With the last few words I have left with The Cavalier Daily, some thanks are in order — although the gratitude I have for this publication can’t be contained in just 800 words.
Much like I have counted all the words left in my college career, I have always been able to count on the next step in life. So, to The Cavalier Daily — thank you from the little girl who would spend evenings glued to the TV watching baseball with her dad, and who couldn’t sleep when her parents made her go to bed before a game was over.
Thank you from the middle school student who was always grateful to get a fall Saturday off from travel soccer in order to travel up to Charlottesville with her grandfather to catch a Virginia football. And one who would relentlessly argue the intricacies of the Red Sox-Yankees and Virginia-Virginia Tech rivalries with her classmates.
Thank you from the high school student who fell in love with Coach Tony Bennett’s basketball team, and got the chance to share that love with her family when she stepped, wide-eyed, into a packed John Paul Jones Arena.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to get up close and personal, to be under the bright lights in situations I could never have imagined and to sometimes be one of the few females on the field or in the press conference for postgame interviews.
I’ll never forget when I was thrown into covering my first beat, wrestling, where I had to teach myself the ins and outs of the sport from scratch, and would often be the only media at matches, but grew to admire the passion and dedication of Coach Steve Garland and his team.
Thank you for giving me the chance to ask questions of the legendary lacrosse coach, Dom Starsia. For allowing me to hear the uplifting words of Coach Bronco Mendenhall after each home football game. For giving me the opportunity to witness Carla Williams named as the first female athletics director at a Power Five school. And for allowing me to be in the same room as several storied ACC basketball coaches and eventual NBA prospects — although I’m still convinced that Bennett is the best of them all.
Most importantly, I’m grateful for the unexpected. Thank you for allowing me to have a long conversation with NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith following the events of Aug. 11 and 12, where I learned the true meaning of how it’s about more than just sports. I feel humbled that I given the opportunity to turn that conversation into a story.
I’m proud of the sports section that we produced, which wouldn’t have been possible without our dedicated staff. I will look back fondly on how we reported with integrity and respect and told stories about some of Virginia’s most incredible student-athletes.
I only hope those who have helped me along the way know how much it all has meant to me. Thank you to Ryan Taylor, who first asked me to take on the wrestling beat when I was just a second-year. To everyone I encountered in my time with the paper, especially Matt Wurzburger, Jacob Hochberger and Robert Elder, for being my mentors and amazing examples of editors. And to Rahul Shah, Alec Dougherty and Jake Blank, who stepped up and helped me immeasurably to ensure that the sports section was a success.
When I think back to that little girl, and that middle and high school student, I know that she would have told me that it was all worth it — all of the late nights writing and rewriting — and then attempting to get schoolwork done. Even those frustrating moments, and those print nights when I wouldn’t leave the office until 3 a.m. after covering a 9 p.m. basketball game. It was worth it because I got the chance to do what I only could have dreamed.
And this soon-to-be college graduate would have to agree.
Now I find myself running out of words. So to those young girls (or boys) staying up past their bedtime to catch the end of a game and finding hope in walk off home runs and buzzer beaters: keep going. It’s worth it.
Mariel Messier was the Sports Editor during the 128th term of The Cavalier Daily.
It was at 9:08 p.m. on April 24 when it first happened. After a tragic loss ended our storied intramural careers, my teammates and I parted ways, and I realized that I may never see some of those friends again. After spending all of college dreading the day, my first goodbye occurred without me even recognizing it for what it was.
Since that moment, finality has become a palpable part of daily life. Every time I say goodbye to someone, I pause for a moment to make sure that I will see him or her again before we skip town. Even now, I can’t decide whether it’s better or worse to know when your interaction with a person will be your last.
Soon, all of these people will become “college friends” and the memories will become “the good old days.” You know, the ones your parents wistfully mention as they reminisce on better times. Boy, does that make me feel old. We are all set to embark into the grown-up world, start grown-up jobs, make grown-up life decisions and do grown-up things like chuckle about times with our “college friends.”
But let’s pause for a moment. Are we really grown-up? Is that guy who set your first-year dorm’s dumpster on fire really done growing? Is that girl who stood you up on your third date really a full-fledged adult? Am I? Are you?
My best friend’s mom certainly isn’t. Don’t misunderstand me — she pays bills, she has kids and she is a mature, professional individual. But she isn’t grown-up. After stints as a lawyer, elementary educator and high school teacher, she still uses the phrase “When I grow up … ” today, despite being in the neighborhood of 50 years old. She still dreams of new life paths even after traversing many already. As we stake out into the world, we should follow in her footsteps.
As kids, we reach for the stars. We proudly proclaim, “When I grow up, I want to be a firefighter, a soccer player and a teacher!” But now we’ve passed all our milestones. We can drive, vote, smoke and drink. Pretty soon birthdays will only be a cause for dread, not celebration. And in our rush to seem older, we tend to lose our optimism. We perceive doors closing left and right and often times simply sprint towards whichever one is nearest to us.
If today we heard a kid tell us that they planned on being a firefighter, a soccer player and a teacher, we would probably pat them on the head and think it’s cute. But why can’t they? Why can’t we? Perhaps these goals aren’t all attainable at the same time, but throughout the entirety of a lifetime they can certainly be accomplished. If you need further proof, just think of all the lives you’ve led up to this point. In approximately only 20 years on this Earth — a quarter of which you don’t remember and the vast majority of which gave you very little personal agency — you have already done so many things and been so many people. Why should we expect the decades to come to be any different?
We humans have a tendency for the dramatic. I often lament the weight of life decisions as if I were 20 going on 70. In truth, of course, we have so much time. We have so much time. Sailing east today doesn’t mean we can’t head north tomorrow; accepting a legal position this year does not preclude us from becoming a doctor in a decade.
Life is a verb, and we are about to change tenses. The future is now the present, and those things we said we might do, want to do, could possibly do now demand a decision. But nothing about these decisions is permanent. Inking a two-year contract or committing to a four-year graduate program is not equivalent to signing your life away. We are so young. We have so much time.
Near the end of my first semester in this place, I found myself lying down on the Lawn, staring up at the stars. The thought that millions of other eyes might be gazing at the same constellations gave me comfort. Despite living in such a big world, I felt far from alone.
Now, I look up at the night sky and find warmth in the knowledge that those stars have been there so long, have seen so much. For though we may not stand guard over this world as long as those distant sources of light, they serve as a constant reminder of how much time we still have to do everything we want to throughout our lives.
When I grow up, I want to be a lot of things. A traveler. A friend. A husband. An expert. A learner. As I continue on through life, I’m sure that the list will only grow longer.
So what do you want to be when you grow up? Just remember, your answer has no word or time limit.
Sean Rumage was a Life Columnist for The Cavalier Daily.
Bias. It’s such a charged word these days, and it’s overused nearly to the point of meaninglessness. Oh, you’re a liberal? You’re too biased to write about healthcare then. Conservative? Don’t even try to report on gun control.
But, in its broadest sense, “bias” is a useful term to describe the preference or prejudice that a supposedly neutral party displays towards one side of a contested issue.
It’s also public enemy No. 1 in The Cavalier Daily newsroom. In fact, bias is so reprehensible that the entirety of my media ethics training as a new writer was on the various Cav Daily policies designed to avoid it.
[Looking back on it I am alarmed that I received no ethical training in reporting on marginalized communities, sexual assault or mental health, but I don’t have enough space to go into that today.]
If you’re an objective writer — basically anyone not on opinion, humor or the business side — that means you can’t do things like write a story about an organization you’re also a part of or endorse candidates in student elections.
I have to admit they’re pretty good guidelines, and they suited me well. At first.
Because I enjoyed the articles I wrote for Health & Science so much my first year, I moved to the News section the next year in order to write more often. I started covering more contentious topics, from pipelines to the 2016 presidential election, and I was more diligent than ever in my commitment to voice all sides, regardless of the facts and regardless of my own beliefs.
Then I was elected Health & Science editor along with Jess Chandrasekhar. I didn’t know her well but we ended up making a strong team, and together we doubled the size of our section and started to produce almost daily content. I was really proud, but I was also deeply troubled.
In spite of the significant increase in Health & Science articles, there were still a lot of stories we were missing. Jess and I were both biology students with good connections in the medical center, and we realized most of our stories were about biology and medical research just because we generally had no idea what was happening in, say, the Engineering School or the math department. We tried fielding more story ideas from our writers, but we clearly hadn’t recruited passionately enough in other STEM departments either.
We had enough leads to occupy all of our writers with the subjects we knew, and I’m sad to say I rarely pushed myself to find the stories that I was unfamiliar with but were just as worthy of being told. I was a student first and then an editor, and I never felt like I had the time to pursue the hard leads or do the grunt work behind assigning the kinds of investigative pieces I’d been so excited to write my first year on the paper.
And that’s how it happened. I committed the deadly sin of bias — not in the way I wrote my stories, but in how I chose which ones were told.
A “parting shot” is, in its oldest definition, an arrow shot by a retreating enemy. It is intended to sting. So, here’s my shot: as much as I love The Cavalier Daily, I think bias is actually our primary weakness as an organization.
There are a lot of voices on Grounds that are not represented or that are disproportionately represented, on both the opinion side and the objective side. Our focus on generating ad revenue and social media clicks skews our coverage towards more popular, sensational or gruesome topics. Given the ever-present threat of violent racism in Charlottesville — in addition to the prevalence of sexual violence and mental health issues common to all college campuses — the manner and timing of our reporting directly affects student safety in ways we must be more conscious of and responsive towards.
Since I’ve left my role as editor, I’m happy to say I have seen an improvement in many of these areas. Given this and all the things we’ve always done well — the way a very brave group of News writers and editors covered Aug. 11 and 12, the diligence with which we’ve covered every scandal from Rolling Stone to Otto Warmbier, the rigorous editing and fact-checking process that keeps us at the newsroom until 2 a.m. many nights — I’m quite prideful of what I and my fellow writers and editors have done at The Cavalier Daily. We can hold this pride in one hand while pursuing greater equity and empathy in the other.
As journalists, we have a responsibility to hold powerful institutions accountable and to give voice to the systematically silenced. This isn’t bias — it’s context.
Kate Lewis was a Health and Science Editor for 128th term of The Cavalier Daily.
I joined The Cavalier Daily on a whim. My first year, several of my friends wanted to attend the paper’s open house, so I tagged along. I wasn’t particularly interested in journalism. I loved reading the newspaper but I didn’t feel the need to be the author of the stories that were printed. I mostly just joined the Copy section because I wanted an interesting activity. On that day, I never could have predicted that I would still be a faithful member of The Cavalier Daily staff after four years.
I loved the Copy section. I was happy to arrive for my shift in the office and spend several hours quietly reading the work of great writers. I marveled at the ability of the paper’s Life columnists, who constantly put their personal lives out there for the world to read. I never would have anticipated that by the end of my fourth year, I would be doing the same thing but as a member of the Opinion section. In fact, I would have been content to spend the entirety of my Cavalier Daily career as an editor.
My friend Alyssa was an Opinion columnist for the paper, though. We would frequently chat about her experiences with writing op-eds and she convinced me that I needed to apply for the Opinion section myself. I was hesitant because, as my friends know, I am one of the least publicly opinionated people out there — I still think that I am one of the least opinionated Opinion columnists that the paper has ever published. I don’t particularly like causing controversy or starting arguments with other people, two things which many opinion columnists enjoy, but I decided to give it a shot. I quickly threw together two application columns in the four hours before they were due and somehow, I was chosen to write a weekly opinion column.
I spent my first semester of writing Opinion columns in a state of permanent anxiety. I would spend hours composing what I felt were well-conceived arguments on creative topics, only to have the pieces ripped apart by my editor. I dreaded submitting each week, almost as much as I hated receiving my edits. Looking back, the process improved my writing immensely but in the moment, it was difficult to realize that I had no clue what I was doing. It took column after column for me to not only learn the style expected by the section but also gain enough confidence to assert my words in a strong way. Eventually, though, I hit my stride. As I gained more confidence in my own words, I got fewer and fewer negative comments from my editors. I was proud to have found my own voice as a columnist.
The most important thing that The Cavalier Daily taught me was to care less. When I joined the paper, I became a copy editor because I cared too much about what others would think about my writing. The most interesting thing is that as I wrote and published more and more columns, I cared less and less about what others think. I no longer fear the comment section underneath each of my articles. Instead, I am proud to be able to publish my own work and stand by my opinions. Though I never would have predicted as a first year that my college experience would be driven by the student newspaper, when I think about the friends I made, the columns I wrote and the unforgettable moments I experienced, I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Carly Mulvihill was the Senior Associate Opinion Editor for 128th term of The Cavalier Daily.
From almost the moment they stepped onto Grounds, the Class of 2018 has been faced with adversity. During their past four years at the University, they have encountered tragedy and trauma to the extent that many college students never will. The unsettling events of 2014 and 2015 marked the class’s first year as one of the University’s most difficult in recent memory, and the lingering effects of Aug.11 and 12 cast a shadow over their fourth year.
At some points, students said that it seemed like the list of disturbing events would never end — it was just one thing after another. However, in the midst of hardship, many agree that there was a running thread of strength. Despite all of the pain the University community has endured over the past four years, graduating students can attest to the power of camaraderie, activism, dialogue and healing. These events have marked the Class of 2018’s college experiences, shaping them into the people they are today and showing them — above anything else — the possibility of resilience.
Glimpsing the power of the community
In September of 2014, when members of the Class of 2018 were mere weeks into their college careers, then-second-year College student Hannah Graham went missing. Her disappearance led to a police investigation and induced an atmosphere of worry and confusion on Grounds. Many current fourth-years remember this time vividly, and all of the emotions that came with it.
For some students, this event was so startling and unnerving that they did not know what to feel. The uncertainty of the situation was compounded with the usual stresses and worries that coincide with the start of college and living on one’s own.
“It was a very strange feeling … I still have trouble putting a label on it, even today,” said fourth-year Engineering student Stephen Pancrazio. “It’s of one of those things where, when you first get into school, you’re not sure what to expect in the first place…and it became scary for a bit. It was really just ... I guess the word is ‘surreal.’ And it still kind of is.”
Graham was involved in the Virginia Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team during her time at the University. Fourth-year College student Elizabeth Ellis joined VASST early on in her first year, and though she did not get to know Graham before her disappearance, she said she noticed the event’s profound effects among her teammates and friends.
“I hadn’t gotten super involved in VASST by that point, but it was super hard watching my friends who were older and did know her respond to that,” Ellis said. “It was just really scary and really sad.”
Fourth-year College student Reade Pickert entered college knowing that she wanted to be a journalist, but what she did not anticipate were the emotional and strenuous circumstances that her first news assignment would involve. Pickert was sent by The Cavalier Daily to report on Graham’s search party, and she said that this experience was simultaneously extremely difficult and formative.
“I’d never had to approach anyone to ask questions or anything like that, and I went to the search party and suddenly I was looking at people who were grieving and trying to ask them questions about Hannah,” Pickert said. “My first couple articles involved stuff around Hannah Graham, and it feels weird being four years later and going into a career in journalism and something that was so traumatic there right at the beginning has been such an impactful part here at the end.”
After a month-long search, Graham’s remains were found in Albemarle County in October 2014, and Charlottesville resident Jesse Matthew was charged with abduction with intent to defile. For some students, Graham’s death marked the first time they encountered real tragedy. Pickert said that the aftermath of this discovery was her first time dealing with death, and the fact that she was relatively alone in an unfamiliar environment made the experience even more painful.
“So here I was at college and a month in, and I didn’t have anyone from my school that I knew who went here and I barely knew my roommate, and I was experiencing death for the first time alone,” Pickert said. “And I was really shaken up about it.”
Counseling and Psychological Services director Nicole Ruzek said that usually in the event of a student’s death, the people who seek CAPS services have personal connections to the student. In the case of Graham’s death, however, Ruzek said that there was a significant increase in the amount of students more removed from the situation who contacted CAPS for counseling, which exemplified the trauma that her death sparked in the community.
“This time we were seeing students who had no relationship with Hannah because it was a publicized and frightening event for a lot of students,” Ruzek said.
Several students pointed to instances of healing as being emblematic of their experiences during these difficult weeks. Pickert said that her resident advisor brought her hall to the September candlelit vigil for Graham in the Amphitheater, and this moment marked the first time that she felt like she belonged to a community at the University.
“You just looked around and there are just tons and tons of people standing room only in the Amphitheater and around with candles, as different people spoke about how wonderful Hannah was,” Pickert said. “It just felt like everyone was coming together for a student whether they knew her or not, because they knew that she was a vital part of the University community, and I thought that was beautiful.”
These moments of healing unfolded on the individual scale as well. Fourth-year College student Erik Roberts, who was elected first-year class president that same fall, recounted a personal story that stands out in his memory from this time. One late afternoon, he was walking by the memorial that VASST had constructed for Hannah — a giant chair made out of colorful skis by the Whispering Wall — when he saw a girl crying beside it.
Even though they had never met before, Roberts sat down next to her and attempted to comfort her. He learned that she was the president of VASST and was reeling from Graham’s loss. In this moment that dissolved the line between strangers and friends, Roberts said that he gained a new sense of understanding about everything that had happened in the past month.
“We sort of just sat there and I tried to be a presence for her while she cried and cried and cried,” Roberts said. “And she and I became friends after that, and have been friends for a couple years now … but that was sort of the experience that really brought into reality how serious what had happened was, and how amazing Hannah was as a person and how much this is going to affect people on a national scale with the safety issues that involved.”
Pulling back the curtain
In late November, as the dust was just beginning to settle after Graham’s death, Rolling Stone Magazine published its story, “A Rape on Campus,” which detailed the graphicly violent sexual assault of an anonymous University student called “Jackie” at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. The aftermath of the article’s publication, which included the fraternity’s suspension and a criminal investigation into the incident, rocked the already-fragile community and sparked outrage among the student body.
Pickert said that reading the story for the first time shattered her previous perceptions of the University.
“It was like, as the point that the author had wanted — whip back the curtain of this seemingly perfect school and this is what you actually have, this is what students are actually experiencing,” Pickert said. “It was just shell-shocking. I didn’t know what to do … I was incredulous. I could not believe the story and yet I did because there was no reason not to believe it.”
The Rolling Stone article brought safety issues to the center of attention, much like Graham’s murder did. Pancrazio said that though he did not feel unsafe in the community, he recognized that many people did, and concern for his peers shaped his perception of these events.
“I think it didn’t turn into a conversation about my safety because that was never the issue … but it turned into a conversation about how can we make the environment safer for others?” Pancrazio said. “Me and my mom had plenty of conversations like what’s the right thing to do at a party, what’s the right thing to do here, there, wherever.”
The article most notably elevated the issue of sexual assault in the University’s consciousness. As students dealt with initial shock and disgust, many chose to be proactive and began calling for change.
“It really put into perspective, I think, for the student body how pressing of an issue that is, the fact that this isn’t something to consider passively, but that we need to do something now, because who else is gonna do it?” said Roberts. “And people are gonna suffer if we don’t.”
A few weeks after the article’s initial publication, Rolling Stone issued a partial retraction after the accuracy of the narrative was called into question. The magazine asked the Columbia School of Journalism to conduct a review, which ultimately found the article was full of factual discrepancies and journalistic failures at every level. The author did not reach out to Jackie’s friends to verify her story or confirm the existence of Jackie’s alleged attacker, and her editors did not push for clarification. Charlottesville police would also find that the evidence provided in the article was not substantial enough to continue their investigation, and Phi Psi was officially reinstated.
Pickert said that she had been empowered by the empathy and activism shown by students across the University community in the article’s initial aftermath, but once the article was retracted, it was frustrating and disheartening to watch many people’s attitudes shift back to the way they were before.
“You see this huge wave of support and it’s thrilling and exciting — and then when the article proved to not be accurate, watching that wave die was incredibly sad,” Pickert said. “Because it suddenly became a rhetoric in a conversation of ‘We don’t have a problem here,’ instead of saying well, maybe this one account wasn’t correct, but every college campus in America has a problem with this … You were again left with pulling the curtain back, of U.Va. is perfect again.”
Even though Jackie’s account proved to be false, the entire endeavor caused University administration to address issues pertaining to Greek Life and alcohol and drug use. In December 2014, University President Teresa Sullivan announced an ad-hoc committee to focus on student culture, sexual assault prevention and community response. In January 2015, the University also required all Greek organizations to sign new Fraternal Organization Agreements, whose stipulations included maintaining guest lists for parties, forbidding previously mixed drinks or punches, providing non-alcoholic beverages and requiring sober brothers to supervise the bar. The FOA’s measures were enacted to enhance the safety of Greek events, but were met with protest by some organizations who said that they violated student and organizational rights.
The article’s ramifications lasted well past that academic year, as seen in the lawsuits surrounding it. In November 2015, Phi Psi sued Rolling Stone and writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely for $25 million. Their case was settled in June 2017, and the fraternity won $1.65 million. Dean Nicole Eramo also filed a $7.5 million defamation lawsuit against Erdely, Rolling Stone and Wenner Media Inc., and the three-week trial began in October 2016. The jury sided with Eramo and she was awarded $3 million. After the attorneys for the defendants attempted to overturn the jury’s verdict in December 2016, Erdely filed a motion for the case’s dismissal and reached a settlement in April 2017.
The University found itself under national scrutiny once again a few months later in March 2015, when then-third-year College student Martese Johnson suffered a head injury during a violent arrest outside of Trinity Irish Pub. Johnson was charged with resisting arrest after being refused entry to the bar, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe called for an investigation into the excessive force used by the ABC officer.
Fourth-year Engineering student Brandt Welch remembers hearing the news while sitting in his first-year hall’s study room, and feeling a mix of emotions as a result.
“My immediate reaction was that this was somebody that I knew, kind of in passing, so I was pretty jarred at first,” Welch said. “I was also worried, frustrated, angry, because I knew him to be a nice guy and that was kind of his reputation around Grounds.”
In the days and weeks following this event, many members of the University community rallied to protest Johnson’s arrest and speak out against police brutality. However, Welch said that he knew several people who were apathetic to the whole situation, which made him feel somewhat alone in his initial outrage.
“I felt a little bit isolated in my hall because ... I was the only one who was frustrated and angry about the situation,” Welch said. “Other people, it didn’t really seem to affect them or they didn’t seem to care. We had very opposing views of the situation, and I think that’s from having different experiences going into it.”
Welch said Johnson’s arrest ignited his desire to participate more meaningfully in the community and caused him to examine race relations at the University more closely.
“It made want to get a lot more involved,” Welch said. “It made me a lot more aware of the fact that I’m a black student at a predominantly white space at the University and that I need to be aware of that and if I try to ignore it, I wouldn’t be successful in doing so.”
Welch ended up joining Johnson’s fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, the next school year. Three years after the arrest, he believes that the event speaks to issues that run deeper and farther than what the Charlottesville or the University community can encompass.
“I don’t think we can blame U.Va or Charlottesville really,” Welch said. “I think it’s part of a larger system that we have in this country.”
Pancrazio said he made connections from Johnson’s arrest to other widely-broadcasted instances of police brutality and racial tension.
“I think if you contextualize it within like, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, any other time that a minority has been taken advantage of by an authority or someone who resembles law enforcement, you understand the point — you understand why it’s an incident,” Pancrazio said.
Other students also aligned Johnson’s arrest with the broader narrative of race relations, both in the local community and nation-wide. Roberts said that the event’s proximity made him take a more active role in conversations about race.
“I think the history of race relations, race activism etc. at UVA is so complex…that it’s hard to place Martese as its own isolated incident, because in reality it was a culmination of many events,” Roberts said. “But I do think that it reframed the conversation. It took this conversation that might have been on the periphery and put it in the centerfold of what we needed to deal with as a student body. I think a lot more people were sort of called to action by that.”
In October 2015, Johnson filed a $3 million lawsuit against ABC agents, and a jury trial is set for this October.
Shaping a tumultuous year
With the University constantly in the center of national news during the Class of 2018’s first year, some students said that they felt like they were stuck in an unending cycle of traumatic events.
“It seemed like you were either experiencing the tragedy or living in the aftermath of it,” Welch said. “The experience is kind of like a blur when it’s happening and the news comes out and the aftermath also moves really quick. You know, you’re just thinking of how to deal with it and process it, while getting through school at the time. I think my first year just flew by.”
For many, there was nothing else to compare it to. The unsettling events that marked the year on a larger scale manifested themselves in the daily rituals of their college experiences.
“Since it was my first year of college, I didn’t know anything different,” Pickert said. “That’s just what it was. You got used to … knowing that you were going to have to keep your head down when a reporter came up to talk to you in front of Alderman Library to ask you a question. Or, there was always a news station car parked between Alderman and Monroe ... And you have all those things, but at the same time, I loved my first year. And those are all key parts of my experience here and me becoming the person that I am today.”
Like Pickert, Ellis said that what she had learned from the events of her first year accelerated her growing process and made her more mindful about certain issues facing the University community.
“I think it’s made me more mature, and more understanding about the real world and what goes on there, which made it less of a bubble-like experience,” Ellis said. “Obviously I wouldn’t have wanted any of these things to happen, but ultimately it’s made me grow more as a person…as a human, made me more empathetic, more thoughtful about a lot of things.”
Defying hatred on Grounds
The next two years went by in a quieter fashion for the Class of 2018. Grounds was relatively peaceful compared the chaos of 2014 and 2015. This atmosphere was shattered, however, in the weeks leading up to the start of this past year at the University.
On the night of Aug. 11, Roberts was moving into his Lawn room when his senior resident told him that the torchlit white supremacist march was about to happen mere steps away from his door. Roberts and his parents decided to leave Grounds. Though he was thankful that he did not have to witness the actual march, Roberts said he felt more personally affected by this event than any of the events of his first year.
“This in many ways felt different and in many ways felt the same,” Roberts said. “It felt different and more personal for me, because I’m Jewish and I have a mezuzah on my door … and I can only imagine — I had not put it up yet — but I can only imagine what a Neo-Nazi white supremacist would do walking by in a protest with a lit torch and seeing a Jewish prayer scroll. I don’t even like hypothesizing about that.”
The following day at the Unite the Right rally, local resident Heather Heyer was killed when a car plowed through a crowd of peaceful counter-protestors on the Downtown Mall. The effects of this tragedy were felt nationwide, but especially lingered in the University community as students started to make their way back to Grounds for the start of the fall semester.
Thousands of students, faculty, alumni and Charlottesville residents gathered for a peaceful march and candlelit vigil on the Lawn to promote love and inclusion in response to the hatred displayed at the rally. Community members also joined in solidarity to protest the events of Aug. 11 and 12 and hear the Black Student Alliance’s list of demands at the “March to Reclaim Our Grounds.”
Welch said that the rally’s blatant hatred was something that students could unite against, which helped initiate healing after the trauma. He said that this issue was not as divisive as Johnson’s arrest — he sees it as less of a gray area.
“It was different because this seemed like it was a unified thing the student body could get against,” Welch said. “With Martese in particular, the student body was split, and it made different sides feel angry and frustrated and alienated and didn’t really bring us together. But I think the Unite the Right rally had that effect in some way.”
One connection that Roberts made between some of the traumatic events of his first year and the events of Aug. 11 and 12 was that there was the same sense of them being the results of things built up over time — reactions to difficult issues being brought to the surface.
“I guess it was very much another one of those experiences of having our bubbles burst,” Roberts said. “Just because we’re living in a safe college town, we’ve got Honor, we can leave our laptops unguarded in a library ... that doesn't mean that we’re shielded from racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia. Not only are we not shielded from them, they are maybe even invited here, because of who we are and what we stand for. And that’s a tough fact to swallow.”
Though every class at the University over the past several years has experienced traumas and tragedies to some degree, the class of 2018 has had their undergraduate experiences bookended by some of the most trying events in the University’s history.
“I think that the sort of uniqueness of my class is that we got clobbered by one event after the next after the next after the next … We’re all kind of dealing with bits and pieces of these things, but the Class of 2018 has been here for every piece of it,” Roberts said. “The class could have either engaged or disengaged, and I think that we have very much engaged — we have very much taken that active mindset toward all these things.”
Many students agree that what emerged from the turbulent past four years is the ability to engage in productive conversation and to attempt to instigate change. Pickert admires the fact that her classmates do not shy away from making their voices heard, especially when they have something important to say.
“I think our class has been really, really good about dialogue,” Pickert said. “I think that when one of these things happens, no one is scared to talk about how they feel, or write an editorial about how they feel, or organize an event where we can show how we feel. All of those things I think contribute to feeling like you have some kind of control, in a world where we have no control.”
The sheer amount of hardships that current fourth-year students have weathered as a class is almost unprecedented at the University, but Welch said that the lessons he and his class have learned will allow them to better cope with tragedy in the future.
“We’ve had to deal with a lot of messed-up stuff that most students don’t have to deal with,” Welch said. “We might be a little more in tune with the things going on around us and a little more equipped to deal with things. But inevitably, bad things will happen in the future, and in a way that other students didn’t, we had the tools to deal with those things in a productive and effective way — through activism, philanthropy … we have those tools and that experience.”
Above all, Roberts believes that this graduating class has continually chosen resilience instead of defeat. These events have shaped them into the kind of people who look out for each other instead of just themselves, who can recognize injustice in the place they love and speak out against it and who can overcome just about anything with the community at their side.
“The Class of 2018, in my opinion, has somewhat of an ethos that runs through it that has chosen resilience,” Roberts said. “We haven’t given up … like I could see a class doing, and I think that’s really a testament to the people in the community that we have, and I’m very, very proud of that.”
Partisan gerrymandering is a pervasive problem in the United States. Look no further than the 2017 statewide elections, where Democrats enjoyed stunning gains in the House of Delegates, but still failed to gain a majority despite their overwhelming victory. This was a result of partisan redistricting, with legislative districts drawn up by Republicans allowing them to preserve their majority despite losing the election. In addition, Virginia’s congressional districts have also come under scrutiny for being racially gerrymandered. In fact the gerrymandering was so blatant, a federal court invalidated the map, which allowed Democrats in Virginia to gain a seat in the House of Representatives.
At the national level this issue has gained some traction, with the Supreme Court likely to rule on the gerrymandering cases from Maryland and Wisconsin soon. Though it is a positive step forward that the courts are reviewing partisan gerrymandering and may strike down these maps, attempting to create a standard for which a district is considered to be “too partisan” would be incredibly difficult. State legislatures — who are the best equipped to address this issue — must create a permanent fix, so that moving forward gerrymandering will not continue to occur. Though it is essential that maps such as Wisconsin’s and Maryland’s be reformed in some manner, it is ultimately up to the states that draw the districts in the first place to create a process through which districts can be drawn in the least partisan way possible.
In order to meet this goal, Virginia should create a bipartisan independent redistricting commission, much like what is done in California. The state of California once had many difficulties with gerrymandering like many other states, however, several ballot initiatives were passed that allowed for the creation a citizen redistricting commission. For this commission five Republicans, five Democrats and four individuals who decline to state their political affiliation are chosen and are tasked with drawing fair districts. Though many were skeptical at first, the commission has done a good job of making many legislative districts competitive. This success means California has the potential to be a model for other states seeking to halt partisan redistricting.
Though there have been several attempts to address partisan redistricting in the Virginia legislature, the most promising work is being done outside of government. Virginia 2021 — an organization dedicated to addressing gerrymandering — has been attempting to cultivate grassroots support to fix Virginia’s broken redistricting process. While Virginia 2021 supports litigation to address gerrymandering, it mostly focuses on passing a constitutional amendment in Virginia to establish an independent redistricting commission. Having a constitutional amendment which is directly voted on by citizens would be an effective way to address this problem, since support for limiting gerrymandering is very high and even cuts across party lines. Like it says in its name, the organization hopes to have the Constitutional amendment on the ballot by 2021. Though it is incredibly difficult to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot in Virginia, the work that groups like Virginia 2021 do is essential and worthy of support.
It is necessary that action be taken to address the problem, no matter the odds, because it thwarts the will of the people to choose their representatives. An example of the the voices of citizens being stifled through gerrymandering can be seen during the 2012 Congressional elections, where Democrats won 1.4 million more votes for the House of Representatives, but the Republicans actually won control of the chamber. This reality makes it clear that in America lawmakers can choose their voters, and avoid being voted out of office by rigging the system.
Given the reality of gerrymandering with which Americans live, it is essential that something be done to address it. Artificially safe districts help nobody except the politicians that draw them. Creating an independent redistricting commission would help address this problem and make the redistricting process less political, but the solution cannot be implemented without people advocating for it.
Partisan gerrymandering cannot be solved by the Supreme Court alone — it must be accompanied by other actions at the state level to halt partisan gerrymandering. Without this action, lawmakers will continue to draw districts that are good for them, but not for their constituents. Though we cannot do as much to address the problem in other states, Virginians should take notice that the tide is turning against partisan gerrymandering and support efforts in the legislature and from outside groups to solve it.
Jacob Asch is an Opinion Editor for The Cavalier Daily. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CORRECTION: This article previously misstated the number of individuals on the California redistricting committee. It has been updated to reflect the correct number of individuals.
The School of Medicine has continued progression in its partnership with Inova Health System. When the partnership was first announced in fall of 2016, the affiliation consisted of a joint research institute as well as a regional campus in which medical students could complete clerkship and post-clerkship rotations.
The Virginia General Assembly allocated $28 million in funding for the partnership in 2015. The University’s contribution of $28 million was matched and doubled by Inova’s contribution of $56 million.
The research institute, the Global Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Institute, will focus on translational science where scientific discoveries are turned into treatments, drugs and devices that directly improve patient health.
Specifically, it will recruit investigators working on projects related to genetics, genomics, bioengineering, systems biology, developmental biology and computational biology. Additional partnerships with other institutions are being explored.
Dr. Richard Shannon, executive vice president for health affairs, described the institute as an accelerator of biomedical research. The partnership aims to create a new model for discovery and fast track findings that have human application.
The regional campus will be able to accommodate up to 72 medical students to complete the clinical rotations that span the last two and a half years of medical school.
Dr. Randolph Canterbury, professor of Psychiatric Medicine and Internal Medicine, said that the campus gives medical students the opportunity to have clinical education in a high-volume, urban environment.
Canterbury also noted the campus gives medical students from Northern Virginia, who compose about half of total students, a chance to be closer to their own families.
Since 2016, the affiliation has gained approval from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, accreditation bodies whose input is required for implementation of the program.
Both the Global Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Institute and the School of Medicine Regional Campus will be located in Inova facilities in Fairfax, with University faculties both there and in Charlottesville working together regularly to manage the arrangement and needed renovations.
The Inova Center for Personalized Health — a 220,000 square-foot building due to be renovated by the end of this year — will house the Global Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Institute. The regional campus will be located at Inova Fairfax Hospital and is due to open in spring of 2021, at which point medical students will begin to fully participate in the program.
Shannon said that Inova is an ideal place to conduct globally competitive research.
“The future of this type of intensive research experience has to happen in a large metropolitan hub,” Shannon said. “And that’s not Charlottesville, and it’s not Blacksburg.”
Canterbury stated that the partnership between Inova and the University has been well-established for over 15 years, and he anticipates excellent opportunities to be created by the affiliation.
“The INOVA faculty have a passion for teaching and protected time to do it,” Shannon said. “That is an enormous benefit to medical students and for the University.”
So, you’ve graduated. That means no more late night College Inn cheesy bread deliveries, Take It Away sandwiches on the Lawn and Sunday pancake stacks at Villa. But do not despair! A whole wide world full of new food discoveries awaits — wherever your post-grad life may take you.
There is no doubt that Charlottesville offers one of the most diverse and rich food scenes in this area. You can find almost any kind of food you could ever want in our little bubble. But of course, there comes a time at the end of four years — maybe a few more for those lucky ones — when we must spread our foodie wings and learn how to find new restaurants without the trusted help of our group chats and roommates.
However, doing so can be quite daunting, especially if you end up in a big city with thousands upon thousands of restaurants to choose from. How do you know if somewhere is truly delicious? And how can you narrow down the copious choices you will undoubtedly encounter?
This is where I come in. Here, you will find some of my personal tips on how to discover your new favorite restaurant. Navigating the food scene and finding those hidden hole-in-the-wall spots is one of the best ways to feel at home quickly.
And for those of you staying in Charlottesville, these tips can help you, too. Try them in your hometown, on vacation or even during your lunch break from your summer job. You never know what kind of delicious eats you might find.
1. The Infatuation iPhone App
This app is life-changing. If you find yourself in any of the cities where it has intel — Austin, Chicago, Denver, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle or D.C., that is — The Infatuation App is a must-have. While in the app, you can see nearby restaurants that their content creators have reviewed, in the form of a map. You can also search for restaurants based on neighborhood and cuisine. My favorite feature of this app is the “Perfect For” filter in the search tab. This allows you to find places that offer the vibes you are looking for — anything from “Keeping It Kind Of Healthy” to “Celebrity Sightings” to “Serious Take-Out Operation.” Each of their profiles shows the restaurant’s price point, contact information and location and lists a few things on the menu accompanied with a humorous and fun-to-read review. They also offer city guides for more than 15 cities around the world. The Infatuation is brutally honest — they aren’t afraid to tell you where to steer clear!
2. Food Instagram Accounts
I know this sounds cliché, but usually restaurants on food Instagrams taste as good as they look. Spend a little time exploring the “Places” tab on your Instagram, or follow a foodie from your city. A few that I love are @stirandstyle — a honest blogger based in Los Angeles, @thenaughtyfork — for anyone moving to Miami, @foodbabyny — a cute family in NYC and @districtdelicious — if you’re staying close-by in D.C. While these may not help you discover the hidden gems, they will steer you towards places with well-known, delicious food.
3. Local Publications
Every town has their own publications providing content unique to their locale. Pick up a magazine or newspaper in your neighborhood coffee shop and see what the locals have to say about the foodscape, or maybe even find out about special events happening at nearby restaurants. Magazines like Boston and Washingtonian have excellent food and restaurant sections, both in print and online. TimeOut is a New York City-based magazine that, among other things, offers great insight into the city’s vibrant food scene in its bar and restaurant sections.
Some of you may remember the little red book that was the Zagat Guide from a few years ago. This timeless restaurant guide is still a great source of restaurant intel — they are very on top of the hot and new food scenes in many cities around the country. Similar to The Infatuation and now accessible as a handy website, zagat.com offers premade guides as well as many search filters to help you efficiently find what you’re looking for.
5. People, people, people!
One of the best sources for restaurant recommendations is — and always will be — people! Locals know best. They are the ones who will lead you to the most authentic Chinese take-out spot or the gas station barbeque that may just be the best pulled pork sandwich of your life. So reach out to your neighbors, friends, coworkers, baristas, yoga instructors — anyone who looks like they have good taste in food!
Try one or try all of these tips, and I hope they will lead you to your new favorite spot to eat, the great restaurants that make a place feel like home. One more pro tip — never be afraid of the way a restaurant looks on the outside. Appearances can be deceiving. Some of the best food I have ever had came from the most unassuming places. So go forth, put your exploring shoes on, and eat like the local you now are!
Hildy Maxwell is a Food Columnist for The Cavalier Daily. She can be reached at email@example.com.
From Steve Jobs’ 2005 address at Stanford University, to Stephen Colbert’s 2011 speech at Northwestern University, speakers at college graduations send messages of motivation and accomplishment. At the University, graduation speakers have shared similar messages, with speakers such as William Rehnquist, John Grisham and Katie Couric taking the podium to implore students of their mission beyond the University — their responsibility to society and also their potential for success. During Final Exercises this year, University President Teresa Sullivan will give the commencement address. While these speeches often give students a sense of pride or determination, they fail to give students one important thing — a sense of community. In addition to offering valedictory and commencement speakers, the University should institute a student speaker at graduation to create continuity between the class itself and the speakers.
The speakers at this year’s Final Exercises each bring a distinct message to the podium. Chris Long, an alumnus of the University and the football team, will speak during Valedictory Exercises on Friday — a ceremony conducted by the graduating class where the class gift and awards are presented. Long’s speech during this ceremony will hopefully capture a shared sense of giving. As a Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, Long has used his success to further causes such as education and access to clean water. Graduating students will have the chance to share in this mission as they present the class gift to the University.
Sullivan’s commencement address Saturday falls in line with a University tradition for outgoing presidents to give the address. As her last official address to students before stepping down, Sullivan’s speech will symbolize more than just the Class of 2018 — it will likely capture her entire time at the University.
While both Long and Sullivan bring to Final Exercises a sense of inspiration, their speeches and backgrounds do not align perfectly with the Class of 2018. For a group that has been through several momentous events during their time at the University, the class deserves a speaker who identifies with the difficulties and memories of being a student during those four years. In the future, students will have similar experiences and should have the same right to be represented on stage by one of their peers. By giving a student from each graduating class a chance to speak, the University would better connect with its students during the ceremony and afterwards, as students move into the next phase of their lives.
The logistics of choosing one student to speak from a class of about 4,000 may provide some hindrance to the process, but through a nomination process the class can be well represented on stage. First, students should be able to fill out a form to submit names of potential speakers. The form should also provide room for the student to expand on why their choice deserves to speak at graduation. Once the form closes, the Fourth Year Trustees Graduation Committee — the body responsible for choosing the valedictory speaker — should compile a list of the top choices, which would then be sent out to students for a vote. The democratic aspect of this process is vital to its success because it gives the entire class a voice in a process otherwise limited to a select few.
While no one student could represent an entire class’ beliefs and perspectives, the prospect of having a student speaker at graduation brings a greater sense of representation to the graduating class. The experiences students shared during their four years at the University are some that they will remember forever, and those communal memories should be acknowledged at graduation by someone who shares in them. Through a democratic process, choosing a speaker will provide students with the means to become more involved in Final Exercises preparations and also ensure that whoever is chosen represents the student body.
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At the end of every school year, Virginia athletics loses a large crop of athletes due to graduation. Here is a look at five of the most memorable athletes departing from Virginia this year.
Men’s basketball: Isaiah Wilkins
Forward Isaiah Wilkins had a tremendous career at Virginia. His consistently strong defense, passion and leadership on the court propelled Virginia basketball to success throughout his four years.
“He’s a warrior … I haven’t been around too many guys that affect the game with his help defense as he does,” Coach Tony Bennett said of Wilkins in a Media Day in October 2017. “He’s so instinctual and he anticipates and he’s always covering things for other guys.”
As a sophomore, Wilkins was a regular starter on a team that went to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2016. His senior season was particularly impressive. A captain, Wilkins was a tremendous leader for a Cavaliers team that went 31-3 and won the ACC Tournament. He was outstanding on the defensive end, winning ACC Defensive Player of the Year for his play. Wilkins was the anchor of the nation’s best defense last year. The Cavaliers allowed only 54 points per game. It will certainly be difficult to replace the senior captain’s heart, leadership and defense on the floor.
— Zach Zamoff, Sports Senior Associate Editor
Men’s lacrosse: Mike D’Amario
A three-year starter for the Cavaliers, Mike D’Amario has been a steady force for the Virginia’s men’s lacrosse team through the head coach transition from Dom Starsia to Lars Tiffany. D’Amario has thrived as a finisher on the goal since he took the starting role, scoring more than 30 goals in each of the last two seasons.
Outside of the playing field, D’Amario has shown his commitment to education by making three straight ACC All-Academic Teams from 2016 to 2018. With the men’s lacrosse team fighting plenty of adversity with a coaching change and a young team over the past few seasons, the Niskayuna, N.Y. native has taken his leadership ability to his team and helped them get back to a top team in Division I.
“How does a fourth-year player contribute to the program he loves? Mike has taken on vital roles for us, serving as both our offensive quarterback and as a soothing, supportive voice to fellow teammates,” Coach Lars Tiffany said of D’Armio at the beginning of the season. “Mike’s passion for U.Va. Lacrosse is second only to his sincere concern for the people that comprise it.”
— Alec Dougherty, Sports Editor
Field hockey: Tara Vittese
Tara Vittese is not only one of the best field hockey stars Virginia has ever had, but she is also one of the best who ever played at the collegiate level. In 2015, she was named the Longstreth/NFHCA National Player of the Year — making her the first Cavalier to ever obtain the honor. Impressive as that is, Vittese went on to win the award in both 2016 and 2017. Currently, she stands as the only player ever to have won the award three times — solidifying her status as one of the game’s greatest legends.
Vittese won these awards for good reason, too. Throughout Vittese’s run at Virginia, the team spent a lot of time ranked nationally in the top 25, reached the NCAA Tournament and claimed the ACC Championship title in 2016. This past season, Vittese ranked second in the nation in both goals (1.25) and points (3.20) per game. To top off her astounding career, Vittese was named as Virginia’s top female athlete for the 2017-18 academic year at the Hoos Choice Awards earlier this month.
— Ben Tobin, Managing Editor
Women’s soccer: Veronica Latsko
During her years at Virginia, Veronica Latsko made an impact both on the field and in the classroom. After being a two-time All-ACC Academic team selection and a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree, Latsko was named the ACC Female Scholar Athlete of the Year at the 2018 Hoos Choice Awards. She was also named a Thacker Award post-graduate scholarship recipient, which is given to athletes that demonstrate outstanding performance both in athletic competition and in the classroom and intend to further their education through postgraduate studies at an ACC institution.
In addition to her academic honors, Latsko was awarded two All-ACC Honors, with a spot on the All-ACC First Team after her tremendous senior season. Latsko netted 26 goals and had 14 assists during her years, with eight goals and four assists coming from her senior season. Her last year as a Cavalier also included five game-winning goals and a performance in which she scored three goals and had two assists to tie a program record for points in a single game.
— Emma D’Arpino, Sports Senior Associate Editor
Baseball: Derek Casey
Derek Casey has always had the talent to dominate ACC play, but injuries kept him from reaching his potential until this year, where he’s led the team in innings pitched, and quieted bats to the tune of a 3.23 ERA. Casey has been particularly important for the Cavaliers in the latter half of the season, as his ability to anchor the staff has helped to save a staff that has been stretched thin at times due to injury. Casey has pitched into the seventh inning in seven of his past eight starts, and leads the Cavaliers with seven quality starts.
“Derek Casey has been huge for this team,” Coach Brian O’Connor said earlier in the season.
Tommy John surgery in 2016 derailed Casey after a successful freshman season, and kept him from being drafted when eligible last year. Although he has a year of eligibility remaining from his redshirt 2016 season, MLB teams are not expected to pass on Casey again.
Casey’s reliability has been a bright-spot while his team has endured so many injuries this season, and will be sorely missed next year.
— Jake Blank, Sports Editor
The Virginia baseball team won two of three games against Georgia Tech in its final home series of the season.
On Friday, the Cavaliers (27-22, 10-16 ACC) scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning en route to an 8-6 victory.
Senior right-handed pitcher Derek Casey had a no-hitter entering the top of the fifth before surrendering a solo home run to Georgia Tech sophomore shortstop Austin Wilhite — the Yellow Jackets’ first hit of the game.
Junior second baseman Andy Weber drove in three runs on Friday, including an RBI triple in the fifth to score freshman shortstop Tanner Morris, who had four hits in the game. Junior catcher Cameron Comer homered to right field to cap Virginia’s six-run inning by putting the Cavaliers up 7-1.
Georgia Tech sophomore lefthander Connor Thomas pitched a complete game Saturday to help the Yellow Jackets beat Virginia 5-1 on Senior Day at Davenport Field at Disharoon Park.
Thomas also had a no-hitter entering the fifth, which was broken up by a two-out single by Virginia senior third baseman Justin Novak. Thomas did not give up an earned run in the contest.
Virginia’s only run was scored by Comer, who had reached base on an error. He was driven in by a two-out single from Morris.
Sunday’s game was delayed until 9:30 p.m. from its originally scheduled 7 p.m. first pitch due to thunderstorms in Charlottesville that day, but Virginia went on to win 8-4 in its final ACC home game of the season.
Junior left-handed pitcher Daniel Lynch threw for seven innings with a career-high 13 strikeouts — the most by a Cavalier pitcher since 2015. Lynch has struck out 10 or more batters in five outings this season.
Junior center fielder Jake McCarthy, who was expected to be a key player for the Cavaliers entering the season, made his first appearance since suffering a left wrist injury on March 6 against Davidson. McCarthy started the game and went two-for-three with an RBI.
Freshman right fielder Alex Tappen went three-for-four, scoring four runs and driving in three more. Tappen hit his third home run of the season as well as his first career triple.
On Tuesday, Virginia lost to Richmond 11-3 in its final home match of the season. Scoring the first 11 runs of the game, the Spiders forced the Cavaliers to use six pitchers in nine innings of play.
The Cavaliers will finish the regular season with a series at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday.
Once finals are finished out of the way, you can finally sit back and watch hours of mind-numbing television with no guilt. As tempting as it is to just rewatch something you’ve seen a hundred times, there’s some new shows hitting the small screen this summer that I think are worth a watch. I’ve been waiting all semester for my classes to be over and here’s what I’ll be watching instead of using my brain.
Beach Party! Can’t Swim Edition
A rockin’ beach house, wild parties and 12 hot idiots who can’t swim to literally save their lives!
A weekly countdown of the top 10 biggest hoes in Hollywood. Hollywood, Ala. that is. A quaint town with a population of 982 and only a four-minute drive to the ghost town of Bellafonte.
It's time to fight!!!
Fight Time Extreme
More extreme fights for more extreme people! Now with weapons!
Extreme Fight Time Extreme
Real Murder Time
So you like true crime shows, huh? Just don’t look out your window at the murderers watching you watch their work. And don’t forget to sign the release to have your murder aired next week.
One the Side
Your favorite episodes edited to only show the side-plots. What are the boring characters doing today? Whatever it is I’m sure the writers didn’t spend too long on it.
New weather every day!
Moon Weather Channel
Same weather every day!
Tag along with Anna-Marie-Anne and her husband Chip-Joe-Paul-Joe and his special friend Aaron as they scour through the dumpiest antique shops, yard sales and dumpsites to find the worst stuff to just kinda put around their house. Anna-Marie-Anne can see the potential in all the junk, but will this be the season she finally sees the true nature of her husband’s relationship with Aaron?
Finally a courtroom drama without any of that stupid made up drama, just a nice, accurate documentation of courtroom proceedings. This season pays special attention to people who take parking tickets to court and custody disputes where neither parent wants the kid.
Guess That State!
A fun new game show where coastal elites are shown a state from middle America and have to guess which state it is. Are they willfully ignorant or are their lives just more important because they live near water? Find out this week on the square-state special!
Guess that Ethnicity!
A fun new game show where middle Americans are shown an ethnically ambiguous person and must guess their ethnic background. Are they purposefully racist or have they just never met anyone who doesn’t wear SPF 90 sunscreen? Here’s a hint players — the answer will never be a color, it will always be a location.
The most plot-centric episodes of shows that were pitched on formula alone and really don’t need plot. From medical dramas to some FBI nonsense, it's a different series each week to ensure that you get lost in the character relationships and full season arcs that you didn’t want to get dragged into when you put this show on in the background.
A documentary on the 1988 controversial lawsuit over the sizing of the squares on graph paper which claimed to have 1x1 centimeter squares. Don’t get lost in the beginning, you’re going to need all that information on the paper industry to understand the triple homicide they start talking about in hour two.
That Is Not Correct
Professional killjoys give a play-by-play of inaccuracies in everything from sci-fi thrillers to police procedurals — you’re guaranteed to hate it!
What could possibly improve such a personal and vulnerable moment as an intervention? Making it a reality show of course! Enjoy getting to watch adults break down and cry as their loved ones confront them about their addiction problems, all in HD!
Ladders and Vacuums
Infomercials alternating every two hours between Giant’s Step 14-foot ladder and the Shark Duo Clean Mega-Power vacuum. And don’t miss that special 3:15-4:45 a.m. time slot to hear about the Shake Weight which, in some countries, qualifies as porn.
If you’re anything like me then you have zero plans of productivity over the summer, so hide yourself inside, make a real dent in the couch and just give in to the laziness you’ve been restraining all semester. Who knows, one of these shows could become your new favorite!
Emma Klein is a Humor Columnist for The Cavalier Daily. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Although this song may now be more known for being beaten to death by radio overplay, it was the top song of 2014’s year-end charts — and therefore the top track of the Class of 2018’s first semester of college. Whether you love it or hate it, it does seem pretty significant that this past fall — the Class of 2018’s last first semester — Pharrell was singing it live in Scott Stadium. Also, a song titled “Happy” is a pretty good title with which to start a college career. For example, the top song of 2011 was titled “Rolling in the Deep,” which is kind of depressing. “Happy” is solid.
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What”
Coming in at No. 15 on the year-end charts, this song also seems appropriate in defining the phenomenon that is first-semester first-years finally discovering the freedom of college — for better or for worse. For the Class of 2018, this was the semester in which they had to grapple with the potential answers to that heavy question that DJ Snake & Lil Jon so wildly propose: is there really anything to turn down for? GPA? Gen Chem homework? RA’s on coverage?
Wiz Khalifa, “See You Again” feat. Charlie Puth
Things slowed down a bit in 2015, with one of the top tracks being Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s tribute track to “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker. A reminder to cherish your friends and not take anything for granted, this song was well-loved worldwide. Looking back, it’s still a relevant message to graduating fourth years getting ready to go their separate ways.
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Still, 2015 didn’t slow down that much. This also happened. And along with those applications to Batten and Comm, it was probably stuck in everyone’s head for a while.
Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself” and “Sorry”
2016 was the year of Justin Bieber’s renaissance. He came back … changed. And he dropped tracks that made the No. 1 and No. 2 spot on the Billboard charts for the year. He moved on from purple hoodies and swooshy hair to being danced to at Trin and Boylan. 2016 J.B. was living proof that reinvention is possible — and halfway through their undergraduate careers, maybe he gave a little hope to our Class of 2018 as they declared their majors and perhaps no longer were studying what they said they were first year.
Migos, “Bad and Boujee” feat. Lil Uzi Vert
A top song of 2017, this is possibly how many members of the Class of 2018 felt as they entered their fourth-year — sipping wine in their Lawn rooms while checking off their “118 Things to Do Before Graduation” lists, writing theses and planning for their final formals and tailgates and homecoming and parties and events. Despite all the forthcoming stress about finding a job or going to graduate school, finally being a fourth year was pretty sweet, and a song talking about coming “from nothing to something” seems pretty well-timed.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, “Despacito” feat. Justin Bieber
This was the song of summer 2017, and again, while it may have been drastically overplayed, every member of the Class of 2018 probably danced in a somewhat summer-y setting to this song — be it at Beach Week, spring break, or maybe even after the summer was over and it was still playing pretty much every night, every day, 24/7, all the time. Whether you loved this song for the Spanish parts or the English parts or the shout-out to Puerto Rico — or even if you still don’t even know what “Despacito” means — it was definitely a summer staple.
Drake, “God’s Plan”
Finally, we arrive at 2018, and while there’s still much of the year and many yet-to-be-heard songs lying ahead of us, Drake’s “God’s Plan” is the No. 1 of the year so far — although that might be solely because of the line about his mom and his bed. For the Class of 2018, wherever you are going, whether you have everything planned out or whether you don’t even know what you’re doing tomorrow, whether you are staying in Charlottesville indefinitely or traveling the globe, remember the bigger plan, and remember the things that really matter: your mom and your bed. And your past four years at U.Va.
Professor Jennifer Doleac
Batten Prof. Jennifer Doleac joined the University faculty as a professor of economics and public policy in the fall of 2012 for Batten’s graduate public policy program. With her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Williams College and her Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford, she was drawn to the Batten School’s innovative and interdisciplinary nature.
“I was super excited to be part of the Public Policy School,” Doleac said. “It was a new school with a really great faculty.”
Given her professional experience working in the Congressional Budget Office and the Brookings Institute between her undergraduate and her Ph.D., Doleac was initially uncertain if she wanted to teach or work more directly with policy. However, her experience teaching Economics of Public Policy I, Public Economics and Evidence-based Criminal Justice Policy at the Batten School helped cement her passion for teaching and academia.
“It’s a good job,” Doleac said. “I get to meet lots of smart students and study things I’m interested in, so I’m happy to be in the field.”
While at Batten, Doleac founded the Justice Tech Lab which researches the impact of technology on criminal justice. Specifically, Doleac focuses on the economics of crime and discrimination. She is grateful for the policy-focused atmosphere at Batten, which enabled her to pursue this project.
Ben Castleman, an assistant professor of education and public policy at the Batten and Curry Schools, collaborates with Doleac on projects addressing prisoner re-entry outcomes. He will miss her greatly and is excited to see her future contributions to the field.
“Jen brings tremendously high caliber research into the economics of crime,” Castleman said. “I think she is one of the most productive, creative and insightful researchers helping us understand the impacts, sometimes unintended, of various criminal justice policy and how that affects people’s outcomes.”
Castleman emphasizes Doleac’s commitment to her research both inside and outside of academics.
“Jen invests a tremendous amount of time not only doing research but engaging with policy makers, other researchers, to both promote awareness of the insights from her work and to work with others to drive meaningful change,” Castleman said.
Doleac will miss her colleagues and the collaborative atmosphere at Batten, and is grateful for her time at the University.
“[Batten] values being actively engaged in policy work and talking with practitioners and policy makers more than being in a disciplinary department normally would,” Doleac said. “So that’s made me so much more comfortable engaging directly in policy issues and talking to people who just aren’t in the ivory tower.”
She will be teaching economics as a tenured professor this upcoming fall at Texas A&M University and will be continuing the Justice Tech Lab there.
“I am very excited for the next chapter,” Doleac said.
Lecturer Mary Middleton
Commerce lecturer Mary Middleton, who completed her undergraduate degree in the McIntire School, returned to her alma mater to teach finance for a year in 2010 and then again from 2012 until now.
Although she taught large sections, Middleton made connecting with students a priority. She kept her office door open after her classes on Tuesday and Thursdays, ready to talk with students before making her hour long commute home to Richmond.
Fourth-year Commerce student Molly Futrell began coming to Middleton’s office hours and now is a teaching assistant for her managerial accounting class. Originally an English major, Futrell attributes Middleton’s passion for the subject and her students to sparking her interest in accounting.
“I think more so than any professor I’ve had, she genuinely cares about her students,” Futrell said. “She has very high expectations, but she does everything in her power to help make them succeed with the amount of resources she has and how available she makes herself.”
Next year, Managerial Accounting, which is a prerequisite for the Commerce School, we be administered online. Accordingly, Middleton will not be teaching at the University next fall. While Middleton is not concerned for her own sake, she worries students will suffer from the change.
“I am really, desperately sad about this class going online,” Middleton said. “We’ve lost who we are. The [Commerce] School prides itself on its personal relationships between students and faculty. Well, there isn’t going to be that same relationship if it’s online.”
Second-year College student Sydney Peoples is currently taking Middleton’s Introduction to Managerial Accounting class. While she says that Middleton’s Managerial Accounting class is extremely difficult, she emphasizes how Middleton makes sure students understand the material. She also notes Middleton’s mentorship beyond accounting.
“She also does a lot of tips and tricks things for life in general besides just what we are learning in accounting,” Peoples said. “She gives us advice on relationships and college and job interviews and work life and things that are obviously really helpful but that don’t have anything to do with the class.”
Taking her personal teaching style outside of academics, Middleton plans to finish writing a book on life advice and to teach finance in prisons.
“I purposely tried not to fill the space, and I want to take a deep breath and see where God leads me,” Middleton said. “God has always led me where I needed to go. It led me here, and I just sort of look at it as, although I am very sad for the students here, I know for me, God has decided that my time is up and there are other people’s lives that I needed to touch.”
Professor David Edwards
When Computer Science Prof. David Edwards came to the University to complete his second master’s degree in computer science, he did not expect to make teaching his career. However, when a professor in the department retired, Edwards filled the vacancy and became a CS lecturer his first semester of graduate school.
“I just started teaching here,” Edwards said. “I happened to be in the right place at the right time situation, and I loved it.”
Since Edwards began teaching in the fall of 2012, he has taught mainly computer science introductory courses and currently teaches Software Development Methods and Discrete Mathematics. Because he is responsible for so many students, he is especially grateful for his teaching assistants.
“A handful of the TAs are really passionate about student learning and it’s nice to have somebody to talk to about that passion, and it’s really nice to get their perspective on things because they are currently students,” Edwards said.
Third-year Engineering student Felix Park has been a teaching assistant for Edwards’ Discrete Math class since the fall of 2016. As both a student and teaching assistant, he was struck by Edwards’ caring and knowledgeable teaching style.
“He would refer to Discrete as his baby,” Park said.
Third-year College student Sarah Bland has been a teaching assistant for Edwards for three semesters and notes his patient character whether he is interacting with his own children, other teaching assistants or students.
“He’s an excellent teacher,” Bland said. “I think it’s what he’s meant to do.”
Next fall, Edwards will be pursuing a doctorate degree in computer science at Virginia Tech and plans to continue teaching. While he will be on rival turf, he will fondly remember Charlottesville as the birthplace of his children and career.
“When my kids were old enough we took them to trick or treating on the Lawn and they had a blast,” Edwards said. “All the students were out there and were interacting with the kids and that will be something I will remember for a while.”