Nicole Ponticorvo


Office space

With an undergraduate University community totaling about 13,000, it seems quite easy for a student to become lost in the crowd. One possibility to defend oneself from anonymity is to attend the "office hour" -- a term that has been ingrained in all University students upon their entrance into college life. While most professors and TAs encourage their students to take advantage of office hours on some level -- for questions, concerns or just personal interaction beyond the classroom -- many students never show. Whether students feel as though they are imposing with unimportant concerns or too nervous or intimidated to approach their distinguished professors, it's necessary to ponder just what a student is missing in doing so. "I've had a really positive experience with office hours," said first-year College student Courtney Mallow, who went to all her professors' office hours at least once last semester.

Dancing into tradition

With such a diverse student population, the University welcomes a wide array of talents. Among this population are 16 students who make up U.Va.

Doing things her own way

Having essentially crafted her own undergraduate and graduate career in interdisciplinary fashion, it is no wonder that Asst.

Studies as American as apple pie

The core of the American Studies curriculum is exploring one central question or issue about American culture and society by employing the methods and material from a variety of disciplines, according to American Studies Director Maurie McInnis, who is also an associate professor of art history. "You essentially design your own major, and that's the beauty of the American Studies major," McInnis said.

Safety first

With the recent violent crimes and burglaries in which members of the University community were victims, some question the degree to which students feel safe at the University.

Artful expression through film

When wandering in the Newcomb Hall basement, one might notice films being shown in the theater. Quite often, these films are ones created by students who are a part of the University's Film Makers Society (FMS). For instance, a movie called "Roskosmos" premiered last weekend in Newcomb, which drew a crowd of about 100, fourth-year College student and Vice President of Production for FMS Steve Robillard said. There are about 60 active members in the society, but many more students are associated with FMS, working on projects at different times during the year, Robillard said. "We're really just trying to encourage student film in any shape or any form," Robillard said.

A passion for the written word

By Nicole Ponticorvo Cavalier Daily Associate Editor English Prof. Jessica Feldman said she can pinpoint the time her passion for modern literature developed -- after she read "Sailing to Byzantium" by William Butler Yeats and "Remembrance of Things Passed" by Marcel Proust toward the end of her high school career. "It really was just as if I had discovered my life's work," Feldman said.

What's in a Guide?

I didn't need to be at the University long before I realized that what my high school Italian teacher and University alumna Jaclyn Bevacqua told me was true: Every activity the University calls an honor is something that other schools would have to beg of their students.

Never missing a beat

Without fail, English Prof. William Fishback, a senior lecturer, can be found swimming at the AFC at 6 a.m.