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Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

To our readers:

On March 17, the University of Virginia moved courses online for the rest of the spring semester, asking students to vacate Grounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the spread of coronavirus has affected most aspects of our daily lives – from coursework, extracurricular activities and sports to socialization and mental health – The Cavalier Daily remains committed to providing the University community with new, relevant and insightful information that inspires critical conversation and impactful action.

Despite being away from Grounds, we aim to report on what University officials, professors, students and others in our community are doing to respond to a crisis that is unprecedented in its nature, and fully understand our commitment to keep you informed. Our volunteer staff members and editors are working around the clock to ensure that you can count on us to listen to your voices and keep you informed of important developments.

I’m proud of the dedication and attention to detail my colleagues have shown during this challenging period. We are ready and eager to cover all aspects of this unfolding story, and will do so with clarity, accuracy and timeliness. There is a lot to cover, and we are committed to staying on top of it all. If you would like to be included in our coverage, please fill out this survey. We have also compiled a comprehensive page with our COVID-19 coverage to keep you informed as developments occur. 

As a public service, The Cavalier Daily will continue to publish articles online daily for the rest of the semester, and we proudly present this week’s special print issue focused on how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed life at the University. Years from now, when future generations look back at how the University and Charlottesville communities responded to this historic pandemic, I am honored that they will turn to these pages in The Cavalier Daily which chronicle how our community has coped and come together during this challenging time.

We will now pause print production for the remainder of the spring semester, and hopefully with your generous financial support be able to present our much-anticipated graduation issue featuring the Class of 2020.

I am grateful to those who have donated to The Cavalier Daily for making our free daily coverage possible. As a financially independent, non-profit organization that receives no funding from the University of Virginia, we could not do our work without your generous support. 

Thank you again for reading Virginia’s oldest collegiate daily newspaper, The Cavalier Daily, as we remain committed to telling the 'History of Now.' Please stay safe and healthy during this historic public health crisis.


Nik Popli, Editor-in-Chief, 131st term of The Cavalier Daily