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MCKELVEY: Charlottesville City Schools must adopt comprehensive equity policies

(08/23/19 8:18pm)

In 2018, the national assessment organization Niche rated Charlottesville City Schools within the top three percent of public school systems in the nation. Soon after the release of this ranking, the New York Times published an article about the realities of public education in Charlottesville. While Charlottesville City Schools may provide ample opportunities for some students, there are many who get left behind. Often, these are low-income and students of color. Finally, the City School Board has introduced equity policy to remedy these disparities, but any policy must specifically address the intricacies that contribute to inequitable education in order to be effective. 

DRISCOLL: The time has come for Virginia’s gun laws to be reformed

(08/23/19 8:20pm)

This summer’s recent mass shooting in Virginia Beach serves as yet another painful reminder of the tremendous cost that has been unduly paid by far too many Virginians as the result of gun violence. It was only 12 years ago that a lone gunman went on a killing rampage at Virginia Tech, brutally murdering 32 classmates and instructors before ultimately turning the gun on himself, committing what at the time was the single largest mass shooting in American history. 

Previewing the Virginia football schedule

(08/23/19 8:01pm)

A year after winning the Belk Bowl, the Virginia football team has its sights set on even bigger goals in 2019. Returning much of a defense that finished third in the ACC last year in points allowed per game along with star senior quarterback Bryce Perkins, the Cavaliers are pegged as the favorite to win the ACC Coastal. That said, the road to winning the Coastal — which includes the classic rivalry game against Virginia Tech — will be anything but easy. “Earned, not given” is Virginia’s mantra under Coach Bronco Mendenhall, and it stays true in 2019, regardless of where the media picks the Cavaliers to finish before the season begins.

Two Trinity Irish Pub employees and former Mono Loco restaurant owner purchase Boylan Heights

(08/15/19 6:40pm)

Long-term Trinity Irish Pub employees Mike Heyer and Nick Becker and former Mono Loco restaurant owner and chef Michael Lewis purchased Boylan Heights on the Corner. Heyer is currently a managing partner at Trinity Irish Pub, while Becker is a general manager at the Elliewood Ave. bar Coupe De Ville’s. Trinity Irish Pub purchased Coupe De Ville’s in 2011. 

‘When in Doubt, Build a Bridge’: U.Va. psychology research on adolescent friendships and relationships highlights their importance later in life

(08/23/19 8:42pm)

It has now been 21 years since University psychology professor Joseph Allen began studying the relationships of 184 13-year-olds. In a project supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Allen set off in 1998 to prove that peoples’ functionalities are not all pre-determined by genes. 

I studied abroad this summer, ergo I’m better than you in every conceivable way

(08/23/19 8:15pm)

What’s up, peasants?! Long time no see. Yes, it HAS been a while. Why is that, you may ask? Well if you must know, I spent a month living out my days as a student in the sunny beach town of Brighton, England, where I became more cultured than any of you could ever dream of being. While you basic Americans were wasting your lives away in a bland, predominantly white Western country, I was doing literally the exact same thing on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean except around people with funny accents and a concerningly strong enthusiasm for drinking. I know it may be difficult, but please try to curb your jealousy — it doesn’t look good on you.

Virginia basketball alumni raise money for the Heather Heyer Foundation on the two-year anniversary of her death

(08/13/19 12:57am)

Two years ago, Heather Heyer was killed when a car plowed through a crowd of counter protesters at the white supremacist ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville. To honor Heyer’s life and her dedication to promoting equal rights among all people, Virginia basketball alumni have came together to raise money for the Heather Heyer Foundation, which gives scholarships to young activists.

2019 Virginia football: The big preview

(08/13/19 2:48pm)

After a successful 8-5 season that culminated in a blowout win in the 2018 Belk Bowl, the Virginia football team is gearing up for the 2019 season. Despite finishing on a high note last year with their 28-0 rout against South Carolina, the Cavaliers have room to improve in conference play, losing their last three ACC games en route to a third place finish in the Coastal division. They will look to take the next step this year. With the team in the full swing of fall camp and the season opener at Pittsburgh only a few weeks away — Saturday, Aug. 31 — it’s time to preview the season ahead.

Social Issues in Medicine class partners with Charlottesville agencies to address social determinants of health

(08/23/19 8:24pm)

Social Issues in Medicine, a class offered at the University’s Medical School, is unique — both in its mission of introducing medical students to social issues that affect health and in its structure of participating in a wide variety of community-service projects.

‘Legion’ concludes three-season run of superpowered psychic dreams and nightmares

(08/23/19 7:56pm)

Superheroes are not necessarily heroes in “Legion,” Noah Hawley’s bold psychological drama set in an alternate X-Men universe prone to the surreal and strange. The show, which premiered in February 2017, stars Daniel Stevens as David Haller, the psychically-powered and unstable son of Professor X (Harry Lloyd). The third and final season concluded August 12th, and proves that Hawley is not only a gifted stylistic imitator, as seen with his work on the television adaption of “Fargo”, but a talented and risk taking storyteller fed up as anyone else with the stale state of superhero monopoly under Disney’s monolithic-feeling Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Aerospace team awaits communication with CubeSat after successful deployment into space

(08/23/19 8:31pm)

It’s been four months since the 10-centimeter cubed satellite known as Libertas, designed by a team of U.Va. undergraduate aerospace engineering students, was rocketed to the International Space Station. After a few months in storage, the CubeSat was deployed into orbit July 3 to measure atmospheric drag for future space exploration missions.

The new “Lion King” is stylish but empty

(08/02/19 4:15pm)

More than two decades after the first “The Lion King,” a star-studded reboot has arrived to capitalize on nostalgia for the original. Just like 1967’s “The Jungle Book,” which received its own reboot from director Jon Favreau in 2016, the new film was produced using state of the art computer animation which makes the characters look like photorealistic animals. Similarly to “The Jungle Book,” the animators of “The Lion King” create a world filled with breathtaking landscapes. However, Favreau’s new release leaves out the charm of the original film.