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FAHLBERG: Post-Liberalism won’t win the culture war

(06/21/19 10:05pm)

Since the election of Donald Trump, a new faction within the conservative movement has spoken out about the failure of classical liberalism in America. A Catholic journal named First Things has carried the torch for this new post-liberal crusade, publishing an article entitled “Against the Dead Consensus” in March 2019. In this manifesto, the authors proclaim that the pre-Trump conservative consensus “failed to retard, much less reverse, the eclipse of permanent truths, family stability, communal solidarity, and much else.” They continue, “It surrendered to the pornographization of daily life, to the culture of death, to the cult of competitiveness” and “too often bowed to a poisonous and censorious multiculturalism.” According to post-liberals, classical liberalism is a moral vacuum that has failed to orient society around a “higher good” that is necessary to save individuals from themselves.

Virginia track and field concludes outdoor season on a high note at the NCAA Championships

(06/14/19 3:38pm)

The Virginia track and field team competed at the 2019 Division I Outdoor NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, from June 5-8. With nine Cavaliers competing — six men and three women — the Virginia men placed 18th, marking their fourth top-20 finish in five years, while the women finished 30th overall and clinched their best team finish since 2011.  

Virginia basketball’s 2019 NBA Draft projections

(06/14/19 3:41pm)

The NBA Draft — June 20 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. — is rapidly approaching, and three Virginia players have opted to remain in the draft after forward Mamadi Diakite withdrew his name from consideration the day of the May 29 deadline. Guards De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy all decided to void their remaining years of eligibility — Hunter had two remaining years left, and Jerome and Guy had one — to give themselves a chance at achieving their NBA dream. Hunter, Jerome and Guy were all named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team after leading Virginia to the first men’s basketball national championship in school history. Now, after months of training and preparation, the Cavaliers’ “big three” will soon hear where they will land. In anticipation of the NBA Draft, the CD Sports Staff makes their own projections.

Board of Visitors endorses 10-year strategic plan

(06/07/19 9:44pm)

The Board of Visitors endorsed President Ryan’s 10-year strategic plan at the meeting Friday. The plan features 10 initiatives with a focus on community, student-diversity development and research preeminence and was cultivated through a series of alumni, student and community engagements. It builds upon the work of former University President Teresa Sullivan’s 2013 Cornerstone Plan with an overall mission of building a “Good and Great University.”

MSC and LGBTQ Center to be relocated, additional spaces to be designated for Latinx community and interfaith prayer and meditation

(06/13/19 10:45pm)

The University has revealed plans to move the Multicultural Student Center and LGBTQ Center from their current location in the lower level of Newcomb Hall, in order to expand the spaces’ capacity. The project will move the MSC to what was previously the Game Room on the second floor of Newcomb, while the LGBTQ Center will be moved to a location on the third floor that has not yet been decided. 

YOWELL: U.Va. should not sell blue books

(06/21/19 10:06pm)

Post-secondary schools across the nation often administer in-class examinations that require students to purchase pre-stapled packets of loose leaf paper called blue books. Students at the University should be fairly familiar with this process as most professors currently lean towards conducting essay or short answer exams that demand said books. These exam books can be purchased for fairly cheap at various places around Grounds. One such location is the University’s Bookstore, which also carries green books. The only difference between the two different examination books is the color of the cover — hinted at in the name — and the type of paper used to construct them. Green books are made from recycled paper containing a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer recycled content, whereas its blue counterpart is 100 percent virgin paper fiber, making it objectively worse for the environment.

Board of Visitors approves School of Data Science and design for Inn at Darden, Arboretum

(06/07/19 9:26pm)

The University’s Board of Visitors met Thursday afternoon to approve the establishment of the School of Data Science as well as design schematics for the Inn at Darden and Arboretum. The approving committees, including the Academic and Student Life Committee and the Buildings and Grounds Committee, also discussed the currently offered undergraduate advising and support services.

Learning how to be excellence adjacent

(06/13/19 10:49pm)

“Are you the only one of your friends who didn’t get a lawn room?” my mother asks, only kind of kidding as I rattle off the names of people I know who will be walking outside to pee next year. Well, no. But isn’t that what it feels like? The University is good at three things — peer pressure, problematic legacies and basketball. I’m sure I’ve missed a couple in there but those are the main three. I constantly find myself grappling with the feeling that I am not excellent, dazzling, brilliant or extraordinary, but rather that I am simply excellence adjacent. I get to say, “Oh I know her!” or “Yeah, he’s in my class,” and that glimmer of pride via association turns sour before the moment even ends because someone else did that, not me. 

U.Va. to allow early decision applications for next admissions cycle

(05/30/19 12:45am)

The University announced the new option for prospective students to apply early decision for admission to U.Va. in a press release Wednesday afternoon. Unlike early action — which is non-binding — early decision is a binding admission plan for students who know U.Va. is their first choice for college. If accepted, students must rescind their applications to other schools.