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In the University’s second full semester during a pandemic, students are continuing to adjust to the ever-changing restrictions implemented on Grounds. For first years, this is the only college experience they know, but for fourth years, this is a frustrating ending. The highly competitive Lawn resident application process has a slightly different meaning for the current and future residents as they adjust to these changes.
Due to the pandemic, teaching assistants have had to adjust to helping students through their semesters virtually, albeit without the same connections as they could in an in-person semester. However, TAs have taken this obstacle in stride by utilizing a variety of virtual platforms that have helped increase opportunities for connection with students. Whether TAs are living off Grounds or on Grounds, they have continued to help students navigate and better understand course material outside of lecture.
In 2016, a petition written by Charlottesville student activist and second-year College student Zyahna Bryant voiced the discomfort felt by Black residents because of the city’s Confederate monuments. In 2017, the City Council voted to permit removing the statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, although the ruling was barred by permanent injunction in Oct. 2019 after local residents filed a lawsuit against their removal in Mar. 2017.
Often described as a staple of the University’s Corner, Littlejohn’s Delicatessen on University Avenue has a base of dedicated, long-time patrons. Founded by University alumnus John Crafaik Jr. in 1976, the sandwich shop has long been beloved by students, Charlottesville residents and visitors alike for its New York-style sandwiches and welcoming environment.
When the number of COVID-19 cases started increasing in her home city of New York, McIntire Class of 2014 alumna Amy Yang returned to her childhood home of Virginia. Despite being away from New York, she continued to think about the frontline healthcare workers braving the fight against COVID-19 in the city and wondered how she could help them during these challenging times.
Siva Vaidhyanathan, professor of media studies and director of the University’s Center for Media and Citizenship, started a GoFundMe page April 1 with the goal of raising $100,000 for contracted workers at the University after learning of mass layoffs among Aramark contract workers. Since starting the GoFundMe, $34,768 has been raised.
The University’s chapter of Planned Parenthood Generation Action — the university-level branch of Planned Parenthood — released a petition to University administration Feb. 29 concerning a need for immediate improvement in the way the Elson Student Health Center provides support and information about reproductive healthcare services.
Traditional intensive marathon training entails building a 100-plus weekly mileage. Most runners typically switch daily between multiple short runs, a long run, interval training and anything that helps build speed, mileage and strength. Many professional runners and aspiring Olympic runners devote themselves fully to the high intensity and rigor of training. However, all this considered, Ann Mazur has dedicated herself to training up to 61 miles a week while running her company Runners Love Yoga and teaching kinesiology classes at the University where she earned her doctorate. Mazur qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials Dec. 8 — a feat that seems almost improbable considering all her commitments.
The Black Student Alliance and University Programs Council sponsored “Free Cyntoia: A Story of Redemption,” Thursday night in Old Cabell Hall in honor of black history month. Author and motivational speaker Cyntoia Brown-Long spoke to a full audience about overcoming the adversities she faced as a victim of sexual violence.
The Walk in My Shoes Experience kicked off their six-stop national tour at Newcomb Hall Wednesday and Thursday as part of the University’s 2020 Community MLK Celebration. During the full-day events, students, faculty and community members were given the opportunity to walk in the shoes of a University student through an immersive audio and visual experience aimed at helping the community “take a stand.”
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies hosted an event at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Thursday to discuss how to expand opportunities to lower income individuals and communities and stress the importance of accessibility in post-secondary education.
The Board of Visitors announced this month that the University will be raising on-Grounds housing rates by 3.5 percent next fall in order to address increased debt and operating expenses. Last year, the University also raised on-Grounds housing rates by 3.5 percent.
Though the University reserves two-thirds of spots each year for in-state students, there is a sizeable disparity between the regions to which these spots are allocated. While hundreds of students from the counties outside of Washington, D.C. enroll each year, Virginia’s more rural counties rarely enroll more than 10 students each within the entire undergraduate community in a given year.
For over 10,000 years, the Monacan Nation has called Bear Mountain — a peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains — home. An hour away from Charlottesville, Bear Mountain holds the rich history of the people who inhabited Albemarle County long before the birth of the United States. This November, the Native American Student Union is hosting several events to celebrate Native American Heritage Month and recognize the original inhabitants of the present-day U.S., like the Monacan people, who had their own customs, traditions and history prior to the arrival of colonists.
Democrats flipped both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly and swept the local races in the 2019 General Election Tuesday. All 140 seats of the General Assembly were up for reelection, as well as three out of the five Charlottesville City Council seats.
A car fire near Lee Street Garage that has since been extinguished led to Lee Street being briefly closed this morning at around 9:30 a.m., according to a University-wide email alert. The area around the garage was closed for nearly an hour and a half after the accident, with Charlottesville Fire and University Police at the site, resulting in a heavy traffic build-up on Jefferson Park Avenue this morning.
Student Council will hold a free STI testing event for students at the end of the fall semester. The event is the product of one of the Safety and Wellness Committee’s initiatives, which also include initiatives to create a Student Police Advisory Board and to increase mental health services at the University.
Students wandered throughout the windy Amphitheater Thursday, sporting both bandaids on their shoulders and plates full of traditional Indian dishes in their hands. The Sikh Students Association hosted their annual Punjabi Culture Night, complete with not only free food and numerous cultural performances and activities, but flu shots as well. The SSA offered attendees free flu shots with insurance through CVS in order to alleviate a practical health concern during the colder months while attendees celebrated Punjabi culture.
Student Council approved a budget that would allocate $69,548.39 to its various committees for the 2019-20 school year. Student Council also passed emergency legislation voicing support for the modernization of the College curriculum.