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Disco balls and glowsticks illuminated Grounds Friday night as students and community members gathered to enjoy the “Disglow” themed Lighting of the Lawn. The annual event is a celebration designed to “foster unity and inclusion” among the University and greater Charlottesville communities, who were brought together through song and dance.
Graduate student workers are still facing delayed payments after months of advocacy, according to workers in local union United Campus Workers of Virginia’s U.Va. chapter. Student workers are responding with a Dec. 6 town hall meeting to discuss their response to these late payments and related budget issues.
Students and Charlottesville community members gathered on Grounds Saturday to run in the 32nd annual 4th Year 5k. The run was organized by the University’s Peer Health Educators — a student group that aims to encourage holistic wellbeing among students — and is meant to promote a safer and more caring culture around alcohol consumption.
The College of Arts and Sciences held a remembrance space for members of the University community Friday in honor of the approaching one-year anniversary of the Nov. 13 shooting that left three students dead — football players and University students Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry — and two others injured. Instead of holding a formal program, the event offered 90 minutes of open space in Old Cabell Hall for students and faculty to reflect, commune and cope.
From tailgates and improv to Dome dinners and choral showcases, families of University students were welcomed to Grounds with a wide range of exciting opportunities for Family Weekend. The offered activities, scheduled from Nov. 3 to Nov. 5, allowed parents and family members to gain a deeper understanding of what life looks like for their students on Grounds.
Hundreds of students gathered at the south steps of the Rotunda to participate in a walkout Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., calling for the University to acknowledge casualties in Gaza as genocide and divest from the military technology used in the siege on Gaza. The group held protest signs, chanted and wore the colors of the Palestinian flag.
After winning the 2015 U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup — an annual competition that awards seed money to entrepreneurial ideas — with his idea for Contraline, Kevin Eisenfrats, chief executive officer, co-founder and Class of 2015 alumnus, has put the idea into action. Now, his company is running clinical trials on the new form of male contraception.
Politician and nonprofit director David Miliband answered questions from students groups and individuals at an event titled “Meet the President of the International Rescue Committee” Wednesday. Miliband discussed the relationship between humanitarianism and politics, public service and leadership dynamics.
A new advising plan for first-year students has been implemented at the School of Engineering this year to improve upon the current embedded advising program. Under the new system, students will take foundational engineering courses over a full year with their advisor as their instructor, someone who is also a faculty member within the School of Engineering.
As City Council assesses several alternative fuel sources for use in its transit system, a petition promoting zero-emissions buses has gained traction. The Council is expected to vote this October on which fuel source to implement in the new buses.