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Students living in Johnson, Malone, Weedon Houses have reported internal temperatures in their rooms of over 80 degrees in the last week due to an unexpected heat wave. Students reported frustration with living conditions and the University’s response.
The University’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps units are recognizing Veterans Day early with a 24-hour vigil Monday at 4 p.m. at the North side of the Rotunda that will culminate with a ceremony Tuesday at 4 p.m. The vigil comes early at the request of the ROTC ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Nov. 13 shooting —Veterans Day is Nov. 11.
Jewish students and Jewish organizations across Grounds, including the Brody Jewish Center and Chabad, organized a balloon installation on the South Lawn Thursday to honor over 200 hostages in Gaza. The installation featured red balloons tied to flyers on the ground which displayed the photo and name of each hostage.
Heightened numbers of University Police Department officers, security officers and Ambassadors were on patrol this weekend and will maintain an increased presence through Tuesday for Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn. During weekend celebrations, UPD reported six liquor law violations by underaged individuals and three other intoxication-related incidents.
The Armenian Cultural Student Association hosted a speaker panel Monday at 7 p.m. to discuss the historical context of the century-long tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan, following Azerbaijan’s recent reclaim of the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region. The panel included Politics lecturer Dr. Yuri Urbanovich, History Prof. Chris Gratien and History Prof. Kyrill Kunakhovich.
Hundreds of students and community members gathered in the Amphitheater Tuesday evening for a community vigil in support of Israel after attacks earlier this week. The vigil included Jewish songs and prayers as well as students sharing their stories.
The Inter-Fraternity Council is beginning a recruitment counselor program for formal fraternity recruitment this winter. The recruitment counselors will be mentors to those rushing, similar to the role the Inter-Sorority Council uses which is called a Pi Chi. The IFC mentors will serve as a resource for questions and advice during the process.
Democratic candidates running in the upcoming general election addressed efforts to boost voter registration amongst their constituents at the annual “Meet the Candidates” event hosted by University Democrats Wednesday evening in Clark Hall.
After panic spread amongst residential Colleges last week over rumors of closures, student representatives met with administrators who confirmed no final decisions about the future of residential colleges will be made this year. The final decision on these housing options, however, remains uncertain, as the University maintains that all options are on the table.
The Board of Visitors discussed the Board’s relationship with University president Jim Ryan in the full board leadership meeting Friday. Led by former President of Bowdoin College Clayton S. Rose, the meeting served as a reminder of the Board’s duties, both to the state and the University.
A pink and blue sunset lit up the Academical Village as the University’s vocal groups trilled and chirped behind the Rotunda in preparation for their performances Wednesday evening. As night fell, hundreds of students filled the Lawn with picnic blankets and snacks to listen to performances at this year’s Rotunda Sing.
The required essay prompt on the University’s Common Application will ask students to discuss their “background, perspective or experience” as it relates to their ability to contribute to University life following the Supreme Court’s reversal of race-based affirmative action. A second optional prompt invites students to discuss their personal history with the University — including legacy status or connections to any enslaved laborers — according to an email sent to the University community Tuesday.
The Charlottesville Circuit Court dismissed the majority of the lawsuit in Wednesday’s trial over the future of Charlottesville’s controversial Robert E. Lee statue. With only one count remaining, leaders of the initiative to melt down Lee look towards the statue’s future.
The University required students and faculty to reset their academic passwords by 9 a.m. Wednesday morning or risk losing access to their accounts as a precaution after the University was the target of a cyberattack June 1, according to an email sent to those affected.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced the appointment of four new members to the Board of Visitors Wednesday — Paul Harris, previous Virginia House of Delegates member, Paul Manning, previous member of the President’s Advisory Committee board, John Nau III Class of 1986 alumnus and previous Board member and Law alumnus, and Rachel Sheridan, vice president to Virginia Athletics Foundation.
The Board of Visitors affirmed the importance of various diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives across the University in the full Board meeting Friday from 1:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Several members also debated tracking data related to political affiliations of faculty members as a form of measuring diversity.
In light of five gun-related homicides in Charlottesville since 2022 and an increase in violence around Grounds, students and community members have expressed concerns over solutions to improve safety and prevent further violence. Timothy Longo, associate vice president for safety and security and University chief of police, said that while long-term initiatives are still being worked out, short-term solutions for gun-violence include increased patrols and security cameras.
The Charlottesville City Council unanimously consented to the appropriation of a $40,000 grant from the Batten Family Fund to the Department of Human Services to fund an internship program. The Council also approved a zoning text amendment that will make land lots smaller than two acres eligible to be rezoned into Planned Urban Developments.
The top ten earners at the University receive over $7 million, per a 2022-2023 Freedom of Information Act obtained by The Cavalier Daily. This figure represents roughly .5 percent of the $1.6 billion paid to all 20,061 faculty and staff listed — the data set includes salaries for all faculty and staff of all individuals employed by the University of Virginia, including employees in the U.Va. Health system. It does not include student workers.