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As summer ends and the University administration prepares to welcome students back to Grounds, first-year undergraduate, graduate and transfer students prepare for the transition to the University. Amidst nerves about finding their place and adjusting to the demands of college education, students remember what attracted them to the University in the first place.
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Third-year College student Megan Sullivan emerged as a sem-finalist in the “Jeopardy! National College Championship” tournament finals, which aired Tuesday. Sullivan — a Classics major and English minor from Burke, Virginia — was one of 36 college and university students selected to compete.
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Two Law student groups hosted a conversation on reproductive rights Friday in response to a Feb. 9 program surrounding abortion planned by the Federalist Society. The Federalist Society’s event — titled “Does Women’s Equality Require Abortion?” — featured legal scholar Erika Bachiochi. The event drew criticism from Law students for being misleading, as well as transphobic comments previously made by Bachiochi.
Black History Month, a time of pride, celebration and remembrance during the month of February, was first recognized in the U.S. in 1976 under former president Gerald R. Ford. It began as a way to commemorate efforts of the African diaspora, and was developed from the efforts of Carter G. Woodson — a Virginian scholar who sought to dedicate a week in February to the coordinated teaching of Black history in public schools.
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Student Council approved a bill amending its fall 2021 budget and a bill to approve 10 organizations as contracted independent organizations during its final regular general body meeting of the semester Tuesday. The representative body also tabled a bill that would have amended its existing rule and ethics board code of conduct in regards to data privacy and a bill to amend student activities fee guidelines.
The physical landscapes of the University and Charlottesville have undergone a number of physical changes over the past year, ranging from relatively small construction and design changes to broad initiatives that represent the University’s strategic goals and values. These changes — including major construction and capital renovations, new buildings, the removal of monuments and changes to businesses on the Corner — hold implications for the student body and the University and Charlottesville communities as a whole.
Student Council passed legislation condemning the University’s role in the "Unite the Right" rally in Aug. 11 and 12, 2017 and created a Capital Campaign Ad-Hoc Committee during its general body meeting Tuesday. The representative body also tabled legislation to amend its fall budget.
Student Council hosted two representatives from the U.Va. Finance Office during its general body meeting Tuesday to discuss proposed tuition and fee changes for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years. Student Council leadership also provided updates on the representative body’s resolution demanding that a portion of this tuition increase be allocated towards student grants for the Aetna Student Health Plan, which students without private health insurance are required to purchase.
Student-led organization undocUVA hosted an event in observance of the sixth annual “I Stand With Immigrants Day” on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside of Newcomb Hall. Student leaders invited students to learn more about undocUVA and its advocacy efforts as well as share why they stand with immigrants.
Divest U.Va. hosted a political education event pushing the University to withdraw its investments in the fossil fuel industry Thursday at 7 p.m. in Nau Hall 101. The event featured a panel discussion of professors, as well as presentations from student leaders who highlighted the connection between divesting from fossil fuels and environmental justice.
The University’s Democracy Initiative hosted Ada Ferrer, Julius Silver Professor of Latin America and Caribbean History at New York University, to discuss the publication of her most recent book in a virtual discussion Monday from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A cohort of students from the School of Law issued a letter Oct. 6 objecting to the University Police Department’s creation of its Community Oriented Policing Squad, which is charged with monitoring the Corner and adjacent off-Grounds areas. The new UPD unit began patrols Sept. 27.