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Judge Paul M. Peatross removed the Ratcliffe Foundation as a plaintiff in the ongoing Trevilian Station Battlefield Foundation, Inc. and The Ratcliffe Foundation v. City of Charlottesville Lawsuit. The Foundation had made a motion to substitute and replace the existing Ratcliffe Foundation in the lawsuit after the original organization lost its corporate status.
The undergraduate class of 2023 has experienced profound challenges and loss, from a pandemic that prompted global lockdowns to a tragic shooting that shocked Grounds in November and resulted in the death of three students. Departing students shared the lessons learned about finding their place both within and beyond the University’s classrooms before receiving their diplomas and officially beginning the next chapter of their lives.
Hamza Aziz, chair of the Honor Committee and third-year College student, stepped into his position following of one of Honor’s most fundamental changes. Following the month of his term, Aziz is hoping to maintain the Committee’s momentum by finalizing the multi-sanction system and rebuilding Honor as a positive force at the University.
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 University announced Monday that they have selected the speakers for the Class of 2023’s Finals Weekend exercises. Jacqueline Novogratz, University alumna and Acumen founder and CEO, will speak at Valedictory Exercises May 19, University Director of Athletics Carla Williams will speak at May 20 Final Exercises, and Louis P. Nelson, architectural history professor and vice provost for Academic Outreach, will speak at May 21 Final Exercises.
The Honor Committee held their final meeting of the current term Sunday evening, where they announced the new executive board — following a weekend of voting at the committee’s annual retreat, third-year College Rep. Hamza Aziz, will succeed fourth-year College student Gabrielle Bray as Honor Committee Chair.
The President’s Office held a virtual town hall Tuesday afternoon to address community concerns about increased gun violence on Grounds and student safety following a spike in gun-related homicides.
A series of pipes clogged with e-cigarettes left pools of standing sewage in Brown Residential College ground floor halls and bathrooms. Although all related clogs and sanitation hazards have reportedly been resolved as of Monday night, many Brown residents have said that Housing and Residence Life failed to provide adequate resources or properly communicate their progress on the fix.
Democrat Jennifer McClellan, a Class of 1997 Law alumna, was elected to represent Virginia’s fourth district — comprising Richmond and surrounding counties – in U.S. Congress Tuesday. McClellan will be the first Black woman and fourth Black person in history to represent Virginia in Congress.
The trial between the City of Charlottesville and the Trevellion Battlefield and Ratcliffe foundations scheduled for Thursday was delayed for the second time Tuesday for undisclosed reasons. The case was originally scheduled to be heard at Charlottesville Circuit Court Feb. 1 but was first delayed because Richard Milnor, the attorney representing the City of Charlottesville, was ill. Currently, no reschedule trial date has been set.
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The University Judiciary Committee adjudicated eight cases between June 1 and Jan. 1, per the fall 2022 report released Wednesday. Six of the cases were individual students and two were organizations. Theta Tau, a contracted independent organization, and Delta Delta Delta sorority pled guilty to violating University hazing laws.
The University’s Inter-Sorority Council chapters celebrated the end of a fully in-person recruitment process with bid day on Madison Bowl Field Sunday. Current members of each sorority met new members with balloons and colorful signs in hand after new members opened their bid cards together without the presence of COVID-19 gathering restrictions that had moved much of recruitment online in previous years.
The University’s Board of Visitors held its final session of the semester Friday afternoon in the Rotunda to discuss the aftermath of Nov. 13, mounting concerns of a global economic recession and procedural changes. Members heard remarks from University President Jim Ryan, Lily Roberts, student member of the Board and fourth-year Architecture student, and Faculty Senate Chair Patricia Jennings.
The University’s Board of Visitors met in the Rotunda for its quarterly Finance Committee meeting Friday from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. During the meeting, Board members approved price increases on meal plans, housing and graduate tuition as well as funding for various University projects, including the construction of an Olympic Sports Center.
Members of the Charlottesville community gathered Monday evening at Carver Recreation Center to hear from the three final candidates for Charlottesville chief of police — Latroy Durrette, Michael Kochis and Easton McDonald. Candidates answered pre-selected questions from community members and the general public, many of which focused on accountability structures and community engagement.
Students, faculty, administrators, community members and families filled John Paul Jones Arena Saturday afternoon to honor the lives of the three victims and two students injured in Sunday’s shooting. Held at 3:30 p.m., the memorial service included musical selections, prayers, reflections from close friends and a poignant moment of silence.
Support for the University community has poured in from local, state and national politicians and other universities following Sunday’s fatal shooting.
Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and fifth district congressional candidate Josh Throneburg were hosted by University Democrats, Black Student Alliance and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at U.Va. Wednesday for a public student forum in Newcomb Commonwealth room. Kaine and Throneburg presented their respective platforms and encouraged students to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.
Members of the Persian Cultural Society and the Afghan Student Association gathered at the foot of the Homer statue Monday with Iranian flags and handmade signs denouncing the violent subjugation of Iranian women and the violence against ethnic Hazaras in Afghanistan.