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While many University students have already packed their bags for the upcoming Thanksgiving break, those who remain on Grounds for the holiday will be navigating a limited schedule of University services and resources during the academic break. Closures vary by facility, but are outlined below and on the Student Affairs website.
This Tuesday is Election Day, which means Virginians will get the chance to vote on a variety of state and local positions. Here’s what’s on the ballot for residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
The Office of the Provost’s Global Affairs unit hosted the University's annual Global Week Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, in collaboration with schools and organizations across Grounds. Students and other University members were invited to participate in 27 different events that spanned the weekend.
A tent encampment of an estimated 30 tents and over 50 people has amassed in Market Street Park, located one block from Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. The settlement formed following Charlottesville City Manager Sam Sanders’ decision to lift the park’s closing time, allowing residents to stay overnight. The curfew, however, will be reinstated Oct. 21 — just one month after it was lifted.
Cultivate Charlottesville, a local nonprofit organization centered around food equity, has gained support from both City Council and local community members for its proposed urban agriculture project in Booker T. Washington Park. If approved by City Council, the project would convert 10,000 square feet of public land in the 10th and Page neighborhood to public gardens for growing produce for underserved communities.
Mason Hughes Pickett, more commonly known as Charlottesville’s “sign guy,” was found guilty of assault and battery by Judge Andrew Sneathern in court Thursday morning — his third conviction in under four years, per reporting from The Daily Progress. Pickett was sentenced to 180 days in prison — 160 of which were commuted — for grabbing 18 year-old Piedmont Virginia Community College student Torrance Malone’s arm when she tried to touch a sign he had displayed.
The Honor Committee approved a new set of bylaws in a 16 to one vote during a virtual meeting Sunday evening. These amendments will act as the foundation for the Committee’s new multi-sanction system and are designed at increasing case processing efficiency.
The Board of Visitors’ Buildings and Grounds Committee finalized the design for a new Karsh Institute of Democracy building and a $65 million energy plant at Fontaine Research Park, along with reviewing plans for pending projects in the 2022 Major Capital Plan during Friday’s 8:30 a.m. meeting.
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.