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The transition to a remote learning environment has brought new interest to the pedagogy of a virtual exchange program. This spring, University students enrolled in upper-level Chinese course CHIN 3020 have the opportunity to virtually collaborate and engage with students from the renowned Peking University in Beijing, China. The structure of the curriculum was designed to make students feel as if they are travelling to Beijing on a study abroad trip, exploring traditional architecture and cuisine, environmental pollution and the city’s urban development.
Throughout their undergraduate college career, students are able to find a plethora of ways to make money while attending school — some find part-time jobs or participate in clinical experiments, while others can make money by renting out their parking spots during home football games. However, safety regulations wrought by COVID-19 have thrown a wrench in many of these typical in-person plans that would otherwise have helped students bring in an income. Despite this, some students have still found ways to turn a profit while doing what they love, pursuing avenues of entrepreneurship through online marketing platforms or becoming student ambassadors for certain brands, to name a few.
In 2016, a petition written by Charlottesville student activist and second-year College student Zyahna Bryant voiced the discomfort felt by Black residents because of the city’s Confederate monuments. In 2017, the City Council voted to permit removing the statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, although the ruling was barred by permanent injunction in Oct. 2019 after local residents filed a lawsuit against their removal in Mar. 2017.
Now that the semester is underway and some of us have returned to Charlottesville, the first few waves of homesickness are starting to hit. Whether it’s missing our favorite comfort foods or celebrating the Lunar New Year with family, we’ve decided to share a few recipes to cure both problems. Even if you’re not Korean, these soups are bound to appeal to taste palates of all backgrounds.
2020 has been consequential, to say the least. COVID-19 — a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic — has had painful effects on the economy, revealed structural issues in the American healthcare system and highlighted inequities in education. Movements against systemic racial inequality have been reinvigorated, and wildfires have demonstrated the dangers posed by climate change. All of these variables and more have been recognized by voters across the country as threats to the unity of American democracy. In the midst of this political and social turmoil, students and faculty members have shared their outlook on what voting means to them and why it matters, especially for this Election Day.
For the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community, the month of May carries a special meaning. It means remembering individual heritages and showcasing the complexity of the Asian American community. Formally recognized as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, this time is truly special and an extra space to be loud and proud — a time to commemorate the ample diversity of accomplishments, cultures, languages and histories that characterizes the APIDA community today.
While working as an emergency services coordinator at a local homeless shelter, rising fourth-year Engineering student Rob Schwartz began to consider the difficulties of coordinating organization efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schwartz related his experiences to the orchestration of a hypothetical fall semester at the University and what that would look like.
As we all know, COVID-19 has changed the lifestyles of hundreds of millions. Due to increasing regulations, schools across America closed early, which in turn has resulted in the cancellation of many in-person graduation ceremonies. The University is no exception. For many of our graduating fourth year students, this pandemic means no graduation parties, pictures and celebrations with friends or Final Exercises on the Lawn until at least October. However, there are still many ways for fourth years to make the most out of their virtual graduations.
You may have class in these places every day, but which one truly matches your aesthetic?
The rigor of law school is notorious for being difficult even for the brilliant student, and being able to go through such an arduous academic journey with a learning disability seems unimaginable. However, that is precisely what U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Zach Terwilliger did.
It’s the atypical office romance — late deadlines, cutting and pasting headlines and resisting the Oxford comma to abide by AP-style guidelines. It’s the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s — dozens of young college students are bonding in The Cavalier Daily office over sleepless nights. While covering Watergate, President Hereford’s election and even facing the University administration’s shutdown of the paper, some staff members also found their lifelong partners among their companions in the office.
Blurs of colorfully patterned skirts spun fervently about the front of the room, embodying the excitement and enthusiasm tangible throughout the Student Activities Building. Both popular Bollywood and traditional songs played overhead, signaling choreography shifts to the rows of dancers as one ended and the next began — the Hindu Student Council at U.Va.’s annual Navratri celebration was well under way.
As a new semester peers around the corner, the few days leading up to the start provides University students critical time to reflect on past semesters and brainstorm any changes — or “New Year’s resolutions” — they would like to make in their college lifestyles.
High school graduates have maneuvered all the awkward, challenging or difficult phases that comprise high school. They have stood loud and proud, diploma in hand — evidence of the checkpoint pointing them to a collegiate adventure. They reveled in that moment, but now that Orientation has rudely snuck up on them, the questions come flooding and the worries emerge from dormancy.
This past weekend, the Latinx community on Grounds made history by hosting the very first Latinx Alumni Weekend. Although they are only six percent of the University population, Latinx students are setting their minds on a bigger future. This is a foundational step to mobilize and build a larger system connecting students, alumni and community members.
Nearly every Thursday night at 8 p.m., small groups of writers and members of the Charlottesville community trickle through the Downtown Mall and into the New Dominion Bookshop. There, light chatter and visible excitement about that respective evening’s readings diffuse through the room in anticipation for the poet or the writer.
Not many people can say they hold the record for the youngest female managing director at Goldman-Sachs, graduated cum laude from Harvard College in three years or single-handedly spearheaded Goldman’s investments in technology start-ups through the principal investment area for Asia. That is, except for Syaru Shirley Lin, who has been a professor in the University politics department since the fall of 2012 and an adjunct associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. At the University, Lin teaches classes on international economies, specifically in Asia.
Let’s enter the mind of a naive first-year. Those 1 a.m. munchies hit. You’re sitting in your dorm room, but the warm, fluorescent glow from Crossroads innocently beckons you from the wallows of your books and piles of papers. It’s terribly hard to resist the temptation of half-defrosted chicken tenders accompanied by some packaged honey mustard, a good-old Chipotle wanna-be or the appealing visual of those worm-like noodles swimming in a bath of liquid before being transferred to your bowl of spaghetti.
With January beckoning in formidable morning chills and frosty air, there is nothing more satisfying than gazing at the falling snowflakes from your place next to the crackling fireplace with a freshly brewed cup of tea in hand.
With finals right around the corner, most people would expect an article detailing the newest health craze snacks or the best homemade nut mix for that crunch you crave when your textbook glares up at you dauntingly — but I digress. There is nothing that screams “holiday” more than your favorite munchies celebrating the festivities of winter.