Valentina Mendoza Gonzalez wins Student Council presidential election, divestment referendum passes in Spring 2024 University elections
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The three Student Council candidates of The Voice Movement advocated for increasing Contracted Independent Organization funding and community engagement in a forum jointly hosted by The Cavalier Daily and The University Board of Elections Sunday. The ticket includes Valentina Mendoza Gonzalez, Student Council director of coalition engagement and third-year Batten student, Brookelyn Mitchell, Student Council chief of cabinet and third-year College student and Ryan Bowers, Student Council appropriations committee co-chair and third-year Commerce student.
The Charlottesville Police Department responded to a shots fired incident Saturday at approximately 7:34 p.m. on the 100 block of Stewart Circle, per a community alert sent by Timothy Longo, chief of the University Police Department and vice president for security and safety.
University students can vote on a number of elected positions within student self-governance organizations, beginning Monday morning. The University Board of Elections organized and will hold the University-wide election, which also includes a referendum sponsored by seven student organizations. The referendum demands that the University audit its investment portfolio to identify any connections to companies engaging in or profiting from what the sponsors call “the State of Israel’s apartheid regime and acute violence against Palestinians.”
The Lawn Selection Committee provided 47 students offers to live on the Lawn for the 2024-25 academic year, receiving a total of 177 applications. The Committee received 25 more applications than it did last year — dropping the acceptance rate from 30.9 percent to 26.6 percent.
Student-run activist organization Students for Justice in Palestine announced the creation of the U.Va. Apartheid Divest coalition at a teach-in event Tuesday, which also included presentations on history and current events related to the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. SJP hosted the event, titled “Palestine: It’s Not Complicated,” in collaboration with the University chapters of Faculty for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, Law Students for Palestine and Medical Students for Palestine.
The Virginia House of Delegates voted unanimously to end consideration of applicants’ legacy status in applications to the Commonwealth’s state schools Jan. 30, following another unanimous vote on an identical bill in the Virginia Senate the week prior. The legislation, which would end the longstanding practice of favoring applicants who are related to one or more alumni of state universities, is expected to be signed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin.
The Board of Visitors’ Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee convened Tuesday to review audited financial statements from July 2022 through June 2023. The open session also included a discussion of the University’s protocol for financial reporting, as well as a general review of the University’s financial position over the fiscal year. At the University, the fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30.
The Charlottesville Police Department responded to a shots fired incident Sunday at roughly 6:39 p.m. on the 900 block of Page Street, per a community alert sent by Timothy Longo, chief of the University Police Department and vice president for security and safety.
The Charlottesville Police Department responded to a shots fired incident Friday at approximately 8:27 p.m. on the 500 block of 12th St. NW, per a community alert sent by Timothy Longo, chief of the University Police Department and vice president for security and safety.
The University admitted 1,113 students from the University’s largest-ever pool of 4,466 early decision applicants — about 25 percent were granted acceptance. Early decision results, which were released Dec. 15, also saw 1,179 students waitlisted.
The Board of Visitors’ Committee on the University of Virginia’s College at Wise reviewed Wise’s recently-approved out-of-state tuition plan and a breakdown of fall 2023 enrollment demographics in a meeting Friday. The Committee also discussed the College at Wise’s search for a new provost, as well as its implementation of a new data analytics curriculum.
The Board of Visitors will convene to vote on renaming Alderman Library as The Edgar Shannon Library, as well as set increases to both graduate and undergraduate tuition and fees, in its quarterly two-day conference beginning Thursday.
University Police responded to a report of a possible assault on the 200 block of Massie Road at approximately 9:51 p.m. Wednesday, per a community alert sent by Timothy Longo, chief of the University Police Department and vice president for security and safety.
The U.Va. Futures Initiative, a program that will analyze emerging technologies such as generative artificial intelligence that could alter the field of higher education in the coming years, is gearing up for a number of projects that are meant to advise University policy. Led by administrators from across the University’s different schools, the group will work over the next year to compile a list of recommendations to help the University prepare for changes in academia over the next 10 years.
The University will feel the disco fever at the 22nd annual Lighting of The Lawn event, which will feature a colorful light show, concessions and performances from a cappella and dance groups Friday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s event is “Disglow,” and attendees are encouraged to wear disco costumes and bring glow sticks.
The Board of Visitors Finance Committee held a public comment session on proposed tuition increases for the next two academic years Friday, including breakdowns of the University’s use and sourcing of funding. Committee members also presented on the University’s financial aid programs and the financial support the University receives from the state.
The University's Queer Student Union is currently collecting responses for a form designed to measure how many students have changed their legal or preferred name during their time at the University, and whether they have experienced issues with the change not being reflected in the Student Information System or other technical services.
The Charlottesville Police Department received a report at approximately 8 p.m. Saturday of a past burglary that occurred on the 300 block of 14th Street, per a community alert sent by Timothy Longo, chief of the University Police Department and vice president for security and safety.
The University has carved out time for Halloween celebration with its annual Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn event, which will be held Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. Originally, this year’s event was scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. but was moved earlier due to lighting and safety concerns.