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Students, faculty and Syrian revolutionaries gathered together Friday afternoon in the Newcomb Gallery for a discussion of the ongoing conflict in Syria. Project Nur , a student-led initiative advocating engagement and respect between Muslims and non- Muslims, hosted the event. The forum was Project Nur’s first on Grounds — the initiative was started just last semester. “We felt strongly that the situation in Syria merited more attention than it typically receives,” said third-year College Student Grace Fetty , the group’s president.
Former University student George Huguely’s new attorneys filed a motion Tuesday requesting a new trial through the Virginia Court of Appeals. Huguely, a former University lacrosse player, was convicted last year of the second-degree murder of girlfriend Yeardley Love. His legal team, Paul Clement and Craig Cooley, argued in their appeal that Huguely was given an unfair trial.
The University announced Thursday that former U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.) will deliver the commencement address at the 184th Final Exercises May 19.
The 67 unidentified graves found outside the University cemetery in late October have yet to be identified, according to a University news statement released Tuesday. Researchers speculate that the unidentified remains are probably those of black slaves, but they have yet to confirm it.
Charlottesville residents gathered Thursday evening at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion downtown for a lighted vigil honoring people who had suffered from lung cancer. The event, coinciding with Lung Cancer Awareness Month, aimed to dispel myths surrounding the disease.
Homelessness in Virginia has declined 8 percent since 2010, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday in a press statement.
The University Architecture School’s Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs each rank among the nation’s top three public school programs, according to recently released 2013 rankings published by DesignIntelligence. The publication, “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools,” also ranks the University’s programs in the top 10 overall, trailing Virginia Tech and Harvard University.
The disruption caused by the June ouster and subsequent reinstatement of University President Teresa Sullivan has not been forgotten, a demonstration held Thursday afternoon made clear. Protesters gathered on the street side of the Rotunda to push for increased transparency and accountability from the Board of Visitors. Hoos University, a student group concerned with the future of the University, led the event.
A week after the University got an unexpected two days off from Hurricane Sandy, it celebrated an unofficial election day holiday at bars and various watch parties across Grounds. Those watching political returns, like many across the nation, spent Tuesday evening gathered anxiously around televisions and laptop screens, constantly refreshing pages.
Gov. Bob McDonnell held his final scheduled press briefing Tuesday in Richmond to discuss the impact of Hurricane Sandy in Virginia and the state’s recovery efforts.
Architecture Prof. Frank Dukes, the director of the University’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation, has been awarded the 2012 Sharon M. Pickett Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution to acknowledge his work in promoting environmental protection through conflict resolution.
Two-thirds of graduates from the class of 2011 reported a five percent increase in student-loan debt, totaling an average of $26,500 upon graduation, according to a study released Thursday by the Institute for College Access and Success.
A recent study by College Measures, a division of the American Institutes for Research, showed students who graduate from Virginia’s public universities with career-oriented bachelor’s degrees earn more than those with liberal arts degrees.
The Jefferson Literary & Debating Society and the Washington Literary Society & Debating Union squared off Thursday evening in the University Chapel for a debate hosted by the Honor Committee about the honor system’s single-sanction policy. Dean of Students Allen Groves moderated the event.
Fewer burglaries and robberies occurred last year at the University than had taken place in 2010, according to a safety report the University Police released this week that compiled information about criminal activity on Grounds in 2011.
The University announced this week that the College Arts Scholars program has received a $2 million donation from University alumnus Sandy Miller intended to advance the University’s art disciplines.
Democrats have taken a clear lead in Virginia’s two biggest elections this year, according to two new polls that show President Barack Obama maintaining a slight edge against GOP nominee Mitt Romney while Tim Kaine gained a new advantage over George Allen in the U.S. Senate race.
Michael Mann, former University environmental science professor, will not have to give the American Tradition Institute access to his email correspondence and various other documents pertaining to his controversial climate change theory, the Prince William Circuit Court ruled this week.
Students, faculty and Charlottesville residents met Thursday afternoon to hear Jeffrey Walker, the former CEO of JPMorgan Chase and current chairman of the University’s Council of Foundations, discuss collaborative leadership and reflect on the leadership lessons learned from the June ouster and reinstatement of University President Teresa Sullivan.
It was a noisy first week back on Grounds, according to Charlottesville Police, who issued 10 noise regulation citations during the weekend, eight of which were in the University area.