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When I met fourth-year College student Logan Dandridge last week in Alderman Café, I put my hand out for an introductory handshake, but he was already leaning in for a hug. I was about to suggest we move to the Scholars’ Lab to talk, but Dandridge suggested we go outside and enjoy the beautiful day.
This past Friday, the children of Charlottesville swarmed what may be the cutest event of the academic year: Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn.
Most college students are enticed by the words “free” and “food” paired together, but Class Council’s Second Year Dinner Series is more than just a free meal.
For third-year Curry student Keaton Wadzinski, the value of an education goes beyond a number on a tuition bill. At the University, Wadzinski founded ReinventED Lab — a nonprofit organization working to incorporate creative problem-solving in education.
Students recently founded the University chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, with the aim of working alongside other mental health organizations on Grounds to create more resources and support for students.
This summer, the United Nations hosted the fourth annual Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. Fourth-year College student Annie Plotkin attended the conference, which gave girls from countries all over the world an opportunity to talk about the issues women face today.
This fall, Max Hall and Austin Jones, rising juniors at Old Dominion University (ODU) will launch CampusWise at the University — a new textbook service allowing students to buy and sell from one another directly and make payments online.
This year, a record number of 14 students from the University received scholarships from the Fulbright Student Program, an organization run by the Department of State. Next academic year, the scholarship recipients will travel abroad to serve as cultural ambassadors, pursue personal research and further their education through graduate school or teaching English.
The University’s first Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership program kicked off this fall when 25 second-year students were selected to continue their University education in an all-expenses-paid, six-week summer session. Starting in June, the session aims to develop leadership skills and give students an opportunity to tackle individual projects.
Students and faculty faced a number of traumatic events this academic year, repeatedly putting the University at the forefront of national news. Shortly after school started, the community faced the disappearance of second-year College student Hannah Graham. A couple months later, Rolling Stone magazine published a graphic story titled “A Rape on Campus” which detailed an alleged gang rape by a University fraternity and called the University’s overall social and administrative culture into question. By the close of the fall semester, the community had been shaken by four student deaths. After a fresh start in the spring, third-year College student Martese Johnson sustained a head injury while being arrested by ABC officers on the Corner, sparking student protests and more national attention.
Fight the Stigma — a mental health awareness week organized by Second Year Council — took place last week and aimed to rework preconceived notions surrounding mental health at the University. The week’s various events highlighted different aspects of addressing mental health issues.
Queer Student Union kicked off Pride Week with Drag Bingo Saturday night. Held once every semester, Drag Bingo is the Contracted Independent Organization’s most lucrative and most popular fundraiser.