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A jury found George Huguely liable May 2 for $15 million in compensatory damages and other punitive damages in the murder of Virginia women’s lacrosse player Yeardley Love. Love’s mother Sharon Love and sister Lexie Love Hodges will each receive $7.5 million in damages.
Resident advisors serve as the first line of support for students living in on-Grounds housing — RAs are expected to act as a peer advisor for their residents, while also serving as residents’ first point of contact in many emergency situations. The seriousness of the issues they face, coupled with the nature of living in the same place in which they work, means that some RAs feel overwhelmed and have sought additional institutional measures for support.
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A survey conducted by Asst. Sociology Prof. Josipa Roska found that 60 percent of undeclared students were satisfied with the quality of advising, compared to 80 percent of students who had declared a major. In response to concerns about the existing advising program, the University is considering designating certain faculty members specifically as advisors and engaging with students prior to orientation programs.
The Faculty Senate gathered virtually Tuesday for its monthly meeting, during which members of the Senate reviewed candidates for its upcoming elections, heard statements from University President Jim Ryan and incoming Provost Ian Baucom and voted to draft a public statement reaffirming the University’s practice of full academic freedom in regards to recent debates over critical race theory.
As students, faculty and community members learned of the University’s decision to return for in-person instruction and activities, reactions included both excitement and frustration. Spurred by a recent spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations, students and student organizations question University testing availability and personal protective equipment provision — but many remain hopeful that as the impacts of omicron lessen, a sense of normalcy will prevail.
The Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee of the Board of Visitors met Thursday to review the fiscal year 2020-21 audit and provide the Enterprise Risk Management program report. Later that afternoon, the Building and Grounds Committee named the Contemplative Sciences Center building the Contemplative Commons and provided an update on construction.
The Board of Visitors held a workshop and public comment session Thursday in Ern Commons to hear community concerns about the proposed undergraduate tuition increase for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years. The Board will meet Dec. 10 to vote on the proposed increase, which ranges from 3.5 to 4.9 percent.
Jurors ruled unanimously in favor of the plaintiffs for four of the six claims in the trial of the “Unite the Right” rally organizers Tuesday, awarding more than $25 million in damages. The claims plaintiffs were granted damages for included conspiracy to commit violence, assault and battery, racial harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The verdict comes after four weeks of proceedings and two days of jury deliberation in a trial held more than four years after the events of Aug. 11 and 12, 2017.
The trial of “Unite the Right” rally organizers continued Nov. 11 and 12, with the plaintiffs calling their final witnesses — Peter Simi, associate sociology professor at Chapman University, plaintiff April Muñiz, nurse Sharon Reavis, neuropsychologist Dr. Nadia Webb and Jeff Schoep, former leader of the National Socialist Movement.
The trial of “Unite the Right” rally organizers continued last week with the plaintiffs beginning to call witnesses to the stand. Jurors heard testimony from victims who suffered injuries Aug. 11 and 12 as well as evidence from defendants who participated in the rally.
The trial of the Unite the Right rally organizers began the morning of Oct. 25 at 9:30 a.m. Plaintiffs in the trial aim to prove that the leaders of the rally conspired to commit racial violence.
Shahira Ali, president of the Muslim Student Association and fourth-year College stuent, and spoke to a group of students Monday night in the Multicultural Student Center. Ali’s talk was the fifth in a series of Memory Monday presentations organized by the Minority Rights Coalition and focused on the origins of MSA and the organization’s history of student activism.
A civil trial filed against organizers of the “Unite the Right” rally is set to begin Monday, more than four years after the events of Aug. 11 and 12, 2017. Plaintiffs seek to prove there was a conspiracy to commit racial violence during the rally.
Food trucks have been a staple at the University since 2011, when they were first added to U.Va. Dining’s list of food options. After 10 years on Grounds, however, the way the food trucks are operating and taking orders has shifted — to minimize the risk of an outbreak, the University has encouraged food trucks to utilize the popular app Grubhub, an online app that offers students the ability to order and pick up their food rather than stand in line.
Walking down the Corner this October feels very different than a year ago, with Corner restaurants and stores opening back up and greeting customers indoors. Still, the hiring signs plastered in restaurant windows remind customers that the uncertainty caused by the pandemic is not yet over.
Danielle Johnson, third-year College student and president of the Organization of African Students, spoke to roughly 25 students attending the Minority Rights Coalition’s Memory Mondays event at the Multicultural Student Center on Monday. Johnson detailed the history of OAS and its previous, current and prospective efforts.
The Board of Visitors discussed community safety, free speech at the University and mental health after the pandemic during a meeting of the Full Board on Friday afternoon. University President Jim Ryan also outlined his priorities for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Sarandon Elliott, co-chair of the Young Democratic-Socialists of America’s National Coordinating Committee and a fourth-year College student, released an open letter Sunday saying that she and peers have been approached by members of the University Police Department in the last few months asking to speak with them.
Charlottesville City Manager Chip Boyles announced Wednesday that Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney’s employment contract has been terminated. This termination comes a week after the results of a survey conducted by the Virginia Police Benevolent Association showed that a majority of the Charlottesville Police Department thought the department lacked leadership, and officers did not feel they had a voice.