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The University’s American Studies program hosted Heather Lee, asst. prof. of history at NYU Shanghai, Friday afternoon for a discussion on Chinese restaurants and the role of Chinese-Americans in the development of the modern American culinary industry. The event, co-sponsored by the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures’ Asian Cosmopolitanisms Lab, took place in Wilson Hall and was open to the public.
Activists from the Living Wage Campaign held a rally outside of the ongoing Board of Visitors sessions Friday afternoon at the Rotunda. The demonstration occurred as Board members, including President Jim Ryan, were slated to discuss major decisions involving minimum wage increases for University employees and affordable housing.The University’s Community Working Group, created by Ryan in 2018, had delivered its official report earlier in the morning, which identified both affordable employee housing and fair wages as top priorities.
The University’s Data Science Institute hosted Virginia Commonwealth University researchers Kathryn Howell and Benjamin Teresa Friday afternoon for a discussion on statistical approaches to eviction and housing inequality in Virginia’s major cities. While primarily aimed at Richmond, the presentation also touched on other urban areas with similar housing concerns, including Charlottesville and Norfolk. The event, which was held in Ruffner Hall, was co-sponsored by the DSI and the Northern Virginia-based Center for Innovative Technology, a non-profit aimed at creating partnerships between tech startups and advanced technology consumers in the state of Virginia.
The University’s Board of Visitors discussed several key items at their full meeting of the Board Dec. 7, including recent funding for new developments granted to the University Health System and changes in enrollment and organization at the University’s College at Wise. The session also featured commentary from BOV student member and fourth-year College student Brendan Nigro.
The Miller Center of Public Affairs hosted Michael E. O’Hanlon, a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, for a discussion Friday afternoon on President Trump’s foreign policy and the most critical international challenges facing the United States in the near future. The event was held as a conversation moderated by Politics Department Chair John Owen and was open to the public.
Recently-retired United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy addressed the special role of the Court in American democracy and the importance of returning civility to politics in an event at the Law School Friday. Kennedy served on the court for roughly 30 years, from 1988 to 2018.
Incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) defeated Republican nominee Corey Stewart to retain control of one of Virginia’s two U.S. Senate seats in the 2018 midterm elections Tuesday. Kaine claimed victory in his first re-election bid with approximately 56 percent of the vote across the Commonwealth, beating out Stewart’s approximately 41 percent in Virginia after a nationally-prominent campaign.
As part of the inauguration celebration of University president Jim Ryan this past weekend, a “Celebration of Service” event took place Saturday at the McIntire Amphitheater to emphasize Ryan’s commitment as U.Va.’s ninth president to public service and giving back to the local community.
The University hosted a panel discussion at the Rotunda Saturday to explore the University’s ties to slavery and emancipation, as well as to provide updates to the ongoing Memorial to Enslaved Laborers project, estimated to be completed by fall 2019. Speakers centered on the role of memory in promoting a more inclusive view of history at the University and the ways in which the planned memorial aims to support this goal.
The University’s Miller Center of Public Affairs hosted U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine at Old Cabell Hall Friday for a panel discussion centered around the interaction between religion and public life in the U.S. In particular, Kaine discussed how his own experience with spirituality has shaped his career in politics and his approach to legislating in today’s politically polarized climate.
The University’s McIntire and Darden schools will offer a new joint M.S. in Business Analytics, or MSBA, during the 2018-19 academic year. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia approved the proposal during a vote May 22, which has been in the works by the schools’ faculty since 2015 and was submitted to SCHEV in February.
The Charlottesville City Council released an updated version of its parks renaming survey Friday, May 4 in an effort to curb responses from participants located outside of Charlottesville city limits. The previous survey — the second of two the City released with the finalist name suggestions for the parks — received over 38 percent of its votes from IP addresses outside of Virginia, with another 5 percent coming from foreign countries, an analysis by The Cavalier Daily found.
Student Council held a forum Friday afternoon entitled "How to Fix American Democracy," part of the 2018 Tom Tom Founders Festival. The two-part event — hosted by the Student Council and sponsored by the Miller Center of Public Affairs — centered around youth civic engagement and ways to increase voter participation in the U.S., especially among students.
In light of a rise in cyber threats, the University is now requiring students to enroll in a two-step login procedure for all University Netbadge services.
United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer spoke about international events and their relationship to the American legal system in a talk at the University Law School Thursday.
The Board of Visitors Finance Committee will consider proposed increases in housing and meal plan rates for the 2018-19 school year at its meeting Thursday.
A Coast Guard Auxiliary University Program (AUP) has officially launched at U.Va. and seeks to provide students with valuable leadership experience by offering a mixture of real-life skills, classroom training and community service opportunities.
As Charlottesville has processed the aftermath of the Aug. 11 and 12 white nationalist rallies, many students and community members have expressed a desire for stronger local leadership and a more definitive direction for the city’s recovery.
Amongst the several on- and off-Grounds housing options that University students can choose from, several remain popular year after year. Qualities such as location, affordability, amenities, management and overall property quality can hold sway in one’s decision regarding where to live. While on-Grounds housing options feature their own set of rules and regulations, off-Grounds housing can be complex to navigate at times, especially for students who have not searched for an apartment or house to rent before. The housing options described below are just a few of the many popular options thousands of University students live in each year.