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Zeta Beta Tau — the world’s first Jewish fraternity and a part of the U.Va. Greek Community since 1915 — reopened this spring at the University after a two-year hiatus. The Phi Epsilon chapter of ZBT is presently in the rechartering process to establish itself on Grounds become a full member of the Interfraternity Council at U.Va.
President-elect James E. Ryan had an open conversation with the Charlottesville community Saturday at the Paramount Theater about his New York Times Bestseller, “Wait, What? And Life's Other Essential Questions.” The event was a part of the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book which is organized by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to promote literature and reading and bring together writers and readers.
The Darden School of Business announced in a press release Monday a $15 million gift from the Batten Foundation — a Virginia-based private foundation — and a matching gift from the Bicentennial Scholars Fund. The total $30 million endowment will fund the new Batten Foundation Darden Worldwide Scholarship Program which will grant a scholarship to every full-time MBA student at Darden to attend a Darden Worldwide Course at no additional cost.
Six months after the white nationalist rallies of Aug. 11 and 12, the University is currently considering policy changes proposed by the Deans Working Group that would limit the ability of individuals unaffiliated with the University to gather on Grounds. Students, faculty and community members have had mixed reactions to the newly proposed regulations.
The Virginia Fifth Congressional District Democratic Committee voted 16-7 in favor of continuing to hold a convention over a primary election as the nomination method for selecting a Democratic candidate for the 2018 Fifth district Congressional election at a meeting Monday at Wilson Hall. The convention will be held May 5 in Farmville, Va.
With one student having dropped out from the preliminary list of candidates, there will be five contenders running for Second Year Council president and three for vice president. The students may start campaigning Friday, and voting runs from Feb. 21 to 23.
Local attorneys Kim Rolla and Maggie Yates of the Legal Aid Justice Center hosted a workshop in Nau Hall Tuesday to teach students how to “court watch.” Court watching is volunteer-based monitoring practice in which participants attend cases in the courtroom to improve accountability in the legal system.
At a Board of Visitors meeting Wednesday, the University announced Lambeth Field will no longer be a potential site for a new proposed softball stadium. The decision comes after controversy arose over the University's consideration of Lambeth for the stadium project, which led to numerous community listening sessions between the University and students, faculty and community members.
Student Council’s Diversity Engagement Committee launched Disability Awareness Week Monday with a meeting of the Chronically Ill and Disabled Cavaliers, a student-run organization to create fellowship for disabled and chronically ill individuals. Followed by a panel on intersectional disability identities, this week’s events aim to promote dialogue about issues faced by students with disabilities and reduce the stigma surrounding disabilities.
Over 3,500 University alumni who had graduated in the last four years and their guests were invited back for the Young Alumni Reunions in the Amphitheatre Saturday. The party lasted for three hours and included food and drinks, a DJ and a photobooth.
The temporary walkway that recently opened between Newcomb Hall and Brown College will remain in use until the first week of December, when construction on the stairs just east of the entrances to N2GO and In the Nood is expected to be completed.
Members of the Latinx Student Alliance and the Native American Student Union gathered Monday afternoon in the Amphitheater to jointly protest the removal of flyers which promoted the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Jiwon Jesse Han, a second-year College student, recently won a 2017 Ig Nobel Prize for his paper on coffee spilling entitled: “A Study on the Coffee Spilling Phenomena in the Low Impulse Regime.”
The South Lawn was decorated with dozens of American flags on Monday to commemorate the 16th anniversary of 9/11. Students stopped and paused throughout the day to reflect on the lives lost on that day in the north and south towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pa.